Future of long-range flying – no economy seats?

first_imgIs the future of long-range flying no economy seats. That is the question when Singapore Airlines re-launches its Singapore to New York non-stop this Thursday as there are no economy seats on the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight.And on many other airlines, economy seats are being reduced on long-range aircraft as more premium economy seats are added with passengers demanding more comfort as fares drop relative to earnings.The cost of an economy fare in 2000 now buys premium economy with all its comforts and frills.And more and more airlines are installing Economy X or Economy plus to cater for travelers desires for more comfort.Airbus specially developed its A350-900 for the Singapore to New York route, and it is fitted with a luxurious interior with only 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy seats.The A350-900ULR will cover the 16,700km from Changi Airport to Newark Liberty International airport in New Jersey in 18hr 45 minutes.READ more on the future of flyingSEE our video “Dispelling the myths of flying.”LEARN about 747’s 50 wonderful yearsThat flight is 2,230km longer than the Qantas Perth to London non-stop route launched in March this year.The first flight, SQ 22 takes off on October 11 at 11.35pm and arrives in New Jersey at 6am Friday morning.The route will initially be served three times a week, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.FutureSingapore Airlines premium economy on the A380Daily operations will commence a week later after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service.Travel agents are reporting that the service is popular, which follows on from Qantas’s experience on the Perth to London non-stop which is 92 percent full and 94 percent in the premium cabins.Singapore Airlines has teamed up with Canyon Ranch, one of the world’s premier integrative wellness brands, to create special cuisines and rest and relaxation programs, to enhance the long flight.Canyon Ranch has developed science-based strategies for improved sleep, exercise and stretching, as well as new, nutrition-focused menus for the ultra-long flight.The A350 is similar to the Boeing 787 used by Qantas is being made of a composite structure which enables a lower cabin altitude and higher humidity to reduce the impact of jet lag.For the long flight there are two sets of pilots and after the arrival in the US, they have three days off before the return flight. And before the A350 sets off from Singapore they must have had 48 hours off.Looking after the passengers will be 13 cabin crew and these crews get four hours off during the flight.And to ensure everyone is entertained Singapore Airlines has added 200 hours of movies and TV content to its over 1000 hours of content.In premium economy, passengers will get three meals during the flight, while business class will get two larger meals and a non-stop refreshment menu throughout the flight.last_img read more

Google Announces Pricing for App Engine: Allows Developers to Scale Beyond Free Quotas

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#news#web#Web Development center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google today finally announced its pricing plans for its App Engine service. Google’s App Engine allows developers to run their web applications on Google’s infrastructure and, until today, was only available in a free, but restricted, version. The free version currently gives developers up to 500MB of persistent storage and CPU power and bandwidth for about 5 million page views a month. Starting today, however, developers will also be able to purchase additional resources, which will enable them to scale their apps beyond these free quotas.For the next 90 days, the free allotment will remain unchanged, but after that, Google will reduce the free quota resources. At the same time, however, it will also double the free storage quota to 1GB. Google argues that the other changes won’t impact the large majority of “well written” apps running on the service right now.According to Google, App Engine billing was one of the most requested features from App Engine developers. Thanks to this new pricing scheme, developers can now use App Engine to deploy larger and more popular applications on the service without hitting the ceiling of Google’s free quotas. Developers will be able to set daily budgets for their apps and allocate this budget across CPU, bandwidth, storage, and email. Some of the most popular apps that are currently using Google’s App Engine are BuddyPoke, Lingospot, Best Buy’s Giftag.com, and Mental Floss.PricingHere is the new pricing scheme according to Google’s blog post:$0.10 per CPU core hour. This covers the actual CPU time an application uses to process a given request, as well as that for any Datastore usage.$0.10 per GB bandwidth incoming, $0.12 per GB bandwidth outgoing.  This covers traffic directly to/from users, traffic between the app and any external servers accessed using the URLFetch API, and data sent via the Email API.$0.15 per GB of data stored by the application per month.$0.0001 per email recipient for emails sent by the application Google first announced that it was planning to offer these pay-as-you-go resources to developers last May, and today’s prices are at the lower end of the ranges that Google announced back then.In general, Google’s prices seem to be slightly cheaper and less complicated than Amazon’s pricing schemes for using its EC2 and S3 service. It should be noted, however, that Amazon offers a far larger feature set than App Engine. App Engine only supports the Python programming language, while EC2 gives you access to a complete, remotely hosted, on-demand operating system.Coming Soon: XMPP, Scheduled Task, MailEarlier this month, Google also announced a number of new features that will appear in App Engine in the next six month, including the ability to receive and process mail, support for running scheduled tasks, and support for sending and receiving XMPP messages. Related Posts last_img read more