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TAM terminates Heathrow-Rio service, passengers’ disappointed

by amit.uniyal 24. January 2014 09:00

TAM Airlines announced its decision to terminate service on London Heathrow-Rio de Janeiro route. Flights will cease to fly to the Brazilian city from March. The news has disappointed hundreds of passengers who book their tickets with the airline to fly on this sector.

The airline however, assured the passengers to commence operations for a brief period during the summer months to cater to the heavy traffic for football World Cup in the country. At present, the airline uses the services of Boeing 767-300ER between the city pairs. Currently it flies on thrice-a-week basis from the British Capital to the Brazilian city.

As per the reports, the service will be terminated from March 17, 2014. Passengers will not be able to fly with their favorite airline post March 17. However, the service will reopen for a brief period between June 3 and July 19. This is the time, when football fans from across the globe will throng the country to catch their heroes’ battle it out on the ground for the coveted title.

The airline, which is a part of the LAMTAM group will however, continue to operate daily flights between London Heathrow and Sao Paulo. The airline believes that London-Rio sector has not been able to generate expected demand thus influencing its profits. This is one of the prominent reasons for the airline to discontinue its operations between these cities. Some passengers are hugely saddened while some think it is ultimately the airline’s decision to operate as per its own rules and regulations.

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Austrian Airlines ready to re-launch Tehran service in March

by amit.uniyal 23. January 2014 07:08

Austrian Airlines has announced that it would once again start flying to Tehran. The European airline is all set to commence flights to the Iranian capital from March 11, 2014. The airline has terminated service to the city owing to financial sanctions and fluctuations in the currency.

As per the announcement the Vienna-based airline will offer flights to the city pair five times a week. It will deploy Airbus A319 on the route. The news has triggered a wave of happiness amongst the travelers and passengers of Tehran. The city is a prominent gateway into the Asian country. Most business travelers to the country fly to the capital city for work. The city is also one of the major links to popular European countries. This flight will establish direct connections to Europe, something that the country needs.

As per the schedule, Austrian airways will depart Vienna at 8:10 pm and arrive in Tehran at 3 am the next day.  Return flights will depart Tehran at 3:55 pm and arrive in Vienna at 6 am.

The airline seems to be rapidly expanding its network across the world. It also intends to boost service to London Heathrow from Vienna. However, nothing is certain at point in time.

As far as the airline is concerned, at present, it flies to about 120 destinations worldwide. The airline, which was established in 1957, operates out of its hub in Vienna International Airport. Its focus cities comprise Graz Airport, Innsbruck Airport, and Salzburg Airport.

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Emirates set to launch second A380 service to Moscow

by amit.uniyal 22. January 2014 07:49

Emirates the celebrated airline and the winner of several awards for its services to the hospitality industry has a good news for Moscow. The airline, which operates as one of the best airlines in the world, announced its decision to add another Airbus A380 service to the Russian capital.

The airline is all set to launch the double daily service of the super jumbo aircraft between Dubai and Moscow from the latter half of this year. At present, the Emirates flies A380 and Boeing 777-300ER to Moscow every day.

As per the airline, beginning August 1, another A380 will take charge on the route and will replace its existing counterpart B777-300ER from service. The new flight will depart Dubai at 9:35 am and will arrive in Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport at 2:45 pm. The return flight will depart Moscow at 5:55 pm and arrive in Dubai at 10:55 pm each day.

The airline has configured both the double decker jets with 489 seats. Of the 489 seats, 399 are reserved for economy class passengers. These planes consist of 76 lie-flat seats for business class passengers while 14 private suits belong to first class passengers. The airline commenced service to the city in 2003. It however, deployed its giant plane on the route in December 2012, for the first time. The airline and passengers both seem to be happy with the decision and Moscow eagerly awaits the arrival of the second plane in the A380 series.

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Ryan Air to cease service between Milan and Rome

by amit.uniyal 21. January 2014 09:59

Ryan Air is a tough player. The low cost budget carrier of Ireland is one that does not concede defeat easily. However, the airline admitted to one very recently. Shocking and bizarre as it seems, the airline, which offers low cost flights to over 170 destinations across Europe, did actually bow down to speed!

The airline’s business philosophy is to offer no frills service between different European cities that helps it keep costs low and pass on the benefits in terms of affordable ticket prices to its customers. Like any of its service, the airline flies between Milan and Rome. It seems that it accepted a speed challenge with a train operating service on the same route. On an average, it takes about one hour and six minutes to fly between the city pair. Ryan Air has always believed in the viability of this route and hence has operated flights. However, it was in for a rude shock when two high-speed rail firms made it realize otherwise. At present, it connects Milan Orio al Serio Airport with Rome Ciampino Airport and it has decided to terminate this service from the end of March this year.

The high-speed train journey takes a little over three hours and fifteen minutes. Considering the fact that the time taken, distance covered, and prices offered by these trains are a better option for the passengers to commute than book air tickets, it has taken a back seat. Both the trains provide a fast and affordable mode of plying between the two cities, giving passengers yet another avenue to reach their destination at lowest possible rates.

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Aeromexico wins several international awards in 2013

by amit.uniyal 20. January 2014 07:11

Mexico’s flagship carrier Aeromexico has been showered with many accolades over the year. For Aeromexico, the year 2013 was also no exception. The airline said that its commitment to the customers and services had been acknowledged worldwide. Aeromexico said that it has won the ‘Best Airline in Mexico’ award as well as the ‘2013 Mexico-UK international Leader Award’ towards the end of 2013.

Aeromexico said that it was presented with the ‘Best Airline in Mexico’ award by a reputed travel publication Global Traveler. The airline has been given this award for the fourth consecutive year. The award was given on the basis of a vote in which luxury and business travelers and other international readers of the magazine participated.

The ‘2013 Mexico-UK International Leader Award’ was presented to Aeromexico by the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in UK. The airline was recognized for its contribution to boost bilateral relations between the UK and Mexico.
Apart from these two awards, Aeromexico also won the ‘Nezahualcoyotl Award’ during the 15th anniversary celebrations held by the Mexican-Chilean Integration Chamber in Chile’s capital city of Santiago. The airline was recognized for its support and commitment it had shown to Chile during the recent years. A spokesperson of the Aeromexico said that the various international awards had been a great honor for the airline for its quality product and services it had been providing to the customers worldwide.

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American Eagle Airlines to be named Envoy

by amit.uniyal 17. January 2014 06:41

American Eagle Airlines, which is being currently operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group, will now have a different nomenclature and operate under a new brand. American Airlines Group has recently announced that it has decided to change the name of American Eagle Airlines. The airline will now be named as ‘Envoy’ in spring 2014.

American Airlines Group in a statement said that currently there was confusion among the travelers regarding the name of the company and American Eagle, which has been operating as a regional brand of American Airlines. The company said that by giving a new name to American Eagle Airlines this confusion will be put at rest and the new airline would have its own distinct identity.

Presently, a total of 10 carriers are providing regional flights services for American Airlines and US Airways networks. Now that the two airlines have merged and integrating their operations and services under a new company American Airlines Group, the company wants to integrate the regional service of the two carriers and bring all the 10 carriers under the American Eagle brand, to be known in future as Envoy.

The company said that customers booking flights on American Eagle Airlines or any other American Eagle-branded regional service would not be impacted with the new name Envoy. There will be no change as such, and the gates and ticket counters would continue to be branded American Airlines and American Eagle, and Envoy’s aircraft would be operating utilizing the American Eagle livery and brand.

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Dallas airport ranked among top 10 in international traffic

by amit.uniyal 16. January 2014 10:23

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has made a mark in the international traffic as well as it celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The airport has already been placed at No. 3 among U.S. airports in its passenger traffic on domestic routes. Though, in terms of international traffic this has become more of a dampener considering the investment it has made in the lucrative travel market. The latest outcome was announced by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, which released the data recently.

According to the data, the international traffic at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport increased 11.1 percent in 2012. The growth was doubled and was as fast as the airline industry itself. The airport was ranked at No. 10 in international traffic. The data cited a even stronger growth by the airport in the first half of 2013. And, this has continued further.

Media reports said that the month of December 2013 was most beneficial for the airport in terms of global expansion in its history. The reports said that the airport succeeded in adding 25 international destinations as well as 10 carriers that have already started operations or due to start them soon.

According to reports, American Airlines, the dominant airline at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, added its service to Lima, Seoul and Bogota last year. The airline also announced the launch of nonstop flights to Shanghai and Hong Kong starting from next summer. The announcement was made by the airline in October last year.

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Qantas Airways tops world’s safest airline list

by amit.uniyal 15. January 2014 08:43

Australia’s flagship carrier Qantas Airways has emerged at the top of the world’s safest airlines list. A renowned safety and product rating site recently announced its latest findings saying that Qantas Airways has been operating jets for above 60 years now and has never met a fatality ever since the jet era began.

The rating site considered 448 carriers and compared their safety records and safety audits. Accordingly, the rating site prepared its 2013 report. A total of 137 carriers were finally awarded a maximum seven stars. Apart from Qantas Airways, the other international airlines that made it to the top 10 in the world’s safest airline list include Air New Zealand, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, EVA Air, All Nippon Airways and Royal Jordanian Airlines.

The rating site praised Qantas Airways effusively and lauded its 93-year-old history. The airline was acknowledged for accumulating an extraordinary record of firsts in safety and operations during its entire operational history. On the other hand there were nearly 50 airlines out of the total 448 who were awarded only three stars or less. Most of these carriers failed to come up to the expectations and were unable to complete the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). The control systems and operational management of a carrier are assessed by the IOSA.

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Pittsburgh airport offering airlines incentives to expand service

by amit.uniyal 14. January 2014 07:18

Pittsburgh International Airport authorities expect that various airlines that are being approached now would accept the incentives for expanding the service to various cities from Pittsburgh. Media reports recently said that the Pittsburgh International Airport is planning to see the expansion of flight services to different U.S. cities including Jacksonville, New Orleans, Seattle and San Diego. The reports quoted Pittsburgh airport officials as saying that for the nonstop services the airlines will benefit from the waiving of landing fees or would see their marketing support being increased.

According to media reports, the airlines are being offered incentives by the Allegheny County Airport Authority to begin service to several destinations in North America (United States and Canada) as well as to 11 destinations in the Caribbean. The officials said that New Orleans, Seattle, Jacksonville and San Diego continue to remain at the top of the list of targeted cities for the second straight year for the start of nonstop flights services from Pittsburgh.

Southwest Airlines had only last fall started operating flights between Nashville and Pittsburgh. The airport officials welcomed this development amid jubilation. To being the service out of Pittsburgh International Airport, the airport authorities provided a waiver of landing fees to Southwest Airlines and also offered a $70,000 grant in marketing support to being flights to Nashville. The officials said that similar incentives would be provided to other airlines as well if they begin service to various destinations in North America and the Caribbean from Pittsburgh. Apart from Southwest Airlines, another U.S. carrier United Airlines is providing nonstop flights to Houston from Pittsburgh.

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China Southern, other North Asia carriers to add capacity in 2014

by amit.uniyal 13. January 2014 06:37

Most of the carriers in North Asia have announced that they would be operating more flights in Q1 2014. Media reports said that nearly all of the 13 major airlines in North Asia, except Korean Air, would be increasing their flight services in the first quarter of this year as compared to the same period in 2013. However, a majority of the airlines would not increase their seat and available seats per kilometer (ASK) capacity.

Media reports indicated that on average seats would be increased by 3.7 percent and ASKs 3.4 percent complementing 4.5 percent growth in frequencies. The reports said that for some of the airlines the frequency growth would be much faster than seat/ASK growth allowing the aircrafts to tap new short-haul markets.

Media reports said that prominent North Asian carriers like Hong Kong Airlines, China Southern Airlines, EVA Air and TransAsia are on their way to become the largest growth carriers in the region. According to the reports, carriers in Greater China would be introducing more seats and ASK growth above their frequency growth because of the nature of trunk routes and limited slots. Similar growth profile is also being shown by China Airlines and EVA Air. Travel experts in North Asia have indicated that most of the carriers in the region want to close the gap as much possible, while the incumbent carriers are seeking sustainability.

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