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Monday, January 12, 2015

'Heartbeat Song' Full Song - Listen Now!

Kelly Clarkson: 'Heartbeat Song' Full Song & Lyrics - Listen Now!
Kelly Clarkson just dropped her brand new song “Heartbeat Song” and you can listen to the full track right here!

“Holy cow I didn’t even know my song would be up on iTunes already!! I just bought it haha! #heartbeatsong,” the 32-year-old singer tweeted just before midnight on Sunday (January 11).

Listen to the song below and then make sure to buy it on iTunes as well!

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Kelly Clarkson’s new song “Heartbeat Song”?

Check back very soon for lyrics from the song!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

"Heartbeat Song" Teaser With A Special Guest

This is honestly the perfect way to make a teaser for your newest song.

Kelly Clarkson took to her Facebook to gift a video for Heartbeat Song, AKA the first single (hopefully dropping next week) coming off her brand new album, and we are OBSESSED with it!

Not only do we get to listen to the brilliance that is KC, but the video is of her daughter River Rose listening and dancing to the song!

It's SO STINKING CUTE! Seriously! This is the most adorable thing you will watch ALL DAY.

The American Idol alum tweeted on Friday, Jan. 9, "It's here...the first official #HeartbeatSong teaser!" sharing a video of River to introduce the track. The clip shows the infant in a music studio with a large pair of headphones over her pink-and-white polka dot hat.

Sitting in an office chair, River kicks her feet, grooves to the music, and smiles, as Clarkson asks, "River, what are you listening to?"

River is featured in Kelly Clarkson's new teaser.
River is featured in Kelly Clarkson's new teaser.

Clarkson then takes the headphones off of her daughter's head and plays the chorus of "Heartbeat Song" as River continues to dance.

The "Stronger" singer welcomed her first child with husband Brandon Blackstock this past June. The new parents tied the knot in October 2013, after the talent manager popped the question in December 2012.

Before starting her family, Clarkson released her last studio album, the holiday record Wrapped in Red, in October 2013. She debuted Stronger, her most recent collection of new music, in October 2011.

Clarkson is expected to release a pop album with influences of "rock, country, R&B, and dance," in the coming months. Take a look at the "Heartbeat Song" teaser in the video above!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Being In Love & Loving Someone

It took me a very long time to learn the difference between being in love with someone and actually loving that person. I learned the hard way, the very, very hard way.

Hearts were broken repeatedly over the years, and although I wish the pain could have been avoided, the experiences taught me more than any book or class ever could.

I grew up on fairy tales and love stories that taught me to believe that being in love and loving are the same thing. That couldn’t be any further from the truth.

Being in love with someone and loving that person are two different things. Understanding the difference and being able to apply the knowledge to your own relationships is key to building a lasting relationship.

Here are a few differences between being in love and loving that I wish I knew a decade sooner:

When you’re in love with someone, you want this person.

Being in love is wanting to own a part of the other person. It’s believing this person is so wonderful that you want him or her to be a part of your life, a part of you. When you fall in love with a person, you feel an intense urge to consume that person in any way you can.

Being in love is believing you need someone in order to be happy.

When you love someone, you need this person.

You don’t just want — or rather, don’t only want — you need him or her. You need this person to live a happy and healthy life because your happiness literally depends on it.

You need him or her to be a part of your life in some way or another, not because you want to own a piece of this person, but because you want to give him or her a piece of yourself; loving someone is deeming him or her worthy of owning a part of you.

It isn’t about ownership; it’s about wanting only the best for that individual — something that often means letting that love go.

When you’re in love with someone, your emotions are always on high.

Your brain is producing the most amazing chemical cocktail, making you feel as if you were floating atop of a cloud. You get high just by being in love with a person — and it’s a sort of high you never want to let go of.

No one wants to come down from such a high. This is where the problem lies: You inevitably do come down.

When you love someone, your emotions settle and then fluctuate.

Loving someone isn’t as much about the emotions as it is about the thoughts.

Thinking about someone, wishing the best for that person, doing the best to make him or her happy and, well, caring for that person just as much as — if not more than — yourself, that’s what love is. The emotions that come with it are just the perks.

Once you have passed the stage of simply being in love with someone to actually loving him or her, you have to learn to let go of the constant high and to ride the less frequent waves as they come. They always come. They just aren’t the “in love” emotional state that only falling in love allows for.

When you’re in love with someone, you’re aiming to reach some goal.

That’s what makes falling in love so exciting — the constant yearning for more.

You want to spend more time with this person, get to know him or her better, be with this person as much as possible. You always want to have more, and want to build a greater, more serious relationship.

When you love someone, you aren’t rushing to reach the finish line.

The goal that being in love calls for no longer exists — but only because it’s already been reached. This often scares people because they begin to feel a need to continue making progress.

Unfortunately, everything in the universe is finite. You can’t make progress and continue building something greater forever. The only thing you can eventually do is keep reinforcing what you already have.

Being in love is not only understanding that what you have is all you need, but wanting to strengthen that bond indefinitely.

When you’re in love with someone, you think you care more about that person more than you actually do.

Falling in love is much, much easier than loving. When you’re in love, the chemicals in your brain and body make you feel as if the person is the greatest person in the world.

You believe this person to be the most amazing specimen you have ever encountered. Sadly, this way of thinking usually wears off as soon as the feel-good chemicals wear off. Then you’re left lost and confused.

When you love someone, you care about that person more than you think.

Being in love is easily recognizable, as it makes you feel a constant yearning, a constant need. Loving, on the other hand, doesn’t give you such constant reminders.

However, life always manages to give us those reminders. Life will often keep people away from us, harm those in our lives and sometimes even take them from us entirely.

When you truly love someone, such moments of separation and loss overwhelm you with emotion. People often forget how much they love a person — or fail to realize how much they love them — until life forces them to remember.

When you’re in love with someone, you can fall out of love with that someone.

What goes up must come down. In the case of falling in love, what comes down often crawls back up. If you can fall in love with a person then you know you can just as easily fall out of love with him or her.

Being in love — and romantic love altogether — is mostly a result of our minds’ creation. We make, or allow, ourselves to fall in love by romanticizing the individual as well as the relationship. When you’re in love, reality doesn’t always line up with your version of it.

When you love someone, you never really stop loving that someone.

Loving a person is something that defines you — it defines the person you are. Those we love, those we care about most, those who mean the most to us, and who have affected us most in our lives, are those who never really leave us.

They may remove themselves, or be removed, from our lives, but they never leave our minds. Their memory, the thought of them, makes us feel strong emotion. Their presence in our lives has had such an incredible influence on us that, because of them, we are different people.

When you love someone, you can’t stop loving that person because it would require you to stop loving a part of you yourself.

Thursday, January 1, 2015


"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."

- Maya Angelou
Inspiration - Part 005 : January 5th 2015

Every thing happens for a reason. Today has been a mixed of both good and bad. Life has always been a mystery. The things that we knew could somehow turns to strange situation that we sometimes couldn't comprehend. Living with cancer for the past few years made me see the world differently. I couldn't really say life have been tough on me cause I know that is not true. I've always been blessed with a great support system. My family, my love one, my friends all are my sources to keep me going. 

Every time when I see myself as a victim of life's own game, I realize there are the people I love and care for who are suffering as well. A big part of me wanted to do more. But how could I be able to do so? I can't handle myself at times too. Sometimes, I really wished I could just let my guard down and let people in to this realm where everything is just filled with agony and dispare. Believe it or not, I really wanted to. But in the end, I just naturally held back. It is like a part of me just didn't wanna let myself to be vulnerable.

But like I mentioned earlier, life has also been kind to me. Ever since Valentines Day two years back, I felt like a part of me didn't have to carry that weight myself. And now, having you in my life made me felt even more lucky. I remember I once told my bestie that I wouldn't be so lucky to have him. Apparently I am the lucky one. I'm grateful for that. And I love you to bits for that. 

But when things came down to Mr D. I felt like sometimes, I really wanted to shelter him from all the crappy stuff life have thrown at him. And I know a fact Leo would totally support me in this. When things seem to turn out a little better for him, another curve ball was thrown towards him. Something I could relate to all the time. The thing is, I don't know what I am feeling. 

Even for another character in my life I've never really mentioned in my blog before. I know these are tough times, but sometimes the more we wanna be in control of life, the more we couldn't grab a grip. I was left puzzled on why the temper? I was confused, but then again, I knew what happened. Through the years, I think I begin to understand sometimes, when the faith and trust we have among friends, when it isn't strong enough, things would easily just fall apart. I slept on it and it was just clear to me. I may not be in control in a lot of things in life, but I know who are the people that meant to me for me to hold on to. For that, I've learned how to let go. 

There are people that I wanted them to stay, there are also those I would just smile and nod and say goodbye to. Life is just a beautiful journey that I do not wanna put those un-needed thorns to it. There are so much more I wanted to do and so much more I wanted to make this life counts. What matters and what doesn't, it's just coming down to what I decide to do. I may not be in control in life, but I could certainly be in control on how I wanna feel about life. And I'm glad that I've decided on what I wanted. Suffering is inevitable, but feeling pain is a choice. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year Everyone

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Starwood Hotels: Free Internet For All SPG Members

The Starwood group will offer free Internet across its family of hotels – including Sheraton, W, Westin, Le Meridien and Aloft – from February 2, 2015.
All members of the group's SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) loyalty scheme will enjoy free WiFi and cable Internet, although there's a catch: your stay must be booked via Starwood's website or app.
In theory, booking directly with the hotel (or through a travel agency or hotel booking mega-sites such as Expedia) won't see you qualify for free Internet.
If you're an SPG Gold or Platinum member you'll get an automatic upgrade to high-speed 'premium Internet', which Starwood says is designed for "streaming content and downloading large files."
Starwood's move follows similar decisions by the IHG and Marriott chains.

Emirates: Airbus A380 To Get First Class Private Bedroom "Very Soon"

Emirates will reveal a new private bedroom on its Airbus A380 "very soon" as the Gulf colossus and Qantas partner plots its response to Gulf neighbour and competitor Etihad's A380 three-room The Residence.
The superjumbo supersuite is "based on our [first class] cabin but more as a room concept and private,” Shaikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, told GulfNews, adding that it would be introduced “very soon.”
However, Al Mualla said the Emirates' VIP bedrooms will not include the butler service of Etihad's The Residence.
While Emirates has not yet finalised the A380 bedroom concept, Al Mualla said its could mean a reduction in the number of economy seats – leading some pundits to suspect the VIP suite would be located at the front of the superjumbo's main deck, which is currently given over entirely to economy seats, rather than the upstairs domain of first class.
This might also make it easy for a dedicated shower suite to be installed next to the private bedroom by building it directly beneath one of the two upstairs showers allocated to first class.
Al Mualla also confirmed that some Emirates' A380s would see first class dropped entirely, to create a two-class superjumbo to cater for markets where there is much higher demand for cheap economy seats.
Qantas partner Emirates is working on a “new bedroom concept” which will shift first class travel beyond the realm of its current Airbus A380 private suites 
"It's all about privacy," Emirates President Tim Clark said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. "Our new bedroom concept will take it to the next level.”
Emirates won’t be drawn on details such as the number of bedrooms per superjumbo, the timetable for their debut nor their roster of exclusive features.
But nobody would be surprised if the fully-enclosed private bedroom boasted a personal shower and ‘room service’ from a concierge dedicated to satisfying your every inflight whim.
After all, that’s the recipe behind The Residence private suite revealed this week by Emirates’ Gulf competitor Etihad Airways, which appears to have reignited competition for the super-luxury traveller by cocooning them in a private jet environment.
The Residence is a three-room VIP suite tucked away into the very front of the upper deck of Etihad’s Airbus A380s with a bedroom (above), en suite bathroom and shower plus a separate lounge cabin (below), all serviced by a butler trained at London’s Savoy Hotel.
A return flight between London and Abu Dhabi in The Residence will cost around AU$45,000 and covers up to two people travelling together.
Etihad drew the inspiration for The Residence, along with its new Apartment first class suites and other inflight facilities like The Lobby lounge from the world of five-star hotels, along with the style of inflight service.
Etihad began development on the new suites five years ago and used both Emirates and Singapore Airlines as their benchmark.
“We first looked at what Singapore Airlines was doing with its A380” Etihad Chief Executive James Hogan told Australian Business Traveller on the sidelines of Etihad’s launch in Abu Dhabi earlier this week.
“Then we took a view of what Emirates would do and how they would take it further than Singapore Airlines, and then how could we take it even further again” Hogan said.

“And that’s what you see, something that is completely unique.”

Emirates New Uniform for Executive Jet

Emirates' highly recognisable uniform serves as the starting point for stylish new threads worn by the crew on its Emirates Executive private jet service.

Retaining the signature Emirates red and beige colour palate, the Emirates Executive uniform features a sleek red shift dress and a beige cropped jacket. The highly recognisable red pill-box hat remains, but the side veil has been removed and a neckerchief has been added for vintage appeal.

It's all about "making a distinctive statement about the premium the flying experience offered by Emirates Executive", the airline says.

"The Emirates Executive uniform represents a balance of timeless elegance and modern sensibility" explains Terry Daly, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice-president, Service Delivery.

"It epitomises the experience we want our passengers to have aboard our private jet, while retaining elements of the iconic 'Emirates' look."

"We also wanted a look that pairs with the cosmopolitan mix of passengers we are seeing on Emirates Executive.”

The 19-seat Emirates Executive private Airbus A319 jet has already been hired for charter runs to London, Hong Kong, Johannesburg and Lagos.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Airbus A350 Delivery To Qatar Rescheduled For Dec 22

Airbus confirmed that the delivery of the first Airbus A350 to Qatar Airways has been rescheduled for December 22.

The handover of Europe’s first mainly carbon-composite jet, originally scheduled for December 13, had been postponed by the airline last week, triggering speculation of a repeat of cabin problems which had delayed delivery if its first A380.

But scheduling problems appeared to have played a part.

Confirming an earlier Reuters report, Airbus said in a media invitation that the delivery ceremony would go ahead in Toulouse on December 22 and would include a preview flight.

Airbus has pledged to deliver the first A350, developed at a cost of some $15 billion to compete with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, by the end of the year.

Emirates A380 Free Wi-Fi

Over 200,000 passengers have used Emirates' free onboard Wi-Fi since October this year, taking advantage of the airline's service to connect with family, friends or colleagues when they fly.

On most Emirates A380s passengers can access 10MBs of free data, enough to send emails, blog, tweet, post on Facebook, or browse the Internet.

Emirates currently offers Wi-Fi connectivity on 86 aircraft – on board all of its 56 Airbus A380s, as well as on 30 of its Boeing 777s. A comprehensive retrofit programme is also underway to install Wi-Fi capability across the rest of its fleet. On 51 of Emirates’ A380s, the first 10MB of data is free, and a token $1 charge is levied for the next 500MB. On all other aircraft, getting online costs US$1 due to the current hardware and software installed.

Until January 1 2015, proceeds from these connection charges will be donated to the Emirates Airline Foundation to help improve quality of life for disadvantaged children around the world.

“Emirates sees inflight Wi-Fi as an essential value-add service that should be freely available for our customers to connect with friends, family and business. At the moment, software and technical limitations mean that on some of our aircraft we still have to levy a token charge for Wi-Fi. We are working hard to overcome this but until then, it is only $1 to get online. We’ve been providing free Wi-Fi and $1 Wi-Fi on the fleet since early October and up to 35% of passengers are using the service, especially on long flights,” said Patrick Brannelly, Emirates’ VP for corporate communications - product, publishing, digital and events.

“Most of our flights are long-haul international routes, and we know that many of our customers want to stay in touch when they travel. That is why Emirates has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in our inflight connectivity systems. We especially see a spike in mobile and Wi-Fi usage during major festive seasons, and we believe that our customers will welcome the fact that if they have to pay a $1 connection fee, proceeds will go towards supporting a good cause. We expect to collect and donate about US$40,000 to the Emirates Airline Foundation, but that amount could increase if more users log-on to Wi-Fi between now and the new year,” added Brannelly.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

My Life & My Happiness Is Ours

I sometimes, wish, I could be anonymous. Walk down the street of life. Before I moved to the states, I was a boy. In the music school, on the piano. I was just a boy who wanted a view of the beautiful beach. And now that things changes under circumstances, I think it's very difficult to do very simple things. Things without consequences. I think it's the hardest thing to give up. But my mother always taught me to be strong. And never to be a victim, never making excuses, never expect anyone else to provide me things that I know I can provide for myself. I have dreams. And I actually think I have the power to make those dreams to become a reality.

When you have a stand in the music industry, no one looks at you as a human anymore. You become the property of the label. There's nothing real about it. You can't put your finger on who I am. I can't put a finger on who I am. I am... Complicated. I've grew up with a lot of conflicts and traumas and I've been through a lot. Just like everyone else. My escape is always music. And I'm so lucky that that's my job. But if I've accomplished all of these things, and had no one to share with. It will be worth nothing. You know that you need something real. In order to need any of see stuff matter. You have to have something, that is FOREVER. Something that is invisible. 

I was brought up the same way my mother try to please and make everyone comfortable. And I always felt like its my job to fix problems. People pleaser. But, I'm no longer afraid of conflict, and I don't think conflict is a bad thing. Because I know, when you grow up, when you learned a few things, you no longer afraid of letting go. You no longer afraid of the unknown. You no longer afraid going to places and you're biting your mind and soul that make you feel uncomfortable. And it all starts from if you can look at yourself in the mirror and say, I like that person. You know.. If I hadn't gone through some of the painful experience in my life, I would not be me. 

I feel like my body is borrowed in this life. And it is very temporary. I watched my friends body deteriorate, and see someone pass on so gracefully and puts everything in perspective. We do not value ourselves enough. Especially young people who don't really appreciate how brilliant our bodies are. I've always been very specific and choosy. About my body and who I wanna share with. People thinks that they lose something when they get into a relationship or marriage. But it doesn't have to be that way. There is nothing more exciting to be able to have a witness to your life. 

I always consider myself as an humanitarian activist, or something. All the while, I've always afraid of that word, cause people place so much on it. When honestly, it's very simple. It's just a person who believes in equality for men and women. Men and women balance each other out, and we have to get to a point where each other is comfortable with and starts to appreciate each other. Not just for the rights of humanity, or anything. It's just a general term. I have a lot of empathy for people and the pressures they go through and the cultures that has been created. Especially for all the LGBT and people who are going through terminal illnesses. Not because I am one of them, but because I understood how hard it is having to go through cancer, and I know a lot more people are far worst than I am. I have the same empathy for women. They women has to provide, so many things for their children. I consider myself, a humanist. 

You know, everybody is not good at everything. It's always okay to depend on someone. It's actually what we are suppose to do. We're supposed to depend on each other. And when you find the person that you trust, and you love, and you feel is going to respect you and take all the shit you have and turn around and bring out the best in you, it is indeed the most powerful thing in your life. 

Happiness comes from you. No one else can make you happy. You make you happy. The love you have just amplified that happiness that you already have. And one thing that's for sure, the love I have, the music, my lover, my friends, and my future, it's something that will last far beyond in my life. 

I'm thankful for embracing me, for understanding me, for being patient with my crazy. This is the life I am living. This is what I wanted it to be.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Scoot Postpones B787-9 Debut

Scoot will begin Melbourne flights in November 2015.

Scoot has postponed its inaugural Boeing 787-9 services for a second time.

The airline will now roster the Dreamliner onto its Hong Kong and Perth routes on February 1, reports

The Singapore Airlines budget subsidiary had originally planned to debut its stretched Dreamliner on January 1.

But this was last month delayed until mid-January and has now been put back until the start of February.

Scoot's B787-9s will each accommodate up to 375 passengers, in what is the densest Dreamliner layout to date.

The aircraft is configured in two classes, with 35 premium economy seats in a 2-3-2 layout and 340 slim-line economy seats configured 3-3-3.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Delivery Of First Airbus A350 to Qatar Airways Postponed

Qatar Airways announced Wednesday that delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 XWB, originally planned for this weekend, has been postponed. No new date for the delivery or reasons for the delay were given; Qatar is the launch customer for the all-new widebody.

“The Airbus A350 aircraft ceremonial transfer of title has been postponed until further notice.

With the imminent launch of the new Airbus A350 program, both entities are committed to introducing the A350 very soon” the Doha-based carrier said in a statement.

The aircraft was scheduled to be handed to Qatar at Airbus’ delivery center in Toulouse Dec. 13, to arrive at Doha Hamad International Airport Saturday. Official ceremonies were then scheduled for all day Monday, Dec. 16.

Credits : ATW

Malaysia Airlines Sees 40% Increase in London

Malaysia Airlines has seen a 40 per cent increase in business class passengers flying its London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur route this year.

The upturn in corporate traffic was measured between January 1 and August 31 and compared to the same period last year.

The news comes despite the disappearance of flight MH370 over the Indian Ocean in March and the tragic shootdown of MH17 over Ukraine four months later.

Weng Chi Lee, MAS' UK & Ireland area manager, said: "The corporate travel market never took a dip. That was very reassuring. We saw our business class passenger loads [on the London to Kuala Lumpur route]... increase 40 per cent, year-on-year."

He added: "We've got a good product — it's a double-daily A380 with first, business and economy class. We continue to refresh our products all the time. The corporate travellers are receptive to what we have and they find that it's a good way to go out to Asia."

Although business class travel is up by 40 per cent, the airline's overall traffic between LHR and Kuala Lumpur has decreased by 5 per cent from 85 to 80 per cent.

Two weeks ago, MAS became a step closer to becoming a nationalised private company after minority shareholders voted to approve Khazanah Nasional, the investment holding arm of the Malaysian government, becoming the sole shareholder.

Once approved by the High Court of Malaya, Khazanah will implement a 12-point, five-year business plan setting out strategies to rehabilitate the airline. The first move will be a reduction in staff from 20,000 to an estimated 14,000.

Despite the cutback in personnel, which is expected to mainly affect back-office staff, MAS currently has no plans to axe any of its routes.

Lee said: "The double-daily A380 operation between Heathrow and Kuala Lumpur is assured, it's staying... And it's not just the UK, the entire European as well as our worldwide network are staying the same for the time being."

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Taj Dubai To Open In March 2015

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is set to launch its second Dubai property in March.

The Indian group will open Taj Dubai in the emirate's Downtown district, close to the Burj Khalifa. It already operates the Taj Palace hotel in Deira.

The 296-room property will have seven food and drink outlets, including Indian and Peruvian restaurants, as well as a spa and a members-only business club called Chambers.

Taj Dubai bedroom
Taj Dubai lobby

The group is due to open a property under its Vivanta by Taj brand in Dwarka, south-west Delhi, in January. Located 20 minutes' drive from Delhi Indira Gandhi International airport, it will have 250 guestrooms as well as dining, spa and meeting facilities.

A 283-room property is scheduled to open at Mumbai International airport's Terminal 1C in April.

Taj now provides free wifi to in-house guests across all of its 125 hotels.

Etihad Postpones Heathrow A380 Services

Etihad Airways has postponed its second and third daily A380 services to London Heathrow.

The Gulf carrier will start flying the superjumbo between Abu Dhabi and LHR on December 27.

A second and third service were scheduled to commence on April 1 and May 1 respectively.

Inaugural service EY011/012 will still go ahead, but the A380 will be replaced by a B777-300ER from January 7 to 15 and by an A340-600 on March 8 and 9.

However, second A380 service EY017/018 will now start a month later on May 1, while third superjumbo service EY019/020 has been delayed by three months until August 1, reports

Etihad is still scheduled to operate the A380 to Sydney on June 1 .

Qatar Airways postponed its inaugural A380 route to London Heathrow mulitple times earlier this year .

Oman Air Unveils New Business Cabins

Oman Air has taken delivery of A330-300 and B737-900 aircraft, both of which feature the carrier's new business and economy cabins.

The carrier's A330 contains 24 BE Aerospace-designed seats in business in a 2-2-2 configuration. Each fully-flat seat is 21 inches wide and 77 inches long.

The seat also comes with leg-rest controls, a folding armrest, a reading light, a mood light, a one-piece meal table and a 17-inch IFE screen.

Oman Air A330-300 business class

A330-300 business class

The B737 business cabin contains 12 Recaro-designed seats in a 2-2 configuration with a PC power outlet, USB port, reading light and 10.6-inch in-arm IFE screen.

Both aircraft feature economy seats designed by Zodiac Aerospace - the 235 seats on the A330 have a 32-inch pitch, while the 171 on the B737 have a 30-inch pitch.

A 10.6-inch seatback IFE screen provides access to the same content as in business class, while a USB socket is mounted on the screen.

Oman Air A330-300 business
Above and below: A330-300 business cabin
Oman Air A330-300 business cabin

Paul Gregorowitsch, Oman Air's CEO, said: "Everyone at Oman Air is delighted with these new aircraft, which are the first of 24 that we will take delivery of over the next three years."

Last month, Oman Air introduced a system for loyalty programme members to purchase seat upgrades at Muscat airport

Air Canada Beoing 787-9 to Delhi

Air Canada will launch a new non-stop Toronto to Delhi service next November.

The carrier will roster a B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in a three-class configuration onto three of the route's four weekly frequencies.

From November 1, outbound service AC050 will depart Toronto at 2055 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and land in Delhi at 2115 the following day.

Return service AC051 will leave Delhi at 0045 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and arrive in Toronto at 0500 the same day.

All flights will be operated by the B787-9, apart from the Monday outbound service and the Wednesday return service, which will be B787-8 aircraft.

Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada's president and CEO, said: "We will be offering the only non-stop flight from Canada to India using our newest Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which are revolutionising long-haul air travel.

"The operating economics of these new aircraft make this service feasible and it will be the first route dedicated to the larger, 787-9 version of this aircraft, which begin entering our fleet in 2015."

In September, Air Canada announced a series of new codeshare routes with Star Alliance partner Air India

Air New Zealand Buy 2 More Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Air New Zealand will buy two more Boeing 787-9s, taking its total Dreamliner fleet to 12.

The Kiwi carrier, which was the world's first airline to fly the long-range and fuel-efficient 787-9, says the two jets are due for delivery in 2017 and the second half of 2018.

The airline still has six more 787-9 purchase options up its sleeve.

"As the airline’s commercial performance continues to improve, we are focussed on reinvesting our profits directly back into the business on products, services and fleet to further enhance the customer experience and to ensure the business remains strong and competitive" commented Air New Zealand CEO Chris Luxon in announcing the plan.

“Air New Zealand is very committed to the Boeing 787-9" Luxon added, saying that "the aircraft is a key component in our growth strategy."

Qantas Business Suite

The next generation of Qantas business class raises the bar in both the Australian and international markets.
Set to debut before year's end on domestic routes flown by Qantas' Airbus A330s – and on international routes from 2015 – the new ‘business suites’ could also be the business class for Qantas’ future twin-aisle jets such as the Boeing 787.
(For those who care for such things, the base model for the seat is the Vantage XL platform from Irish company Thompson Aero Seating but it's been customised by Marc Newson for Qantas.)

Fully-flat bed

The stand-out feature of the Qantas business suites, of course, is a fully lie-flat bed, shown here adorned with the Qantas sleep service mattress.
This is no 'sloping sleeper' as you'd find on the airline's current A330 fleet, where the seat becomes a straight 180-degree bed from head to toe yet remains at an angle to the floor – as seen below in Marc Newson's original Skybed.
The new business suite bed folds out to become ramrod straight and flat to the floor, in the same vein as the fully-flat bed of the Airbus A380's Skybed II, below.
The new seats can be reclined during take-off and landing “to maximise the opportunity for rest”, especially on short Asian flights such as from Singapore...
... and while that's definitely more comfortable than sitting completely upright, you won't be able to snooze in bed more until after the plane takes off.
There’s actually nothing new about this concept, with Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic among the airlines whose business class seats already offer a lie-before-you-fly mode. 

Plenty of space...

Today’s business travellers are demanding more and more personal space.
Gone are the days when you’d settle in for the flight with a good book. Now there’s your laptop, smartphone, quite likely an iPod, possibly a tablet or Kindle, perhaps your own pair of noise-cancelling headphones... and maybe a good book into the bargain.
The business suite offers ample room to spread out using the console next to each seat...
... with a deep recess for your headphones, laptop and a Qantas-supplied iPad...
... plus a Kate Spade amenity kit for the ladies or a Jack Spade kit for the gents, and a handy bottle of water:
A thinner space next to the video screen and below the coat hook is where you’ll find the safety card and other airline-issued paraphernalia, so they don’t get in the way of your own stuff.
There's space under the centre console for larger items such as shoes...
... and when you're eating, a tray table swings out from the opposite side.
Beyond the hinge, there's actually nothing to clip the tray onto – so you may experience a little 'tray wobble' if working on a heavier laptop:

Inflight entertainment

Each business suite will be fitted with a 16 inch screen running Panasonic Avionics' latest eX3 system powered by Google’s Android software (yes, the same software that’s probably in your smartphone).
Singapore Airlines has already adopted the eX3 for its next generation business class and first class, which includes a small touchscreen handheld controller.
However, Qantas passengers will find a more familiar remote control tucked away aside the seat, as you'd also find on the A380 and the newer generation of Boeing 747s:
Passengers at the pointy end will find a pair of noise-cancelling headphones within easy reach, along with an angled reading light that faces the book from your line-of-sight, rather than beaming down from overhead.
Economy passengers will get a smaller 11.1 inch touchscreen running Panasonic’s simplified eXlite package.
(According to Qantas, the streamlined IFE system plus new economy seats which are each 1kg lighter than their current counterparts will shave some 400kg off the international version of the A330, resulting in a lower fuel bill.)
There's some clever thinking behind the scenes, or perhaps we should say behind the screens.
Copies of the most popular latest-release movies will be stored on a disk drive that's mounted behind the display, so even if the connection from the screen back to the plane's media box (which holds all the videos and music) fails, you'll still be able to watch a few movies.
All business suites include an AC power socket, of course, along with USB ports built into every business and economy seat.
If you can't spot them, they're right next to the seat and are well-positioned for charging laptops and tablets while you're using them, but also for hiding your phone in the storage compartment and running a sneaky cable through the gap to the USB power port.
They're also above an in-seat mirror, tucked away on the inside portion of the remote control cover.
The A330s will also sport Qantas' Q Streaming technology which beams videos and music directly to your own tablet, laptop or smartphone.
Finally, the guts of the A330's inflight entertainment system is being upgraded to match that of Qantas' flagship Airbus A380, putting some 1500 hours of content at your fingertips.

The all-important sleep...

To extend the seat into a fully-flat position – or to customise it just to your liking – is a detailed control panel aside the suite.
If you'd rather not be woken when breakfast is served, just tap the 'do not disturb' button and you'll be left alone until closer to arrival.
And, if you prefer to stand in the aisle while your suite transforms into a spacious bed – or vice versa – just press and hold this easy-to-reach button and your bed will unfold.
The crew can also add a fitted sheet for a more comfortable rest, along with a blanket and suite-width pillow.
If you need to hop up during the night, the seat numbers are illuminated to help you find your way back...
All up, here's what you'll be returning to – a private, fully-flat bed in the sky on Qantas' A330s:

How the staggered seat layout works

The business suites will be arrayed in a 1-2-1 layout so that every passenger enjoys direct access to the aisle.
The suites themselves are built for a staggered design in which each row dovetails into the one ahead and behind.
This has become an increasingly common configuration – and while we have only photos of a single suite, here’s how the layout works in practice.
First of all, consider for a moment that each suite consists of two components – the seat and the console.
In the picture above, the seat is at the right of the console and slides forward to convert into a bed which extends into a recessed foot well.
However, in the suite behind this one, the foot well is taken from inside the forward row's console – and the passenger will sit to the left of their console rather than the right.
This alternating arrangement is the key to a staggered layout, and to help you hop into and out of the suite, there's a handle atop the suite in front.
In effect, there are two configurations for the business suite – think of them as seat+console and console+seat – and these alternate every second row to accommodate the console of one suite housing the foot well of the next, and so on.
This also applies to the two suites paired in the middle of each row.
For more on the Qantas Business Suite, watch the video below:

When (and where) you’ll see the new Business Suites

Qantas will launch the new Business Suite on a domestic east-west route to Perth in late December, and on international flights to Singapore from January 2015.
Qantas will fit the new lie-flat business class seat across its entire Airbus A330 fleet, with the upgrades being done in Brisbane to a refit schedule of one plane every 30 days, with the project to be completed by the end of 2016.
Qantas’ primary A330 route in Australia skies is the transcontinental trek between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, where Qantas will havea vital head-start over Virgin Australia, which won't begin flying its own next-gen 'business/first' seats (seen below) on east-west A330 routes until March 2015.
Qantas is also aiming to hit a 'critical mass' with the fast roll-out of its upgraded A330s, with plans for six of the rejigged jets flying by the time of Virgin's launch – most of which are expected to be dedicated to east-west routes – and double that number when Virgin completed the refit of all six of its A330s in July 2015.
The Business Suite will be a welcome replacement to the Red Roo’s current domestic A330 business class seats, some of which more closely resemble premium economy with the middle seat covered by a plastic shelf to provide a shared ‘inflight workspace’.
On the international front, the A330s currently fly to most of Qantas’ key Asian ports – Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok, Jakarta and Manila, and most recently, Honolulu.


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