10. October 2013 07:08
WestJet Airlines has announced it will be purchasing 65 new 737 MAX aircrafts. The Calgary-based carrier recently signed a multibillion dollar deal with the aircraft maker Boeing, which would be delivering the aircrafts to Canada’s second-largest carrier.
WestJet Airlines has placed orders for 40 new 737 MAX 8 and 25 new MAX 7 aircrafts. The deal at the current price is valued at $6.3 billion. Gregg Saretsky, President and Chief Executive of WestJet Airlines, has said that this is the biggest deal for purchasing aircrafts in the company’s history. He also said that this is possibly the biggest ever deal in Canada as well, which is undoubtedly opening a new chapter in the company’s history.
Saretsky said that WestJet Airlines is looking forward to being among the first North American carriers to start flying the 737 MAX in 2017. He said that the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with its enhanced in-cabin amenities and increased fuel efficiency would be able to significantly lower operating costs and provide a great in-flight experience to its customers.
9. October 2013 05:48
United Airlines is committed to offer better services and a
comfortable flying experience to its customers. United Airlines has
recently introduced its new signature seat design promising maximum
comfort to its customers. Apart from customer comfort, the airline is
also focusing on environmental responsibility, with a modern,
United Airlines said that it would be deploying new seats on hundreds of
its aircrafts offering flights services within the United States,
Canada, Central America and the Caribbean. The new design is being
introduced with a Bombardier CRJ700 being presently operated by United
Express carrier SkyWest Airlines. The airline expects to deploy the new
look design on its domestic mainline aircraft as well as on regional
aircraft that is operated by United Express carriers. United Airlines
ultimately plans to introduce the new design on more than 60,000 seats
on more than 500 aircrafts. By 2015, the airline expects the new seat
design to be introduced on approximately 400 aircrafts.
Providing details about the new design, United Airlines said that this
includes bold elements, more ergonomic and supportive cushioning, and
additional seat-back storage space in United Economy Plus and United
8. October 2013 07:04
Germany’s flagship carrier Lufthansa is currently witnessing a remarkable growth in Qatar. The airline, which has reported a steady passenger growth in the Doha-Frankfurt sector over the past few years, said that it is seeing Qatar emerging as one of the fastest growing markets for premium travel in the GCC countries. Media reports quoted a Lufthansa official as saying that 2011 was the most successful year for the airline in Qatar. Lufthansa is a leading carrier in Europe presently.
According to Lufthansa, the airline carried more than 70,000 passengers to and from Germany and beyond in 2012. The airline said that it registered a huge increase of more than 40 percent last year as compared to 2011. The airline further said that the number of passenger arrivals to Doha for business or leisure purposes was an all time high. This significantly strengthened the airline’s service, which operates daily nonstop flights between Doha and Frankfurt with the help of an Airbus A340 aircraft. With such a fantastic increase now, Lufthansa wants to expand its Doha service further.
Carsten Schaeffer, Lufthansa’s Vice President Sales & Service, South East Europe, Middle East and Africa, said that Qatar has developed as one of the fastest growing markets for premium travel in the GCC nations. He said that the growth in first class passenger numbers is particularly impressive, with the volume nearly doubled within one year. This testifies that the airline’s strategy to invest into brand new First and Business Class products as well as the world’s only dedicated First Class Terminal has been finally paying off.
7. October 2013 05:24
Passengers traveling with Qatar Airways are going to be a little
happy. While most airlines are doing every bit to please their
travelers, the Gulf carrier, following suit has announced its decision
to increase baggage allowance. Passengers flying to various destinations
in Africa including Entebbe, Kigali, Nairobi, Kilimanjaro,
Dar-e-Salaam, and Addis Ababa will be able to carry more baggage between
7 and 10 kilograms, depending of course on their class.
The economy passengers will be able to add another 7 kilograms as the
airline has upped it from the earlier set 23 kilograms. Business
travelers will be able to enjoy additional weight of 10 kilograms up
from the previous limit of 30 kilograms. The airline uses the services
of Airbus A320 to serve African cities from Doha. This plane comprises a
seating capacity for only business and economy class passengers. This
route does not consist of First Class. However, these premier travelers
will be able to carry up to 50 kilograms along with them to their
destinations across the world.
The airline also announced that it would not be able to switch
operations to the new airport in Doha until 2014. Apparently, the
construction of the plush airport will take some time hence delaying the
carrier’s plans to launch service from its sprawling premises. The new
airport is equipped with several amenities that are set to benefit
business and first class travelers and heighten their travel experience.
The airline expects to launch its Airbus A380 superjumbo service from
the brand new complex by March next year.
4. October 2013 05:18
British Airways, premier airline of the United Kingdom recently
launched service to Chengdu with a panda plane. Apparently, Chengdu, the
city in China is home to the world famous giant panda and the airline
wanted to please the people with its unique offering. The airline
specially painted its Boeing 777-200 plane to look like a panda.
This aircraft sports a huge smile like that of the cute animal. The
panda plane will offer thrice-a-week service between London Heathrow and
Chengdu. Interestingly the city is the carrier’s first new destination
in China since launching service to Shanghai in 2005. The airline
believes that mainland China comprises an important part of its
itinerary and hence it is committed to serve the people with direct
services. This plane comprises a seating capacity across four class
including First, Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus
(premium economy) and World Traveller (economy).
On the other hand, the airline is inching close to a new experiment. The
popular European carrier plans to allow passengers automatically
check-in on a trial basis. The airline wants to discard the conventional
method of manual check-ins and pave way for automated check-ins
instead. It therefore, plans to test its idea in the first phase with
flights to Vienna, Copenhagen, Vancouver, Toronto, Rome Fiumicino,
Mauritius, and Cancun. As per its strategy, passengers can proceed
towards check-ins six days ahead of their departures. These travelers
will receive confirmation and boarding passes 25 hours before takeoff.
3. October 2013 07:11
Air France, the premier carrier of Europe has a pleasant surprise for all its customers. The airline that operates numerous flights to various destinations worldwide announced it was up for another round of innovation for the comfort of its travelers.
The popular carrier offers flights to Europe and beyond. Travel with the airline is going to enhance the experience of its economy and premium economy customers. This time around, the airline has announced an upgrade for these two classes. These two classes will sport brand new seats as the carrier has decided to get rid of old and outdated ones. It has promised to bring out a lighter yet comfortable version of the old seats. These seats will in return help it improve its fuel efficiency. Talk of cost cutting measures!
It is not just about the design. These seats will be fitted with USB ports to allow passengers to plug in their personal devices, and entertain themselves throughout the journey. There are electric outlets to compliment the USB port along with a modified and larger seat back monitor. This considerate effort by the airline is sure going to help it win the hearts of economy and premium economy travelers and may be in the future its bookings simply shoot up. Other facilities offered include wider trays, headphones holder, and extra legroom. Additionally Wi-Fi may also be available. Boeing 777s have been selected for these makeovers and the airline expects to wrap up the process by July 2016. It is not clear as of now which routes will have these planes fly to.
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.