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Passengers miss cockpit visits

Uğur CEBECİ

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Being able to fly abroad has long been considered a symbol of status and prestige. In black-and-white photographs one can see passengers wearing their best outfits for the flight. Very few people used the airlines.

As it is the case with everything else, in time the conception changed. The flights got cheaper and cheaper and low-cost airlines began to attain a significant market share. And airlines became a part of daily life.

British online ticket-seller Skyscanner ran a poll looking for passengers’ answers to the question of what they miss most of the flights of the old times. The passengers gave many interesting replies. According to the poll, the passengers of the modern times seem to be most nostalgic about the visits they used to pay to the cockpit, at 46 percent.

Secret smoking onboard has reduced

After the airlines banned onboard smoking, the rate of secret smoking in the restrooms has significantly dropped. According to polls on the subject, many smokers even seem happy about the ban, saying they are giving their lungs a rest.

In the last three years, secret smoking in airplane restrooms has fallen below 1 percent. However, nicotine gums and patches are widely used by passengers. Nicotine gum is among the bestselling items in airport drugstores.

The airplane smoking ban has also affected pilots. Studies conducted with pilot participation show that two out of every three pilots quit smoking after the ban, although regulations concerning smoking in the cockpit are not as strict as those that apply to passengers. One of the reasons many pilots have quit smoking, according to studies, is to stop bad smells from reaching the passengers when cabin members open the cockpit door for food and beverage service.

Etihad flies art in the skies

United Arab Emirates national carrier Etihad has started a new club called “Art Connect” for members of their special fliers program.

Club members will be able to buy pieces of art onboard, choosing from brochures handed to them during the flight. They will also be able to see the pieces exhibited at the Etihad Lounge in Abu Dhabi International Airport, where the Opera Gallery will also open new exhibitions in terminals 1 and 3 each month for Art Connect members, exhibiting classic and contemporary art objects chosen for their tastes.

Art Connect members will travel in premium cabins, and they may be able to view artworks, widely ranging in price, during the flight and purchase them.

Etihad Guest members can automatically sign up for the Art Connect club with no further payment. The club will facilitate many other opportunities for art-loving Ethiad regulars. First of all, the Art Channel will be added to the intra-cabin entertainment system. The channel will broadcast informational programs on arts prepared by the Opera Gallery.

Singapore starts direct flights

Singapore Airlines is starting direct flights to and from Istanbul this week. Flights will be four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and Boeing 777-200 ER airplanes will be used.

These flights will connect travelers to more than 20 connection points in Asia and South-west Pacific.

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