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JetBlue Airways to add business class seats on Airbus A321 jets

by Richa G 26. June 2013 08:56

JetBlue Airways would soon be offering business class flights to its customers. Media reports recently said that JetBlue Airways is planning to add business class seats on some of its Airbus A321 aircrafts. The airline’s business class cabins would also include four “mini-suites”.

The reports said that Airbus has filed on behalf of JetBlue Airways with the Federal Aviation Administration seeking to add seats in business class, which would include four “mini-suites”.

According to the filing with Federal Aviation Administration, Airbus has proposed that its A321 cabin configuration being desired by JetBlue Airways would be in a two-class layout – 143 seats in coach class and 16 seats in business class.

The Airbus in its filing also said that there would be four single seats in business class cabins that are ‘mini-suites’ types.

Media reports indicated that JetBlue Airways is planning to deploy the first of its two-class A321 aircrafts on cross-country routes by early next year.

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Air France, KLM start offering Wi-Fi on Boeing 777-300s

by Richa G 26. June 2013 08:56

Passengers booking flight tickets on Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are now being offered Wi-Fi on board their flights on a trial basis.

Air France recently announced it has started offering Wi-Fi on one of its Boeing 777-300 aircraft. Air France partner KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is also offering a similar Wi-Fi service on its Boeing 777-300 aircraft. Both the airlines have partnered with Panasonic Avionics to offer the service on a trial basis throughout the rest of 2013.

Air France in a statement said that the two Wi-Fi equipped aircrafts would be operating on several long-haul destinations during the trial period.

The customers traveling on Wi-Fi equipped aircrafts of both the airlines would be able to connect to the Internet using their Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, tablets or laptops at a fixed rate. The customers would also be able to use their mobile phones for sending emails or text messages. The Wi-Fi would be available on all the classes.

The customers would be required to pay a fee for accessing the internet on board their flights during the pilot phase.

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Virgin America Named Best Airline in the U.S.

by Richa G 25. June 2013 09:41

Travelers booking Virgin America plane tickets must be having a great flying experience. Virgin America has recently been named the best airline in the United States in a study by ‘Consumer Reports’, a magazine that exclusively ranks various products and published since the 1930s.

Virgin America outwitted JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and other big full-service airlines, and was named the best airline in the U.S.

Virgin America began operations in 2007 as an individual airline company after separating from Virgin Atlantic Airways. The study said that Virgin America has consistently ranked near the top of “best airline” lists. The airline has however never benefited by making an annual profit. The airline had lost $145 million in 2012.

The magazine conducted a survey in which 16,663 readers participated. Virgin America was ranked top with 89 out of a possible 100 points, gaining four points more than Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways, which tied for the second place.

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Korean Air Adds Flights to Canada

by Richa G 25. June 2013 09:26

South Korea’s national flag carrier Korean Air recently announced it will be increasing its frequencies to Canada for the summer months. The airline will be increasing its capacity on flights to Vancouver and Toronto from Seoul Incheon International Airport.

Until now Korean Air flights to both these Canadian cities were being operated five times weekly. The airline has, however, announced it will be increasing its frequencies on both these routes from June this year making it into a daily service.

The airline stated that it will start operating daily flights to Vancouver starting from June 20, while daily flights to Toronto would start from June 24, 2013. The flights to both these cities in Canada would be operated to/from Seoul Incheon International Airport.

Korean Air is offering flight services to Canada for over 20 years now. The airline expanded its reach in Canadian domestic market after entering into a codeshare agreement with WestJet Airways.

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Spirit Airlines Begins Latrobe-Dallas Flights

by Richa G 25. June 2013 09:26

Spirit Airlines flights out of Latrobe airport have been increased.  The airline recently announced the launch of its direct flights between Latrobe’s Arnold Palmer Regional Airport and Dallas.

Spirit Airlines in a statement said that it will operate cheap flights between Latrobe and Dallas thrice every week. The flights on Latrobe-Dallas route would be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The launch of flights to Dallas from Latrobe has brought relief to the travelers as they will be able to book connecting flights to Phoenix, San Diego and Las Vegas.

Spirit Airlines first started operating out of Latrobe’s Arnold Palmer Regional Airport about two years ago. The airline is presently offering flights services to Orlando, Myrtle Beach and Fort Lauderdale from Latrobe. Don Rossi, Chairman of Arnold Palmer Regional Airport Board, said that the launch of flights to Dallas from Latrobe would open up connections to other destinations as well from Hawaii to Alaska as these are easily accessible from Dallas.

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Croatia Airlines offers cheap flights deals from Brussels

by Richa G 24. June 2013 10:11

Croatia Airlines has unveiled cheap flights deals for its customers from Brussels planning to travel key cities in Croatia. The airline is offering opportunity to travel to various Croatian cities like Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Pula at low fares.

The special fares are available for bookings until August 18, 2013. The travel on this offer starts from July 16 through August 31, 2013. Maximum stay allowed on this offer is for a period of three months.

According to Croatia Airlines, the passengers can book tickets for travel between Brussels and Zagreb starting from $327* (249 Euro). For travel between Brussels and Dubrovnik, the flight can be booked starting from $389* (297 Euro). The airline is offering air tickets starting from $377* (287 Euro) for travel between Brussels and Split. The customers can book flight tickets starting from $345* (263 Euro) for travel to Zadar and Pula from Brussels.

* The fares on this offer are roundtrip, and include baggage allowance, food and drinks, government taxes, airport fees and fuel surcharges. Other terms and conditions are applicable.

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Royal Jordanian discounts on business class for Ramadan

by Richa G 24. June 2013 09:56

Jordan’s national flag carrier Royal Jordanian Airlines recently launched special discounts on business class flights on the occasion of Muslim holy month of Ramadan and also to mark the airline’s 50th anniversary.
 
The airline’s promotion targeted passengers departing from Jordan to various destinations across the world on its route network.

The customers who took advantage of this offer said that one free ticket on business or economy class was offered for one family member when a single family bought two tickets.

The customers were also offered a 50 percent discount on the second business class ticket purchased for the same passenger or for his/her companion traveling along.

The offer is available for bookings until June 27, 2013. The outbound travel starts from July 10 and must be completed by August 5, 2013. The offer covers 34 out of 59 destinations on the airline’s route network.

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Boeing 747 for Virgin Atlantic Manchester-Orlando flights

by Richa G 24. June 2013 09:56

Passengers booking airline tickets for travel between Manchester and Orlando on Virgin Atlantic Airways have good news. The airline recently announced it will be deploying a Boeing 747 aircraft to operate all the 11 of its weekly flights on Manchester-Orlando route during summer 2014.

Virgin Atlantic Airways in a statement said that it would replace the current 314-seat Airbus A330 aircraft with a 455-seat Boeing 747 aircraft to operate all of the 11 weekly flights on this route. The airline had so far been operating seven of its 11 weekly flights on Manchester-Orlando route with the help of Airbus A330 aircraft.

By operating all of its 11 flights with deploying Boeing 747 aircraft, Virgin Atlantic Airways will now be able to carry up to 10,000 passengers every week from Manchester. There would therefore be an extra 2,000 seats, or a 25 percent increase, on this year.

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Air Jamaica merger with Caribbean Airlines facing issues

by Richa G 21. June 2013 07:41

Vasant Bharath, Trinidad & Tobago’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, has expressed dissatisfaction over the way in which the merger of Air Jamaica with Caribbean Airlines took place and said that it hasn’t worked out the way it was planned. Bharath recently wrote to Jamaican Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies over the issue.

Media reports quoted Bharath as saying that with the merger of Air Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines it was supposed to have created a Caribbean Airline. Even International Monetary Fund had stipulated that Jamaica would divest itself of Air Jamaica. This also resulted in Government of Trinidad & Tobago and Caribbean Airlines entering into this issue. But, this has failed to work as was intended.

Bharath said that this might also have been due to the intervention of low cost carriers like JetBlue Airways, Westjet Airways, Delta Air Lines and others, which have entered into the Caribbean market and made a strong dent into the traffic on those routes.

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Ryanair likely to offer cheap airfares on trans-Atlantic flights

by Richa G 21. June 2013 07:41

Europe’s biggest budget carrier Ryanair has indicated that it might start offering cheap airfares on trans-Atlantic flights. The airline, however, said that this would depend only when it finally succeeds in securing enough twin-aisle aircrafts for the purpose. The airline further stated that it would able to implement its plan after it gains access to destinations in Europe and the United States as well.

Michael O'Leary, Chief Executive of Ryanair, said that this is indeed a unique opportunity for the airline to make extensive efforts to begin flights services on trans-Atlantic routes. O'Leary, who was recently at the Paris Airshow, said that as and when the flights on trans-Atlantic routes start, the fares should start at $10.
 
If the Irish short-haul carrier Ryanair would finally move into the competitive trans-Atlantic market then it would be seen as embarking on similar lines of Laker Airways, which had ultimately shut down after going bankrupt in 1980.

O'Leary remarked that long-haul business needs to be run separately in order to succeed, and the management should remain focused on short-haul business separately to gain success.

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