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People wait anxiously for the launch of Erie-Chicago flights

by amit.uniyal 27. February 2014 06:10

Before the economic recession hit the world, shattering a million dreams, Erie enjoyed a well-connected air network with several cities within the United States. Four primary airlines operated service to and from the city to destinations like Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Atlanta. The scenario however, changed completely after the global economy was left crippled by the economic slowdown. Eight years after the devastating situation, Erie has something to cheer about in the coming times.

United Airlines has announced the launch of its nonstop service between its hub in Chicago and Erie. The new flights are set to debut on June 5 this year. This news has spread a wave of joy amongst the travelers who have waited patiently all these years to relish smooth connections from their city to other important destinations across the country.

Travelers will soon be able to fly between Erie International Airport and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. This service will considerably offer smooth connections and reduce the travel time otherwise taken to fly between the city pair.

Direct connections from here to Chicago will also boost the prospects of local business in the city. Nonstop flights are an added advantage when it comes to commercial and financial aspects. The city of Erie is sure to benefit from this service and the people cannot stop thanking the airline enough for its initiative.

Chicago is a popular world city and offers flights to other gateways across the country and the world. Apart from other airlines, United Airlines alone provides 600 daily flights from the city to various parts of the world thus paving way for smoother connections ahead.

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Delta overhauling its frequent flier program

by amit.uniyal 26. February 2014 09:22

Delta Air Lines is all set to make amends to its frequent flier program. The Atlanta, Georgia based airline now intends to reward those travelers who buy its expensive tickets rather than rewarding the ones flying the most miles with it. This new change will completely alter the basis of its rewards programs.

The airline is a popular carrier that flies to approximately 250 cities across the globe. Its fleet of about 737 aircrafts embarks on both short and long distance journeys on the domestic as well as international sectors each day. It is a popular choice with the local and international passengers and is famous for offering distinctive services onboard. Passengers prefer to book with the airline for various reasons including its reward program.

However, its decision to alter the very basis of the program may end up disappointing its frequent fliers. In addition, every other airline will be keeping a tab on its movements and the after effects of its decision once implemented. It however, is positive about the changes and believes that the 2015 SkyMiles program will woo business class travelers and help it get recognition for its innovative decision. It is also upbeat about the leisure travelers who do not mind splurging on luxury.

Interestingly, this is not the first time it has surprised all. Earlier in January 2013, the airline announced that only travelers who spend at least $2,500 in 2014 would qualify for the elite status. Previously, it allowed them to qualify based on the miles flown. It would be amusing to watch the impacts of its latest decision on the overall aviation industry in the country.

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CNN Predicts Pilot Shortage Due To Increased Air Travel Demand

by amit.uniyal 25. February 2014 04:13

As per the latest CNN report Asia Pacific aviation industry is going to boom by 35 percent in the coming two decades and this boom is going to come with a greater BOOM as it predicts huge pilot shortage.

If these predictions come true, then air travel industry is in for serious trouble. In order to curb the air travel demand Asia Pacific aviation industry will have to add nearly 13000 aircrafts. This directly means that the demand of pilots is also going to shoot up manifolds. With this comes the mother of all questions. Do we have enough pilots to fly these aircrafts and the answer is a big NO.

Bony Sharma, vice president of Mil-Com Aerospace Group, a Singapore-based aviation training company said there are nearly 100 pilot training schools in the Asia Pacific region. And they are not sufficient to churn out the number of pilots the aviation industry is looking out for. Even if another 100  flying schools getstarted, the situation will still be as acute as it is now.

Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes said liaisons and partnership needs to be strived with the Government, airlines and flying schools to come together and come up with a training syllabus that helps the future pilots in their training. He further said we will be able to curb this problem the moment we are able to improve our technology towards offering stimulation based pilot certification training.

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Virgin America Offers New Food Menu to First Class Passengers

by amit.uniyal 24. February 2014 04:18

Virgin America truly knows how to please its passengers, but it’s a whole different pleasure when you are its first class passenger. With an endeavor to offer something new and innovative to its passengers every now and then, this California based airline has this time decided to offer food menu on its first class flights.

Passengers with effect from March 4, flying long-haul First Class Flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Washington DC, Boston, New York and Newark will be the ones to enjoy this feast. The new menu will comprise the likes of roasted tomato, marinated artichoke heart, and olive and mozzarella skewer hors d'oeuvre along with your cocktails, for starters green bean salad, healthy mixed-herb, a protein plate with mixed nuts and edamame hummus or chicken breast with apple fig compote for entree.

For desserts Virgin America has contacted Humphry Slocombe, the most popular ice cream maker in San Francisco. Humphry Slocombe is famous for its unique flavors, innovative creations and unusual combinations. First Class Passengers during their flight will get to choose from ButterByMoodlight - a smooth textured combination of blueberry glaze and brown butter; RedHotBanana - sweet cinnamon spice from mashed Red Hot candies combined with buttery banana cream or CoconutBlondAmbition creamy coconut, lemon citrus sorbet and vanilla marshmallow fluff, a signature recipe of Humphry Slocombe.

 

Virgin America is renowned across the globe for its award winning culinary delights and class-apart business class seats and first class cabins.

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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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