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Fly business class to Europe and Asia through Singapore Airlines

by 16. February 2011 08:33
Singapore Airlines are now offering special fares that start from UDS 3285 from several destinations in Europe and Asia. The fares will be valid for the travel period that ends on 31st March 2011.

Sample of destinations and fares is mentioned below:
  • From New York to Frankfurt at USD 3285
  • From San Francisco to Seoul at USD 4218
  • From Huston to Moscow at USD 5573
  • From San Francisco to Hong Kong at USD 5866
Terms & Conditions:
  • Fares are subject to change without any prior notice
  • A fees of USD 100 will be charged for any cancellation
  • Other conditions may apply.

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Turkish Airlines bookings increases to 6.3 pc this Jan

by 15. February 2011 07:22
Turkish Airlines recently announced that there has been a significant growth in terms of passenger traffic, which has increased to 2.1 million in January this year. This accounts for a total of 6.3 percent growth.

If compared to the figures of 2010 then there is a growth of 29 million passengers thus accounting for the growth of 16 percent from the past years. There was a decrease in the load factor that fell to 67.3 percent making a total fall of 1.5 percent in the last month. There was an increase in the freight dispatch of 26.1 tons by 23 percent this January.

Turkey holds a stake of 49 percent in its national carrier. The flag carrier is aiming to expand its fleet to grab the market shares in new destinations such as Europe and Middle East.

Cemal Demirtas, the senior analyst at the Oyak Securities said,” Despite the further slowdown in the pace of passenger growth in January, we believe that the company will better utilize its fleet while flying to new destinations in the rest of 2011."

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747-8 Intercontinental premiered at Seattle by Boeing

by 14. February 2011 03:18
Boeing recently unveiled the new generation 747-8 jumbo intercontinental aircraft sporting a striking red-orange livery at its factory in Everett, Seattle.

Around 10,000 guests were invited to the event ceremony that took place Sunday evening Pacific Standard Time.

Lufthansa, the launched customer of the aircraft, said that the aircraft will be configured with 386 seats in three classes.

The 747-800, widely known as 747-8 Intercontinental or 747-8I, is the world’s longest passenger aircraft, and is longer than its predecessor 747-400 and Airbus A340-600 by 5.6 meter and one meter respectively.

Boeing spokesperson said that the one-off Sunrise livery "honors many key Boeing customers whose cultures recognize these colors as symbols of prosperity and good luck".

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Alitalia now features Premium Economy Seats over Rome-Beijing route

by 14. February 2011 03:17
Alitalia Airlines will be featuring the flights that will operate between Rome and Beijing with premium economy. The Classica Plus feature will be equipped in the Airbus A330 aircraft that will run on the new route.

The flight service featuring the premium economy class will commence from 1st June 2011 and will operate four times a week. The services are expected to reach five times a week from the October month. The scheduled timings are still to be announced.

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Excellent services to South America from United States by TAM Airlines

by 11. February 2011 09:30
To facilitates the esteemed travelers TAM Airlines offer nonstop flights service to the important cities in Brazil. The cities include Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte. The flights take off from the United States cities such as New York, Miami and Orlando.

The airlines also operate flights in other six South America countries. Passengers can now book their round trip tickets from New York to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro for the travel period that will start from 1st March 2011.

Term & Conditions:
  • The travel dates varies with the choice of destination
  • Few other conditions may apply.

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Onboard Mobile connectivity offered by Five Airlines

by 11. February 2011 09:09
To make travel more comfortable and hassle free few airlines now offer mobile connectivity to the passengers to stay in touch with family and friends. Here are those few airlines that provide this facility to all the passengers onboard.

The move was first initiated by the Emirates Air, in 2008 on its 75 long-haul flights. Last year at the Farnborough International Airshow the airlines announced that it will gradually equip the entire A380 flee with internet and mobile service, which will be provided by OnAir.

At present the mobile services are available on flights A340, A330, and B777. At present the mobile service is being provided by Aeromobile but once A380 carrier will fully be equipped with mobile services the service provider will shift to OnAir, which uses the Immersat Swiftbroadband Satellite that turns the aircraft into a connection zone. Passengers have to dial the country codes for making calls.

Aeromobile currently charges international roaming rates as per the network used by the passengers. OnAir charges the bill from the passengers according to the network operator, which is based on the individual roaming charges.

The Russian airline Aeroflot comes next that began offering on-board mobile calls and services from last year Christmas Eve. The airline at present offers the service on the Airbus A321, which is used on the mid-haul flights and will soon be extending the facility on the A330 carrier, which is used for trans-continental routes. The company has been providing the service free of cost until 28th February 2011 but will soon be releasing the new call rates.

The mobile network is being controlled by one of the Russian major phone service provider Megafon. Passengers are free to make calls, send messages and access the internet on the GPRS activated phones.

Oman Air started the mobile and internet services together from January 2010 and became the first airline to provide both the services to the passengers. The services have been featured on the long-haul flights of A330. The services, which is being provided by OnAir is compatible with all network types and handset. The billing is done according to the network providers roaming changes.

TAM Brazilian airline introduced the mobile connectivity service in the October 2010 on the Airbus A321 that operates on domestic routes. The airline has decided to extend the services to other 26 aircrafts by the second half of this month. The 26 aircrafts will include A319, A320 and A321, which also cover domestic routes. The network service provider OnAir charges the same amount as defined by the individual roaming rates and usage.

Air New Zealand will also be joining the list by next month. Initially the mobile connectivity will be available on the A320 aircraft, which is operated on the domestic route but will gradually cover the fleet that includes Boeing B777-300s. Vodafone will be taking care of the network onboard and will charge 80 cents per outbound text message and USD 2.7 per minute on outgoing voice calls and incoming calls will be priced at USD 1.5 per minute. The internet rates will start at USD 15.5 per MB.

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Free in-flight wifi facility in Norwegian Air Flights

by 11. February 2011 09:08
The Norwegian Air Shuttle has launched its first plane that is equipped with the wifi internet facility. As promotional pack, the airlines will provide these services free of cost to all the passengers traveling through this flight.

This has made the airline first in Europe to provide high-speed broadband service on flights. SAS airline will be the second to launch the service in April 2011.

According to the airline management, there will be 11 aircrafts that will be fitted with in-flight internet by the summer season. The yearend will see 21 planes equipped with the internet services, and by 2012 41 aircrafts will be installed with wifi equipment.

The airline management also said that initially the service will be provided to all the passengers free of cost, but it mentioned that the cost of wifi onboard will be not be higher than the cost on ground. Unlimited internet service will be provided to all the passengers but will make sure that all the passengers enjoy the good surfing experience onboard. The inappropriate content as well as VoIP applications will be filtered to avoid any misuse.

The wifi service will be provided on the entire airline network across the world. The passengers will also be informed two hours before departure about the availability of the featured service.

The United States firm Row 44 will supply the wifi services to the Norwegian carrier. Currently the company provides wifi technology to the Southwest Airlines.

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First Low-cost Fly-Thru Service by Air Asia

by 10. February 2011 10:29
Air Asia recently launched the first Fly-Thru service from London to Kuala Lumpur via Melbourne and Christchurch. The launch has made Air Asia one of the first low-cost airlines to offer baggage checking on flights on the single journey.

The Fly-Thru service provides the facility to passengers traveling from London to reserve their seats on the connecting flights under single itinerary, instead of booking another flight. The passengers are provided with the baggage check till the final destination and will be guaranteed a free change of the next available flight if by any chance they missed the connecting flight.

The Fly-Thru service at present is available on flights from London Stansted to Perth, Melbourne and Christchurch. Air Asia has also added the service over the short-haul flights that connect London to Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok, Bali and Singapore. The carrier is hoping to carry the service further throughout the year ahead.

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Qatar Airways adds more flights on Singapore route

by 10. February 2011 10:27
Qatar Airways will be adding more flights to the currently daily service between Doha and Singapore for few months. The airline is also in a process of evaluating many other routes in the Far East.

Thrice a week flight service will be operational from 1st May 2011, which will then be followed by other three from 1st October 2011, and from 3rd November 2011 a new flight will be added to the existing fleet. The new additions of flights will double the daily flight frequency before the end of 2011.

The decision of the increasing flights will open more options to the passengers. Passengers will now be able to make a choice from morning or evening flights from Doha to Singapore. Passengers traveling from Singapore to Doha will also have the option of either traveling with the evening or late night flights.

The airline will be adding Airbus A330 carrier over the new routes instead of Boeing 777 aircrafts. The new A 330 aircrafts will be equipped with business class products such as the angled lie-flat seats.

Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways said, “Singapore had been one of our best-performing routes in the entire region for a long time, with load factors consistently in the high 90s and the Far East continues to be a key market for the airline.” He also said that the management is into the process of launching more routes in the coming 18 months.

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Boeing delays the deliveries of 787 aircraft to Air India

by 9. February 2011 09:38
The aircraft manufacturer giant Boeing recently announced at the biennial Indian air show in Bangalore that there would be a further delay in the delivery of 787 aircraft to Air India. The company said that the first 787 Dreamliner aircrafts would be delivered to Air India in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The delivery of the first 787 aircraft was due in the month of April 2011, which was then postponed to June 2011. This further delay in the delivery will further make Air India entitled to compensation by Boeing.

The State run Carrier Air India announced that it has made plans to buy 27, 787 aircrafts in different phases.

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