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AirAsia is named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline @ 2010 World Airline Awards

7 May 2011

AirAsia was named the winner of the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline Award at the 2010 World Airline Awards – the Passenger’s Choice awards

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AirAsia has picked up two different Awards at the 2010 World Airline Awards in Hamburg. For the second year running, AirAsia was was named winner of the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline award. AirAsia also picked up the Award for Best Low-Cost Airline Asia.

Commenting on the awards received by AirAsia, Skytrax Chairman, Mr Edward Plaisted said : “this is a fantastic achievement for AirAsia to be here collecting the award as World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the second year running. They are clearly meeting and exceeding their customer’s expectations to have been named winner of this outstanding, global recognition. The awards represent a true recognition of the front-line product and service that AirAsia is delivering to it’s customers, and the branding as the Passenger’s Choice awards underlines the fact that AirAsia are succeeding in satisfying the hardest critics – their users.”


Airplane “Toiletiquette”: let’s follow 20 simple suggestions during flight

7 May 2011

I’m sitting on a plane penning this story right now. Ahh the beauty of in-flight internet connectivity. I’m two rows from the lavatories on the back of the plane, allowing me to view people’s airplane “toiletiquette”. Yes- there is such a thing. In tight quarters like an airplane, and the lavatories, it’s about courtesy for the fellow passenger entering after you.

Toiletiquette. In collaboration with my awesome flight crew, we’ve assembled some tips!

1. Learn where the door knob is  (I know, this is amazing to me as well, but the crew says it’s a crisis)
2. Don’t slam door upon entry and exit
3. Open the door slowly for those standing in queue
4. Don’t pull or knock crazily when you see the door is marked “occupied”
5. Lock the door! If you are inside (apparently this happens on every flight)
6. Once you’re inside, Men, please lift the toilet seat up to well, you know… do #1
7. Always close the toilet lid when you are finished
8. Just a hygiene tip, Ladies, squat over the seat, don’t sit on the seat… seriously, you’ll thank me
9. Wash your hands and I even use my hand sanitizer once I get back into my seat as well
10. Don’t throw your towels onto the sink area and leave it dirty for the next person. Use the trash
11. Don’t use the toilet seat cover area for a trash can
12. Let the crew know if there is a lack of toilet paper, hand towels, soap
13. Parents: use the bathroom to change your baby… do not do in the cabin! Request a changing table from the crew
14. DO NOT THROW DIAPERS or poopy towels in the toilet. Use the trash
15. Toilet = toilet paper only
16. And on that same note: Ask for plastic poopy zip-lock bags the crew has for dirty diapers
17. If you brush your teeth:
A. Don’t use the airplane’s water from the sink- Use bottled  water only
B. Please wipe down the sink once you’ve spit out the toothpaste from your mouth
18. Don’t hold up the bathroom for your personal use of changing, make-up and hair, overall primping
19. Always wear shoes into the bathroom, as many many times there is urine on the floor among other things
20. Use these tips and you’ll have the best “toiletiquette”!


Qatar Airways wins award for World’s Best Business Class at 2010 World Airline Awards

7 May 2011

Qatar Airways was named the winner of the World’s Best Business Class Award at the 2010 World Airline Awards, that took place in Hamburg.

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Qatar Airways was also named among the top three airlines in the world at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2010.

The honour was among several awards that the airline collected at a ceremony in Hamburg. Qatar Airways global ranking among more than 200 international airlines rose to number three in the world – up from fourth spot last year, further cementing its stature as a world leading airline.

Qatar Airways took the World’s Best Business Class award in one of the most hotly contested categories. The airline’s Business Class catering was recognised separately as the best in the world.

The airline also took the title for Best Airline in the Middle East for a fifth consecutive year, emphasising Qatar Airways’ competitiveness and dominance in a region boasting several world-class airlines.

Qatar Airways also became the first airline to receive the Staff Service Excellence Award for the Middle East. The new award replaces the Best Cabin Staff in the Middle East category, which Qatar Airways has won for the past seven years. The expanded category now includes airline staff at all passenger touch points, including onboard, reservations, check-in and airport personnel. 


Qatar Airways is proud to be the world’s 5-star airline

5 November 2010

Qatar Airways flies one of the youngest and most modern fleet of aircraft in the skies today. Our expansion is phenomenal with ongoing orders for more than 200 aircrafts worth over US$30 billion.

The airline will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. During 2007, Qatar Airways ordered 80 Airbus A350s, together with 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s. It has ordered five of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ for

delivery from 2012.

Qatar Airways is committed to providing passengers with the highest levels of service and innovation onboard our flights. The long-haul fleet of Airbus A330 and A340 aircrafts feature interactive inflight audio and video options for every passenger in all cabins.

The newest aircraft-type, Boeing 777s, feature Qatar Airways’ next generation Oryx Entertainment in-flight entertainment system offering every passenger in both Business and Economy Class a choice of more than 700 audio and video options. The interactive service includes over 150 international movies, 150 TV programmes from around the world, and more than 50 games and 500 audio CDs to choose from.

Business Class experience

Experience a liberating sense of comfort and space onboard Qatar Airways Business Class. Awarded World’s Leading Business Class at the 16th World Travel Awards 2009, our signature product features 180 degree flat bed seats, foot rest with 8 in-seat massage settings and in-seat power supply. With touch-screen inflight entertainment, 15.4” monitors, and, over 770 audio and visual options, it is a treat for your senses. Whether you choose to rest before the big board meeting or finish that business proposal on your flight, Qatar Airways will ensure you arrive at your destination fresh and ready to go.

Premium Terminal

The Premium Terminal has the tools and technology to take you to another level. The entire terminal building has wireless internet access, as well as a Business Center at your command. The Business Center boasts three meeting rooms equipped for phone and video conferencing, as well as staff who are on hand to assist you 24 hours a day.

In-flight Cuisine

The award-winning chefs select only the best ingredients to conjure up an exquisite and eclectic menu. Fine dining is perfectly paired with an award-winning premium selection of the world’s fine wines and Champagnes. Our service is flexible and you are free to dine-on-demand or a la carte. So, rest or work and dine whenever you please.

Baggage Allowance

You have a baggage allowance of 30 kg and when you travel our Trans Atlantic flights your baggage allowance is 2 pieces with each not exceeding 32 kg.

First Class experience

Voted a 5-star airline by Skytrax, Qatar Airways redefines air travel from the gound up. As a First Class passenger connecting in the world hub, Doha, you will be chauffeured personally in a premium BMW 7-Series right to the aircraft for boarding.

Once onboard, prepare to turn your personal space into a 5-star restaurant, a full-featured Cineplex in the sky, an office, or a completely flat bed enveloped by a feather duvet. The choice is yours and our award-winning international crew will be happy to serve you. Qatar Airways is proud to be the world’s 5-star airline.

Premium Terminal

Experience our extraordinary Premium Terminal, when flying First Class from or through Doha. Come dine in the First Class Lounge, relax at the Spa or indulge in retail therapy at our exclusive duty free mall. Now the halfway point is a destination in itself.

Your Chauffeur Awaits

Arrive and Depart in style with a chauffeur-driven awaiting you at Doha International Airport, another signature of Qatar Airways’ 5-star service. This service is available to First Class customers departing from Doha to European destinations.

In-flight Cuisine

Enjoy 5-star dining at 35,000 feet, with an exquisite ten-course meal offering a medley of tantalizing delights such as caviar, lobster, Arabic mezzas and fine chocolates. Complementing our delectable menu is a selection of fine wines & champagnes from our cellars. Bon Appetit!

Baggage Allowance

First Class customers enjoy an enhanced baggage allowance of 40 kg and when you travel our Transatlantic flights, your baggage allowance increases to a two-piece maximum, each not exceeding 32 kg.


Air Asia low cost airline… the best way to move in South East Asia

28 August 2009

Air_Asia_new_logoI recently discovered Air Asia and from that moment I always take it when I fly in South East Asia especially on routes between Macau and Hong Kong to Bangkok. But I know that also other countries as Malaysia and Indonesia are very well connected. The service is fantastic, on time and is the cheapest way to move. It is easy to book on line and very cheap especially if you depart from Macau airport (MFM). If you depart from Guangdong I suggest to embark in Macau from where you can reach 4 destinations in Malaysia and Bangkok. From HKG and Guangzhou (CAN) there are fewer destinations and flights and is more expensive.

Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand together with China are the most connected destinations. Visit the website on and check if your favorite destination is available. Book easily on line and then take off with one of the new Airbus 319 that Air Asia has in the fleet for the middle range.

Here are some more news about the company. AirAsia
The leading low fare airline in the Asia – AirAsia has been expanding rapidly since 2001, to become an award winning and the largest low cost carrier in Asia. With a fleet of 72 aircrafts, AirAsia flies to over 61 domestic and international destinations with 108 routes, and operates over 400 flights daily from hubs located in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. AirAsia believes in the no-frills, hassle-free, low fare business concept and feels that keeping costs low requires high efficiency in every part of the business. Efficiency creates savings which are then passed on to guests so that affordable air travel can become a reality. Through its philosophy of ‘Now Everyone Can Fly’, AirAsia has sparked a revolution in air travel with more and more people around the region choosing AirAsia as their preferred choice of transport.


Sky Shuttle – Helicopter service between Macau and Hong Kong or Shenzhen

13 July 2009

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Sky Shuttle is the fastest way to reach Macau from Hong Kong or Shenzhen (China). It currently operates 54 flights a day, with flight departing every 30 minutes between Macau and Hong Kong, and 10 flights a day between Macau and Shenzhen. Each flight takes a mere 16 minutes! Being the largest commercial transport helicopter operator in the Pearl River Delta region, Sky Shuttle offers speedy and comfortable daily cross-boundary shuttle services with our fleet of Sikorsky S76C+ and AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters.


sky shuttle logosky shuttle seating planSky Shuttle presently operates with four brand new medium-twin engine AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters. The other two AW139 helicopters will arrive in the next few months and will be progressively phased-in, with all in service by the third quarter of 2009. AgustaWestland is a recognized leader in the aviation industry. The AW139 offers unparalleled levels of passenger comfort, with a generously spacious cabin for 12 passengers and large view-windows. The AW 139’s low interior noise level is noticeably quieter than our existing helicopters (76 decibels versus 86) and the cabin configuration not only gives passengers the opportunity to converse easily in-flight, but wider and roomier, individually-contoured leather seats.

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