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Author: Paul Spain

Kiwi breaks around the world record on commercial flights

Are you a frequent flyer who loves being 10km up? Then this is a trip you might want to consider: Getting around the world on commercial flights in 52-hours and 34-minutes - the record set by New Zealander Andrew Fisher this week. His journey started in Shanghai, China (at Pudong International Airport - PVG) , then on to Auckland, NZ (Auckland International Airport - AKL), followed by Buenos Aires, Argentina (Ministro Pistarini International Airport - EZE), next was Amsterdam, Netherlands (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol - AMS) before returning to Shanghai. Andrew Fisher is Vice President Fleet Planning at Etihad and he...

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Will On-Demand Urban Air Transportation Really Take Off?

In recent days, Uber have shared a taste of the future. Their Elevate team have offered up considerable demonstration of their thinking (in conjunction with NASA and others) what it could look like for the general public to have access to VTOL (vertical take of and landing aircraft as part of the transport mix. There are indications such an offering could reach the U.S. as soon as 2020 however that date seems rather unlikely in my opinion. Here's some of the document Uber's Elevate team have made public: Imagine traveling from San Francisco’s Marina to work in downtown San...

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Impressive cabin refresh for Emirates Boeing 777 fleet

Emirates have announced at the 2017 Dubai Airshow that new cabins are coming for its Boeing 777 fleet from 1 December 2017. This upgrade will include new fully enclosed private suites in First Class produced via a partnership with Mercedes-Benz. They also advised that "a completely refreshed look, meticulous design details, new seats and materials feature in multi-million dollar upgrade across all cabins". The announcement comes alongside news that Emirates has just placed a US$15 billion order for 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Full Details of the cabin upgrades from Emirates: Emirates has unveiled completely refreshed interiors for its Boeing 777...

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Auckland flights vs Drones

Auckland Police responded last night to an alert that a drone, flying at approximately 300m, interfered with the approach of an incoming flight at Auckland International Airport around 9pm. Some 40-minutes later an additional alert was received about a drone being flown in controlled airspace, at around 200-250m,l. Police have reminded drone operators of their responsibility to comply with New Zealand’s Civil Aviation laws the incidents near Auckland Aiport. More information on the rules and guidelines for drone use can be found at:...

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Hololens headsets on Air NZ flights?

Air New Zealand have recently been exploring what they could do to improve customer experience and inflight experience via Mixed Reality (MR) / Augmented Reality (AR). They have just released a video that demonstrated some of the possibilities that using Microsoft's Hololens could enable. How would you feel about interacting with flight crew that are wearing a Microsoft Hololens or other similarly large device that doesn't let you clearly see their eyes? Could an improvement in customer service be worth...

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