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Today’s trending aviation news comes courtesy of London Airport Authority, Swiss International Air Lines (LX), Qatar Airways (QR) and American Airlines (AA).

Trending Aviation News – February 3, 2015

London Airport Authority

Heathrow pledges £700m noise insulation scheme in battle for third runway – February 3 is the last day for public consultation to decide on the future of London airports. In a last ditch effort to convince the public to vote for the third runway a its facility, London Heathrow Airport confirmed it will nearly  tripled the amount it is willing to compensate towards residents noise insulation costs from £250m ($US 378m) to £700m ($US 1,059m).

This comes as the Airport Commission is in the home stretch to decide which of the three options (2 expanding Heathrow and the other expanding Gatwick) would most benefit the public. Experience The Skies previously published an entry on one of the more exciting option (refer to link).

Swiss International Air Lines

SWISS unveils more Business Class enhancements – Swiss International Air Lines (LX) is introducing additional enhancement on its Intra-Europe flights using Airbus A320 and A321. Currently being refurnished, the new aircrafts will feature the same streamline seats used by Lufthansa German Airlines (LH) and will have 34″ pitch. The middle seat will now be blocked to provide more width and privacy for Business Class passengers.

In addition, from February 4 to 17,  LX will celebrate the “Katzenmusik“ (Carnival) by serving special dishes on selected flights across Europe. The following are some promotional pictures of the food offering.

SWISS Europe Business Class Meal Sample (February 5 to 17, 2015)
Image taken from SWISS website on February 3, 2015 (All Rights Reserved)
SWISS Europe Business Class Meal Sample (February 5 to 17, 2015)
Image taken from SWISS website on February 3, 2015 (All Rights Reserved)

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways to Add a New Frequency to Singapore – After using the first two of its 80 Airbus A350-900 aircrafts for the Doha (DOH) to Frankfurt (FRA) route (refer to our blog entry for coverage).  QR will be using its third to fifth aircrafts on its DOH to Singapore (SIN) route starting in May 2015 onwards. In turn, this will increase its frequency to The Lion City from two to three daily and increase capacity by roughly 4,200 seats a week.  QR is the only airline have direct non-stop flights between these two cities.

Below is the infographic for the flight facts and flight paths for based on the revised schedule starting on June 2, 2015.

Qatar Airways Flight from Doha to Singapore
Information taken from airline’s website on February 3, 2015. Infographic created by Experience The Skies on February 3, 2015 (All Rights Reserved)
Qatar Airways Flight from Doha to Singapore
Information taken from airline’s website on February 3, 2015. Infographic created by Experience The Skies on February 3, 2015 (All Rights Reserved)

American Airlines

Limited-edition Amenity Kits Pay Tribute to American’s Heritage Airlines – American Airlines is celebrating its heritage by rolling out new amenity kits for its International and Transcontinental Business and First Class passengers starting now until January 2016.

Each of he collectors’ items will revive the colors and logos of the following airlines, past and present:

American Airlines PSA
AirCal Reno Air
Allegheny Trans World Airways (TWA)
America West US Airways
Piedmont

 

American Airlines Retro Amenity Kits
Image taken from airline’s website on February 3, 2015. (All Rights Reserved)

 red flower products will be featured in all these kits.

The limited edition theme is similar with the one United Airlines is offering to its BusinessFirst and GlobalFirst passengers and should be a big hit to the collectors.

United Airlines 2014 Special Edition Amenity Tins
2014 Special Edition United Airlines amenity tins. Image taken from airline’s website on February 3, 2015.
United Airlines 2015 Special Edition Amenity Tins
United Airlines 2015 Special Edition Amenity Tins. Image taken from airline’s website on February 3, 2015

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