12. December 2013 01:31
Air New Zealand announced its decision to extend flight services to
Australia’s Sunshine Coast. The airline intends to do this for third
time in a row. The airline will resume service to the destination next
The airline will commence service from June 27, 2014 through October 26,
2014. The airline will fly on twice-weekly basis between the two
destinations. It will expand the service to thrice weekly during the
peak travel season. The airline has chalked a plan for itself to offer
seasonal service to the Sunshine Coast in the next three years. It looks
forward to offering 18,000 seats in the stipulated time.
The airline believes Sunshine Coast has scripted a success story and has
become a hugely popular destination ever since its debut in 2012. The
airline added capacity this year and aims at enhancing 75 percent the
next year. As per the airline, New Zealanders are happy about this
service. They are choosing to hit the golden beaches of the Sunshine
Coast during bitter winter months. Additional flights on the route is
expected to bring with it big money. A large chunk of travelers from New
Zealand visit the Sunshine Coast making it one of the most preferred
destinations in Australia. In fact, the Kiwis contribute a major portion
of the group of travelers that visited the city this year.
The airline and Sunshine Coast authorities expect a boom in tourism in
the coming years. They are gearing to cope up with the mounting demands
and of course the anticipation.
11. December 2013 05:04
All Nippon Airways or ANA announced the launch of new routes from
Tokyo Haneda. The airline said it is all set to commence service from
Tokyo Haneda to London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Vancouver,
Jakarta, Hanoi, and Manila in the coming year.
The largest carrier of Japan is keen on widening its international
footprints. Hence, it has chalked a plan to expand services around the
world. The announcement has come close on the heels of finalizing its
international schedule for 2014 that begins on March 30 next year.
As per the schedule, flights will depart Tokyo at 11:30 am and arrive in
London at 4:00 pm. Return flights will depart London at 5:35 pm and
arrive in Tokyo at 3:15 pm, the following day. The airline will suspend
its Tokyo Narita-London service on March 30. Similarly, flights will
depart Tokyo at 10:25 am and arrive in Paris at 3:45 pm. Return flights
will depart Paris at 9:10 pm and arrive in Tokyo at 4:00 pm the next
day. The airline will use the services of Boeing 777-300ERs on these
The airline already runs a service from Narita to Jakarta and Manila.
The new services from Haneda will complement the existing flights to
these destinations. However, Vancouver and Hanoi are new destinations
for the airline. It will be offering flights to these cities for the
10. December 2013 05:54
Qatar Airways, the big player in the Middle East announced its
decision to launch service to the city of Larnaca in Cyprus. The airline
has rapidly been expanding in the last few years. The airline which,
commenced service in 1994 today offers flights to over 100 destinations
The new service between Doha and Larnaca is set for April 29, 2014
debut. The airline will use the services of Airbus A320 aircraft to fly
this route. This plane is equipped with a seating capacity for 144
passengers. Of the 144 seats, 12 are available in business class and the
rest 132 in economy class. The flights will depart and arrive at
Larnaca International Airport every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and
Sunday. As per the schedule, flights will depart Doha at 8:10 am and
arrive in Larnaca at 12 noon. Return flights will depart Larnaca at 2:10
pm and arrive in Doha at 5:45 pm.
Larnaca is the third largest city in Cyprus after Nicosia, and Limassol.
Larnaca is a scenic town in the country. It is blessed with abundant
beauty, glittering seashores, and outstanding attractions. Travelers
from all over the globe flock to the city to witness its richness and
enjoy a great time. The airline is happy with the announcement and is
keen to serve travelers who wish to explore its lavish exquisiteness.
So far this year the airline has launched flights to eleven new
destinations including Gassim, Najaf, Phnom Penh, Chicago, Salalah,
Basra, Sulaymaniyah, Chengdu, Addis Ababa, and Ta’if among others.
9. December 2013 01:24
Ryan Air, the no frills airline of Ireland has a surprise for its
travelers. The news may sound hard to believe but in all circumstances,
it is true. The low-cost carrier announced its plan to alter its baggage
policy. Some travelers dismissed the news as hoax until of course, they
read it officially on their own. The changes made refer to the carry-on
In the recent past, a spat of unprecedented incidents have maligned the
image of the airline. Some travelers have even branded the airline as
money minting, and opportunist. Many believe the airline is least
focused on customer satisfaction. The only thing, which, matters, is
money. In a bid to perhaps, cleanse its tarnished image, it has come up
with this decision. Passengers will now be able to carry hand baggage
weighing not more than 10kg, and hold it, along with a second carry-on
item. The catch is-Its Free!
Well, that is not it! There is more from the airline. On one hand, it is
easing its baggage policy, on the other, it has decided to reduce the
punishment fee for passengers who fail to print their boarding cards
from home. It will now charge more affordable €15/$20 as fee rather than
the earlier €70/$95 for the same. It also plans to launch mobile
boarding cards in April 2014 along with assigned seats in February 2014.
6. December 2013 05:22
Air Canada, the flagship carrier of Canada is the latest to join the
bandwagon of airlines boasting Dreamliner in their fleet. The airline
just recently uncovered the cabin design and seating to appear on its
Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. The airline has placed an order for
whopping 37 of the state-of-the art aircrafts with its American
The airline expects to receive the first of these advanced planes in the
spring of 2014. The new plane is set to debut on its maiden flight on
Toronto-London Heathrow and Toronto-Zurich routes beginning May. These
flights will initially operate on a two-month trial period. A Dreamliner
will also launch service between Toronto and Tel Aviv beginning July.
These planes are equipped with a seating capacity for 251 passengers
across business, premium economy, and economy classes. Business class
will comprise 20 seats in 1-2-1 configuration. These travelers will
enjoy adjustable headrests that include massage function. These seats
can be converted into full flat beds and in full-length stretch up to 80
inches. These seats also include universal power points and USB points.
Travelers can enjoy in-flight entertainment on 18 inch large screens.
In addition to watching a movie or their favorite program, travelers can
sip hot Lavazza espressos and cappuccinos.
Premium economy consists seating capacity for 21 passengers in 2-3-2
configuration. These seats are 19.5 inches wide, have seven inch
recline, and include 38 inches of seat pitch. Each seat also consists of
11 inches screen, universal power plug, and USB outlets. They will also
be able to relish delicious meals, priority check-in and baggage
delivery at their destination. Economy class will consist of 210
slimline seats in 3-3-3 configuration and 31 inches of seat pitch. Every
passenger will have a personal monitor of 9 inches, USB port, and
universal charging point.
5. December 2013 04:33
Aegean Airline, the largest Greek airline announced its plans to
launch summer service to Birmingham. The airline said it intends to
commence service between Birmingham and Athens in June next year. The
airline was established in the year 1987 and since then has been
operating service to various destinations from its hub in Athens
International Airport and other cities across the country.
As per the plan, the airline will commence twice a week operations
between the city pair. The flights will run every Tuesday and Saturday.
The airline will use the services of Airbus A320 aircraft on this route.
This plane is equipped with a seating capacity for 168 passengers. The
seats have been configured in two classes, Business Class and Economy
The seasonal service will function from June 10, 2014 through October
25, 2014. Earlier this year, the airline launched a similar service
between London Stansted and Athens. The flights on this route commenced
on July 11 and were terminated on September 25. Europe is one of the
favorite holiday destinations amongst travelers. Many travelers explore
the richness of Europe in different cities. With the onset of the
season, passenger traffic and demands begin to mount. Many airlines
therefore, either launch additional service or boost the frequency on
However, business passengers and passengers who are Gold card members
can access the airline’s lounge at the airport. In fact, Gold card
members can also carry an extra baggage with them to their destination.
4. December 2013 03:42
British Airways, the flagship carrier of the United Kingdom has decided to increase the frequency on its Cape Town route. The airline, which operates double-daily service between London Heathrow and Cape Town, is keen on adding more flights between the two destinations.
At present, the national carrier is operating twice-daily flights on London-Cape Town route between the months of October and May. This period is the peak travel season in the Southern Hemisphere and many travelers rush to different locations pushing the load on airlines to meet with the mounting passenger traffic. The airline has decided to increase the frequency of flights between March and May. It will therefore, use the services of Boeing 777-200ERs to ply on the route. These flights will help add 657 seats per week between the city pair.
As per the schedule, the additional service will operate every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from London. Return flights will depart Cape Town every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. The planes that will fly passengers on the route are equipped with a seating capacity across four classes. Overall there will be 12 seats in the First Class, 48 seats in Business Class, 32 seats in premium Economy Class, and 127 seats in Economy Class. The airline is happy with its decision and hopes to receive warm response to its call. The airline is popular across the globe for offering comfort and luxury to its passengers throughout their journey. In a bid to add to the experience of the travelers, it is set to inaugurate a new lounge in Cpe Town towards the end December.
3. December 2013 02:45
Gulf carriers are making it big on the international circuit.
Airlines like Emirates, Qatar, and Etihad have emerged as major players
in the international market. In fact, some bigger airlines in the United
States and Europe deem these carriers as a concern.
At present, Emirates, the largest of the gulf carriers has already made
its mark by establishing itself as the top international carrier based
on its passenger traffic. The airline has bigger expansion plans in the
near future, therefore, is constantly making additions to its existing
massive fleet. Big commercial players like American Airlines, Delta Air
Lines, and United Airlines do not seem to be bothered at the moment
courtesy the geographic dividing them.
The gulf carriers have however, managed to use their position to benefit
the connecting routes to destinations in Australia, Asia, and South
America via their hubs. Emirates operates out of its hub in Dubai and
has exploited its position for its own benefit. Many passengers break
their journey in Dubai to fly to their final destinations. The airline
has been using the opportunity for its personal gains over the years.
Not all do however, agree that Emirates is not a real concern for the
airlines operating out of the United States. Many believe that the
airline will, in the times to come, inflict wounds on the commercial
airlines of the U.S. by eating into their routes thereby posing an open
challenge. Emirates intends to offer nonstop flights to several
destinations across the United States, and also to Europe and Asia.
Currently it operates flights between New York and Milan, which is a big
business center for the United States.
2. December 2013 06:31
Air France the big European player recently launched flights to
Panama City. One of the biggest commercial carriers of Europe commenced
service between Paris and Panama City. The new route between the city
pair will give passengers a chance to fly between Paris Charles de
Gaulle and Tocumen International Airport.
These flights will operate on thrice-a-week basis. The airline will use
the services of Boeing 777-200 on the route. This aircraft is equipped
with a seating capacity across three classes. It comprises an overall
capacity for 309 seats. Of these 309 seats, 35 belong to business class
passengers, 24 are included in premium economy class, and 250 belong to
economy class passengers.
As per the schedule, flights will depart Paris every Monday, Thursday,
and Saturday at 1:30 pm and arrive in Panama City at 6:30 pm, local
time. Return flights will depart Panama City at 10:00 pm and arrive in
Paris at 12:10, the next day.
The airline believes Panama is a growing market and there is huge
potential on the route. According to Frederic Gagey, Chairman and CEO of
Air France the airline is looking to tap the economically developing
markets and the launch of Panama City service is a testimony to the
fact. With this service, the airline is strengthening its hold in the
Central and South American and the Caribbean markets.
29. November 2013 02:33
British Airways, the premier airline of Europe intends to experiment
yet another time. Just recently, the airline tested digital tags and
earned appreciation for its innovative thinking. It now intends to test
Wi-Fi onboard its Boeing 747 series aircrafts.
The flagship airline of the United Kingdom currently flies to over 160
destinations worldwide. It also has inked codeshare agreements with
several another carriers that will increase its presence around the
world. With a huge customer base, the airline is forever in the lookout
to try something that benefits its customers a great deal. Long haul
travels can really get the better of travelers and more so in conditions
when boredom strikes! Internet is a powerful medicine to kill boredom
and many travelers appreciate the fact of staying connected with their
loved ones even when they are flying miles high in the sky.
The airline management and customers are thrilled at the idea of making
Wi-Fi available on its flights. Therefore, the airline is set to run a
connectivity trial on its B747 planes next year. The airline will use
the services of Panasonic Global Communication Suite for the same. The
B747-400 planes operate on various routes giving the airline a scope to
test its credentials at different locations throughout the world.
Travelers who prefer to fly with the airline should expect more comfort
and benefits in the times to come.