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Amazing Fares for European destinations: SAS Airlines

by 25. April 2011 04:41
SAS Airlines recently announced fares that start at USD 398 R/t from United States to several European destinations.

The last date to purchase your air tickets is 3rd May 2011, for the travel period that commences from 3rd May 2011 until 16th June 2011.

A detail for destinations and fares is mentioned below:
  • From New York to Copenhagen at USD 398 R/t
  • From US to Scandinavia/ Finland at USD 399
  • From US to several destinations in Germany/ Baltic/ Poland/ Russia/ Amsterdam/ Paris at USD 415
  • From Chicago to Warsaw at USD 429 R/t
Terms & Conditions:
  • Fares are subjected to change without any prior notice
  • No advance purchase is required
  • Minimum stay of Saturday night is required
  • All travel must be completed by 20th June 2011
  • Tickets are non-refundable
  • A change permitted at a chargeable fee of USD 300.
  • Other conditions may apply.

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Qantas Airways further hikes the Fuel Surcharges

by 20. April 2011 09:41
Australian flagship carrier, Qantas Airways, to cope up with the existing global oil price rise recently released a hefty increase in the fuel surcharge by USD 105. The increased surcharge will be applicable each way on international routes from Australia to Europe and North America.

The increase is third move, which the airline has taken combat with the rising fuel price. Previously it increased fares and fuel surcharge on its domestic routes, withdrew few airline flights and also did management job cuts.

Alan Joyce, chief executive, Qantas, said, "The cost of jet fuel at the moment is the single biggest threat to our business since the global financial crisis. If these (fuel) prices are sustained, next year's fuel bill will be hundreds of millions of dollars more."

At present the airline is struggling with rising jet fuel prices and with its business, which has been disrupted due to the natural calamities that hit Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The airline estimated a loss of AUD 140 million in its total earning due to the recent disasters.

The airline has spent around 3.7 billion on fuel in the 2010/11 (July/ June) and plans to spend around AUD 2 billion in the second half of 2010/11.

The airline is also facing a treat of strike action by few of its workers over pay and conditions, as some extreme demands made by the unions have not been accepted.

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Saudi Arabia and US signs Open Skies agreement

by 20. April 2011 09:40
In order to liberalize the mutual aviation ties, Saudi Arabia and United States recently signed an Open Skies bilateral agreement.

According to the statement released by US Secretary of State, the new agreement is designed to further strengthen existing trade and tourism relations. The agreement will also prove to be beneficial for the United States and Saudi Arabian business and travelers.

The agreement along with safety and security to the aviation sector will help in the airlines’ expansion and also in managing the price competition among the international airlines.

At present Saudi Arabian Airlines serves three United States cities such as New York, Washington DC and Frankfort Kentucky. The airline also has close links with Boeing, one of the largest aircraft manufacturers.

The national carrier of Saudi Arabia is also planning to join the SkyTeam alliance in 2012, which will make it the first Middle East carrier to become a member of the alliance group.

Saudi Arabia’s aviation sector has been putting great efforts to widespread its aviation program and also to launch its new regional airport, which will be inaugurated this week.

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Gulf Air increases flight frequency to Milan

by 19. April 2011 09:16
The national flagship carrier, Gulf Air recently announced to increase its flight frequency from four to six flights per week over the Bahrain-Milan route.

The airline will operate its Airbus A320, six times a week to handle the increasing air travel demand on the existing route. The aircraft will be configured with 16 Falcon Gold Class seats and 120 coach class seats.

The increased flight service will prove to be beneficial to the business travelers as now they will have a choice between two schedules – early morning departures and late evening departures from Bahrain.

The early morning flight will depart from Bahrain at 02.15am on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays and will arrive in Milan at 07.35am.  The round trip flight will leave Milan at 12.00pm and will arrive in Bahrain at 06.50pm

The late evening flight will depart from Bahrain at 10.05pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and will arrive in Milan at 03.25pm. The round trip flight will depart from Milan at 04.25pm and will arrive in Bahrain at 11.15pm.

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Singapore Airlines Reveals Fuel Surcharge Hike

by 19. April 2011 09:14
Singapore Airlines recently disclosed the hike in fuel surcharge that will be applicable on air tickets issued on and after April 21st 2011. According to the airline the fuel rates have increased tremendously since the beginning of this year by more than 30 percent and have thus made it to increase fuel surcharge.

The carrier confirmed that the fuel surcharge hike will range between USD 4 and USD 32 per sector, which will depend entirely on the distance and traveling class. The raised fuel surcharge will be applicable on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights.

At present the cost of jet fuel per barrel is more than USD 138, which has turned to be highest in two years.

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Now book your air tickets through mobile: BMI

by 18. April 2011 09:37
To facilitate its passengers BMI, the British flagship carrier recently launched mobile booking site. BMI customers can now access the new site at mobile.flybmi.com and search flights, book air tickets and pay for one of the best airline tickets from their smartphones.

The users will also be able to manage the bookings made for plane tickets, check flight status, airport and timetable information. The Diamond Club miles members will be able to calculate their earned miles balances.

With this new launch BMI has become the first British airline to provide dedicated mobile site with flight booking capabilities, check-in, and flight status and loyalty scheme facilities. Other international airlines such as Singapore Airlines offer mobile sites from where customers can book flights and British Airways offers mobile site ba2go.com, where users can only access for flights and cannot reserve them.

In 2008 BMI was the first to offer mobile boarding passes to its customers.

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Qatar Airways to receive its first Boeing 787 aircraft in next March

by 18. April 2011 09:36
The national flagship carrier, Qatar Airways announced that it will receive the delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in March 2012.

The airline has also announced to discontinue its First Class services on all the aircrafts and thus will configure the 787-8 aircraft into two-plane class.

Akbar Al Baker, CEO, said, "It will have a few amenities that I don’t want to disclose now – but it will be a new concept."

The airline is planning to launch its flight service on new international routes such as Venice, Sofia, Calcutta, Oslo and Montreal as well as 15 others in the next year and also to increase the flight service frequency on the existing routes.

The airline has placed an order of 30 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, in November 2007, which will form the part of its regional and medium-haul fleet.

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V Australia announces amazing low fares to Australia

by 15. April 2011 02:30
V Australia is now offering low fares to several Australian destinations from Los Angeles and San Francisco. Passenger can book their air tickets by 20th April 2011.

A sample of destinations & their fares is mentioned below:
  • From Los Angele/ San Francisco to Sydney/ Brisbane/ Melbourne at USD 978 R/t
  • From Los Angele/ San Francisco to Cairns at USD 1098 R/t
  • From Los Angele/ San Francisco to Hamilton/ Uluru at USD 1178 R/t
  • From Los Angele/ San Francisco to Launceston at USD 1218 R/t
  • From Los Angele/ San Francisco to Hobart at USD 1228 R/t
  • From Los Angele/ San Francisco to New Zealand at USD 968 R/t

Terms & Conditions:
  • Fare are subject to change without any prior notice
  • Fares exclude the government fees and taxes
  • Other conditions may apply.

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British Airways codeshares with Royal Jordanian

by 14. April 2011 09:37
British Airways recently signed the codeshare agreement with the Jordan national airline, Royal Jordanian. The new agreement will enable British Airways customers to book flights from London to Amman.

Royal Jordanian, which is also the member of oneworld operates daily flight service between London and Amman from Hearthow’s Terminal 3. The carrier operates its A330 aircraft, which is configured with coach class and business class seats. Passengers can now book their air tickets, which will be valid for the travel that commence from 19th April 2011.

This new agreement is the follow up of last month launch of three-time weekly Easyjet flights between London and Amman.

British Airways domestic and Scandinavian flights have been codeshared by Royal Jordanian since 2008.

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Gulf Air expands its flight service to Copenhagen and Nairobi

by 14. April 2011 09:34
The principal flag carrier of Kingdom of Bahrain, Gulf Air recently announced the launch of new flight service to Copenhagen and Nairobi from July 2011.

The carrier will operate its Boeing 737 aircraft, leased from Privatair, one of the leading Swiss private jet operators and will configure with 16 Falcon Gold seats and 78 coach class seats.

A four-time weekly flight service will take its first flight for the Danish capital on 1st July 2011. The new flight will depart from Bahrain at 01.30am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and will arrive in Copenhagen at 07.30am. The round trip flight will depart from Copenhagen at 11.00am and will arrive in Bahrain at 06.50pm.

With this new launch Gulf Air will be the third airline after Qatar Airways and Emirates to operate flights to Copenhagen.

“Scandinavians are keen travelers to the Asian and the Indian sub-continent regions and Copenhagen is an aviation hub for the Scandinavian and Baltic regions. The city also enjoys good surface connections with southern Sweden. In addition, Copenhagen is home to many international corporations and organizations, and we see a strong potential for business traffic to and from the region. By connecting Copenhagen with Bahrain we are opening up new doors of opportunity for trade and tourism for both countries,” said Samer Majali, CEO, Gulf Air.

The carrier will launch new flight service on Bahrain-Nairobi route from 5th July 2011. A four-time weekly service will be operated by Gulf Air’s A320 aircraft that will be configured with 16 Falcon Gold seats and 120 coach class seats.

The flights will depart from Bahrain at 11.00am on Tuesday and Friday, and at 08.15pm on Thursday and Sunday. The round trip flight will depart from Nairobi at 06.00pm on Tuesday and Friday, and at 03.15am on Monday and Friday.

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