June, 2nd 2017, Skytrax presented the winners of its Skytrax 2017 World Airline Awards at the Paris Air Show 2017. The Doha based carrier, Qatar Airways won the World’s Best Airline which was held by its neighbouring Dubai based carrier, Emirates.
Overall, airlines from Asia dominate the elite end of Skytrax’s rankings — taking nine of the top 10 spots. At the same time, no US airline cracked the top 30. Delta got the closest to the top with a 32nd place finish. (more…)
SEATTLE, /PRNewswire/ — Employees of Alaska Air Group companies Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are receiving $100 million in bonuses today, following Wednesday’s record fourth quarter and record full-year earnings announcement. For most employees, this equates to more than 8 percent of their annual pay in 2016. (more…)
Flying on a Middle East airline can be a luxurious experience for most of us, but when you are a Falcon, that is how you travel!
A photo of 80 Falcons have surfaced the internet and is going viral. The picture was shared on Reddit by user Lensoo on a post tittled, “My captain friend sent me this photo. Saudi prince bought ticket for his 80 hawks.” [sic]. The picture seems to be real, and actually, the carriage in the passenger cabin of Falcons, not Hawks, is a common practice in the Middle East.
A commenter in the Reddit thread helpfully pointed out that a similar post was published on the site a few years ago. “If you fly Etihad or Emirates or Qatar enough you will eventually see someone flying in first class with a falcon sitting next to them,”
All three big Middle East Airlines; Qatar, Emirates and Etihad have in their websites the rules and regulations for the carriage of Falcons. Qatar’s website even shows a table with the applicable rates for the carriage of Falcons across its network. For example, to carry a Falcon from the Middle East to the United States could set you back 450 USD.
We accept the carriage of falcons in the main aircraft cabin provided that all the necessary documents have been obtained. We also accept falcons as checked baggage.
While Qatar website says that
You are permitted to carry one falcon on board the Economy Class passenger cabin of an aircraft, and a maximum of six falcons are permitted within the Economy Class cabin of an aircraft
A representative for the airline Flydubai told Frank Kane, a reporter for the UAE news website The National, that falcons must have their own seat and are placed on a cloth to avoid accidents. According to Kane, the business-class cabin of his Flydubai flight in April 2015 was reserved for falcons — so this isn’t as rare of an occurrence as we may think.
So, next time you are flying on one of these Airlines, look around. You may find one of these travelling next to you.
(Reuters) – The ban on U.S. travel for nationals of seven Middle Eastern countries caught the airline industry unprepared, with flight crew from those states also barred from entering, the International Air Transport Association said on Saturday.(more…)
The 5-year-old icelandic low-cost carrier, WOW air, is having difficulties implementing new changes as they want their cabin crew to clean the aircraft when it’s doing a turn-around abroad for free. (more…)
Dutch Airline, KLM is about to introduce the first ever draught beer service during flights. And it’s all thanks to a special draught beer dispenser developed by Heineken that the airline can serve the perfect pint a mile high in the sky. (more…)