Tuesday 24 January 2017

Future of air travel has landed but no boarding card until 2018

Daniel McDonald

Published 09/07/2015 | 02:30

Greeting the arrival of the Airbus A350 XWB were Aer Lingus Crew (from left) Fiona Tracey from Portlaoise, Sorcha O’Rourke from Swords, Grainne Kelly from Skerries, and Lydia Worrell from Malahide.
Greeting the arrival of the Airbus A350 XWB were Aer Lingus Crew (from left) Fiona Tracey from Portlaoise, Sorcha O’Rourke from Swords, Grainne Kelly from Skerries, and Lydia Worrell from Malahide.
Rebecca Murphy from Oldtown, Dublin and Aisling Duff from Rush inside the cabin
All clear for makeup: Aer Lingus ground crew members Sorcha O’Rourke from Swords and Lydia Worrell from Malahide get ready for the arrival of the Airbus A350 (in background on right), which touched down at Dublin Airport for the first time yesterday. Aer Lingus has ordered nine.

Mood-lighting to reduce jet lag and cameras providing a bird's-eye view of the earth hurtling past below - the future of commercial air travel has landed at Dublin Airport.

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Aer Lingus, which has added nine Airbus A350s to its fleet, hopes that Irish passengers will be flying in the new airplanes as soon as 2018.

Yesterday members of the media were given a sneak peek of the behemoth passenger jet which boasts 42 business-class and 223 economy-class seats.

Outside they loom like titans, with a 64.8m wing span. However it is inside where the future is close at hand.

Throughout the cabin, LED lighting comes in a staggering 16.7 million different colour tones and is used to create "mood lighting" designed to reduce every globetrotters pet peeve, jet lag.

Each seat comes with a personal passenger media system, with a HD touch screen which plays movies, TV shows and music.

It can also show views from three cameras located under the fuselage offering a unique perspective on take-off, flights and landing.

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