Who is Syed Abdul Rahim, the man Ajay Devgn is playing in his next film?

first_imgThree days after a nail-biting win over South Vietnam in the semi-finals of the Asian Games, the Indian football team was ready to play the big match against South Korea on September 4, 1962 in Jakarta, Indonesia. But with two defenders seriously injured and the goalkeeper down with flu, a win against a strong South Korean team looked like a distant dream. However, Indian coach Syed Abdul Rahim was not a man to give up on his team so soon.Ignoring their injuries, Jarnail Singh, Trilok Singh and Peter Thangaraj made it to the line-up for the finals and put up a splendid game. Within the first 20 minutes, PK Banerjee and Jarnail Singh scored two goals, thus providing the Indian team with a crucial lead. By the time the Korean team could break through the Indian defence, India was on its way to victory. The 90-minute match finished with a 2-1 win for India. The team, as well as the crowd, were euphoric.That was the magic of Syed Abdul Rahim and his boys.And now, 56 years after that glorious win, producer Boney Kapoor and actor Ajay Devgn are collaborating to bring the story of the golden era of Indian football to the big screen. The yet-to-be-titled project will trace the journey of Syed Abdul Rahim, under whose leadership the Indian football team won the Asian Games in 1951 and 1962.National Award-winning actor Ajay Devgn is stepping into the shoes of Syed to tell the story of this unsung hero who was responsible for taking Indian football to new heights and winning accolades for the country.advertisementElated and proud to announce a story never told as @ZeeStudios_ #BoneyKapoor & @freshlimefilms come together for a biopic on Indias legendary #Football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, starring @ajaydevgn, directed by @CinemaPuraDesi, screenplay by @SaiwynQ, and dialogues by @writish. pic.twitter.com/vzaLJya67xZee Studios (@ZeeStudios_) July 13, 2018″I was amazed that not many are aware of someone as significant as Syed Abdul Rahim. He’s an unsung hero whose achievements must be saluted. His team had heroes like Chunni Goswami, PK Banerjee, Balaram, Franco and Arun Ghosh. It takes someone like Ajay Devgn to play Syed Abdul Rahim. With him on board, I can just hope that our film inspires youngsters to play football, and India soon to bring the World Cup home,” Boney told a leading daily.Directed by Amit Sharma, the film is set to go on floors early next year. But before that, take a look at the life of the man who put the Indian football team on the world map.WHO IS SYED ABDUL RAHIM?Born in Hyderabad in 1909, Syed learnt his trade during his growing-up years, and soon became a prominent figure in the footballing circuit in the city. But his true genius came to the fore when he took over the Hyderabad City Police team in the 1940s. His team went on to dominate the local and national scene for a long time, and he was soon noticed by the Indian football team and was appointed the head coach in 1950.The very next year, Syed led the team to a gold win at Asian Games 1951, thus proving his mettle.Back in those days, the Indian team preferred playing barefoot, and boots were never considered a necessity. However, after a massive defeat at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952 owing to the harsh cold, Syed hit back with a bang. It was the last time that the team played without boots. Syed emerged as a better coach after the last defeat and groomed his team to win several international tournaments in the next few consecutive years. But India’s performance at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics grabbed more eyeballs than ever. After a stunning victory over Australia in the quarter-finals, the team made its way to the semi-finals. Though India lost to Yugoslavia, it is still considered one of India’s biggest achievements in football.Six years after the Melbourne Olympics, Syed got the team together for the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta. He was battling cancer at that time, but keeping his personal setbacks and players’ injuries aside, the coach guided his team towards the glorious win at the finals. His deteriorating health made him quit as the coach of Indian football team two months after the stellar victory.ALSO READ | Ajay Devgn to play football coach Syed Abdul Rahim in Boney Kapoor’s nextALSO WATCH: I can take on anybody with my little finger, says Ajay Devgnlast_img read more

IOWA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE REMAINS UNCHANGED

first_imgIowa’s unemployment rate remained at 2.5% in August.Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday that the rate didn’t change from the previous month as the number of unemployed people and the number of residents with jobs both increased.Iowa is tied for the nation’s third-lowest unemployment rate, behind Vermont and North Dakota.Iowa’s rate ties with the rate in New Hampshire.The national unemployment rate for August was 3.7%.last_img

Hockey: India women hold Australia to 2-2 draw in Olympic Test event in Tokyo

first_img Next Hockey: India women hold Australia to 2-2 draw in Olympic Test event in TokyoGurjit Kaur, who had scored a brace to help India beat Japan on Saturday, stepped up once again and scored a late equaliser against World No. 2 Australia. advertisement Press Trust of India TokyoAugust 18, 2019UPDATED: August 18, 2019 11:34 IST India women snatched a late equaliser vs Australia on Sunday (@TheHockeyIndia)HIGHLIGHTSIndia held Australia to a 2-2 draw after Saturday’s win over JapanVandana Katariya (36th) and Gurjit Kaur (59th) scored for IndiaThe Indian women’s team will face China on TuesdayThe Indian women’s hockey team came back twice from a goal deficit to hold world number 2 side Australia 2-2 in a hard-fought round-robin league match of the Olympic Test Event here on Sunday.Vandana Katariya (36th) and Gurjit Kaur (59th) scored for India to cancel out strikes from Kaitlin Nobbs (14th) and Grace Stewart (43rd) in their second match of the tournament. India had beaten hosts Japan 2-1 in their first match on Saturday.World number 10 India began the match aggressively, matching Australia’s attacking hockey with their own brand which saw both teams earn penalty corners. However, neither side managed to score.But in the 14th minute, Australia were awarded a penalty stroke after an Indian defender blocked a shot at goal. Nobbs made no mistake in converting from the spot to give Australia a 1-0 advantage.The world number 2 side dominated the second quarter completely, putting the Indian team under intense pressure through multiple attacks and penalty corners. But India’s defence held firm and goalkeeper Savita made a couple of great saves to deny Australia who were 1-0 up at the half-time break.FT: 2-2Gurjit’s late equalizer salvages a draw for India!How impressed are you with the Eves’ fighting spirit? #IndiaKaGame #ReadySteadyTokyo #Tokyo2020 #INDvAUS @WeAreTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/xTiP0lCdTaHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 18, 2019The third quarter again saw Australia dominate possession and create a couple of goal-scoring opportunities through penalty corners. However, Savita again made fine saves to deny the Australians.India struck on the break as Vandana Katariya finished off a superb move to equalise in the 36th minute. But the lead did not last long as Australia started to look for their second goal.advertisementIt was in the 43rd minute that Australia found their second goal through some exquisite team work, which saw Grace Stewart also registering her name on the score-sheet to give Australia a 2-1 lead.It was a tough ask for the Indian team as Australia did not give them enough space inside the striking circle. However, the Indians showed determination as they kept looking for the equaliser in the last quarter.With moves breaking down, and chances going waste, it looked like Australia would hold onto their 2-1 lead, but with just a couple of minutes remaining on the clock, India won a crucial penalty corner in the 59th minute.And, prolific drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur stepped up and struck a sweet blow into the back of the net to earn India a well-deserved draw.The Indian women’s team will face China on Tuesday in their third and last round-robin match of the tournament.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India Women’s HockeyFollow Tokyo Olympics 2020Follow Tokyo Olympics test eventFollow Gurjit Kaurlast_img read more

Consultation to Prepare Jamaica for Climate Change Conference

first_img The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, in 2011, was a turning point in climate change negotiations. United Nations Climate Change Conferences assess the progress in dealing with the issue. The Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, hosted a national consultation on Thursday, October 31, to prepare Jamaica for the 19th Conference of Parties, at the Alhambra Inn, in Kingston.The United Nations Climate Change Conferences are held annually and they serve as the formal meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to assess the progress in dealing with the issue.The nineteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) will be held from November 11-22, 2013, in Warsaw, Poland.Addressing the consultation, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Dr. Alwin Hales, said that climate change is a complex problem, which has consequences for all spheres of existence on the planet.“It either impacts on, or is impacted by global issues, including poverty, economic development, population growth, sustainable development and resource management,” Dr. Hales said.He noted that the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, in 2011, was a turning point in climate change negotiations, with governments recognising the need to draw up the blueprint for a fresh universal, legal agreement to deal with climate change beyond 2020, where all countries would play their part to the best of their ability, in order to reap success.Dr. Hales said that governments committed in Durban to a comprehensive plan that would come closer, over time, to delivering the objective of stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous interference with the climate system, and at the same time will preserve the right to sustainable development.“The challenge, then and now, is to push climate action forward as rapidly as possible, both inside and outside the climate change negotiations,” he explained.Dr. Hales argued that a looming gap remains between current national and international actions and intentions to reduce emissions as well as the actual level required to keep average global temperatures rising no more than two degrees above their pre-industrial level, above which science shows that there is a much higher risk of very serious climate impacts.“Moreover, even if the two-degree scenario is met, developing countries, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, will still need much more support to adapt to the change that is already embedded in the global climate system,” the Permanent Secretary said.Dr. Hales welcomed the consultation,  noting that it will “foster the exchange of ideas that will enable us to strengthen our negotiating position and leverage the kind of actions we need from the developed countries on issues, such as Climate Financing and others, that are so crucial to developing countries and in particular Small Island Developing States (SIDS), like Jamaica.”Meanwhile, United Nations Resident Co-ordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, Dr. Arun Kashyap, said the consultation is an opportunity to share knowledge and experience, so as to negotiate and influence the decisions on important issues, such as climate financing, adaptation mechanisms and significant emission reductions. Story Highlights Climate change is a complex problem, which has consequences for all spheres of existence on the planet.last_img read more

Yarmouth Awarded Annual Culture Conference

first_imgThe town of Yarmouth will host members of the arts and culture community at the fourth annual Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala and Conference on Saturday, Oct. 24. The selection of the location was announced today, April 9, by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, host of the annual event. “This is one of the most important events of the year for Nova Scotia’s arts and culture sector, and Yarmouth is a good choice with its strong and vibrant arts community,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. The location of the event alternates between Halifax and the other four regions of the province. This year, a call for proposals was issued to the western region and Yarmouth was one of six communities that expressed interest in hosting the event. The review and selection of the host community was made by a committee of representatives from the province’s culture sector. “We are delighted that Yarmouth will be the backdrop for this year’s conference,” said council chairperson, Paul Gallant. “Arts and culture play a vital role in communities throughout Nova Scotia and we are pleased to promote dialogue on ways to strengthen the sector through this event.” The conference provides an excellent learning and networking opportunity for members of the arts and culture sector, and celebrates the pursuit of excellence by Nova Scotian artists with several prestigious awards. The Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, in consultation with the arts and culture sector, provides advice and recommendations to guide the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage investment in Nova Scotia’s artists, cultural industries and cultural activities. FOR BROADCAST: Yarmouth has been chosen as the location for the fourth annual Creative Nova Scotia Conference and Awards Gala set for October 24th. The annual conference, hosted by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, provides a learning and networking opportunity for members of the arts and culture sector. Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage Bill Dooks says the conference is one of the most important events for the arts and culture community every year and Yarmouth is a good choice with its strong and vibrant arts community. -30-last_img read more

Barry Manilow To Be Honored At CedarsSinai Gala

first_imgBarry Manilow, Scott Minerd and Stanley Black will be honored by the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors at their annual Gala on Thursday, November 1st at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Board of Governors Heart Stem Cell Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. The much-anticipated event features a special performance by six-time Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton and singing sensation Chris Mann. For the eighth consecutive year, Lexus joins forces with the Board of Governors as title sponsor, and will donate a 2013 Lexus LS 460 F SPORT luxury sedan to be raffled off at the Gala.The Board of Governors’ current campaign benefits the Board of Governors Heart Stem Cell Center in the top-ranked Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, led by Eduardo Marban, MD, PhD. Each year 1.1 million people in the U.S. have a heart attack, and another 550,000 people are diagnosed with heart failure. Heart disease is the nation’s number one killer. Scientists and clinicians at the Board of Governors Heart Stem Cell Center are collaborating to pioneer safe, effective adult stem-cell-based solutions that could make heart transplants-and potentially even heart attacks-occurrences of the past.“We are delighted to acknowledge three individuals for their boundless philanthropic efforts, says Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Chair, Steve Hitter. “Barry Manilow, Stanley Black and Scott Minerd are members of the community who exemplify the ideals of philanthropy and have demonstrated a commitment to motivating others to do their part.”Stanley Black, Founder of Black Equities will receive the Philanthropic Leadership Award. Scott Minerd, Chief Investment Officer of presenting sponsor, Guggenheim Partners, will be honored with the Humanitarian Award. Singer-Songwriter, Barry Manilow, will receive the Heart of Hollywood Award. Mr. Manilow recently launched a campaign to raise awareness for a heart condition called atrial fibrillation from which he suffers.last_img read more

Press Release SmartSky launches IFC system with Gore cables

first_imgToday’s passengers and flight crew require secure, real-time connections through texting, phone calls, social media, email, transferring information, and streaming videos. GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies is helping SmartSky Networks launch the next-generation of inflight connectivity above the clouds.They selected Gore’s vapor-sealed 7 Series for their new inflight connectivity system that provides travelers with a true 4G LTE air-to-ground (ATG) connection in aircraft such as the Embraer ERJ-135 operated by JetSuiteX.SmartSky’s inflight connectivity system using Gore’s 7 Series has just received STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) approval for the Embraer ERJ-145. The certificate is required by the U.S. FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for any modifications to an aircraft’s original design. Gore worked closely with SmartSky’s STC partners to ensure the reliability of the system in a moisture-rich environment. With more than 1,200 in service, the ERJ-145 is the largest twin-engine regional jet in a family that also includes the ERJ-135 and ERJ-140.“Gore’s well-earned reputation within the industry made choosing their routable cable assembly technology an easy decision,” said Darren Emery, Vice President for Product Support at SmartSky. “Gore’s 7 Series is high performance and exceptionally reliable, enabling a real fit-and-forget installation to exceed our customers’ expectations now and for many years to come.”“SmartSky’s innovative system, combined with our vapor-sealed assemblies, will enable an extremely compelling user experience and set a new standard for the industry,” said Jeremy Moore, Global Product Specialist for Gore’s Civil Aerospace Team.High-Quality Signal TransmissionGORE Microwave/RF Assemblies, 7 Series with robust connector options improve signal integrity and speed with low loss up to 40 GHz making them an ideal solution for SmartSky’s new high-speed ATG technology. They are designed precisely to prevent the ingress of water vapor, fuel, and other hazardous contaminants commonly found in airborne environments. With smaller diameters, more flexibility and tighter bend radius, these assemblies also meet the complex routing requirements of SmartSky’s tight platforms without breaking or failing.Gore’s 7 Series was also instrumental in helping SmartSky continue to stay on schedule with deploying their King Air B200 airborne test platform developed to optimize their new ATG network and test future technologies and applications.The vapor-sealed 7 Series complement Gore’s broad catalog of aerospace solutions — including coaxial and microwave/RF assemblies, high-speed data cables, aircraft sealants and more. Gore’s high- performance aerospace solutions will be on display at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany on 2-4 April in Booth 2E60. For more information, visit gore.com/aix2019 or contact a Gore applications specialist at electronics.usa@wlgore.com.About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.L. Gore & Associates is a global materials science company dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Founded in 1958, Gore has built a reputation for solving complex technical challenges in the most demanding environments — from revolutionizing the outerwear industry with GORE-TEX® fabric to creating medical devices that improve and save lives to enabling new levels of performance in the aerospace, pharmaceutical and mobile electronics markets, among other industries. Headquartered in Newark, Del., Gore employs approximately 10,000 Associates and generates annual revenues that exceed $3.5 billion. Learn more at gore.com.About SmartSky NetworksHeadquartered in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, SmartSky Networks was formed in 2011 by senior telecommunications and aviation executives seeking to transform aviation through the use of disruptive communications technologies and related tools. Working with leading aerospace and technology partners, SmartSky has begun the rollout of its innovative, air-to-ground network, SmartSky 4G LTE. The network takes advantage of patented spectrum reuse, advanced beamforming technologies and 60 MHz of spectrum for significantly enhanced connectivity. SmartSky 4G LTE uniquely enables a productivity experience in the air similar to that available on the ground, including unmatched capacity for data transmissions both to and from the aircraft. This real-time, low latency, bidirectional data link makes SmartSky 4G LTE the most compelling user experience, and a key enabler for the new and enhanced apps, services, and hardware that will usher in the digitization of the aviation industry.last_img read more

Press Release Virgin Atlantic selects Inmarsat GX connectivity for A350s

first_imgInmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, today announced that its award-winning GX Aviation inflight broadband solution will be available to passengers onboard Virgin Atlantic’s brand new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.Virgin Atlantic is scheduled to receive 12 Airbus A350-1000s over the next three years, with GX Aviation pre-installed upon delivery. The service will be available once the first of these aircraft takes to the skies from late summer 2019, allowing passengers to seamlessly browse the internet, check social media, instant message and more, with speeds on par with mobile broadband on the ground.GX Aviation is the world’s first and only global, high-speed inflight connectivity service delivered through a wholly-owned and operated network of high-throughput satellites. It was revealed as part of Virgin Atlantic’s new onboard offering on the A350-1000 earlier this week, with other key features of the aircraft including an entirely new Upper Class cabin with brand new suite and social space.Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “Virgin Atlantic is firmly established as one of the aviation industry’s greatest innovators and was the first airline in Europe to offer wi-fi on all flights. Its brand new Airbus A350s will enhance the passenger experience even further and we are delighted that GX Aviation has been selected as the inflight broadband solution for the aircraft. This is another great win for our next-generation solutions.”Gail Yates, Head of Inflight Services, Virgin Atlantic, said: “We are excited to unveil details of the unparalleled onboard experience that awaits customers on our new Airbus A350-1000s. Offering modern, world-class inflight connectivity is a fundamental part of this experience. We are confident that Inmarsat’s GX Aviation will truly raise the bar and offer second-to-none broadband for our customers.”More than 1,600 aircraft are currently expected under signed contracts for Inmarsat’s next-generation inflight broadband solutions for airlines, with a new business pipeline of approximately 3,000 aircraft worldwide. To meet growing demand, Inmarsat has a fully-funded development roadmap, including three further Ka-band payloads. A fifth GX satellite will be launched later this year and two sixth-generation satellites are scheduled to launch in 2020 and 2021. In addition, planning is underway for the next generation of GX satellites.PHOTO CAPTION: Virgin Atlantic’s fleet of Airbus A350-1000 aircraft will feature Inmarsat’s award-winning GX Aviation inflight broadband for passengers.About InmarsatInmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s best global portfolio of satellite networks, specifically designed for customer mobility, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides.  Inmarsat’s long established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance.  The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners.   Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government and Aviation satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high quality partner to its customers across the globe.last_img read more

Viasat bridges the gap to global Kaband coverage

first_imgFor airlines that want to take advantage of a single inflight connectivity provider globally, but still want Viasat’s regional Ka-band service in the next three to four years before the company completes global Ka-band coverage, Viasat has launched a second-generation version of its hybrid Ku-band-Ka-band antenna.It’s essentially a final piece of the puzzle of the Viasat offering for carriers that might be existing customers of competing IFC providers, or that do not currently have a non-regional inflight connectivity provider for longhaul operations outside their home regions.Don Buchman, vice president and general manager of Viasat’s commercial aviation business, tells Runway Girl Network that “it’s going to be available end of this year, from an install standpoint, going through the certifications, and STCs will be available.”Rumors have already surfaced that the hybrid has scored a customer in the form of American Airlines for Boeing 787s, but the airline has not confirmed, telling RGN in response to a query:We have more high-speed satellite Wi-Fi than any other airline. More than 670 planes in our fleet have high-speed satellite Wi-Fi, which means 100 million+ passengers per year have access to streaming services, live TV, faster Wi-Fi and more. And that number keeps growing; we’ll have over 700 planes by the end of 2019.As the industry’s definitive in-flight connectivity leader, we will of course examine every option to continue to increase our lead.Principally, and certainly initially, the solution will be installed via the retrofit market, suggests Buchman, although the company certainly sounds open to other options if it becomes necessary. Viasat expects the solution largely to be aimed at the longhaul widebody market, on aircraft that serve routes that pass from the existing Viasat-operated or -contracted Ka-band networks to areas that are out of coverage.In terms of the market that Viasat expects the new hybrid antenna and modem to serve, “it’s for airlines that are bridging into the Viasat-3 constellation, the ones that want to get going today but can’t wait til 2022, 2023 for the full constellation,” Buchman explains. “What’s really driving it is Asia-Pacific. Whether you’re a European, Middle East, or Americas airline, you are going to Asia from one direction or the other.”Crucially, the extra weight of the dual system is less of an impact on larger widebody aircraft than on smaller narrowbodies, which, despite the rise of the Airbus A321LR and longer-range versions of the Boeing 737 MAX, would largely be covered by existing networks.“Most of the narrowbody markets,” Buchman notes, “we’re going hit with the right capacity in the right time frame. There hasn’t been a great need” for double-band capacity.With Viasat-3, Buchman says, “we can cover all the Americas… say I want to go between South America and North America. In the time frame that we would’ve gone through the bid of getting it certified, the first Viasat-3 Americas would be in orbit and ready for service within six months. It’s more around timing with the narrowbodies.”The hardware will include the latest generation of the Ka-band antenna, forward-compatible with the Viasat-2 and Viasat-3 satellite constellations, including the modems, and is intended to be offerable to all Viasat’s key customers, including Finnair, SAS, Qantas and El Al. “They could put it on routes that they are flying today,” Buchman says.Viasat says it has also modernised processors, optimised internals and made other tweaks since the first generation of the Ku-Ka product.The purpose behind developing the new hardware, Buchman explains, is installation timing and as a bridge to the arrival of the next set of satellites, specifically “acceleration. We’ve been really successful where we’ve had coverage and capacity. Right now, a lot of the demand we’re getting is, ‘We want your product. We want it now.’ This is really a bridge to that. We can take advantage with other widebody fleets from all of our great Ka-band capacity today without having to compromise. You can stay connected.”Describing the new Ku-Ka product as “exciting”, Buchman continued to hedge slightly on the precise launch and operational dates of Viasat’s remaining satellite launches before it completes its constellation, citing the vagaries of launch systems, operations and achieving the satellite’s full orbit after initial insertion.Viasat’s first-generation Ka-Ku-band system flew on Virgin America before the carrier was acquired by Alaska Airlines. The nextgen system is seen below.Related Articles:Gloves are off as Viasat CEO talks IFC opportunitiesHughes Communications India to support Ku IFC, then likely hybridsViasat shares narrowbody IFC growth expectation for North AmericaSaudia readies for near-term launch of new hybrid inflight connectivityPolar positioning could take a number of flavors as Viasat eyes MEOCarlisle eager to work with Inmarsat, Panasonic for nextgen GX installsThales reveals plan for global, high-capacity Ka inflight connectivityViaSat’s Ku/Ka antenna certified to fly for Virgin AmericaViaSat has hybrid Ku/Ka connectivity in its sightlast_img read more

Press Release Acro moves a step closer to China seat production

first_imgAcro Aircraft Seating, the UK based manufacturer of Economy Class and Premium Economy Class aircraft seats, has moved a step closer to initiating additional production capabilities in China.The company established a facility in Shanghai in Q4 2018 with the intent to supply the Chinese civil aviation market with Acro’s innovative seating products.Chris Leese-Wood, Acro’s CEO and Accountable Manager said: “We are delighted with the progress that both our UK Quality and Shanghai Production teams have made to realise our production capabilities in China. The Shanghai facility will be initiated under existing Acro regulatory approvals, with the intention of firstly servicing Asia’s retrofit market and with linefit programmes to follow later.”Chris Leese-Wood adds: “I would like to thank our teams in both the UK and China for their efforts to advance our strategy to realise our China production capabilities which will enable us to supply the high quality and class-leading designs that the Acro brand is renowned for.”Earlier this year, Acro announced that it has secured its first Chinese carrier with the selection of by Spring Airlines as part of a major linefit programme, comprising of forty five Airbus A320 and fifteen A321 narrowbody aircraft. The company has also been selected to supply another Chinese carrier with its next-generation Series 6 Economy Class seat.ACRO Aircraft Seating is an EASA Part 21 approved organisation (Approval number UK.21G.2585) and holds AS9100D Quality accreditation (approval number LRQ 00006260).About AcroAcro Aircraft Seating is a UK based manufacturer of passenger seats for commercial aircraft. Founded in 2007, Acro has designed, certified and manufactured over 130,000 seats for more than 500 aircraft, with installations on B717, B737, B747, B757, B767, A319, A320, A321, A330, Fokker, ATR and Saab aircraft.Acro is an Airbus approved supplier and currently serves more than 35 airlines throughout the world with customers including Air New Zealand, Spirit, Allegiant, Frontier, KLM, Hawaiian and Thomas Cook Airline Group amongst others. The company’s head office and main production facility is located at London Gatwick Airport with customer support operations in Shanghai, China; Miami, USA; and Singapore, Asia.last_img read more

Press Release Japan Airlines selects Spafax as new IFE partner

first_imgGlobal entertainment and media agency Spafax announced today that it has been selected by Japan Airlines (JAL) to license, curate and deliver its short-form content selection onboard all aircraft including TV shows, documentaries and compilations.Ryoichi Ikeda, President at JAL Brand Communications, said: “This is the first time in over a decade we announce a new in-flight entertainment partner. We are impressed with Spafax’s proven track record of content delivery and I’m confident they will help us bring a fresh perspective on entertainment for our passengers.”In the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games the Japanese Transport Ministry is anticipating upwards of 40 million foreign visitors.Niall McBain, Chief Executive at Spafax said: “All eyes will be on Japan with the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and we’re thrilled to help Japan Airlines elevate its onboard experience and deliver a top notch service to their passengers.”About JAL Brand Communications Co., LtdJAL Brand Communications Co., Ltd. is a group company of Japan Airlines, established in 2004 in Tokyo, Japan. It specializes in planning and production for in-flight entertainment (movies, audio programs, games, etc), website, JAL group in-flight magazines, members magazines and advertising in the mentioned publications.About Spafax GroupThe Spafax Group is one of the world’s leading providers of media sales, entertainment curation and content marketing. Originally founded to serve the airline market, Spafax Group companies now support a wide variety of leading brands around the world. Current clients include Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Japan Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates the Lufthansa Group, Mercedes-Benz, Singapore Airlines and many others. The group is headquartered in London with over a dozen offices around the world. Spafax is a WPP company.last_img read more

Press Release SmartSky taps Honeywell as VAR for airlines

first_imgHoneywell has been selected as an authorized value-added reseller for SmartSky Networks’ air-to-ground services leveraging 5G technologies for North American airline operators. By becoming an authorized reseller, Honeywell extends its inflight connectivity (IFC) services for airlines.The new air-to-ground connectivity from SmartSky provides Honeywell customers with another option for internet connectivity that delivers a user experience similar to that found at home. Honeywell is also a provider of Inmarsat’s GX Aviation via satellite, which is powered by Honeywell’s JetWave™ hardware. Additionally, Honeywell offers safety solutions that provide direct data link communications between pilots and air traffic controllers via L-band satellite networks.“Honeywell brings a world-class approach to the market and we are excited to partner with them, further diversifying the cost, speed and capacity of the broader range of services they support for airlines throughout North America,” said Ryan Stone, president, SmartSky Networks. “Honeywell’s leading portfolio of connectivity solutions will permit airlines to balance their capital investment with passenger needs.”SmartSky’s air-to-ground network leverages 5G technologies to provide a reliable, secure and affordable IFC solution for airlines that want full-functioning inflight connectivity for their regional aircraft.“This expands the suite of connectivity services we offer airlines operating routes throughout North America,” said John Peterson, vice president and general manager, Software and Services, Honeywell Connected Enterprise, Honeywell Aerospace. “Our agreement with SmartSky strengthens our expansive and diverse global connectivity solutions portfolio, including JetWave, and permits airlines to offer the best connectivity options to meet passenger needs.”The SmartSky network delivers a secure, low-latency signal to every aircraft in the network, ensuring high performance regardless of network loading. Each beam communicates with just one aircraft at a time, compared with similar offerings that share beams among several aircraft. In the cabin, passengers will experience inflight connectivity similar to that of their ground-based office solutions. This level of service allows passengers to make their time in the air as productive as possible. That could include running cloud-based applications, connecting via virtual private networks, conducting significant data transfers, surfing the web or streaming videos.About HoneywellHoneywell is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help everything from aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable.last_img read more

Press Release Sekisui Chemical Group to buy AIM Aerospace

first_imgLiberty Hall Capital Partners (“Liberty Hall“), a private equity firm focused exclusively on investments in businesses serving the global aerospace and defense industry, announced today that it has executed a definitive agreement to sell AIM Aerospace, a leading designer and producer of advanced composite structures, systems, engine components and thermoplastic technology for the global aerospace industry, to Sekisui Chemical Group (“Sekisui”) for US$510 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments.“AIM Aerospace is an integrated and diversified composite supplier with an innovative approach and proven track record on delivering a range of full-service solutions for the commercial and military aircraft and engine markets,” said Rowan Taylor, Liberty Hall’s founding and Managing Partner.“Over the past three years through our partnership with AIM Aerospace, the company has expanded its capabilities, diversified its customer base and extended its geographic reach.  AIM Aerospace is now leading the way in the implementation of advanced thermoplastics and intelligent automation for aerospace in North America.  As demand for composite components continues to increase, we are pleased that AIM Aerospace is well-positioned to deliver a new generation of complex products to the industry.  We are very proud to transfer leadership to Sekisui to oversee the next chapter in AIM Aerospace’s expansion.”Founded in 1988 as part of the UK-based AIM Group PLC, Renton, WA-based AIM Aerospace has more than 1,000 employees operating from its manufacturing centers of excellence and research and technology center located in the United States. The company’s key customers include The Boeing Company, GE, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Spirit AeroSystems.  AIM Aerospace was acquired by Liberty Hall in 2016 to serve as the foundational asset of the firm’s strategy to build a fully-integrated, diversified composites supplier. In 2017, Liberty Hall acquired Quatro Composites, a leading supplier of highly engineered advanced composite structures, components and assemblies for the aerospace industry, and integrated the company into AIM Aerospace.“With the support of Liberty Hall, AIM Aerospace has grown stronger in the past three years by extending its leadership position in manufacturing of complex thermoplastic aerospace components, growing its customer base, and entering the engine composites segment of the market,” said Taylor Catarozoli, Partner, Liberty Hall. “AIM Aerospace has demonstrated an ability to deliver innovative solutions to complex problems as one integrated platform, and we applaud the company’s leadership, led by Daniele Cagnatel, for their work in transforming the company and creating new opportunities.”“Through our partnership with Liberty Hall and the relentless efforts of our skilled employees, AIM Aerospace has built on its strengths in composite thermoplastics manufacturing, and successfully positioned itself on key growth programs in structures and engine components on both Boeing and Airbus platforms.” said Daniele Cagnatel, Chief Executive Officer, AIM Aerospace. “We appreciate the support of Liberty Hall in preparing us to reach the next stage of growth. We are excited to join the Sekisui Group, and plan to leverage their strong industrial, material and manufacturing expertise to further enhance our capabilities, as well as utilize their global presence to better serve our current and emerging customer needs.”Completion of the transaction is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and applicable regulatory reviews.Lincoln International served as sell-side financial advisor to Liberty Hall.  Legal advice to Liberty Hall was provided by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.About Liberty Hall Capital PartnersLiberty Hall Capital Partners is a private equity firm focused exclusively on investments in businesses serving the global aerospace and defense industry. Liberty Hall’s principals have a 25-plus year history of working together and have led the investment of over $2.5 billion in equity capital in over 25 businesses serving multiple segments of the aerospace and defense industry and complementary industrial end markets. Liberty Hall develops actionable investment strategies for attractive segments of the aerospace and defense industry and then partners with entrepreneurs and management teams to acquire leading businesses serving these segments and, together with them, develops sound, long-term strategic plans to build these businesses through a combination of strategic investments and strategic acquisitions.About AIM AerospaceAIM Aerospace is a leading designer and producer of advanced composite structures, systems, engine components and thermoplastic technology for the global aerospace industry. AIM’s multiple and highly complementary capabilities allow the delivery of products to its customers with optimal cost, quality and delivery.  AIM Aerospace has been manufacturing and engineering products for the aerospace and defense markets for over 30 years. Based in Renton, Washington, AIM Aerospace is currently executing a strategic plan to build its business through strategic investments in further capabilities, customers and platforms.About SEKISUI CHEMICAL GroupThe SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group consists of SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD (TSE: 4204), whose headquarters is in Japan, and its subsidiaries. Twenty-six thousand employees work in over 200 companies in 21 countries, aiming to improve the lives of the people of the world and the earth’s environment. The group conducts business in the fields of residential and social infrastructure creation and chemical solutions.  Since its founding in 1947, the SEKISUI CHEMICAL group has dedicated itself to contributing to social development and environmental improvement and it has recently been selected as one of the Global 100 most sustainable companies. SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group will continue to show its strong presence for 100 years or longer.last_img read more

50 years after the A300 its PaxEx echoes in newest Airbus widebodies

first_imgTAP nails most of the business class details on A330neo Chicago debutAirbus ends A380 production with with Emirates swap to A330neo & A350Airbus touts A330-800 PaxEx advantage but jet may land with 9-abreastAirbus’ 24cm problem with popularizing the ten-abreast A350Podcast 067: Deciphering the messaging from Airbus and Boeing in ParisIn Conversation: the Paris Air Show with Caroline BruneauAirbus seeks to sell passengers on “experience” of A330neoIn Conversation: Goodbye to the A380 and hello to airplane mealsLufthansa’s A321XLR impression shaped by perceived shortcomingsHow will A321XLR longhaul travel compare to golden age 707 flying? Five decades after the launch of the Airbus A300, its direct descendent the A330neo continues to show how the design of Airbus’ first aircraft influences the passenger experience of today, and nowhere was this shown so clearly as at this year’s Paris Air Show, the same event at which the A300 was unveiled all those years ago.From the new 460-passenger maximum capacity for the A300-900neo, to orders from Cebu Pacific and Virgin Atlantic at two extremes of #PaxEx, from the AirAsia X and Air Mauritius interiors on show at similar extremes, this evolutionary aircraft may well be the final chapter in the story of the A300, Airbus’ first jet, which celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its programme launch at the 1969 Paris Air Show.The A330 started life as the A300-B9, a stretched version of Airbus’ first aircraft, the development sizing of which was initially planned with the B-codes 1-9, as seen in the A300-B4 and -B6, before Airbus started incrementing aircraft names by tens instead. The A310, or A300-B10, came later, as did the A340, or A300-B11.Design-wise, the A330 — including the re-engined, re-cabined A330neo — shares much with the A300 from a passenger experience viewpoint, notably including its 5.64m (18 feet, six inches) wide fuselage, arranged in its standard economy class 2-4-2 configuration, with a high-density version in a 3-3-3 layout.Both configurations remain offered on the shared fuselage today, despite Airbus’ recent tilt towards suggesting that even full-service premium airlines might like to add the tighter version to their cabin portfolios. And, indeed, both layouts were on show at Le Bourget this year, giving a useful comparison.The A300 created the mold for Airbus’ ultra-narrow leisure “charter” LCC nine-abreast configuration on the fuselage that the aircraft shares with the A330 and A340. Image: John WaltonOn the more comfortable, feature-filled side, it was Air Mauritius’ A330neo with its 2-4-2 configuration containing 260 economy class seats with a generous 32” pitch and an on-demand inflight entertainment system from Thales that would have astounded the designers and passengers of fifty years ago.PaxEx improvements include the redesigned Airspace cabin on the A330neo. Image: John WaltonAirAsia X’s A330neo, meanwhile, isn’t quite a Cebu Pacific max-pax version, but its 377-seater is certainly up there in terms of capacity on account of the nine-abreast seating in economy class, offering over a hundred economy seats more than Air Mauritius on the same aircraft.The only bell or whistle is a power socket, and one can’t help but wonder what the first cabin outfitters would have made of the need for that. BYO record player and pop a stack of 45s in the hat-rack?In fairness to AirAsia X, it offers reasonable legroom. Image: John WaltonBut on the basics, “now everyone can fly longhaul” is the AirAsia X motto, and indeed extending the privilege of being able to afford air travel to more passengers is one of AirAsia’s stated goals.Larger travelers may well not have the greatest time flying longhaul down the back. In fairness to AirAsia X, though, it’s very inexpensive, the seat pitch isn’t bad even in the cheap seats, it provides a very simple way to book an extra seat, and it offers twelve angled lie-flat seats up front.Angled lie-flat seats, as seen on AirAsia X’s A330neo, would arrive some 30 years after the A300 was launched. Image: John WaltonThese seats are, as with the A300’s initial premium cabin — then first class — arranged in a 2-2-2 layout of largely recliner seats. Indeed, Air Transat, the largest western operator of A300-family aircraft in its A310s, still offers this configuration in its Club Class seating.Today, of course, that sort of widebody recliner experience is primarily premium economy, which is universally experienced on the A330 and indeed the A330neo in a 2-3-2 layout.From the age of squashy first class recliners to the age of space-saving staggered business class flatbeds… Image: John WaltonUp front on Air Mauritius, meanwhile, the Stelia Solstys seats are a solid staggered product in a 1-2-1 layout, the technology behind which is so far beyond what was available on the original A300 to be almost akin to magic.But the A300 has influences beyond its direct descendants. In the early development years of the programme, the design of the aircraft that would become the A300 was much larger, with a fuselage width somewhere between the 777 and 747, and a length to sit some 300 passengers.The A300 shrank to its eventual size partly due to market demand for smaller aircraft — shades of the A380, perhaps? — and partly due to engine availability, a subject which is of course not unfamiliar to any airframer today.Indeed, the A350 XWB, whose -900 base model is listed at starting 300 passengers and whose “extra wide body” is at the crossroads of Airbus’ strategic passenger experience decisions, bears something of a passing resemblance to this first Airbus concept.Did the creators of the A300 imagine that its direct descendent could look like this in economy? Image: John WaltonRelated Articles:last_img read more

US general aviation amplifies message on riskmitigating avionics

first_imgA public-private partnership that is working to improve general aviation safety in the United States is amplifying its message to the FAA, calling on the agency to make it easier and cheaper to install safety enhancing technologies and risk-mitigating avionics.The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) believes the FAA “must continue to find ways to help reduce the cost to install safety enhancing technology”, it said in a recent update.“Installation of this technology can offer substantial safety benefits, often with minimal risk. The GAJSC also feels that the FAA needs to identify the appropriate level of certification for installation of risk-mitigating avionics. Successful integration of this technology may help the GA fleet reap the potential benefit of reward with a balanced risk approach.”The high cost of certification has been a barrier for the general aviation community. But in recent years measures to address the issue have gleaned positive results, including through the work of the GAJSC. For example, the FAA’s NORSEE program, launched in 2016, streamlines the approval process for Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment such as traffic advisory systems, terrain awareness and warning systems, fire extinguishing systems, and autopilot or stability augmentation systems.NORSEE applicants have the flexibility to determine which industry standard to use for the equipment’s design. While the FAA recommends that they adopt one of the widely accepted standards such as those produced by RTCA, SAE International, or ASTM International, the agency can also recognize other industry standards under this program.Highlighting the benefits of NORSEE, avionics company AeroVonics said the NORSEE approval process has reduced the company’s cost of developing and bringing products to market by about 90%.In 2017, broader Part 23 certification reforms went into effect with the goal of enabling faster installation of safety enhancing technologies on small airplanes. “The big change in Part 23 was the removal of the prescriptive requirements that had previously been at the heart of the rule. The FAA replaced them with desired, end-state criteria. This approach puts the emphasis on the airplane’s or system’s safety performance, not on how well it does in a series of predefined tests,” explained the FAA in a safety briefing.Approvals are based on voluntary consensus standards agreed by ASTM and other performance-based standards, rather than prescriptive Technical Standard Orders (TSOs) and Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs). There are some limitations for more integrated and complex systems where the FAA determines that potential equipment failure may pose too great a risk to safe operations, but on the whole the certification process has been greatly streamlined, reducing delays and associated costs.Some risk-mitigating avionics are flatly required by the FAA, and do entail cost for general aviation. For instance, starting 1 January 2020, operators must be equipped with ADS-B Out to fly in most controlled airspace, ensuring they can broadcast their identification, position, altitude and velocity to other aircraft and ATC.In September 2016, the FAA began offering 20,000 rebates of $500 to owners of fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft based on their purchase of avionics that have received an ADS-B Technical Standard Order authorization and meet ADS-B Out rule requirements.The last of these rebates was reserved as of 13 May 2019, the FAA said in an online statement, adding: “However, you may still be able to reserve a rebate. Some rebates are returned or expire. Each week from now until October 2019, we will make these returned and expired rebates available.” The agency urges stakeholders to check back each Wednesday at 1 pm ET to see if any rebates have become available.While ADS-B Out is required, the GAJSC noted in its latest update that a recent study shows significant safety benefits of ADS-B In on general aviation and air taxi operations. The authors looked at accident rates for Part 91 and Part 135 operations in the Contiguous US as well as Part 135 operations in Alaska, and found a dramatic reduction in accident rates when aircraft where equipped with ADS-B In.While adoption of these systems has risen dramatically since 2012, less than 20% of the general aviation and air taxi fleet was equipped as of 2018, despite the clear safety benefits of ADS-B equipage.Measured impact of ADS-B In applications on general aviation and air taxi accident rates: authors Daniel Howell and Jennifer King, Regulus Group.Related Articles:FAA 20-year forecast predicts further air traffic concentration at hubsAireon space-based ADS-B tracking exceeding SITAONAIR expectations#PaxEx TV: Global air traffic surveillance via ADS-B is at handPodcast 047: Why hope is not a strategy for ADS-B Out equipageThales eyes new comms capabilities for data revolution on flight deckFirst satellites with space-based ADS-B payloads near ship dateAireon confident it can meet industry need for space-based ADS-BFAA’s adoption of space-based ADS-B is a near certainty: analystlast_img read more

PaxEx Podcast Transcribed Mulling MAX reentry as Dickson leads FAA

first_imgRunway Girl Network is pleased to now provide transcripts of the #PaxEx Podcast. Please, if you use and appreciate this transcript, email us at info@runwaygirlnetwork.com to tell us that you’re using them, whether the formatting is suitable for your use, and whether there are changes that you would like to see.Musical Intro.Mary Kirby: Welcome to the #PaxEx podcast, available on Apple and Google Podcasts. This is episode 68 of the show, where we talk about how the airline passenger experience is evolving in a mobile, social, vocal world. I’m Mary Kirby and I’m joined by my cohost, Max Flight. Max, how are you doing?Max Flight: I’m doing very well, Mary. I’m getting excited about my next aviation adventure up to the New York Air Show, coming up August 24th, and 25th. The Red Arrows are coming across the pond, which I’ve never seen them perform before. That’ll be good. But also the F-35 demo team is scheduled to be there, so I’m really looking forward to that. Anything big and fast and loud with Pratt & Whitney engines, I’m excited.Kirby: Yeah. That’s right up your alley, Max. That sounds spectacular. I’m looking forward to getting back on the road myself here at the beginning of September for the big APEX EXPO in Los Angeles, which we’ll talk about a little bit later, but yeah, it’s good to be chatting with you again.Flight: Great. Well, let’s take a look at some of the PaxEx news stories that are making headlines. The US Federal Aviation Administration has a new administrator. On August 12th, Stephen Dickson was sworn in by US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. Dickson is a long-time industry veteran with nearly 40 years of experience. He recently retired from services [as] Senior Vice President of Flight Operations for Delta Air Lines. There he was responsible for the safety and operational performance of Delta’s global flight operations, as well as pilot training, crew resources, crew scheduling, and regulatory compliance. Now, notably, he also flew in line operations as an Airbus A320 captain. Previously, he flew on the Boeing 727, the 737, the 757, and the 767 during his career. He’s also a former United States Air Force Officer, having flown the F-15 fighter.Flight: Well, after the swearing in ceremony, Dickson commented on the Boeing 737 MAX’s return to service. He said, quote, “I want to again be clear and absolutely committed that the FAA is a safety-driven organization, and safety is my highest priority. This plane will not fly commercial service again until I’m completely assured that it is safe to do so.” Well, Dickson becomes the 18th administrator of the FAA. It’s a big job, as we all know. Over a $16 billion budget, over 47,000 employees. And of course he’s replacing acting administrator Dan Elwell, and Elwell is going to serve as FAA deputy administrator, which I think is smart, Mary. That kind of helps the transition, I think.Kirby: Oh, absolutely, and he’s also been actually rather on the ball. I don’t know if you’ve found that during the various hearings, Max. Elwell has … He seems like a very kind of a logical individual.Flight: Yes.Kirby: Very kind of calm and logical, and so, yeah, I think keeping him on board here makes a ton of sense but you know, Dickson’s resume is really remarkable, isn’t it?Flight: Oh, it is. It absolutely is. I mean, certainly he knows commercial aviation, he knows military aviation. I don’t know about his general aviation experience or background, but the FAA is, well, you could say maybe they’re in a crisis right now, or at least the certification process is. Boeing is certainly in crisis right now, and that puts the FAA in a critical period. Boeing, the FAA, and the whole country, the United States, the flying public, all of us need to get the 737 MAX issues resolved, and I think that’s probably his number one priority right now.Kirby: Oh, absolutely. You know, and I have to say the notion that the head of the FAA has flown the 737 before is at least somewhat confidence-inducing, given the MAX grounding, appreciating of course that the MAX has material differences to legacy 737s. And I bet I’m not alone in wanting to see Dickson test the MAX software fixes in a simulator at minimum, but perhaps in real life too.Kirby: And kind of drawing on the idea you proposed a few episodes ago, in the context that airline pilots would play an important role in assuring the traveling public of the MAX’s safety, perhaps such tests with Dickson in a real or simulated cockpit could be disseminated to the public. You know, I think it’s interesting that President Trump announced that Dickson was his pick late last year, and that was months before the March crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, so Dickson’s 737 experience might not have been a material factor in his appointment, but it’s certainly kind of convenient now, I think, in some ways.Flight: Yes.Kirby: But we’d also be remiss if we didn’t, on the other hand, mention that there are reports also … there’s been some controversy, let’s say, around the Dickson appointment, where long-time 777 pilot Karlene Petitt was grounded after she relayed safety concerns to Delta management, allegedly. This is all part of a lawsuit right now. And it was understood that Dickson had ratified the decision to have her psych evaluated and there’s been a number of reports out there. Max. The Politico report is a big one, but others have weighed in as well, including aviation journalist Christine Negroni, who wrote a recent post for her Flying Lessons website and she said in reference to the the Dickson appointment quote, “What kind of advocate for the flying public will Dickson be if in his job with Delta he seemed more inclined to target the messenger then investigate the message,” end quote. So she didn’t mince any words there. And of course when members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee learned of Dickson’s involvement in this – what’s being described as a whistleblower case while at Delta – they slowed down the process of voting him in, but in the end a 52-40 vote broke along party lines.Kirby: So I’m certainly hopeful that Dickson fosters the safety culture as he described in his remarks after being sworn in, Max. I certainly hope that that is the case. He is, of course, again not without some controversy as mentioned and as you say, one of his many tasks now will be to ensure that his agency is 100% confident that the MAX is airworthy before it returns to service, which is now looking like it might not happen until the end of the year and potentially even longer. Given what you’ve read, Max, do you feel like Dickson is the right man for the job right now?Flight: He is on paper, certainly, and these other issues are kind of problematic for me. Caused me to question a little bit the commitment to safety, but on paper with his background and the planes he’s flown and the positions he’s held in the past would seem to indicate that he would be a really great candidate for this FAA position as administrator and someone who can hopefully navigate through all of the complexities of getting the 737 MAX back up in the air. But we do see problems coming up. Any system as complicated as an aircraft these days, when you start to look into it, you’re always going to find things that aren’t 100% perfect. Does that mean that they’re unsafe? No, not necessarily, but once you open up the box and look inside, you find things, and we’ve seen how they’ve found things. There’s this one issue with the simulations that were conducted and they uncovered a circumstance under which the [MAX] plane would have a nose town attitude. Same as what we talk about with the MCAS but not related to the MCAS apparently. And the FAA was concerned that in the simulators, the pilots either couldn’t respond to this kind of unusual condition quickly enough or they just couldn’t. And so, now Boeing is looking at utilizing the second flight control computer. The 737 has two computers, two flight control computers. And, I didn’t realize this, but they’ll use just one computer on a flight and then on the next flight they switch and use the other computer. Reportedly, Boeing was able to demonstrate to the FAA previously as part of the certification process, that that computer is reliable enough so that only one was needed. Well, now they’re looking at changing that and instead operating both computers on every flight so that they can be crosschecked against one another to see if there are … this condition arises that causes this nose down pitch, so I mean that’s …Kirby: That seems like a big deal.Flight: It does seem like a big deal.Kirby: The Seattle Times is calling it ‘a fundamental software design change’ and it looks like Satcom Guru Peter Lemme has weighed in as he has throughout all of these months with respect to the grounding. He’s weighed in on this latest Seattle Times report dated August 1, but this is something rather significant and material. And I guess with all of these regular reports now, including as you say, these reports that originally broke in June and the latest reports that this is a fundamental software design change being executed at Boeing, the public now is more aware of the MAX, not less aware.Flight: Boy, are they ever.Kirby: You know, and we’re seeing many people, including now people in industry vowing to either not fly the MAX or to wait until it’s in revenue service for some time without incident before doing so.Kirby: And that’s also something that I’ve noticed shift a little bit where in the initial weeks, even after the worldwide grounding, there were some, including some rather prominent aviation geeks, but there were some prominent individuals in industry that were still giving a certain amount of benefit of the doubt to Boeing. Whereas, we’re seeing just a little bit more caution with words now. And of course, we’re seeing on social media, we continue to see travelers that are just outright afraid, which takes us back again to how do you instill confidence in the traveling public after this aircraft has been grounded for so long?Kirby: It’s kind of painful to think that, okay, this grounding could … it could go on till the end of the year, but it might even go into next year. I mean there’s talk now, including some of the suppliers on their recent earnings calls are talking about it’s a possibility that this could bleed into 2020 and what does that mean? What does it mean for travelers that have heard nothing but negative reports about the Boeing 737 MAX then for say a year, and then what does it mean for all of the airlines and suppliers that are attached to this aircraft is kind of staggering to think about.Flight: It is, and we’re seeing more and more airlines and PaxEx stakeholders sharing a little bit of color around the negative impact to their businesses on this protracted MAX grounding. One thing you see from the carriers is that capacity is tight right now, especially for those who are dependent on the MAX and this is causing some difficulties. We’re seeing routes canceled and a lot of fallout from this. Mary, how do you think the airlines as well as the suppliers have been affected?Kirby: Yeah, I mean the reports are kind of pouring in now on a near daily basis of the impact on airlines and of course ergo their operations of the grounding. Norwegian for instance, says it will end flights between North America and Ireland on I think it’s September 15. Now here’s the statement that they issued quote, “Since March, we have tirelessly sought to minimize the impact on our customers by wet-leasing replacement aircraft to operate services between Ireland and North America. However, as the return to service date for the 737 MAX remains uncertain, this solution is unsustainable.”.Kirby: Now to be fair, Norwegian has had a number of financial difficulties even without the MAX involved, but this is really compounding things rather desperately for them. But others are saying similar things, whether it is about the fallout to their finances or even just their operations. So you have Canadian ultra low-cost carrier Swoop, which blamed some of its July disruptions on the MAX. Now, this is an airline that doesn’t even operate the MAX, but it said effectively that tight capacity in the market is preventing it from chartering other aircraft and indeed tight capacity appears to be a very real problem with reports that even older jets are now in hot demand. Then over at Airbus of course, meanwhile, they’ve got a huge backlog for A320neos, so it’s not as simple for an operator as saying, “Okay, now I’m going to go buy Airbus,” and so yeah, it’s been just staggering the number of reports of the fallout.Kirby: Now even passenger experience stakeholders are weighing in and like I said, I covered the earnings calls for a number of these stakeholders recently for inflight connectivity providers, Gogo, Global Eagle and Viasat as well as in-seat power leader and IFEC provider Astronics, and all of them are exposed to the MAX and they’re all putting figures around that exposure and warning that of course, things could get worse if this drags on. But one thing that I found that was interesting was that both Gogo and Astronics during their calls highlighted the fact that because of tight capacity in the market, airlines are reluctant to take aircraft out of service to retrofit their aircraft and modernize their aircraft, whether that is with inflight entertainment and connectivity, seats, bins, you name it. They don’t want to take aircraft out. And the knock-on effect is that the grounding of the MAX is affecting aircraft retrofits on other aircraft types, which has then that knock-on effect for suppliers because they have a schedule that they’re looking at, a forecast for example, that they’re looking at of retrofits. And those forecasts are now being greatly impacted because airlines are hanging onto their planes and they don’t want to take them out as service, which is just, it’s like this domino effect that’s just unreal, you know?Flight: That’s right, and it just keeps expanding farther and farther into the supply chain as well. I see that GE, the CFO Jamie Miller talked about the effect on cash flow because of the grounding and of course, GE Aviation in their partnership, CFMI supplies the engines for the 737s and Jamie Miller says the negative cash flow impact is around $400 million a quarter. Now that’s a cash flow impact. So presumably, when the volume returns, the production volume returns from the 42 a month that they’re currently operating at that Boeing is….presumably, they’ll get caught up and their cash flow will get caught up, but right now they’re eating a $400 million a quarter issue with cash flow. But we also talk about the possible impact on the NMA or the so-called 797. Certainly that’s been delayed. We see more and more voices talking about maybe that’s going to lead to a cancellation. I know Richard Aboulafia is not very confident that we’re going to to see an NMA and I think his latest or the most recent prediction I’ve seen from him is it’s less than 50% that Boeing will go ahead with that.Kirby: Oh boy. Yeah, and you know, okay, I’m going to say it selfishly from a passenger experience standpoint, and I’m not alone in this either, some of us have been hoping with this NMA that Boeing would kind of put a fresh emphasis, shall we say, on the passenger experience and give serious thought to the cross section and potentially wider seats than what we see on the 737. Of course, one of the great negatives around the 737 outside of the MAX grounding is that the seats are only 17 inches wide, which we talk a lot about. And Airbus has an advantage with 18-inch-wide seat on the a A320 and so some of us in PaxEx land, Max, have been kind of hoping that all right, with this new design aircraft that Boeing will push forward and really hit it out of the park from a PaxEx standpoint.Kirby: Now maybe it’s wishful thinking, maybe it is, but I do think that given what we’ve talked about so often that humans are, we’re just … we’re getting larger. The aircraft that is designed 50 years ago might not suit the needs of the modern traveler. And there’s an opportunity for Boeing to to change its thinking on this front going forward if it indeed moves ahead with NMA, which now appears uncertain. One of the aspects of the MAX grounding that I haven’t seen discussed is the impact on our environment of the grounding. So of course, the MAX was billed as being significantly more fuel efficient than its predecessor. That’s part of the reason why it’s got those giant engines on it, as much as 14% more efficient and of course, that means it’s got much better green credentials. With this grounding and of course, with airlines using older jets to fill capacity needs, the situation is not good for the environment. Yeah, so we know that travelers are paying close attention to the environment with the Flight Shame movement in Europe gaining steam. And of course, this is where climate-conscious travelers are vowing not to fly. So there is an environmental aspect and impact from the grounding in the context of the climate crisis that I think is rather important to consider. And also, when you think about the climate crisis and you think about how it’s affecting our world, Max, I don’t know, it’s a subject that I think needs to be looked at a little bit more.Flight: It would be interesting to see someone make a calculation of how many tons of carbon monoxide are going into the atmosphere because of the fact that we’re flying more inefficient aircraft right now and not the 737 MAX. It probably is a significant number.Kirby: Yeah. Yeah, alas.Flight: All right, well a big event coming up. Let’s switch gears here a little bit, Mary. The big APEX EXPO is scheduled to take place September 9th through 12th 2019 in Los Angeles. Mary, this is always a big show for Runway Girl Network. I’m sure you’re going to attend as well as some other familiar faces, but it’s also big for Runway Girl Network readers as well. What are you most looking forward to in LA?Kirby: Well, I have to say the APEX EXPO is one of the two major PaxEx exhibitions on our calendar each year, Max. The other being the big Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. And this year’s event will see the APEX exhibition co-located with the Aircraft Interiors Expo’s America’s conference, which is a decidedly smaller footprint than what we see in Hamburg, but they’re going to be co-located with APEX as well as the IFSA exhibition, which is the International Flight Services Association and they serve the needs of the inflight food and catering community. But really, the heart of this exhibition is the inflight entertainment and connectivity community where APEX, formerly known as the WAEA, really got started in IFEC and content. And that includes … that means that we’re going to see tons of stakeholders in the IFEC space at this event. Now, one key trend that we’re seeing is that IFEC suppliers are moving away from a hardware focused message.Kirby: So a little bit of background. When I started covering this industry now over 20 years ago, it was all about the boxes and the screens and the hardware. And we still see a bit of that where we’ll see aircraft antenna reveals sometimes at these exhibitions. They’ve become a bit common, and that’s of course hardware. But now it’s really all about the software and how the software can be used to personalize the experience for travelers. So it’s been really interesting to see the shift in messaging away from boxes to software. And I have to say that means also, that I need to reprogram my brain a little bit, Max, because I’m used to covering hardware so I’m hoping actually that the APEX EXPO is also also going to be educational for me as well. And I’m sure it will be because this will be a lot of the messaging.Kirby: We got a hint of it actually at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg when Panasonic Avionics unveiled its new Arc software, which is kind of a moving map, but so much more. The stated design objectives for this Arc software are storytelling, air-to-ground retailing and cross-platform personalization. And it’s also going to be using connectivity to support that retail element, so this true kind of moving map on steroids that we’ve talked about in the past that it seems to be coming to fruition. So I think we can see a lot of similar messaging around the software front and personalization at this forthcoming EXPO in Los Angeles. And I guess it speaks volumes about where we’re kind of at in society right now. Of course, as we’ve discussed before, in tandem with this, inflight advertising is about to be personalized. And so I expect to receive an update on what’s going on at the show because a number of stakeholders, including Global Eagle, are keen to get this right so that airlines can monetize their entertainment offerings whilst also providing engaging advertising to passengers, that’s not going to be deeply intrusive. Something a little bit more along the lines of what they’re used to experiencing kind of on the ground. But you know what I’m really excited about, Max? I mean, I love all the IFEC and interiors stuff, but at the APEX EXPO during the day-long conference before the actual exhibition opens its doors, they’ve got just an incredible lineup. CEO after CEO is scheduled to speak. It’s kind of amazing, and during their lunch they’re going to have a Women Leaders in Aviation Networking luncheon sponsored by Viasat and the lineup of women that are scheduled to attend is just absolutely remarkable.Kirby: It’s going to be moderated by ViaSat’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, who is a woman. Her name is Shawn Duffy. And they’re going to feature American Airlines VP of global marketing Janelle Anderson, Atlantic Airways CEO Jóhanna á Bergi. Now, I believe I have butchered her name there, but we’ll include a link to the show. Etihad Airways vice president guest services and delivery Linda Celestino. JetBlue Airways senior vice president of talent and learning Rachel McCarthy. LATAM Brasil CEO emeritus, Claudia Sender. Oman Air SVP guests experience and branding Xia Cai. Qantas loyalty CMO Jo Boundy, and United executive vice president technology and chief digital officer, Linda Jojo. That is quite a lineup.Flight: It is. When I looked at the schedule, I was just amazed and I noticed the same thing that not only were there many, many airline CEOs in the first day of the schedule, but the diversity of the speakers across all the sessions was, I mean there’s still room for improvement, but it really surprised me how diverse the group was. Of course, there’s always some awards at this event. The APEX Passenger Choice Awards are one of my favorites, but there’s lots of other awards as well.Kirby: There are, yeah. It’s a special time, and I have to say hats off to the CEO of APEX and of IFSA. He’s CEO of both. His name is Joe Leader. I don’t know if you’ve ever met him, Max, but you may see him on Twitter. He’s always flying around the world meeting with these various airlines and he’s clearly done a bang-up job here on the schedule for this conference, and as you say, in improving diversity. It’s super exciting to see this kind of focus and to see so many senior women participate. Yeah, I’m thrilled. It’s going to be great and like I said, we’ll include a link to the schedule on the site for those who might consider joining in Los Angeles.Flight: I have to attend next year. I have to. We don’t know where it’s going to be yet, do we?Kirby: Yes, yes. I believe it’s San Diego next year. I believe, so can we convince you to fly over to the West Coast then, Max?Flight: I think so.Kirby: Very good. Very good. Well, unfortunately we’re rapidly coming to a close. I want to thank our listeners and remember, you can find us online at runwaygirlnetwork.com and on Apple and Google podcasts. Be sure to follow all the Runway Girl Network activity on Twitter at @RunwayGirl and remember to use the #PaxEx hashtag when tweeting about the passenger experience. Join in the conversation. We would love to have you in.Flight: Please be sure to join us again next time as we talk about the passenger experience on the #PaxEx podcast.Kirby: Take care everyone.last_img read more

The Worlds First Tatami Starbucks Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya

first_imgIn the front yard of the first floor you’ll find a tsukubai (*2) arranged from a rock arrangement of a tea ceremony Iemoto (*3) school, the Omotesenke.*2 Tsukubai: an item used for decorating Japanese gardens consisting in a small waterplace.*3 Iemoto: a family that has played an important role for generations in transmitting a certain Japanese art.Experience a Japanese Tearoom on a Tatami Seat The artwork further in the back is called “Taki” (Waterfall).It is said to be based on pouring coffee droplets and the Otowa Waterwall of Kiyomizudera Temple.Enjoy a Retro and Quiet Atmosphere The exterior of the shop is fairly simple. You might even pass right by it if you’re not on the lookout. It’s nestled on a street and doesn’t stand out at all. Read also:Starbucks Kobe Kitano Ijinkan – Enjoy Coffee in a Western-style buildingThe World’s First Traditional Japanese House Turned Starbucks World-renowned coffee chain Starbucks Coffee has shops throughout Japan, and is a go-to spot to rest for both locals and tourists. In several regions you’ll find special concept stores that are especially popular.A new Starbucks shop was opened in the famous tourist destination city of Kyoto on June 30th, 2017. This is the Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya store. It’s the first Starbucks located in a traditional Japanese house. The shop is located on Ninenzaka, which leads to the World Heritage site Kiyomizudera Temple. From planning to opening, it took 10 years to bring Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya to life.Kyoto already has various concept stores where visitors can enjoy traditional Japanese atmospheres, such as the Kyoto Karasuma Rokkaku store near Rokkakudo, the temple where ikebana originated, as well as the Kyoto Sanjo Ohashi shop which has a “noryodoko” (*1) by the Kamo River.The Starbucks project team planned and wanted to create a “one-of-a-kind shop that conveys the culture and history of Kyoto even more than before.”But it wasn’t easy. Finding the perfect place was harder than expected, and most traditional Japanese buildings are small and not fit for such services like a coffee shop. On top of that, reforming an old building seemed a very difficult task.They say that even after the right building was decided, turning it into a shop while complying with regulations wasn’t easy, and the Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya shop was only completed with cooperation from local governments.*1 Noryodoko: A space for eating and drinking established by a river. Guests can sit back and relax while enjoying a view of the river.A Relaxed Atmosphere and Luxurious Interiorcenter_img Other than the exterior, the inside of the shop is also decorated in detail. The hanging scroll found on the wall of the tatami room is titled “Toki” (Time).The roasted dark brown coffee beans and water from the springs that has continued to flow for over 1,000 years are represented together. The Yasaka Chaya store is two stories, and boasts 51 seats. The first floor has chairs and the tatami seats are on the second floor. You will need to take off your shoes to sit on the tatami seats.One thing you need to be careful of is that you can’t wait outside. People lining up outside the shop get in the way of passersby so the Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya shop prohibits it. If you want to wait for your turn, you should go inside and consult a staff member.In Conclusion Other than the noren at the entrance, there’s an lantern with the coffee chain’s logo, and the word “Yasaka” engraved into the kawara tiles.A Fancy Cafe and Sado Tea Ceremony Culture This is the first Starbucks with tatami seats. If you love the historic city of Kyoto, as well as Starbucks’ coffee, we recommend stopping by.You May Also LikeKyoto Complete Guide: Travel Tips, Sightseeing, Festivals and More!The Best Souvenirs From Kyoto – 7 Japanese Sweet TreatsFinding Japanese Souvenirs – The Best Shopping Spots in Kyoto10 Itinerary Suggestions For A One-Day Trip From Kyotolast_img read more

Teppanyaki Cuisine The Best Restaurants In Tokyo Kyoto And Osaka

first_imgSakura-tei (Okonomiyaki/Monjayaki)Sakura-tei stands on the corner of a residential area in Harajuku. It’s a restaurant where you can eat okonomyaki and monjayaki, while being surrounded by an interior filled with elegant art. There are English and Simplified Chinese menus, so you can be at ease even if it’s your first time in Japan. If you’d like to learn more, see Make Your First Okonomiyaki At Arty Harajuku Spot Sakura-tei.Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae 3-20-1Hours: 11:00-24:00Closed: Open year aroundGinza Ukai-tei (Steak)Ginza Ukai-tei is an extraordinary restaurant with the highest level of omotenashi (hospitality). They have balanced the beauty of traditional Japanese architecture and Western aesthetics, and you can enjoy only the highest quality teppanyaki here.Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 5-15-8, Jijitsushin building 1FHours: Lunch 12:00-14:00, Dinner 17:00-21:00 (Last Order)Closed: Not setMikiya (Okonomiyaki)Mikiya is particular about using only vegetables produced in Hiroshima, as it is a restaurant where you can enjoy real Hiroshima okonomiyaki. This restaurant is always bright and animated inside. You can enjoy watching the chef’s splendid movements as he cooks from your counter seat or you can choose the table seats where you can relax. More information on Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki can be found in Takoebisu. It’s a popular restaurant as its main appeal is serving original iron plate cooking that you can’t get anywhere else. They use good quality alcohol in preparing their steaks as well. You can enjoy a meal for an affordable price here, so we recommend it to people who don’t want to overspend on food.Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Ebisu 1-22-10Hours: Monday-Friday 18:00-23:00 (Last Order 22:00), Saturday/Sunday 17:30-22:00 (Last Order 22:00). Open for lunch. Can be entered even after 22:00. Open on Sundays.Closed: Not setKisentei Tokyo Midtown Restaurant (Steak)Kisentei is the sister shop of Imahan, a well established sukiyaki/shabu shabu restaurant. At Kisentei, you can enjoy teppanyaki that uses the highest quality Japanese black beef and seasonal ingredients. If you’re lucky and get a window seat, you’ll get to enjoy the superb view of Roppongi too.Address: Tokyo, Minato, Akasaka 9-7-4 Tokyo Midtown Garden Terrace 3FHours: Weekdays 11:00-15:00/17:00-24:00 (Last Order 22:00). Saturday 11:00-24:00 (Last Order 22:00). Sunday/Holidays 11:00-23:00 (Last Order 21:00).Closed: Closed New Years DayRecommended Teppanyaki Restaurants in Kyoto Yakisoba is a sauce flavored noodle dish that is eaten all throughout Japan. A noodle-based dish, slices of pork or other meats, cabbage, carrots and other vegetables are combined on top of the iron plate and grilled to perfection together. A salty-sweet sauce is being added for flavor, and dried seaweed flakes, dried bonito flakes, mayo and hot Japanese mustard are common toppings. Also, there are regions that are advertising their unique yakisoba cooking methods and unique ingredients, which make yakisoba a popular regional cuisine.5. Genghis Khan Vin-jutei (Okonomiyaki/Wine)Wine and okonomiyaki. You can enjoy this exciting combination at Vin-jutei. Each dish with its ingredients, sauces, and cooking methods has been devised so that it goes well with wine. How about trying the unique combination of okonomiyaki and wine?Address: Osaka, Osaka, Kita, Sonezakishinchi 1-2-24, Newtown Building 1FHours: 8:00-23:00 (Last Order 22:00)Closed: Sundays, Golden Week, Silver Week, End of year/Start of yearTeppan-jinjya (Original Vegetable, Meat, and Seafood Dishes)Teppan-jinjya is a popular restaurant in Namba where they cook carefully selected fresh ingredients on the iron plate. Their original fried skewers are cooked using virgin olive oil, giving it a crisp finish that everyone can enjoy. It’s open all year round from 11:30 am until 3:00 am the next day. We recommend it for people who want to enjoy Osaka well into the night.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Chuo, Namba Sennichimae 12-34Hours: 11:30-27:00Closed: Open all yearTeppanyaki Hakata Tenjin Horumon (Steak)Teppanyaki Hakata Tenjin Horumon is a restaurant where even at night you can enjoy a teppanyaki set from its large menu. Any of the meats that they cook on the iron plate in front of you are of excellent quality. You can get a large serving of rice for free and can to feel full for a reasonable price.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Kita, Ofukacho 1-1-1, Yodobashi Umeda Building 8FHours: 11:00-23:00(Last Order 22:00)Closed: Follows Yodobashi’s scheduleYakiyaki Miwa (Steak)Yakiyaki Miwa Horie store is a store that we warmly recommend to teppanyaki lovers. It’s said to be a restaurant where there you cannot fail no matter what you choose from the menu. How about spending a special time in this fancy and relaxing restaurant?Address: Osaka, Osaka, Nishi, Minami Horie 2-13-30, Suneast Building 202Hours: Monday-Friday/Saturday 17:00-23:00, Sunday/Holidays 17:00-22:00Closed: Not set Ajinoya (Okonomiyaki)Ajinoya is a popular okonomiyaki restaurant in Dotonbori where people start lining up even before the restaurant opens. All the okonomiyaki here are extremely soft and fluffy. They’re large, but you can eat them in no time. Also, the yakisoba with okonomiyaki sauce is excellent too.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Chuo, Namba 1-7-16Hours: Monday 18:00-22:45, Tuesday-Friday 12:00-22:45, Saturday/Sunday/Holidays 11:30-22:45Closed: Every 2nd MondayIn ConclusionHow was it? Teppanyaki is a word referring to many different types of dishes and each specialty restaurant has its own variations on iron plate cooking. When staying in Japan, this is a great type of dish to enjoy either alone or with friends and family.For those who are curious to know more about good restaurants in Japan, please take a look at these articles: 10 Selected Restaurants In Tokyo + Japanese Food Guide and 3 Japanese Phrases You Can Use At Restaurants. Dondon-yaki is an iron plate dish that is primarily eaten in western Japan. You cook it on top of the iron plate by thinly pouring on flour that’s been mixed with water and has soup stock in it. Dried prawns and sea kelp are used as toppings. The shapes and added flavors depend on the region. There are those shaped like disks and others that are rolled as well. These come in a variety of flavors, from soy sauce to Japanese barbecue, so even if you’re eating the same type of dondon-yaki, you will encounter different flavors based on which region you are in. It might be fun to try the various types of dondon-yaki as you visit different areas of Japan.4. Yakisoba Dishes that use flour are also one of the teppanyaki classics. There’s a teppanyaki style similar to what we just showed you, where a chef cooks okonomiyaki in front of you, but the most popular is the one having the customers surround an iron plate table and cook it themselves. There are many restaurants where you can cook okonomiyaki, monjayaki, yakisoba, and various other flour-based foods, as well as meat, vegetables, and seafood – all at the same restaurant.This style of restaurant is a lot more affordable in comparison to teppanyaki restaurants where the chef cooks for you. You will find the same prices that you would expect at an izakaya in these restaurants.6 Classic Teppanyaki Cooking MenusWe’ll introduce to you six classic teppanyaki menu items besides teppanyaki cooking where you will get to know the fun of frying up steak or seafood.1. Okonomiyaki Monjayaki is an iron plate dish that the common people of Tokyo have enjoyed since long ago. You cut the ingredients into small pieces, add them to the flour mixture, and cook them by heating them up on the iron plate. It’s similar to okonomiyaki, but it differs in that you eat it when it’s sticky and semi-cooked instead of fully cooked and pancake-like. The utensil you use to eat it is similar to the spatula used to eat oknomiyaki, but the spatula used to eat monjayaki is a lot smaller. It’s about the same size as a large coffee spoon and is called a hagashi.Japanese Encyclopedia: Monjayaki has more on this Tokyo specialty.3. Dondon-yaki There are several styles of teppanyaki. One of the most popular ones is having steak prepared over the counter in front of you on an iron plate. This style originates from Misono, a steak house in Kobe city, Hyogo prefecture, that opened in 1945. Being able to see the cook’s fantastic skills is one of the fun aspects of visiting a teppanyaki restaurant. The second most popular type are teppanyaki restaurants where you cook for yourself on an iron plate in the middle of the table. Here you can control how long your meal is cooked for, and how it is topped. It’s a great place to go and eat with friends.Steak – A Common Teppanyaki Dish Jingisukan, or Ghengis khan, is an iron plate dish that uses goat meat, mutton or lamb, and is a local cuisine that represents Hokkaido. The unique characteristic of this dish is that it uses a special pot with a conical center; you grill the thinly cut goat meat and vegetables by heating the pot. The juices from the meat get heated up and help to both cook and flavor the vegetables, making it a very tasty dish all around.6. Ehime/Iron Plate YakitoriYakitori is commonly put on a skewer and cooked over a charcoal fire. However, only the yakitori in Ehime prefecture skips the skewers and is instead cooked over an iron plate. Being a dish that originates in Imabari city, Ehime prefecture, it is also called Imabari yakitori. Without using skewers, the chicken is cooked by laying it down on the iron plate and then pressing down on it with a large steel spatula, which makes the meat sizzle as it cooks. This yakitori is ready when the skin is crispy and the insides are juicy.Recommended Teppanyaki Restaurants in Tokyo When it comes to teppanyaki, it’s got to be steak! It’s appealing because you can see the chef cooking in front of you, enjoy the presence filled performance, and eat the fresh hot food that was cooked on the iron plate in front of you. There are various types of restaurants such as steak houses or French style ones, but wherever you go, you can enjoy the finest ingredients, such as meat, seafood, and vegetables, all of which are carefully selected by the chefs. A popular sauce that is used in making teppanyaki dishes both at restaurants and at home is teriyaki sauce, although this varies from shop to shop and region to region in Japan.Dining at this type of teppanyaki restaurant costs a little bit more than at regular restaurants or izakaya. We recommend it for a dinner to commemorate a special day or when you feel like you want to eat something a little extravagant in Japan.Flour-based Teppanyaki Okonomiyaki is an iron plate dish that is primarily eaten in Western Japan and features cabbage, eggs, yam, and other ingredients cut into small pieces. These ingredients are then added to a flour mixture, (which will be covered later in this article), poured onto the oiled surface of the iron plate and grilled to perfection. Its texture is somewhat similar to a savory pancake when it’s done. You can enjoy this dish all throughout Japan. In many cases, you use a typical large, flat spoon-like utensil to eat okonomiyaki, and you can either eat it directly from the grill or put it on a plate to eat it.For more information please take a look at Japanese Encyclopedia: Okonomiyaki, Kansai Style.2. Monjayaki Table of Contents1. What Is Teppanyaki?2. 6 Classic Teppanyaki Cooking Menus3. Recommended Teppanyaki Restaurants in Tokyo4. Recommended Teppanyaki Restaurants in Kyoto5. Recommended Teppanyaki Restaurants in OsakaWhat Is Teppanyaki?Teppanyaki is a type of cooking which consists of frying meat, vegetables, and seafood on an iron plate. The name ‘teppanyaki’ comes from the characters in Japanese, a ‘tetsu pan’ is an iron/metal flat plate, and ‘yaki’ means to grill or bake something. This cooking style is mainly done at a table, on an built-in flat skillet that can be turned off and on as will.Outside of Japan, the term hibachi is well-known, but is sometimes used interchangeably with teppanyaki. Traditionally, a hibachi is a small, round, portable charcoal grill over which food is grilled. Something more similar to a yakiniku cooking surface, in fact. Teppanyaki, on the other hand, is a flat skillet. If you are dining in Japan, searching for a hibachi restaurant will take you to very different places than searching for teppanyaki will. Gion Ichido (Japanese cuisine)Gion Ichido is “the” teppanyaki restaurant to pay attention to when visiting Gion. You can enjoy high quality food such as Matsutake mushrooms, caviar, Japanese beef, raw botargo, and extra-large abalone among other things, from an innovative menu. One of the popular menu items is upscale yakisoba.Address: Kyoto, Kyoto, Higashiyama, Gion, South side 589, Gion Matsumoto Building 1FHours: 17:00-22:30Closed: ThursdaysYamamoto Manbo (Okonomiyaki)Yamamoto Manbo is a well-established okonomiyaki restaurant that has accumulated over 60 years of history. Its specialty is the Manboyaki special. It’s said that there’s are countless repeat customers who come for this item. Although it has a reasonable price, the okonimyaki you can enjoy here is excellent.Address: Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo, Shimonomachi 56Hours: 10:00-22:00Closed: WednesdaysKOKKO (Chicken)KOKKO is a restaurant where you can enjoy both teppanyaki and hot pot. It has a unique style where the iron plate is in the center, and hotpot dishes can be cooked around it. You won’t see this anywhere else. With each bite, the carefully selected chicken releases more and more flavor.Address: Kyoto, Kyoto, Nakagyo, Kamaza, Marutamachi, Kudaru Masuya town 163, Residence MT1FHours: 18:00-24:00Closed: TuesdaysTeppan Takumi Akatsuki (Steak/Okonomiyaki)Teppan Takumi Akatsuki is a little known, but amazing restaurant. Starting with teppanyaki, you can enjoy a wide variety of dishes here. Akatsuki carefully selects fresh seasonal ingredients and cooks them, so that their original flavor comes out at its best. Also, one of their appealing points is that they offer pancakes, French toast, and other sweets for those with a sweet tooth.Address: Kyoto, Kyoto, Kita, Omiya Kitatsubakihara-cho 45, Igarashi Building 1FHours: Monday-Wednesday/Sunday 18:00-23:00, Friday/Saturday 18:00-24:00Closed: ThursdaysOkonomiyaki Eirakuen (Okonomiyaki)Okonomiyaki Eirakuen is a restaurant where you can enjoy eating a lot of okonomiyaki at a reasonable price. There’re plenty of choices on the menu, with eleven different kinds of okonomiyaki. There are also different toppings you can select from such as cheese, rice cakes, corn, and more. You can enjoy the taste of your very own custom okonomiyaki here!Address: Kyoto, Kyoto, Nakagyo, Shinkyogoku, SanjokudaruHours: 11:30-20:30 (Last Order)Closed: Mondays (if Monday is a holiday, the store is closed the next day)Recommended Teppanyaki Restaurants in Osakalast_img read more

Shinjuku Station Currency Exchange Convenient For Travel And Shopping

first_imgThe Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center can do money exchanges in thirty-one different currencies. This includes the main currencies in North America, Europe, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.Reason 5 – Receive a Postcard for Exchanges Over 20,000 Yen! After you pass through the ticket gates, turn right. You’ll arrive at the exchange center in less than 30 seconds!JR Shinjuku Station’s New South Gate, where the Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center is located, also has a direct connection to the Shinjuku Bus Terminal (from where highway buses head out to all parts of Japan), the Tokyo Tourist Information Center, and NEWoMan, a large scale shopping complex.The New South Gate area is convenient for bus trips and shopping as well.Reason 2 – The Staff Will Be Delighted to Assist You in English! Show this special coupon page when visiting the Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center and you’ll get a discount on that day’s official exchange rate.The amount of the discount depends on the currency, so please be sure to inquire at the ticket counter.Reason 4 – They Handle 31 Foreign Currencies Across the Globe! JR Shinjuku Station Guide For Beginners – How To Navigate And Transfer Lines On the premises of the JR EAST Travel Service Center, there’s also a Tourist Information Counter where the staff can give you advice in English on how to get from the Shinjuku area to the many popular sightseeing spots throughout Japan.The JR EAST Travel Service Center is open from 8:00 until 19:00. The process of getting tickets and having accommodations arranged tends to go more quickly and smoothly in the afternoon.Viewcard ATMs are Also Available Inside Many Stations! Shinjuku’s Bus Terminal – How Traveling From Tokyo Got Easier Exchange Currency And Head To Tokyo! By Monorail From Haneda Airport The Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center is operated by Viewcard Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of JR East Japan Railway Company, together with the Japanese branch of Travelex, one of the world’s leading independent foreign exchange businesses.Next, we’ll introduce the top five reasons for using the Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center in Shinjuku Station.Reason 1 – Just Seconds Away from JR Shinjuku’s New South Gate! In the case of the JR Lines, go up the stairs leading from the platform for Shibuya-bound trains, then proceed to JR Shinjuku Station’s New South Gate ticket area. Make a foreign currency exchange into Japanese yen exceeding 20,000 yen at the Viewcard Currency Exchange Center, and you’ll be eligible to receive one complimentary postcard with beautiful images of cherry blossoms, Mt. Fuji and other scenic views!These postcards come with four different pictures. Which one will you choose? Viewcard Currency Exchange Center: JR Shinjuku Station-New South Gate View InformationTo learn more about the Viewcard Currency Exchange Center, please click here!JR EAST Travel Service Center – Buy Train Tickets and Make Hotel Reservations in English All in One Stop! Traveling By Night Bus? Shinjuku Cafes Where You Can Rest And Shower JR Shinjuku Station – Convenient Shopping and Travel to Hakone and Mt. Fuji At the JR EAST Travel Service Center you can purchase a ticket pass (*) including the JAPAN RAIL PASS and the JR EAST PASS, and also receive a ticket pass after presenting your exchange order at the counter.Both the JAPAN RAIL PASS and the JR EAST PASS allow for unlimited travel on the Shinkansen, limited express trains, and other methods of transportation. They are only valid for a selected time period specified by the transportation carrier.These passes are indispensable items for your travels in Japan.The staff at the counter can also assist you in finding accommodation that fits your personal budget. If you feel uneasy about visiting an area in Japan for the first time, you can be at ease knowing that all your reservations can be done here ahead of time.International visitors will also feel more comfortable to know that they’ll be served in English in a prompt and courteous manner.*Conditions may apply for ticket purchases made in Japan. For details please refer to the JAPAN RAIL PASS official homepage. There will definitely be times when you’ll need cash while traveling and shopping in Japan.For visitors who would like to use Shinjuku Station as a departure point for travel, and for those who plan on shopping and having fun in the Shinjuku area, we recommend dropping by the Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center. It’s the nearest foreign currency exchange counter to JR Shinjuku Station.The JR EAST Travel Service Center is located right next door, making it convenient to purchase train tickets and make hotel reservations after receiving your yen.Service is Also Available in English!5 Reasons for Using the Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center Let’s enjoy shopping in Shinjuku! Have you ever come all the way to Shinjuku with this thought in mind, only to realize that your wallet is empty?Viewcard has set up International ATMs in Shinjuku Station near the west and the east exit ticket gates.You can easily withdraw cash by using a variety of credit cards including VISA and MASTERCARD, JCB, and UnionPay, just to name a few. ATM service is available in four different languages, so using this service won’t be difficult at all!During those times when you’re low on cash, withdraw your money from a Viewcard International ATM and then head out for some fun in the city! Read also When making a foreign currency exchange, you’ll probably be wondering about the exchange rate and service charges. You can feel rest assured, however, as the staff at the Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center speak English, and they’ll politely answer any questions that you might have.In most cases, there is is no need to produce or fill out paperwork at the Viewcard Foreign Currency Exchange Center, so your money exchange will be processed quickly and efficiently.*Note: Depending on the transaction amount, there might be times paperwork will need to be filled out and proof of identity provided.Reason 3 – Show a Coupon and Get an Exchange Rate Discount! Picture from JR Shinjuku Station Guide For Beginners – How To Navigate And Transfer LinesJR Shinjuku Station is considered the busiest train station in the world.The station offers convenient access to many popular travel destinations in Japan including Hakone and Nikko, and Lake Kawaguchiko at the base of Mt. Fuji. Popular ski resorts such as Gala Yuzawa and Hakuba can also be easily accessed from this station.There are many excellent shopping spots around Shinjuku Station, including department stores such as Isetan, Lumine, Takashimaya, and Tokyu Hands, as well as bargain stores such as Don Quijote. LUMINE Shinjuku – The Location Of The Four Stores And How To Get There Find Ideal Souvenirs And Great Services At Shinjuku Takashimaya They also have English pamphlets with tour package information on popular sightseeing spots such as Lake Kawaguchiko, Hakone, and Gala Yuzawa.We have good news for international visitors who have made repeated trips to Japan and have already seen the main sightseeing spots. The JR EAST Travel Service Center also handles many types of tours to the Tohoku region in northern Japan.How about making a special visit to one of the three most scenic places in Japan (Nihon Sankei) such as Matsushima or Ginzan Onsen, which are well-known, unique destinations? The Viewcard Currency Exchange Center is located inside the JR EAST Travel Service Center. This travel center is a convenient facility where you can purchase train tickets and make arrangements for your accommodation! Sponsored by Viewcard Co.,Ltd.last_img read more

THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA INVESTS IN THE ESPLANADE ARTS AND HERITAGE CENTRE

MEDICINE HAT, AB – The Honourable Kent Hehr, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), today announced $585,863 in funding for the City of Medicine Hat for cultural infrastructure upgrades for the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre. Mr. Hehr made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, and the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.The Centre, built in 2005 as one of Alberta’s Centennial Legacy projects, will receive support under two federal funding programs for important facility enhancements and upgrades.Through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, Canadian Heritage is providing $285,863 for new specialized LED lighting and controls for the Centre’s theatre, as well as renovations to a collections storage facility to house and preserve heritage artifacts from the Centre’s museum. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Infrastructure Canada is providing $300,000 through the federal Gas Tax Fund. This funding will also support the new LED lighting, as well as protective storage of archival materials and a portable wall system for use in the Centre’s galleries.These enhancements will help decrease overhead costs, ensure economic sustainability, and modernize equipment and operations for the benefit of the nearly 100,000 visitors the Centre receives each year.Quotes“The ability to gather and celebrate art, history, heritage and culture in shared spaces—like the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre—is an important element of thriving communities. These activities not only foster economic viability, they stimulate creativity, learning and discovery. Our government recognizes the pivotal role the creative sector plays in our cities and towns, and the cultural spaces that give life to it. We are committed to making value-added investments to foster growth in this sector.”—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism“We are proud that the flexibility of the federal Gas Tax Fund allows municipalities across Canada to fund a wide range of projects that promote strong local economies and improve people’s quality of life. This project in Medicine Hat will ensure that the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre can continue to engage visitors of all ages in learning through the visual arts, performing arts and history for many years to come.”—The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities“The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre is multi-purpose space that serves the community’s needs beyond just bricks and mortar. It provides Hatters and Albertans alike with the opportunity to see, hear and appreciate talented and diverse Canadian artists and creators. It safeguards the collective cultural treasures of our past and present. It showcases priceless works of art, and thoughtful exhibitions and historical installations. This funding ensures that the Centre will be able to keep delivering excellent programs and services for years to come.”—The Honourable Kent Hehr, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre)“The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre is a place where arts and our city’s heritage are brought to life. It’s a place where everyone can celebrate, learn and enjoy that which has helped shape our diverse and vibrant community. This funding will go directly to helping preserve our history for many years to come, while also ensuring the theatre remains a state-of-the-art facility.”—His Worship Ted Clugston, Mayor, City of Medicine HatQuick FactsThe City of Medicine Hat owns and operates the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre. The facility includes a 700-seat performing arts theatre, 200-seat studio theatre, museum and archives, and three galleries.The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation. The Fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.The federal Gas Tax Fund is a permanent source of funding provided up front, twice a year, to provinces and territories, who in turn flow this funding to their municipalities to support local infrastructure priorities. Municipalities can pool, bank and borrow against this funding, providing significant financial flexibility. The federal Gas Tax Fund delivers more than $2 billion every year to 3,600 communities across the country. In recent years, the funding has supported approximately 4,000 projects each year.Associated LinksCanada Cultural Spaces Fund    Federal Gas Tax Fund     Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter read more