If you have the soul of a globetrotter, this job might well interest you. Swiss International Air Lines will soon be recruiting an explorer. During the six months fixed-term contract, the lucky person will, for a salary and all expenses paid, visit 26 destinations.
We all know the ''low-cost'' companies. Well, now there are the ''ULTRA-low costs''. Carriers that display the lowest prices defying all competition, but who charge for the least service. In the U.S., Spirit, a pioneer company in the field, has just been joined by Frontier Airlines in a niche left vacant in the move upmarket by the historical low-cost companies such as Southwest or Jet Blue.
Nobody can deny it, airline companies in the Middle East have, over the years, become a benchmark of onboard luxury and refinement, and Etihad Airways intends soon to even out-class its competitors. The United Arab Emirates national carrier will soon be offering a unique Premier Class to their wealthier clients.
After their Economy Class last September, and Business Class earlier this year, it was in Asia on May 7th that Air France presented their new completely revamped Premier Class to an audience of a hundred or so journalists. Up until the very last moment, this new product configuration had been kept well under wraps.
Delays, cancellations, etc.; when you take a 'plane the departure time, but above all the arrival time, is, for many passengers, extremely important. In recent years, therefore, punctuality has become a priority for airlines. Every year since 2009, FlightStats, an American company, has published its list of ''Airline on-time performance service award winners''.
On April 24 at E.N.A.C., the French National School of Civil Aviation, a couple of unusual ladies went to meet high school students, and in particular high school students of the fairer sex, to talk about their profession and especially the vocational aspect. The profession that they exercise, which is not very widespread amongst the female sex - they are both airline pilot captains.
Since 2004, when flights are delayed or cancelled, European passengers have enjoyed certain rights ; but in fact, the current legislation leaves room for many grey areas ! At present, in order to not compensate their passengers, companies hide behind the term, just a little too all-inclusive, ''exceptional circumstances''; however, this will soon not be possible…
With the object of attracting its Business Class customers, Air France has unveiled its new seats for that category, which will be progressively installed from June on board its Boeing 777's ! This seat – sorry, "cocoon" - manufactured by Zodiac Aerospace, required four years of development and costs a whopping € 50,000 each !
Ryanair is targeting business people. The biggest European low-cost airline will probably be offering new services for group business travel within the coming weeks; notably with "flexible tickets," more expensive than conventional ones but comprising: a reserved seat, priority boarding, baggage in the hold, and of course the ability to change the date and time of the flight at no extra cost...