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You've Never Seen Anything Like Singapore Airlines' Next Gen In-Flight Entertainment

Where: Singapore
July 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Singapore Airlines is an airline of superlatives. Not only do they boast the largest lie-flat bed, the most luxurious airplane suite, and the longest routes in the world, but with today's debut of what they're calling the "SIA Next Gen" seats and entertainment, the words "newest" and "most advanced" now enter the picture. Let's take a closer look.

The Jaunted Series on Singapore Airlines' Next Gen


1. First Class
2. Business Class
3. Economy Class
4. In-flight entertainment

They're calling it the "world's most advanced in-flight entertainment system."

Singapore Airlines is psyching up to launch their Next Generation of cabin products this autumn, including a completely new KrisWorld experience backed by Panasonic's eX3 system. Singapore will be the first airline with eX3, starting off in their new 777-300ERs and A350s, and let us be the first to say that it looks freaking amazing.

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Is It Possible to Enjoy Economy Class? Maybe in Singapore Airlines' Next Gen Seat

July 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

Singapore Airlines is an airline of superlatives. Not only do they boast the largest lie-flat bed, the most luxurious airplane suite, and the longest routes in the world, but with today's debut of what they're calling the "SIA Next Gen" seats and entertainment, the words "newest" and "most advanced" now enter the picture. Let's take a closer look.

The Jaunted Series on Singapore Airlines' Next Gen


1. First Class
2. Business Class
3. Economy Class
4. In-flight entertainment

$150 million. That's the chunk of change Singapore Airlines is laying out on just the first eight aircraft installations of next generation products. That amount of money could fly one person in First Class from Singapore to London and back some 14,000 times. Yikes.

The great majority of air travelers sit in Economy and yet, for some stupid reason, airlines rarely make a big deal out of the amenities of their seats. That's typically because there are none, and who wants to be reminded of the (lack of) space? Of course Singapore is a major exception, as they've not only continued to offer large pillows and amenity kits for economy passengers but they've even managed to improve the personal space with this just-announced update.

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Sleek Looks and Laptop Nooks: All Around Singapore Airlines' New Business Class

Where: Singapore
July 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Singapore Airlines is an airline of superlatives. Not only do they boast the largest lie-flat bed, the most luxurious airplane suite, and the longest routes in the world, but with today's debut of what they're calling the "SIA Next Gen" seats and entertainment, the words "newest" and "most advanced" now enter the picture. Let's take a closer look.

The Jaunted Series on Singapore Airlines' Next Gen


1. First Class
2. Business Class
3. Economy Class
4. In-flight entertainment

At any given moment in the day, there are thousands upon thousands of travelers winging their way through the clouds on Singapore Airlines flights. A lucky segment of those are nearer the pointy end of the plane, in Business Class, running their fingertips along the buttery leather that covers nearly all surfaces in the airline's long-haul Biz seats, while awaiting the arrival of their black cod with parsnip puree dinner. In a few months, this scene will begin to change as Singapore introduces new seats, but the softer aspects of the very comfortable Business Class experience remain.

This new seat, just unveiled along with "Next Gen" upgrades to Singapore's other cabin classes (you must see First Class!), will begin flying this September between Singapore and London, before rolling out on more routes served by Singapore's new Boeing 777-300ERs and, eventually, the shiny Airbus A350s to come.

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The Best Gets Better: All Around Singapore Airlines' New First Class

July 9, 2013 at 10:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Singapore Airlines is an airline of superlatives. Not only do they boast the largest lie-flat bed, the most luxurious airplane suite, and the longest routes in the world, but with today's debut of what they're calling the "SIA Next Gen" seats and entertainment, the words "newest" and "most advanced" now enter the picture. Let's take a closer look.

The Jaunted Series on Singapore Airlines' Next Gen


1. First Class
2. Business Class
3. Economy Class
4. In-flight entertainment

Whoever thought flying commercial could be like this?

Fully stretched out in front of a 24" TV, sipping Dom Pérignon or Krug (your choice), dining on caviar blinis and lobster thermidor, and still squeezing in a night's rest under a fluffy duvet while even fluffier clouds pass within feet of your spot in the sky—this is the new Singapore Airlines First Class experience and it almost seems unreal...except we saw it for ourselves today.

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And Let There Be Flight: Airbus' A350 is the Newest Bird in the Sky

June 14, 2013 at 9:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

Contrary to popular opinion, France does work on Fridays, as Airbus just demonstrated by conducting the very first flight of their brand new A350 XWB.

The shiny aircraft set off into the skies around 10am local time from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport with six crew members and spent several hours in test flight before landing back at Toulouse and celebrating victory with a wave of the Airbus company flag from the cockpit windows.

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Finnair Flashes Their Frosty Blue New Business Class

Where: Finland
February 21, 2013 at 12:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Another week, another new business class seat. This time, it's Finnair's turn to dazzle passengers with a fully horizontal comfy chair. Pair this new seat with their Marimekko design and revamped premium menus and things are a-changing at Finnair.

So the seats aren't exactly new since a few of them already sport some butt-prints on three of the carrier's Airbus 330s. Eventually they will be added to the entire fleet of long-haul planes —A340 and, eventually, A350—to make a consistent product for passengers. And, just like many other European business class upgrades, this one comes with aisle access for (almost) everyone.

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Airbus' Special Delivery: a Huge Composite Wing for a Plane That Doesn't Exist (Yet)

September 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ll be the first to admit that we have a little bit of Boeing 787 fever, as we’re pretty much interested in everything the plane has to offer; from passenger seats to toilet seats we want to know about it. That being said, we want to remain fair and balanced—especially during election season—so we thought it was worth sharing a little news about Airbus and what they’ve been working on.

The Airbus A350 XWB is the next new plane scheduled to roll out of Airbus headquarters, and this bird will be the first Airbus plane fitted with carbon fiber and other composite bits and pieces in both the fuselage and the wings. The current schedule has a first flight at some point in 2013 with a delivery in 2014. We'll see about that.

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Airbus A350 Will Eventually Take On Boeing's 787, But Not Until Like 2014

November 17, 2011 at 8:20 AM | by | Comment (1)

After years of delays and issues the Boeing 787 has finally arrived in the skies. Now it’s time to focus our attention on the competition—the Airbus A350 XWB (eXtra Wide Body). These new Airbus birds will be utilizing carbon fiber materials, sporting larger windows, and should be able to fly pretty darn far without refueling. If those features sound familiar that’s just because the Boeing 787 does a lot of the same stuff in similar ways, so we say let the competition begin!

The A350 is going to come in a couple different flavors, so airlines—and rich dudes—can choose from the A350-800, A350-900, or the A350-1000. As the numbers go up the planes get bigger, and have room for more and more passengers. Alas even the A350-1000 probably won’t cannibalize market share from its behemoth big brother—the A380.

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Emirates Pilots Can't Sleep; We Hope A350 Solves Their Problem

December 17, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Had enough A380 news this year? We think we've almost reached our fill of tales of the new superjumbo, although the complaints from Emirates pilots that the plane runs so quietly they can't sleep definitely amused us. Apparently the sounds of screaming babies, flushing toilets and call buttons being pushed is no longer drowned out by engine noise and the pilots are not impressed.

The overly-quiet problem aside, we think we're ready to move on to the A350. It's the first Airbus plane to be largely constructed from carbon fiber reinforced plastic and should compete against Boeing's 777s and 787s.

Emirates is starting to look ahead to these planes too. They've said they expect to see the final design this February and have ordered 70 of the aircraft already. Hopefully the new design makes the A350 noisy enough for the pilots to sleep. And yep, we know that sentence doesn't make sense--obviously Emirates pilots are a special breed.

Related Stories:
· Emirates Air Expects A350 Design By Feb '09 [CNN]
· A380 Is Too Quiet Say Sleepless Pilots [The Age]
· Emirates coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: hartlandmartin]

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Boeing's Dreamliner Not Happening Until 2009

January 16, 2008 at 4:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Yes, Dreamliners in 2008 was just a dream.

The eagerly anticipated Dreamliner airplane from Boeing (also known as the 787) won't be in service until sometime in 2009.

Test flights for the massive plane were delayed again until July, the second such delay for the Dreamliner. Deliveries won't happen until early 2009, meaning you won't fly one of these bad boys 'til mid-2009 at the earliest.

Production delays and parts shortages are mostly to blame for the push-back.

Boeing is building more than half of the plane with carbon- fiber composites instead of aluminum, making it the first airliner of its kind. The Dreamliner is also Boeing's first attempt at a production process where suppliers deliver fully completed wing and fuselage parts.

"Completing the first plane is setting the pace to first flight,'' 787 program manager Pat Shanahan said on the call.``If anything has been learned here, it's how long it will take to complete somebody else's work. We thought we could modify our final assembly system to accommodate suppliers' work. We were wrong.''

Meanwhile Airbus SAS has some company in the mega-airplane delays department. Their widebody A350 (an answer to the Dreamliner) won't deliver until 2013. But at least they still have the A380.

[Photo: Life of Luxury]