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Caribbean Airlines may lose Air Jamaica brand

by Richa G 17. July 2013 04:56

Ms. Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica, has given a stern warning to the new board of Caribbean Airlines and asked them to give a serious thought over the affairs of the airline.

The Jamaican Prime Minister has told the new Caribbean Airlines board to set its house in order within one month. She has warned that if the board doesn’t heed to the warning then it should be ready to face the prospect of getting the Air Jamaica brand withdrawn.

The Prime Minister was speaking to the media persons while attending the 34th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference.
  
Trinidad and Jamaica signed an agreement in 2010 allowing the Jamaican government to own 16 percent of Caribbean Airlines, as part of the conditions for Caribbean Airlines taking over the lucrative routes of Air Jamaica.

Caribbean Airlines has since acquired and been operating six aircrafts and eight routes of Air Jamaica. In recent time, Caribbean Airlines has however reduced its operations on Air Jamaica routes thus raising concerns of Jamaican Prime Minister.

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Spirit Airlines passenger traffic ups in June

by Richa G 16. July 2013 06:40

Spirit Airlines recently declared its operational results for June 2013 and recorded a remarkable growth in its passenger traffic. The airline registered 25.5% rise in passenger traffic for the month of June this year compared to the same month in 2012. Passenger traffic growth is symbolic of revenue earnings.

According to the company statement its Load factor for June increased 2.2 points to 88.3% as compared to last year. Its preliminary completion factor was recorded at 98.3%. However, the airline estimates its total revenue per ASM (RASM) to fall by 2.5% in the second quarter of this year on year-over-year basis.

Spirit’s second quarter cost per available seat mile (CASM) is estimated between 9.76 cents and 9.81 cents. It excludes special items and unrealized mark-to-market hedge gains. Its CASM ex-fuel for the second quarter may stand between 5.98 cents and 6.03 cents.

The ultra low cost carrier based in Miramar, Florida offers cheap flights to its customers under various deals from time to time.

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British Airways gift for Ramadan: Special business class fares

by Richa G 16. July 2013 06:40

British Airways has a gift for its travelers for the month of Ramadan. The flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom announced the launch of special discounted fares for passengers flying from the UAE. It also said that discounts were available on its flights to destinations in the U.S, Europe and Canada.

Passengers can now book their business class seats on the airline until July 21, 2013. The discount is valid for travel through October 31.

Paolo De Renzis, Area Commercial Manager, Middle East and Central Asia said that the airline runs special offers and discounts on fares regularly to benefit it travelers. He added that this was the airlines gestures to offer passengers that perfect something back.

Additionally to the discounted fares customers can now enjoy the thrill of shopping by flashing their British Airways boarding passes at exclusive retailers.

The airline that operates out of its hub at London Heathrow Airport, is the largest carrier based in the U.K.

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Asiana Airlines flight from Shanghai delayed due to oil leakage

by Richa G 16. July 2013 06:40

An Asiana Airlines flight scheduled to depart from Shanghai for Seoul on Thursday was temporarily suspended. Local media reports suggest that the Airbus A330 plane was delayed due to oil leakage. The airline had oil leaking as it was on taxiing along the runway and preparing for takeoff.

According to a customer service agent at Pudong airport, Shanghai’s international entry point, said that been delayed indefinitely. The airline was scheduled to leave the city around midday.

A spokeswoman at Asiana declined to comment on the matter stating that she was unaware about the report and the matter was being investigated. Simultaneously officials at the airport started a separate inquiry into the case.

According to The Sina news site the leak appeared close to the landing gear causing the engine to shut down. The aircraft had to be pulled back to the gate.

Asiana Airlines is one of the two major airlines operating in South Korea and many passengers flying abroad book airline tickets with it.

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Cape Air resumes flights to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard

by Richa G 16. July 2013 06:40

Cape Air has resumed its seasonal flights to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard from Providence. The flights to these two cities began operating from June 14, 2013.

The airline in a statement said that the daily flights from Providence’s TF Green Airport would offer quick connectivity to either island – Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard – within 35 minutes.

Cape Air said that this year will mark the 15th season of its service to the two islands from TF Green Airport. The airline will be operating up to seven daily flights to both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket from Providence.

According to the airline, the flights to the two islands would be convenient for the locals making day-trips as well as to those wanting to take connecting flights to onward destinations from TF Green Airport.

Cape Air has ticketing and baggage agreements with most major carriers allowing connecting passengers to enjoy easy single ticketing and baggage check-throughs between their selected destinations.

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Singapore Airlines Unveils Latest Business Class Cabin Units

by Richa G 12. July 2013 09:40

Singapore Airlines today unveiled the new look of its cabins for premium, first and business class. This makeover is the biggest overhaul conducted by the airline since 2007.

The new airline with latest features is set to debut on eight of its B777-300ERs. In September the first batch of passengers is set to fly pleasurably on their journey to London from Singapore.

Customers booking their business class seats on this route can enjoy the luxury of laid back cabins up to 132 degrees. The new leather seats will be 28 inches wide and 78 inches in length.

Even the in-flight entertainment system has been equipped with 18-inch LCD TV with touch screen. There is stowage area for laptops as well. Other amenities include height adjustable table, new backrest seat cushions with side bolsters, head rest cushions and a mirror.

Mak Swee Wah, Executive Vice President said that significant investment in their latest cabin products reiterates their commitment towards being an innovator and leader in air travel.

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British Airways takes delivery of its first A380 at Heathrow

by Richa G 12. July 2013 07:25

British Airways recently took the delivery of its first superjumbo Airbus A380 aircraft. The airline received the aircraft at London’s Heathrow Airport.

British Airways is the first carrier in the UK to take the delivery of the double-decker, which also happens to be the largest commercial jet in the world.

The Flag Carrier of the UK has also become the first airline in Europe to operate both the A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts. British Airways flights on A380 to Los Angeles would be the airline’s first long-haul destination. The flight would begin from September 24, 2013. The airline will also begin A380 flight to Hong Kong from October 22 this year.
 
The airline said that the A380 and Boeing 787 aircrafts will now start a new era for British Airways. The airline is expected to take delivery of new aircrafts over the next 15 months.

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KLM announces summer sale to destinations across Europe

by Richa G 12. July 2013 06:25

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced its summer sale to numerous destinations across Europe at incredibly low fares. Customers can now indulge in royalty with KLM and discover Europe at prices as low as $992*.

The airline is offering round-trip tickets from important U.S. cities. Passengers wishing to buy cheap airfares under this offer must book their travel until August 24, 2013. However, Washington-Stockholm tickets can be booked through Sep 2, 2013.

14-Day advance booking is required.  As per the offer Sunday overnight is mandatory and weekend surcharge is extra.

Now is the time to enjoy Europe with these sweet summer deals.

Fare Details:

  • Washington-Stockholm starting from $ 992*
  • New York-Warsaw starting from $ 1,005*
  • Chicago-Berlin starting from $ 1,061*
  • Los Angeles-Berlin starting from $ 1,075*
  • Boston-London starting from $ 1,174*
  • New York - Kiev starting from $ 1,232*
  • Houston-Istanbul starting from $ 1,264*
  • New York-Copenhagen starting from $ 1,277*
  • Dallas-Amsterdam starting from $ 1,348*
  • New York-Bucharest starting from $ 1,317*

*Fares are round trip, per person, and include all applicable government taxes and fees. Other terms and conditions are applicable.

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Alaska Airlines to raise baggage fee from Oct this year

by Richa G 12. July 2013 06:25

Following the footsteps of its peers, Alaska Airlines announced its decision to lift prices for checking baggage. Passengers booking Alaska Airline tickets on or after Oct 30, 2013 will have to pay $25 extra for first and second checked baggage. For any other additional baggage the cost to be paid is $75.

At present the airline charges $20 per baggage for first three bags. However, the Seattle based airline will stick to its unique baggage service. As per this service the customers can find their baggage at the baggage claim area within 20 minutes of the plane parking, failing which the airline will pay compensation. Currently the airline offers a $20 discount code to be used on next flight or 2,000 bonus frequent fliers miles. Subsequently this discount will rise to $25 and the miles to 2,500.

The airline is also raising the fee to change tickets to $125. Presently it charges $75 for an online change and $100 for a change made through call centers.

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Scandinavian Airlines to offer cheap airfares to frequent flyers

by Richa G 11. July 2013 05:10

Travelers flying more often with Scandinavian Airlines are in for good times as the airline has decided to offer them cheap airfares on most of its flights.

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has now launched a stiff competition aimed at giving tough times to its low-cost rival Norwegian Air. The airline has indicated that it is ready to concentrate more on its frequent flyers and planning to upgrade its “EuroBonus” program.

The airline said that the “EuroBonus” program is exclusively designed for frequent flyers, and the upgraded program will be offering new levels of service and benefits for its loyal passengers.

Eivind Roald, Director of Sales and Marketing for SAS, said that the airline will now be focusing extra on those who travel a lot. The airline, though, will have an offer for everyone. He also said that the bonus program hasn’t been exploited well enough in retaining and attracting the customers.

The airline will upgrade its current frequent flyer program “EuroBonus Gold” with a new “Diamond, Platinum of Elite” card.

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