17 08 19

first_imgANA presented with two SKYTRAX Category AwardsANA presented with two SKYTRAX Category AwardsAll Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline for seven consecutive years, today won “World’s Best Airport Services” and “Best Business Class Onboard Catering” at the SKYTRAX World Airline Awards, in a special ceremony in Paris at Musee de l’Air et de l’ Espace, Paris Air Show.The awards, hosted by London-based airline industry rating company SKYTRAX, are determined by the results of a worldwide passenger survey. This is the seventh year that ANA has earned “World’s Best Airport Services” since 2011, and it is the very first time ANA has been awarded “Best Business Class Onboard Catering,” reflecting the airline’s commitment to ensuring a quality experience to its passengers in both service and experience.“We are delighted that SKYTRAX recognized our commitment to our customers both on and off our aircrafts,” said Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA. “As a global leading airline, ANA continues to provide our passengers with the best hospitality from the moment they check in until they leave the airport at their destination as these awards make clear. We’d like to thank our dedicated team members on the ground and on board and to our customers for recognizing these efforts and continuing to make ANA Japan’s leading airline.”For the “World’s Best Airport Services” award, passengers recognized the efforts of ANA’s ground staff at airports for having exceptional customer service with its flyers and going the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction is a top priority. In addition, the following initiatives by ANA have been commended:An increased number of automatic check in baggage machines “ANA Baggage Drop” to ensure check-in procedures are as smooth as possible.Revamped domestic ANA LOUNGES in Itami, Fukuoka, and Naha airport, designed by world famous architect, Kengo Kuma.The ANA LOUNGE in Narita Airport expanded to create a more spacious environment for flyers.Extended opening hours of ANA’s lounge at Haneda International Terminal to provide comfort and convenience to passengers.Lobby service training for staff to help the needs of customers at both check-in and at ANA’s lounge.ANA has also been awarded for “Best Business Class Onboard Catering” for the following reasons:Increasing the volume of the international cuisine’s main dish as well as more options of cheese.In order to answer to the various demands, ANA has added continental breakfast, cereal and yogurt as additional choices.ANA have added a symbol to represent vegetarian meals in-flight.ANA have enhanced the meals on flights departing outside of Japan by collaborating with famous chefs for flights departing from Germany and Belgium.“ANA is a very strong performer in the World Airline Awards and this is demonstrated by these two major customer awards,” said Edward Plaisted, CEO of SKYTRAX. “World’s Best Airport Services award covers all front-line processes from check-in, lounge service, arrivals, transfer and boarding, and in the opinion of customers, ANA is providing the very best experience for both staff efficiency and the quality of staff service. We congratulate all the ANA staff who worked so hard to achieve this No 1 ranking. It is also a great achievement for ANA to win the award for World’s Best Business Class Onboard Catering, because this is a very competitive category amongst the world’s leading airlines.”While it is ANA’s pride and honor to receive the two awards in addition to the 5-Star rating, which we won for seven consecutive years, we will continue striving to provide the best hospitality as a global leading airline.Source = All Nippon Airwayslast_img read more

20 07 19

first_imgA marvelous fossil of a 13-feet-long long prehistoric whale was recently found in marine sediments just off the coast of Playa Media Luna in Peru. The fossil, which is around 42.6 million years old, is actually a species of a whale that still possessed legs — able to walk on the ground as well as swim in the ocean’s depths. This fascinating discovery links up millions of years of evolution that shaped cetacean species like the blue whale and dolphins. The order Cetacea also includes archaic dog-like animals, classified as Pakicetus, that lived exclusively on land.Mandible and postcranial bones of Peregocetus pacificus. Photo courtesy of Cell PressThe fossil represents the in-between period of species development, which after millions of years of hunting in the water adapted to aquatic life. According to Travis Park of the Natural History Museum of London, as reported by the BBC:“Whales are this iconic example of evolution. They went from small hoofed mammals to the blue whale we have today. It’s so interesting to see how they conquered the oceans.”The fossil was found in excellent condition, enabling scientists unprecedented insight into the anatomy of the prehistoric animal. Olivier Lambert of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and lead author of the study, which was published in the journal Current Biology, expressed the importance of finding such a well-preserved fossil. He is quoted by the Guardian as saying: “Other examples from this time were more fragmentary, less complete specimens. We didn’t have a clear indication of their swimming and walking abilities.”Distribution of Protocetid Whales during the Middle Eocene. Photo courtesy of Cell PressWith precise analysis, the team of palaeontologists was able to conclude that this Eocene-era whale “had little hooves on its fingers and toes,” suggesting that both its forelimbs and hind limbs were still very much in use.Its strong tail and webbed feet, on the other hand, prove its natural predisposition to swimming. This trait can be found today among sea otters and beavers, who are also capable of walking on land.Due to the missing last few tail vertebrae, it remains impossible to determine whether the whale featured a large paddle,similar to that of its modern descendants, some of whom are capable of achieving a staggering speed of more than 30 mph underwater. The fossil also revealed that this species had sharp teeth, as well as a long snout, suggesting its diet was based primarily on fish and crustaceans.A humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), a member of infraorder Cetacea of the order CetartiodactylaThe excavation began in 2011 when Mario Urbina of the Natural History Museum of Peru drew the attention of the international palaeontology community to the coastal desert of southern Peru ‘s Playa Media Luna as a region potentially rich with fossils. A team of experts from Peru, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium was assembled and their work resulted in this groundbreaking discovery.Related Video: Mummified Cats and Beetles Discovered in Egyptian TombHowever, what makes this discovery uniquely valuable is the fact that the fossil confirms the theory of migration of these whale-like creatures from areas like India and Pakistan, from where their land-based ancestors originated more than 50 million years ago.Hylogenetic relationships of Peregocetus pacificusOlivier Lambert, co-author of the study, confirmed the unique nature of this fascinating discovery for Science Daily: “This is the first indisputable record of a quadrupedal whale skeleton for the whole Pacific Ocean, probably the oldest for the Americas, and the most complete outside India and Pakistan.”Therefore, the fossil was given a suitable name ― Peregocetus pacificus ― literally meaning “the traveling whale that reached the Pacific”.Preserved parts of the skeleton of Peregocetus pacificus. Photo courtesy of Cell PressFurthermore, the missing link that confirms this theory also confirms that the ancient animal migrated at one point through the South Pacific and inhabited both the Americas, as well as the northern and western coast of the African continent, where similar fossils have been found.Read another story from us: A Giant Galapagos Tortoise Once Thought Extinct Reappears After a CenturyThey were most probably led by the westward surface currents, and since the continents were much closer to each other at the time, their epic journey was possible despite them still being very much dependant on land, where they most probably mated and gave birth to their young.Correction: In the original version of the article we misstated 50,000 million years ago The correct number is 50 million years ago.We made the correction on 4/08/2019last_img read more