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Emirates launches new toys for young travellers

Emirates launches new toys for young travellers

DUBAI, U.A.E., 19 November 2015 – Emirates has released its newest range of toys, the Fly with Me Animals for infants and toddlers and specially designed Fly with Me Lonely Planet activity bags for those aged between six and 12 years old. The new toys are now available on board, ahead of the upcoming holiday season.

Emirates’ Fly with Me Animals is a new take on its signature kid’s products, replacing the popular Fly with Me Monsters. The toys are designed for infants and children up to eight years old and are meant to be both entertaining and educational. Each character represents a specific region and will help children learn more about its habitat.

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The first four animals to make their debut on board are: Lewis the Lion from Africa, Peek U the Panda from China, Enrico the Monkey from Latin America, and Leila the Camel from the Middle East. Four new Fly with Me Animals will be introduced every six months.
The animals will be featured across three product lines: the Travel Buddy which comes with a plastic toggle allowing the toy to be hung in the car, on a pram or in the cot; the Carry Buddy, a dual purpose toy and blanket; as well as the Magnetic Sketcher for young ones to express themselves creatively.

The Fly With Me magazine on board has also been revamped to feature the animals. The activity-filled publication is produced exclusively for Emirates’ young flyers.
“Over 4 million children travel with us each year, which makes young travellers among our most important customers. We know how challenging it can be for parents to keep their children occupied and happy on flights. We’ve ensured that every aspect of the travel experience is catered for, from toys and kids’ entertainment to special meals on board, and even family check-in areas.

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Each bag features different content to encourage a sense of adventure in young travellers. These include fold-out world maps, travel journals, plastic drink bottles, cards with world facts and various educational books exclusive to Emirates.

Families can look forward to even more enhancements by the end of the year. This includes a new range of kid’s greeting cards to celebrate special occasions on board, and refreshed photo cards for cabin crew to capture special moments with an instant Polaroid camera.
Meal times on board have also been given extra attention. The special meals offered to children aged between two and 12 years old will be served on newly designed meal trays featuring the iconic Emirates cabin crew and pilots.

Children travelling on Emirates will be kept occupied with its award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice Digital Widescreen, which features over 25 dedicated kids TV channels and over 40 classic Disney movies. They will be given specially designed smaller headphones that are comfortable and colourful with great sound quality.

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On the ground, Emirates continues its exceptional family offering including a dedicated family check-in area in Dubai and priority boarding for families across all airports. In Emirates lounges across the network, the Fly with Me Animals will also be featured in two other unique product lines. The Cuddle Buddy, a soft comfort blanket for infants, and Fly with Me Animal Tin Cases with magnets and activity sheets for toddlers. Unique Fly with Me Lonely Planet cases will also be given out to older children. These toys and activity kits are in addition to the dedicated kids play area which feature arcade quality games and playstation terminals in both First Class and Business Class lounges in Dubai.

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Here’s Why Popular Airlines Are removing First Class : The Reasons Unveiled

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An airline has grown weary of its first-class seats and has made the bold decision to remove them from its upcoming aircraft orders and fleet interior upgrades.

Why has the airline chosen to take such a drastic step, and what has led to its lack of interest in maintaining a first-class experience? Join us in this video as we delve into the reasons behind the airline’s decision and explore its implications.

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First-class seats hold a distinct identity in the travel segment, often attracting affluent individuals or celebrities seeking privacy and luxury. These passengers enjoy exclusive suites with extensive food menus and various travel amenities. Airlines have crafted their brand image around these offerings, leveraging such facilities and promotions to enhance their appeal. For instance, some airlines like Emirates provide onboard showers in their first-class cabins, while others like Singapore Airlines offer private suites resembling spacious bedrooms for their passengers.

Some popular airlines are phasing out their first-class seats from their cabins due to various reasons that have prompted them to reconsider their services.

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Changing Traveler Preferences

Some leading airlines are ditching their first-class seats, reflecting a shift in traveler behavior. Passengers increasingly question the value of paying a premium for first class when business class offers comparable benefits. Additionally, affluent travelers often have access to private jets, reducing the exclusivity of first-class travel.

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Egalitarian Approach to Seating

First class, once reserved for the super-rich, is losing its allure as airlines focus on providing consistent service across all cabins. The rise of business class and premium economy options has made first-class tickets less appealing to many travelers. Comfort and amenities now take precedence over traditional first-class luxuries.

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Operational Efficiency

Maintaining multiple cabin classes adds complexity to airline operations. Eliminating first class can streamline processes such as boarding, catering, and service, improving overall efficiency. Furthermore, lighter aircraft resulting from reduced first-class cabins can lead to lower fuel consumption and emissions per passenger, addressing environmental concerns.

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Economic Considerations

Maintaining first-class cabins entails significant expenses for airlines, including space requirements, luxurious amenities, and personalized service. High first-class fares may drive passengers to opt for private jets instead, causing potential losses for airlines.

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Revenue Optimization

With more demand for economy and premium seats, airlines may find reallocating space from first class to other high-demand cabins more profitable. Increasing the number of passengers, rather than focusing on first class, can often yield higher revenue.

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By considering these factors, airlines are reevaluating the role of the first class in their cabins, signaling a fundamental shift in the aviation industry’s landscape.
Environmental Impact and First-Class Seating

Concerns over environmental impact extend to the aviation industry, notably regarding the disproportionate space consumed by first-class seats, equivalent to 4-6 economy seats. This exacerbates the carbon footprint of airlines, prompting considerations for more eco-conscious practices.

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Operational Challenges and Cost

The design and maintenance of first-class amenities pose formidable challenges for airlines. These include the deployment of exclusive cabin crew services and managing the added complexities, driving up operational costs significantly.

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Financial Implications and Passenger Preferences

Maintaining first-class cabins proves to be financially burdensome due to their larger space requirements and luxurious amenities. Additionally, the flexibility for passengers to cancel their emirates first class seats at any time presents a risk to airlines, impacting route planning and profitability.

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Alternative Travel Options and Passenger Behavior

High charges for first class seats may lead passengers, especially those traveling in groups, to opt for private jet bookings for a more personalized travel experience. This shift in passenger behavior highlights the need for airlines to adapt to changing preferences and maintain competitiveness in the market.

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Maximizing Profitability Through Increased Passenger Count

Rather than persisting with a large number of underoccupied first-class seats, airlines can pivot towards a strategy focused on maximizing passenger count. By accommodating more passengers, particularly in Economy and Premium classes, airlines stand to generate higher revenue and improve profitability. This shift aligns with changing consumer preferences and market dynamics, emphasizing practicality and affordability over luxury.

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In the near future, several major airlines, including American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa, British Airways, and Qantas, are planning to remove first-class seats from their aircraft. Although Emirates has not completely eliminated its first-class cabins, it is reducing the number of first-class seats on certain planes to prioritize the expansion of its business and economy class offerings.

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UK Airports Struggle to Implement Liquid Limit Changes

UK Airports Struggle to Implement Liquid Limit Changes

As summer approaches, travelers passing through major UK airports will continue to encounter restrictions on carrying liquids in their hand luggage, as the deadline for implementing new scanners has been extended.

Despite efforts to upgrade security technology, London Gatwick, Heathrow, and Manchester airports are unlikely to have the necessary equipment in place by the previously set date of June 1st. This delay could persist for up to a year, potentially stretching until June 2025, as airports grapple with the installation process.

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The government has granted airports individual extensions, acknowledging the challenges they face in transitioning to the new scanning technology. Consequently, passengers may still be required to remove liquids and laptops from their bags during security checks. Failure to meet deadlines will result in financial penalties imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority, as announced by the UK Department of Transport.

Chris Woodroofe, managing director at Manchester Airport said to BBC, emphasized the ongoing transition, urging passengers to adhere to the existing liquid restrictions and prepare for the possibility of continued inconvenience. While some terminals may feature the new scanning lanes, the majority are still in the process of implementation.

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In addition to advising travelers to comply with current regulations, passengers are urged to familiarize themselves with the rules at their destination or transfer airports, as the outdated restrictions may still apply elsewhere.

Phil Forster, managing director of Teesside Airport, expressed understanding for the challenges faced by larger airports in adapting to the new technology. The next-generation scanners, equipped with computed tomography (CT) technology, offer clearer 3D images, allowing items to remain inside bags and increasing the permissible liquid limit to two liters.

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Embraer debuts first E-Jet successfully converted to cargo aircraft

Embraer debuts first E-Jet successfully converted to cargo aircraft

The first E190F, a jet that was converted from passenger transport to freighter (E-Freighter), had its inaugural flight in São José dos Campos, Brazil, successfully today.

For over two hours, the Embraer crew evaluated the E-Freighter jet in flight. Testing will be completed before the aircraft is put into service. Regional One is an American leasing firm that owns the aircraft.

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“The E-Freighter programme opens a new business opportunity for Embraer, matching the high-tech E-Jets family to an unbeatable operational performance and meeting the growing global demand for cargo transport in e-commerce,” says Francisco Gomes Neto, President and CEO of Embraer.

“We are quite happy with the quick progress that E190F and E195F made during the testing phase. These aircraft will be valuable resources for our clients, enabling them to handle more flexible and dispersed delivery processes. The inaugural flight is one of several assessments that Embraer is carrying out prior to the E-Freighter aircraft going into service. Tests for the aircraft’s ability to pressurise on the ground and load cargo have already proven successful.

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Up to 30% less operating expenses than narrowbodies, three times the range of large cargo turboprops, and over 50% more volume capacity are all features of converted E-Jets to freighters. For the E190F and E195F, the maximum structural payload when combining capacity under the floor and main deck is 13,500 kg and 14,300 kg, respectively.

The E190F and E195F Passenger to Freight Conversions (P2F) programme was introduced in 2022 and involves over 600 staff who worked over half a million hours on the E-Freighter, together with a global network of over 40 suppliers.

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