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Air France’s new standard of travel coming soon to the Airbus A350

Air France provided an exclusive first glimpse at its brand-new Business seat at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2023 in Hamburg (Germany). The seat incorporates a sliding door that allows passengers to create a completely private space and the seat converts into a full-flat bed reaching almost two metres in length..

It also features the highest industry standards in terms of comfort and on-board technology. The seats in the middle of the cabin are provided with a central panel that can be lowered to create a convivial area and make the most of the flight together, giving those travelling together a better sense of isolation.

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The new Airbus A350s that the business will add to its long-haul fleet between now and 2025 will include this seat, which was created specifically for Air France. The Airbus A350 will have new cabins in all travel classes in this configuration, including 48 Business seats, 32 Premium Economy seats, and 212 Economy seats.

Air France is pursuing the roll-out of its most cutting-edge travel standards in terms of in-flight comfort with this most recent strategic step in its march upmarket, expanding on what the firm has already implemented on 12 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft.

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Air France has purchased a total of 41 Airbus A350-900s, which are currently being delivered at a steady rate. Twenty of these planes have already been delivered to the corporation. The first A350 with this redesigned cabin layout will be the 21st model, “Aix-en-Provence,” which will launch on commercial flights in July 2023.

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The “three Fs” concept, which guided the design of the 48 roomy business seats, stands for Full Flat, Full Access, and Full Privacy. Full Flat refers to the seat’s ability to convert into a bed that is 53 cm broad and over 2 metres long. Passengers can now create a completely contained room that is hidden from other passengers in the cabin via a new sliding door.

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The largest business cabin on any Air France long-haul aircraft, each seat has a wide 20-inch 4K Ultra High Definition anti-glare screen, providing passengers with over 1,500 hours of entertainment on a cutting-edge graphical user interface. Passengers can use their own headphones to enjoy the entertainment system with to a Bluetooth connection.

There are 212 seats in the Economy cabin that were created in partnership with Safran Seats. Each seat has a 119 degree recline, a 46 cm wide seat pan, and 79 cm of legroom. The backrest’s cushions provide reinforced lateral support and have an ergonomic design. In addition to the USB-A port, the seat now has a USB-C port as well as a personal smartphone or tablet holder built into the backrest.

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Ex-Cathay Pacific A330-300 Destroyed by Fire during Long-Term Storage at Spain

Ex-Cathay Pacific A330-300 Destroyed by Fire during Long-Term Storage at Spain

In a dramatic turn of events, an ex-Cathay Pacific Airbus A330 met a fiery end at Ciudad Real Airport in Spain. The aircraft, with a distinguished service history spanning 28 years, was resting in long-term storage at the airport when disaster struck.

Reports emerged detailing the unfortunate incident, painting a picture of destruction and chaos. The once majestic A330, bearing the serial number MSN113, became engulfed in flames while undergoing dismantling procedures. What began as a routine process turned into a nightmare as a fire erupted in the aircraft’s tail section, quickly spreading to consume the entire fuselage.

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Emergency responders, including the Civil Guard, medical teams, and law enforcement personnel, swiftly descended upon the scene to contain the inferno. Despite the intensity of the blaze, their coordinated efforts prevented any injuries among both the public and the brave individuals working to quell the flames.

By mid-afternoon, the Ciudad Real fire service declared victory over the fire, announcing its successful extinguishment. However, the aftermath left behind a trail of questions and concerns. Authorities launched an investigation into the cause of the blaze, with initial findings shrouded in mystery.

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The head of the airport expressed astonishment at the unprecedented event, highlighting it as the first instance where airport infrastructure had to grapple with such a significant fire-related challenge. As the investigation unfolds, the aviation community awaits answers, hoping to shed light on the circumstances leading to the demise of the retired Airbus A330.

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Air India’s last VVIP Boeing 747 now found a new home in USA

Air India's last VVIP Boeing 747 now found a new home in USA
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In a symbolic transition marking the end of a storied chapter in aviation history, Air India bid farewell to its last remaining Boeing 747-400 jumbo jetliners, once revered for ferrying dignitaries including prime ministers, presidents, and vice presidents.

The sale of these iconic aircraft to AerSale, a company based in the United States, signals the closure of a remarkable era for the airline.

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The decision to part ways with the Boeing 747s was driven by practical considerations. Tata Group, the new custodian of airindia flights, deemed these majestic planes uneconomical to operate in today’s aviation landscape. As such, out of the four sold, two will be repurposed into freighters, while the remaining pair will be meticulously disassembled to harness their valuable parts.

The transaction, orchestrated by Mumbai-based Vman Aviation Services, underscores the strategic shift in Air India’s fleet management strategy under its new ownership. Tata Group’s decision to divest from the 747s reflects a commitment to optimizing operational efficiency and aligning with contemporary industry standards.

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Skytech-AIC, a UK-based remarketing firm engaged by Tata Group, facilitated the sale of these iconic aircraft, marking the conclusion of their illustrious service with Air India. The airline’s last flight featuring the Boeing 747 took to the skies between Delhi and Mumbai in March 2021, encapsulating decades of distinguished service and indelible memories.

The allure of used aircraft parts continues to resonate across the aviation sector, offering operators a cost-effective alternative without compromising on quality or performance. The transfer of these aircraft to AerSale not only ensures their continued utility but also underscores the enduring legacy of Air India’s fleet.

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A software error caused grounding the entire airline fleet

A software error caused the grounding entire airline fleet

On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a ground stop advisory for all Alaska Airlines and subcarrier flights due to a software issue, disrupting travel plans for passengers.

The FAA directive, which prohibited the departure of Alaska Airlines mainline and subcarrier flights, was implemented as a precautionary measure following the detection of the software problem. The ground stop was initiated after Alaska Airlines encountered difficulties during a system upgrade related to the calculation of weight and balance for their flights.

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As a result, the airline opted for a temporary suspension of all its operations to address the issue and ensure passenger safety. Alaska Airlines promptly issued a statement acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to resolving the matter swiftly. “This morning we experienced an issue while performing an upgrade to the system that calculates our weight and balance.

Out of an abundance of caution, we requested a ground stop for all Alaska and Horizon flights, which was instituted at approximately 7:30 a.m. PT,” the statement read. Passengers affected by the disruption voiced their concerns on social media platforms, prompting Alaska Airlines to reassure them of their efforts to minimize the inconvenience and expedite the resumption of flights.

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Following approximately an hour-long interruption, the FAA lifted the ground stop order, allowing Alaska Airlines and its subcarriers to resume normal operations. However, it was clarified that SkyWest, which provides regional service for Alaska Airlines and other carriers, was exempt from the ground stop and continued its flights unaffected.

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