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Cheap Flights To South America And Asia For Brits, As Norwegian Eyes New Routes

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AFFORDABLE flights to destinations as far away as Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing could soon be the norm for British tourists.

Norwegian plans to expand its UK routes into Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. 

Getty – Contributor Flights to Buenos Aires with Norwegian, on the world’s longest low-cost route, start this week

Following strong sales on its Buenos Aires route, the low-cost carrier is looking to provide Brits with bargain-price tickets to new destinations.

Speaking about their expansion efforts, CEO Bjorn Kjos said: “There is huge demand. We need the permission to fly over Russia so we can offer more flights to Asia and fly tourists into the UK.”

Norwegian’s inaugural Gatwick to Argentina flight – the world’s longest low fare route –  is taking place on Wednesday, with tickets available from just £250pp each way.

While in September it launched a London to Singapore route from just £150pp each way.

Getty – Contributor Norwegian hopes to break the monopoly on more routes such as London to Tokyo following the success of its Buenos Aires flights

Bjorn also revealed plans to expand Norwegian’s free wifi from short-haul to all long-haul routes later this year.

He said: “Everybody should have access to free wifi, and we will offer it for free.”

He also announced plans to add mid-size US cities to Norwegian’s already expansive offering of American holiday destinations.

From 2020, it will use eight new Airbus A321neo LRs, to fly from the UK to the States.

These smaller planes are the type that Brits might more readily associate with a short-haul trip to Europe.

 

 

Handout Norwegian’s modern long-haul fleet reduces fuel costs and allows them to undercut rivals according the the airline’s CEO

Cities such as Detroit and Philadelphia, which don’t have enough of a market to support the larger Dreamliner planes are likely targets for these new single-aisle Airbus routes.

The new route from Gatwick to Buenos Aires will also be supported by a new subsidiary airline based in Argentina.

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New Qatar Airways Plane Designed To Reduce Jet Lag Launches In The Uk This Weekend

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AS a rule, Economy cabins tend to get less comfy on planes while First and Business Class increase the luxury.

But Qatar Airways is bucking the trend this year – by improving life for Economy passengers as well as the VIPs.

Big changes to the A350-1000 aircraft could make a massive difference to what it feels like to take a long-haul flight

The airline has added Airbus’s first A350-1000 aircraft to its fleet – with the first flights from London to Doha taking off this Saturday.

Some big changes to the plane could make a massive difference to what it feels like to take a long-haul flight.

While First and Business Class have had a huge upgrade, Economy has had a hi-tech overhaul too.

Inside the cabin there will be 16-million-LED ambient lighting that minimises the effects of jetlag by allowing passengers to feel awake and sleepy at the correct times.

Airbus The airline has added Airbus’s first A350-1000 aircraft to its fleet

According to Forbes, the new plane will have better cabin pressure and humidity, so travellers suffer less from dehydration during a flight.

There will also be improved cabin temperature zones – allowing smaller area of the planes to be regulated individually.

Cabin temperature zones have traditionally been hard to regulate from when end of the plane to the other – which is why the front can appear freezing cold while the back is comfortably warm.

It’s good news for those who always get sick after a plane journey too – the new A350-1000 aircraft will have hospital grade air filters to clear out the germs in the air.

Airbus In the Business Class cabins, customers in adjoining seats can create their own double bed

The planes will also have the largest overhead bins of any aircraft for maximum storage.

While this is less important for passengers taking long-haul flights – who are unlikely to be flying with just hand luggage, it will make the boarding process much smoother.

Obviously the best changes of all have been reserved for those who turn left when they board a plane though.

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Airbus Up to four passengers travelling together are also able to transform their seats to form a private area

The world’s first double beds in business class will take the passenger experience “to a new level” on flights from London to Doha, an airline has claimed.

In the cabins, customers in adjoining seats can create their own double bed by removing privacy panels.

The “Qsuites” are available to Business Class passengers on the daily Boeing 777 service from London Heathrow to Doha from this weekend.

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This Couple Have A Genius Solution To Swerve The Two-bag Cabin Luggage Rules – And They Haven’t Been Caught Yet

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NO MATTER what incredible bargain you scored on your flight prices, the tricky issue of luggage often gets travellers unstuck — and paying through the nose.

Most airlines allow passengers to bring only one carry-on bag and one personal item on board, meaning anything else has to be checked in, and often at high expense.

Wool and Oak A couple reckon they’ve designed the perfect hand luggage solution: two bags of luggage that masquerade as one

And of course, many airlines are strict on the size and type of the bag you try to pass off as carry-on. So you’re pretty much left with two undesirable options: pack less stuff, or pay to check the rest in.

A couple reckon they’ve designed the perfect solution: two bags of luggage that masquerade as one.

Johnathan Webster and Gizem Mut-Webster are the husband-and-wife team behind Wool & Oak, a company that is becoming famous for its newest launch: a clever two-part duffel bag designed to get around airlines’ strict bag policies.

Wool and Oak The bag looks like a single backpack, which you can carry around like any other

The bag looks like a single backpack, which you can carry around like any other.

But once you’re on the plane, the bag unzips to create two separate parts: a slimmer backpack and a larger bag. There are a couple of Wool & Oak bags the backpack can be zipped onto, turning them into one.

And with that, boom — you’ve just skipped around the airline’s strict one carry-on policy, and snuck two bags on.

Well, they were technically one bag when you boarded.

Wool and Oak But once you’re on the plane, the bag unzips to create two separate parts

Johnathan Webster told Business Insider: “I haven’t been caught yet.”

He said he’s managed to store as much as two weeks’ worth of luggage in the two-in-one duffel bag, and reckons it’s saved him hundreds of dollars in check-in fees.

The couple’s company Wool & Oak, which launched through Kickstarter, makes a whole range of stylish travel bags.

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Swedish Airport Hostel In Stockholm Allows Travellers To Sleep Inside An Old Jumbo Jet

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PASSENGERS at this airport hotel in Stockholm can get some kip on a plane before they’ve even checked in.

The Jumbo Stay Hostel is built into an old Boeing 747-212B plane – right next to Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

Rex Features The Jumbo Stay Hostel is built into an old Boeing 747-212B plane

Zuma The cockpit suite is by far the most exciting of the rooms, with a bed right in front of the old control dashboard

Rex Features There are also quirky round “engine rooms”, which have been built into the space where the jet engines were

They have three different types of rooms to accommodate one to three adults, as well as a four-bed dormitory option.

All together, the hostel offers 76 beds – with the most luxurious found in the cockpit – providing views of the landing strip.

All rooms have access to private and shared showers and toilets in the corridor, apart from the Cockpit suite, the Black Box suite and one single room which boast their own shower and WC.

The cockpit suite is by far the most exciting of the rooms, with a bed right in front of the old control dashboard.

Booking.com There is a cafe inside the plane that serves breakfast, coffee, cookies, ice cream, sandwiches and hot meals

Alamy There is also a conference room that can sit up to 20 people

There are also quirky round “engine rooms”, which have been built into the space where the jet engines were under the wings – that come with their own outside entrance, and a black box suite that is built into the back of the plane.

Prices range from 450 Swedish Krona (£40) for a bed in a four-bed dorm to 1895 Swedish Krona (£168) for the Black Box suite.

There is also a cafe inside the plane that serves breakfast, coffee, cookies, ice cream, sandwiches and hot meals.

Visitors can also head out onto an observation desk on top of one of the plane’s wings.

Rex Features The plane was originally built for Singapore Airlines and later served with the legendary Pan Am

Booking.com Visitors can also head out onto an observation desk on top of one of the plane’s wings

Jumbo Stay is only five minutes away from the check-in counters at Arlanda – and guests can take a free shuttle bus.

Hostel owner Oscar Diös said: “I was getting ready to expand my hostel business in 2006 when I heard about an old wreck of an aircraft for sale at Arlanda.

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