Flying from pretty much any location to the continent and country of Australia is a daunting feat, often accompanied by days of recovery thanks to the almost inevitable period of jet lag brought on after crossing a multitude of time zones. To combat these often-experienced symptoms faced by long-haul travelers, Australia-based Qantas Airways is finding small ways in already-existing operations to help passengers arrive at their destinations refreshed and jet lag-free.
In order to find out where passengers need the most help in battling symptoms of jet lag, Qantas has become the world’s first airline to invite a scientific research facility (in this case, the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre) on its planes to investigate ways to ameliorate passengers’ health and wellness while in flight. Researchers have collected data from up to 35,000 passengers in terms of food and beverage consumption throughout their travel experience, how much/often they sleep, their levels of activity and their seating posture.
Qantas used data to alter all stages of the flight experience, such as the frequency of meal availability, nutritional content of meals, light therapy in airport lounges, in-flight guided meditations as part of the entertainment systems and a separate dining menu that claims to help fight jet lag, featuring foods that aid in sleep, digestion and stress relief.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
The Luxury Collection again teamed with artist Sofía Sanchez de Beta to unveil an exclusive capsule collection, this time with 54 pieces inspired by the Arabian Desert and Emirati culture. The ready-to-wear line includes an array of separates created with Dubai’s climate in mind, such as lightweight blouses and tunics, flowing jumpsuits, long skirts and dresses.
British Airways launched a new in-flight entertainment channel in honor of its year-long centenary celebration. The new channel, christened Celebrate BA100, highlights the best of British in-flight entertainment.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
An industry-first update to the award-winning Four Seasons app allows guests to plan travel more seamlessly. The app, completely overhauled, now includes a new trip planning itinerary feature that allows guests to easily customize their stay.