25 December 2015

The Art of the Airport Tower & Istanbul New Airport

Carolyn Russo, a photographer at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC), spent the last decade training her lens on 100 towers in 23 countries. "Airport towers are symbolic," she says. "They are cultural greeters... they are choreographers." You may watch the video about her exhibition filmed by Allen McGreevy, edited by Bill McKenna at bbc.com

When I was working for Abu Dhabi Airports Company, we were using the Arabian Dhow inspired ATC Tower of AUH, as a symbol of the airport. So I agree on that ATC Tower of an airport is more than a control tower.

Meanwhile, results announced for Istanbul New Airport’s “Air Traffic Control Tower Design Competition” 

Tower inspired by tulips 
World-renowned figures competed to design Istanbul New Airport’s “Air Traffic Control Unit”. AECOM and Pininfarina won the competition with a design inspired by tulips, which is one of the symbols of Turkey and Istanbul.

Results are announced for Istanbul New Airport’s Air Traffic Control Tower concept design competition organized by İGA to address leading global designers; Grimsaw-Nordic, Zaha Hadid, Moshe Safdie,  Massimiliano Fuksas, Pininfarina-Aecom, and RMJM Architects.
 
AECOM and Pininfarina, a prominent company on a global scale, will design the new Air Traffic Control Tower.

You may read more about the selection and details at İGA’s website, the company behind the Istanbul New Airport project.

22 December 2015

Qatar Airways vs Turkish Airlines - Safety Videos

Well... I believe that Turkish Airlines would never let Barcelona sign with Qatar Airways. Along with that, what Qatar Airways did is far much better than the Turkish Airlines to utilize their sponsorship for a major European team.

Qatar Airways + Barcelona


Turkish Airlines + Manchester United (2011)



Your vote? QR or TK?

16 December 2015

10 Trends That Will Make Flying Better in 2016

Skift.com has found ten innovative trends that reveal a better future for the industry, and are set to make air travel more pleasant for passengers in 2016 and beyond.

Here is the list with my comments on each trend;

1. Launch of A350 Aircraft and 787-9 Dreamliners – I definitely agree on this. I had a chance to experience 787 of Qatar Airways back in 2013 and looking forward to flying with the A350.
2. Rise of Biometric Kiosks and Passport Apps at Airports – E-Gates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi were my favorite time savers while I was living in the UAE. This trend has to be supported by all parties. There is one issue to tackle; visas.
3. Improved Onboard Wi-Fi and Streaming Entertainment – As a sit back-relax-enjoy type of pax I rarely watch a movie. I like the time spent on board, which gives you a break to think about anything. Therefore, I don’t care an improved Wi-Fi.
4. Apple Watch and Apps – Again, as someone who doesn’t wear a watch I am not fond of Apple Watch. Apps is a different story.
5. Bag Tracking Technology – A nice to have technology
6. The Rise of Premium Economy – My favorite one! I will be flying to the US soon and experience either LH or TK. Afterwards, I am planning to write about this trend.
7. Expansion of CBP Pre-Clearance Program – Well, Istanbul New Airport will have too.
8. Beacons and Internet of Things – Don’t you think that we talk about beacons too much?
9. Mobile and Personalization – The key for many things.
10. Even Better In-flight Entertainment – Same as Improved Onboard Wi-Fi and Streaming Entertainment.

To read the original article, click here >>>


04 December 2015

ACI Airport Exchange 2015 - Istanbul

Next week IGA, the company behind the Istanbul New Project is going to host the Airport Council International - ACI Airport Exchange event in Istanbul.


In addition to the 6 regular specialist ACI Airport Exchange conferences, this year there is a special dedicated 'Istanbul New Airport Development Conference' which is entirely dedicated to the €10.2 billion Istanbul New Airport project, featuring key figures from the leadership, design and procurement teams delivering this game-changing mega hub.

Have a look on the official event web site and join us if you're interested.