19. August 2013 07:03
Business class seats is one domain that has led to a different kind of a fight altogether. Many airlines are competing with each other to leave an impression on the minds of their customers. In a bid to churn out the best of comforts to their travelers, airlines are going out of their ways. The rat race in the domain has reached an interesting phase. The fight to please the business class customers has reached a new high. The skies are full of tales from exciting battles be it in Europe or the United States.
Swiss Air Lines has come out as a new player in this warzone. It recently unveiled the new look of its business class seats. Creating a flutter in the market, the airline has given reasons for comparisons with other premier carriers like the Singapore Airlines, Emirates, and British Airways. The airline has gone a step ahead of its competitors on A340 and A330-300 series by offering aisle access to all its premium passengers.
The seats are very comfortable and well thought-out. The built-in power outlet offer different plug-in formats. The small compartment to stock shoes and the countertop to stack things adds a touch of privacy to the whole experience. The seats are 78.7inch in length and 20.5 inches in width in lie-flat position, enough for one to rest peacefully. The blond wood and cross-stitched upholstery accentuates the feeling of flying the grand style. The cushion can be inflated or deflated as per your personal liking. Overall flying business class on Swiss Air Lines tickets is a delightful experience!
8. August 2013 08:57
Now no more hassle or worries for travelers from Iceland wanting to
get seamless access to Europe. Toronto-based Porter Airlines has
recently signed an interline agreement with Iceland’s flagship carrier
Icelandair. The new agreement will give travelers seamless access to
The new interline pact is aimed at providing travelers easy and
hassle-free connectivity. This will allow the passengers to book a
single combined e-ticket for Porter Airlines as well as Icelandair
flights. They will also be able to check their baggage through to their
final destination. This will be Porter Airlines’ first interline
agreement that will provide access to Europe.
Porter Airlines is upbeat about the new agreement with Icelandair. The
airline says that the passengers will find it convenient to gain access
to Europe since Icelandair has numerous gateways within its network.
Currently, Icelandair offers flights services to Iceland from several
cities in North America, and also provides connections to more than 20
cities in Continental Europe, UK and Scandinavia. Recently, Icelandair
has expanded its seasonal service from Toronto’s Pearson Airport and
transformed to a year-round operation. The airline has also resumed its
seasonal service from Halifax with up to three flights every week.
A regional airline in Canada, Porter Airlines is based at Billy Bishop
Toronto City Airport. Porter Airlines has recently added two more
options from Chicago to Toronto. The airline will be introducing an
additional weekday flight through August 30, 2013, and would be
introducing a new Saturday flight.
23. July 2013 04:58
Allegiant Air, the low cost American airline has achieved the accomplishment of earning profits for tenth year in a row. The airline attained this milestone beating the volatile economy and fluctuating jet fuel prices.
Nevada based airline operates scheduled and chartered flights on 136 routes across the United States. Allegiant Air flights ferry passengers from small cities to holiday destinations in the country, its USP. The airline attributes its unconventional and niche routes as the reason for its success over these years.
The airline has diversified business interests in hotels, car rentals, show tickets and other leisure activities under the parent company Allegiant Travel Co. The airline also makes use of its additional business entities to earn millions in revenues via commissions.
It however, charges its customers for booking tickets online or using a credit card. Booking ones favorite seat in advance may cost the customers’ anywhere between $5 and $75, subjected to the flight duration. A bottle of water on Allegiant Air flight costs about $2.
The airline has been following this business model to earn profits and has done that tenth time in a row sending strong signals to competitors.
19. July 2013 07:41
Allegiant Air, the low cost American airline announced nonstop flight service on the Austin-Las Vegas route beginning October 31, 2013. This is a good opportunity for passengers flying to one of these destinations to book cheap flight tickets at the time of its inauguration.
As per the announcement the new flights are scheduled to depart from Austin on Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 1:05 pm and arrive at Las Vegas at 1:55 pm. The return flight is set to leave Las Vegas at 7:25 am and touchdown Austin at 12 pm. All times mentioned is CST.
On Mondays, the flight will take off from Austin at 8 pm and land in Las Vegas at 8:50 pm. The return flights will depart Las Vegas at 2:45 pm and arrive in Austin at 7:20 pm.
Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President said that the company is pleased to bring a new, affordable and convenient travel option to the residents of Austin. He added that they are confident that Austin community will appreciate the nonstop flight service to Vegas in less time.
19. July 2013 07:41
Qatar Airways, the flag carrier of Qatar announced the launch of Airbus A330 into its fleet on the Doha-Istanbul route. The new airline will add 24 business class seats along with 258 economy class seats and increase the overall capacity onboard.
The new airline is equipped with seatback TV screens for passengers to enjoy the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system. One will get a chance to pick from 1000 audio and video on demand options.
Akbar al-Baker, Chief Executive Officer at Qatar Airways said that the airline is absolutely delighted to introduce wide body aircraft on its Istanbul route after serving Turkey for almost 10 years. He further added that passengers flying business class can now enjoy improved services and enhanced comfort.
Qatar Airways is headquartered in Doha and operates out of its hubs at Doha International Airport and Hamad International Airport. At present the airline flies to about 128 prime business and holiday destinations in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Americas.
19. July 2013 07:41
Air Berlin and Virgin Atlantic announced a code share agreement and said the deal would come into effect beginning August 1, 2013. Both the airlines will also benefit the customers of Etihad Airways. Dubai based Etihad holds stakes in both Air Berlin and Virgin Australia.
As per the deal Air Berlin will uses its AB code on flights to six Australian destinations of Adelaide, Ayers Rock, Cairns, Darwin, Gold coast and Perth. Virgin Australia operates flights to all these six places. Air Berlin serves the cities of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Air Berlin will also use its code on Virgin’s nonstop flights on Abu Dhabi-Sydney and Phuket-Perth routes.
Air Berlin’s flights on Berlin-Abu Dhabi and and Dusseldorf-Abu Dhabi routes will display Virgin Australia’s VA code. It is good news for passengers who can now book plane tickets in any one of the two airlines on one of these cities for a smooth and hassle free journey to their destinations.
19. July 2013 07:41
Passengers booking Copa Airlines flights will now find it more convenient to interact with the airline than ever before. Copa Airlines recently announced it has selected NCR software-driven technology to enable seamless, omni-channel interactions between the passengers and airline. The technology has been procured from NCR Corporation, the global leader in consumer transaction technologies.
The launch of free NCR-developed iPhone app by Copa Airlines is allowing users to search the airline’s flight schedules, check flight status, check-in for flights and download mobile boarding passes. Passengers are finding this technology much easier and of great convenience.
According to the airline, electronic boarding passes are delivered directly to the mobile phones of the passengers whenever the app is used for check-in. This saves time for the passengers allowing them to directly proceed to the security and avoid check-in counter.
Copa Airlines has also indicated that it will use NCR APTRA eMarketing platform to email boarding passes to the travelers who opt to get their boarding passes delivered in this way.
18. July 2013 11:11
Turkish Airlines, Europe’s best airline has announced a special discount for its passengers traveling through the holy month of Ramadan on its flights. Turkey’s flag carrier said the incredible discount would be available on round trip for its customers taking off from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar for Istanbul.
The airline launched this special promotional offer this year after its tremendous success last season. Apart from offering cheap airfare the airline has also arranged an assortment of cultural activities to welcome travelers from the three Gulf counties in Istanbul.
Faruk Çizmecioglu, Chief Marketing Officer at Turkish Airlines said this offer was well received during Ramadan last year. He added that the airline recorded an impressive growth figures in passenger traffic from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Doha and other Gulf countries during that period.
The airline has launched the offer under its banner “Ramadan in Istanbul,” to attract customers from the Middle East to celebrate Ramadan in the historical city of Istanbul. The airline is also hosting a special Holy Quran recitation event in the city.
18. July 2013 11:11
Malaysia Airlines, the national flag carrier of Malaysia announced its decision to re-launch service to the Gulf city of Dubai beginning August 5, 2013. The Dubai-Kuala Lumpur return services will use the Boeing 777-200 aircrafts with a seating capacity of 282 per flight.
Customers can now book their business class tickets with the airline as it has promotional offers running on purchases made until midnight July 22, 2013. The offer is valid for travel between Aug. 6, 2013 and Sep 30.
As per the schedule form August 6 onwards the airline will take off from Dubai at 4.10 am and land Kuala Lumpur at 3.25 pm. The airline will leave Kuala Lumpur airport at 11.30 pm and touchdown Dubai airport at 2.20 am the next day.
Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, Malaysia Airline’s CEO said that the airline had suspended Dubai route due to the company’s route rationalization exercise undertaken in January 2012. Expressing his delight at the re-launch he further added that they keep a check on the markets and are happy to extend their reach to the city and strengthen services to their customers.
18. July 2013 11:11
Cape Air, one of the largest independent regional airlines in the U.S. announced its plan to start daily service to New York City. The airline said it will also launch a ticket office in the city. This decision was taken six-years after the airline launched its Rutland to Boston flights.
The airline is on the lookout for renewing its federal subsidiary for three daily flights on Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport to Boston route along with one round trip to White Plains, N.Y daily.
This service will enable passengers’ to book airline tickets for their journey on the new route without any hassles.
Andrew Bonney, Cape Air Vice President, Planning said that the decision to add a daily flight to New York City is the result of years of airline and community leaders’ considerations and discussions. He further added that the airlines success on the Lebanon service prompted them to experiment on the Rutland-New York City route.
The airline is however, awaiting the approval by the United States Department of Transportation. If they get a green signal from the department they are likely to introduce this service beginning November.