Versace Provides Travel Kits for Turkish Airlines Business Class Intercontinental Travelers

VERSACE FRESHENS UP: Duty-free shopping in airports can be a blood sport for harried travelers who tend to fall into two camps — killing time or crunched for time.
Turkish Airlines travelers can skip the last-minute blitz for moisturizer, lip balm and other in-flight sundries, since the carrier will be providing them with travel kits from Versace or Mandarina Duck. Business-class passengers taking intercontinental flights will get the Versace assortment. Female fliers will find socks, earplugs, a sleep mask, warning stickers, Versace lip balm, hand lotion, facial mist and a hair clasp all contained in a zippered orange case. The men’s version is slightly different and is stowed away on a black case. To keep the pearly whites intact, there are travel-size Colgate toothpaste tubes as part of the deal.
Staying squeaky clean is truly in fashion, as evidenced by Naomi Campbell’s viral “airport routine” video, which was filmed on a Qatar Airways plane. More than 1.4 million people have watched the five-minute spot on her YouTube channel. The supermodel breaks out her pre-packed plastic gloves to scrub down her business class surroundings, “cleaning anything that you touch or could possibly touch.”
Turkish Airlines isn’t just offering its business-class passengers some special pampering

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Federal air-safety regulators are investigating Southwest Airlines for widespread failures to accurately track the combined weight of checked bags loaded into each of its jets.
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Air France Offers La Prairie Services to Select Fliers at JFK, American Airlines Teams Up With Allies of Skin, Zenology and Baxter of California

NEW YORK — While several airlines are counting on designers for cutting-edge uniforms, beauty companies like La Prairie, Allies of Skin, Zenology and Baxter of California are looking to the friendly skies as another way to connect with consumers.
Paris-bound travelers departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport have another reason to get to the airport early. Air France has unveiled a La Prairie beauty treatment center in its lounge for La Première and Business customers. They now can book custom-designed beauty treatments before their flights take off. Travelers will want to book their appointments once they clear security and arrive in the lounge. Located in Terminal 1, the two-level lounge welcomed 247,000 travelers last year.
La Prairie’s new 325-square-foot outpost has two private beauty booths and a massage table for longer treatments. Fliers pressed for time will have the option of more express treatments. In addition to La Première and Business customers, Flying Blue Platinum and Gold members can also access the complimentary beauty services.
Starting Feb. 15, American Airlines will also be helping travelers freshen up en route to their destinations. Frequent first, business class and premium economy travelers will be able to indulge in an assortment of travel kits designed with This

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Turkish Airlines Marks 85th Anniversary With Uniforms Designed by Ettore Bilotta

IN-FLIGHT FASHION: To mark its 85th anniversary, Turkish Airlines is giving its cabin crew employees a fresh look, thanks to new uniforms from Ettore Bilotta.
Their spruced-up look includes dresses, jackets, pants, blouses, hats, gloves, bags and accessories in a combination of deep red and anthracite. To relay a more cohesive image for the airline, the company will also streamline uniforms for pilots, on-board chefs and ground service employees. All those staffers will soon have a new home base, when what is being called “Istanbul New Airport” bows next month after three years of construction.
The Milan-based designer incorporated classic elements of Turkish design borrowed from traditional patterns in artisanal glassware, ceramics and calligraphy with contemporary accents. To give his finery more of an of-the-moment spin, the airline tapped British photographer Miles Aldridge to shoot the campaign to launch the cabin uniform collection on location in Turkey. Aldridge said the Italian designer’s new uniforms “hark back to a golden age of fashion from the Fifties, but with a contemporary twist.”
His new designs are meant to signal a new era and brand identity for the carrier, which was started in 1933 with five planes. Turkish Airlines now has 325 passenger and cargo aircrafts

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Climbing Fuel Costs Force Airlines to Raise Ticket Prices

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Airlines Mark Down Tickets in Irma-Affected Areas

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American Airlines CEO ‘Not Happy’ About Qatar Plan to Buy 10% Stake

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Alaska Airlines Employee Calls Tomi Lahren ‘Tami,’ Twitter Loves It

Tomi Lahren got inadvertently shaded by an airline on Twitter, and people were really into it.

The right-wing commentator, who recently got hired as a senior communications adviser at Great America Alliance, apparently had a bad experience on Alaska Airlines and ― as one does ― took to Twitter to tell her tale:

The airline, which responds to most tweets where it’s mentioned, tweeted back to offer their condolences for Lahren’s troubles. However, in their response, they called her “Tami.” 

The company later tweeted that “Tami” was a typo, but Twitter erupted in the aftermath regardless. Twitter users were praising Alaska Airlines employee Ryan, who signed the tweet, as well as the the airline itself:

Nothing like a good typo to get Twitter all worked up. Nicely done, Ryan.

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These Are the 10 Best Airlines in the World

United Airlines didn’t make the list.

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Baby on Board! Turkish Airlines Cabin Crew Delivers Baby Girl Mid-Flight

Turkish Airlines welcomed an unexpected passenger in the middle of a flight from Guinea’s capital of Conakry to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Cabin crew on the airplane sprang into action on Friday when Nafi Diaby, a woman who was 28-weeks pregnant, went into labor during the flight, according to NBC News.

They were able to successfully deliver the baby girl, who was named Kadiju, as the mother laid across a row of seats.

The airline shared the happy news on Twitter Friday, showing pictures of the flight attendants posing with the baby wrapped in a grey blanket.

“Welcome on board Princess!” Turkish Airlines captioned a collage of photo on Twitter, including a graphic of a plane acting as a stork to deliver a baby girl. “Applause goes to our cabin crew!”

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“The lady was in great pain,” cabin attendant Bouthayna Inanir said, according to the Hurriyet Daily News. “And then the baby was on the seat. This was the hardest part. I had to grab the baby. I took her and give her to the mother.”

The mother and newborn were in good health but taken to hospital to be kept under observation when the Boeing 737 landed in the West African nation on Friday, according to NBC News.

Turkish Airlines states on their website that women in their 28th week of pregnancy or later require a note from a doctor stating they are safe to fly and confirming the expected date of birth. The airline doesn’t allow women to fly if they are 36 weeks pregnant or more.


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Swiss Airlines’ New Cabin Design Needs To Happen Everywhere, Right Now

Why can’t all airplane cabins get the Swiss treatment?

After the Internet panicked over a design that makes passengers face each other in a sardines-like, shoulder-to-shoulder seating situation, this spacious new concept should elicit a collective sigh.

The breathtaking cabin below was created for Swiss International Airlines’s new fleet of 777-300ER planes by Priestmangoode, a British design and brand consultancy firm.

“We wanted to pick up the cultural significances” of Switzerland, said Nigel Goode, a director at Priestmangoode and a leader on the project.

European travelers want a more open cabin that also gives them some privacy, he said, so he and his team focused on elements that give the passenger flexibility in succinct, Swiss fashion.

Seats in the economy class are upholstered in cream-colored fabrics and wood paneling continues throughout; passengers are assisted by a self-service kiosk and mobile charging stations.

Business class seats are more like little cubicles, with headphone hangers and straps for storing books, magazines and beverages.

But the first class design is what we think of when we picture flying in style.

In addition to a 32-inch flat screen TV, seats here recline into a six-and-a-half-foot bed. A retractable partition gives passengers three privacy options, and a personal wardrobe with doors that can be pulled together fully encloses the passenger as if they were riding in a train car.

“One of the things I get a big kick out of when other people see the design is that they’ll say it looks so Swiss,” Goode told The Huffington Post. “You can sit in the seat and everything lines up and it’s quite precise.” 

Swiss ordered an update to six of its Boeing 777-300ERs, and Goode said they’ll be in use starting in January 2016.

Swiss says its Boeing 777s hold about 330 passengers, and will be used for “ultra long routes,” or connections including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo and Bangkok.

While this makes us want to book a trip to Switzerland immediately, Goode said there’s hope for passengers on U.S.-based airlines. Priestmangoode is working with United Airlines to improve their cabins, and Goode said he sees American companies starting to take notice of the finer details. 

In the U.S., Goode said, “There tends to be more interest in the business, premium and economy areas, rather than first [class] itself. We’re working on a project that looks at this level of detail throughout the cabin, [such as] quality of finishes and attention to detail.”

We can hardly wait.

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