May 1, 2016



Photo: Airbus

Photo: Airbus

Prior to delivery of Cathay Pacific’s first A350-900, the new plane recently took to the skies over Toulouse, France to complete its maiden flight. The six hour test flight was conducted by an Airbus flight test team and was declared a success. This completion of the test flight marks a significant step towards taking delivery of the aircraft in late May 2016.

The new A350 aircraft offer the latest technologies and features, which should provide passengers with a more comfortable journey. A more natural pressure level will allow more humidity, better temperature and most importantly, better oxygen and less jet lag and swelling, should prove to be very popular with travellers.

The aircraft will have the remainder of its interiors installed, including new Business Class seats.

When it joins the fleet, Cathy Pacific’s maiden A350 aircraft will initially fly to six regional destinations before launching to long-haul destinations, including London Gatwick, in September 2016.

Cathay Pacific New Business Class Amenity Kits April 2017

Amenity kits featuring a new design, inspired by passenger feedback, have been introduced for Cathay Pacific’s Business Class passengers on long haul flights. The new kit is an update of the 2015 kit created by Seventy Eight Percent, a Hong Kong based design company that creates high quality bags for globetrotting professionals. The new wash bag is now box shaped and features a zipper, which should fit passenger needs and expectations for reusability. The contents have also been updated, with mouthwash added back to the kit, after passenger feedback said that it was an essential item. Along with mouthwash, the Business Class amenity kits feature Jurlique Natural Lip Care Balm, Jurlique Balancing Day Care Cream, Jurlique Citrus Hand Cream, anti-skid socks, eyeshade, toothbrush, and toothpaste.

NEO04 - exteriorCathay Dragon, formed when Cathay Pacific Group aligned their two brands, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair, debuted their new livery on 5 April 2016 when the first aircraft displaying this new livery took flight.

Cathay Dragon, which has been rated on Skytrax as the World’s Best Regional Airline for four years running, offers a network of flights from its Hong Kong hub to 53 of Asia’s best destinations, including 23 in Mainland China, Yangon and Ho Chi Minh City.

Sandra Tiltman        


November 18, 2013
Sandra Tiltman enjoying Emirates Business Class (no seat rage here)

Sandra Tiltman enjoying Emirates Business Class (no seat rage here)

The results of a recent survey by Skyscanner, a leading global travel search site, have revealed that nine out of ten air travellers want to say goodbye to reclinable seats on flights.  And I thought it was just me who hated having the person in front of me recline their seat, so I virtually had their head in my lap.

Skyscanner recently polled over 1000 travellers, as well as over 900 international cabin crew and the results show that I am not alone in my dislike of those who recline, with 91% of travellers saying that seat reclining should be banned, or at least allowed only during set times on short haul flights. The survey also found that 43% felt even long haul flights should implement set times for when passengers are permitted to recline their seat.

60% of cabin crew from around the world reported either being involved in, or having witnessed, heated arguments between passengers on the very touchy subject of reclined seats.

Psychologist Dr Becky Spelman (UK) offers some explanation as to why reclining seats increasingly fuel passenger air rage. “It’s partly because there are two general personality types while travelling” said Dr Spelman. There’s the “Altruistic Soul”, who is considerate of others and the “Selfish Ego”, who will look to increase their own comfort at the expense of others.

What the survey found is an alarming amount of “Selfish Egos” amongst the crowd, with 70% of people admitting they would still recline when sitting in front of a pregnant woman and 80% saying they would not care if the person behind was elderly or frail. Women aged from 18-24 were the most likely to display “Altruistic Soul” tendencies, while men over the age of 35 were more likely to exhibit “Selfish Ego” characteristics.

Almost a third of those surveyed said that someone’s reclined seat had caused them major discomfort and 3% revealed that they had even suffered an injury.

“A reclined seat can negatively impact upon a person’s overall flight experience, especially if the person in front is being particularly inconsiderate” said Dr Spelman.

Economy seating where sometimes air rage occurs

Economy seating where sometimes air rage occurs

The survey also found that a third of passengers played safe when travelling, with 64% admitting they had never reclined their seat because they were too worried about the reaction they would receive.

When making flight reservations, I always try to book a seat in the front row so I can avoid the seat recliner. Of course this is not an issue when travelling Business Class in one of the newer aircraft, like the Emirates A380 Airbus, where seats are encased in their own pod and the individual lie flat seats do not impact on other passengers.

Children on planes also seem to be a target for air rage, with another recent survey showing a high percentage of those surveyed indicated they would be in favour of child free flights, or child free zones on planes.  Many said they would be prepared to pay extra for the added comfort of being able to enjoy their flight in a child free section of the plane.  Singapore’s Scoot Airlines has taken the lead in introducing child free planes.  I hope other airlines will soon follow this example and introduce child free zones, allowing travellers without children to enjoy their flight in peace and quiet.

Sandra Tiltman 


August 17, 2013


Emirates has raised the bar again to even greater heights with the launch of Emirates Executive.  The new luxury jet service provides a private charter option to most locations worldwide and beyond the existing Emirates network.  The spacious Airbus 319 aircraft offers both private customers and corporations with diverse travel options a high level of comfort and service for up to 19 passengers, with on board private suites plus a large multi-functional lounge area.

A319_016_120613The lounge at the front of the aircraft is designed to seat up to twelve passengers and combines a work area and rest zone with two large sofas surrounding four mechanically activated tables and two 42” HD LCD screens.

The second area has ten private suites, each with a fully lie flat seat and a 32” HD LCD screen.

The large spa is equipped with a shower, floor heating system, decorative mirrors and marble as well as luxury skincare products.

Culinary options from Emirates’ award-winning menus, along with customised options to suit any dietary requirements are served with a selection of hot and cold beverages.

Exterior - Emirates ExecutiveThe aircraft is equipped with state of the art technology including Emirates’ in-flight entertainment with up to 1,500 channels of on demand entertainment, as well as a live TV, video conferencing facilities and high-speed internet and mobile phone connectivity.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President – Planning, Aeropolitical & Industry Affairs said “Emirates Executive elevates the high standards and quality of Emirates that our customers have come to expect, with the flexibility and luxury that can only be offered by a private chartered flight”.

What a way to fly!       Sandra Tiltman