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LAN Airlines decorated with World Travel Award another time

by Richa 29. July 2013 05:52
LAN Airlines won the esteemed “Leading Airline in South America” award at the World Travel Awards 2013 (WTA). The fact that it was the airline’s second consecutive victory made the moment more special. WTA is a highly regarded award across the travel industry and is regarded as the “Oscar” of the travel industry.

These awards mean a lot to every airline as they are judged by travel professionals and customers from around the world. Winning an accolade of this stature has made the carrier proud of its services and achievements.

LAN is an airline of leadership and commitments and it is for this reason that it won the eminent title. Besides it was recognized for implementation of its clear corporate vision, operational consistency and conscientious customer service.

Other parameters for the award comprise quality of food service, most comfortable cabins, best Business Class service, best in-flight technology and entertainment, best VIP lounges and most on-time airline for arrivals and departures.

The World Travel Awards South & Central America Gala Ceremony 2013 was organized at the Huacca Pucllana Temple in the Peruvian capital of Lima. Many industry captains graced the occasion with their presence.

Emilio Rodríguez Larraín, LAN Peru President of the Board of Directors received the award on behalf of the LATAM Airlines Group.

Overall it is the fourth time the airline has been bestowed with recognition of this stature. In 2012 and 2007 also LAN won the award in “Leading Airline in South America” category. Winning this honor has become a sort of trend for the carrier and passengers booking their flights with the airline should take pleasure in flying by an award winning airline. Way back in 2005, LAN was awarded the “Leading Airline in South America in Business Class.”

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Passengers to Enjoy Free Wi-Fi Service at Memphis International

by Richa 26. July 2013 03:24
Waiting for a flight at the airport can be a little boring especially when you can’t access the Internet. Internet is a life saver. Literally speaking it is hard to think of life without it in the Google era. It sure is a blessing and another one comes from Memphis International Airport. The airport has announced that Wi-Fi services can now be accessed free, yes absolutely free!

Life will become far simpler now. While you wait for an announcement from your airline and are tired of sipping hot coffee and wandering around in search of something to keep yourself engaged, you have an easy option at your disposal. Just switch on your laptop or any other device equipped to surf the net, connect to the Wi-Fi and begin your unlimited browsing fun in one click.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority granted the contract to Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless to offer Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the premises. Whether you are the terminals, baggage claim counters or rental car area, be ready to enjoy the latest facility.

The company will offer the service free to Internet surfers however, heavy data users who want faster connectivity will have to pay extra bucks.

Currently passengers are using the paid Internet service at the airport but will be able to enjoy it free from the end of this year.

Boingo will provide Wi-Fi at the airport for the next seven years as it has signed a contract with the airport authority.

The free Wi-Fi service is going to be an asset for the passengers and will sure make their wait a little entertaining!

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American Fliers to Enjoy Business Class Luxury on Domestic Routes

by Richa 25. July 2013 01:33
Domestic airline industry is gearing for a different kind of a war up in the skies. While most carriers in the country are offering luxury and comfort in business class on long hauls, the trend is fast catching up in the local sector.

United Airlines and Delta Air, two of the biggest commercial carriers have introduced international-style seats that can be converted into lie flat beds between New-York and Los Angeles. It is the customers paying premium prices who are benefitting from the stiff competition.

American Airlines and JetBlue Airways seem to be smitten by the latest trend. These two airlines have plans to launch their own swanky beds in the domestic sector next year. Both these airlines said they will do so in lines with United and Delta to offer their passengers a more comfortable journey.

David Cush, Virgin America’s Chief Executive Officer said that their airline will not step into the shoes of United or Delta and upgrade to lie-flat beds. Referring to the two major carriers he said those airlines are running after the same pot of gold.

Delta plans to extend the bed-war to Seattle. It aims to soon expand this service on the New York-San Francisco route.

Michael Henny, Delta's Director of Customer Experience said that as per the domestic market trends these upgrades are interesting because they hold value.

Passengers who wish to fly on the domestic routes and indulge in luxury through their journey can now book business class tickets on one of these airlines for a comfortable experience in the domestic sector.

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Allegiant Air earns profit for tenth year in a row

by Richa G 23. July 2013 04:58

Allegiant Air, the low cost American airline has achieved the accomplishment of earning profits for tenth year in a row. The airline attained this milestone beating the volatile economy and fluctuating jet fuel prices.

Nevada based airline operates scheduled and chartered flights on 136 routes across the United States. Allegiant Air flights ferry passengers from small cities to holiday destinations in the country, its USP. The airline attributes its unconventional and niche routes as the reason for its success over these years.

The airline has diversified business interests in hotels, car rentals, show tickets and other leisure activities under the parent company Allegiant Travel Co. The airline also makes use of its additional business entities to earn millions in revenues via commissions.

It however, charges its customers for booking tickets online or using a credit card. Booking ones favorite seat in advance may cost the customers’ anywhere between $5 and $75, subjected to the flight duration. A bottle of water on Allegiant Air flight costs about $2.

The airline has been following this business model to earn profits and has done that tenth time in a row sending strong signals to competitors.

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Asiana Airlines to continue offering flights to Philippines

by Richa G 23. July 2013 04:56

Asiana Airlines flights will continue to be operated into the Philippines despite the recent crash of one of its aircrafts at San Francisco International Airport. The South Korean carrier is currently offering services to Manila, Cebu and Clark.

Media reports said that air safety officials of Philippines are waiting for the results of the investigation into the crash at San Francisco. The airline has been allowed to conduct flights into the country pending investigation outcome.

John Andrews, Deputy Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, said that if the investigation points out to Boeing 777 of Asiana Airlines as the cause of the crash then this would have negative implications for the aircraft maker Boeing Co. as well as the airlines operating such aircrafts. He said that if this aircraft’s malfunctioning is finally established then there is great possibility of Boeing 777 aircrafts being grounded worldwide.

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SilkAir to start direct operations on Singapore-Semarang route

by Richa G 23. July 2013 04:48

SilkAir, the subsidiary of Singapore Airlines will operate direct flights to Semarang from Singapore beginning July 29, 2013. Semarang is the capital of Central Java and one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Indonesia.

The airline announced that it will fly Airbus 319 and A320 aircrafts thrice a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on Singapore-Semarang route. These planes will be available for both business class seats as well as economy class passengers.

This flight is set to benefit those tourists who do not wish to stop in Jakarta to board a transit flight to the city. 

Passengers who wish to explore the riches of Semarang like the Borobudur temple, diving destination of Karimunjawa and other cities on the island can now book cheap airfares with the carrier.

The airline also has plans to start direct flights from Singapore to Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi from August 1, 2013. SilkAir operates out of its hub at Singapore Changi Airport.

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JetBlue follows first checked-in bag free policy

by Richa G 23. July 2013 04:48

JetBlue Airways Corporation popularly known as JetBlue has some good news for its customers. While every other airline is in the lookout to cut costs and pass on the burden to its customers, JetBlue stands out in its own way.

The Long Island City based airline follows a very passenger friendly baggage policy. A lot of airlines these days charge for every bag that is up for check-in. However, at JetBlue you don’t have to pay for the first bag which means it will be checked-in free of cost.

It is a good idea for passengers to book cheap airfares with the budget airline and enjoy the additional reward of carrying their first baggage free. It is just that passengers have to follow certain rules set by the airline.

As per their policy the bag must not exceed 62” (157.5 cm) in overall size (length + width + height) and must not weigh more than 50 pounds (22.73 kilos). None of the boxes on the international flights will be accepted as checked baggage.

The airline also allows its passengers to carry personal items like purse, briefcase or laptop and one carry-on bag. The personal item should fit under the seat and not exceed 18” L (45.72cm) x 15” W (38/1cm) x 8”H (20.32cm).

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Emirates to start daily A380 service to Mauritius from Dubai

by Richa G 23. July 2013 04:48

Emirates, largest carrier in the Middle East has announced to launch A380 daily service to Mauritius from Dubai. The carrier will replace one of the existing Boeing 777-300 on the route. It is set to launch this new service on December 16, 2013.

Passengers can enjoy world class services on their business class tickets onboard Emirates new flight to the island nation from this year end. The airline will continue to operate on a double daily basis to Mauritius.

Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer said that it is moment of pride for the airline on being able to serve the tourist destination of Mauritius daily. He added that it is the first country in the Indian Ocean which will receive an Emirates flight every day.

The airline is believed to take this decision to meet the growing demand from leisure travelers to the scenic locales of the island nation.

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Fiji Airways to launch international service to Los Angeles

by Richa G 23. July 2013 04:48

Fiji Airways, the flag carrier of Fiji announced that it held a special event at Los Angeles International Airport to celebrate the launch of A330 service to the city. The airline said it will operate direct flights to the American city six times a week.

Fiji is a popular tourist destination and receives a lot of American tourists. The airline is said to have increased the frequency of its flights to meet the growing traffic. The airline has plans to operate seven flights a week from December this year and further raise the number to eight during peak season.

Customers can book their business class seats on Fiji Airways and travel direct to one of these destinations. The airline has revamped its in-flight décor. It also aims at giving its customers a luxurious experience and therefore has added new meal options, crockery and linen for the long distance flight.

Business class customers will be able to enjoy wine cellar, bed measuring 76 inches, Panasonic 15.4-inch LCDs, handset that comprises credit card reader and keyboard, noise cancelling audio jack and a USB port.

The airline has its hub at Nadi International Airport.

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Copa Airlines announces flight service to Florida

by Richa G 23. July 2013 04:48

Copa Airlines, subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A. announced the launch of its nonstop service from Panama City to Tampa, Florida beginning December 16, 2013. The carrier will operate four weekly flights to Tampa, its ninth U.S. and 66th overall destination.

Copa will operate a Boeing 737-700 plane with 12 business class and 112 economy class seating capacity. On board amenities include complementary meals, beverages including wine, 12 channel audio video entertainment system in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

As per the schedule, flights will leave Panama on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The return flights will take off from Tampa on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Joe Mohan, Copa Airlines’ Senior Vice President, Commercial and Planning said that the airline is pleased to offer nonstop service to Tampa Bay. He further added that this will give Tampa residents an opportunity to connect and explore business and leisure places across Latin America.

It is a good time for the passengers to book airline tickets with Copa and travel to either of the cities nonstop.

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