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Posted by: cheapflightsdeals on: 04/04/2013 Saudi Arabian Airlines is based in Jeddah and is the flag carrier airline of Saudi Arabia. It operates in both International and domestically and covers 90 destinations all around. Saudi Arabian Airlines offers its valuable customers three classes of travel in most of its aircraft; First Class, Business Class, and Guest Class. Customer satisfaction is a top priority both in the air and on the ground, beginning with reservations, check-in, boarding, in-flight service, deplaning, baggage handling and assistance upon arrival.Saudi Airlines has upgraded its Economy class and it calls it “Guest Class”. Guest class seating on Saudi Arabian Airlines offers a comparatively generous 34-inch pitch, up to three inches more than most carriers. Seats on long-haul aircraft are 17 inches wide and have a 38 degree recline. They are fitted with wing-style head restraints, lumbar support and a footrest.Saudi Arabian Airlines’ Guest Class seats are among the most comfortable and spacious in the air today, with seat pitches of 34 inches, more than most other airlines allow in their Economy Classes. Headrests have padded wings that can be adjusted for maximum comfort.All seats are equipped with special monitors that may reach up to 9 inches in some aircrafts. A remote control will provide you with complete flexibility for your personal entertainment during the trip.Arabic, Western, a dish from the destination country and vegetarian make up the choices of cuisine offered to Guest Class passengers.Overnight kits are given to all passengers for their personal care needs during the flight. Children’s bags are provided to those under the age of 12, which include books, games and other items to keep them occupied specially during long flights. Posted by: cheapflightsdeals on: 13/01/2013 Saudi Arabian Airlines started out in 1945 with a single twin-engine DC-3 (Dakota) HZ-AAX given to King Abdul Aziz as a gift by the U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This was followed months later with the purchase of two more DC-3s, and these formed the nucleus of what in few years later was to become one of the world’s largest airlines.The slow but steady growth of Saudi Airlines continued during the 1950s and services were inaugurated to Istanbul, Karachi, Amman, Kuwait, Asmara, and Port Sudan. In 1960s, Saudi Arabian Airlines was established as a corporation and purchased two (2) Boeing 720-Bs and introduced in- Kingdom training programs. In 1963, Saudi Airlines became the first airline in the Middle East to operate commercial jet airliners.In the 1970s, a new livery was introduced. The carrier’s name was changed to Saudia in 1972. The first all-cargo flights between Saudi Arabia and Europe were started in the same decade. In 1973, Saudi Arabian Airlines carried one million scheduled passengers for the first time.In 1980s, Saudi Arabian Airlines carried 11.4 million passengers and nonstop flights to Seoul started. To conclude the decade, services were introduced in 1989 to Larnaca and Addis Ababa.In 1995, Saudi Arabian Airlines celebrated 50th Anniversary. In the same year, Economy Class was upgraded and designated as Guest Class, children’s meal introduced and Al-Faris executive meal was introduced in First Class for passengers who want to have their meals at any time of their choice.In 2000s, The airline’s usher in a new era with H.R.H. Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Defense & Aviation signing a contract to conduct studies for the privatization of the airline.Today, Saudi Arabian Airlines has some one hundred and thirty-nine (139) aircrafts, including the latest and most advanced wide-bodied jets presently available. Posted by: cheapflightsdeals on: 08/10/2012 The hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, occurs annually between the eighth and thirteenth days of the last month of the Muslim year, Dhu al Hijjah. The hajj represents a basic element of the Muslim’s spiritual life. Pilgrims often experience a spirit of exaltation and excitement; the meeting of so many Muslims of all races, cultures, and stations in life in harmony and equality moves many people deeply. For many, it is a lifelong ambition!The national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabian Airlines or Al Saudia, will play an important role during this Hajj season by transporting nearly one million pilgrims from different parts of the world. Saudia has received 85 new aircraft from Airbus and Boeing in a record time, and the new planes have joined its domestic and international fleet network. Saudi Airlines ranks behind Emirates as the second largest in the region. Saudi Arabian Airlines was formed in 1946 as the national flag carrier and established a base in Jeddah which remains a major hub today.The flight network covers around 75 cities around the world including New York City, Houston, Washington D.C. and London, Madrid, Frankfurt and Rome. A huge range of Asian and African destinations such as Dubai, Cairo, Johannesburg, Hong Kong and Delhi form the major focus of the flight network. Saudi Arabian Airlines has also codeshare agreements with KLM, Air France and Etihad Airways.If you’re among the lucky ones, and you’re planning to perform pilgrimage this year, you might want to know a little more about the special “Guest Class” of Saudi Arabian Airlines; The Guest Class of the Saudi Airlines is comparable to Economy Class of the other carriers, albeit with some added features.Saudi Arabian Airlines’ Guest Class seats are among the most comfortable and spacious in the air today, with seat pitches of 34 inches. Even though Guest Class passengers are entitled to carry only one piece of luggage weighing 25kg maximum, international cuisine and a variety of entertainment options including a 9 inch monitor with remote control are some of the nice features this class has to offer.In addition to this, overnight kits are given to all passengers for their personal care needs during the flight. Children’s bags are provided to those under the age of 12, with games and other items to keep them occupied specially during long flights. Posted by: cheapflightsdeals on: 17/07/2012 Although owned now by Kingdom of Bahrain, a British pilot called Freddie Bosworth was the real founder of Gulf Air. Bosworth started an air taxi service to Doha and Dhahran from Bahrain In the late 1940s and registered Gulf Aviation as a private company in 1950, before the governments of Kingdom of Bahrain, State of Qatar, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and the Sultanate of Oman decided to purchase the rebranded Gulf Air in 1974. Eventually on 6 May 2007, the government of Bahrain claimed full ownership of the airline to make it its flag carrier.From its main base in Bahrain International Airport, Gulf Airline operates its scheduled flights to 41 destinations in 30 countries across Africa, Asia, and Europe. Its fleet consists of 37 aircrafts most of which are Airbus A320-200s and Airbus A330-200 with an average age of 7.3 years.As all other airlines, Gulf Air offers its online services through their website. You canbook online your flight ticket, check in, or get real-time information on your flight to keep updated of their status. Another unique service Gulf Air provides is “Lowest Fares Guaranteed” service, a promise that you will not find a cheaper flight anywhere else online, and if you do they will refund the difference!In addition to its traditional 3 cabin classes; Economy, Business and First Class, all offering comfortable seating with personal video screen and a special meal to meet the dietary requirements of passengers, Gulf Air offers a new Falcon Gold premium class with improved services and lie- flat seats. Posted by: cheapflightsdeals on: 12/07/2012 A few months earlier Al Saudia has chosen its new motto “Welcome to your world”. The new slogan emphasizes the royal decision which separated civil aviation from the Ministry of Defense and put it under civilian management. With its fleet of 102 planes, observers expect Al Saudia will play a major role in setting new standards of aviation in the whole Middle East region. Aviation started in Saudi Arabia on 27th of May 1945 When President Franklin Rosevelt presented a Douglas DC-3 as a gift to the Founder King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, marking the beginning of civil aviation in the country.The King later ordered to purchase more aircrafts and established the Saudi Airlines (SDI( in September 1946; a governmental agency under the control of the Ministry of Defense at the time. The operative name “Saudi Airlines” was changed to Al Saudia in mid-seventies of the last century. More 737 and 747 Boeings were bought and more special destinations to Europe and the United States were added.Al Saudia fleet consists of 102 aircrafts from different types and sizes. The fleet includes 4 Boeing 747-400s, 5 Boeing 777-300ERs, 35 Airbus 320s, and 15 Embraer 170s. This modern fleet helps Al Saudia to cover more than 80 local and international destinations. As a part of its continuous development Al Saudi Airlines offers various online services through its official website and other portals, some of which are; flight and hotel reservation, chick -in, and a full printable updated Flights Timetable for both domestic and International flights. Through its generous seat configuration, comfortable seats and all-around in-flight services, Saudi Arabian Airlines or “Al Saudia” shows extra care when it comes to the comfort and convenience of its passengers. A touch of Arabian hospitality cab be sensed in all 3 classes of travel; First Class, Business Class, and Guest Class.Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.
Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane) today (August 17) launched its new Airbus A330 Business Class suites (above), according to the airline, “setting a new standard in domestic business class around the world.”Virgin Australia continued:Virgin Australia’s new wide-body Business Class experience, ‘The Business’, will be available on its entire Airbus A330 fleet at the end of October.Key features include: “Later this year, Virgin Australia will change the game again with the launch of its new long-haul Business Class on our Boeing 777 flights to Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi.The new 1-2-1 seating configuration will ensure every guest has 100 per cent direct aisle access and ample privacy to work, rest and unwind. A new turndown service with memory foam mattress topper, large pillows and a doona has been designed to ensure guests arrive at their destination feeling refreshed and recharged. For guests travelling in pairs, the centre suites include a sliding privacy screen that can be opened or closed.In addition to the physical transformation, an enhanced restaurant-style meal service (above) with new Luke Mangan menus has been designed, enabling guests to dine whenever they choose. For guests wishing to maximise the time to work and rest while on board, a new ‘Express Dining’ option is available.The suites, originally inspired by the interiors of some of the world’s most premium automotive designs, were customised in conjunction with renowned design agency, Tangerine London, Virgin Australia Creative Director Hans Hulsbosch, of leading brand agency Hulsbosch, and manufactured by B/E Aerospace.New long-haul Business Class suites, a redesigned Business Class bar and a new Premium Economy cabin will be progressively introduced on the airline’s Boeing 777 fleet of aircraft, which will commence reconfiguration in November and fly to Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles.NEW AIRBUS A330 BUSINESS CLASS FEATURESAll Photos: Virgin Australia. “Introducing the world’s longest and widest fully lie-flat bed in domestic business class. Today the first of our A330 aircraft with our new business class suites takes to the air. The new look features the world’s longest and widest fully lie-flat bed in domestic business class, restaurant style dining designed by Luke Mangan, and a world-first collaboration with Nespresso to deliver the finest coffee in the sky.”Virgin Australia aircraft slide show: Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has announced its new first class experience is available on all long-haul routes from its Munich hub. The airline issued this statement:Lufthansa passengers can now experience the airline’s new First Class service on all long-haul flights from Munich. At the end of last week, the final Airbus A340-600 in the airline’s Munich-based long-haul fleet was retrofitted with the new First Class cabin. This winter, a total of 24 Airbus A340-600 and A330-300 aircraft will serve 22 intercontinental destinations from Munich.This summer, the retrofit of the new First and Business Class cabins on the remainder of the long-haul fleet will be completed. By the end of 2015, all Lufthansa long-range aircraft will feature the new Premium Economy cabin. Altogether 11,000 seats are being installed on 105 aircraft.Photo: Lufthansa. In the award-winning First Class cabin, passengers can look forward to individual service and a wide selection of top-quality food and drinks. Each of the eight First Class seats can be extended to create a lie-flat bed measuring 2.07 meters in length and 80 cm in width, enabling passengers to enjoy a deep, relaxing sleep. The new Business Class seat offers exceptional comfort, whether in an upright or a reclining position.At the press of a button, the seat converts into a comfortable bed with a horizontal sleeping surface measuring 1.98 meters in length. In Business Class, passengers can select what they want to watch from the expanded inflight entertainment programme and view it on their personal 15-inch monitor. The new Premium Economy Class offers 50 per cent more space plus an enhanced service, and passengers can also check in two items of baggage. In the course of this year, Lufthansa will offer its Business Class passengers a new, more personalized, restaurant-style service.Top Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-642 D-AIHU (msn 848) touches down at Los Angeles International Airport.Lufthansa aircraft slide show: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) has announced it will launch a new improved business class experience for its long-haul flights staring on January 28. The airline issued this statement:On January 28, SAS is launching an improved service concept in SAS Business on all its long haul flights. Customers will enjoy a restaurant experience in the air with an even greater number of choices, even more personal service and high quality in every respect.SAS is currently in the process of updating its long haul fleet. This includes the renovation of seven existing aircraft and the introduction of new aircraft from fall 2015. The food and drink experience onboard in SAS Business is also being improved and customers will notice changes from January 28.Additional choice and more personal service will be the most noticeable changes for customers in SAS Business. For example, they will have an extra starter and main course to choose from. To increase the restaurant feel and provide an even more personal service, proper tablecloths and porcelain will be used and food will be served from a service trolley to minimize the use of trays.The improved service concept will be available on all SAS long haul flights from January 28. SAS’s long haul destinations from Scandinavia are New York (JFK), Washington (Dulles), Chicago (O’Hare), San Francisco, Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo (Narita). On September 10, 2015, SAS will open a new route from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Hong Kong.Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A330-343 SE-REF (msn 568) in the Star Alliance scheme arrives at Dulles International Airport near Washington.SAS aircraft slide show: QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has unveiled and introduced its new Airbus A330 international Business Class product. The airline issued this statement and photos:QANTAS customers are set to enjoy a new standard of luxury on international flights to Asia, Hawaii and key domestic routes, with the airline unveiling the final design of new Business Suites to feature on its A330 fleet, to be progressively introduced from later this year.Designed in collaboration with Marc Newson, the new Business Suite will be available on all 28 of QANTAS’ A330 aircraft, offering the world’s first seats to allow customers to recline in their seat from take-off through to landing.* The Suites also offer fully-flat beds and direct aisle access for every Business Class passenger in a 1-2-1 layout.The Vantage XL seat, manufactured by Thompson Aero Seating, was developed and customised extensively by Qantas after ergonomic trials and inflight monitoring with a panel of experts and ongoing feedback from customers.The Economy cabins on all international A330s will be fitted with a next-generation model of the award-winning Recaro seat (above), an earlier version of which has been extremely popular with QANTAS customers on the Airbus A380 and refurbished Boeing 747 aircraft. Economy seats on the A330-200s for QANTAS Domestic will also be refreshed.Customers in both cabins on the international A330 aircraft will be able to enjoy the latest Panasonic eX3 inflight entertainment system, with larger seatback touchscreens in addition to Q Streaming technology, enabling them to stream content from an extensive entertainment library directly to their own devices.Domestic Business Class customers on A330 aircraft will also enjoy the same Panasonic eX3 system, while Economy customers will have an individual inflight entertainment experience through either seatback touchscreens or devices provided by QANTAS in every seat.The work to refresh the aircraft interiors – which will take about one month for each – will start at QANTAS’ heavy maintenance facility in Brisbane next month. The first of the domestic refurbished A330 aircraft will take to the skies in late December from the east coast to Perth, and the first international A330 will commence flying in January 2015.International and domestic routes currently serviced by QANTAS A330s:· Sydney-Melbourne· Sydney-Brisbane· Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane to Perth· Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane to Singapore· Melbourne/Brisbane to Hong Kong· Sydney-Bangkok· Sydney-Jakarta· Sydney-Manila· Sydney-Honolulu· Sydney-Shanghai* Subject to final CASA certification.Business Suites and Panasonic eX3 entertainment systems to be progressively introduced on A330 aircraft from December 2014.Read the ysis by Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HEREQANTAS Airways: Video:Edelweiss Air (Zurich) starting in June 2014, and according to the airline “the Edelweiss long-haul aircraft will undergo refurbishing to significantly improve the cabin. Edelweiss Business class will be equipped with lie-flat seats and a new in-flight entertainment system including sixteen inch screens. Furthermore, Edelweiss will be introducing Economy Max that will offer passengers fifteen centimeters more legroom and many other amenities to ensure a comfortable flight. Edelweiss Economy class will also receive a makeover with new seats and a new in-flight entertainment system that includes touch screens.”The new business class on Edelweiss Air (Edelweiss Air). The Swiss carrier started weekly flights (on Mondays) from Zurich to Las Vegas on May 5 and also new flights to Havana, Cuba on May 8.Showgirls send the Edelweiss Air passengers on their way from Zurich to Las Vegas (Edelweiss Air).Top Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Edelweiss Air). Airbus A330-223 HB-IQI (msn 291) taxies at the Zurich base.Edelweiss Air: Airberlin (Berlin) has retrofitted the last Airbus A330-200 with company’s all-new Business Class. This means that Airberlin is now the only German airline with complete horizontal FullFlat seats on every Business Class long-haul flight. According to the airline, “thanks to the mainly single-seat arrangement guests can enjoy even more privacy and access to the aisle from any seat. Gourmet menus and premium wines from Sansibar round off a premium travel experience.”In other news, Airberlin starting on June 2 is transferring its Dusseldorf – London (Stansted) service to Etihad Regional (Darwin Airline) with its three daily SAAB 2000 flights.Copyright Photo: Airberlin.Airberlin:El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) has announced it is upgrading its Tel Aviv-New York (JFK) route with new Business Class “bed-like” seats and a renewed First Class to be completed by end of May 2014 on its Boeing 747-400s.El Al President and CEO Elyezer Shkedy: “The upgrade of the premium class seats on our wide-body aircraft is part of our ongoing strategy of upgrading the El Al product and passenger experience. After purchasing our 8 new Boeing 737-900 ER planes, we embarked on a process to fully renew the Business Class and First Class seats on the Boeing 747-400 aircraft. We continue to work on providing the best product and the most advanced service for our customers.”In addition, El Al is renewing the First Class seats on its Boeing 747-400 fleet and offering customers an intimate, prestigious and redesigned cabin.El Al Israel Airlines is the only airline offering First Class on nonstop flights to/from North America.Upgrading Premium Classes on the 747-400 Fleet Aircraft Interior, Seats and Cabin Appearance:Interior of Aircraft: The interior of the premium classes on the 747-400 fleet have been redesigned.Business Class: El Al has renovated its seats to “bed-like” and is offering more space between rows. Business Class on the upgraded aircraft offers 47 seats, instead of 49, with 20 seats on the upper deck and 27 on the main deck.Business Class Seats:First Class Seats:As part of the process, El Al cooperated with Hollandia, a recognized expert in precision engineered sleep systems, to offer a unique mattress which was designed specifically for the comfort of First Class passengers. The mattress is made with Tempur, a special advanced material used by NASA for upholstering seats on its spaceships. The material is known to be soft and pliable, providing the right support for the body. The mattress is covered with a soft and pleasing to the touch Aloe Vera finish for a coddling experience..All Cabin Photos by: Sivan Faraj/El Al Israel Airlines.Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-412 4X-ELE (msn 26551) arrives at London (Heathrow).El Al: