Airline News - Asia / Pacific.


Jan 31, 2010

Air New Zealand, Boeing

Air New Zealand, unveiled new economy and premium economy seats as part of a major cabin makeover in its new long-haul airplanes. Some seats at the back of the plane will feature a footrest of sorts that can be raised like a recliner to create a platform for sleeping. The comfier seats are one of many interesting ideas floating around to make flying a little more bearable. From simple things like leaving middle seats empty to designing staggered seats to exploring ultra-creative ideas like putting beds on planes, airlines and designers are rethinking the passenger experience. Unfortunately, many of these ideas are limited to the front of the airplane where first- and business-class passengers sit. When Air New Zealand takes delivery of its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft this fall, those of us in coach will enjoy the possibility of lying flat to sleep. The catch is the OSkycouchO turns three seats into a small bed. That means it probably works best if youOre not very tall or youOre traveling with kids. It fits the bill if youOre lucky enough that you and your traveling companion can enjoy having the seats to yourselves, like the lucky couple in the promotional photo from the airline. Jan 26, 2010

Air Tahiti Nui

February is travel agent month in Tahiti and, to celebrate, Air Tahiti Nui and its partners have teamed up to thank agents for their continued support of the destination by extending special travel rates to the community. Agents and their companions now have the rare opportunity to fly to French Polynesia roundtrip on Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles for $348 per person, including all taxes, fuel and fees. Twenty-three hotels in Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, TahaOa, Hiva Oa, Huahine, Manihi, Nuku Hiva and Tikehau are offering agents special rates, with rooms starting at $100 per night. For a room with a moving view, Paul Gauguin Cruises is inviting agents aboard its February sailings for the starting price of $875 per person. Domestic carrier Air Tahiti is knocking 50 percent off its published rates for travel agents, and 40 percent off companion fares. Air Tahiti Nui, with a route network linking the South Pacific to four continents, is the leading carrier to French Polynesia featuring daily nonstop service from Los Angeles. Air Tahiti Nui was named the OBest Airline -- Pacific RegionO and recognized as having the OBest Cabin Staff -- Pacific RegionO in the 2009 Skytrax World Airline Survey for the...

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