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ANA, Continental Airlines expand codeshare agreement

by 10. June 2011 12:10
Japan’s largest carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) and leading US carrier Continental Airlines recently announced the expansion of their codeshare agreement allowing the passengers to choose from a wider and more convenient range of options when traveling between Japan and the US.

The codeshare agreement will also include United Airline’s Narita-Houston, Narita-New York and Japan-Guam flights.

Keisuke Okada, Executive Vice President of ANA, said, “Our trans-Pacific agreement with Continental Airlines in March is already working successfully. This development of our partnership will expand the networks of both airlines and offer our valued customers a more convenient selection of flights between Asia and the United States.”

Codeshare agreement became effective on Japan-Guam routes from June 1. Earlier, codeshares on Narita-Houston and Narita-New York flights have already been launched since May 1 this year.
Since March 28 last year, the two airlines have already been operating codeshare flights. Until the recent expansion, the codeshare agreement had initially been operational with ANA’s trans-Pacific routes, ANA’s domestic routes and Continental Airlines’ US routes.

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Etihad Guest introduces special ‘Redeem for 5 and get 1 Free’ offer to celebrate 5th anniversary

by 10. June 2011 12:08
Etihad Airways recently launched free redemptions promotion ‘Redeem for 5 and get 1 Free’ offer for its customers as part of the Etihad Guest loyalty scheme’s 5th anniversary celebrations.

Under the promotion offer the members of the Etihad Guest loyalty scheme will see their redemption miles refunded for every fifth award ticket booked between now and July 31. The offer is valid for redemptions against Guest Seats and Open Seats.

The members will qualify for miles reimbursement for every multiple of five booking made within the promotional period, and will be reimbursed for the ticket with the least mileage value. Though miles and cash redemptions are included in the offer, but only the miles value will be refunded. Miles redeemed for upgrades do not qualify for the promotion.

Terms and conditions

  •     Promotion applicable for bookings made on Guest Seats and Open Seats.
  •     This offer is valid for bookings starting June 1 until July 31, 2011.
  •     All 5 tickets must be issued on or before the 31st of July, they need not be issued at the same time or same day.
  •     Tickets issued in connection with this promotion cannot be cancelled and are non refundable.
  •     The travel validity for Guest Seats is for one year from the date of issue. The relevant fare rule applies for Open Seat ticket validity.
  •     To qualify for the promotion, tickets must be booked selecting the "Avail this special offer" link on the booking page or by calling the Etihad Guest Service Centre quoting the promotion code "RED5"
  •     Members may use the full miles or Miles + Cash option. Only the miles value will be re-credited back for tickets where the Miles + Cash option has been used.
  •     The order in which you book the tickets will be considered for determining the ticket with the least miles value.
  •     If more than 5 tickets are booked during the promotion period, then the number of tickets in sets of 5 will be considered at the end of the promotion i.e. If 10 tickets are booked during the promotion period, then miles for 2 tickets which qualify as per the terms of the promotion will be re-credited to the members account.
  •     This offer is applicable for all Adult and Child tickets. Infant tickets do not qualify for this promotion.
  •     Redemption tickets can be booked on all routes subject to seat availability.
  •     Applicable for both return and/or one way tickets.
  •     Miles redeemed for flight upgrades will not qualify for this promotion.
Standard Guest Seat and Open Seat redemption rules apply.

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Continental Airlines offering deep discounts on tickets booked by June 10

by 9. June 2011 11:45
Here’s a bonanza for vacationers flying Continental Airlines! This coming weekend the Continental Airlines is offering deep discount airfares to some of the most in-demand vacation destinations in the Americas. According to the airline, the offer will be applicable only when the tickets are booked and bought by 11.59 pm Central Time, Friday, June 10, 2011. The offer is for round-trip fares, in which vacationers buying tickets would be required to fly out Saturday, June 11, and return home Monday or Tuesday, June 13 or 14.

Round-trip sample fares (excluding taxes or fees):

    Houston flights to Belize City (usually $1,666) are $239
    Houston flights to Liberia, Costa Rica (usually $848) are $239
    Houston flights to Montrose/Telluride (usually $860) are $179
    Houston flights to Roatan, Honduras (usually $1,268) are $239
    Houston flights to Vancouver (usually $2,490) are $234
    New York/Newark flights to Quebec City (usually $2,111) are $128

New York/Newark flights to San Jose del Cabo (usually $944) are $239

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Lufthansa to introduce A380 service to Singapore Oct 30

by 9. June 2011 11:43

Leading German carrier Lufthansa will be launching a new Airbus A380 service to its Southeast Asian gateway in Singapore from October 30, 2011. The new daily Frankfurt-Singapore-Frankfurt A380 flight service will replace the current B747-400. However, the new A380 service will not continue to Jakarta, and instead the Munich originating A340-300 will do the tag on.

At present, Lufthansa is operating its A380 services to Frankfurt, Tokyo, Beijing, Johannesburg, New York, San Francisco, and next month to Miami.

Lufthansa in a statement said that the introduction of the A380 service will increase the airline’s capacity at Singapore’s Changi International Airport by 25 percent.

After Singapore Airlines and Qantas, Lufthansa will become the third carrier to operate A380 service to Singapore.

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Oman Air awarded 4-Star Airline rating for 2011

by 8. June 2011 11:32
A recent Skytrax Airline Quality Audit has awarded Oman Air an official four-star quality and service rating for the year 2011. Besides, Oman Air’s business class seat has also been named as one of the top three business class airline seats in the world.

Skytrax is recognized worldwide as a leading independent authority on airline quality and assessment. The audit, which was conducted in January and February this year, examined all product and service delivery areas of Oman Air’s operations. Earlier, Oman Air was awarded a three-star rating during the last Skytrax audit conducted few years ago.

Chairman and CEO of Skytrax Edward Plaisted said, “Oman Air has made great strides in recent times and the airline’s Official 4-Star ranking is well-deserved, as is their inclusion within our list of the top business class airline seats. Skytrax’s full star rating determination examines more than 800 areas of each airline’s product and service delivery, both on the ground and in the air.”

Peter Hill, CEO of Oman Air, expressed his happiness over the ranking. He said, “This recognition of the high quality of Oman Air’s service is extremely satisfying, especially as it has been awarded by Skytrax, whose knowledge, expertise and independence are unparalleled.”

Oman Air has recently introduced luxurious new Airbus A330 aircraft and launched new routes across Europe, Middle East, East Africa and South and South East Asia.

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China Southern Airlines to acquire its first Dreamliner in Q4

by 8. June 2011 11:12

China’s leading carrier China Southern Airlines has said that it will acquire its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Q4 this year.

Earlier, some Chinese airlines including Air China and China Eastern Airlines had placed orders for 59 Boeing 787 Dreamliners few years ago, but the delivery had been postponed.

Boeing CEO James McNerney said, “The jet will be the first 787 to be delivered to a Chinese airline. The 787, a lightweight, fuel-efficient jet, has generated 850 orders worldwide as of November 2010.”

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Delta Air Lines, US Airways sign agreement to transfer flying rights in New York, Washington DC

by 8. June 2011 11:10
Delta AirLines and US Airways recently signed a new agreement for transferring takeoff and landing rights at New York’s LaGuardia and Washington DC’s Regan National airports. Earlier, a similar transaction agreement was attempted at in 2009 but couldn’t get completed due to disagreement between the two carriers.

With this new agreement in place, Delta Air Lines and US Airways will now be able to expand service and increase competition at the two major cities – New York and Washington DC.

According to the new agreement, Delta Air Lines will acquire 132 slot pairs at LaGuardia from US Airways, while the US Airways will acquire 42 slot pairs at Regan National airport from Delta Air Lines as well as the rights to operate additional daily service to Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015. The Delta Air Lines will also have to pay $66.5 million in cash to US Airways.

Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines, said, “With this agreement, Delta Air Lines will enhance competition in New York by expanding the passenger capacity at LaGuardia by as many as 4 million seats annually without increasing congestion. Our expanded presence at LaGuardia will double our available destinations, offering customers more frequent and convenient service at New York’s preferred airport for business travel.”

Expressing his satisfaction over the agreement, Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO of US Airways, said, “This agreement further strengthens our commitment to increase service and create more options for our customers wishing to travel to and from Washington DC. As a result of this transaction, many communities, including several smaller ones, will be able to enjoy additional nonstop service to our nation’s capital.”

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Qantas introduces domestic 747 flights for business class travelers

by 7. June 2011 08:01
Facing stiff competition from Virgin Australia in the domestic business travel market, Qantas recently launched its domestic Flying Kangaroo’s 747 jumbo jet flights across Australia. The airline has started its inaugural flight from Sydney to Perth flying internationally configured Boeing 747 jumbos.

The business class travelers will now have access to the Qantas lie-flat ‘Skybed’ with the launch of domestic 747 flights.

The airline also said that it will be increasing the number of wide-body, internationally configured Airbus A330s on coast-to-coast flights. “More than 90 percent of Qantas services between the Australian east coast and Perth will now be operated with wide-bodied aircraft,” the airline said in an official press release.

Earlier, in April this year the airline added three A330 flights on the Melbourne-Perth route. Besides, according to the airline an A330 will also replace a daily Boeing 767 flight from Brisbane to Perth.
 
Qantas, which currently dominates business travel in Australia, had to introduce domestic 747 flights in response to the recently rebranded Virgin Australia adding Airbus A330s to its Sydney-Perth route and the addition of the airline’s first domestic business class seats.

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Air China opens free lounge in Beijing Capital International Airport’s Terminal 3

by 6. June 2011 11:26

Air China has opened a passenger lounge in Beijing Capital International Airport’s Terminal 3 effective June 1, 2011. The entry for all passengers will be free, irrespective of the class that they have booked their tickets for.

The lounge is located on the second floor of the airport, and is equipped with an array of facilities for the passengers. The facilities offered include free WiFi Internet access, showers, complimentary beverages and complimentary printing and faxing services. Besides, the lounge also has three separate rooms offering beds or sofas as well as a television and a clothes rack for the guests.

The passengers will be required to make reservations at the Air China transfer counter in the airport in order to gain free entry in the lounge.

However, until June 15 the lounge will be operated for first and business class passengers on the flights from Frankfurt (CA966), Vancouver (CA992) and Frankfurt to Hangzhou via Beijing (CA932). Later on, it will be opened up to more passengers.

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Alaska Airlines to extend Board Room Airport Lounges Hours from June 11

by 6. June 2011 05:37
The Alaska Airlines has said that it will be extending hours for the members visiting its Board Room airport lounges in Anchorage, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Ore, starting June 11, 2011.

According to the airline, the Anchorage Board Room will open four to six hours longer per day than its current schedule from June 11. With the extension, the Anchorage Board Room will be open from 5 am to 1.30 am.

The Saturday hours of the Portland and San Francisco Board Rooms have been extended to 9 pm. The Seattle Board Room will be opened until 10.30 pm daily, whereas earlier it had been closing at 7.30 pm on Saturday.  

Caroline Boren, Alaska Airline’s Managing Director of Loyalty Marketing and Customer Advocacy, said, “We listened to our members who requested longer hours at our lounge in Anchorage and on the weekends at our other Board Rooms. These new hours will offer nighttime and weekend travelers even greater access to a place where they can relax and enjoy our personal service.”

Board Room hours

Anchorage: 5 am to 1.30 am daily, starting June 11. Currently closes at 9.30 pm Sunday through Friday and at 7.30 pm on Saturday.

Los Angeles: 6 am to 11.30 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 6 am to 10 pm Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Portland: 5 am to 9 pm daily.

San Francisco: 6 am to 9 pm Sunday through Friday; 7 am to 9 pm Saturday.

Seattle: 5 am to 10.30 pm daily.

Besides, Alaska Airlines also announced that those joining as members of Board Rooms between now and June 30, 2011, will be able to earn 5,000 Mileage Plan bonus miles.

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