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Lufthansa presents new “First Class Suite Plus” – private room above the clouds

Lufthansa presents new "First Class Suite Plus" – private room above the clouds

Lufthansa is expanding its premium First Class offering with the “Suite Plus,” a separate double cabin with ceiling-high walls and an entirely closable door, a large table and two wide seats that can be combined into a comfortable double bed if required. With this flying private room, Lufthansa is setting a new standard in comfort and individuality within its most sophisticated travel class.

The First Class Suite’s features are unparalleled anywhere in the world: Guests can warm or cool their nearly one-meter-wide seats in the suite according to their personal needs and connect their own mobile device to the entertainment system. Ample storage space is provided by a suite wardrobe so that travelers can comfortably change and have all their personal belongings at hand.

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Service at the highest level also awaits: The crew serves the gourmet menu at a time requested by the guests. The meal can be enjoyed in the private suites at the large First Class table, similar to a restaurant.

“Lufthansa Allegris”

The First Class will be introduced in 2024, on the newly delivered Airbus A350s as part of “Lufthansa Allegris,” the airline’s new long-haul product. In the process, the company is improving the overall travel experience for customers in all travel classes: Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class. “Allegris” is part of the largest product and service overhaul in the Lufthansa Group’s history, with a total investment of 2.5 billion euros by 2025.

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Business Class: More flexible than ever

For the first time, guests in Lufthansa Business Class can also look forward to their own suite, which offers even more comfort and privacy due to chest-high walls and sliding doors. Here, travelers in the first rows can enjoy extended personal space, a monitor up to 27 inches in size and ample storage. Each suite also offers its own wardrobe and personal minibar. Inside, it is possible to connect the two suites so that business-class guests traveling together can enjoy a large degree of privacy.

With “Allegris,” the freedom of choice for Business Class guests has never been greater. Travelers can choose between six additional seat options, depending on whether they want an extra-long bed measuring 2.20 meters, extra space and work area, a seat with a baby bassinet, or simply an exclusive seat directly by the window. A double seat, in which the center console can be retracted to transform it into a reclining surface for two, is also available.

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“Allegris” brings new aircraft to Lufthansa

With “Allegris”, more than 80 brand-new Lufthansa aircraft, such as Boeing 787-9s, Airbus A350s and Boeing 777-9s, will fly to destinations around the world. Aircraft already in service with Lufthansa, such as the Boeing 747-8, will also be retrofitted. The simultaneous improvement of the travel experience in all classes and the replacement of more than 27,000 seats are unique in Lufthansa’s history. In this way, the company is underscoring its clear premium and quality claim. By 2025, the Lufthansa Group will invest a total of 2.5 billion euros in product and service.

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PIA’s Pre-Privatization Plan: Selling Aircraft Spare Parts

PIA's Pre-Privatization Plan: Selling Aircraft Spare Parts
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In preparation for the long-anticipated privatization of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the airline’s management has embarked on a significant move, announcing the sale of surplus aircraft spare parts worth millions of rupees.

These spare parts, spanning various categories of aircraft including Boeing 737, Boeing 707, Fokker, and Cessna, have been nestled in PIA’s inventory for several years, awaiting deployment. Now, with the impending privatization looming on the horizon, the management has opted to streamline resources by putting these aging aircraft spare parts up for sale.

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Operating under the principle of “as-is-where-is,” PIA has issued a tender inviting interested parties to bid for the acquisition of these surplus spare parts. The deadline for submission of applications to participate in the tender process has been set for April 29, as confirmed by the PIA administration. This strategic move underscores the management’s commitment to optimizing assets and ensuring a smooth transition ahead of the privatization deadline set by the government.

Meanwhile, interest in acquiring PIA has been brewing from various quarters, with reports suggesting that three Gulf countries – the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar – have expressed keen interest in purchasing the cash-strapped airline.

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Representatives from companies in these countries have reportedly engaged with the Pakistan government to explore potential deals for acquiring PIA. Briefings regarding the national flag carrier have also been provided to officials from the three Gulf nations, signaling a growing momentum towards privatization.

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5 Most Popular Airline CEOs Who Grow Companies to the Next Level

5 Most Popular Airline CEOs Who Grow Companies to the Next Level

In the airline business, one of the most crucial aspects is providing high-quality service to customers and clients. The utmost priority lies in the commitment to delivering quality service and swiftly implementing new developments in the industry, staying ahead of customer expectations. This undoubtedly strengthens airlines’ positions in the market.

Similarly, within the airline industry, there are five CEOs who have transformed their airlines’ image and facilitated substantial profit growth while setting benchmarks for other companies. In this article, we will delve into the top airline CEOs and their contributions to the industry.

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Emirates CEO Tim Clark

Sir Tim Clark is a British aviation executive who served as the President of Emirates Airline from 2003. He was born on 22 November 1949 in Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom. Prior to joining Emirates, Sir Tim established himself at Gulf Air, which recruited him from Caledonian Airways, as a skilled route planner. He was also the Managing Director of Sri Lankan Airlines till 2008.

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Emirates has significantly expanded and grown under Sir Tim Clark’s direction. He was instrumental in making Emirates one of the biggest and most prosperous airlines in the world. He worked closely with Dubai Airports and the Dubai government to construct cutting-edge infrastructure and amenities, and his efforts were important in establishing Dubai International Airport as a major international center for aviation. He has held advisory positions and taken an active part in industry organizations throughout his career.

Qatar Ex CEO Akbar Al Baker

Akbar Al Baker is a prominent figure in the aviation industry and has served as the CEO of Qatar Airways for many years. On September 22, 1961, Akbar Al Baker was born in Doha, Qatar. Akbar Al Baker was chosen to lead Qatar Airways, the nation of Qatar’s state-owned national airline, in 1997. Qatar Airways underwent a substantial turnaround and expansion under his direction.

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He is renowned for his hands-on leadership style and for holding the airline to a high standard. He oversaw the development of Hamad International Airport in Doha, which has become a major hub in the Middle East. Mr. Akbar Al Baker was Honoured with the Prestigious APEX CEO Lifetime Achievement Award.

With effect from November 5, 2023, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, will step down from his position. Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer will take over as Group Chief Executive for Qatar Airways after 27 years of exceptional service.

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Ryan Air CEO Michael O’Leary

Michael O’Leary was born on 20 March 1961, in Kanturk, Ireland. Ryanair joined in 1988, the airline was a struggling regional carrier primarily serving Ireland. Through his leadership, Ryanair underwent a remarkable transformation into one of Europe’s leading and most profitable low-cost airlines. Taking the helm as CEO in 1994, O’Leary has remained at the forefront, guiding the company’s growth and success.

Today, Ryanair operates over 2,000 flights daily, serving 33 countries across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. O’Leary’s strategic vision has propelled the airline’s rapid expansion, consistently adding new routes and destinations throughout Europe and beyond. Embracing technological advancements, Ryanair under O’Leary’s direction introduced pioneering features such as online booking and mobile boarding passes, enhancing the efficiency and convenience of the passenger experience. O’Leary’s marketing approach, characterized by its boldness and occasional controversy, has garnered substantial attention over the years.

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Air India CEO Campbell Wilson

Campbell Wilson is a well-known CEO who is renowned for his ability to lead and strategize. He was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1971. He completed his education at Canterbury University in New Zealand. Previously, he served as Scoot’s chief executive officer, a low-cost carrier based in Singapore.

Wilson, who is known for his ability to deal with difficult situations, showed outstanding leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wilson’s leadership style is distinguished by a concentration on innovation, client satisfaction, and operational effectiveness. Among his peers and the larger business community, Wilson is respected for his strategic vision and practical approach.

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Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong

Goh Choon Phong was born on July 1963 in Singapore. He serves as the CEO of Singapore Airlines and Singapore Airlines Cargo. Assuming the role on 1 January 2011, Before his appointment, he worked for the SIA group for more than 20 years for the airlines’ operations in China and Scandinavia.

Throughout his illustrious career at Singapore Airlines, Goh Choon Phong has demonstrated exceptional leadership, emphasizing innovation and elevating the customer experience. Under his guidance, the airline has maintained its esteemed reputation for excellence within the fiercely competitive aviation industry.

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Goh’s tenure has been marked by strategic expansion, both in terms of route networks and global partnerships. Through his vision, Singapore Airlines has successfully entered new markets and solidified its presence in key regions worldwide. His strategic approach to route development has enabled SIA to effectively capitalize on emerging opportunities and secure a greater market share in global air travel.

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Vistara Launches Direct Flights Between Mumbai-Paris

Vistara Launches Direct Flights Between Mumbai-Paris
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The best full-service airline in India, Vistara, a joint venture between Singapore Airlines and the Tata group, launched nonstop, five times a week flights between Mumbai and Paris.

Operating on Vistara’s 787-9 Dreamliner, the inaugural flight took off on March 28, 2024, at 13:50 (IST) from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai and arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris at 18:55. Vistara now links Paris to Delhi and Mumbai airports in India with the launch of this new route. Furthermore, it is Vistara’s sixth long-haul direct route from India to Europe.

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Schedule of flights to/from Paris effective 28 March 2024

SectorFlight No.Days of OperationDepartureArrival
Mumbai – ParisUK  023Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays13:20 hrs19:30 hrs
Paris – MumbaiUK  024Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays21:30 hrs09:50 hrs (+1)

All qualified clients who satisfy the visa and entry requirements in both countries—as stated by the relevant government agencies—are accepted by Vistara. Before making a reservation, Vistara highly advises its clients to thoroughly read these guidelines.

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In addition to winning multiple “Best Airline” accolades and receiving praise for maintaining the best safety standards and providing the cleanest cabins in the world, Vistara is the highest rated airline in India on both Skytrax and TripAdvisor. At the coveted World Airline Awards 2023 by Skytrax, Vistara—the only Indian airline to rank among the world’s top 20 airlines—was named the 16th best airline worldwide.

As well as the best airline in India and South Asia for three consecutive years, the best airline staff in India and South Asia for five consecutive years, the best cabin crew in India and South Asia for three consecutive years, and the best business class airline in India and South Asia for two consecutive years. Additionally, Vistara was acknowledged in 2024 by ch-aviation with the titles of Asia’s 2nd Youngest Aircraft Fleet and World’s 4th Youngest Aircraft Fleet.

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