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‘No-frills chic’ carrier IndiGo becomes India’s second largest domestic airline in just five years

With on-time performance, cheeky ads, and an passenger experience that mixes functionality with fun, Indian ‘no-frills chic’ carrier IndiGo has become India’s second largest domestic airline in just five years, while making a profit. Read article

Azul takes Jetblue’s ‘no-frills chic’ approach to gain a foothold in Brazil

Air travel in Brazil is booming, thanks to rapid growth of the country's middle class. By charging low fares and offering extra amenities for free, ‘no-frills chic’ airline Azul has captured nearly 10 percent of Brazil’s domestic aviation market in less than 3 years. Read article

Virgin Blue rebrands as ‘no-frills chic’ Virgin Australia

Australian low-cost airline Virgin Blue has changed its name into Virgin Australia. The rebranding completes the airline’s revamp into a ‘no-frills chic’ airline that offers a boutique experience at low prices, similar to sister-airline Virgin America. Read article

Kuwaiti ‘no-frills chic’ airline Wataniya starts flights to Europe

Launched in January 2009, Kuwaiti carrier Wataniya Airways takes a no-frills chic approach towards flying. The airline’s A320 fleet is configured with premium economy and business class seats only, and prices are kept low. After launching routes across the Middle East, Wataniya just announced it will start services from Kuwait City to Istanbul, Rome, and Vienna in Europe. Read article

The best cabin interior launches of premium airlines and hybrid LCCs in 2013

Passenger expectations continue to be raised by the cabin interior upgrade programs launched by airlines around the world. We have selected some of the best examples of how premium airlines have continued to raise the bar this year, as well as the best interior upgrades from (hybrid) LCC’s targetting the business travel segment. Read article

Virgin Australia’s consulting chef Luke Mangan offers restaurant guests a sample of airline food at his ‘Test Kitchen’

As part of his role as consulting chef for Virgin Australia, top Australian restaurateur Luke Mangan randomly offers guests at his Test Kitchen restaurant new recipes and food concepts developed for the airline and asks them to test and vote them. Read article

Low-cost carrier FlyDubai goes chic with new Business Class cabin

Dubai-based 'no-frills chic' carrier FlyDubai has added a separate Business Class with wider seats and more legroom to its cabin. The airline’s fleet of 737-800s already features Boeing’s new Sky Interior and a high-definition inflight entertainment system. Read article

JetBlue unveils new ‘transcontinental’ A321 interior featuring private suites

Stating it wants to offer the best product on the fiercely contested US coast-to-coast route, ‘no-frills chic’ JetBlue is entering the lucrative transcontinental market in early 2014 with new A321 aircraft that feature a full-service Business Class with ‘mini-suites’. Read article

IndiGo lets passengers taste and vote for their favourite buy-on-board sandwich

India’s ‘no-frills chic’ carrier IndiGo is known for its on-time performance, quirky branding and cool design, which has made it the largest domestic airline in India in just a few years. To promote its buy-on-board sandwiches, the airline surprised passengers with boxes of free food samples and asked them to vote for their favourite. Read article

JetBlue’s offers 2012 free seats to Republican voters to fly out of the USA

JetBlue is offering Republican voters the opportunity to freely leave the country (and return) as their candidate didn’t win the Presidential election. As part of the airlines’s ‘Election Protection’ campaign, JetBlue has pledged to give out 2012 free seats to international JetBlue destinations of choice. Read article

Limited number of airlines have adopted Apple Passbook so far

Keeping in tune with the evolving technology habits and preferences of the “always-connected traveller” that make up an ever-increasing portion of the flying public, a number of airlines from around the globe have rolled out mobile boarding passes that are compatible with Apple’s new Passbook functionality. Read article

Innovative Airlines 2012: #7 Virgin America

Operating out of the ‘eco-chic’ Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport, Virgin America has firmly established itself as a favoured choice among the urban, tech savvy flying demographic. With its iconic mood lighting, RED IFE&C system and social media fluency, the airline has turned the standard domestic air travel experience into something much more evocative and stylish. Read article

Flydubai first to operate 737 with new Sky Interior and fiber optic-based IFE system

Flydubai is the first airline to have received Boeing’s Next-Generation 737 ‘Sky Interior’. The new 737 cabin features larger bins, redesigned windows, more intuitive control panels and mood lighting. Flydubai's 737 is also the first aircraft with the new Lumexis fiber-optic based IFE system. Read article