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Monday, October 20, 2014

Solitary


There is always the right thing to do and the wrong thing we may choose. Sometimes, there will be that grey area that no one could ever explains. My previous post was a little abstract but the person who meant to read it will understand the metaphor behind those words. 20 hours past. That emotions that was building inside just doesn't seem to fade. And it is not a good thing in so many ways. 

I am not sure if it was under the influence or it was just words being read in a different emotions. The thing is, it was never this kinda emotions between us. I've tried to hide it away. But it feels like whenever I tried, the wall just gets to build higher and higher. A lot of questions never arise in the past. But now, I'm questioning every decision there was. Was it me could provide that care and love? Or was it the material fulfillment that I could up hold? What was it actually? 

Sometimes, I've really tried to hide away those negative emotions, and just keep telling myself that it wasn't the way I think I would end up. But what was it that really happened last night? I felt like I was being abandoned. Was I not supportive enough at every moment and every step I've taken with you? Good or bad, even with those decisions that I might not agree with, I was all the way standing there by your side. But is solitude too much to ask for? My walls are up so high right now I got no idea how could I tear it all down. I really hated this emotion tension between us. But how could we get back to where we were? How could we live again without this chinese wall between us? I would give anything to have that once more.

I know there is a lot of "if"s that is impossible to have an answer. I'm lost. I need my people around. I needed that anchor I use to have. I need to be me again. Right or wrong, if I could speak from my heart and being honest, I really don't care anymore. Even if I wanted to care, this path will only lead me to an ending that will never be a happily ever after. I hated myself for feeling all this crap, but I am happy for one day after these few months, I didn't bother to worry or being frustrated with the cancer and feel crappy like everyone else. 

A human heart is just a mystery. Physiologically speaking, it is just a muscle that pumps blood through the aorta distributes oxygenated blood to all parts of the body through the systemic circulation. But how do I explain this pressure on my chest? It's different from what I'm experiencing with that bugger tumor that grows in my left ventricle. It almost felt like that same emotion that overpowered me when my marriage fell apart. But how could I have an explanation that this pressure that is on going? I am no physician or a doctor, but I came from a medical family. I could talk to my parents, but I can't. It will be confusing them even more than I did when I came out to them. All I  know the cause of this "thing" I am feeling right now, it isn't suppose to happen. I want it to stop, I want it to go back to the way it was. Could I ever go back in time? Just 20 hours earlier, and everything would be fine. 

There is so much we can't talk about. For one thing I am certain, if we ever talk about it, it will just be over. I can't talk about it, or I just refuse to do so. At least, even a false hope for me to even fantasize is enough. I can't grief on the lost, I can't and not suppose to rightfully. And in the very end, blogging about it and ranting it to myself here is all I can do. At least this is the one place I could be honest about my feelings and say it out loud without jeapordize anything. This is my solitary confinement. This is the only place I could go for now. 

Qatar Airways To Launch Frankfurt As First A350 Route

Qatar Airways has announced Frankfurt as the first route for its highly anticipated A350 Xtra Wide Body (XWB) aircraft.

As the Global Launch operator of the A350 XWB, the programme will achieve another major milestone once the airline receives its first aircraft before the end of this year.

Upon delivery, following several weeks of induction preparation, Qatar Airways will then be set to introduce its first commercial service to the German business hub city of Frankfurt.

Frankfurt will be operated non-stop daily with an A350 starting from January next year.

The airline has chosen the European city for its first route for the Extra Wide Body service because of the significant capacity the aircraft provides for the comfort of its business and leisure travellers.

Qatar Airways A350 XWB
Qatar Airways A350 XWB
Qatar Airways A350 XWB
Qatar Airways A350 XWB


Qatar Airways currently flies twice-daily to Frankfurt, and the double pairings will both be operated by an A350 on the route.

Initially QR067/068 will be the first pairing with the A350, followed shortly by QR069/70.

The 283 seats are divided across a dual cabin layout, configured in Business Class and Economy Class; 36 seats and 247 seats respectively.

Qatar Airways has 80 Airbus A350s on order, and expects to induct the first eight production aircraft into its fleet before 2015 year-end.

His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways remarked: “This year has truly been a Year of the Fleet for Qatar Airways. The airline has demonstrated its commitment to quality and comfort offered onboard and to providing passengers with the leading technology available in the aviation industry.

“Qatar Airways looks forward to inaugurating our first A350 on the Doha – Frankfurt route, and to very soon introducing this next-generation aircraft on many other cities offered on the airline’s extensive network.”

Before the end of this year the airline will reach 146 destinations, launching new services to Djibouti, in the Republic of Djibouti, on October 26 and Asmara, in Eritrea on December 4.

Qatar Airways presently flies to 144 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and operates a modern mixed fleet of narrow and wide-body aircraft.

Qatar Airways took delivery of its first double-decker A380 aircraft in September this year and it is currently operated daily on the Doha – London Heathrow route.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

X

So if a set X is identical with each of its aspects or parts or elements or whatever and X and any one of those are two and not one and the same, then what is X aside from all that? Is it the Whole? No, at least not in this ontology. There is no Whole. Or if there we say there is, then it is just one more element. So what is it? I have at times said it is the Form, the Platonic Form, the essence, even the thing itself. I have also called it a structure, which is an ordered set. 


 Still, there is an ontological mystery here. Indeed the very idea of identity, the not-different, is weird. It is a two-one thing. And is the nexus of identity a thing? I think it is, but Bergmann and others think it isn't. They thing the class and its members are one sans nexus. A strange sort of internal relation, a super-dependence. I think I see why they think that, but to me that fusion is confusion. Identity as a nexus is a thing. I say that knowing that paradox looms up ahead.


Most today would say that a set or a class is a mental construct. They have jumped into the Sun of philosophical Idealism. I cling as hard as I can to realism. There are no mental constructs. Sets or whatever they are exist external to thought. Psychologism will not do. Russell et al. wrestled with it for years and made little progress, if any. It's a bugger of a problem

Friday, October 17, 2014

Indefinite

From one thought to the next, we barely even know that little fracture of difference in time. As crucial or as it may be just nothing. Just kinda hit me to wanna just look back in time and force myself to see the reality on where have I been till today. Today at this very moment, I'm 30 years old, 10 months, 3 days and 7 hours old. What have I become? Where have I been? Where do I stand in life? And where will I go next?

I can't say I am a very successful song writer and producer, as I really don't think I am up to the very point I could say it out loud and proud. I still have so much to learn and do to be on par with all those people that I look up to. Financially, I'm not well off but it's enough for me to be able to provide myself, my medical bills and also my family. My income are mostly passive income, and to be honest, it hasn't grow much these few months. I have a joined property ownership with my label in New York City, I don't owned a car, because I think having another car doesn't really serve that purpose at the moment. One is sufficient. Don't owned any kinds of businesses, well not anymore as I can't manage my time to do so. Seems doing okay from the sound of it considering everything is build from scratch. My parents are government servants serving all their life in general hospitals. Both retired now.  Having their peanuts pension isn't enough in many ways but we make do. 

But if I look back into a decade ago, I never have thought I would be working in the music industry. I got my business degree and started working in the banking and finance sector. And thinking back, I would've never seen myself doing music full time. Yes I completed my masters in Berklee College of Music on scholarship, did my internship with my recording label, always did freelance writing and production until I went full time in 2010. Banking & Finance was paying good money compare to writing music. I remembered I wanted to run my own mortgage brokerage firm. But how did that dream is just a mere memory now? 

I'm asking all these questions at this very moment not because I regretted choosing to go down this path. I'm glad I am doing what I love. I'm just seeing a few of my best friends, and I am so very proud of them on what they are doing. I am actually inspired and impressed with their determination to take every single step to get to their dream. Rainer dropped every single bit of her very good life in Malaysia, left for Melbourne, been through crappy shit, Danny joined her too later by also dropping all he has worked for his entire life to fight with his wife. Believe me, I don't think anyone would love a person like he did. The things he gave up was beyond. But even with all that crap, now, they are at their final stage before their business fly off in Melbourne. I'll definitely blog about that in some later post. But what I am trying to say is, they inspire me to go for my dreams. No matter how tough, they manage not only to survive but came out great at the very end. 

Mr G, that lovable hugger, moved to Sweden. Yes he is always in a different continent every few weeks even when he was in Malaysia but that moved that gives him so much more and look at him. Cereal too. I haven't talked to him much since his move to Vietnam, but I'm sure he is doing great. If I remembered correctly, he is one of the only few nutritionist in the country. Not like those general ones but he specialize in some weird awesome field. And the thing about both of them, is the know
Edge they have and they fight on every single step to make sure they excel. 

Not many have the chance to based overseas. Looking at those around me. Zombie, he finally score a super nice place at a super awesome development. I remembered just few years back, he told me he would never able to afford housing with the way he is spending. But now, wow! Even in college, Zombie is like the shy little cutie and I think he is one of the most successful ones that graduated in our year. Mr AK, left his home to start a new life in Johor and I'm super proud of what he have become now. All of them have this crazy sharp determinations and goals. Did I mention they are not even 30? My point is, I admired the risk they took. Make sure not a single minute in their life are not wasted to get there. And also Chris, she is like what? 25-26? Two records setter and her business is booming! 

Cow, drop her minimum wage waiting tables job, took that big gamble and it paid off. Dumdum, well.. I'm not gonna talk about him. But how they get to where they wanna be that is really admirable and inspiring. 

I know under my circumstance, there ain't much I could do now at this moment. If I'm honest, I think I wouldn't wanna change anything. Well, I think I do. Haha.. I'm content with where I am now and what I do. I am thankful with all the mistakes I have made in life and shaping myself to what I am today. But I can't stop wondering what if I didn't go back into music and stay on in the cooperate world? Where would I be now? Do I have that killer instinct? Do I have that determination not wasting every minute of my life? Would I be that druggie and sex craze fella? Would I waste nearly two years screwing up everything in my life? Would I be what I dreamed of what I would be a decade ago? 

All these questions will always end with a question mark. That indefinite unknown would be permanent. Maybe is just one of those nights I'm just reflecting on my life and wonder if I made a different choice, would I be anywhere near all these great people I have in my life? But in the end, I guess all I could is fantasize about it. I am pretty sure if I didn't screw up my life, if I didn't went back to drugs and being an addict, if I never gone through all that crazy, more than half of the people I mention above would not even be in my life now except Danny. I wouldn't have been inspired by them today, I wouldn't have that chance to learned about humility, and I wouldn't have all these great souls in my life which I am so proud to call them my friend. 

Life is indeed a mystery. The things we learn unexpectedly, the people we meet, and the ones we keep. We inspire each other, we love each other, and we push each other despite all the differences in our goals in life. Like Rainer always say, everything happens for a reason. And indeed, everything does. And I believe that all our differences is the thing that keep us close. It's priceless. Zombie also said this to me in the past, it's all about how badly you wanted things to turn out to be. Wanting isn't enough, it's how bad you wanted it and make it happen at all cost. Thinking back, I wanted music more than anything. But the priceless part isn't what i have achieved till now, it's who are the ones that inspires and having them in life. All the hardship just didn't matter anymore. All the indefinite seems like just a mere thought that didn't bother at all. 



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Virgin Atlantic Welcomes First Boeing Dreamliner 787-9

Boeing and Virgin Atlantic Airways are celebrating the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner.

The airline is the first European airline to take delivery of the 787-9 and plans to operate the airplane initially on its London Heathrow to Boston route.

Virgin Atlantic’s first 787-9 touched down at London’s Gatwick Airport following a more than 7,400 kilometre non-stop flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington.

The airplane, named ‘Birthday Girl’ in reference to the UK carrier’s 30th anniversary, is the first of 16 787-9s Virgin Atlantic has ordered from Boeing.

“The first 787-9 in Europe will be a flagship for Virgin Atlantic’s fleet, providing greatly improved efficiencies across its routes,” said Todd Nelp, vice president of European sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“The airplane, with its unique on-board features, will provide an unrivalled passenger experience, cementing Virgin Atlantic’s reputation as a true innovator in air travel.”

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family.

With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 830 kilometres with the same environmental performance – 20 per cent less fuel use and 20 per cent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

The airplane leverages the design of the 787-8, offering passenger-pleasing features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

Based out of London’s Gatwick and Heathrow Airports, as well as Manchester and Glasgow Airports, Virgin Atlantic Airways operates a fleet of approximately 40 airplanes.

Along with its first 787-9, the British operator also has a Boeing fleet of 12 747-400s operating on routes across North America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

British Airways To Introduce 787 Dreamliner to Montreal

British Airways today announced that from March 29, 2015, Montreal will be served by the airline’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet, marking the first scheduled Dreamliner service between Montreal and London.

British Airways operates a daily service between the two cities and provides connections to more than 130 cities beyond London. The first Dreamliner received by British Airways made its inaugural flight to Toronto one year ago and last month Calgary became the second Canadian city to receive the most modern aircraft in the airline’s new fleet.

The 787 offers customers many benefits including three cabin classes with comfortable seating and extensive entertainment options. With cabins pressurized at 2,000ft lower than other aircraft (6,000ft), customers will arrive at their destination feeling more refreshed and less likely to experience jetlag. Its smooth ride technology, whisper-quiet cabin and mood lighting all help to lull travelers to sleep at night and to wake them gently in the morning.

The introduction of this innovative aircraft is part of the airline’s investment of more than £5bn worldwide in new aircrafts, smarter cabins, elegant lounges and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.

Updated Cabins

The new aircraft accommodates 214 passengers: 35 in Club World (business class), 25 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and 154 in World Traveller (economy). The three newly designed cabins feature high quality materials, comfortable seats and increased bag storage. Customers in British Airways Club World cabin can take advantage of wide, full-flat beds and Club Kitchen, a snack bar open throughout the flight.

The 787 also has the largest windows of any commercial airliner, offering customers views of the horizon from every seat. Instead of pull down blinds, each one has its own dimmer switch.

Enhanced Entertainment

British Airways’ 787 features the airline’s new Thales entertainment system. Each seat has a television screen and customers can choose from more than 700 hours of content, including 230 TV programs, 70 movies and 400 music albums and interactive games. Travelers can also chat and play games with friends elsewhere on the aircraft using an in-seat chat system.

Royal Jordanian Flies B787 Dreamliner to KLIA

The KL International Airport (KLIA) has recorded another historic moment yesterday with the landing of a Royal Jordanian Airlines' brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, in a statement today, said the Jordan's flag carrier became the first airline to operate schedule flights with B787 Dreamliner into KLIA.

Its General Manager of Marketing, Mohamed Sallauddin Mat Sah, said Malaysia Airports would like to congratulate Royal Jordanian for this historic moment.

"The brand new aircraft B787 Dreamliner with greater facilities on board will certainly be another add-on value for passengers to fly with them," he said.

The new B787 Dreamliner, which offers 24 business seats and 246 economy seats, is part of Royal Jordanian's efforts to upgrade and modernise its fleet for medium and long-haul routes, replacing the A330s and A340s.

B787 Dreamliner is known for its fuel efficiency and configured with enhanced facilities such as bigger window and overhead bin, low cabin altitude and state-of-the-art entertainment system.

Royal Jordanian Chairman Nasser Lozi said the Dreamliner would help the airlines soar in terms of fleet and services and reducing maintenance cost, particularly after phasing out the currently running long-haul aircraft.

Royal Jordanian has been flying to KLIA since 2012, offering three weekly flights on the Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok-Amman route, utilising A330 aircraft. – Bernama, October 16, 2014.

- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/business/article/royal-jordanian-flies-b787-dreamliner-to-klia#sthash.f8uss4oj.dpuf

Air China's First Boeing 747-8 Routes: Guangzhou, Frankfurt

Air China is now the proud owner of a Boeing 747-8 – the first airline in Asia to operate the passenger version of the new-generation jumbo.
CA1315 from Beijing to Guangzhou on October 11 2014 will be Air China's first Boeing 747-8 passenger flight, giving travellers a chance to hitch a ride on the new bird before it enters international service.
That's happening on January 2 2015 when the aircraft goes daily Air China's CA931/932 flights from Beijing to Frankfurt.
The new Boeing 747-8 is the first of seven for the airline, which Boeing says will enable Air China to expand its international routes.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner said: "The 747-8 Intercontinental will deliver improved operating economics, efficiency and environmental performance in support of Air China's growing long-haul fleet.”
The Boeing 747-8 will bring double-digit improvements in fuel consumption and emissions over its predecessor, the 747-400, while generating 30 percent less noise.
The airplane's interior, inspired by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, includes a new curved, upswept architecture giving passengers a greater feeling of space and comfort, while adding more room for personal belongings.
Air China's Beijing-Guangzhou Boeing 747-8 flights are now on sale via the Air China website:
While the site hasn't yet been updated to reflect the aircraft swap on flights to Frankfurt, the airline Global Distribution System (GDS) now shows the Boeing 747 on CA's Frankfurt flights:
Air China codeshare partner and Star Alliance member Lufthansa also flies between Beijing and Frankfurt using a mix of Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8 aircraft.
In addition to the Boeing 747-8, Air China also has 15 Boeing 787-9s on order, has received 20 Boeing 777-300ERs in the last three years and is one of the largest Boeing 737 operators in China.

Airbus A380 ‘Bar Wars’

Airbus’ early concepts for the A380 teased plenty of innovative ways to use the plane’s ample space.
But only a handful of the dozen airlines flying the double-decker jet chose to swap revenue-raising seats for a lounge where first and business class passengers can mingle at 40,000 feet.
Qatar Airways is the latest to join the superjumbo social club, alongside Gulf competitors Emirates and Etihad and, to a lesser extent, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Qantas.

Qatar’s A380 lounge

Qatar’s curvaceous combo bar/lounge sits at the rear of the business class cabin on the A380’s top deck.
The sweeping design comes incorporates sofa-style seating and elegant lighting.
The bar’s location also puts it just ahead of a small 56 seat economy cabin, where passengers will be afforded tantalising glimpses through the curtain of life at the pointy end.

Emirates' A380 bar

Emirates won boasting rights as the first A380 airline to boast a stand-up bar, complete with an on-duty bartender to keep the spirits, snacks and chat flowing.
This nook at the tail-end of Emirates’ A380 upper deck has become a favourite haunt for many business travellers and frequent flyers, even if it’s just a way to stretch your legs or a change of scenery on long flights.

Etihad’s A380 Lobby

Taking its cues from the world of hotels, Etihad has christened the lounge of its forthcoming Airbus 380s as The Lobby.
This serviced lounge and bar is located between the first and business class cabins.
The design is inspired by the Arabian concept of the Majlis, which is a space where guests are met and entertained.
Etihad’s unique approach sees The Lobby as an area which offers the social qualities of a bar without looking like a bar.
It includes a semi-circular leather sofa, a marquetry table and a 32 inch TV screen on which passengers can watch live TV channels.
While no other airlines match the Gulf trio, four have at least set aside alittle room for something other than seats and stand-up refreshment areas.
Korean Air’s A380 Prestige Lounge is more of a large lounge than a bar...
... although there’s a to-be-expected assortment of snacks and drinks.
The front-right corner of the A380’s nose is a popular nook for small lounges so that travellers can at least escape their seat for a sofa.
This includes Qantas…
… and Asiana Airlines.

Heathrow Welcomes Qatar Airways A380

Heathrow Airport in London has welcomed the first Qatar Airways A380 following its inaugural flight from Doha.

The arrival of the world’s largest commercial airliner on the Doha-to-London service reinforces Qatar Airways’ presence in the United Kingdom, with six flights a day between the two cities in addition to direct services from Doha to Edinburgh and Manchester. Qatar Airways will add a second A380 to the Doha-London route this December.

Featuring a tri-class configuration of First, Business and Economy Class seating over two decks, the Qatar Airways A380 is designed to offer the airline’s signature five-star service with outstanding in-flight entertainment and service on board. There are a total of 517 seats, with eight in First Class, 48 in Business Class and 461 seats in Economy Class. First Class passengers benefit from 90-inch seat pitch, 180 degree flat-beds and 26-inch LCD TV screens while Business Class passengers experience 52-inch seat pitch, with 80-inch, 180 degree flat-beds and 17-inch touchscreen monitors. In Economy Class, the onboard experience is enhanced with 10.6-inch entertainment screens and seats with a seven-inch recline.

Qatar Airways is the first airline in the world to offer the next generation Thales (AVANT 4th generation) in-flight system on the A380. The Android-based system features a touchscreen handset, giving users a “second screen experience” where they can watch a movie on their main screen and follow the flight progress on the moving map on their handset. There are games, films, cartoons for every age group and passengers can also watch the pilot’s view from the external landscape camera.

Before their A380 flight passengers travelling from Doha can experience world-class facilities at the new Hamad International Airport, while First and Business Class passengers departing from London can experience the ultimate in luxury on the ground at the Qatar Airways Premium Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4, more of a boutique hotel and private club than a lounge.

Qatar Airways took delivery of its first A380 on 17th September 2014. The aircraft is the first of 13 on order and has commenced operations on the QR003 and QR004 London-Doha services.

Inside Air China's Boeing 747-8

Photos: Inside Air China's Boeing 747-8 first, business class
Air China's first Boeing 747-8i takes to the skies this week, with an all-new interior created for the Chinese flag carrier by JPA Design.
The 747-8i – essentially a stretched next-gen version of the popular Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet – contains first, business, premium economy and economy class across a total of 365 seats.
The first class cabin (shown below) is located in a unique position on the main deck, nestled behind business class and sitting just ahead of the wings and the premium economy cabin.
There are three rows of 12 seats in a 1-2-1 arrangement.
The 54 business class seats are shared between the nose of the main deck...
... and the entirity of the upper deck, which offers a more exclusive 'private jet' feel.

Most of these lie-flat sleepers are arranged in a staggered 2-2 configuration, except for a mini-cabin ahead of first class where the jumbo's wider body allows for two rows of a 2-2-2 layout.
Air China's Boeing 747-8i premium economy cabin numbers 66 seats right over the wing, in a 3-4-3 layout.
Economy class stretches from there back to the tail, with 233 seats adopting the same 3-4-3 grid but with 32-33 inches of pitch compared to premium economy's 38 inches.
JPA worked with Chinese artist Han Meilin to create the new Air China interior design, which features two artworks created by Han for the airline – dubbed 'Phoenix In Flight' and 'Cloud' – along with earthen tile patterns referenced through the cabin to reference Air China's cultural heritage.
The same design will also be seen on Air China's new fleet of fifteen Boeing 787-9 jets, due for delivery from 2016.
"The design in the new cabin interior sets out to tell a story," explains JPA Design, "where the passenger is carried on the wings of the phoenix flying high in the sky and with a sense of being surrounded by clouds."
"These soft dream-like images feature throughout the cabin on the wall laminates, on the seat covers and across the inflight soft goods."
"Carpets and lavatory floorings display the earthen tile design, referencing stability and a solid surface showing 'the earth at your feet'."

Melbourne Airport Unveils New International Terminal

Melbourne Airport could soon sport a newer and more modern international terminal as the airport unveils concept plans for a complete revamp of its T2 precinct.
Passengers arriving early for their flights or in longer periods of transit will be able to head outdoors, take in a little natural sunlight and unwind with a refreshing drink in front of live television and sporting screens…
… which can also be seen from the main terminal entrance:
Inside, travellers can check-in and meander to the departure area amidst a little more natural light and space…
… before stopping by new retail outlets…
… walking through the roomy terminal…
… setting up camp in the food court…
… or of course, making a beeline for the existing Qantas First Lounge:
Speaking to investors and government representatives in Victoria, Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff hoped that the new terminal would make travellers aware “that they have arrived in Australia and more specifically, in Melbourne,” for all of the right reasons.
A spokesperson for Melbourne Airport told Australian Business Travellerthat development is still subject to approval, but that the airport is “looking to commence construction within the next 18 months.”
Until then, the international arrivals area is being expanded to include additional seating for families and friends awaiting their loved ones, along with more space in the Customs, Quarantine and Immigration areas.
Beginning their journey in Melbourne, passengers can fly directly to destinations such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London, Shanghai and Brunei, among many others.
From October, United's flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles will skip the Sydney stopover and take on the jetlag-friendly Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
On the domestic front, Virgin Australia unveiled a newly-renovated and expanded Melbourne Airport lounge earlier this year and added a 'Premium Exit' express security screening facility just last month.

Malaysia Airlines: 15% Bonus on AMEX Points, Discount Award Seats

Travellers with a sizeable chunk of American Express Membership Rewards (MR) points are in for some seriously discounted travel with Qantas’ Oneworld alliance partner Malaysia Airlines.
To begin, AMEX cardholders pick up 15% more miles when shipping MR points across to Malaysia Airlines’ Enrich loyalty scheme on or before October 8 2014.
With the conversion rate from MR to Enrich already 1:1, 10,000 MR points transform into 11,150 Malaysia Airlines Enrich miles under the deal – which isn’t anything to be sniffed at.
To provide layers of icing on the proverbial frequent flyer cake, Malaysia Airlines is also slashing the number of Enrich miles needed to redeem for economy, business and first class seats on selected routes until October 15.

Malaysia Airlines Enrich: discounted awards

While flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Kuala Lumpur aren’t discounted, Perth residents can jet to KL for just 24,000 Enrich miles in business class, Adelaide flyers can do the same for 20,000 miles and Darwin-based travellers can get in on the action at just 13,750 miles.
At full price, travellers would need to fork out 40,000 miles for a one-way business class flight from both Perth and Adelaide, or 27,500 miles from the Territory capital.
Malaysia Airlines does provides a 15% discount on award bookings made via its website, although that additional saving doesn’t apply on these already-discounted awards.
Once you’ve reached Kuala Lumpur, it’s a mere 8,750 miles to fly onwards to Singapore or 16,500 miles to Hong Kong in business class, although you’ll need to book this connection as a separate ticket from your Australian flight to benefit from the discount.
For the Europe-bound, services to Istanbul and Frankfurt drop from 160,000 to 112,000 miles in first class; 55,000 to 38,500 miles in business class and 30,000 to 21,000 miles in economy, one-way.
Those discounts also apply on the airline’s Airbus A380 flights to Paris, although not between Kuala Lumpur and London or other European destinations.
You’ll need to redeem your Enrich miles by October 15 to enjoy the discount, but you’re free to travel on these tickets until December 15 2014.

Transferring points from American Express

If you’re new to the Enrich scheme and are starting your balance from scratch, be aware that your full serve of miles from American Express “may take up to 14 days to transfer into your Enrich account”.
When sending points across, you may be lucky enough to have your balance boosted before the October 15 redemption deadline – although even if the points arrive a little too late, you’ll still receive 15% more than you normally would.
Membership Rewards points are earned on credit cards such as the American Express Platinum Edge and the American Express Business Accelerator cards, giving travellers the freedom to build a bounty of points without locking them in to one particular airline.
While Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane residents are left out of the deal – at least, on flights between their home town and Malaysia – savvy travellers who followed Australian Business Traveller’s advice and stocked up on miles in the United MileagePlus scheme could get there on the cheap.
From these cities, it’s only 30,000 United miles to fly in business class to Kuala Lumpur via Singapore with Singapore Airlines or via Bangkok with Thai Airways, thanks to UA’s generous redemption rates for Aussie travellers.
Then, you could spend a little time in Malaysia or simply fly onwards to Europe – but as you’ll be travelling on two different tickets and connecting from Star Alliance to Oneworld, be sure to leave plenty of time to arrive in KL, collect your bags and then check-in with Malaysia Airlines for your onward flight.

Virgin Australia Pushes Back on Airbus A350, Boeing 787 Decision

Virgin Australia doesn't expect to see the Airbus A350 or Boeing 787 join its fleet until sometime after 2020, with CEO John Borghetti tipping this 'A or B' decision will be made in the next two years.
Borghetti has previously spoken of the advanced jets in a 2017 timeframe, at which point either the A350 or the Dreamliner would replace both the Airbus A330 and Boeing 777.
But "we've stretched it out because we've found the A330 and the 777 to be so good", Borghetti tells Australian Business Traveller.
"We've got the best of both worlds right now. In my view the Boeing 777 is better than a 747 or anything else of that nature, and the A330 is the perfect aircraft in its class. This is a fleet that we're comfortable with until 2020-odd."
The recent retirement of Virgin's first two ex-lease Airbus A330s means the airline's six-strong A330 fleet is "brand new," Borghetti says, with the oldest jet dating back to just mid-2012.
"They're terrific, they're very efficient and now we've got new business class seats to put in them, so there's no rush to replace them."
"That doesn't mean that we're going to wait until 2019 to make a decision – we'll make that decision sometime over the next year or two – but it would be for deliveries beyond 2020 and not before."

Multi-airline 'bulk buy' is possible

Last month Borghetti admitted he would consider placing a shared order for either the Airbus A350 or Boeing 787 with partners Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand.
"Could we, would we, talk to our three partners in terms of how we do this together? Within legal bounds, absolutely," Borghetti said.
But any decision on the next-gen jetliners is still some time away, and Borghetti isn't about to pick favourites.
"The A350 and Boeing 787 are both excellent aircraft."
"I recently had the pleasure of seeing the A350 and was stunned from a consumer aspect" he commented on the recent Sydney visit of the Airbus A350 – which he praised as "a very impressive aircraft" with a "seriously ­outstanding" design – "but I'm equally confident that the 787 is good."
Qantas has also pushed back the first five options of its 50-strong Boeing 787-9 order from 
2016 to 2017 to help speed the airline's climb back to profitability.
"The Boeing 787 is an excellent aircraft and remains an important part of our future" said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce

Malaysia Airlines Partners TGV Trains In France

Malaysia Airlines passengers heading to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on the carrier’s flagship Airbus A380 can now connect onwards on high-speed TGV trains to destinations such as Lyon, Marseille and Strasbourg on a single airline ticket.

Jetsetters will be able to check-in at their first port of call – be it a TGV railway station or with Malaysia Airlines at the airport – and receive their boarding passes and tickets for the full journey.

As is the norm with connecting airline tickets, if the traveller books a combined Malaysia Airlines and TGV ticket but misses their onward connection due to a delay on the first leg, they will be reaccommodated onto a later service at no charge.

That applies in both directions – whether connecting from a flight onto the TGV or from the high-speed train onwards to a Malaysia Airlines flight.

TGV connections are available from and to the following train stations: Aix-en-Provence, Angers-St-Laud, Avignon, Bordeaux St Jean, Champagne-Ardenne, Le Mans, Lille, Lorraine, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Nîmes, Poitiers, Rennes, St-Pierre-des-Corps, Strasbourg, Toulon and Valence.

The Airbus A380 First Class Concept Cabins You Never Saw


So you reckon today's Airbus A380 first class suites are eye-catching? Take a look at some original concepts for the superjumbo, created before the A380's debut in 2007.
Designed by highly-regarded London firm PriestmanGoode, these mock-up cabins explored the possibilities of the A380's spacious cabin.
Tagged as "super first class", the large private suites with their sliding doors are similar in general concept to what we see on the A380s flown by Singapore Airlines, Emirates , Asiana and Etihad – although with a decided more futuristic bent.
Interestingly, each suite contained a separate reclining chair and a lounge which folded out into a bed – a design only realised earlier this year by in Etihad's new A380 first class Apartments (seen below).
The Airbus mock-ups also included a first class lounge space with two sofas and tables on the upper deck. 
The very front of the upper deck, on either side of the staircase to the main deck, saw a small lounge nook on one side and a "kingsize bathroom" which could incorporate a shower on the other side.
These are both elements which have been embraced in varying forms by all airlines flying the A380.
Business class was located downstairs at the front of the main deck, with Airbus showcasing what it called a "business class of the future."
This included pod-type lie-flat seats and a 1-2-1 design with direct aisle access for every passenger – traits which, barely seven years on, are now the norm for most business class cabins.
 

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