SWISS

SWISS to start Bombardier C Series 100 operations in mid-July

SWISS will commence service of its first Bombardier C Series aircraft – a CS100 –, which will be deployed on short and medium-haul routes, on 15 July. In doing so, SWISS will be the first airline in the world to operate the new Bombardier C Series.

The first commercial flight will take passengers to Paris Charles de Gaulle, followed by flights to Manchester, Prague and Budapest. In August, the C Series network will be expanded to include Warsaw and Brussels, followed by the European metropoles Nice, Stuttgart, Hanover, Milan, Florence and Bucharest in September.

Bombardier’s newly-developed C Series, which is SWISS’s new short to medium-haul aircraft, sets new benchmarks in in-flight comfort, operating economics and environmental terms, including a 50% noise reduction which will particularly benefit local airport residents.

Austrian Airlines

Codeshare Agreement with Bangkok Airways

Austrian Airlines and Bangkok Airways signed their first joint codeshare agreement.

As a result, new destinations in Thailand and Cambodia can be directly booked via Austrian Airlines, and reached from Vienna via flights to Bangkok.: In addition to the well-known vacation destinations of Phuket, Krabi and Ko Samui in the south of Thailand, passengers can fly to Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand, and Trat located on the Gulf of Thailand. In Cambodia, the codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways includes the destinations of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Austrian Airlines offers daily non-stop flight services to Bangkok.

In addition to the new partnership with Bangkok Airways, the existing codeshare agreement with the Star Alliance partner Thai Airways International has been expanded to encompass additional frequencies on routes within Thailand.

Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines opens new lounge “The Suite” in Terminal B

Brussels Airlines continues to go the extra mile for its customers and invest in airport comfort at Brussels Airport. The airline has inaugurated a new lounge in Terminal B, called “The Suite”.

Compared to the previous lounge, it is double the size and offers a contemporary design and relaxation to frequent flyers and Business Class guests. It welcomes passengers departing on Brussels Airlines North-Atlantic flights (New York, Washington and Toronto), short/medium-haul non–Schengen flights, as well as customers from Star Alliance partners.

A working area is available for travellers who want to continue their work at the airport. A quiet zone is reserved for passengers who want to relax in comfortable seats before their departure.

Belgian spirit is reflected in “The Suite” through Belgian beers, Belgian media, Belgian specialties and impressions of the surrealist art of René Magritte.

LOT

LOT hits the first million! More and more passengers choose the polish carrier

LOT

In January, LOT launched a long-haul flight to Tokyo and a dozen or so new flights to European cities, such as Kharkiv, Barcelona, Zagreb, Luxembourg, Ljubljana, Athens, Košice, Venice, Cluj-Napoca, and Palanga.

"In many cities, such as in Kharkiv or Palanga, LOT is the first carrier that provides access to such a vast route network and such a wide range of products and services. In all cities we fly to, we are the best alternative for tiresome flights through large and crowded Eastern European airports. LOT is a guarantee for comfortable and stress-free travel" – says Adrian Kubicki.

As the first airline in Europe, the Polish carrier offers – with respect to all international flights – as many as three travel classes: LOT Economy Class, LOT Premium Economy Class, and LOT Business Class. LOT has one of the youngest fleets in Europe led by Bombardiers Q400 and Embraer, which are modern and comfortable as they have no middle seat. The company provides long-haul flights, i.e. flights to New York, Chicago, Toronto, Beijing, and Tokyo, with the most advanced aircraft in the world, namely the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Tickets for the newly opened LOT connections are currently available through all sales channels such as, on the lot.com website, at LOT Contact Centre, LOT Travel offices, and through the agents.

Lufthansa

More than just a good flight: travel via the new Terminal 2 - Satellite, Munich

Munich Airport’s new Terminal 2 extension is tailored entirely to the traveller's requirements, so for Lufthansa passengers the journey will be a superb experience on the ground, too.

The spacious architecture impresses with its light, inviting atmosphere and short distances to the gates; the attractive range of services will delight passengers by its variety and excellent quality.

Passengers with time to linger will be well catered for in the satellite’s central area: in a ‘market place’ designed to resemble Munich’s famous ‘Viktualienmarkt’ food market, they can take advantage of an extensive selection of shops and catering outlets and find inspiration for their journeys through an impressive LED wall. Those who prefer peace and quiet, on the other hand, can make themselves comfortable on relax loungers in the extensive waiting areas. Parents can delight their children by taking them to the new play areas. And status customers can enjoy an even larger choice of lounges: from the 1,000 m2 First Class Lounge with its own roof terrace, to the Senator and Business Lounges which share a panorama bar with an impressive view over the apron.

United Airlines

New travel experience: The United Polaris Business Class

United Airlines has set itself the goal of ending the current form of business travel and ring in a new age: The airline introduces their completely new United Polaris Business Class the most important product change in over ten years. It will offer travellers on inter-continental routes new sleeping comfort, particularly for the period between waiting in lounge and arriving at the destination.United Polaris is deliberately named after the radiant North Star and is to rise to a new star in the heavens of the many Business Class products – completely for the benefit of the passengers for a peaceful, completely relaxed flight.

United decided on a personally developed, exclusive seat, instead of simply further developing products that already exist on the market in order to create a fundamentally new Business Class in commercial wide-body aircraft. Each United Polaris seat is located by the aisle. The flat-bed is approximately 2 metres long and facing forwards following the style of a personal suite in the cabin. There is a "Do Not Disturb" sign, a comfortable light for relaxation, backrests with an electric back support, several storage options and different areas for working and for the menu service, there is also a round 40 centimetre large, high-resolution screen for entertainment. The seats in the middle of the cabin also have an electronic partition.

United will introduce United Polaris on 01 December 2016 with the improved menu and beverage offer on board, new bed linen from Saks Fifth Avenue, a new amenity kit and the new United Polaris Lounge in Chicago. The United Polaris Business Class seat will first be used in December in a Boeing 777 and subsequently retrofitted in Boeing 787-10 and Airbus A350-1000 as well as Boeing 767-300 and 777-2000.