Portugal’s TAP tightens economy legroom.

first_imgTAP Air Portugal is celebrating its 70th anniversary by renewing its aircraft interiors in a revamp that is seeing more product differentiation and a tightening seat pitch on short-haul economy flights.The first of TAP’s 21 Airbus A319 planes, which have an average age of 17.4 years, to get the refit are already back in service with new cabins, despite a 17.4-year average age, and the whole A320-family fleet will be converted by July next year. “This is the biggest revamp in TAP’s product history,’’ cabin Interiors product manager Joel Fragata tells AirlineRatings, “This is mostly about efficiency gains, to be able to compete in today’s market.” TAP’s economy class has to mirror the offerings and fares of the low-cost carriers which have become a strong presence in Portugal. It has adapted by introducing a “discount” fare which includes just one cabin bag. At the same time, however, it has to offer business travellers, especially those connecting on to long-haul in Lisbon, a suitable product.The current fare spectrum is illustrated on a randomly picked flight from Heathrow to Lisbon, where an online survey yields ticket prices varying from ₤52 ($US66) to ₤238 one way. This is one reason TAP is differentiating its offerings more and tightening seat pitches in the back of the plane. “We are achieving several goals at once with the revamp — increasing the seat count, lowering the total weight of the aircraft by 700 kilos and thus (getting) lower fuel burn, and still offering more comfort to many customers”, says Fragata. The result of the move is the A319’s capacity goes up from 132 to 144 seats, the A320’s from 162 to 174 and the A321’s from 200 to 216.This is partly due to thinner seatbacks and partly to the removal of a galley in the front of the plane. But it also means economy class, recognisable by green seats aft of the over-wing emergency exits, now has a tight 28-inch ’ (71.1cm) pitch, making it even more uncomfortable than the aft rows of Lufthansa’s A320neos.TAP doesn’t allow any recline at all, while Lufthansa’s seatbacks move a few millimetres. In airline speak, this is called “pre-reclined” mode, a nonsense at this minimal pitch. and anybody taller than 175cms (5ft 9in) suffers in these seats.Worse, TAP operates its A320 family on fairly long routes: Lisbon to Accra is 5:30 hours while the trip to Helsinki is 4:40 hours. The best option for economy travellers is the first “green” row — row 11 in the A319 —boasting a generous 33’’ pitch, to compensate for the four-inch recline of the “premium” seats ahead of it.It is a different feel at the front end of the plane.The first ten rows of the A319 are equipped with business class seats, easily recognizable by their red leather edges, the middle seat remains free and has a table.Here the pitch is 33 inches (83.8cm), every three seats have a power outlet for electricity (110V) as well as a USB port, something still rarely found on short- and medium-haul. TAP plans to offer an “Economy Plus” product in some “red” rows and have it system wide next year.On long-haul, the two newest A330-200s, registered CS-TOS and CS-TOT, already have seven rows in the front of Economy boasting a 34-inch pitch, which will soon n be sold as “Economy Plus”. These planes currently operate the New York, JFK and Boston routes. Starting in January, seven of 16 TAP A330-200s will be refurbished in a program expected to be completed by October.Business class will get fully-flat seats for the first time, a newer model of the Thompson Vantage seat, to replace the increasingly unacceptable angled lie-flat that are no longer acceptable to many passengers.But it will be 2019 before TAP expects to have lie-flat seats across all its aircraft and a real relaunch is not expected until newly ordered aircraft arrive. TAP is the launch customer for the A330-900neo and the first of 14 will arrive at the end of 2017 and early 2018 along with six new A330-300s. A year later, the first batch of a total of 39 A320neos-A321neos will follow. These will include the long haul version A321LRs, which TAP intends to operate on shorter Brazilian routes and which will also have fully-flat business seats.last_img read more

What Would You Look Like As An Early Hominid?

first_imgYou can debate how much we have evolved emotionally since our early primate days in Africa, but there’s no arguing about our looks. At that point in human development. we were to beauty what the butt is to fine cuisine – distantly related, and in all the wrong ways.How can we tell? Popular Science has a new $6 iPad app that maps your face to the digital skulls and muscles of eight of our extinct forebears. And the results aren’t pretty. Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#education#edutech#ipad apps#science jim nash 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Ugly Is As Ugly WasPS Evolver is a top-rate teaching app, concisely explaining a lot about these early hominids and the worlds in which they lived. But you’ll want to buy it for the face-mapping feature. It’s one thing to know that our various ape-like ancestors had a jutting jaw, a flat and flaring nose or a brow you could rest a pencil on. It’s another to see how you’d have looked with those features.Seeing my skin wrapped around an ancient, weirdly constructed skull was bracing, and made me wonder again if Mick Jagger isn’t really a flash-frozen caveman rescued from a peat bog in the 1950s. I mean, check it out:It’s Easy To Travel Back In TimeGetting the images is easy. Match your eyes and mouth to guides on your iPad’s screen (sorry, iPad only) and take a photo. The app shows you thumbnail images of your ape self, there for you to choose. Click on one, and you can expand, shrink and spin the image on every axis.There’s plenty of information about that particular failed branch of the human experiment, including a sober, PBS-esque voiceover about their lives. Learn how long they lived, how big their brains were (one line’s brains were larger than ours), even what liked to eat them.The app crashes too often, and for some reason, the Neanderthal face-map sometimes doesn’t render, but bagging on the app because of this is like complaining about the wrapping paper on a birthday present. There’s a lot of enjoyment here. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

Key signings boost Global-Cebu roster

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ With a slew of talented new signings, Global Cebu looks poised to mount a serious challenge in both the Philippines Football League and in the AFC Cup starting Feb. 10.The Cebu-based side acquired former Meralco Manila players Lee Jeong-min, a defender from Korea, Curt Dizon, Daniel Gadia and Jinggoy Valmayor and Ilocos United striker Chima Uzoka as it looks to fill the void left by captain Misagh Bahadoran, who signed a lucrative deal with Perak in the Malaysian Super League.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Officiating, fans on top of Marcial’s priorities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The excitement is palpable within the Global side as the club also welcomed a new owner in Alvin Carranza, who takes over from Dan Palami, who has opted to focus on his duties as chair of the national teams’ committee of the Philippine Football Federation.Carranza, a long time supporter of grassroots football as managing director of the Teen Azkals Foundation, Inc., has elevated Marjo Allado back as head coach, after Akbar Nawas handled the team in the second half of the season last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think the club is in good hands with Alvin (Carranza) at the helm,” said Palami.While Dennis Villanueva and Amani Aguinaldo also moved to Davao Aguilas and Ceres Negros, respectively, Global has kept several key players in goalkeeper Patrick Deyto, Rufo Sanchez, Daryl Roberts and Wesley Dos Santos. LATEST STORIEScenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Global attracted the biggest crowd in the PFL last season when 5,300 fans showed up for their clash against Visayas rival, Ceres-Negros, at Cebu City Sports Center.Having already established a strong connection with the Cebuano crowd, Global hopes it could make another deep run in the AFC Cup, while giving Ceres a run for its PFL crown. View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more