Class Act 2013
On the Ground: I was eager to experience EVA’s Royal Laurel cabin, upgraded last year. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is one busy place; as the airline’s hub, many flights depart at the same time and even with several premium check-in counters, there was a wait. The staff was friendly, courteous and extremely helpful. Once I reached the counter, check-in was quick.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
In the never-ending quest to offer the very best premium cabins in the friendly skies, airlines continue to up the ante. In a day and age where lie-flat seats, luxurious amenity kits and 5-star cuisine in flight are de rigueur, airlines must become even more creative to attract discerning passengers who know what they want when it comes to the world’s first- and business-class cabins. Business travelers especially know the importance of a restful, comfortable flight; work demands they hit the ground running, and it all starts with the flight.