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.
6. November 2013 03:36
Foreign airlines are these days giving more attention to India. The carriers like Emirates Airlines and South African Airways have acknowledged India as one of the fastest growing aviation market in the world. Seeing India’s reputation considerably growing in the world aviation market, these airlines have now started wooing the Indian passengers by offering regional films on their in-flight entertainment system. These airlines want to significantly boost their passenger loyalty and are increasingly buying movie rights of regional films.
Media reports said that Emirates Airlines has recently got access to the popular Marathi films like Shaala, Satrangi Re, Premachi Goshta and Balak Palak, and has started offering these to the passengers as part of its regional film fare on their respective in-flight entertainment systems.
South African Airways is also not far behind in the race. Sajid Khan, Country Head of South African Airways, said that the airline is making efforts to give the passengers the latest dose of regional films in many Indian regional languages. He said that since Mumbai is the only centre from where South African Airways is currently operating, Marathi language film listings form the core of their movie menu offerings.
Media reports quoting aviation industry analysts said that the demand for regional film is going to grow tremendously with more and more people from the interiors of the country are flying abroad. According to the current estimates, the number of Indian travelers flying abroad presently stands at around 15 million annually. It is expected that the numbers are set to further increase to over 50 million in the next seven years. Maharashtra is currently among the top three states in terms of outbound tourism.
31. October 2013 07:06
Get ready to see Iberia in an entirely new look. Keeping pace with the changing times, Iberia has also decided to rejuvenate itself with a new brand image. Iberia has recently introduced its new brand image and logo, and plans to roll out across the airline from the end of November this year.
Iberia provided details about its new branding features. The airline said that its familiar red and orange colours that were part of the previous logo will be prominently featured. The airline however said that its IB IATA code letters have undergone transformation and would now be displayed into a more stylized tailfin shape. The airline indicated that the new designs would be rolled out across all its aircrafts over the next few months. According to Iberia, the new livery would be featured on the first aircraft in mid-November.
Iberia issued a statement while introducing its new brand image and logo before the mediapersons. The airline stated that the new changes have been inspired from Spanish culture and its influence in the world. The airline’s new image will be appropriately reflecting the profound changes currently underway at Iberia. The new image will convey an expressive, life-affirming and up-to-date message before the entire world.
29. October 2013 04:19
British Airways, the flagship carrier of the United Kingdom has decided to follow the innovation trail. The premier airline of Europe, which flies millions of passengers across the globe from its hub in London, has come up with an interesting idea. The airline recently launched its personalized digital bag tag scheme on trail basis. Passengers traveling from Heathrow’s Terminal 5 are the ones who will get to participate in the carrier’s novel proposal.
However, the airline has found its bait in Microsoft employees. The airline is hopeful that its idea will bear fruits and these so-called travelers will be able to generate the desired results. Basis the feedback, the carrier will formulate its final strategy regarding the product. These digital tags contain comprehensive information about travelers’ luggage details. The airline has already tested the paper tags and is happy that it has withstood the harsh treatments meted out during the journey. It now waits to see how the software responds when subjected to similar conditions.
Travelers participating in this trial will use Windows phones for check-ins, to select their seats, and to get their boarding cards. The phone helps in generating a new bar code for each flight, which includes the details of the bags final destination. One can do that by simply holding the phone over the tag. As of now, the carrier is experiment with Windows and later plans to extend it to other platforms as well. In reality, passengers will have to be a little patient until this trial is incorporated real time. The airline hopes to introduce it towards the end of the next year. Executive Club members will be the privileged ones to use this system!
28. October 2013 04:33
Philippine Airlines is ready with its superior service for its business class travelers. The airline recently opened its new Mabuhay Lounge offering higher level of service on the ground for its customers. The latest service enhancement would be exclusively available to the passengers travelling on board Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay Class cabin.
A Singapore-based interior design firm was hired to design the new Mabuhay Lounge. The lounge has been exquisitely designed with the best-in-class amenities being incorporated in the 520-square meter business class lounge. The main features of the lounge include restrooms, mini-theatre, library, buffet table, reception area and a dining area.
Ramon Ang, President of Philippine Airlines, said that this is just one of the many improvements that the airline is currently working on. He said that the new Mabuhay Lounge would provide and exceptional dining and rest experience within its inviting and warm atmosphere from the rich contemporary design features.
The in-house library in the Mabuhay Lounge houses a wide selection of reading materials for those seeking some relaxation and peace. A mini-theatre is among the main attraction here. It features aircraft-inspired seats and cabin like interiors and offers great entertainment prior to their departure.
25. October 2013 06:47
Halloween is just round the corner and people are gearing in the temper to celebrate the event. The annual event is celebrated in the United States with much pomp and show on October 31. At this point, the mood and spirit of travelers is high for some of them are returning home to their families and participate in the fun-filled affair.
Travelers are planning their costumes for this year’s event. Many airlines are getting into the skin of their passengers’ emotions. Some have gone a step ahead to themselves dress in funky Halloween inspired costume paints. These planes offer a delight to the eyes. It is unimaginable to think of British Airways or Southwest Airlines without their favorite color combinations.
However, this year is a different story. Nine airlines have actually gone ahead with the innovative concept of painting themselves away from their cliché images. They make all go gaga and wonder what it would be like to fly with them. The airlines that have painted themselves in bold colors include:
- Nok Air is dressed like a clownfish.
- Eva Air is all decked in the Hello Kitty shades.
- Alaska Airlines resembles a Pacific Salmon.
- ANA presents itself as a cute panda.
- Germanwings looks like a brown bear.
- Swiss looks jazzy in its San Francisco hippie attire.
- US Airways appear unique in its cardinal form.
- British Airways looks as peaceful as an Olympic peace dove.
- Southwest looks fiery as Shamu, the killer whale.
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.
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.
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.
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.