Airline News - Europe.


Nov 24, 2008

Air France

Air France says its premium-economy cabin, which will start flying in October or November next year, will include a seat that pivots on the bottom like a movie-theater seat so that the person in front of you doesn't recline into your lap. Two rows of premium-economy seats will take up the same space as three rows of economy seats, and on wide-body jets with nine seats across each row in coach, premium economy will have eight seats across. Nov 18, 2008

Air France KLM

European mainline carriers are seeing a sharp slowdown in premium travel as turmoil in the financial sector takes its toll on high-paying passengers. In reporting second-quarter profits that dropped 96.2% from year-ago levels, Air France-KLM said it was beginning to see "a slide from the class at the front of the plane to the class at the back," according to CEO Jean-Cyril Spinetta. Executives say premium travel is somewhat inelastic because business travelers are more affected by schedules than by price. Nov 21, 2008

British Airways

Customers on British Airways' new business-class service from London City to New York will be able to clear customs and immigration at Shannon Airport before arriving in the U.S. The west Ireland airport is the first European airport to be granted pre-clearance facilities for trans-Atlantic services to the U.S. The announcement was made in Shannon by Irish Transport Minister Noel Dempsey ahead of a formal signing of the agreement in Washington on Monday. This development means they will be allowed to bypass the normal arrivals checks when they land at JFK and speed straight through the airport. Nov 17, 2008

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic

British Airways serves regular meals in its premium-economy cabin and boards premium-economy passengers with coach customers. Virgin offers a separate check-in area for premium-economy passengers, boards them along with business-class customers and offers food service that is upgraded from coach, but is nowhere near as elaborate as its "Upper Class" business cabin. Both airlines have separate toilets reserved for premium-economy customers, but on recent flights coach customers were using them, too. Nov 18, 2008

Swiss International

Swiss International with wintery culinary delights from the Dolder Grand, starting Nov. 26, will treat passengers to menu creations by Heiko Nieder, Chef Fine Dining at The Restaurant in Dolder Grand, as part of its culinary concept, Swiss Taste of Switzerland...

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