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Aeroflot begins phased transition of international flights to Sheremetyevo’s new Terminal C

Aeroflot begins phased transition of international flights to Sheremetyevo’s new Terminal C

Aeroflot today began phasing in operation of international flights from the new Terminal C at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. The first departures and arrivals from the terminal will be to/from Helsinki, Dresden and Bucharest.

By mid-June Aeroflot plans to have completed the bulk of the migration to Terminal C. From October, Aeroflot expects to operate 268 international flights from the new terminal. A joint Aeroflot-Sheremetyevo working group was formed to manage the transition and establish a timeline and testing program.

Terminal C, which occupies more than 127,300 square meters at Sheremetyevo’s Northern Terminal Complex, is integrated with Terminal B, to which Aeroflot previously shifted domestic flight operations. Terminal C can accommodate 20 million passengers a year. The rollout of Terminal C, combined with the commissioning of a third runway at Sheremetyevo in September 2019, establish a fundamentally new basis for Aeroflot Group operations. 

About Aeroflot

Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and a proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot serves 149 destinations in 53 countries.

Aeroflot’s 247-strong fleet is the youngest of any airline worldwide that operates more than 100 aircraft. In 2018, Aeroflot carried 35.8 million passengers (55.7 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries).

Aeroflot holds 4-Star Airline status from Skytrax and was named Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the eighth time at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards. Aeroflot has also been awarded a five-star global airline rating by US aviation association APEX. Aeroflot is also rated five stars for the punctuality of its flights by OAG.

Aeroflot is the world’s strongest airline brand according to leading brand strategy consultancy Brand Finance.


Alitalia: Tokyo Haneda The Airport That Brings You Closer

Alitalia: Tokyo Haneda The Airport That Brings You Closer

Reaching Tokyo will be even easier than ever: from 29 March you will also be able to fly to Tokyo Haneda, the airport closest to the center of the city.

From Haneda Airport, which is located just 20 km from South Tokyo and is served by a dense public transport network, it couldn't be simpler or faster to reach the heart of the Japanese capital. What's more, thanks to a partnership with All Nippon Airways, extending your trip to discover Japan will be even easier with our convenient national connections. 

The daily Rome-Haneda route will be added to our weekly Rome-Narita and Milan Malpensa-Narita flights. 

Go and discover this great metropolis: from the calm of the Sensō-ji Temple and the onsens, the typical Japanese thermal baths, to the extravagance of the Harajuku neighborhood, the realm of Japanese street fashion. And if you start to get a little hungry after all that, take a break at Toyosu Marketthe most famous fish market on the planet, where you can taste some incredibly fresh sushi.                          

Tokyo will surprise you at every turn, with countless attractions and experiences to savor. The quicker you arrive, the more time you will have to discover the city!               

We look forward to seeing you on board!

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Seabourn Elevates Tea Time with An Enhanced Daily Afternoon Tea Service Aboard Every Vessel

Seabourn Elevates Tea Time with An Enhanced Daily Afternoon Tea Service Aboard Every Vessel

Sip and savor tea and light bites in ultra-luxury style with @SeabournCruise's new Afternoon Tea Service. Featuring @TWGTeaOfficial served on fine, French @Bernardaud porcelain, this offering is available fleet-wide at the Observation Bar. #SeabournDifference

Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury travel experience, is inviting guests to sip tea at sea with an enhancement on the cruise line’s beloved Afternoon Tea Service across the entire fleet. Steeped in the tradition of proper English tea service, yet as fresh and memorable as a newly brewed pot, the cruise line’s new daily tea service is the latest innovation designed to ensure that every detail of the Seabourn experience is constantly evolving and delighting guests near and far.

The key element of Seabourn’s new Afternoon Tea Service is the line’s addition of the finest luxury tea brand TWG Tea. Established in Singapore in 2008, TWG Tea (which stands for The Wellbeing Group) offers the largest collection of over 800 different single-estate, fine harvests, and exclusive tea blends from renowned tea estates in every tea-producing region around the globe.

“We are always looking at ways to take the amenities and services at the heart of the Seabourn cruise experience to the next level, and our new Afternoon Tea Service does just that,” said Gerald Mosslinger, Seabourn’s senior vice president of Hotel Operations and Onboard Revenue. “New guests will be delightfully surprised, while returning guests already familiar with our tea traditions will be impressed with the upgrades we’ve made to brighten their afternoons.”

In keeping with English tradition, Seabourn’s new Afternoon Tea Service is nestled conveniently between lunch and dinner, available from 4 – 5 p.m. daily in the Observation Bar. Loose-leaf tea selections from TWG Tea, the finest luxury tea brand whose collection is the largest in the world, include choices such as English Earl Grey, Imperial Lapsang Souchong, and Highlands BOP Ceylon. They are delivered to the table by the highly trained staff and properly served on handcrafted china from Bernardaud, the family-owned French porcelain company originally established in Limoges, France in 1863. Bernardaud remains in the elite of design and innovation and each piece that bears the company’s signature brings the grace of simple luxury to everyday life and demonstrates that, after two thousand years, porcelain continues to prove its worth as an exceptional material.

Afternoon Tea will also be accompanied by a set selection of sweet desserts and savory snacks that will change daily on a rotating cycle, including gluten-free and vegetarian options, presented upon a stylish three-tiered display tray at the guest’s table in the Observation Bar. A sand clock, started as soon as the tea hits the water, is left at the table to ensure that guests can steep their tea precisely the way they like it while the service staff explains the tea’s origins and how different steeping times can enhance the flavor.       

Afternoon Tea is a traditional British tea service served at 4 p.m. between lunch and dinner, focused on serving light fare that includes scones, finger sandwiches, jam and marmalade. With roots going back for generations, history says that Afternoon Tea dates back to the mid-1800s and the Duchess of Bedford. At the time, kerosene lamps in wealthier homes helped usher in a late dinner, often served around 8 or 9 p.m., leaving people of the era, including the Duchess, feeling a bit hungry between meals. She decided to regularly invite friends over for tea and a selection of snacks during the late afternoon.

The idea of Afternoon Tea eventually spread across society, growing into a social occasion that continues to draw people together for interesting conversation to this day.

Seabourn’s enhanced Afternoon Tea Service is now being offered across the Seabourn fleet, with the TWG brand implementation ongoing and set to be completed in the coming weeks.

Seabourn’s High Tea, a variation on Afternoon Tea, is offered on select afternoons with formal white glove service and live cooking features or themed menu options as accompaniments. Examples of High Tea themes may include The "Viennese" High Tea with Applestrudel, The "Parisian" High Tea with Crêpes Suzette, The "Venetian" High Tea with Zabaione, and The "Royal" High Tea with English Triffle, which will typically feature more substantial food items than the Afternoon Tea service. Live piano music also accompanies the High Tea experience.

Seabourn represents the pinnacle of ultra-luxury travel with intimate ships offering key elements that set the line apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, many with verandas and all oceanfront; superb dining in a choice of venues; complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times; award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel at home on board. The ships travel the globe to many of the world’s most desirable destinations including marquee cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known ports and hideaways.

Regular guests of Seabourn will continue to find a number of innovative offerings and programs, including partnerships with a select group of companies and individuals whose dedication to superior quality, exceptional service and consistent customer satisfaction matches Seabourn.

Such programs include ‘An Evening with Tim Rice, the new evening entertainment experience created exclusively for the line in association with Belinda King Creative Productions; ‘Shopping with the Chef’ excursions in select ports, with an expert Seabourn chef as guide to learn about regional markets and see how the freshest ingredients are selected; ‘Seabourn Conversations’ with special guest speaker including knowledgeable historians, naturalists, marine biologists, destination experts and more; Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, offering guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being; and The Grill by Thomas Keller, reminiscent of the classic American restaurant from the 50’s and 60’s. Exclusive to Seabourn, The Grill is a unique culinary concept for Chef Keller, focusing on updated versions of iconic dishes. Guests will be treated to table-side preparations of Caesar salad and ice cream sundaes, as well as a range of other favorites like premium steaks, whole roasted chicken, and Lobster Thermidor, presented à la carte. 

United to Connect Two Global Tech Centers with Direct Flights Between San Francisco and Dublin

United to Connect Two Global Tech Centers with Direct Flights Between San Francisco and Dublin

Traveling between the Silicon Valley and Dublin, Ireland – two of the world's leading centers of technology and innovation – will soon get a lot easier. Today United Airlines announced that it will launch new daily nonstop service from its hub at San Francisco International Airport to the Irish capital beginning June 5, 2020. United will be the only U.S. airline to offer daily flights direct to Dublin from the West Coast.

"Dublin and the Silicon Valley are two regions synonymous with big tech," said Patrick Quayle, United's Vice President of International Network. "Many global tech companies have a major footprint in both regions, and they need a carrier with an extensive worldwide network to help conveniently connect their business. As the only U.S. airline to serve Ireland from the West Coast, United is uniquely suited to provide the connectivity these companies and economies need to continue thriving."

United will operate its new San Francisco-Dublin daily nonstop flights with the fuel-efficient Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. With the launch of this new service, United will have more daily business class seats between Dublin and the U.S. this summer than any other domestic airline.

Proposed Flight Schedule, Beginning June 5, 2020*

Flight Frequency City Pair Depart Arrive Aircraft
UA 852 Daily SFO – DUB 3:55 p.m. 9:45 a.m. +1 787-8
UA 853 Daily DUB – SFO 11:50 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 787-8

*Subject to government approval

United in Ireland

United has proudly served Ireland for more than two decades. With the addition of San Francisco, the airline will offer customers direct flights to Dublin from four of its hubs, including Chicago O'Hare, Washington Dulles and Newark / New York. United provides seasonal service to Shannon, Ireland from Newark / New York as well.

United's San Francisco Hub

From the Bay Area, United operates more than 300 flights each day to over 100 cities in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia – more flights to more destinations than any other airline. Along with Dublin, United offers nonstop service out of San Francisco International to seven major European cities including Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Paris and Zurich. United continues to provide unparalleled access to points across the globe from its SFO hub, adding direct flights to 13 top international destinations since 2013 alone.

Every customer. Every flight. Every day.

In 2019, United is focusing more than ever on its commitment to its customers, looking at every aspect of its business to ensure that the carrier keeps customers' best interests at the heart of its service. In addition to today's announcement, this year United:

  • Announced that MileagePlus award miles will never expire
  • Gave Economy customers a choice of complimentary snacks on domestic flights
  • Made DIRECTV free for every customer on more than 200 aircraft
  • Released a new version of the award-winning, most downloaded app in the airline industry
  • Launched a new tool called ConnectionSaver, dedicated to improving the experience for customers with connecting flights
  • Partnered with CLEAR on free or discounted memberships for MileagePlus members
  • Announced PlusPoints, new upgrade benefits for MileagePlus Premier members
  • And introduced products in its amenity kits made exclusively for the airline by luxury skincare line Sunday Riley


Global Traveler 2019: Alitalia Awarded “Best Airline Cuisine” And “Best Business-Class Seat Design”

Global Traveler 2019: Alitalia Awarded “Best Airline Cuisine” And “Best Business-Class Seat Design”

In the 16th edition of GT Tested Reader Survey in-depth traveller survey on excellence in the travel and tourism industry conducted by the renowned magazine - more than 20,000 frequent flyers evaluated Alitalia’s Magnifica long-haul business class seat and meals served on board as the best in the world in 2019. 

The 2019 data confirms an increase in Alitalia passenger satisfaction compared to the previous two years: with 88.2% of satisfied travellers, an increase of 2.5 percentage points was recorded compared to 2018 and 5 percentage points compared to 2017. 

“Best Airline Cuisine” – 10th consecutive year                                                          

Awarded for the quality of the meals served on board, paired with award-winning Italian wines. The award reaffirms Alitalia’s constant commitment to improving its catering, to represent Italy through a journey of characteristic culinary excellence. The Italian airline received this prize for the tenth year in a row thus entering the Global Traveler Hall of Fame of the most awarded airlines.

“Best Business-Class Seat Design” – 2nd consecutive year

Global Traveler readers selected, for the second consecutive year, the comfort of Magnifica’s lie-flat seats, upholstered in Poltrona Frau leather and equipped with a fully horizontal bed position and massage function.