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British Airways Introduces New Flavors of Tea

by Richa G 29. January 2013 08:09

British Airways said that it will be serving stronger flavors of tea onboard to passengers in order to tone down flyers sense of taste affected by high altitudes.

British Airways and Twinings brand came together to create these new flavors of tea, which will be offered to passengers from February 1, 2013. The airline said that these new flavors are designed in such a manner that they are able to revive close to 30% of sense of flavor for passengers flying at 35,000 feet.

The carrier conducted a taste test on 19 people including passengers, flight attendants and culinary experts. And post the test, the carrier found that these new flavors were capable of improving the taste buds, which were affected and reduced due to Lower air pressure and humidity.

In a rough estimate British Airways serves close to 35 million cups of tea each year. Passengers flying on British Airways flights will be served a blend of Kenyan, Assam and High-grown Ceylon teas.

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Alitalia Starts Flights between Turkey and Italy

by Richa G 29. January 2013 08:09

Alitalia Airlines, an Italian airline company announced the plan of starting new flights from Rome to Ankara, capital of Turkey and Antalya. The airline at present flies to two Turkish cities namely Milan and Istanbul.

Rome-Ankara flights will begin is operation from March 25, 2013. Alitalia Airlines flights will fly thrice weekly to Ankara from Rome i.e. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. While the return flight, Ankara-Rome will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Rome-Antalya sector will be a seasonal sector. Flights on this sector will fly once weekly on Sundays and will be operational during the summer season from June 15 to September 15, 2013.

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Air China to Start Nonstop Flights between Beijing and Geneva

by Richa G 29. January 2013 08:09

Air China in a latest move to expand its European network has announced the launch of nonstop service between Beijing and Geneva from May 7, 2013. This airline will be providing four weekly flights between Beijing and Geneva.

Operated with an Airbus A330-200, this Air China Flight is expected to depart from Beijing at 1330 hours and arrive at Geneva same day by 1825 hours. The return flight is expected to depart from Geneva at 2025 hours and arrive at Beijing next day by 1255 hours.

Reservation for this new route is open for booking. With this new service, Air china now touches its base in 12 European cities. Some of the European cities served by the airlines include cities such as Madrid, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Rome, Dusseldorf, Paris, Milan and Stockholm.

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Air Canada North Americas Only International Four Star Airline

by Richa G 29. January 2013 08:09

Air Canada has been ranked a 4-star airline by Skytrax. With this ranking, Air Canada has become the only international network carrier in the entire North America.

This much desired rating regarded as a benchmark in the airline industry, is based on Skytrax comprehensive evaluation done on more than 800 airlines across the world. Skytrax analyzed Air Canada flights on the basis of quality of service they delivers both on the airport and onboard.

Air Canada's 4-star ranking implied that the airlines not only offered good products and services across all travel categories but also offered exceptional standards of customer service.

Air Canada's Chief executive and President, Calin Rovinescu said, that the airlines is extremely proud to receive this much coveted four-star ranking. He further said that this ranking clearly indicates the skill and professionalism of Air Canada's employees and the effort they take towards taking care of their customers. He also said that they will ensure that they keep up to their good work, and continue to excel in their products and services.

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Singapore to stop all-business class New York, LA flights

by Richa G 28. January 2013 05:39

Passengers booking nonstop business class flights from Singapore to New York’s Newark International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport would no longer be able to do so after 2013.

Singapore Airlines, which operates the world’s longest commercial flights, recently announced it has decided to stop its all-business class nonstop services from Singapore to New York and Los Angeles by the end of this year.

The airline in a statement said that it has been running into losses as it was unable to sell the business class seats in order to make flight operations financially viable. The airline has now indicated that it would be selling its five Airbus A340 aircrafts back to the manufacturer.

Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive of Singapore Airlines, stated that the airline is planning to increase its capital expenditure for the next five years by 67 percent for buying new aircrafts and upgrade its cabins.
 
Phong said that there is a dire need to venture out of comfort zone, find new ways to boost sales and marketing, curtail expenditure, and vastly improve both operational efficiency and productivity.
 

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Southwest Airlines becomes No. 2 carrier at Denver

by Richa G 28. January 2013 05:39

Southwest Airlines, which operates domestic and international flights, has become the No. 2 carrier at Denver International Airport by passenger count in 2012.
 
According to airport traffic data released recently, Southwest Airlines accounted for 23.62 percent of Denver International Airport’s passengers in 2012, an increase of 9.3 percent from 2011. The passenger numbers include flights by AirTran Airways, which has been acquired by Southwest Airlines.
 
The report disclosed that United Airlines continue to remain dominant carrier at Denver International Airport in 2012, even though its market share by passenger total was down 5.3 percent. Last year, the passenger total of United Airlines slipped to 40.47 percent in 2012 as compared to 42.96 percent in 2011. United Airline’s total passenger count includes those of Continental Airlines, which has now merged with United Airlines.

Domestic carrier Frontier Airlines, which is known to offer cheap air tickets to its customers more often, has now become No. 3 at Denver International Airport, with 21.92 percent in 2012, down 1 percent as compared to 2011.

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Cathay Pacific Airways unveils premium economy class to India

by Richa G 28. January 2013 05:24

Hong Kong-based carrier Cathay Pacific Airways recently indicated that it is now looking at India as one of its significant markets and has decided to add capacity and new segments here.

Keeping in line with its new strategy, Cathay Pacific Airways announced the introduction of new premium economy class cabins on Indian routes. The airline stated that the premium economy tickets would be 30 percent expensive than what is being currently charged for travel in economy class.

The airline said that it considers India among the top ten markets, and is aiming to bring the country to 7th or 8th position by the end of 2013 by significant capacity addition. The airline had added 8 percent capacity in India in 2012 as compared to 2011.

The airline disclosed that it would be increasing the number of flights between Hong Kong and Mumbai this year. The airline is planning to operate 10 weekly nonstop flights between the two destinations from April 2, 2013.

Currently, Cathay Pacific Airways along with its sister airline Dragonair is operating 46 weekly flights from six cities in India to Hong Kong.

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Alitalia MilleMiglia Program dedicates new promotion

by Richa G 28. January 2013 05:24

Here’s an exciting offer announced by Italy’s national flag carrier Alitalia for its frequent flyer program MilleMiglia members. The airline unveiled this offer to usher in New Year and provide a chance to its customers to book cheap flights to their favorite destinations on the airline’s network.

The airline in a statement said that the new promotion under the MilleMiglia Program is dedicated to all its members so that their account continues to grow immediately this New Year 2013.

According to the airline, this is a great opportunity for the customers to book cheap tickets as all Alitalia flights operating from January 1 to March 31, 2013 would be awarded with at least 500 miles per segment. This would be valid on promotional fares as well.

However, the bonus would not be valid for accessing or renewing Alitalia Exclusive Club Membership. The bonus would also not be applicable to flights effected with an Award Ticket.

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American Airlines upgrades Business and First Class service

by Richa G 28. January 2013 05:24

American Airlines recently announced its customers booking first class tickets would now be able to get enhanced travel experience beginning this year. The airline has also upgraded service in its business class cabins.

The airline in a statement said that effective New Year 2013 the customers taking first class flights or traveling in business class to various international destinations would be able to indulge in a host of new upgrades and enjoy new premium in-flight experience.

The upgraded service has been launched onboard the airline’s Boeing 777-200ER, Boeing 767-300ER and Boeing 757-200 aircrafts being currently operated in Asia, Europe and long-haul Latin American destinations.

American Airlines stated that its first class customers boarding their flights would receive a welcome aboard card, and an amenity kit stocked with Dermalogica skincare products, that also double as a tablet case. Apart from this, other specially designed items including accent water glass, napkin ring, textured placemat, and an amuse-bouche, a bit-size hors d’oeuvre would also be offered to the customers.

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United Airlines to Offer Wifi on Long-Haul Overseas Flights

by Richa G 25. January 2013 06:12

United Airlines has announced that it has launched WiFi access on its long-haul international flights. With this addition United Airlines has become the first American carrier to offer WiFi access on long distance international flights.

The airline will be using a satellite based Panasonic Ku-band service on its transpacific and transatlantic sectors, operates by a Boeing B747. Two of United's Airbus A319 have also equipped with this new technology.

The airline plans to equip its entire fleet by the end of December 2013 with this technology.

United Airline flights passengers can choose between 'Standard" and "Accelerated" WiFi connection. Standard connection with cost between $3.99 and $14.99 depending on the total flight time, whereas Accelerated will cost between $5.99-$19.99.

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