United Becomes First U.S. Airline to Add Braille to Aircraft Cabin Interiors

United today became the first U.S. airline to add Braille to aircraft interiors, helping millions of travelers with visual disabilities more easily navigate the cabin independently. According to the Department of Transportation, about 27 million people with disabilities traveled by air in 2019. The airline currently has equipped about a dozen aircraft with Braille markings […]

IATA Offers Free Training to Former Cabin Crew Transitioning into Job Market

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is offering an online training course to help laid-off airline cabin crew members re-enter the job market. This course will be offered free of charge for those who register between 9 and 23 February. A survey of 800 cabin crew who have lost their jobs in the crisis found […]

United expands international service with premium-heavy 767

United Airlines is betting on a small percentage of its widebody fleet playing a large role in helping expand its international footprint, scheduling its reconfigured premium-heavy Boeing 767-300ERs on several new routes and upgrading flights in established high-yield markets. United’s latest international additions, unveiled Aug. 22, include new seasonal service between Newark Liberty International (EWR) […]

Virgin Atlantic debuts Airbus A350 upper class redesign

UK long-haul carrier Virgin Atlantic has redesigned its upper class cabin to include an eight-seat lounge called “The Loft” on its new Airbus A350-1000 fleet, replacing its existing upper class bar area. “When I joined the company five years ago, we had a very simple mission statement: fix the financials of Virgin Atlantic—get it back […]

LATAM debuts new cabin interior in Peru

LATAM Airlines Group has debuted a new cabin interior that will roll out across two-thirds of the airline’s fleet, in a $400 million investment the Oneworld carrier says is «upping the game» in offering an industry-leading experience onboard. The new interior entered service on a LATAM Airlines Peru Boeing 767-300ER, registered CC-CXC, in recent weeks. […]

LATAM to spend $400m on new cabin interiors

LATAM Airlines Group will invest $400 million in upgrading the cabins on more than 200 aircraft, or about two-thirds of its fleet. The three-year reconfiguration will cover more than 150 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft, nine Boeing 777s and 10 Boeing 767s, says LATAM. New deliveries of Airbus A350-1000s and Boeing 787-9s will receive the […]

Revenue optimization strategy – The importance of premium economy cabin

Today, more than ever lowering unit costs is a key strategic initiative for airlines. Recent fuel price escalation in addition to maintenance and labor cost pressures are challenges airlines need to focus on to protect margins. On the other hand, airline fares continue showing a downward trend especially in coach cabin. This has been accelerated […]

First ACJ320neo enters final assembly

The first ACJ320neo[1] has entered final assembly in Hamburg, marking the start of a new era in Airbus corporate jets. Featuring the largest cabin in its class, the ACJ320neo is due to be delivered to Acropolis Aviation of the UK in the last quarter, together with a second aircraft, for Comlux of Switzerland. More than […]

Launch operator A330neo completes maiden flight

The first A330neo for launch operator TAP Air Portugal – MSN1819 – completed its 4:32 hours maiden flight. The aircraft now joins the fleet of two A330-900 test aircraft already performing flight tests since 19 October 2017. MSN1819 is the first aircraft fitted with the Airspace cabin by Airbus. It is equipped with light Flight […]

Union for LATAM Airlines says to unilaterally end strike

The union of cabin workers for LAN Express, a subsidiary of the Chile-based LATAM Airlines LTM.SN group, said on Thursday it would unilaterally end a more than two-week strike that had led to the cancellation of 2,000 flights. The 1,000-member Cabin Crew Union of LAN Express, which had negotiated for more than two months with […]