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SAS debuts new cabins; all-female Ethiopian crew; KLM redesigns interiors

SAS debuts new cabins

Scandinavian Airlines System, which has been upgrading its cabins since January, brought planes with the new cabins into service from Narita Airport on Nov. 13.

The Airbus A340 has an ultramodern interior and greater cabin comfort in the form of new seats in all classes. In SAS Business, seats made by famous Swedish bed-maker Hastens can be fully flattened to 196 to 202 cm, offering travelers quality sleep throughout the flight.

To make flights even more comfortable, a new on-demand entertainment system with large HD screens is installed along with Wi-Fi access.

In-flight meals have also been upgraded, with an additional choice for the main course, which centers on Nordic cuisine. A beer brewed specially for SAS by Danish brewer Mikkeller is also offered.

SAS currently flies long-haul to New York, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Houston. The majority of the long-haul fleet is set to have the new interior by the end of the year.

All-female Ethiopian crew

On Nov. 19, Ethiopian Airlines dispatched its first-ever flight operated by an all-female crew. It flew from Addis Ababa to Bangkok.

Representatives said the airline wants to promote women’s empowerment and encourage more African girls to pursue aviation careers — something that is part of its corporate philosophy.

“It’s going to be very inspiring for women all over the world, aviation women and particularly African women. Because, as you know, here in the continent of Africa, we’re lagging behind in female empowerment,” said Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

The flight is being handled by women in all areas, from ground duties including planning, operation, ticketing and aircraft maintenance, to flying the aircraft and conducting air traffic control.

KLM redesigns interiors

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ new Boeing 777-200, with a fully renovated interior in both world business class and economy, has started servicing the Japanese route this winter, and a promotional campaign dubbed “The brand-new style with KLM” has begun.

Foremost in the campaign are reduced prices for business class flights for bookings until Nov. 30.

In the campaign, return flights to Europe between Dec. 1 and Feb. 29, 2016, will be offered from ¥290,000 (excluding taxes and fuel surcharge; fee is subject to change without notice; seats are limited in number).

There is also information on the airline’s website that introduces the charms of the new cabin, designed by Hella Jongerius, one of the top designers in the Netherlands. With seat space being widened and head rests featuring touch panels and new monitor screens, the flights will give customers a more luxurious and relaxing flight experience.

On the web: www.klmjapan.jp/brandnewstyle