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Chill out with Cathay Pacific’s yoga/meditation space at Hong Kong Airport

Long flights can do a number of for your frame – and your mind.

Experts prescribe wholesome ingesting and masses of transferring round earlier than, in the course of and once you flight.

Now Cathay Pacific, already cherished for its amenity-rich lounges at Hong Kong International Airport and elswhere, is presenting passengers a tool for mind and body: a area for yoga and meditation in its Business Class living room at The Pier.

The Sanctuary by using Pure Yoga, designed in partnership with The Pure Group, is a seven-hundred rectangular-foot vicinity divided into zones – The Body Sanctuary, which is devoted to yoga – and The Mind Sanctuary, which gives a area for meditation.

In the Body Sanctuary, vacationers will locate guided films led by means of Pure Yoga instructors and a extra secluded space for self-exercise.

The space also offers an alternative for seated stretching, with chairs overlooking commands on the way to stretch exceptional components of the body. The sporting activities are designed to improve flow, decorate joint mobility and relax the thoughts for a snug and restful adventure.

In the Mind Sanctuary there are two sorts of meditation available:

Audio meditation has 4 cushioned pods prepared with noise-canceling headphones and iPads providing guided meditation periods narrated by Pure Yoga’s professional instructors. Gazing meditation has snug cushions forget pics placed at the wall to facilitate Trataka yoga practice.

These practices help improve consciousness, reminiscence and visualisation abilties, as well as centering the thoughts in a kingdom of cognizance and attention.

Want to strive it out? The Sanctuary by using Pure Yoga is open to passengers with access to Cathay Pacific’s The Pier Business Class Lounge at Hong Kong Airport; to Diamond, Gold and Silver Marco Polo Club members; and to Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon First and Business Class passengers.

More zen in flight – and on the floor

Once inside the air, Cathay Pacific offers “Travel with Yoga,” a sequence of inflight films designed to help passengers ease into their trips with meditation and yoga.

On the floor, the airline additionally offers its Diamond and Gold Marco Polo Club members arriving in Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon complimentary one-day get entry to to any Pure Fitness centre or a desire of any Pure Yoga elegance up to 12 times a yr.

Qantas surveying passengers approximately slumbering bunks and exercise zones

You may also don't forget the latest buzz about the design Airbus floated for putting slumbering berths within the cargo hold of an aircraft as a manner for economy class passengers to get a few real rest for the duration of an extended haul flight.

Qantas, which has challenged each Airbus and Boeing to construct a plane it can use for ultra-long haul  flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York, likes that idea and has it on a listing of ‘blue sky’ capabilities protected in a survey the airline is sending out to about 12,000 of its frequent flyers.

The survey is part of the airline’s “Project Sunrise” research into ultra-lengthy haul flying and on the Qantas listing are such “Would you like?” capabilities as:

  • A stretch/exercising region on board
  • A communal bar, eating or self-service café region
  • A paintings & observe section consisting of work stations
  • “Change and refresh” stations
  • A creche

A creche? To me that describes Christmas nativity scenes, which appeared like an strange object to include on a protracted-haul flight. But once I regarded up that word I observed creche is also a British phrase for a nursery, or day care middle.

And on a protracted-haul flight – or even many short ones – I assume maximum any traveler could vote for that!



Passenger-friendly improvements in skies now – and on the horizon

(Airbus_A320 Family Airspace indoors. Courtesy Airbus)

For CNBC this week, I put together some of the most passenger-friendly, or uncommon, finalists vying for this 12 months’s Crystal Cabin Awards, which are set to be introduced April 10 and frequently described as “the Oscars of the aviation enterprise.”

One of the extra uncommon and intriuging thoughts on the list is some thing known as a ‘Durinal,’ by using Zodia Aerospace.



You understand how it's far: after meals and just earlier than landing, rest room traces get long and the lav-to-passenger ratio in the economy cabin on airplanes just appears incorrect. Worse, when lavs get busy, there’s that wet floor issue that comes courtesy of the male ‘splash area.’

The Durinal is designed to clear up both issues by way of changing one ordinary toilet with urinals. Durinal creator Zodiac Aerospace says putting in the lavatories on planes can enhance bathroom “cycle time” and cut down on male use of the conventional toilets, “Thus leaving them greater hygienic for the girls.”




On flights that aren’t complete, Zodiac Aerospace’s new Eco Zlounge idea makes it feasible for passengers to stretch out with a mechanism that allows the cushion a part of the seat in the front of a passenger to fold down, developing more leg room.

No doubt the greater area will include an additional cost, but on long flights passengers may be inclined to pay that fee.

See greater finalists in my CNBC tale, right here.

Alaska Airlines expands its Wine Flies Free application

Here’s properly information for wine lovers: Alaska Airlines has extended its famous Wine Flies Free software, which lets in the service’s Mileage Plan participants to check a case of wine – 12 bottles – at no cost.

The application includes home flights on Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air and Skywest flights from the cities indexed below, however does not include Virgin America flights until May 2018.

In Washington: Bellingham, Pasco, Pullman, Seattle, Spokane, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, and Yakima

In Oregon:  Eugene, Medford, Portland, and Redmond

In Idaho: Boise and Lewiston

And in California: Burbank, Fresno, Los Angeles, Monterey, Oakland, Ontario, Orange County, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Sonoma

In addition to permitting passengers to check a case of wine at no cost, Alaska’s Wine Flies Free software has every other treasured perk: the wine-tasting rate charged by using many wineries in Oregon and Washington could be waived for folks who display their Alaska Airlines boarding skip.

Details on the Oregon Wines Fly Free are right here. 

In Washington wine usa, no longer most effective do many wineries provide free tastings to Alaska Airlines customers who show their boarding passes, beneath the Wine Flies Free program Hertz condominium vehicle will waive the drop off charge, so vacationers can choose up a automobile in a single metropolis, travel via wine us of a tasting and buying wine, and then drop the car off in some other town. Details are right here.

So drink up!



Free chat + Free movies on Alaska Airlines

Alaska is one of the airways imparting  travel waivers for passengers tormented by wintry weather climate this week, this means that you can need to wait to try out the airlines’ most up-to-date perks:

Free use of iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger on Gogo-ready flights.

The option is obtainable in a beta model proper now and should be fully useful by using January 24th, the airline promises.

Also loose (through March 31, 2017): access  – to your gadgets – to the all the amusement offered to Alaska Airlines passengers throughout flight, which include Hollywood movies and popular TV indicates.

The airline’s new Premium Class service additionally debut this week on some routes, supplying passengers who've bought this perk greater legroom, early boarding, complimentary snacks and alcoholic liquids. About 40 percent of Alaska’s fleet has been retrofitted with the new top class elegance section seating thus far and the airline promises that 90 of the fleet will offer this feature through the quit of 2017.