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EVA Air joins Star Alliance bolstering Asia-Pacific presence

by Richa G 21. June 2013 07:41

Taiwan’s second largest carrier EVA Air has now officially joined Star Alliance, the world’s leading airline alliance. By being a member of Star Alliance, EVA Air is on course to strengthen its presence further in Asia-Pacific region.
 
EVA Air in a statement said that it will now give extended access to the cross strait market between China and Taiwan.

EVA Air has joined other Chinese carriers Air China and Shenzhen Airlines, who are also Star Alliance members, and operate on China and Taiwan routes.

By joining as a member of Star Alliance, EVA Air will now bring Indonesian cities of Kaohsiung and Surabaya to the alliance network and offer plane tickets to customers at competitive rates.

Star Alliance currently operates from 10 hubs across Asia-Pacific. These hubs include Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports, Auckland, Singapore, Bangkok, Shenzhen, Taipei Taoyuan, Shanghai Pudong, Beijing and Seoul Incheon.

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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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Air France-KLM offer special Vietnam-Europe autumn deals

by Richa G 20. June 2013 07:56

Travelers from Vietnam planning to spend vacations in European destinations are being offered special deals by Air France-KLM. The airline’s customers can take advantage of this opportunity to book cheap flights for travel from Vietnam to Europe this autumn.

The special fares are available for booking until July 9 for travel starting from September 1 to December 15, 2013. The fares are valid for travel to Paris, Amsterdam and Prague.

According to Air France-KLM, the passengers are being offered low fares for travel in Economy Class starting from $970 to Paris, $1,112* to Amsterdam, and $1,101*to Prague roundtrip under this fantastic autumn deal.
 
Apart from Economy Class, the airline is also offering special fares on its Premium Economy class. Passengers are being offered discounted airfares to Paris starting from $1,592*, to Zurich starting from $1,736*, and to Berlin starting from $1,773* roundtrip.

*Fares are per person, round-trip including carrier and government imposed fees and taxes. Other terms and conditions are applicable.

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China Southern Airlines upgrading Sydney, Melbourne flights

by Richa G 20. June 2013 07:56

China Southern Airlines recently announced it will upgrade its flights on Sydney and Melbourne routes. The airline has indicated that it will be introducing a new Airbus A330-300 aircraft on the two routes.

China Southern Airlines in a statement said that the passengers booking business class flights to Sydney and Melbourne would be offered lie-flat beds on the new Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

The new seats will make debut on the morning Sydney-Guangzhou CZ326 service starting from July 11, 2013. The airline, however, said that the new lie-flat beds are expected to be appreciated most by the passengers boarding the overnight CZ325 return flight.
 
China Southern Airlines is already providing lie-flat beds in its business class cabins on flights from Brisbane and Perth. The airline has so far been offering angled lie-flat design on Sydney and Melbourne routes.
 
The airline will upgrade its daily Guangzhou-Melbourne service and introduce an Airbus A330-300 aircraft with new lie-flat beds by the end of October this year.

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Etihad Airways new Abu Dhabi-Belgrade flights launched

by Richa G 20. June 2013 07:56

Travelers from Middle East will now be able to buy airline tickets at competitive rates with the launch of new flights to Belgrade by Etihad Airways. UAE’s national flag carrier Etihad Airways recently announced the launch of its maiden flight to Belgrade from Abu Dhabi.

The airline’s inaugural flight to the Serbian capital of Belgrade landed at Nilola Tesla Airport on June 16, 2013. Etihad Airways flight departed from Abu Dhabi and arrived at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport at 12.15 pm. The airport fire engines were at hand to welcome the new aircraft with the traditional water cannon salute.

Etihad Airways will operate the flight on Belgrade-Abu Dhabi route with the help of an Airbus A319 aircraft. The flight between the two cities will be operated daily.

Etihad Airways also disclosed that it has entered into an agreement with the Serbian national carrier Jat Airways and said that both the airlines will add their respective code to above 40 destinations on each other’s networks.

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Aer Lingus Passenger Traffic Increases in May

by Richa G 20. June 2013 07:56

Aer Lingus flights have performed well in May this year. The airline recently disclosed that there has been a significant increase in the number of passengers using its services this May. A similar announcement was made by the Dublin Airport Authority citing increase in traffic.

Aer Lingus in a statement said that its passenger traffic in May increased 5.3 percent as compared to the same month last year. According to the airline, more than 1 million passengers took Aer Lingus flights out of the Dublin Airport.

The airline stated that there was a 3.7 percent y-o-y increase in its short-haul passengers, including those carried by its regional operations. The airline’s short-haul passengers increased to 914,000.

Aer Lingus further said that there has been an appreciable increase in its long-haul passenger traffic. The airline disclosed that its long-haul passenger numbers increased by more than one-fifth to 107,000.

The Dublin Airport Authority revealed that 1.8 million passengers took flights out of the airport in May this year, a 9 percent increase as compared to the same month in 2012.

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Scandinavian Airlines launches new Humberside-Copenhagen flight

by Richa G 19. June 2013 07:26

Scandinavian Airlines SAS recently announced it will be expanding its regional network from October this year. The airline is introducing a new route by launching direct flight between Humberside International Airport and Copenhagen Airport starting from October 28, 2013.

SAS in a statement said that it will be operating five times weekly flights between Copenhagen and Humberside, once a day. The airline has already put the tickets on sale and is offering its customers cheap tickets starting from $161 (103 Pound) one-way (inclusive of government taxes, airport fees and fuel surcharges, and other terms and conditions applicable).

Hans Dyhrfort, SAS’ Regional General Manager Western Europe, said that the Humber region is an important northern hub for the airline. He further said that SAS considers the region as a significant area for its development with more than 5 million people living within the airport’s reach. He also said that the launch of regional service would help bolster ties with Denmark and the Nordic region.

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Turkish Airlines to operate world’s first longest nonstop flight

by Richa G 19. June 2013 07:26

Media reports recently said that Turkish Airlines is planning to operate the longest commercial flight in the world. This will be the airline’s first nonstop commercial flight to be operated anywhere in the world.

Media reports quoted a travel magazine Air Transport World as saying that the new route would be launched from Istanbul to Sydney, and would be spanning 8,076 nautical miles or 14,956 kilometers.

According to reports, the airline initially plans to operate the service with a stopover in Asia, but expects to offer nonstop Turkish Airlines flights between the two destinations within three years. The airline expects to operate flights on the new Istanbul-Sydney route with the help of a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The launch of the new Istanbul-Sydney route will offer seamless connectivity to European travelers making most European cities highly accessible and short distance.

Earlier, Australia’s flag carrier Qantas Airways was hoping to become the first airline in the world to operate longest nonstop flight between the two cities. However, the plan of Qantas Airways seems to have been upstaged by Turkish Airlines with the announcement of the new route.

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Emirates Airline slashes business class fares

by Richa G 19. June 2013 06:56

Emirates Airline recently offered slashed business class fares to its customers in an effort to shore up occupancy on its business class flights. The airline said that it is confronting depleting premium traffic in the U.S. and Europe and wants to make up its losses by cutting fares to worldwide destinations.

The airline’s three-day sale on its business class worldwide ended recently. The airline offered cheap business class tickets for travel between July 24 and August 4, 2013. The business airfares offered by the airline was about 20 percent lower than the normal fares.

Emirates Airline presently offers services to 134 destinations across the world. The airline conducts 185 weekly flights to India alone. The airline operates five daily flights to Mumbai with each flight having 42 business class seats.
 
With five daily flights to Mumbai, Emirates Airline thus offers 210 business class seats to this destination alone, which needs to be filled up by the airline in any case.

Currently, Emirates Airline is offering flight services to 10 destinations in India and has flown 26 million passengers from here in over the last 10 years .

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Jet Airways sign codeshare pacts with Air France and KLM

by Richa G 19. June 2013 06:56

India’s largest private carrier Jet Airways recently signed codeshare agreements with European carriers Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The codeshare agreements are aimed at providing seamless connectivity to passengers booking plane tickets on these carriers for travel to Indian and European destinations.

The codeshare agreement will now enable both Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to put their respective codes on Jet Airways-operated domestic flights for providing connectivity to Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai, and beyond.

According to Air France, customers purchasing flight tickets for travel from Europe to India on Air France flights will now be easily able to connect to Chennai via Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai, as well as to Kolkata, Hyderabad via Mumbai and Bengaluru on a single ticket.

Similarly, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines would also be able to place its flight code on Jet Airways-operated domestic flights to Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai via Delhi.

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