13 Airlines with the Best Looking Flight Crew (Migme, http://asia361.com/)

On 14 September 2015, Air India announced that they will ground 125 cabin crew if they fail to lose weight and reach the required Body Mass Index (BMI) range. According to TIME magazine, the airline claims that this is due to safety concerns, as they want to ensure the crew are fit enough to handle emergency situations. Male crew have to have a BMI of 18-25, while females are required to meet the range of 18-22.

This follows the 2014 guidelines from the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation which states that overweight cabin crew have three months to lose weight or be declared unfit for duties for six months.

A user @susmitsenn on migme, a social entertainment platform, was happy that the “fat aunties will finally be out and make way for sexier air hostesses”, however he was shocked they would be sacked for being ‘fat’.

While Air India shapes up to meet safety standards, migme has put together a list of airlines with flight crew that are very fit— you know what we mean.

1. Emirates Airlines (Dubai, UAE)

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Even though our list is not in order of merit, Emirates deserves to be mentioned first. They received unanimous votes in our casual poll in the migme office.

2. Singapore Airlines (Singapore)

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Their tagline “Singapore Girl, you’re a great way to fly”, while being somewhat sexist, is not entirely wrong as the airline prides itself on high service standards.

3. Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

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Excuse me, I need to get an oxygen mask, because you take my breath away.

4. Virgin Atlantic (England, UK)

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You don’t need Vivienne Westwood to design your uniforms when you are looking like that.

5. Qatar Airways (Qatar)

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If there’s anything we’ve learnt from this list, it’s that the Middle Eastern airlines have a bunch of pretty good-looking crew.

6. China Eastern Airlines (China)

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If you didn’t know the Chinese word for elegance, now you do.

7. Lufthansa (Germany)

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Hi Marc, we want a selfie too! Yes, that is his real name. Don’t ask us how we know. *shifty*

8. EVA Air (Taiwan)

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As if the Hello Kitty Jet isn’t cute enough, the crew members are all pretty darn cute too.

9. Safi Airways (Dubai-based, Afghan-owned)

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Forgive me if I keep asking for assistance on the plane. I don’t really need water, I just want to look at your face.

10. Asiana Airlines (South Korea)

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Does an electronic boarding pass mean we get to see you sooner? Checking in online right now.

11. All Nippon Airways (Japan)

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Notice me, senpai!

12. Garuda Indonesia (Indonesia)

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You’ve learnt a Chinese word already, so now we will teach you the Bahasa Indonesia word to describe the crew – ‘cantik‘. That means beautiful.

13. Cebu Pacific Air (The Philippines)

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Bright uniforms and an even brighter smile? You set our pre-flight jitters at ease.

Source: Migme, asia361.com

World Airline Awards 2014: World’s Top 10 Airlines

World's best airlines for 2014
World’s best airlines for 2014

World’s Top 10 Airlines 

1. Cathay Pacific Airways

2. Qatar Airways

3. Singapore Airlines

4. Emirates

5. Turkish Airlines

6. ANA All Nippon Airways

7. Garuda Indonesia

8. Asiana Airlines

9. Etihad Airways

10. Lufthansa


Best Inflight Entertainment

1. Emirates

2. Singapore Airlines

3. Turkish Airlines

4. Qantas

5. Cathay Pacific Airways

6. Virgin Atlantic

7. Qatar Airways

8. Air New Zealand

9. Virgin Australia

10. Etihad Airways


Best Cabin Crew

1. Garuda Indonesia

2. Cathay Pacific

3. Singapore Airlines

4. Asiana Airlines

5. Malaysia Airlines

6. Qatar Airways

7. EVA Air

8. ANA All Nippon Airways

9. Thai Airways

10. Hainan Airlines


Best Low Cost Carrier

1. AirAsia

2. Jetstar Airways

3. Virgin America

4. AirAsia X

5. Indigo

6. Norwegian

7. Jetstar Asia

8. easyJet

9. WestJet

10. Azul Airlines

Souce: http://www.smh.com.au/travel/traveller-tips/worlds-best-airline-named-at-2014-skytrax-awards-20140716-3c0a2.html#ixzz38p1MQQzk

Qatar Airways To Continue Flying To Clark International Airport (CRK)


Qatar Airways will continue flying to the Clark International Airport (CIA) in the Philippines, even though the Emirates Airlines, the only other Gulf carrier to the destination, suspended daily flights from May 3.

In a press statement sent to Gulf Times, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) said Qatar Airways country manager (Philippines) Abdallah Okasha made the announcement during the Clark Aviation Conference held at Holiday Inn Resort at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga yesterday.

Okasha noted that Qatar Airways has recorded at least a 50% to 90% increase in the load factor since its maiden flight to CIA. The airline is using Airbus 330 aircraft with a capacity of 305 passengers.

“We are proud to highlight Qatar Airways’ commitment to the Philippines will continue,” he said, as he thanked the Philippine government, business communities, trade players, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) officials and the CIAC management headed by CEO Victor Jose Luciano for all the support they have given to QA.

“Special thanks to the management of CIAC for putting Qatar Airways to the Global Community when we launched our 133 destinations last October 2013 at Clark Airport,” Okasha stressed in the same statement.

Ambassador Crescente Relacion joined senior Qatar Airways officials and hundreds of OFWs from Qatar during the maiden flight in October last year.

Supporting the statement of Okasha, CIAC president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano also noted an increase of Qatar Airways  passengers via its Clark daily flights. He said that the airline’s flights to Clark were always fully booked and OFWs from Northern Philippines preferred to land at CIA.

Luciano also thanked Qatar Airways  for its trust and confidence to CIA. He vowed to continue supporting all the endeavours and operations of the airline at the 2,367-hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex.

CIAC said Emirates Airlines had suspended its Clark flights due to low load factor, intense competition and reportedly because of the huge excise tax imposed by the Philippine Bureau of International Revenue on jet fuel used for international flights.

In an earlier statement sent to Gulf Times, an airline spokesperson said: “Emirates can confirm that it is suspending its daily, non-stop service between Clark International Airport and Dubai from 1st May 2014. The decision was made after a review of the airline’s operations to ensure the best utilisation of its aircraft fleet for its overall business objectives.” The airline will continue its three daily, non-stop flights between Manila and Dubai.

CIA is currently rehabilitating its facilities in a bid to improve its services as it prepares to be the next alternative airport after NAIA in Manila.

The new passenger terminal building had been completed recently and fully operating. It can accommodate at least 4mn passengers annually. CIAC spent P417mn for its phase 2 expansion project and another P7.2bn was proposed for the construction of a low-cost carrier terminal designed to accommodate 10 million passengers annually.

Besides Qatar Airways, other airlines operating at Clark Airport included Cebu Pacific Air, Tiger Air Philippines, Asiana Airlines, Dragonair, Jin Air, and Seair-International.

Asiana Airlines Launches KLO-Seoul Incheon


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The South Korean airline seeks to capitalise on the growing number of tourists travelling to the Philippines.

Asiana is scheduled to commence the four-weekly flights from Seoul to Kalibo International on July 7 this year. Kalibo is one of two airports serving the nearby Boracay Island, a rising tourist destination in the region (the other being Caticlan).

The proposed flight will become the airlines fourth destination in the Philippines, following the capital Manila, Cebu and Clark.

Undertaken by an A320-200, the new service will see Asiana become the first Star Alliance carrier to operate a route from Kalibo.

Asiana is also planning a twice-weekly service to Jinan International in Eastern China’s Shandong Province, expected to start from the beginning of May 2014.

PAL Cancels 5 A330 Orders, Airbus Drops Behind Boeing in 1Q Jet Orders


(Reuters) – Airbus dropped behind U.S. rival Boeing (BA.N) in the race for new airplane deals in the first quarter after a pair of wide-body order cancellations, while Boeing finalized a major Canadian sale, company data showed on Friday.

Airbus, a subsidiary of Airbus Group (AIR.PA), said it had won new 40 orders in March, led by a diplomatic deal that saw China unblock 27 orders for A330 jets during a state visit to Europe by President Xi Jinping.

However, it suffered two order cancellations, including 12 A350-800 aircraft from a company linked to struggling Italian airline Alitalia CAITLA.UL and five A330s from Philippines Airlines.

Airbus ended the quarter with 158 new orders or 103 net orders after adjusting for cancellations.

Boeing said on Thursday it had won 275 gross orders or 234 net orders in the first quarter. Cancellations for both planemakers ran at about the same level during the quarter.

Boeing leapfrogged its arch-rival in gross orders after winning an order for 61 narrowbody jets from Air Canada, marking a shift of suppliers by the Montreal-based airline. The order, first announced in December, was finalized this week.

Airbus said the canceled A350-800 order came from Aircraft Purchase Fleet, a Dublin-based leasing firm originally set up to provide capacity for Alitalia.

While the immediate effect of the cancellation is to dent Airbus’s order book, it also reflects a deliberate effort by the jetmaker to wean customers off the least-sold version of its newest aircraft as it focuses on the larger A350-900.

That may help clear the air for a possible decision by Airbus later this year to give a new lease of life to an existing model by putting new fuel-saving engines on the A330.

People familiar with the project say the revamp would be incompatible with putting much investment in the A350-800, which is a similar size but has been relatively unpopular because it is a scaled-down version of the A350-900.

Such “shrink” aircraft tend to be less efficient than planned because they inherit some unnecessary structure and weight from the larger base model.

Orders for the $261 million A350-800 peaked at more than 180 aircraft in 2008 but have dwindled to 34 following the latest cancellation as attention focused on two larger A350 models.

Aerospace analysts say the future of the smallest variant of A350 now hinges on its remaining five customers including Russia’s Aeroflot (AFLT.MM), South Korea’s Asiana Airlines (020560.KS) and Hawaiian Airlines (HA.O), who may demand concessions in return for changing their fleet plans.

U.S. carrier Delta Airlines (DAL.N) officially launched a competition on Thursday to renew the top end of its fleet with new jets and its decision could shed further light on whether Airbus goes ahead with the revamped “A330neo”.

In terms of deliveries, Boeing remained the industry leader in the first quarter with 161 commercial aircraft deliveries compared with 141 for Airbus.

China’s decision to unblock 27 A330 jet orders reflected a reduction of tensions between China and the European Union over EU policies on aviation emissions, but fell short of forecasts of a major new plane order pending final resolution of the row.

On Thursday, the European Parliament voted to exempt international flights from paying for their carbon emissions following intense pressure from national governments not to extend current rules beyond domestic air travel.


Airport Exec Pushing for Clark-US Flights



After the debut of two Gulf carriers this month, Clark Airport is looking to lure foreign carriers with operations in the United States on expectations that the Philippines would soon obtain a coveted upgrade from the US air safety regulator.

Victor Luciano, president and CEO of Clark International Airport Corp., said the move was also in line with getting more airlines to operate in Clark, which was being developed as the country’s next major gateway and an alternative to the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

“We are awaiting the lifting of the downgrade of the Philippines by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration),” Luciano said at the sidelines of a press conference on Wednesday.

“On that, we are working with some foreign carriers to fly to Clark from the United States,” said Luciano without elaborating.

The Philippines was downgraded to the so-called Category 2 status five years ago by the FAA.

Its restoration to Category 1, which the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said could happen within 2013, would allow local carriers to expand in the United States while opening up opportunities for carriers there to mount flights to the Philippines.

Luciano spoke to reporters a day after Emirates started its daily service from Dubai to Clark. On Oct. 28, Qatar Airways is expected to start flights from Clark to Doha.

Luciano said the government was pushing through with a plan to build a P7.2-billion budget terminal at Clark Airport with a capacity of 10 million to 15 million passengers per year but this needed to be studied further.

He said the government was set to tap France-based Aéroports de Paris as consultant and designer of the new terminal.

“If we sign in about a week, they will finish this (design) in three months,” said Luciano, adding that the airport could be completed before Aquino steps down in 2016 if they begin construction by the second quarter next year.

He said the government had yet to decide whether the project would be pursued using government funds or under its public-private partnership program.

The new airport terminal would accommodate low-cost carriers operating out of Clark, namely, Cebu Pacific Air, Air Asia Berhad, Jin Air and Tiger Air Philippines.

Long-haul airlines include Asiana Airlines of South Korea, and Dragonair of Cathay Pacific.

Airlines Change Terminals at Changi

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Four airlines will move their operations to new terminals at Singapore’s Changi airport over the next month.

Changi Airport Group (CAG) revealed on Friday that Asiana Airlines, Lion Air, Philippine Airlines (PAL) and PAL Express will all be shifted to different terminals, in an effort to “optimize capacity utilization across its three terminals”.

On 30 September 2013, South Korea’s Asiana will move from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3, then on 18 October Indonesia’s Lion Air will also shift to T3, from its current base at Terminal 1. And on 28 October, Philippines-based sister carriers PAL and PAL Express will both move their Singapore operations from T2 to T1.

The relocation exercise will include the reassignment of check-in rows within the terminals, while CAG said it will provide signage to allow passengers to navigate their way around the new terminals, with additional staff also being deployed to provide information and directions.
Following these four moves, CAG said it will also undertake “periodic reassignment of terminal facilities” in future, in an effort to optimize resources and facilities, especially during peak seasons.

“We review Changi airport’s terminal utilization regularly as it is important to ensure that our infrastructure is best used to support the development plans of airlines and to ensure smooth airport operations for our passengers,” said Yeo Kia Thye, CAG’s senior vice president for airport operations.

“We are deeply appreciative of the cooperation that our airline partners have accorded to us for this relocation exercise. CAG will work closely with each of them to ensure a seamless transition and minimal inconvenience to passengers,” he added.

Changi handles more than 52 million passenger movements a year, making it the sixth busiest airport in the world in terms of international passenger traffic. The new Terminal 4 project and the expansion of T1 will raise terminal capacity to 85m passengers per year by 2018.