FAVORED MAXIM RATE PROVES GAMEST IN TAKING GRADE III, $100,000 SENORITA STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH UNDER DESORMEAUX

first_imgFAVORED MAXIM RATE PROVES GAMEST IN TAKING GRADE III, $100,000 SENORITA STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH UNDER DESORMEAUX; TRAINED BY CALLAGHAN, SHE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:36.31ARCADIA, Calif. (May 4, 2019)–Unlucky to lose going a mile and one eighth last time out, Slam Dunk Racing’s Maxim Rate got a perfect trip under Kent Desormeaux in today’s Grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes at Santa Anita and prevailed by a half length in game fashion.  Trained by Simon Callaghan, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Exchange Rate got a flat mile on turf in 1:36.31.With Ladymidtown setting the Senorita pace to quarter pole, Maxim Rate, who tracked in second throughout, pounced and then out-gamed Lady Prancealot the final eighth of a mile.“I watched the tape of her last race (second by a nose in the Grade III Providencia Stakes on April 6) and you could see she was very unlucky to lose,” said Desormeaux, who was aboard for the first time today.  “When Joe (Talamo, aboard Lady Prancealot) came to (my filly) at the eighth pole, she had to find two more gears…I think the pressure factor from (the other horses) helped her progress.”Off at 6-5 in a field of six sophomore fillies, Maxim Rate paid $4.40, $2.60 and $2.20. With the winner’s share of $60,000, Maxim Rate nearly doubled her earnings to $123,000.  A first-time out maiden winner at a mile on turf here Feb. 16, Maxim Rate, who is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Catch My Eye, now has two wins and a second from three starts.“I watched the race here and it was very exciting,” said Callaghan via telephone from Churchill Downs. “I thought she’d be hard to beat after her last race.  She got the trip we expected today and cutting back to a mile wasn’t a concern.”Lady Prancealot, who was last, about five lengths off the lead heading into the far turn, loomed menacingly turning for home while four-wide and was second best on the day, finishing three quarters of a length in front of Ladymidtown.The second choice at 5-2, Lady Prancealot paid $3.20 and $2.60.Ladymidtown tired late, but held third by a nose over English-bred Hostess.  Off at 11-1 with Rafael Bejarano, Ladymidtown paid $3.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.89, 48.45, 1:12.89 and 1:24.78.Racing will resume with a nine-race card on Sunday, with first post time at 1 p.m.  Admission gates will open at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visitsantaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Azkals: Everything we’ve got

first_imgMOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I like our team,” he said. “I like it very much, we have a lot of good football players and we are playing with a big heart. I’m proud of the team.”The Azkals proved compact and disciplined, tracking back when they lost possession against the Indonesians, but it may take more than that effort against Vietnam, especially with Sato, one of the team’s best defenders and a threat going forward, missing the semifinals.“We’ll really have to regroup and make sure we’re ready for Vietnam,” said Palami.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Playing four matches in 12 days in three different countries, the Azkals emerged unbeaten from Group B, picking up eight points, following wins over Singapore and Timor Leste and stalemates over Thailand and Indonesia.Five players have scored for the team so far in the tournament, but so many times in the group stage, the Azkals also left themselves exposed defensively. They’ve somehow done enough to cover mistakes that haunted the team in the past.In the goalless draw with Indonesia, the Azkals coped well against a counterattacking team that had plenty of pace on the wings, while surviving the absence of skipper Phil Younghusband, who sustained a cut and had to be substituted by Curt Dizon in the 25th minute.Younghusband said his cut took four stitches to close, but vowed he’ll be ready come the semifinals.“I think this time we’ve played with a lot of heart,” winger Patrick Reichelt said. “Everybody is fighting for the next guy. There’s a lot of communication on the pitch and positive screaming and encouragement, I feel this year we have a good group.”Only three weeks into the job, coach Sven Goran Eriksson hailed his squad’s “big heart.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Philippines’ Patrick Reichelt controls the ball against Indonesia at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on Sunday. The match ended in a goalless draw.JAKARTA—After surviving the AFF (Asean Football Federation) Suzuki Cup’s Group of Death for a fourth semifinal appearance in five tournaments, the Philippine Azkals have their work cut out for them even before they face Vietnam over two legs in the knockout round.As if toppling an in-form Vietnamese side isn’t an already difficult task, the Azkals will have to do it without left back Daisuke Sato, who has ruled himself out of the tournament after he was recalled by Romanian club Sepsi.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award But the challenges that the Azkals managed to navigate and survive during the home-and-away group stage may be enough to prepare them for any complications in the semifinals starting with the first leg on Sunday at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.The second leg is slated four days later in Hanoi, but the Azkals are down to 19 players from an original 23-man team, following the departures of Sato, Neil Etheridge and Stephan Palla due to club commitments and Luke Woodland due to injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It hasn’t been a smooth ride for us in terms of preparations,” Azkals manager Dan Palami admitted.“There have been some glitches and I think I have to credit the heart of our players who put everything aside and not think about the problems every time they are on the pitch. That has been the asset of our team. Once they’re on the pitch, they give everything. I think that’s how Filipinos are.” PSI preparations go full blast for 2019 PH SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Reina puts finishing touches to move from Liverpool to Bayern Munich

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina will arrive in Germany on Thursday to complete his transfer to Bayern Munich.The Bundesliga champions announced on Tuesday that they had agreed a deal to sign the Spain international, who will become an understudy to German World Cup winner Manuel Neuer.Bayern are expected to pay a fee of around £2.5m for the 31-year-old, who will sign a three-year deal at the German club after falling out of favour under Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.Reina spent last season on loan at Napoli, where he reunited with former Anfield boss Rafa Benitez.The former Barcelona goalkeeper had been keen on joining the Serie A side on a permanent basis but a move failed to materialise.Reina joined Liverpool from Villarreal in 2005 and went on to make 394 appearances for the Merseyside club. Pepe Reina in action for Napoli 1last_img read more

DD Fitness: Science doesn’t care about your beliefs

first_img“A seven-month-old baby died weighing just 9lbs after his parents fed him an alternative gluten-free, lactose-free diet, a court has heard” [source: The Independent]“The mother and father, who ran a natural food store in the town of Beveren in Belgium, insisted on putting their son Lucas on an alternative diet that included quinoa milk, according to local media. Doctors warn that such a diet is generally unsuitable for such young children.”Just let that sink in for a moment. These parents had such ‘belief’ in their ‘natural and holistic’ diets that they were willing to keep feeding their son these products, even though he weighed the same as a new born baby, at 7 months old.“Despite the baby gasping for air in the days leading to his death, the court heard that his parents never thought to seek medical attention. An autopsy showed he was dehydrated and his stomach was completely empty.”“Public prosecutors in Belgium blamed the parents for their son’s death, saying: “The parents determined their own diagnosis that their child was gluten intolerant and had a lactose allergy.”“Not a single doctor had a dossier about Lucas and child protection services did not know about them.” “They also blamed the parents for driving to a homoeopathic doctor on the other side of the country when the baby was starving instead of going to the nearest hospital.”The internet is both a blessing and a curse.It gives access to a wealth of free information and you have access to millions of articles on subjects that would have been out of reach 20 years ago.However, with the rise of the internet also comes the rise of pseudo-science and alternative facts .If you were to look at any industry, and you were to look at the leading ‘influencers’ within that industry, you will usually find a ‘celebrity’. The fitness industry is full of them, as is the diet industry.The people that the general public turn to for their information are rarely those with the right information. It is often the one with the best social media account, or the best youtube channel.The problem with this is that most of the time, the people giving out the information are poorly qualified to do this and the information that they are giving out is either incorrect, or a complete fallacy.Thing have gotten so out of hand, that there was a WORLDWIDE march 2 weeks ago by SCIENTIST, marching against false facts. Let that sink in.Scientists had to march, to try and highlight the spread of fake facts.Things have gone too far when it has come to this.I am going to list out a few facts below.These will not sit well with some, who follow some of these trends, but when you look at the actual science, what you believe to be true, may not be backed up by science.> Sugar is NOT addictive> Diet coke is NOT bad for you> Carbs will NOT make you fat.> Gluten free is NOT healthier> Protein is NOT bad for you> You CANNOT Detox your body with products.> Fat burners DO NOT work.> All diets work BECAUSE they put you in a CALORIE DEFICIT. Not because of any other hyped up reason.> Eating loads of fat will NOT help you to burn more fat if you are NOT in a calorie deficit.> The scales are NOT an accurate indicator of FAT loss.> Vaccines DO NOT cause autism.> Organic food is NOT better for you.> Barring an actual hormonal issue, your hormones are NOT causing your weight issues.> There is NO perfect diet.> There are NO magic pills.> There is NO perfect training program.> Stop believing every meme you read on Facebook.If you are looking at the list above and disagreeing with any of it, it is because of your beliefs.I’m sorry, but what you believe doesn’t mean a thing, when the actual research and science doesn’t back it up.Children are dying because of nutritional ‘beliefs’.There are outbreaks of diseases that were eradicated, because of anti-vaccine ‘beliefs’.The obesity epidemic is growing each year because people don’t believe there is an issue, and if you discuss it, it’s just ‘fat shaming’.It’s time to wake up to the facts and stop relying on Facebook and google for your beliefs.Are you angry or offended by what you have read above?Does it step on the toes of your current ‘beliefs’?Good, I hope it makes you think twice about your current way of thinking.If it doesn’t and you are not willing to change, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.#TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessDD Fitness: Science doesn’t care about your beliefs was last modified: May 20th, 2017 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dd fitnessemmet rushefitnessweight losslast_img read more

ANTHONY THOMPSON IN FOR LACEY AS GALLAGHER NAMES SIDE TO FACE GALWAY

first_imgRory Gallagher has named his starting team to face Galway tomorrow night in the eagerly anticipated All-Ireland qualifier at Croke Park. Anthony Thompson comes in for his first start of the season and replaces the injured Karl Lacey.Thompson, is based in London and doesn’t train with the squad during the week but travels home every weekend to meet up with the squad. Thompson has been a pivotal figure in Donegal’s success over the years and will be relishing the opportunity to get back in the starting line-up.Other than Thompson, it’s the same side that faced Monaghan in the Ulster SFC final a fortnight ago.Gallagher has played down injury fears over captain Michael Murphy who was clearly struggling in the Ulster final.He said Murphy had suffered a knee injury just before the final but that it wasn’t serious and is fully fit for tomorrow’s clash with Kevin Walsh’s side at HQ. The Donegal team named to face Galway is:Paul Durcan; Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Eamon McGee; Ryan McHugh, Anthony Thompson, Frank McGlynn; Neil Gallagher, Martin McElhinney; Christy Toye, Odhrán Mac Niallais, Mark McHugh; Patrick McBrearty, Michael Murphy, Colm McFadden. ANTHONY THOMPSON IN FOR LACEY AS GALLAGHER NAMES SIDE TO FACE GALWAY was last modified: August 1st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Home-page Sportnewslast_img read more

DONEGAL MAN SCOOPS OLYMPIC TRIP AND €10,000 ON LATE LATE SHOW

first_imgONE of Donegal’s best-known craftsmen scooped a superb prize on the Late Late Show tonight – €10,000 and a trip to the Olympics.Delighted Eddie Doherty, who runs his own hand-weaving business in Ardara, won the prize.And he told show host Ryan Tubridy he would be “over the moon” to be going to London with his wife Evelyn. The TV anchor even had time to chat to Eddie about his traditional craft, telling him: “So you’re keeping it alive!”Evelyn could be heard screaming with delight in the background.The couple will have tickets to a number of top Olympic events.Eddie Doherty is well known for producing crafted Donegal handwoven tweed products from Ardara. He told Ryan Tubridy he has been weaving for more than 40 years.Eddie learnt to weave by hand at the age of 16. Now, 40 years and two long stints with large Irish fabric companies later, he uses Donegal wool to handweave pure wool blankets and tweed at his home in Ardara.After running a family pub for several years, Eddie returned back to his first profession, weaving in 1992. He now makes handsome blankets, rugs, capes, scarfs, waistcoats, caps, hats and slippers some in the traditional herringbone pattern, and others in large, wonderfully hued check designs.Eddie is attracting orders from all around the world – and tourists often stop off to see him at work.  DONEGAL MAN SCOOPS OLYMPIC TRIP AND €10,000 ON LATE LATE SHOW was last modified: April 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:000 ON LATE LATE SHOWDONEGAL MAN SCOOPS OLYMPIC TRIP AND €10last_img read more

Airplane trouble temporarily grounds A’s

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — An already exhausting road trip got worse for the A’s when damage to their charter aircraft out of Texas caused about a four-hour travel delay late Sunday.The A’s bided their time in the Texas visiting clubhouse after playing four games in a 48-hour span. They reached their St. Petersburg hotel about 4 a.m. Monday — some 15 hours before beginning a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.“We’ve having a tough trip,’’ said A’s manager Bob Melvin, …last_img read more

As the Warriors hit reboot, Curry texts Iguodala: ‘Miss you bro’

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — For the first time in six seasons, Stephen Curry will suit up without Andre Iguodala by his side.The two former teammates have been through enough to fill several books. Three championship victories, two championship defeats and everything in between. Oh, and don’t forget the golf.Curry and Iguodala may no longer share a team, but the former testified on Wednesday after practice that their camaraderie hasn’t changed one bit.“I texted Andre yesterday,” Curry said. “I had a …last_img read more

South Africans upbeat about 2010

first_imgJanine ErasmusThe eyes of the world will be on South Africa in June and July 2010 when the country hosts the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Findings of the third annual survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) reveal that South Africans are still upbeat about the anticipated success of the event.Since the moment in May 2004 when Fifa president Sepp Blatter announced that South Africa had been chosen to host the World Cup in 2010, the country has been alive with expectation. After disappointment following a controversial loss in the race to host the 2006 event, celebrations broke out in South Africa and across the continent at the news that the event would take place in Africa for the first time.The Olympics are yet to be held in Africa, so the World Cup will be the largest sporting event ever held on the continent. Teams from 32 countries will be cheered by an estimated 2.7-million local spectators and a global television audience of billions. According to Fifa, the total cumulative television audience for the 2006 World Cup was 26.3-billion (24.2-billion in-home and 2.1-billion out-of-home viewers). Assessed in terms of the number of global viewers, the World Cup is the world’s largest sporting event.Refurbishment of existing stadiums and building of new ones continues in South Africa, as well as upgrades to infrastructure such as airports. Meanwhile, many smaller enterprises, such as guesthouses and restaurants, are preparing to host the world.Leaving a lasting legacyPublic expectations have not changed by much when compared to the previous two surveys, held in 2005 and 2006. The most widespread belief was that the event would bring economic benefits to the country as a whole, and to specific regions where games were to take place.While opinion in 2005 was divided almost equally between whether benefits would be of a long- or short-term nature (47% against 44%), in 2006 a greater number of people (50%) foresaw long-term benefits, while 39% thought benefits would be short-term. The most recent survey reveals a steady 50% believing in long-term benefits and 41% in short-term.According to the HSRC, this indicates that many people are not aware of the full scope of the legacy that the World Cup would leave behind. This legacy includes greater credibility for South Africa and Africa, increased urban development, and more participation from outside in the form of tourism and investment.South Africa is working on the African Legacy Programme together with partners Fifa, the African Union, and the Confederation of African Football. An initiative of the Local Organising Committee and the government, the programme aims to maximise African participation in 2010, develop African football, and improve Africa’s image globally, well as support existing African development programmes such as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.This will ensure that the benefits of hosting the World Cup are spread across the continent. Areas of focus are peace and nation-building, football development, culture and heritage, communication, telecommunications, and continental security co-operation.The World Cup is one of the world’s biggest sporting stages and, said Local Organising Committee CEO Dr Danny Jordaan, it was important that visitors to South Africa experience everything the country has to offer, and to ensure they want to return.Economic growth and moreEconomic growth and job creation are believed to be the biggest advantages. In 2005 62% looked forward to more jobs and a boost to the economy. In 2006 this number fell to 51%. In the most recent survey 74% of respondents perceive economic growth, job creation and putting South Africa on the international map as the three main benefits.A substantial 81% of South Africans in all three surveys felt that small business would benefit. With regard to black economic empowerment, there has been a slight but steady decline in the numbers who felt that this sector would grow – 76% in 2007 down from 78% in 2006 and 82% in 2005.Faith in the organising committee and local authorities remains firm. The 2007 survey shows that a substantial 80% of South Africans believe that the country will be ready to host the World Cup. Here 82% were of this opinion in the first survey and 72% in the second.Faith in the abilities of their local authorities to cope with the demands of the event was significantly less, at 56%. This compared consistently with 57% in 2006 survey but reflected a drop from 62% in the 2005 survey.Respondents were also firm about their perceived disadvantages. Taking rate, food and petrol price hikes into account, the most commonly expressed disadvantage is the fear of price rises, they said. These figures have risen and fallen – 30% in the latest survey, a marked increase from 22% in 2006 and 25% in 2005. The number of respondents who see a rise in crime because of 2010 has also fluctuated between 2005 and 2007, from 20% to 29% to 27%.Additionally, there has been a slight fall in the number of South Africans who believe that the country’s cities will become more competitive on the global stage. In 2005 the proportion was 85%, compared to 82% and 79% in 2006 and 2007 respectively.According to Dr Udesh Pillay, head of the HSRC’s 2010 World Cup Research Project, the downward trend in these two categories could signify a growing sense of realism regarding 2010, but this can be addressed by policy-makers and government.Continuing to monitor trendsPillay said the HSRC will continue to track and analyse changing attitudes, providing policy-makers and practitioners with decisive planning information in the run-up to the event, and creating a space for public debate and dialogue.The HSRC’s World Cup project extends beyond the annual survey. In addition to the survey, there are three other components to the 2010 research project. The HSRC is collaborating with the Centre for Urban and Built Environment Studies of the University of the Witwatersrand on a better understanding of effect that mega-events have on cities and their residents.In addition, it is conducting further research on other aspects of the World Cup such as governance, and it engages with the public through platforms such as a fortnightly column in Business Day, and conferences and seminars.Related articles2010 World Cup: fast factsUseful linksHuman Sciences Research CouncilSouth Africa 2010NepadConfederation of African FootballAfrican Response 2010 poll resultslast_img read more

New Air France Dreamliners raise the bar in premium economy.

first_imgAir France is offering some inexpensive opportunities to experience the first brand new aircraft type added to its fleet since the arrival of the Airbus A380 in 2009.The carrier’s first Boeing 787-9 took over the  4.5-hour daily flight from Paris Charles De Gaulle  Airport to Cairo on January 9 but it will also initially be used on shorter routes in Europe.The Dreamliner will move to long-haul service on the airline’s Paris-Montreal route on May 1 after the second of 16 787-9s arrives in spring. But there are opportunities to experience the newest addition to the Air France fleet on the cheap within Europe before that date. From February 6, flights AF1680/1681 between Paris and London-Heathrow and return will be flown by the first 787 (except on Wednesdays), with one-way economy fares offered at bargain prices as low as 66€.   With the deployment of the second aircraft, the airline is planning a round trip between Paris and Lyon in between flights to Canada to give flight crews an extra opportunity to rack up take-offs and landings.The new plane highlights one of Air France’s weaknesses:  its inconsistent cabin product, particularly in business class. Its business product ranges from aging angled lie-flat seats, especially in the A340-300 fleet and on the 10 A380s delivered since 2009, to the revamped cabins of the Boeing 777s. The rollout of the newest 777 product started in June, 2014, and it will still take until December, 2017, before all aircraft have been refitted.   Currently, 44 of 68 Boeing 777-200ERs and -300ERs have been upgraded. The airline will also keep its A340s for some time — nine of the airline’s 11 A340-300s, some over 20 years old, will only be phased out within the next three years. Air France fleet director Nicolas Bertrand told Airline Ratings during a 787 demo flight that the plan was to replace them one by one with the incoming Dreamliners.Because the ancient A340 cabins will continue to offer customers only a fraction of the comfort of the newer aircraft interiors, the biggest uncertainty surrounds the A380 fleet. “We are now making a plan and shall start retrofitting a new product from 2019”, says Bertrand, meaning that it will take at least until 2020, more than 10 years since the superjumbo’s   introduction, before passengers can expect to see enhanced A380 cabins matching the offerings of 777s or the 787.The wild variety of product levels won’t be helped by the introduction of the first Airbus A350-900s at Air France, planned for September 2019.  While partner KLM took the first 787s in November 2015, and now has eight in service, Air France will take the lead with the A350s.Air France’s Dreamliners offer 276 seats versus 294 on the 787-9s operated by KLM, the reason being that the Dutch don’t have a dedicated premium economy cabin. KLM has an “Economy Comfort” section, with an enhanced pitch of 35’’, that is otherwise an identical product to Economy. Air France takes pride in its new premium economy, which is making its debut on the 787s with a dedicated cabin (rows 11-12) with 21 seats in 2-3-2 configuration. “We use the Zodiac Airgo FX Premium seats and enhanced the pitch from 38’’ in our previous product to 40’’ now,’’ customer experience manager Fatou Gueye tells Airline Ratings. This is not the roomiest premium economy in the sky  —  JAL and China Airlines are offering up to 42’’ with the same seat hardware — but Air France’s newest product is easily among the best offerings  currently available, boasting a bigger recline of 130 degrees versus 123 degrees in the previous  fixed shell seats that were an industry innovation when introduced by the airline in 2009.  The screens for the 787’s in-flight entertainment system from Panasonic, as on the 777s, have been enlarged from nine inches to 11 inches.  Welcome innovations on the new product is the much larger foldout table, which can support a laptop easily, and new footrests which come up higher than previously to make the seat more comfortable for many passengers.A new feature in the otherwise unchanged business cabin is a smallish bar corner in a space next to door 2L.  The Air France 787 is also the first aircraft of the carrier’s 225-strong fleet to be wi-fi-enabled, a move that comes late compared to other international carriers such as Lufthansa or Emirates. “The technology wasn’t good enough, but now it is time,’’ says Bertrand.  Air France/KLM repeated this mantra and refused to sign up for on-board WiFi for years, allowing the competition to gain big advantages. The Panasonic eXConnect system using Ku-band satellites seems to work fairly well and fast, according to people who have used it on Air France’s 787 flights. However, the airline charges for data packages, the most customer-unfriendly solution, as passengers have no idea how fast their package is used up. Rather than offering a flat fee like Lufthansa, Air France charges from 5€ for 20MB, 10€ for 50MB and 30€ for 200MB. In September, Air France-KLM had signed with provider Gogo to equip a total of 124 long-haul aircraft of both carriers, 68 Boeing 777s and 15 Airbus A330s at Air France, but again only starting at the end of 2017.  There is also no word on any plans for the A380.last_img read more