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How Much Does A First Class Suite Cost An Airline To Install?

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Passengers who are lucky enough to travel in long-haul first class suites experience unparalleled luxury on commercial flights. Such cabins are as close as one can get to flying on a private jet without actually doing so. Of course, such tickets demand understandably high prices. But what about for the airlines themselves – how much they pay to install such glamourous suites?

Emirates, Airbus A380, United Kingdom
Emirates is known for having some of the most exclusive cabins in the sky. Photo: Getty Images

Money talks

To install a long-haul first class suite will generally cost an airline hundreds of thousands of dollars. For example, Executive Traveller reports that the price can range from $250,000 to $500,000 per suite, compared to $30,000 to $80,000 for a business class seat. According to The Points Guy, some suites can even reach the million-dollar mark!

Gizmodo reports that an aspect of the cost beyond the seat itself is the extra work that needs to be done to the cabin to allow for its installation. This can include “extensive rewiring, ductwork changes and reinforced cabin floors.”

All in all, these various costs make for considerably more expensive ticket prices. Last June, Simple Flying found that a flexible London-Sydney return with Emirates in August came in at around $12,200, compared to $1,800 in flexible economy.

Correspondingly classy catering

Not all long-haul airlines offer a first class product. However, for those that do, it needs to represent a tangible step up from business class (which will likely already be very nice) in order for passengers to justify the extra expense. As such, first class products will generally offer advantages such as the following aspects.

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First class suites on Emirates’ Airbus A380s feature opulent light fittings. Photo: Shahram Sharifi via Wikimedia Commons

Enhanced onboard catering service. First class passengers generally have access to the best quality and widest range of onboard food and drink. Of course, onboard meal service has undergone significant changes since the start of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Increased space. First class suites feature roomier seats than their business class counterparts, both in terms of pitch and width. To use the example of Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 777s, its first class suites offer 11 inches more pitch (71 vs 60) and 10.5 inches more width (35 vs 24.5) than in business class.

More favorable configuration. The aforementioned increased space general results in a preferable seating configuration for first class passengers. Staying with the example of Singapore Airlines‘ 777s, first class is in a 1-2-1 layout. This means that every suite has direct aisle access. Meanwhile, window seats in its 2-2-2 business class setup do not have this advantage.

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Direct aisle access for window seat passengers gives first class an edge over some business class products. Photo: Getty Images

Increased privacy. Many long-haul first class products allow passengers a greater sense of privacy. Some may have dividers between you and your neighbor, whereas others might be fully enclosed altogether. Combined with the nicer seat, this can make for a very relaxing experience.

Overall, when one considers the cost of installing a first class seat, and the advantages over an airline’s corresponding business class product, it is understandable that such tickets demand high prices. For those who can afford it, ir represents a very glamorous way to see the world!

Have you ever flown in a first class suite? Was it worth the price you paid? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

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Source: https://simpleflying.com/how-much-does-a-first-class-suite-cost-an-airline-to-install/

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Avelo Airlines adds new routes to Grand Junction and Medford

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Avelo Airlines commenced service on May 9 between Los Angeles and Western Colorado.

Avelo will serve Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) and Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) .

Flight XP115 departs BUR at 4:20 p.m., arriving GJT at 7:15 p.m. local time; flight XP116 departs GJT at 7:55 p.m., arriving BUR at 9:00 p.m. local time*. The flight will be available four days per week on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The route will be served by 189-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

On the same day, the new carrier commenced service to Medford, Oregon.

Avelo will fly nonstop between Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR) and Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR). On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, flight XP111 departs BUR at 4:20 p.m., arriving MFR at 6:10 p.m. local time; flight XP112 departs MFR at 6:50 p.m., arriving BUR at 8:50 p.m. local time. On Sunday, flight XP111 departs BUR at 11:10 a.m. arriving MFR at 1:00 p.m. local time; flight XP112 departs MFR at 1:40 p.m., arriving BUR at 3:40 p.m.

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Source: https://worldairlinenews.com/2021/05/11/avelo-airlines-adds-new-routes-to-grand-junction-and-medford/

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British Airways adds flights to holiday destinations

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British Airways made this announcement:

Following the announcement that Britons are likely to be able to get a summer holiday this year after all, British Airways has added new services to holiday destinations for June and July onwards, saying the new services are in response to overwhelming interest from its customers.

The 26 additional weekly frequencies will include destinations across Greece, the Canary Islands and Turkey to popular holiday hot spots including Corfu, Kos, Paphos, Rhodes, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Bodrum.

Photo: Rhodes, Greece. British Airways.

The newly established flights to Greece and the Canary Islands will be available to book from Tuesday, May 11, 2021 for travel between June 21, 2021 and September 5, 2021 over the peak summer period. Bodrum in Turkey will also be available to fly to from July 18, 2021.

British Airways is currently flying to 27 short-haul destinations, including 112 holiday hotspots for the peak of the summer period.

Additional Summer 2021 Frequencies added:

  • Heathrow – Lanzarote (ACE) +1pw, frequency growth from 5pw to 6pw
  • Heathrow – Bodrum (BJV) +2pw, frequency growth from 1pw to 3pw
  • Heathrow – Corfu (CFU) +3pw, frequency growth from 14pw to 17pw
  • Heathrow – Chania (CHQ) +3pw, frequency growth from 6pw to 9pw
  • Heathrow – Kefalonia (EFL) +2pw, frequency growth from 3pw to 5pw
  • Heathrow – Heraklion (HER) +1pw, frequency growth from 9pw to 10pw
  • Heathrow – Kos (KGS) + 2pw, frequency growth from 4pw to 6pw
  • Heathrow – Kalamata (KLX) +2pw, frequency growth from 3pw to 5pw
  • Heathrow – Paphos (PFO) +1pw, frequency growth from 7pw to 8pw
  • Heathrow – Preveza (PVK) +2pw, frequency growth from 4pw to 6pw
  • Heathrow – Rhodes (RHO) +2pw, frequency growth from 5pw to 7pw
  • Heathrow – Thessaloniki (SKG) +3pw, frequency growth from 9pw to 12pw
  • Heathrow – Tenerife (TFS) + 2pw, frequency growth from 13pw to 15pw

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Source: https://worldairlinenews.com/2021/05/11/british-airways-adds-flights-to-holiday-destinations/

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Voyager acquires majority control of XO Markets

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Voyager Space has completed the purchase of a majority interest in commercial space holding company XO Markets.

Revealed in December 2020, the transaction also includes XO Markets subsidiary Nanoracks. It involves the infusion of significant growth capital into the business.

The financial details of the deal remain undisclosed.

Nanoracks provides low-cost, high-quality solutions required for satellite deployment, along with basic and educational research in over 30 countries.

The company has already launched more than 1,000 projects to the International Space Station, as well as the Bishop Airlock on the SpaceX CRS-21 mission on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

Nanoracks is also working on its long-term Space Outpost Program for private space platforms.

Voyager chairman and CEO Dylan Taylor said: “In the last year, the space industry has undergone a rapid evolution with demand for commercial space services reaching record highs.

“Innovative companies like Nanoracks are continuing to drive this transformation forward with first-of-their-kind technologies like the Bishop Airlock.

“We look forward to working with Jeffrey and his team as Nanoracks continues to push the envelope of what’s possible in the years to come while benefiting from the full support of our integrated model.”

Last month, Voyager completed the acquisition of The Launch Company, which specialises in the development of the systems, hardware, and processes to accelerate NewSpace companies to orbit.

In line with the NewSpace mission, Voyager recently inducted former Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine to chair its advisory board.

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Source: https://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/voyager-xo-markets-space-nanoracks/

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Jazeera Airways Sees A Smaller Loss Than Last Year Despite COVID

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On May 10th, Jazeera Airways released its earnings figures for the first quarter of 2021. With the ongoing health crisis and tight travel restrictions imposed by the Kuwait government, the airline is still facing losses. However, when compared to the first quarter of 2020, the airline experienced a smaller loss. This was achieved by trimming the airline’s workforce and operations, as well as the absence of a total ban, as was experienced in Kuwait the year prior.

Jazeera Airways is a low-cost carrier that operates out of Kuwait. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Wikimedia Commons 

First-quarter earnings for 2021

Announcing its figures yesterday, Jazeera Airways posted an operating revenue of KD8.1 million ($26.92 million). 

When matching up operational revenue with operational expenses, the airline registered a net loss of KD5.2 million ($17.28 million). While not an insignificant figure, it does represent an improvement of 14% from the first quarter of 2020- which saw a net loss of KD6.0 million ($19.94 million). 

One big change from a year ago was the difference in travel restrictions and the airline’s ability to adapt. In March of 2020, with the health crisis just emerging, most airlines were caught off-guard. The Kuwaiti government imposed a complete ban on all commercial traffic, allowing only cargo operations and specially arranged repatriation services. This time around, Jazeera Airways has had the chance to right-size its workforce and its operations.

Additionally, Kuwait now has a slightly less restrictive flight policy. Rather than a blanket ban on all traffic, commercial flights from 35 countries are suspended at Kuwait International Airport. Since February 7th, 2021, the government has also imposed an arrival capacity of 1,000 Kuwaiti nationals per day.

Jazeera Airways operates an exclusively Airbus A320 fleet. Photo: Jazeera Airways

Passenger traffic numbers

The airline reports that the number of passengers flown during the quarter reached 104,116- which is down from 496,484 during the same period in 2020. This is due to ongoing restrictions at Kuwait International Airport (KWI).

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The airline’s load factor was 58.4%, while its yield increased by 105.2% to KD74.9 ($249). 

Jazeera Airways’ chairman credits some of its passenger traffic to connecting flights, as well as new destinations (with more on the way):

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“While restrictions continued at Kuwait International Airport during the quarter, Jazeera focused on connecting flights, targeting underserved segments of passengers within its network, which accounted for 28% of total passengers. The airline also launched two new destinations and acquired six new traffic rights as it prepares to launch new routes in the summer season. Overall, Jazeera acquired the largest market share at KWI during the month of March despite limited capacity.” -Marwan Boodai, Jazeera Airways Chairman

Jazeera Airways managed to grab a 25% market share of all passengers flown through Kuwait International Airport. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Flickr 

Positive news during the first quarter

Indeed, the airline has had some positive news during the quarter. It launched two new routes to Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “These routes serve a resilient demand for travel by expatriates in the region,” the airline states.

During the period, the airline also took delivery of its sixth Airbus A320neo aircraft. In total, four A320neos will be delivered over the course of 2021.

The airline expects restrictions at Kuwait International Airport to be lifted over the remainder of the year – particularly as vaccination rates improve.

The airline’s chairman concludes by saying that Jazeera is in a strong financial position with an experienced team. “The airline has a solid portfolio of travel rights, an efficient fleet, and a network that connects passengers from point to point,” he adds.

Have you flown with Jazeera Airways yet? Share your experience by leaving a comment.

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Source: https://simpleflying.com/jazeera-airways-smaller-loss-q1-21/

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