Monday, September 6, 2010

trip report Singapore NewYork business class flights

Singapore Airlines new all-Business Class nonstop flights to New York (Newark).

SQ 21 from NewYork Newark Liberty International Airport
to Singapore Changi
flight schedule
take off 10:46 PM, landing 5:34 AM

flight time 18 1/2 hours

SQ21 flies from NewYork city EWR (in New Jersey) to south asia Singapore , while SQ22 fly return leg of the journey. EWR SIN route is the longest non-stop flights today. Take boarding time into configuration and you’re sitting in the same seat for nearly 20 hours each leg.

The flights use Airbus A340-500 (A345) airplane with 100 seats in an all-business class cabin layout.

On board, with 1-2-1 seats arrangement, business class seat is comfortable and wide. lots of legroom, seats recline to to form a fully flat bed and have adjustable footrests, a nine-inch personal screen, an adjustable headrest with side-flap "ears," and pc power ports, baby bassinet hooks are installed at some bulkheads and infants up to 12 months can stretch out in fold-up beds.

Shortly after takeoff, dinner menu is presented with three choices of entree and vegetables. Main meal include Panroasted corn-fed chicken breast in morel sauce with wild mushroom ballotine and garden vegetables
main course are Grilled tournedos of beef in rosemary jus with buttered vegetables and lyonnaise potatoes
Gindara teriyaki
Soya glaced silver cod served with selected vegetables and steamed rice
Char siew mee
Egg noodles in rich pork broth with sliced honey glaced pork, chye sim and mushroom

It’s been a couple of years since I last flew SQ and the first time with their new business class seat. When compared with other seats on the market this had much more space, I liked the width - which the popular herringbone design simply can’t compete with. As other reviews mention the seat is a little on the firm side, bed easy to convert and just enough room (I’m 5/11 so anyone much taller may find the leg room with the bed converted a little lacking). Food average – there are noticeable cut backs in terms of quality and service, The drinks were excellent but meals were not as good as what we had from other Asian airlines.

Amenity kits were skimpy with only booties and eye shades.Have to find toothbrush and razor in toilets.

I always find cabin service rushed on late night flights, which for those wanting to get off to sleep it’s fine but for others not wishing to unnecessary.

Business class passengers got to use Star Alliance lounges

the Business Class Lounge in SA’s new Terminal 3 is among the best that I’ve ever been in – probably only surpassed by the Emirates First Class Lounge in Dubai. Gleaming marble, wonderful, comfortable seating, excellent full meals, a full selection of Macs and PCs, and newspapers and magazines from around the world.

Flying Blue frequent flyer lifetime Elite status

Lifespan of Flying Blue Miles

Your frequent flyer Miles are valid for life provided you fly at least once every 20 months with KLM or Delta airlines Aircalin, or one of the SkyTeam member airlines*, on a flight with a paid ticket allowing Miles accumulation.

Flying Blue Membership are valid for life time: passengers can benefit from them as long as they want. One Mile earned today can be used tomorrow, in 1 year, in 2 years or in 20 years.

Very few airlines offer an unlimited life time span of frequent flyer Miles as do Delta and KLM. For the vast majority, Miles have a limited period of validity which cannot be extended. On some other airlines, passengers must travel more frequently to maintain the validity of their Miles.

How to get Elite status?

From dedicated services when you book to priority treatment when you land, Elite status brings additional advantages for easier travel. If you fly with us regularly, you will certainly appreciate the benefits.

Flying Blue has 4 different frequent flyer Membership Cards : Ivory, Silver, Gold and Platinum

As soon as you join, you receive a Flying Blue Ivory card which allows you to earn and spend Award Miles.

Flying Blue's 3 Elite Levels not only give a range of benefits such as a dedicated phone line for your reservations , waiting list priority, Business Class check in, priority boarding and access to airport lounges. They also offer you an Elite Mileage Bonus in addition to the Award Miles you earn with SkyTeam airlines. Just to thank you for flying with us.

SkyTeam Member airlines
Air Europa
Air France
China Southern Airlines
Czech Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Kenya Airways
Korean Air
Vietnam Airlines

How to qualify?

You qualify for Elite Silver, Gold or Platinum status by accruing the specified amount of Level Miles (or Level flight segments) within one calendar year (1 January to 31 December). As soon as you reach the next threshold, you are automatically upgraded to the corresponding Elite Level.

Level Miles (and Level flight segments) are earned on eligible flights.Your Level Miles (and Level flight segments) are valid until December 31st of the year of issue.
See Elite benefits for further information on Silver, Gold and Platinum Membership Thresholds and benefits.

Long-haul flights in Economy class For a full-fare ticket with flexible conditions (changes possible, etc.), Miles earned correspond to 100% of the distance travelled. For tickets at a reduced fare, non-refundable and with no changes possible, the gain in Miles ranges from 25% to 75% of the distance travelled.
Long-haul flights in Affaires-Business class The gain in Miles can reach 175% of the distance travelled (for medium-haul flights, the gain corresponds to 200% of the distance travelled).
Long-haul flights in La Première First class The gain in Miles corresponds to 300% of the distance travelled.
Contrary to some other frequent flyer plans, customers with Flying Blue Elite (Silver, Gold, Platinum) status can earn with each trip:
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Boston - Nice $390*
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TAP Portugal Algiers Lisbon flight schedule

Star Alliance member TAP Air Portugal is launching its new route to Algiers from Lisbon on 1 June
The new TAP route will have three connections per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, operated by Embraer RJ145 airplane with a capacity of 45 passengers.

flight schedule
Portugalia Airlines flight number NI 234 depart at 3:45 pm and arrive at the Algerian capital at 6:05 pm. Return flights NI 235 ALG to LIS depart at 6:50 pm and arrive in Lisbon at 9:00 pm. TAP also recently announced that it would open a new route to Marrakesh, also starting in June, with three weekly flights operating on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The route will become TAP's eleventh on the African continent, where it serves nine different countries.These are the airline’s first new routes in 2010, and follow the addition of four new destinations in 2009 to Helsinki, Moscow Domodedovo, Valencia and Warsaw.

TAP airlines has continually expanded its presence in Africa since 2001, when it carried 236,000 passengers on cheap flights to the continent.

In October last year, TAP carried 61,000 passengers on its cheap flights to Italy, a rise from the 59,000 recorded during the same month in 2008.

low cost airlines Jet2 flights Manchester to Israel, the first low cost airline to operate flights from Manchester to Tel Aviv,Israel has increased the flights to twice weekly

This welcome investment into tourism to Israel will undoubtedly be of benefit to the consumer and strengthen links between the north of England and Tel Aviv.

With flights now on sale from just £99.99 one way including taxes, is offering the cheapest tickets and an unbeatable direct service to the popular city. Flights will depart from Manchester Airport on Monday and Thursdays at 10am and return from Tel Aviv 6.15pm. is also offering package holidays to Tel Aviv with choices of 5* accommodation.

Tel Aviv is a thriving and cosmopolitan beach city that makes an exciting holiday destination. With buzzing nightlife, cafe culture, shopping, beautiful beach and a historic old town, the city offers a sophisticated break suitable for all. is the only airline operator to offer a direct service to TLV from the north of England and the route has proved to be an important gateway for the north’s Jewish community to one of Israel’s largest cities.

“We listened to our customers and have increased the frequency of the route for 2010 - we are in an unrivalled position to offer both the lowest ever fares and fastest service into Israel. Tel Aviv is an extremely popular destination and we are confident there will be a huge demand for this service.”

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Monarch flights london to Santorini island Greece

low cost airline Monarch direct flights from london to the Santorini Islands for Summer 2010, with the addition of new weekly services from London Gatwick LGW and Manchester to the popular Greek island commence on May 5th and remain operational until October 5th.
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Monarch’s new charter flights to Santorini operate weekly (every Tuesday) from Gatwick and Manchester between 05 May and 05 October 2010. cheap price start from £160 return, inclusive of all taxes and charges and can be booked now via
Monarch offers a number of cheap flights to the Mediterranean from other airports including Birmingham and London Luton.

Formed by an ancient volcanic eruption, Santorini is famed for having the best sunsets in the world and boasts an astonishing blend of scenery, radiant white villages and spellbinding archaeological sites. Combined with dramatic black sand beaches and sophisticated nightlife, this stunning island is one of the most famous holiday destinations in Greece and provides the perfect location for that dream Greek getaway.

AA MAN JFK Business Class Triple Miles offer

American Airlines Manchester and New York (JFK) non-stop daily summer seasonal service is scheduled to begin operation on May 16th until September 30, 2010.

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Manchester - New York JFK: daily
AA 211 Departs 1110 Arrives 1355

New York JFK - Manchester: daily
flight AA 210 Departs 1930 Arrives 0755*

Fares Booked In Bonus Miles
Business Class
(booked tickets in J class, D, I or R class) Triple Miles
Economy Class
(booked tickets in Y, B, H, K, M, L, V class or S class) Double Miles

AAdvantage bonus mile offer is valid on American Airlines marketed and operated nonstop flights for return travel between Manchester, England (MAN) and New York (JFK) 1 July 2010 through 30 September 2010. Offer applies only to AAdvantage members who purchase and fly on eligible published fare tickets booking class in J, D, I, R, Y, B, H, K, L, M, S or V.

The new flight will complement American Airlines’ existing year-round non-stop service from Manchester to Chicago ohare airport MAN to ORD, which operates up to seven times a week. In addition to services from the north of England, American also has a large operation from London’s Heathrow with direct services to Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Raleigh/Durham, Boston, Miami, New York (JFK) and Chicago (ORD).

American will fly the new route with Boeing 757-200 airplane reconfigured for transatlantic operations. The service will offer a total of 182 seats, including 16 lie-flat Business Class seats.

In Business Class, passengers will benefit from American’s innovative fully motorised lie-flat seats in a 2-2 configuration. The seats provide ultimate flexibility and passenger comfort and in-seat audio and video on demand.

In economy, passengers will experience American’s newly-designed seat which heightens comfort by providing increased legroom. With its innovative cradle seat that better distributes weight, the recline angle of the seat back is similarly improved to give increased customer comfort. The coach cabin, in a 3-3 configuration, also benefits from new 17 inch LCD ptvs and a digital media file server to improve in-flight entertainment quality.

american airlines business class lie flat bed seats

american airlines next-generation business class seat reclines to 180 degrees, with 76 inches of sleeping space in angled lie-flat seat, replacing the older, cradle style seats.

The new cabin design, seats and entertainment upgrades are available on all international 767-300 and 777 airplane.
Lie-Flat bed seats Comfort. The next generation Business Class seat recline to 180 degree, creating a comfortable and spacious bed. The seat also features a fixed privacy divider, providing another level of personal space for each traveler

american airlines new Business Class cabin on the Boeing 777 features 37 seats in a 2-3-2 seating configuration an increase of two seats from the previous Business Class cabin configuration. The additional seats will help meet strong customer demand for Americans Business Class product, as well as help preserve AAdvantage® members ability to upgrade into the Business Class cabin.
Laptop power port and satellite phone for office environment.
More extras to make your flight a delightful experience.
A privacy divider between the seats can be raised for additional privacy as well as shoulder room, especially when in a reclined or bed position. Two-source lighting illuminates the work table while an overhead light gives more generalized illumination. A soft, quilted cotton duvet is designed for warmth and comfort throughout your flight. And an Amenity Kit is also provided with thoughtful items such as body lotion, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrush with a re-sealable cap, plush socks, and eyeshades.
Fine Food and Wine. Customers have long enjoyed American's Business Class for the excellent cuisine and award-winning wines. American's Chefs' Conclave has designed culinary fare such as Stephen Pyles' signature cowboy steak with red chili onions and corn-bean ragout and lamb shank with tomato coulis for American's business class menus. Beginning in September, American will introduce additional enhancements to its premium class menus including artisan breads, an antipasto plate and after-dinner chocolates. To complement the meal, American maintains 18 different wine lists that are specially selected for various markets. See for details on American's international food and wines.

Entertainment on Demand. american airlines new Business Class features in-seat personal entertainment with a 10.6-inch, touch-screen tilting monitor. Customers also receive Bose® QuietComfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones to enhance their entertainment experience. Business Class customers have a choice of up to 35 feature movies, 18 hours of pre-loaded television, 50 music CDs, 15 games and 14 American branded audio channels. The on-demand feature allows passengers using the in-seat entertainment system to select the program they want to view or hear and then pause, fast-forward and rewind at their convenience. In-flight entertainment language options vary by market and include English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese and Hindi.

American Airlines 767-300 Routes
Brussels - Chicago (daily), New York/JFK (daily)
Dublin - Chicago (daily summer season, then 5 per week)
Frankfurt - Chicago (daily)
Glasgow - Chicago (summer season)
London LGW - Dallas / Fort Worth (daily)
Madrid - Miami (daily)
Manchester - Chicago (daily), Miami (subject to seasonality)
Paris CDG - Boston (daily summer season), Chicago (daily), Dallas/Fort Worth(daily), Miami (daily), New York/JFK (2 daily)
Rome - Chicago (daily), New York/JFK (daily)
Zurich - Dallas/Fort Worth (daily), New York/JFK (daily)

American Airlines 777 Routes
London LHR - Boston (up to 2 daily), Chicago (5 daily), Los Angeles, (2 daily), Miami (2 daily), New York (6 daily)
London LGW - Dallas/Fort Worth (up to 3 daily, one operated by 767-300), Raleigh/Durham (daily)
Frankfurt - Dallas/Fort Worth (daily)

Etihad Sydney London business class cheap fare

Etihad Airways has unveiled a major fare sale today to mark the announcement of its new partnership between the airline and Virgin Blue Group

Virgin Blue customers can access Etihad’s network of 65 destinations across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. All Virgin Blue services will be available to Etihad customers, opening up 44 destinations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and to Asia and Los Angeles.

From today, Etihad Guest and Velocity frequent flyer program members can earn miles and status credits as passengers on either carrier’s services.

Return cheap fare from around Australia to Europe and the Middle East, inclusive of taxes and charges, start from AU$1834, with cheap deals on inbound fares from Europe to Australia and New Zealand.

During the sale period, Etihad return economy fares inclusive of all taxes and charges, include:
• Adelaide-Dublin from AU$2138 or Adelaide-Athens from $2171
• Cairns-Paris from AU$2190 or Cairns-Milan from $2138
• Gold Coast-Abu Dhabi from AU$1839 or Gold Coast-Manchester from AU$2237
• London-Ayers Rock from £947 or London-Auckland AKL from £938
• Frankfurt-Auckland from €1155 or Geneva-Adelaide from CHF1355
• Beirut-Sydney from US$1991

Etihad Business class fares start from:
• AU$8215 from Sydney to Abu Dhabi AUH
• AU$8465 on Sydney-London heathrow LHR
• AU$8165 between Melbourne and Frankfurt

Etihad is also launching the Australia Skypass, a new fare product that allows inbound tourists to fly all over Australia and New Zealand on up to six domestic/Tasman sectors from USD$55 per sector.

Etihad MAN to AUH Abu Dhabi flights EY 16

Manchester nonstop flights to Abu Dhabi are proving so popular for Etihad Airways that they are providing larger plane from June,upgrading its current two-class airbus a332 aircraft to B773.
Etihad airways operates a two-cabin Boeing 777-300ER on the MAN AUH route, which is configured to carry 378 passengers, with 350 in economy class and 28 in pearl business class with lie flat bed seats amenity kits and avod inflight entertainment.
Etihad currently operates seven return services per week between Manchester and Abu Dhabi, with onward connections to Etihad’s expanding global network, including popular destinations Sydney, Melbourne, australia,Bangkok,thailand Cape Town south africa and Islamabad.

flight schedule

flight number EY 15 from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Manchester (MAN)

Departure: 2:15 AM, Arrival: 7:10 AM

EY 16 from Manchester (MAN) to Abu Dhabi (AUH)

Departure: 9:25 AM, Arrival: 7:35 PM

Flight time 7 hours 20 mins

We are pleased to support business and leisure travel to the region, as well as offering our customers greater access to Abu Dhabi and our expanding global network.”

Etihad began operating services to Manchester in 2006 and through codeshare agreements with bmi and Flybe offers flights to UK destinations from Manchester including Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Southampton and the Isle of Man.