15. November 2013 05:52
American Airlines and US Airways have finally decided to go ahead
with their merger plans and the process is back on track. The two
airlines have finally agreed to give up slots and gates at seven
airports. Media reports recently said that American Airlines and US
Airways have arrived at a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice which
has now put an end to the need for a court trial. The U.S. Department
of Justice was scheduled to hold a court trail over the merger issue
starting from November 25, 2013. The deal has now paved way for the
creation of an enlarged American Airlines next month.
The U.S. Department of Justice said that under the terms of the
agreement the six U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, American
Airlines and US Airways will be relinquishing the slots and gates to
low-cost airlines. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, this is
necessary to enhance system-wide competition in the airline industry
that would ultimately provide more choices and more competitive airfares
for the customers.
Media reports indicated that American Airlines and US Airways would be
giving up 52 slot pairs at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington
D.C. and 17 pairs at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The two carriers
would also hand over two gates at each of Dallas and Love Field, Los
Angeles International Airport, Boston Logan Airport, Chicago O’Hare
International Airport and Miami International Airport.
14. November 2013 05:50
Aerolineas Argentinas, the leading South American carrier, has
finally decided to exit the Australian market with dropping its flights
to Sydney from Buenos Aires. The airline is currently offering thrice
weekly service between Sydney and Buenos Aires, but said that it has
canceled the service as of April 2, 2014. The airline has declined to
further comment on its move, but profitability might be one of the
issues that led Aerolineas Argentinas to take this step.
Earlier, Aerolineas Argentinas started offering direct services between
Sydney and Buenos Aires in April 2012. It started the service after
dropping its previous Auckland stopover as part of a worldwide route
overhaul with an aim to boost focus on Europe and developing more South
The airline’s decision to stop flying on Sydney-Buenos Aires route has
brought inconvenience to travelers from Australia who want to go to
Buenos Aires or other South American destinations. However, Aerolineas
Argentinas’ move has also come as a boon for Qantas Airways and LAN
Airlines. Both the airlines, who are also members of the oneworld
alliance, will now be solely offering direct services between Sydney and
South America. However, their flights presently arrive into Chile’s
capital Santiago. The Australian travelers who want to go to Buenos
Aires will now be looking increasingly up to LAN Airlines as it offers
flights to various other destinations from its hub as Santiago.
13. November 2013 02:35
Virgin Atlantic Airways and Delta Air Lines have announced their
plans to operate flights on trans-Atlantic routes jointly during the
summer of 2014. The announcement has come as part of the two airlines’
trans-Atlantic joint-venture partnership. The partnership is likely to
boost competitiveness and provide opportunity to the customers to get
cheap tickets. Media reports said that the two airlines have decided to
combine their slots at London Heathrow Airport offering maximum
convenience to the customers, particularly business travelers.
Significant changes are on the cards as Virgin Atlantic Airways and
Delta Air Lines start implementing their joint schedule plans. Delta Air
Lines has indicated that it will be shifting its Heathrow flights to
and from many important business markets to Terminal 3, which is
presently the main base for Virgin Atlantic Airways. Delta Air Lines is
currently operating Heathrow flights out of Terminal 4. According to the
plans, flights to and from Seattle, New York JFK and Boston would be
moved to Terminal 3. Apart from this, the business class passengers
traveling by Delta Air Lines will now be able to access the “Clubhouse”
lounge being operated by Virgin Atlantic Airways in Terminal 3.
Virgin Atlantic Airways has also planned some significant schedule
changes. The airline will now be shifting its London Heathrow-Newark
flight from a late afternoon departure to a morning departure. The
airline hopes that by doing so it will be able to particularly attract
business travelers. Virgin Atlantic Airways will also be shifting its
Boston-London Heathrow schedule. The airline plans to reschedule the
U.S.-bound flight that will depart London Heathrow two hours later than
in the existing schedule. The move is aimed at offering more flexibility
to the customers of the two airlines, with Delta Air Line’s London
Heathrow-Boston service now departing in the morning.
12. November 2013 06:00
Alaska Airlines, giant player in the United States aviation sector
recently unveiled a pleasant surprise to its customers. The
airline-operated service to Seattle/Tacoma International Airport
featuring plane inspired from the world popular Disney and Pixar
The airplane decorated with animations from the Cars series caught the
attention and fancy of many passengers at the airport. The Boeing
737-800 plane looked vibrant and colorful from the decorations of
characters like Mater, Lightening McQueen, Guido, and Luigi. The airline
has named this plane as Adventure of Disneyland Resort and it
celebrates its partnership with Walt Disney’s original theme park. The
uniquely dressed plane looked adorable as it stood besides other
ordinary looking planes at the airport.
In fact, this aircraft is the fifth plane to be born of out of its
alliance with the Disneyland Resort. The arrival of the plane spread a
wave of joy amongst all at the airport. Usually any plane dressed in a
unique décor catches the attention and becomes the talk of the town. The
airline said it has been supporting the Make-A-Wish Alaska and
Washington since 1986 and has been providing air travel facilities to
about 225 children and their families each year. The airline along with
its regional airlines operates flights to about 100 cities. It serves
destinations located across the United States, Hawaii, Canada and
8. November 2013 04:16
Britain and China are expected to begin new talks early next year on
increasing air connectivity between the two countries. This follows a
recent visit by the British Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to
Beijing. Both the countries had signed an agreement in 2004 limiting the
carriers of the two countries to operate a total of 31 return services
every week between six destinations in both the UK and China.
For British travelers the existing nonstop options include flights to
Hong Kong with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Cathay
Pacific Airways; flights to Beijing from London Heathrow with Air China,
British Airways or Virgin Atlantic Airways; flights to Shanghai with
British Airways and China Eastern Airlines; and flights to Chengdu from
London Heathrow. China Southern Airlines also flies to Guangzhou from
McLoughlin said that a new agreement is now needed reflecting the
changing times that the world is undergoing today. He said that the new
bilateral agreement would be looking to increase the number of flights
and destinations between the two countries that would benefit the
tourists and businesses in both China and Britain. He further stated
that business travelers from Britain are already traveling to these
growth economies, but presently they are doing so via other hubs and
7. November 2013 03:18
Emirates and Qatar Airways have decided to open new avenues in the
East. The two prominent airlines operating out of their hubs in Dubai
and Doha have already tasted success in the West. Therefore, they have
now decided to expand their presence in Asia.
Emirates announced to launch four weekly flights to Sialkot in Pakistan,
making the city its fifth overall destination in the country. The
Dubai-Sialkot route will offer passengers a chance to explore new
options for travel to the UK and beyond with the carrier with immediate
effect. Airbus A330 aircraft that comprises a seating capacity for 54
passengers in business class and 183 in economy class will serve this
The flights will depart Dubai every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and
Sunday at 4:15 am and arrive in Sialkot at 8:20 am. The return flight
will depart the Pakistani city at 9:45 am and arrive in Dubai at 12:35
On the other hand, Qatar Airways would commence service to Hangzhou from
Doha starting December 20. This new service would mark the airline’s
seventh service to China. The airline has launched flights between Doha
and Chengdu almost two months ago. Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong
Kong, and Chongqing are other Chinese cities served by the carrier. The
airline will use the services of Airbus A330 to operate between the city
pair. This airline is equipped with a seating capacity for 24 business
class passengers and 236 economy class passengers.
The flights will depart Doha every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and
Saturday at 2:30 am and arrive in Hangzhou at 3:40 pm. The return
flights will depart the Chinese city at 11:00 pm and arrive in Doha at
4:30, the next day.
21. October 2013 07:12
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be dumped in a bad seat on a plane? Of course, the most apparent reaction would be a gloomy and long face, cursing the airline for its choice. The pain of traveling on a not-so-comfortable seat causes anxiety and dismay. But not anymore! Travelers in Copenhagen can now get a Chocolate Upgrade in return for a so-called bad seat.
This is indeed a sweet gesture by Chocolatier Anthon Berg who in association with SeatGuru has come up with a novel idea to cheer the grim faces at the Copenhagen Airport. This scheme is called as Generous Upgrader. For sure, it cannot spell magic and promote you to a business or first class but the least it can do is cheer you with some free chocolates.
At the airport, passengers traveling to various destinations across the globe can simply walk into a pink kiosk, to scant their boarding cards. In a few moments, it grades your seat based on the SeatGuru database and allots one of the listed grades to your seat. Well the catch lies in the grades. Seats that score a good grade are rewarded with a few chocolates. Bad seats get a little better share than their good counterparts do. However, the stars here are the passengers whose seats have been graded in the lowest category. These passengers get a generous share of chocolates along with neck pillows and eye masks from Anthon Berg.
The machine has been dispensing happiness at the Copenhagen Airport for some time now but there are plans to spread joy in other cities as well. We guess Oslo is the next lucky airport that will get to welcome the Pink Machine towards this fall.
16. October 2013 07:16
The aviation industry is reeling under stiff competition. Tough
competition, monetary issues, passenger demands, in-flight amenities,
and other services are a few factors that are eating into their
customers. The availability of options to travel with an alternative
carrier is making it difficult for the airlines to attract customers and
hence sustain themselves. Therefore, many airlines have devised
innovative means to mint money from their customers in a bid to remain
in the flying league.
Small airlines like Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Allegiant
Air have started imposing various kinds of charges on carry-on bags.
Most big players are yet to follow suit but these small players have set
the ball rolling. These budget airlines have recognized carry-on bags
as a great prospective to earn those extra bucks. The big players are
probably refraining themselves from the fray for a simple reason that
they want to set their status apart from the low-cost carriers. Second
reason is the fact that they do not wish to levy extra charges on the
elite customers flying business class with them. This move is sure to
earn the ire of these so-called privileged customers.
A few have gone ahead to charge customers for priority boarding.
Standing in long queues and waiting for their turns to check-in is
certainly a pain for some customers. Well, they now have a superb chance
to gauge through these long and unending queues by paying at special
check-in counters. Giant players like American Airlines and United
Airlines have made travel a little more comfortable for their customers
by giving them the choice of priority boarding albeit with a fee. All
for the sake of making travel more easy and convenient!
15. October 2013 03:16
Etihad Airways announced its decision to fly to Los Angeles making the city its fourth destination in the United States. The Gulf carrier said it would add flights to the U.S. city from its hub in Abu Dhabi. The new service is likely to commence from June 1, 2014. The airline is however, awaiting necessary permissions from the authorities as a green signal to open this route.
If all goes well for the carrier, passengers will be able to book airline tickets and travel directly between Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi. The carrier sees Los Angeles as a potential market and believes the city to be a global center for business and economy. The management is happy and proud to include it to its itinerary.
As per the schedule the airline will offer daily round-trip flights between the city pair. It will use the services of Boeing 777-200LR aircrafts on the route. This plane is equipped with a seating capacity for 237 passengers. The airline recently signed a deal with Indian flagship carrier Air India to purchase five of its B777-200LR planes. The carrier will be using these planes to fly to various destinations including Los Angeles. At present, it serves the cities of New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Toronto, and Sao Paulo in the Americas.
11. October 2013 06:43
Regional carriers have proved to be major contributors in the
development of the Caribbean region by offering reliable intra-Caribbean
service. And, InselAir is no exception. A senior Caribbean airline
executive said that InselAir had been playing a significant role in
getting in visitors from the rest of the Americas.
Media reports said that Albert Kluyver, CEO/President of the
Curacao-based InselAir, is bracing to share his insights on the success
of the airline at the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s State of the
Industry Conference to be held from October 15-18, 2013 in Martinique.
This year’s conference will focus on the theme ‘Perfecting the
Experience, Delivering Authenticity’.
Media reports quoting Kluyver said that he was looking forward to attend
the conference and is eager to share his views on how the regional
carriers had been successful and were major contributors to the
Caribbean tourism industry. He will also be dwelling at length on the
advantages that these regional carriers bring and the possible ways of
growing the value proposition for the air travelers. Kluyver said that
all efforts would be made to explore major elements for improvement that
would finally result in increasing the efficiency and volume of the
transportation sector in the Caribbean.