Week in travel: Airbnb offers an overnight stay at the Louvre – Kiwi.com
94% of Ryanair flights arrive on time, while British Airways receives the very first price suitable for people with autism, and a Lithuanian passenger travels alone in a commercial plane
If you’ve always dreamed of having a drink with Mona Lisa or having dinner with the Venus de Milo, now is your chance.
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Louvre glass pyramid, Airbnb has joined forces with the most famous museum in the world. Together, they will organize a special night at the Louvre Museum.
The accommodation rental platform will choose a lucky winner from among the participants in a new competition to discover the museum like never before.
“Through this partnership, we are giving a winner and their guest the opportunity to sleep under the pyramid, for one night only,” Airbnb said in a statement.
“But the magic doesn’t end there. In addition to this unforgettable evening, a series of exclusive tours and intimate concerts will be bookable on Airbnb.
In addition to sipping an aperitif in a sumptuous lounge decorated with the most famous paintings in the world and dining in the presence of an iconic statue, a VIP guide will take the lucky participants on a unique tour. And an acoustic concert will also await them in the sumptuous apartments of Napoleon III.
Anyone interested in this unique experience can apply until April 12.
British Airways becomes first airline to receive Autism Friendly Award
In celebration of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, British Airways became the first airline to receive the famous Autism Friendly Award.
According to the carrier’s statement, BA was “recognized for the work it does to educate its staff about autism and to create a personalized and seamless travel experience for customers with autism, allowing them to fly independently and with ease”.
Recently, the airline has worked closely with a number of specialist charities. The list includes the National Autistic Society which accredited the award. Through this cooperation, BA has implemented many improvements to improve the experience for all customers requiring additional support.
Carolina Martinoli, Brand and Customer Experience Director at British Airways, said: “We welcome almost half a million customers each year who need special assistance and we will prioritize new ones. improvements for these customers throughout our centenary.
“We understand that our autistic clients often find the new environments stressful and overwhelming. That’s why we’re creating a step-by-step guide to the British Airways travel experience, which I look forward to sharing with customers very soon.
Lithuanian flies alone in commercial plane
An unusual trip awaited Skirmantas Strimaitis from Lithuania as he headed for his ski vacation in northern Italy on March 16.
As he boarded his Vilnius-Bergamo flight, he realized he was the only passenger in the queue. Only two pilots and five crew members were his company.
Skirmantas Strimaitis, a Lithuanian who was the only passenger on the Boeing 747-800 from the capital Vilnius to Bergamo, in northern Italy. pic.twitter.com/yQJ9LEvjMu
– Khalsan Werdana (@KhalsanW) April 3, 2019
The plane, which can accommodate up to 188 passengers, was reportedly sent to pick up a group of travelers from Italy. While the plane was due to be transferred to Bergamo, one-way tickets were available for sale and Strimaitis was the only person to purchase one.
Strimaitis told The Associated Press that the flight was “a once in a lifetime experience.”
Ryanair flies on time in 94% of cases
Europe’s largest low-cost airline – Ryanair – has improved its punctuality.
In March alone, more than 94% of its flights made it to their target destinations on time. The results are the best since November 2017, according to the official statement from the carrier. This is also a 1% increase from February.
Four percent of flight delays are believed to have been affected or caused by shortages of airport traffic control personnel.
“Ryanair carried over 10.9 million customers in March with over 94% of our 59,800 flights arriving on time. We continue to deliver peak punctuality, despite continuing shortages of ATC personnel in France, Germany and the UK, ”said Kenny Jacobs of Ryanair.
Poland opens deepest swimming pool in the world
Diving enthusiasts can look forward to enjoying a new, deepest swimming pool in the world. From the fall of this year, a 45-meter-deep installation will welcome its first visitors to the Polish town of Mszczonów.
Called DeepSpot, the pool will contain no less than 8,000 cubic meters of water. That’s 27 times more water than a regular 25-meter pool.
The pool would be open to all levels of swimmers, from beginners to seasoned swimmers and professional divers. However, the deeper part of the installation will require specialized snorkeling gear and gear.
With an impressive underwater tunnel, the DeepStop will also offer a magnificent view to spectators.
The DeepStop will beat the current record holder – the Y-40 The Deep Joy diving pool in the Italian town of Montegrotto Terme – by three meters.
However, the new record won’t last too long. A 50m deep swimming pool called the Blue Abyss will open in six months in Colchester, UK.