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Air France to operate its A380 carrier on Paris-San Francisco route

by 13. April 2011 11:08
The French flagship carrier, Air France recently announced its daily A380 flight service to San Francisco. With this new service Air France will become the second airline to serve San Francisco with A380 after Lufthansa.

The new A380 aircraft will begin its operation from 6th June 2011 until 4th September 2011 between Paris and San Francisco.   The flight will depart from Paris at 10.30 am and will arrive in San Francisco at 12.40 am. The round trip flight will depart from San Francisco at 04.10 am and will arrive in Paris at 11.35 am the next day.

Lufthansa, which is the first to operate its A380 carrier to San Francisco, is all set to serve the California City from 10th May 2011.

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SAS to replace few aircrafts

by 13. April 2011 11:06
Scandinavian Airlines recently announced the replacement of two of its old carriers. The airline will phase out its MD80 and Boeing 737 classic aircrafts with leased A320 and next-generation B737s carriers.

According to the statement released, SAS has recently signed a lease agreement where it will be renting five new B737-800 aircraft from GECAS and has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to lease 12 B737-700 aircrafts.

The carrier is also planning to replace its MD80 entire fleet with Airbus A320 between 2012 and 2016.

Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO, SAS said, the fleet renewal would "reduce complexity and improve our environmental performance".

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Emirates to operate A380 aircraft over Shanghai route

by 13. April 2011 11:05
Emirates Air, the national carrier of UAE, has received the government approval to operate its Airbus A380 aircraft over Dubai-Shanghai route until 29th October 2011.  The new aircraft will take its first flight over the route from 27th April 2011. With this Shanghai will become Emirates’ third Chinese destination after Beijing and Hong Kong to be served with A380 superjumbo aircraft.

The new aircraft will operate thrice-a-week between Dubai and Shanghai. The flight will depart from Dubai at 03.10am on Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays and will arrive in Shanghai at 03.30pm. The round trip flight will depart from Shanghai at 11.30pm and will arrive back in Dubai at 04.30am.

In order to serve Shanghai with thrice weekly, the airline will reduce its 14 weekly flight service to 11 from Dubai-Hong Kong route.

At present the carrier operates twice-daily service to Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, and serves operates A380 aircraft to 12 destinations that include London, Manchester, Paris, Toronto, Seoul, Bangkok, Beijing, Jeddah, New York, Hong Kong, Sydney and Auckland.

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Business Class Tickets for Sale to Indian Subcontinent and Africa: Emirates

by 13. April 2011 11:02
Emirates Air is now offering business class air tickets for sale from United States to several destinations in Indian Subcontinent and Africa.

Passengers can take the advantage of low fares by purchasing airline tickets well in advance for travel to Indian subcontinent and Africa in luxury class.

A detail of fares is mentioned below:
  • From New York/ Houston to India/ Pakistan/ Sri Lanka/ Bangladesh at USD 4435 R/t
  • From New York/ Houston/ Los Angeles/ San Francisco to Africa except Luanda at USD 5310 R/t
Terms & Conditions:
  • Fares are subject to change without any prior notice
  • Traveling dates and ticket booking dates vary according to the choice of destination
  • An advance purchase of 7 and 14 days will be required for Indian Subcontinent
  • An Advance purchase of 21 and 50 days will be required for African destinations except Luanda
  • Reservation changes are permitted before or after departure at a chargeable fee of USD 400 per change, plus fare difference if any.
  • No-shows are subject to a fee of USD 400.
  • Partly utilized ticket is not refundable.
  • Ticket re-issues are subject to a charge of USD 800.
  • Stopovers permitted but vary according to the destination choice
  • Other conditions may apply.

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Fuel Surcharge hike by several Chinese Carriers

by 11. April 2011 10:31
To cover up the rising fuel prices, several Chinese airlines including the Chinese national carrier, Air China recently announced hike in fuel surcharge on all domestic routes. This is the second fuel surcharge hike in the same year. Previously the fee was increased in February.

China Eastern Airlines increased the fuel surcharge to USD 16.8 from USD 13.8 on domestic flights that operates on 500 or more than 500 miles routes. Similarly, the airline increased the fuel surcharge to USD 9.2 from USD 7.6 on short distance flights.

Fuel accounts for approximately 40 percent of the operating costs of the Chinese airlines, thus to save its revenue from negative growth the airlines had to increase the fuel surcharge.

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Cathay Pacific acquires more stakes in Air China

by 11. April 2011 10:18
The Hong Kong’s dominant carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways announced the acquisition of 5.48 million shares in Air China. While filing its papers to the Hong Kong stock exchange, Cathay Pacific announced a total investment of USD 5.15 million in the added number of shares.

A Cathay spokeswoman while confirming the acquisition announced that the airline holding in the Air China has now risen to 18.77 percent from 18.43 percent. The airline also expressed its interest of increase it’s holding in the Chinese national carrier.

Air China also has significant number of shares in Cathay Pacific. In 2010 the Chinese national carrier acquired 30 percent of shares in Cathay that makes it the second airline after Swire Pacific to have stakes in Cathay Pacific. Swire Pacific holds nearly 43 percent shares of Cathay Pacific.

Although, there was a fall of 10 percent in Cathay share value, but was better than that of Air Canada whose value dropped to 16 percent during the same period.

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US Airways to introduce First-Class Cabins on Domestic Flights

by 11. April 2011 10:13
US Airways recently announced the introductions of First-Class Cabins on its regional aircrafts.

The airline will upgrade its 110 aircrafts, which will include Embraer 170, Embraer 175, Bombardier CRJ700 and Bombardier CRJ900. With this the airline will operate 640 flights with First-Class to 85 cities.

There are a few US based airlines such as Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines, which have reconfigured their domestic flights and are offering first class and business class seats to their domestic customers.

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Travel business class to Taipei and Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines

by 8. April 2011 09:42
Malaysia Airlines recently announced special business class fares to Taipei and Kuala Lumpur from Los Angeles.

The last date to book your business class air tickets is 31st May 2011, which will be valid for the travel period until 31st May 2011.

A detail of destinations and fares is as follows:
  • From Los Angeles to Taipei at USD 3188 R/t
  • From Los Angeles to Kuala Lumpur at USD 3694 R/t
Terms & Conditions:
  • Fares are subject to change without any prior notice
  • Maximum stay for 2 months is allowed
  • Minimum stay is not required
  • Fares exclude government taxes and fees
  • Other conditions may apply.

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Fly Europe, South America and Asia with low fares by Air Canada

by 8. April 2011 09:40
Air Canada has announced absolutely low fares starting from USD 611 R/t from Unites States, which are applicable on air tickets to several European, South American and Asian destination.

The last date to buy airline tickets is 15th April 2011 for the travel period that ends on 15th June 2011.

A detail of destinations and valid fares have been mentioned below:
  • From Boston to London at USD 611 R/t
  • From Philadelphia to Brussels at USD 699 R/t
  • From Seattle/ Portland/ San Francisco/ Los Angeles/ Las Vegas to Beijing/ Shanghai at USD 792 R/t
  • From San Francisco to Zurich at USD 818 R/t
  • From San Francisco/ Los Angeles to Zurich to Hong Kong at USD 819 R/t
  • From Dallas/ Fort Worth/ Boston/ Arthur’s Town/ Washington D.C. to Beijing/ Shanghai at USD 893 R/t
  • From San Francisco to Seoul at USD 944 R/t
  • From Seattle/ Portland/ San Francisco/ Los Angeles to Sydney at USD 982 R/t
  • From Los Angeles to Seoul at USD 994 R/t
  • From Craig to Sao Paulo at USD 1103 R/t
  • From Boston/ Chicago/ Newark/ Washington D.C. to Sydney at USD 1182 R/t
  • From Orlando to Sao Paulo  at USD 1202 R/t
  • From Chicago to Santiago at USD 1460 R/t
Terms & Conditions:
  • Fares are subject to change without any prior notice
  • Travel and Ticketing dates vary for few destinations
  • Other Conditions may apply.

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Quite prepared for the Merger: US Airways

by 8. April 2011 02:54
Doug Parker, Chief Executive Officer, US Airways, announced that the airline is quite prepared for merger, if the opportunity arises.

Despite of its strong position in the market, the airline is quite positive of merging itself with another major carrier.

Doug Parker, in a release said,” I’d like to be in the position Continental was in when they were talking to United."

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