30. September 2013 04:58
Finally, Ukraine is out of the U.S. aviation radar. Travelers
planning to check out of Ukraine for travel to the United States can now
heave a sigh of relief. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has
now expressed satisfaction and says safety concerns are not worrying it
any more insofar as flights out of Ukraine are concerned. The Federal
Aviation Administration recently gave the go ahead to Ukraine
International Airlines to launch its flights services to the United
According to reports, Ukraine International Airlines though has been
given green signal by the Federal Aviation Administration, it is still
to reveal its plan and when it is to begin its operations.
The Federal Aviation Administration had earlier placed Ukraine in
Category 2 safety rating in June 2005. This had greatly disturbed
Ukraine, and it was working overtime with the FAA to align its safety
oversight system with ICAO standards and practices.
The FAA has now upgraded Ukraine’s aviation safety rating to a Category
1. The upgrade was done after reviewing all the safety concerns and
determining that Ukraine’s civil aviation authority was complying with
international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation
The upgrade to Category 1 safety rating status would now enable air
carriers based in the eastern European nation of Ukraine to start adding
direct flights to destinations in the United States.
According to media reports, Ukraine International Airlines is believed
to have placed orders for some Boeing 777-200LR aircrafts. With the new
aircrafts, the airline expects to begin operations from Kiev to U.S.
destinations in future.
27. September 2013 02:24
Business travelers are important customers for all the airlines. Most
important world airlines are upgrading their services and in-flight
amenities to entice this segment of customers. After all, they have a
significant role to play in their revenues. Wi-Fi is one such facility
that has caught the fancy of airlines these days.
Most commercial airlines operating in the United States are doing their
bit to attract the lucrative chunk of travelers to fly with them by
offering internet connectivity up in the air. They believe passengers
traveling on business class tickets would love to remain connected with
work, and family through their journey. However, a study conducted
recently by American Express Global business travel has come up with an
According to the research, two-thirds of business travelers are least
interested in connecting to the outside world while traveling. Instead,
they like to take this opportunity to connect to their own selves and
their passions like reading a book, sleeping, chatting, or watching a
Of the total passengers surveyed 35 percent said that their companies
are willing to bear the cost of the in-flight Wi-Fi, 38 percent
passengers do not mind paying from their own pockets for the onboard
Wi-Fi. However, 61 percent or two-thirds of passengers instead of
getting a chance to remain connected online wish otherwise. Instead,
they wish to break away from work and indulge in small luxuries of life.
26. September 2013 04:12
Want to fly nonstop between Boston and Dubai? Here’s good news for
you. Be prepared to book cheap flights that Emirates Airline plans to
offer nonstop between Boston and Dubai from March next year.
Emirates Airline has announced it will begin flying nonstop on
Boston-Dubai route starting from March 10, 2014. The airline will
operate daily roundtrip flight utilizing its 226-seat Boeing 700-200LR
aircraft. The tickets are already on sale and are being offered for as
low as $2,400 for a roundtrip flight.
According to the airline, the flight duration will be 12-13 hours.
Emirates Airline is currently operating flights between the two
destinations with a stopover at New York. The airline presently connects
to seven destinations in the U.S.
The direct flight between Boston and Dubai has been planned because of
ever increasing demand from the passengers. The flight would depart from
Dubai at 9.45 am and shall arrive at Boston by 3.15 pm. The return
flight will depart from Boston at 10.55 pm and arrive in Dubai at 7.10
pm the next day.
Meanwhile, Emirates Airline has also said that it will start offering
direct flights between Taipei and Dubai from February 10, 2014. The
airline will initially operate six nonstop flights every week with the
help of a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The Taipei-Dubai route is presently not being served by any Taiwanese
carrier. With the launch of direct flights between Taipei and Dubai, the
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport will become the 16th destination
on Emirates Airline’s network in the Far East.
25. September 2013 04:00
Alaska Airlines, which operates out of its hub at Seattle-Tacoma
International Airport, has achieved yet another milestone. The good news
for the airline’s passengers is that their favorite operator has been
voted as the United States’ most fuel efficient airline!
The declaration was made in a recent report released by the
International Council on Clean Transportation. The non-profit research
was conducted by the Washington D.C. based organization. The report is
the first for the organization as well in terms of quantifying fuel
performance for the U.S. airlines.
Alaska and its sister concern Horizon Air scored top ranks in the study
conducted among 15 airlines operating out of the United States. The aim
of this study was to determine the most fuel-efficient performer in the
The airline has over a period significantly invested in its fleet,
technology and processes to enhance its fuel functioning. This is one of
the primary reasons, which accomplished it as a better performer over
its competitors. The airline is concerned toward its sustainability in
line with its environment friendly policies. These efforts have helped
it keep costs on the lower end and offer quality services to the
The airline is indeed happy and proud of its achievements. The carrier
advanced its fuel efficiency in recent years and simultaneously in the
process emitted 30 percent less carbon. The airline’s decision to switch
to Boeing 737 and Bombardier Q400 is the most notable cause. Both these
aircrafts have created a niche for themselves as the most
fuel-efficient aircrafts in their classes.
Some other measures taken by the airline to achieve this outcome include
usage of eco-friendly service ware to serve meals and drinks,
solar-powered boarding ramps, installation of wind-turbine solar panel
in Nome, and usage of bio fuels on Hawaii flights.
24. September 2013 01:04
Thai Airways, the flagship carrier of Thailand has a pleasant
surprise for its customers. The airline industry is evolving with
technology. Customers traveling with different airlines across the world
have also raised the bar of their expectations. While many airlines
have already launched in-flight Wi-Fi services, Thai Airways has gained
necessary permissions to offer this services.
The airline has been working behind the scenes to let its customers
utilize the magical waves through their journey. Internet today has
become an integral part of everyone’s life and travelers flying to
various destinations worldwide like to stay connected with friends and
families to share their flight experiences. Some passengers need the
internet to align their travel in the new city. As such, the demand for
onboard internet connectivity has been gaining prominence.
The carrier intends to provide both internet as well as cellular
connectivity. However, thanks to the complicated systems, customers may
have to wait a little to benefit from the latter facility. Currently it
is looking for vendors who can provide the internet services to
passengers up in the air.
The airline, which was launched in the year 1988, has expanded its
network to important destinations around the globe. It competes with
other world airlines in terms of services and hospitality. Its
headquarters are based in Bangkok and it operates out of its main hub in
Suvarnabhumi Airport. At present, it connects Thailand with 75
destinations across 35 countries in the world using a fleet of more than
23. September 2013 05:04
Aviation industry has witnessed different kinds of wars in the past.
However, the latest scuffle that is grabbing limelight recently is
taking place in battleground Argentina. The unsaid fight is between LAN
Argentina and Aerolineas Argentinas in Buenos Aires. LAN, which has been
sincerely serving customers across the Latin American territory, has
been asked to vacate its Aeroparque hangar in the capital city.
The airline does not seem to be in a mood to budge and has retaliated in
its own interest. However, it is the customers, whose interests are at
stake in reality. Apparently, the state-run Aerolineas Argentinas seems
to be threatened by LAN’s presence in its home market. It fears that LAN
might siphon away its customers and hence eat into its market shares.
This battle is throwing different twists and turns with every new
development. Aerolineas Argentinas, which is backed by the powerful
government of the country led by Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is in a
strong position. However, LAN has the support of its loyal customers and
goodwill behind it. It maintains that it is regular with the payment of
hangar rents and has signed a contract with the authorities. This
contract is valid through 2023.
The Chilean-Brazilian airline might have to face hard times in the
future against the flagship carrier of Argentina. The decision to eject
LAN from the airport has stirred unrest amongst the travel agents and
trade unions for the fear of losing their jobs. The government on the
other hand is accusing it of rousing emotions among the workers against
In the midst of it all the big questions remains unanswered. Who will
compensate the passengers in case LAN ceases operations in Argentina?
17. September 2013 06:43
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members residing in California get ready to take advantage of cheap flights this November.
Alaska Airlines has announced that its Mileage Plan frequent flyer
program members who reside in California can grab the opportunity to get
a free roundtrip flight between San Diego and other cities on the
airline’s network. This offer is valid only after the members complete
two roundtrip flights between San Diego and select cities latest by
November 20, 2013.
The airline said that registration is required prior to the flights.
According to Alaska Airlines, the Mileage Plan members would receive a
Discount Code after flying two eligible roundtrip flights. The Discount
Code would be provided on or around December 20, 2013 which has to be
redeemed by January 31, 2014. This would be valid for a flight between
San Diego and any other destination being served by Alaska Airlines from
San Diego between January 7, 2014 and November 15, 2014. The taxes and
fees on the flight would, however, have to be paid.
The eligible flights from San Diego to other U.S. cities include
Seattle, Santa Rosa, Puerto Vallarta, Portland, Orlando, Monterey, Los
Cabos, Lihue (Kauai), Kahului (Maui), Honolulu, Fresno, Boston and
16. September 2013 07:07
Aviation industry often witnesses wars and rat races between
different airlines trying to outdo each other in service and popularity.
While the airspace is an open venue to unique and interesting battles,
let as look at the airlines that are trying to beat each other in route
The mighty commercial carrier of the United Kingdom is one airline that
intends to expand its network rapidly. The airline threw a pleasant
surprise for Austin residents by announcing the launch of London-Austin
route in March 2014. It plans to operate Boeing 787 Dreamliner between
these cities. This will be the carrier’s first trans-Atlantic flight to
the Texan capital.
The big commercial carrier of the United States is taking a giant leap
yet again. The airline that has been penetrating into other destinations
to widen its network announced the launch of a new route between
Chicago and Saskatoon and Washington Dulles and Quebec City.
China based Hainan Airlines recently commenced service between Chicago
and Beijing. The flights between these two cities operate twice a week
using Airbus A340 aircrafts. However, the airline intends to double its
frequency from November using Boeing 787 Dreamliners. It expects to run a
daily service on the route beginning June 2014.
The airline launched nonstop service between Seattle and Portland,
Oregon. The carrier will use the services of Boeing 737-800s to operate
flights on this route.
13. September 2013 06:42
Hawaiian Airlines has been facing an increase in demand for more flights to Papeete, Tahiti. The airline has decided to comply. It has in fact planned to change the aircraft that serves the route at present. It is set to deploy 294-seater Airbus A330-200 and withdraw the services of 264-seater Boeing 767-300ER to the city.
The carrier is doing so much for the comfort of its passengers and high demand to the city. By changing the plane, it would be adding 30 more passenger seats to its overall weekly service. This change would be implemented beginning November 2, 2013.
Passengers booking Hawaiian Airlines tickets to this destination should also be ready for a schedule change. The carrier has plans to adjust schedule of its weekly flight to Papeete. From November 2, the flight HA 481 will depart Honolulu International Airport at 3:35 pm every Saturday and arrive at Faa’a International Airport at 9:30 pm. The return flight will depart Papeete at 11:30 pm every Saturday and arrive in Honolulu at 5:15 am, early Sunday morning.
The A330 aircraft is equipped with amenities for the customers. These include on-demand entertainment system fitted to every seat, enhanced legroom, and spacious interiors. The LCD monitors are touch screen and the modern entertainment system is sure to augment the experience through the travel. There is an option to choose from an assortment of movies, TV programs, music and video games.
Every customer also has a USB port fitted for usage of personal devices. The passengers would also be able to relish the complimentary meals that present the flavors of the land.
12. September 2013 07:03
Emirates, the big player in the Middle East aviation sector has a
surprise for Taiwan. The airline announced that it was launching a
nonstop service to Taipei beginning February 10, 2014. The city will add
to the airline’s list as 16th destination in the South East Asian
The carrier will initially launch the service with six-flights-a-week to
Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei from Dubai. The airline will
use the services of Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft on this route. This plane
will comprise three classes. The first class will contain eight
luxurious private suites, while the business class will have 42 lie-flat
seats for its passengers. The economy class will however, provide
seating capacity for 304 customers.
The airline will serve gourmet cuisine to all its passengers seated in
different classes. Emirates is an airline that is renowned for offering
excellent onboard services to its customers. The airline currently
operates flights to 136 cities in 76 countries around the world.
It is constantly targeting new destinations as a broader part of its
expansion plans. Recently the carrier launched flights to Warsaw,
Algiers, and Haneda in Japan. It also has plans to launch service to
Stockholm in September, Conakry, and Philippines in October this year.
However, it is deviating from its usual Dubai base by launching the
trans-Atlantic service between New York and Milan from October 2013. It
also has Sialkot and Kiev launches lined up for November 2013 and
The airline is also looking to widen its network across the United
States. At present, it connects seven cities in the U.S. and wishes to
increase the number to fifteen in the near future. It is targeting to
commence flights to at least three new cities by the end of this year.