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New Jetstar ad says, ‘Travel here while the world can’t’

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Jetstar has commissioned artists to draw giant ‘coupons’ on outdoor locations across Australia.

Jetstar has launched a new ad campaign to encourage domestic travel, under the tagline, “Travel here while the rest of the world can’t.”

The promotions, which will run outdoors and on social media, show giant coupons highlighting locations where the airline is offering cheap tickets. Artists have already placed their designs on beaches, rooftops and car parks.

Tom Wenborn, from creative agency Tinkerbell, said, “Australia and New Zealand truly are the lucky countries, and right now we have both sides of the Tasman to ourselves to explore.

“We’ve loved helping to highlight some of Australia and New Zealand’s favourite destinations in a uniquely Jetstar way.”

It comes after the federal government hinted this week it could extend the half-price ticket scheme after it revealed more than three-quarters of the 800,000 cheap fares have now been sold.

Trade Minister Dan Tehan said the remaining 200,000 flights would “go like hot cakes” and argued every dollar spent on them is generating 10 times more for the wider tourism industry.

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Domestic aviation has been pinning its recovery hopes on the federal government’s plan to supplement airfares for passengers to 15 destinations including the Gold Coast, Alice Springs and Kangaroo Island. It follows the end of JobKeeper last month.

The fares are on sale until the end of July for travel until the end of September, with discounts applied automatically.

Both airline groups have also topped up the 15 locations with sales to other destinations and also extended fare flexibility in light of recent uncertainty.

The success of the initiative allowed Qantas and Jetstar to announce they would soon be flying more aircraft on their domestic routes than before than pandemic and rivals Virgin to commit to hiring 150 new cabin crew and leasing 10 new 737s.

Earlier this month, Tourism Australia also launched a new $3 million campaign to encourage New Zealanders to take advantage of the trans-Tasman bubble.

The ‘Be the First’ adverts will run until June across TV, online, print, radio and on outdoor billboards.

The campaign will focus on Australia’s food and wine, nature and wildlife. Tourism Australia estimated that in 2019, 1.4 million visitors from New Zealand spent $1.6 billion across the Tasman – or an average of $1,255 per visitor.

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Source: https://australianaviation.com.au/2021/04/new-jetstar-ad-says-travel-here-while-the-world-cant/

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The Airbus A220: 5 Things You Must Know

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The Airbus A220 will soon mark five years of service since its first revenue-earning flight with SWISS in July 2016. During this period, it has become popular among both airlines and their passengers for its operational efficiency and onboard comfort. Let’s take a look at five of the most important and interesting facts regarding the type.

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Delta is presently the largest A220 operator, with 49 examples. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

1) It began life as the Bombardier CSeries

The A220 family is actually the brainchild of Canadian manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace. The company designed and launched it under the name ‘CSeries.’ Indeed, it flew commercially as the CSeries for two years, before Airbus joined the program in July 2018.

This saw the European manufacturer acquire a majority stake (50.01%) in the program as part of a joint venture. Today, it holds 75%, following Bombardier’s exit in 2020. The local government has the other 25% through its Investissement Québec holding company.

2) It is produced in North America

Airbus is known for being a multi-national European company. Indeed, some of its most important facilities are located in the likes of Hamburg, Germany and Toulouse, France. However, owing to the A220’s Canadian roots at Bombardier, Airbus instead produces the type across two sites in North America.

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The A220 has strong links to Canada. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

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Production of the A220 initially took place (and continues to do so) at a factory in Mirabel. This is situated just outside Montréal, Canada. In August 2019, Airbus also opened an A220 assembly line in the neighboring US. This is situated in Mobile, Alabama.

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3) There are two variants

Bombardier designed two variants for its CSeries, to which Airbus has remained loyal after taking over the program. These, and some of their key facts, are as follows.

  • A220-100 – 35 meters long, 100-120 passengers, 6,390 km (3,450 NM) range, 90 orders (of which Airbus has delivered 50).
  • A220-300 – 38.7 meters long, 120-150 passengers, 6,667 km (3,600 NM) range, 559 orders (of which Airbus has delivered 109).

4) Some airlines only operate the A220

The Airbus A220 is a widely-loved aircraft, and an integral part of airline fleets worldwide. However, for some carriers, it plays a greater role by being their only aircraft type. One such airline is Air Manas, based in Kyrgyzstan. The carrier received its first A220 last month. The single A220 in question is currently the only plane of any kind in its one-aircraft fleet.

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Air Manas’s A220 is currently its only aircraft. Photo: Air Manas

Meanwhile, Air Sinai’s fleet also consists solely of a pair of A220s. These are unmarked, and fly between Tel Aviv and Cairo on behalf of EgyptAir. However, it is not just airlines with one or two planes where the A220 dominates. Indeed, all 26 of Latvian flag carrier airBaltic’s aircraft are examples of the stretched-fuselage A220-300 variant.

5) Passengers revere its onboard comfort

As well as pleasing airline executives with its operational efficiency, many passengers also hold the A220 in high regard due to its increased comfort levels. One reason for this is its 2-3 seating configuration, which allows each individual seat to be slightly wider.

Indeed, SeatGuru reports that Air Canada‘s economy class seats on its A220s are an impressive 19 inches wide. Meanwhile, the figure onboard its six-abreast A320 family planes is 17.8 inches. While on the subject of the A220’s fuselage, how about a quick bonus fact to finish off – it is around the same width as Rolls-Royce’s colossal ‘UltraFan’ engine!

What do you make of the Airbus A220 family? Have you ever flown on the type? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

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Source: https://simpleflying.com/airbus-a220-5-things/

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Abu Dhabi Expansion: Wizz Air Targets More Low-Cost Destinations

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has announced a number of new low-cost destinations, with flights to Kiev in Ukraine, Bari in Italy, and Salalah and Muscat in Oman coming this summer. Abu Dhabi’s newest airline, launched in January 2021, will now have 22 destinations across its network and counting.

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has added four exciting destinations to its network. Photo: Getty Images

More low-cost flights from Abu Dhabi

Low-cost carrier Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will add several new destinations to its network over the summer. The airline has announced four new routes that will begin in the next couple of months, with more destinations expected to be added.

The new routes are:

  • Kiev – Thrice-weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Starting at AED179 ($49). (From July 1st).
  • Bari – Twice-weekly flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Starting at AED229 ($62). (From September 21st).
  • Salalah – Twice-weekly flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Starting at AED99 ($27). (From July 3rd).
  • Oman – Thrice-weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Starting at AED99 ($27). (From July 1st).
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The ultra-low-cost carrier now has 22 destinations across its network. Photo: Wizz Air

Kees Van Schaick, managing director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, said,

“Kiev, Bari, Salalah and Muscat are our next destinations in a series of new route announcements we have made, and will continue to make – we are committed to providing Abu Dhabi residents and tourists with new travel options and destinations at affordable prices.”

The new routes add to Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s growing network, which includes popular destinations such as Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Egypt and Kazakhstan. The airline is eyeing many more destinations and is expected to announce additional routes in the coming months.

Fares for its new destinations have already been released on the Wizz Air website, starting as low as AED99 ($27).

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi continues to grow

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi only commenced operations a few months ago, on January 15th, but has seen significant growth already. Beginning with its inaugural Abu Dhabi-Athens route, the airline gradually added other destinations to its network, including Odessa, Alexandria, Yerevan and Larnaca.

With four new routes announced, the airline now flies to 22 destinations and is touted to add many more to its network over the coming months.

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Van Schaick added,

“We’re excited to offer these new routes giving travelers sustainable options to explore new places. Travelers will be dazzled by beautiful architecture found in every corner of Kiev, a wealth of history and gorgeous beaches in Bari, and the nature and diverse landscape found in Oman.”

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The airline has a brand-new fleet of four Airbus A321neos. Photo: Wizz Air

Presently, the airline’s fleet consists of four Airbus A321neos, which are all less than a year old. Its new, modern and efficient fleet positions the airline perfectly to navigate the post-pandemic world and offer ultra-low-cost flights.

What’s next for the airline?

Simple Flying had the opportunity to speak with Wizz Air CEO József Váradi after the airline’s inaugural flight to Athens in January. Váradi laid out Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s ambitious expansion plans, which includes operating 50 aircraft within 10 years and quadrupling passenger numbers in the same period.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi aims to connect Abu Dhabi to many more destinations in the future. Photo: Ralf Roletschek via Wikimedia Commons

As far as destinations go, the airline is strongly rumored to be looking east, specifically at India. Váradi confirmed speculation last month, stating, “from a UAE perspective, India is a huge market with a huge passenger flow.” Crucially, he said India would be a destination-only country and there are no plans to set up an operating base there.

Are you excited about Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s rapid expansion? Which routes are you looking forward to most? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

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Source: https://simpleflying.com/wizz-air-abu-dhabi-expansion/

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One Seat – Three Cabins: The Future Of Long-Haul Narrowbody

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Airliners are expensive to fit out, and reconfiguring the balance of economy and premium seating is a costly proposition. To keep up with the trends, airlines have to try to predict the future. But what if one seat could be all things to all people? LIFT Aero Design’s PARADYM concept does just that.

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The PARADYM concept brings true flexibility to the aircraft cabin. Photo: LIFT Aero Design

A seat for every class

For as long as there have been separate classes in aircraft cabins, airlines and lessors have been doing a fine balancing act. Predicting demand for first, business, premium economy and economy requires a fairly robust crystal ball, but it’s a decision that often needs to be made very early in the sales process.

Take into account the fact that many aircraft are ordered years in advance, and most will spend at least a decade in service, and you can see that these buyers have a tough job on their hands to forecast the passenger trends of the future.

But what if you had a seat that could be sold as multiple classes all in one package? LIFT Aero Design has come up with just such a concept, which would allow airlines to reconfigure their class split right up to the point of boarding at the gate. It calls this concept PARADYM.

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Wider aircraft

LIFT envisions a future where aircraft cabins have grown to meet the changing needs of today’s long-haul flier. Although more of us will fly long-haul on single-aisle aircraft, the company believes that the narrowbody will become a little bit less narrow.

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PARADYM relies on the extra width of the cabin of the future to engineer a seat that can fulfill the needs of all classes of travelers, whether they’re after a comfortable budget ticket, a more premium experience, or lie flat comfort. It’s not a top-of-the-range business class product, of course, but it does have the potential to allow passengers a comfortable sleep on those longer flights.

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Passengers get their own armrest. Photo: LIFT Aero Design

For regular economy operations, the cabin is arranged in a typical 3-3 layout. However, this is next-generation economy, and gives passengers a huge 20 inches (51 cm) between armrests. The armrests themselves are ergonomically curved, and there are two between each seat. That means no more armrest wars for the middle seat passenger.

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For a premium economy experience, the airline has the option to block the middle seat and raise the first armrest for the window and aisle passengers. The passenger gets more space, more privacy and more width, and the airline can make this decision at any point in the process.

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With the armrests raised and the cushion elevated, a large sleeping area is formed. Photo: LIFT Aero Design

The final configuration gives passengers a large sleeping area as the whole block of three would be sold to one person. The front of the seat cushion can be raised up, as can all the armrests, giving a sleeping space of five feet nine inches long (1.75 m). It’s not business class, but it could be sold as premium economy flat or perhaps business class lite.

In all configurations, LIFT has paid attention to detail. The seat cushions are curved so as not to press into the back of the knee, and a cocoon-like headrest provides support and privacy. The off-center split allows passengers to raise or lower the headrest to their optimal position and needs.

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Movable headrests add comfort and privacy. Photo: LIFT Aero Design

While the LIFT concept is reliant on a completely new aircraft type rolling around, it’s a very interesting proposition. For airlines to be able to sell any position as economy or something more comfortable gives them a huge amount of flexibility, something that is likely to be highly appealing to low-cost and hybrid carriers.

A global tour

To further promote the product, LIFT is planning a world ‘tour’, but without leaving Tokyo! Rather than taking the product around the world, the company is bringing the world to its product, with a series of geographically inspired headrest designs celebrating their favorite places it calls PARADYM World Colors.

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The World Colors tour highlights the importance of material and finish in branding aircraft seats. Photo: LIFT Aero Design

LIFT’s first destination is Tokyo, where its managing director Daniel Baron lives. He told Simple Flying,

“Many people know how much I love this city. Vast, eclectic, and ever evolving, Tokyo is metropolis meets village, urban sprawl meets sublime detail. It’s a delicious blend of future and tradition, fast and slow, cacophony and calm.”

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The headrest design echoes the busy maps of Tokyo’s streets. Photo: LIFT Aero Design

The headrests are designed to be produced on printed leather, and the lines represent the intricate maps of the city streets that are essential for navigating the Japanese metropolis. As well as being rather beautiful, LIFT’s design aims to demonstrate just how well seat trim and finish can shape brand differentiation.

What do you think of PARADYM? Let us know in the comments.

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Source: https://simpleflying.com/lift-paradym-seat/

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One Seat – Three Cabins: The Future Of Long-Haul Narrowbody

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Airliners are expensive to fit out, and reconfiguring the balance of economy and premium seating is a costly proposition. To keep up with the trends, airlines have to try to predict the future. But what if one seat could be all things to all people? LIFT Aero Design’s PARADYM concept does just that.

LIFT PARADYM
The PARADYM concept brings true flexibility to the aircraft cabin. Photo: LIFT Aero Design

A seat for every class

For as long as there have been separate classes in aircraft cabins, airlines and lessors have been doing a fine balancing act. Predicting demand for first, business, premium economy and economy requires a fairly robust crystal ball, but it’s a decision that often needs to be made very early in the sales process.

Take into account the fact that many aircraft are ordered years in advance, and most will spend at least a decade in service, and you can see that these buyers have a tough job on their hands to forecast the passenger trends of the future.

But what if you had a seat that could be sold as multiple classes all in one package? LIFT Aero Design has come up with just such a concept, which would allow airlines to reconfigure their class split right up to the point of boarding at the gate. It calls this concept PARADYM.

Stay informed: Sign up for our daily and weekly aviation news digests.

Wider aircraft

LIFT envisions a future where aircraft cabins have grown to meet the changing needs of today’s long-haul flier. Although more of us will fly long-haul on single-aisle aircraft, the company believes that the narrowbody will become a little bit less narrow.

Advertisement:

PARADYM relies on the extra width of the cabin of the future to engineer a seat that can fulfill the needs of all classes of travelers, whether they’re after a comfortable budget ticket, a more premium experience, or lie flat comfort. It’s not a top-of-the-range business class product, of course, but it does have the potential to allow passengers a comfortable sleep on those longer flights.

LIFT PARADYM
Passengers get their own armrest. Photo: LIFT Aero Design

For regular economy operations, the cabin is arranged in a typical 3-3 layout. However, this is next-generation economy, and gives passengers a huge 20 inches (51 cm) between armrests. The armrests themselves are ergonomically curved, and there are two between each seat. That means no more armrest wars for the middle seat passenger.

Advertisement:

For a premium economy experience, the airline has the option to block the middle seat and raise the first armrest for the window and aisle passengers. The passenger gets more space, more privacy and more width, and the airline can make this decision at any point in the process.

LIFT PARADYM
With the armrests raised and the cushion elevated, a large sleeping area is formed. Photo: LIFT Aero Design

The final configuration gives passengers a large sleeping area as the whole block of three would be sold to one person. The front of the seat cushion can be raised up, as can all the armrests, giving a sleeping space of five feet nine inches long (1.75 m). It’s not business class, but it could be sold as premium economy flat or perhaps business class lite.

In all configurations, LIFT has paid attention to detail. The seat cushions are curved so as not to press into the back of the knee, and a cocoon-like headrest provides support and privacy. The off-center split allows passengers to raise or lower the headrest to their optimal position and needs.

Advertisement:

LIFT PARADYM
Movable headrests add comfort and privacy. Photo: LIFT Aero Design

While the LIFT concept is reliant on a completely new aircraft type rolling around, it’s a very interesting proposition. For airlines to be able to sell any position as economy or something more comfortable gives them a huge amount of flexibility, something that is likely to be highly appealing to low-cost and hybrid carriers.

A global tour

To further promote the product, LIFT is planning a world ‘tour’, but without leaving Tokyo! Rather than taking the product around the world, the company is bringing the world to its product, with a series of geographically inspired headrest designs celebrating their favorite places it calls PARADYM World Colors.

LIFT PARADYM
The World Colors tour highlights the importance of material and finish in branding aircraft seats. Photo: LIFT Aero Design

LIFT’s first destination is Tokyo, where its managing director Daniel Baron lives. He told Simple Flying,

“Many people know how much I love this city. Vast, eclectic, and ever evolving, Tokyo is metropolis meets village, urban sprawl meets sublime detail. It’s a delicious blend of future and tradition, fast and slow, cacophony and calm.”

LIFT PARADYM
The headrest design echoes the busy maps of Tokyo’s streets. Photo: LIFT Aero Design

The headrests are designed to be produced on printed leather, and the lines represent the intricate maps of the city streets that are essential for navigating the Japanese metropolis. As well as being rather beautiful, LIFT’s design aims to demonstrate just how well seat trim and finish can shape brand differentiation.

What do you think of PARADYM? Let us know in the comments.

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Source: https://simpleflying.com/lift-paradym-seat/

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