Change is in the air: From stripping from TVs to flatbeds in & # 39; e economy, why flights will never be the same again
- Neil Simpson is investigating the major changes that flights are making this summer
- On Monday, Thomas Cook introduces beds into the economy on selected flights
- Seat-back TVs are removed from nearly two dozen Etihad planes
Each week, our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at an important holiday theme, which he does all the legwork you don't need. This week, he's researching the big changes that didn't happen this summer.
Change is in the air at 35,000ft and for many, the long holiday flights they don't take this summer will be dramatically different.
Some of the changes may make the experience better (at a price, of course), but most will make flying economics even more of a trial.
Sleeping Service: Thomas Cook's Economy Beds (above) will be available on select flights to further locations such as New York and Mexico
A flat bed in the economy sounds like the guide to, now, dreams.
But this morning, you can get just that on select Thomas Cook flights to distant places like New York and Mexico. Book the & # 39; sleepseat & # 39; to & # 39; the back of & # 39; e Airbus A330 and once you're in the air, the crew put a special mattress and blankets over a row of three seats. You get a pillow, a blanket and hopefully a good night's rest. The beds cost an extra £ 200 extra each.
If you fly farther away, check out the similar service & # 39; sky couch & # 39; on Air New Zealand.
Business-class economics measurements may sound too good to be true, but this summer British Airways will let you upgrade your food if you fly from Heathrow.
So far, the £ 16 Taste Of Britain dinner (Loch Fyne smoked salmon with creamy fraiche, slow-roasted Wiltshire pork belly with celery mash, followed by summer berry pudding) and the £ 15 Great British Breakfast (Cumberland sausages, cheddar omelets and more) the most popular choices.
Business-class economics measurements may sound too good to be true, but this summer British Airways will let you upgrade your food if you're flying from Heathrow
Meanwhile, low-carrier carrier Norwegian fans are winning for their high-tech approach to customer service.
Fly to Orlando or San Francisco and you can order snacks and drinks via the TV screen at the back. Scroll through the menu, swipe your credit card, and the crew delivers your order to your seat.
Starting next month, KLM will be the latest airline to take duty-free trolleys off their aircraft, following the leadership of Qantas and major US airlines, including US, Delta and United
Enjoy the holiday tradition of buying perfume or a bottle of gin from the duty-free catalog on board? You have to shop hard. Starting next month, KLM will be the latest airline to take duty-free trolleys off its aircraft, following the leadership of Qantas and major US aviation companies including US, Delta and United.
Meanwhile, back-TV's have been rolled out of nearly a dozen Etihad planes this summer, affecting mainly those who transfer from Abu Dhabi to the Maldives and other favorite destinations.
Think economy is bad? Welcome to economy light. It is the new ticket for tier below that is being introduced (under a variety of names) by most airlines that do not fly to America. It's a rate with hand luggage that people don't always realize when they book. Go economy light with Virgin and then decide to check in a bag and it will cost you an extra £ 45.
With the lower rates, you can't opt for seats in advance, and with American aviation companies, basic economics mean you don't have to use the overhead locker to stow your bag, although this is almost unenforceable.
Eventually, anyone who's finally in the economy needs to get ready for a squeeze. The majority of the Boeing 747s and 777s that go to America, the Middle East or the Far East will be reconfigured to have ten seats over, instead of the current nine. Check the schedule of your flight on seatguru.com.
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