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United operates first flight with Split Scimitar Winglets to LA

by amit.uniyal 21. February 2014 04:23

United Airlines has added a new feather to its cap. The commercial airline of the United States has become the first airline in the world to take to the skies using the advanced Split Scimitar Winglets. The airline’s first flight with the brand new winglets departed from Houston for its maiden flight to Los Angeles recently.

The airline operated the Boeing 737-824 N37277 aircraft between the city pair sporting its latest possessions. These winglets use the latest technology. The airline was earlier granted the approval by the FAA to put these winglets in use on its Boeing 737-800 series planes. It is a moment of pride and happiness for the entire management and the team that worked hard to achieve this fleat.

The Chicago, Illinois based airline flies to over 370 destinations worldwide. It is a popular name in the domestic as well as international aviation industry. Renowned for its innovation, the airline has won several accolades for using the technology to the best of its capacity.

Currently, the airline has fitted about 350 aircrafts with these technically advanced winglets. The airline is in the process of wrapping up the installation of these winglets on its 737, 757, and 767 series planes. It then expects to save about 65 million gallons of fuel on a yearly basis, courtesy the newly fitted winglets. This will help the airline become one of the most environment friendly airlines in the United States. It intends to save a total of $1 billion in fuel costs by the end of 2017 thanks to the latest technology.

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Demand for onboard Wi-Fi services benefit companies like Gogo

by amit.uniyal 20. February 2014 06:14

The airline industry across the world is doing good business. At present over one million commercial airlines, offer flights to different destinations worldwide every year. Within the United States, itself about 87,000 flights ply on several routes every single day. These flights include commercial passenger service airlines, private jets, as well as air taxis. The number of rising demands is good news for these airlines that are set to do good business this year.

With the rising number of passenger demand, the requirement for onboard services including Wi-Fi, music, and videos too sharpens. Passengers booking airline tickets worldwide prefer to book with the ones that are innovative for the satisfaction of their customers. Currently, Gogo, a pioneer in offering onboard internet services is in high demand. More and more commercial airlines are turning towards the company in order to benefit from its services. The company was born out a business idea in one of the barbecue restaurants in the state of Texas.

It was however, noticed in 2008 after it aggressively launched different Internet schemes on various commercial airlines. That was just the beginning for it. In June 2013, the minor company launched its IPO and today is one of the leading Internet providers in the sky. Ever since, its shares have witnessed an upward movement of about 24 percent. Companies like Gogo help airlines innovate with their services and experiment with business ideas that at first instance sound bizarre.

Since it played its card at the right time, today it stands amongst the leaders in the business of offering in-flight Wi-Fi. At present, its services are available on more than 2,000 aircrafts. Its business is predominantly spread across North America and it enjoys a large chunk in the market of about 80 percent. Though it has proved its mettle here, it has a lot of scope to penetrate into the unknown segments and make its presence felt.

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Airline industry set for happy times ahead in 2014

by amit.uniyal 19. February 2014 21:44

There is good news for the global airline industry. Going by the facts, figures, and even performances in the bygone year, the industry should expect happy times ahead in this year. However, two prime factors to be credited for the joyous news include mounting travel demand and steady fuel prices.

Though the news is happy for the airline management, top-level executives, investors, and shareholders only time will tell as to who will ultimately benefit in the end. It is not even evident as when will these profits be passed down.

On the other side, the airlines may even go ahead and decide to cut down fare prices. Passengers should hope for the best and pray that the airlines take a few decisions in their favor. Another, good news is that analysts expect the big players not to fiddle much with the fare pricing owing to still and steady competition from the budget carriers. The constant pressures on big daddies of the open skies will be forced to keep the thought of hiking the fares at bay, at least this year!

This year passengers should stop bothering about price rise on airline tickets and plan that much awaited holiday with their loved ones anywhere in the world. Some experts even suggest that airlines will rather invest in the comforts of the passengers. They are set to divert their energies into refurbishing the existing seats by making them more spacious, enhancing the entertainment options, and innovating their onboard menus.

All these factors will count in their favor and the major airlines around the world will together accumulate profits of $19.7 billion in 2014, exceeding their previous high of $19.2 billion in 2010.

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Jetstar Airways to ink Codeshare agreement with Emirates

by amit.uniyal 18. February 2014 06:48

Jetstar Airways and Emirates Airlines announced their decision to sign a codeshare agreement with each other. The Melbourne based airline and Dubai based carrier’s decision is set to offer smooth connections to passengers looking forward to operating on the cities flown by both these airlines.

The new agreement will in fact pave way for connections across South East Asia, New Zealand, and Australia as passengers will be able to use the services of both these carriers to their respective destinations. More people will soon be able to enjoy seamless connections.

Together these airlines will operate service on 27 new sectors. These will include six new cities including Siem Reap in Cambodia, Dunedin in New Zealand, Byron Bay in Australia, and Bali in Indonesia. Beginning April 6, 2014 passengers flying with Emirates will hand over boarding cards to its passengers flying on Jetstar at their first point of departure. These cards will help them catch their connecting flights with much ease.

The codeshare agreement will encompass seven domestic itineraries within Australia. These will be added to the list of 50 destinations that the Gulf carrier already operates as a part of codeshare deals with other airlines operating across Australia.

Jetstar is an airline headquartered in Melbourne and it follows the low-budget philosophy. Operating out of its hub in Melbourne Airport it offers flights to about 35 domestic and international destinations.  Its frequent flyer program is called Qantas Frequent Flyer. Established in the year 2003, it offers affordable means of air travel to passengers within and outside of Australia.

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Finnair Increase its Connectivity to London

by amit.uniyal 17. February 2014 06:53

Finnair, Finland's largest airline and flag carrier announced to increase its connectivity to London Heathrow from Helsinki. The airline will increase from its present four daily flights to five

Finnair from March 30, 2014 will make this addition to its timetable and will be deploying Airbus A321 on this sector. Flight will depart from Helsinki at 1630 hours and will reach in London Heathrow at 1730 hours (local time). Return flight will depart London Heathrow at 1835 hours and Helsinki at 0035 hours (local time).

A Finnair representative said that London is one of the most important cities on the global travel industry map. It is frequented by travelers from all parts of the world. London Heathrow has proved as a highly viable destination for us. Passenger traffic on Helsinki-Heathrow has grown tremendously over the years and hence we decided to increase our connectivity to map this growing demand. With this addition business travelers will get all the more flexibility enabling them to wrap-up their business chores and return back the same day to Helsinki.

Finnair, apart from offering fifth daily service between the two cities, also offers two daily roundtrip codeshare flights served by British Airways, its oneworld alliance partner.

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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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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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