China Airlines To Refurbish Airbus A330-300 Fleet

(Update 30 OCTOBER 2017: China Airlines has apparently halted retrofit plans for the A330-300s in favor of leasing and ordering new aircraft instead. According to media reports, the airline is planning on placing orders for regional wide-bodies in two years [late-2019].) China Airlines is actively planning the refurbishment of its Airbus A330-300 fleet. According to its annual report for investors, the Taiwanese national carrier will carry out a retrofit … Continue reading China Airlines To Refurbish Airbus A330-300 Fleet

JAL Trials NAO Service Robot: Self-Service V. Robot-Service

Earlier this month, Japan Airlines (JAL) trialled a new customer service-oriented robot at Tokyo Haneda Airport Terminal 1. During a 6-day period, the service robot interacted with travelers in Japanese, English, and Chinese to provide airport facility guide, flight status, destination weather, and local information. The JAL ground staff, through Apple Watch, were able to further instruct the robot to make passenger service announcements. The service robot was a Nomura … Continue reading JAL Trials NAO Service Robot: Self-Service V. Robot-Service

KLM and Transasia Turn Focus to Post-Flying Traveling Experience

Airlines are now paying more attention than ever to crafting better traveling experiences for customers beyond the airside. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced the new “Layover with a Local“ program for transfer passengers to enjoy Amsterdam with an Amsterdammer while Transasia Airways from Taiwan introduced “Invisible Guide” to provide real-time solutions for travelers through LINE. These examples mark the trend of airlines attempting to play a larger role than merely the transporter. … Continue reading KLM and Transasia Turn Focus to Post-Flying Traveling Experience

EVA Air Unveils New Teague-Designed Livery: Latest Member of the Wavy Cheatline Club

Last week, an image by Woody’s Aeroimages surfaced on the internet leaking what was supposedly the latest livery design of Taiwanese carrier EVA Air. The rumours were quelled today as B-16725, a Boeing 777-300ER and the first aircraft to wear the new EVA Air livery, rolled out from the paint shop in Portland and flew back to Everett. The livery was designed by Seattle-based design firm TEAGUE, which also specialises in cabin … Continue reading EVA Air Unveils New Teague-Designed Livery: Latest Member of the Wavy Cheatline Club

China Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Premium Business Class CI006 TPE – LAX (Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) – Los Angeles (LAX) NEXGEN Trip Report PART II)

This is the second part of a two-part trip report. For the first part, a review on the newly renovated Dynasty Lounge, please click HERE.  Today we celebrate the first anniversary of >talkairlines. Throughout the year, we have been very lucky being the exclusive reporter on many new products in the airline industry. Among the exclusive reports are those on the China Airlines Boeing 777-300ER cabin products. Back in March 2014, China Airlines started unveiling, … Continue reading China Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Premium Business Class CI006 TPE – LAX (Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) – Los Angeles (LAX) NEXGEN Trip Report PART II)

LCC War Kicks Off In Taiwan: Tigerair Taiwan and V Air Ready To Take To The Skies

Taiwan, the last major market in Asia to not have a local low-cost carrier (LCC), will soon be seeing two LCCs taking to the skies. While Tigerair Taiwan has already received certificates to launch operations, V Air is also close to getting permission to takeoff. In this post, >talkairlines will be introducing what these two carrier have to offer and analysing whether LCCs in Taiwan will … Continue reading LCC War Kicks Off In Taiwan: Tigerair Taiwan and V Air Ready To Take To The Skies

2014 a Seminal Year for China Eastern Airlines: New Branding, New Planes and New Cabins

For China Eastern Airlines, 2014 may be the most important year in its 26 year history. With logo and corporate branding revamp, new plane arrivals, cabin refurbishments, and more service innovations, the previously lowly reputed Mainland carrier is poised to transcend into a game-changer in the Chinese airline industry! In this post, >talkairlines will be going through the exciting changes China Eastern will be introducing or has introduced in this particular year. … Continue reading 2014 a Seminal Year for China Eastern Airlines: New Branding, New Planes and New Cabins