Taking tea to new highs
In collaboration with R. Twining and Co., British Airways this month began offering a special blend of Twinings tea that will not lose its flavor even at an altitude of 10,000 meters.
Based on data showing that the flavor of tea will be about 30 percent lower at normal cruising altitude for airplanes, British Airways asked Twinings to develop tea that will maintain its flavor at high altitude.
Tasting events took place on land and in the air, joined by 19 passengers, several cabin crew members and experts such as a British Airways’ senior tea buyer.
The newly developed tea is a blend of Assam, Kenya and Ceylon. This combination gives excellent flavor and color to the tea.
In addition to the new tea, first-class and business-class passengers can enjoy other types of tea, such as English breakfast, Earl Grey and camomile.
For more information, visit www.britishairways.com .
Cathay lounge renovated
Cathy Pacific Airways Ltd. has renovated its flagship first-class lounge The Wing at Hong Kong International Airport.
The Hong-Kong-based airline began the renovation work in late 2010 with help from the world-renowned Foster and Partners architecture firm.
Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer Ivan Chu said in a press release, “The refurbishment of The Wing highlights our commitment to offering the highest level of products and services to our valued customers.”
The Haven, the popular dining area of The Wing, has doubled in size with more excellent selections of appetizers, Asian and Western cuisine and desserts in buffet style. Outside The Haven is a fully serviced bar, where first-class customers have views of the runways with a glass of aperitif.
For more information, visit www.cathaypacific.com .
New Singapore games
Singapore Airlines has added 15 popular video games to its in-flight entertainment system, KrisWorld, which now has a collection of nearly 100 exciting video games.
New games in the so-called Red Eye Collection include golf simulator “Actua Golf 2,” F1 racing game “Warm Up!,” role-playing game “Fallout and Worms” series.
The 15 new games had been available only on the PlayStation, Windows and iPhone platforms previously. This is the first time they are available on an in-flight entertainment platform.
The Red Eye Collection games are available on select Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-800 aircraft and will be included progressively on its fleet of A380s, A330-300s, A340-500s and the Boeing 777-300ERs.
Besides games, KrisWorld also features movies, TV shows and music.
For more information, visit www.singaporeair.com .