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Lufthansa to offer onboard phone service this year

by amit.uniyal 14. February 2014 09:02

Deutsche Lufthansa AG or Lufthansa has pleasant news for its travelers. It is set to pave way for the use of mobile phones onboard its flights this year. The news comes as a surprise to the travelers as Europe’s largest airline will allow the use of this service on its flights on more than 100 aircrafts operating its long-distance flights.

The airline believes to stay ahead in competition and hence is innovating different means to put its best foot forward. The latest announcement has spread a wave of joy and happiness amongst its travelers. Once the service is incorporated, passengers will be able to use their personal devices in the flight. They can use their mobile handsets to make calls and send text messages even when they are flying 30,000 feet above ground. The thrill and excitement is hence uncontainable.

The German airline already has its Lufthansa Flynet system in place. It has teamed up with Aeromobile, GSM supplier for this service. In fact, the airline has already fitted the Flynet system on eight of its Airbus A330 airlines.

The airline has already received its Boeing 747-8 Dreamliner equipped with the Aeromobile system. The delivery was received at Frankfurt airport. The Aeromobile system will allow the passengers to use their mobile devices in roaming mode just like the way it would work on the ground. The airline has collaborated with more than 240 mobile service providers for the roaming arrangements. The passengers will soon benefit from the latest offering from the major German airline in the coming times.

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Virgin America presents onboard social network to its travelers

by amit.uniyal 13. February 2014 10:46

Virgin America has a pleasant surprise for its business travelers. The San Francisco based airline announced the launch of its in-flight social network that is definitely set to boost the morale of travelers booking tickets with it. The airline teamed up with app maker HereOnBit to develop this unique concept. Internet and technology is fast paving way into the airlines even when it is soaring miles above the ground.

The airline intends to offer easy connections on its business class and hence has gone ahead to create this in-flight social network. The aim of this app is to persuade travelers flying in this class to communicate with each other without having to bother about getting up from their respective seats. There is no better way to offer smooth connections than this. The ever-changing technology is certainly proving beneficial for the airline industry and most carriers are utilizing it to the best of their capacities.

The airline, which flies to more than 50 destinations worldwide, is fast catching up with its other counterparts. Virgin America will now use this location-aware app and help travelers connect through other accounts such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. The new app helps them view personal details of fellow passengers and access their photographs, names, workplace, and other relevant information.

This app is best suited for travelers who are on their way for a conference. It will help them discuss work, plan the next strategy, and interact with each other without distracting or disturbing others. The app will be fully functional on all flights by the end of this month.

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Air France-KLM special Valentine discount to Europe from India

by amit.uniyal 12. February 2014 06:08

Planning a romantic getaway this Valentine Day! Air France-KLM has something special for its Indian customers. The airline has announced a special discount for the lovebirds who want to snatch private moments for themselves to popular European destinations.

This exclusive offer is available only for customers traveling from India. The airline is offering up to 40 percent discount on the basic fare for travel on Air France or its partner KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. This offer is applicable for travel to major cities in Europe such as Rome, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Venice, Paris and others.

Take the best advantage of this offer by booking your tickets up till February 14, 2014 for outbound travel from India up till May 31, 2014. Whether you want to spend cozy moments in the stunning architectural splendors and baffling waterways of Venice, or enjoy romantic strolls in Paris on River Seine, this is absolutely a perfect opportunity for you to grab this special Valentine offer and head for your dream vacation with your sweetheart.

Air France or KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are not the only airlines to offer special Valentine deals. A leading U.S. carrier United Airlines recently launched its “Love in the Air” promotion for its customers. The promotion however ended on February 5, 2014. The couples were asked to submit their respective United-in-love stories written in 500 words or less. The results are to be declared on Valentine’s Day and the winning couple would get a chance to win two BusinessFirst roundtrip tickets to fly to any of the destinations on United Airlines’ network.

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Virgin Atlantic to Discontinue its Sydney Flights

by amit.uniyal 11. February 2014 05:07

Virgin Atlantic has decided to withdraw its flight service from Sydney. At present the airline operates London - Sydney route via Hong Kong on a daily basis using A340-600 aircraft. The airline will continue its London to Hong Kong leg but has however decided to discontinue its forward journey from Hong Kong to Sydney.

Growing costs and weakening of Australian dollar have been the prime reasons due to which the route has become less lucrative and now the airline is forced to terminate the route. Virgin Atlantic CEO, Craig Kreeger is a statement said, this is difficult times for the airline, and it is very important that they operate only the profitable routes in order to meet their expenses and overall financial goals. He further said that the airline staff tried its best but the external economic environs, poor usage, increasing overheads and rising costs impacted the profitability.

Virgin Atlantic’s last Hong to Sydney flight will operate on May 4, 2014 and the last leg of this flight will depart the following day from Sydney to London. With this the Virgin will no longer be flying to Australia any more. This will leave only Qantas and British Airways offering routes between Australia and Europe.

 

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Airline Industry across the World to Soar High In 2014

by amit.uniyal 10. February 2014 04:58

As per a recent report the worst is over for the global airline industry. The industry has overcome the recession and is finally expecting maximum profitability in the year 2014. All thanks to the increasing air travel demand and static air fuel prices.

This is great news for not just the stake holders but even for passengers. As the airlines will do everything possible to not only maintain its existing share of passengers but will also try and allure new passengers towards them. The airline industry has grown exponentially over the decade and there are several low cost as well as big network carriers flourishing simultaneously. There is stiff competition amongst them resulting in maximum consumer benefit. In order to keep customers happy and loyal towards them all the airlines are making sure that they keep on adding to their services and amenities.

International Air Transport Association, a Geneva based association has anticipated that global airline industry will make a total profit of over $19.7 billion in 2014 alone. This profit is mainly because the year 2013 has witnessed mergers of some very big US airlines companies helping them increase profit margins by ruling out competition and surplus services.

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Air New Zealand reviewing options for Latin America

by amit.uniyal 7. February 2014 06:30

Air New Zealand is eager to expand its flights services to Latin America with the help of its new partner Singapore Airlines. Christopher Luxon, CEO of Air New Zealand, said that Latin America continues to be the last white spot on its network, which it also wants to fill. The airline had succeeded in plugging all the other holes it considered necessary. For this, the airline wants that its new partner Singapore Airlines should come to its help.

Luxon said that this could take some time and Air New Zealand will keep on exploring options with Singapore Airlines and others as well. He said that a customer from southern China planning to travel to Latin America will have to pass via Auckland, and this perfectly makes sense.

Aerolineas Argentinas is planning to withdraw its services from the Soth Pacific market. Air New Zealand sees a good opportunity in this forthcoming withdrawal. The airline wants to compete with its oneworld partners LAN Airlines and Qantas Airways, the only remaining carriers providing services to destinations in South America, Australasia and South Pacific. Air New Zealand has indicated that in the present circumstances its new partnership with Singapore Airlines could be expanded to Latin America as well.

Air New Zealand has so far not been able to find an appropriate partner for operating flights services to Latin America. Recent media reports said that South America-Australasia routes are somewhat challenging from financial aspects. Air New Zealand had been struggling hard for quite some time now to exploit its position between South America and Asia and trying best to connect this fast-growing market.

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Spring Airlines trying to remain afloat in Japanese market

by amit.uniyal 6. February 2014 08:46

The failure of AirAsia to continue operating in Japan has come as a boon to Spring Airlines. Asia’s largest LCC operator Air Asia decided to withdraw from the budget airline market in Japan recently. AirAsia was one of the significant competitors to Spring Airlines.

Zhang Wuan, a spokesperson of Spring Airlines, chose to play down AirAsia’s withdrawal from Japan’s budget airline market and said that this is not at all concerned with Spring Airlines as such. He said that the company’s target is in different markets. He said that the airline had been mainly operating between Chinese and Japanese cities, whereas AirAsia had been operating flights between Japan and Southeast Asia.

However, Li Xiaojin, a professor at the Civil Aviation University of China, said that he was concerned about the future of Spring Airlines in Japan’s budget airline market. He said that it is doubtful whether the airline will be able survive in the Japanese market given the fact that AirAsia had a dismal record there and finally withdrew its services from here.

Spring Airlines is the first budget carrier to begin operations in China. The airline provides affordable fares to its customers and outwitted its rivals with an average seat occupancy rate of 95 percent ever since its debut in 2005. This had been the highest occupancy rate so far in China’s civil aviation industry. The airline began operations on its first international route in July 2010 between Shanghai and Tokyo.

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Japan Airlines offers airweave mattress and pillow in First Class

by amit.uniyal 5. February 2014 07:13

Japan Airlines recently announced it has started offering airweave mattress and pillow in First Class cabins effective from January 1, 2014 on various international routes. The airline decided to launch this service in First Class as well keeping in with the growing demand from many customers. The airline has already been providing airweave mattress and pillow in its business class flights on many international routes.

According to Japan Airlines, the updated mattress now includes one surface that is firm, while the other surface that is soft. The mattress is called “airweave DUAL MODE”, and is now being served in JAL SKY SUITE 777 in the First Class cabins. The airline said that the premium travelers will now be able to enjoy more comfortable sleep than before during their flights.
 
Providing details about the airweave mattress, Japan Airlines said that the density of material is gently changed into many layers thus creating a comfortable bed functioning with firm and soft at both the surfaces separately. The product has been designed such that the increased density of material would also be perfectly supporting the waist and providing ideal lying posture. The airweave mattress has been specially designed for the First Class seats in JAL SKY SUITE 777. The airweave pillow also provides increased resilience at both ends ensuring ideal lying posture for the head and as well soothes head and shoulder.

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Ancillary fees proving to be big business for airlines

by amit.uniyal 4. February 2014 08:36

The North American carriers are earning big revenues now, a recent industry report has suggested. Ancillary fees are proving to be big business for various airlines. The industry report published recently said that many North American carriers like American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, Virgin America and others have together collected a total of $17.2 billion in ancillary revenue during the year 2013.

A new study however said that there has been a discrepancy between the services that customers are ready to pay for and the amenities and services that are being currently offered to the air travelers. The study has come at a time when the North American carriers are once again gearing up to add more fees in 2014.

The study pointed out that today’s air travelers have become worrisome with the ever increasing ancillary fees. Most of the travelers are strongly objecting to baggage fees, which obviously tops their list. Nearly 89 percent of the travelers surveyed have resented to this and asking the airlines to stop charging for checked baggage. However, 42 percent of the air travelers said that they are ready to pay if the airlines provide a dedicated overhead bin space for their hand luggage, while 35 percent travelers said that they are willing to pay to get their checked luggage on priority at baggage claim. The travelers are also ready to pay for amenities and services that improve their comfort and efficiency, both on board their flight as well as at the airport.

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Air Croatia to make debut with Sweden-Zagreb flights

by amit.uniyal 3. February 2014 09:59

The Republic of Croatia will see the debut of a brand new airline ‘Air Croatia’ soon. Media reports recently said that the new carrier Air Croatia is all set to make foray with the launch of its new flights between Sweden and Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. The new flights will become operational from this summer season.

According to media reports, Air Croatia would be leasing an aircraft from a Dutch carrier for operating flights to Zagreb, Pula, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik in June 2014. The airline will announce its timetable soon. The airline has also indicated that it will also start operating flights out of Gothenburg and Stockholm as well.

Air Croatia is currently planning to start two weekly services from Gothenburg to Split. The airline also plans to operate one flight every week to Zagreb, Pula and Dubrovnik from Gothenburg. The airline has also disclosed that it is planning to operate flights to Split and Zadar from Stockholm. Air Croatia is still to put up flight tickets to these destinations up for sale.

Air Croatia is a low-cost carrier and would be making available food, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, tea and coffee for purchase on board. Passengers booking flight tickets would be allowed to check-in 20 kg of luggage free of cost. Air Croatia is essentially a Swedish tour operator that specializes in holiday packages to Croatia. The airline will lease and brand its own aircraft providing opportunity to customers to buy individual tickets as well.

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