Qantas opens largest A380 facility in North America

Australia’s Qantas has invested heavily in a new state of the art hangar.

Ribbon Cutting Post: (left to right) The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment; The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs; Alan Joyce, Qantas Group CEO; Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Mayor

Qantas’ new Los Angeles maintenance facility.

Qantas has unveiled the first A380 engineering facility in North America at Los Angeles International Airport, at investment of more than US$30 million.

It is one of the largest commercial hangars in North America and the first specifically designed to accommodate the Airbus A380.

Because of passenger’s desires for overnight flights and time zone constraints Qantas aircraft spend up to 12 hours a day in Los Angeles, whereas in Australia cities they turn around in under three hours for the return Pacific crossing. Thus, the airline has been using that time for decades for maintenance work.

The new 5.7 hectare site will also be used to carry out maintenance checks on Qantas’ Boeing 747s and later787-9 Dreamliners when it enters service in late 2017.

Also, the larger size will enable Qantas to bid for work on other carriers’ aircraft.

Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce said “Australia will always be where we do the majority of our maintenance, and we’ve invested heavily in our onshore facilities in recent years, but LAX is our next biggest transit point so we’re pleased to now have a facility that reflects that.”

“We can have up to four aircraft on the ground at LAX at once and some are here for around 14 hours, so it makes sense to have a facility where we can make good use of that time by doing scheduled maintenance.

“Ultimately, this helps us increase the amount of time our aircraft can spend serving our customers,” Mr Joyce said.

With 50 per cent more space than the airline’s previous LAX hangar, the facility has the capacity for four aircraft to be worked on simultaneously.

Its higher capacity is expected to cut the time it takes to carry out maintenance tasks by about 20 per cent.

Qantas operates more than 40 return flights per week from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to LA using A380s and 747s. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner services on the Melbourne-LA route begin in December 2017.

Source: Airline Ratings

Qantas’ latest safety video stars everyday Aussies in well-known tourist spots

Qantas and Tourism Australia have unveiled the 2017 Qantas safety video featuring safety demonstrations by everyday Australians across some of the country’s well-known destinations.

The campaign is the first since Qantas and Tourism Australia signed a $20m marketing deal.

The 2017 safety video features everyday Australians using airline safety techniques.

The campaign is the first collaboration since Qantas and Tourism Australia signed a $20m marketing deal in August last year.

In January last year the national carrier launched its first collaboration with Tourism Australia which went viral.

The 2016 video used Australia’s well-known sites as a background however, it used celebrities in the safety demonstrations.

The tourism push has been popular angle for airlines with both Qantas and Air New Zealand over the last year with Air New Zealand’s most recent safety video demonstrating safety while taking audiences around New Zealand’s Northland region.

The latest spot sees a life jacket explanation in Sydney Harbour, a how-to dance of bracing in case of emergency at Cape Banks, NSW, a ‘slide off the plane’ in the sand hills of Tangalooma, Queensland, as well as a fashion show in Melbourne Victoria demonstrating how to use oxygen masks.

Alan Joyce, Qantas CEO, said the goal was to engage consumers not just inform them.

“We know the combination of beautiful landscapes and laid-back Aussie charm really cuts through.  It’s also why this video doubles as a perfect tourism ad,” Joyce said.

“Finding smart ways to reach new audiences is a priority for Qantas and the whole Australian tourism industry, and we’re looking forward to rolling the video out as part of our strategy to keep visitor numbers growing.

“We’re confident it’ll strike a chord with travellers from around the world, not to mention Australians thinking about holidaying at home.”

The ad was filmed at the following locations:

  • St Kilda Pier VIC – The pair fishing is a local couple from Melbourne
  • Hunter Valley NSW – The balloon pilot operates tours over the Hunter Valley every day
  • Q1 Goldcoast QLD – Features one of the real window washers for Q1 tower
  • Docklands Melbourne VIC – Daniel Avakian is a real Australian fashion designer
  • Sydney Harbour NSW – The Wild Oats XI crew included owner of Wild Oats XI Bob Oatley and renowned skipper Mark Richards
  • Cape Banks NSW – The Artistic Director of Bangarra choreographed this piece specifically for the Qantas safety video
  • Kings Park Perth WA – The flower girl is the daughter of the MC for this wedding scene and they are a local Perth family.  The two people playing the couple and many of the guests at the wedding are first year theatre students at the WA Academy of Performing Arts in Perth.
  • Field of Lights Uluru NT –  Both people work at Uluru.
  • Mt Ainslie Canberra ACT – This couple is living in Canberra – he is a doctor and she is studying design at ANU.
  • Moreton Island QLD – A local Queensland father and son.
  • Darwin NT  – The Fire Spinners are a local married couple who have a stand at the Mindel Beach Markets.
  • Hobart TAS – He is the only apple grower and seller at Salamanca Markets and has been doing so for 32 years.
  • Cape Hillsborough QLD –  Sharon, the lady with the kangaroos on the beach, is a local from Cape Hillsborough Caravan Park.  She was chosen as the kangaroos are familiar with her.
  • Mt Hotham VIC – The skier is a local champion from Mt Hotham
  • Barossa Valley SA – All participants in the Yalumba winery scene are Barossa Valley locals.
  • Port Lincoln SA – Qantas Link crew member Carmel lives in in Tununda and it is her partner dropping her off at the airport.

The safety video will run across Qantas domestic and international flights from February 1 with numerous versions in different languages.


Source: Mumbrella

A bizarre photo of 80 giant birds on a plane is taking over the Internet – but it isn’t as strange as you think

Flying on a plane is generally an awful experience, but next time you’re crammed in the middle seat counting down the hours, be thankful there aren’t 80 birds perched in coach with you.

An image is going viral on Reddit of a Saudi prince who brought 80 hawks on a plane Monday morning:

Hawks on plane

We’ve reached out to the author of the Reddit thread about the photo and will update the post if we learn anything else about which airline accommodated the birds, how long it took to situate them, and generally how well-behaved they were on the flight.

While this may look strange, transporting falcons in the Middle East is actually a pretty common practice. Falconry (training birds to hunt) has been practiced in the Middle East for thousands of years and is still a popular past time in the United Arab of Emirates.

A Reddit user pointed us in the direction of a very helpful Atlas Obscura article that says falcons can get their own forest green passports to fly in the United Arab Emirates. That passport allows the falcons to travel to Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Morocco, and Syria.

The passport is valid for three years, according to the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.

The falcon is the national bird of the UAE, so it makes sense airlines flying out of there would accommodate the birds’ transit needs.

A spokesperson for the airline Flydubai told Frank Kane, a reporter for UAE news website The National, that falcons must have their own seat and are placed on a cloth to avoid accidents. Kane said the business class cabin was entirely reserved for falcons on his Flydubai flight, so this isn’t as rare of an occurrence as we may think.

Etihad Airways also allows falcons on its planes.

“We accept the carriage of falcons in the main aircraft cabin provided that all the necessary documents have been obtained. We also accept falcons as checked baggage,” Etihad writes on its website.

An Etihad spokesperson told Business Insider that, based on the cabin and flight crew uniforms, it’s unlikely the photo was taken on one of the airline’s planes.

Qatar Airways wrote on its website that you can bring a maximum of 6 falcons in economy class.

So if you’re looking to transport a falcon in the near future, it may not be as hard as you think — depending on where you’re going, of course.

Source: Business Insider Australia

2017’s Crystal Cabin Awards finalists revealed!

January 24, 2017 – The Crystal Cabin Awards – often referred to as the “Oscars” of the aircraft interiors industry – are approaching once again. The shortlist for the 2017 awards – the 11th year of the event – has just been revealed by organizer Hamburg Aviation, and it boasts 85 applicants from 21 countries, with aircraft manufacturers, airlines, suppliers, engineering firms and universities all in contention for prizes.

The applicants are vying for prizes across eight awards categories: Cabin Concepts; Cabin Systems; Electronic Systems; Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment; Material & Components; Passenger Comfort Hardware; University; and Visionary Concepts. The full list of shortlisted entries can be found below.

The Cabin Concepts category is of particular interest in this year’s event, as the latest business class products from US airline rivals Delta and United are in contention for the title. The Delta One Suite, being introduced on the airline’s A350s, offers enclosed suites for every business class passenger, while United’s Polaris business class boasts an innovative LOPA that combines direct aisle access with cabin density. Other business class contenders in this category include Qantas, with its A330 Business Suite, and Hawaiian Airlines with its Premium Cabin.

Below: Delta’s enclosed business class suite is impressive, but it faces stiff comptition from United’s innovative Polaris rival

Flexible seat pitch is trending
A strong entry from the aircraft manufacturer’s side is Bombardier’s C-Series cabin concept. This B737 and the A320 rival is claimed to offer outstanding in-flight comfort to all passengers, regardless of the seating arrangement, and the first examples were delivered to launch customers Swiss Air Lines and Air Baltic in 2016.

Meanwhile Airbus has developed an innovative seating rail concept called Smart Cabin Reconfiguration (pictured below), designed to allow crew to adjust seat pitch in the cabin based on reservations for a particular flight. The advantage for the passenger is that when a flight is not fully booked, the last row of seats can be folded away and the remaining rows pushed back further, giving passengers more legroom.

Little luxuries
Sometimes it’s the small things that make all the difference to the flying experience, and there are several innovative concepts on the shortlist that could make flying more attractive. For example, Vision Systems has developed a window that doubles as a touchscreen, projecting information about the flight directly on to the window surface.

There are also several innovative headrest concepts for long-haul flights, such as the successful Kickstarter project, FaceCradle, which can be used to gently support a weary traveler’s head from all sides.

Sustainable ideas
The shortlist also includes ‘green’ ideas for aviation, such as an innovative and environmentally friendly aircraft lavatory design from Zodiac Aerospace, and the Re-Trolley from Airbus, which allows crew to sort and compress garbage while they pass through the cabin. Engineering firm Altran has also developed a cabin trolley, a futuristic an autonomous concept that passes through the cabin and serves passengers by itself. Meanwhile, Diehl Aerospace’s Wireless Seat System aids safety on board by informing the crew automatically if any passenger seatbelts are not fastened when they should be.

How it works
For each of the eight categories, the 29 international experts on the judging panel select three shortlist entries to become finalists. These concepts are then presented in further detail at a final judging event just prior to Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, where the winners are decided. The winners of the Crystal Cabin Awards 2017 will be formally announced on the evening of April 4 at a gala dinner in the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski in Hamburg.

The judging panel includes representatives of all parts of the industry, including airlines, aircraft manufacturers, suppliers, universities and consulting firms. Members include Adam Gavine, editor of Aircraft Interiors International; Peter Cooke, design manager for aircraft cabins at British Airways; Paul Estoppey, senior director and head of cabin product management for the Lufthansa Group hub airlines (Austrian, Lufthansa and Swiss); Kent Craver, director of cabin experience & revenue analysis at Boeing; Melissa Raudebaugh, general manager for aircraft experience at Delta Air Lines; and Paul Sweeney, program manager for aircraft design & projects at Qantas Airways.

The shortlist
Acro Aircraft Seating: Series 6 economy class seat

AIM Altitude: Generation 2 autonomous lighting dimmer (ALD)

Air Caraïbes: iZivision

Airbus: Towards Wireless Aircraft

Airbus: Watchdog – prevention of inadvertent slide deployment

Airbus: ReTrolley

Airbus: A380 aft galley stair module

Airbus: Smart cabin reconfiguration

Air-Craftglass: Natural Collection

Airtango: Airtango Living Networks

Altran: Autonomous cabin trolley (ACT)

Ameco Beijing: Ink-and-Wash Landscape ACJ319 cabin concept

Anker: Flooro aviation carpeting

Astronics PGA Avionics: Philea

Autonomous University of Baja California: Baby Seat U

Axing: Asleep Mask

Axinom: Digital platforms

B/E Aerospace: Comfort Wellness System

B/E Aerospace: Device holder / snack package

B/E Aerospace: Project Somna

B/E Aerospace: Family Zone

Bishop GmbH: Half inch fitting for more comfort

Bishop GmbH: Micro-attachment systems

Boltaron: FAR-rated translucent decorative material collection

Bombardier: C Series Cabin

Bombardier: CRJ Series PRM lavatory

Composite Technology Center: Hybrid SMC technology

Composite Technology Center: REKAS recycled cabin lining (ReCaFi)

CTT Systems: CAIR Airliner System

Delta Air Lines: Delta One Suite

Diehl Aerospace: Smart wireless seat monitoring system

Diehl Aerospace: Power line communication (PLC) for aircraft

Diehl Aircabin: Direct digital printing for interior parts

Diehl Comfort Modules: Galley-bar module (GBM)

F.LIST: Heated stone flooring

GermFalcon: UVC airplane sanitizing device

Global Eagle Entertainment: Airtime Portal

HAECO Cabin Solutions: Arc headrest

Hairy Turtle: FaceCradle travel pillow

HAW Hamburg: StepSeat

HAW Hamburg: Cabin crew lair

HAW Hamburg: Smart onboard wheelchair (Smart OBW)

HAW Hamburg: Comfortmax – Economy seating meets comfort

Hawaiian Airlines: Premium Cabin

Heinkel Engineering: Topology optimized A380 ceiling bracket assembly

IFPL: Nexus integrated seat arm

Immfly: Immfly Wireless Solution

In2tec: In2sense Smart Office

Jamco: Villa

Jormac Aerospace: Carbon fiber profiles

Kestrel Aviation Management: Sky Blue BBJ 787

Krüger Aviation: K-Reflexion- the revolution of plastic mirrors

Lantal Textiles: TEC-Leather

Lufthansa Technik: GuideU Curved CustomFit

Lufthansa Technik: Mercedes-Benz Style VIP aircraft cabin

Lufthansa Technik: Niceview Mobile

Mirus Aircraft Seating: Mirus Hawk Smart Seat

Mli: Armrest 2020

Molon Labe Seating: Stagger Seat

Neotech AMT: Heated sidewall panel

Neutral Digital: Fleet Explorer

Pitch Aircraft Seating: PF27 economy seat

Qantas Airways: A330 Business Suite

Reliant Worldwide Plastics: Reliant-Lite thermoplastic carbon composite tray table

Reutlingen University: Visionair 2040

SACS/ Boysen Aerospace: Xbag

SleeperTech: Sleeper Seat – Premium economy & economy class

Studio Moderna BI/Boxmark: Octaspring liightweight seat cushion

TAP Portugal: Innovative A320 family layout

TC Inter-Informatics – C-spacer smart cabin divider

TU Delft: Myseat

TU Delft: Sky Grove

TU Delft: The Revitalisation System

Turkish Airlines: Sausage headrest

UERJ – Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro: DIYFood

United Airlines: United Polaris

Villinger: Liteheat cabin heating systems

Vision Systems: Smart-Info window

Weigele Aerospace: Quahuay onboard live EMI monitoring system

Weigele Aerospace: IFPS inflight power supplies

ZEO/Zodiac Aerospace: ECOS luggage management system

ZIM Flugsitz: ZIMflexible NG economy class seat

Zodiac Aerospace: Five on board fragrance

Zodiac Aerospace: Revolution toilet

Zodiac Aerospace: Smartlock

Source: Aircraft Interiors International

MH370: Experts say we know where it is

Global experts say breakthrough science has proven the location of MH370

Australia’s Transport Minister Darren Chester

The message to the Australian, Malaysian and Chinese governments from the world’s aviation experts on the disappearance of MH370 is as simple as it is blunt — we have the evidence.

“We have the X marks the spots they say they want – of that there is no question and we have had it since November last year,” one expert told

Misguided Malaysia walks away

The Inmarsat satellite tracking data that gave the search team the seventh arc on which the original search area of 120,000km was based two years ago, was not enough in itself to pinpoint the crash site.

That arc stretched for thousands of kilometres down – about 1800km from – the Western Australian coast and meant the search area on the arc was based on a series of carefully worked assumptions about the altitude the plane was flying and its speed.

However, the debris finds over the past 18 months changed everything.

Breakthrough reverse drift analysis done by Australia’s CSIRO of the debris enabled the search team to put a couple of broad crosses on the 7th arc and pinpoint the most likely locations either side of a previously searched area.

That analysis has been lauded around the globe.

This was all detailed in the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s (ATSB) First Principles report released in December.

That report, authored by what has been described as a dream team of crash investigators and international other experts, identifies an area of just 25,000 sq km just outside and to the north of the original search area.

Contrary to the claims of Australia’s Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester, the strong recommendation from the ATSB and its partners was to search this area.

Yesterday’s shifting of the blame for the cancellation of the search by Mr Chester “to advice from the ATSB” was as cruel as it was incorrect.

“I have relied on the experts from the ATSB and from around the world in terms of guiding my involvement in the decision-making process,” he said at a press conference in Canberra.

Also curious were Mr Chester’s comments about some unknown new technology potentially sparking a new renewed search at some. ill-defined time he hoped was prior to the 22nd century.

The simple fact is we already have the technology to find the plane, as oceanographer David Gallo pointed out to

Mr Chester even mentioned himself that a couple of previously unidentified shipwrecks were found during the original search.

The resolution available from the towed and autonomous underwater vehicles was such that the searchers were able to locate and photograph objects as small as oil drums and metal boxes.

This is why the experts who met in Canberra in November last year were able to say with a high degree of confidence that the plane was not in the original search area.
What’s missing here is not the technology but the gumption and the desire to solve this mystery.

An additional A$40-A$50 million cost-shared between three governments is not too high a price to pay to ensure that the all the search possibilities are canvassed in this search.

The assumption is that it was some sort of pilot suicide but what if it wasn’t?

What if it was some problem with the Boeing 777 that the manufacturer, the airlines and flying public need to know about?

However, it appears a head-in-the-sand Malaysian Government just wants to bury the issue, a timid Australian Government is willing to go along and the Chinese Government simply doesn’t care.

Together, they’ve concocted a statement worthy of classic British TV series Yes Minister or the cult movie Catch-22.

As Blaine Gibson, who has found 10 pieces of debris, noted on social media: “There is absolutely no excuse for not searching the new area.”

“The official statement is a fancy way of saying we will not look for it again until we find it.

“It is as comical as it is tragic.”

Source: Airline Ratings

MH370 Search Ends With a Tripartite Whimper

Families left wondering as the last search vessel heads back to port.

Some of the sophisticated equipment used during the search.

The Australian-led search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is officially over after the governments of Australia, Malaysia and China ignored the recommendations of international experts and refused to extend it into a new 25,000 sq, km search area.

Government ministers from the three nations jointly announced  Wednesday that the last search vessel had left the underwater search area despite 11th-hour calls for the sweep to continue.

Not finding MH370 risks lives

Misguided Malaysia walks away

The decision was immediately attacked as irresponsible and a betrayal by a support group for families of victims of the tragedy.

While the announcement left open the possibility the search could be resumed, it failed to specify under what circumstances this could happen.

The remaining search ship, the Fugro Equator,  will now return to Fremantle to demobilise before heading back to Singapore.

Before it left, the ship managed to conduct a limited search of the new area using an autonomous underwater vehicle equipped with sonar.

A joint statement released by Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester noted the plane — which went missing with 239 people on board in March, 2014  — had not been located “despite every effort and using the best science available”.  Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai  and his Chinese counterpart, Li Xiaopeng, were also signatories to the statement.

“The decision to suspend the underwater search has not been taken lightly nor without sadness,’’ it said. “ It is consistent with decisions made by our three countries in the July 2016 Ministerial Tripartite meeting in Putrajaya Malaysia.

“Whilst combined scientific studies have continued to refine areas of probability, to date no new information has been discovered to determine the specific location of the aircraft. ‘’

The Ministers paid homage to the commitment and dedication shown by the hundreds of people involved in the Australian Transport Safety Bureau-led search and noted it was an unprecedented challenge

“Their tireless work has continued to improve our knowledge of the search area and has been critical in our efforts to locate the aircraft,’’ they said.

They also acknowledged the enormous loss felt by the families.

“We remain hopeful that new information will come to light and that at some point in the future the aircraft will be located,’’ they said.

The decision leaves unsolved the mystery of what happened to the Boeing 777   — which disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing — and any lessons from its mysterious disappearance unlearned.

It also ignores the call of global commentators and the recommendation of a high-powered team of international experts that the search should continue into a 25,000 sq. km zone north of the original search area.

The experts identified the site as a potential site for the aircraft debris after reviewing critical new ocean drift data made possible by the discovery of wreckage from the plane.

They recommended the search continue to exhaust the remaining high probability crash site options.

The families of MH370 victims and Australian investigators also wanted to extend the search but the Ministers indicated the new information was not precise enough to warrant the additional $40 to $50m in funding.

Family support group Voice370 slammed the decision and said a proposed tripartite meeting to work out what to do out about the search appeared to have been a smokescreen.

“Expecting to determine the “precise location of the aircraft” before continuing the search is at best an erroneous expectation and at worst a clever formulation to bury the search, ‘’ the group said.  “Why would you need to search if you already knew the precise location of the aircraft?

“In our view, extending the search to the new area defined by the experts is an inescapable duty owed to the flying public in the interest of aviation safety’’.

Voice370 said stopping at this stage was nothing short of irresponsible and betrayed a shocking lack of faith in the data, tools and recommendation of an array of experts assembled by authorities.

“We appeal to Malaysia, China and Australia to reconsider the decision to suspend the search,’’ it said.

Chester is due to hold a media conference about the decision Wednesday morning but a spokeswoman said he was unavailable for comment Tuesday night.

Source: Airline Ratings

Food trend predictions for 2017: What’s hot, what’s not

Coconut everything will be back in fashion, like this black rice, banana and coconut breakfast bowl. Picture: Deb Lindsey/The Washington Post
Coconut everything will be back in fashion, like this black rice, banana and coconut breakfast bowl. Picture: Deb Lindsey/The Washington PostPicture: For The Washington Post

Restless foodies, home cooks and industry professionals are eagerly waiting for the doors to open on the world’s virtual smorgasbord of new food and drink trends for 2017.

With various motives, they’re eager to join the rush to the Next Big Things, as decreed by a combo of consumer interest and savvy marketing.

Which came first — the Korean fried chicken or the baked egg? Regardless, selfies will be rampant.

So what’s going to be hot and what’s not, and who decides?

Depends on who is asked and what stakes are involved. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion.

The global marketing firms that serve as consultants to the restaurant and supermarket chain industries have their picks (“fierce flavours” at breakfast, more ethnic-inspired dishes), as does the National Restaurant Association in the US (savoury desserts, healthy children’s menus) and even the Wall Street Journal (the versatile jackfruit).

Reporting on likely trends are the many food-centric websites and magazines. They all agree on at least one thing: Though it might seem contradictory, we want to get back to (or discover) foods and techniques grounded in tradition (a hearty stew is always in fashion) while continuing to “explore global cuisines” (what is Brazilian feijoada, anyway? Oh yeah, a hearty stew).

There are hundreds of well-reasoned (and not so much) guesses about 2017’s “hot” list, but no guarantees; for starters, few things seem sacred.

It’s forecast that kale will be replaced by a yet-to-be-named superfood, which could be seaweed, Swiss chard or cauliflower.

Move over kale — there’s a new superfood in town

Sriracha sauce may be nudged aside by harissa, the North African hot chilli pepper paste.

Sugar-heavy cool drink sales are clearly down, and makers of sparkling water and bottled teas are betting their products will become the next favourite non-alcoholic drinks of the world’s millions of millennials. Though a concern could be that their favourite drinking vessel is the Mason jar.

As for past trendsetters such as devilled eggs and veggie chips, you’ll find them over there behind the box of Cronuts and plate of fairy bread. No, to the left of the avocado toast and stack of maple syrup-glazed bacon, next to the egg-white omelet. You need to move the ramen burgers, the ube and the chlorophyll extract to find them.

We gazed into a few crystal balls unveiled by some expert observers, as an indicative sampler.

Continuing their runs from 2016 will be coconut everything, Asian noodles, gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese, flavoured spirits, “authentic” Mexican cuisine, charcuterie, mocktails, oatmeal with unusual toppings, more farmers markets, grilled veggies, preserved anything, craft beers and cocktails, more flavours of granola, more uses of ancient grains, and creative ways to use fresh turmeric root in cooking — given the excitement over its purported health-inducing powers.

Trends that could take off this year include enhanced transparency in food labelling; re-purposing food waste (simmering Parmesan cheese rinds in pasta sauce always works); sustainable seafood (focused on “green” fisheries and improved aquaculture systems); savoury desserts (spaghetti-flavoured ice pops); artisan cheeses; coffee served in chocolate-coated ice-cream cones; more restaurants offering breakfast all day

There’s also more choices for filling “bowls” (beyond acai and poke); pastas made from grains other than wheat (lentils, chickpeas); smoked and flavoured sardines (because everybody loves fish breath); bone broths; cuts of goat meat; the “discovery” of African spices (berbere, dukkah); chilli heat in surprising dishes (cayenne woos ice-cream); and — you’ll like this one — that trusted antioxidant, dark chocolate, at breakfast.

Bone broth. Picture: Photosiber/Dreamstime/TNS
Bone broth. Picture: Photosiber/Dreamstime/TNSPicture: TNS

Look for more plant-focused restaurant menus (even Brussels sprouts can be a main dish) and vegetarian comfort foods such as chicken-fried portobello mushroom steak, avocado fries and zucchini hash browns and pancakes.

Also, the use of Japanese condiments in particular could continue its roll (ponzu, kelp, plum vinegar), coupled with a general trend for “creative condiments” such as chilli pepper jam, black garlic puree, adobo sauces and sambals, sumac and fenugreek, and salsas made from vegetables (beets, bell peppers) and fruits (strawberries, watermelon). What do you think of chocolate-chip hummus, beet yoghurt and chipotle-cherry jerky? Don’t answer until you’ve tasted.

For another perspective, we turned to gastronome Ed Levine, the “founding father” and chief executive of the James Beard Award-winning site “You can always tell what the trends are by when the big chains put out their versions.”

In the dine-in world, Levine noted “people gravitating toward a grazing style of more casual and less costly (eating).”

“And restaurants are figuring out how to accommodate that,” he said.

One way is with those aforementioned bowls. “People are looking to eat healthfully, but most of them aren’t willing to sacrifice taste,” Levine said.

But while 2017 looks to be another game of chutes and ladders for many food trends — including home-delivered meal kits, sous vide cooking and “butcher-to-table” operations, Levine points out that the new year won’t be all about change.

“Preserving and fermentation are here to stay,” he said.

“Comfort foods will always be with us — mashed potatoes, french fries, mac ‘n’ cheese, fried chicken, ice-cream, pizza, grilled cheese.

“Those things will never die, nor should they.”

Sliced horseradish kimchi, top, chive kimchi and cubed horseradish kimchi prepared at Jin Mi. Picture: Kevin German/Sacramento Bee/TNS
Sliced horseradish kimchi, top, chive kimchi and cubed horseradish kimchi prepared at Jin Mi. Picture: Kevin German/Sacramento Bee/TNS

Source: The West Australian

Instead of Getting Trashed, Uneaten Airline Food Is Feeding the Hungry

Nowadays most air travelers are lucky to get a pack of salted pretzels to snack on during a flight. For folks willing to pony up the cash for first-class tickets, the menu options might be upgraded to baked salmon, mashed potatoes, and roasted vegetables. But if a flight gets canceled or changed, all those premium—and perishable—food items end up being chucked in an airport Dumpster.

That’s why OzHarvest, an Australia-based food rescue and redistribution organization, has begun collecting uneaten food from airlines that operate out of Brisbane Airport. The organization’s drivers gather extra fruit, cookies, sandwiches, or hot meals from canceled or changed flights. They donate the items within two hours of pickup to local charities that feed hungry individuals.

“Collecting and redistributing food is essential to helping to eliminate both food waste and hunger,” Ronni Kahn, the CEO and founder of OzHarvest, told TakePart. “In Australia, enough food is produced to feed 60 million people, yet 2 million people still rely on food relief every year.”

(Photo: Courtesy OzHarvest/Flickr)

Volunteers gather anywhere from 441 to 882 pounds of food each day from airlines at the airport. The organization also works with airlines to try to reduce food waste on flights by keeping track of how many leftover meals they donate. Extra meals are prepared for each flight, but they don’t always make it on board or get distributed to passengers.

Although its airport operations are focused on Brisbane, the organization, which was founded in 2004, also works with other businesses across Australia to gather food before it’s thrown in the garbage.

“OzHarvest collects quality surplus food from over 2,000 businesses, including supermarkets, cafés, restaurants, businesses, airports, airlines, and catering companies nationally,” Kahn said. “These partnerships involve an incredible amount of work and are constantly looking at innovative ways to reduce waste or excess food along the supply chain.”

Kahn said that since it was founded, OzHarvest has kept about 37.5 million pounds of surplus food from being trashed in landfills across Australia. As a result, its partner charities have delivered more than 50 million meals to people in need.

(Photo: Jon Bader for OzHarvest/Flickr)

“OzHarvest looks at minimizing food waste from a range of commercial outlets,” she said. “Airports are one of the many places that quality surplus food is collected from every day.”

Food waste isn’t just a problem on airlines or in Australia. One-third of all food produced globally, about 1.3 billion tons, is lost or wasted annually, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that more than 30 percent of edible food goes to waste, costing about $165 billion.

Kahn said cutting down on food waste will require a national effort and should be a goal for every individual, not just large companies. She hopes people will support OzHarvest’s efforts by donating time, money, or food. For every $1 donated, two meals can be delivered.

“Reducing food waste is something everyone can do,” Kahn said. “At home, there are some simple changes that can make a big difference to the amount of food wasted in households: shopping to a list, checking the food in your fridge, using your senses rather than food labels, and loving your leftovers.”

(Photo: Jon Bader for OzHarvest/Flickr)
Article Source: Takepart

Australians are eating less Fast Food, Roy Morgan Research

Try as they might, Australia’s fast food outlets have not been retaining their visitation rates.

According to Roy Morgan, between 2012 and 2016, the proportion of Australians visiting McDonalds at least once in an average four weeks has declined from 31.2 per cent to 29.4 per cent.

Between 2012 and 2016, the proportion of Australians visiting McDonalds at least once in an average four weeks has declined from 31.2 per cent to 29.4per cent. While this is due partly to the shrinking proportions of Generations Y (from 39.4 per cent to 35.3%) and Z (from 40.3 per cent to 36.1%) eating at or taking away from the hamburger giant, Generation X and Baby Boomers also appear to be losing interest.

Percentage of each generation* who visit burger chains in an average four weeks: 2012 vs 2016


Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), Oct 2011-Sept 2012 (n=21,026) and Oct 2015-Sept 2016 (n=14,416), except for *Grill’d, measured from Oct 2014-Sept 2015 (n=15,668). Base: Australians 14+. (NB: red = increased visitation) ‘Visit’ includes eating in, taking away, and/or placing an order. **NB: Roy Morgan ‘Generations’ definitions: Pre-Boomers — Born pre-1946; Baby Boomers — born 1946-1960; Generation X — born 1961-1975; Generation Y — born 1976-1990; Generation Z — born 1991-2005.

KFC rules the roost

KFC leads Australia’s fast-food chicken outlets, even though its visitation rate between 2012 and 2016 dropped slightly. KFC’s popularity is strongest with Gen Y and Gen Z, with Gen Z more likely to visit KFC now than they did in 2012.

Percentage of each generation who visit hot chicken chains in an average four weeks: 2012 vs 2016

Chart 1

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), Oct 2011-Sept 2012 (n=21,026) and Oct 2015-Sept 2016 (n=14,416). Base: Australians 14+. (NB: red = increased visitation. ‘Visit’ includes eating in, taking away, and/or placing an order)

Domino’s dominates

The rise of Domino’s is evident when looking at Roy Morgan’s data. The pizza chain is drawing in younger generations with Gen Y’s visitation rate increasing from 13.6 per cent in 2012 to 15.3 per cent in 2016. Generation Z’s visitation rate has increased from 14.2 per cent to 18.5 per cent across this same time period.

Percentage of each generation who visit pizza chains in an average four weeks: 2012 vs 2016

Chart 2

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), Oct 2011-Sept 2012 (n=21,026) and Oct 2015-Sept 2016 (n=14,416). Base: Australians 14+. (NB: red = increased visitation. *‘Visit’ includes eating in, taking away, and/or placing an order)

 Norman Morris, Industry Communications Director at Roy Morgan Research, said like any industry, quick service restaurants have changed over the years.

“From Hungry Jacks introducing a vege burger to their menu more than two decades ago, to the appearance of gourmet pizza chains like Crust and Pizza Capers, this is not an industry that is resistant to change,” he said.

“But as Australia’s ‘foodie’ culture grows—evidenced in our changing cuisine preferences and the move towards vegetarianism, for example—the fast food industry is obviously going to be affected. And the much-reported trend among ‘Millennials’ (a group which spans approximately the first half of Generation Z and the second half of Gen Y) for hipster culinary experiences cannot be ignored. In fact, McDonald’s is actively addressing this, even opening an almost unbranded café (The Corner) in Sydney to try out potential hipster-friendly menu items before rolling them out in their stores,” Morris stated.


Source: Australian Food News

ACIT and Kennedy Transport Ongoing Partnership

A truck with our new brand celebrates a decade of our ongoing partnership with Kennedy Transport. Our brands have been working together to deliver food products on time across Queensland. ACIT would like to thank Kennedy Transport for their dedicated and professional service as we look forward to an even more successful future.