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Spring Airlines trying to remain afloat in Japanese market

by amit.uniyal 6. February 2014 08:46

The failure of AirAsia to continue operating in Japan has come as a boon to Spring Airlines. Asia’s largest LCC operator Air Asia decided to withdraw from the budget airline market in Japan recently. AirAsia was one of the significant competitors to Spring Airlines.

Zhang Wuan, a spokesperson of Spring Airlines, chose to play down AirAsia’s withdrawal from Japan’s budget airline market and said that this is not at all concerned with Spring Airlines as such. He said that the company’s target is in different markets. He said that the airline had been mainly operating between Chinese and Japanese cities, whereas AirAsia had been operating flights between Japan and Southeast Asia.

However, Li Xiaojin, a professor at the Civil Aviation University of China, said that he was concerned about the future of Spring Airlines in Japan’s budget airline market. He said that it is doubtful whether the airline will be able survive in the Japanese market given the fact that AirAsia had a dismal record there and finally withdrew its services from here.

Spring Airlines is the first budget carrier to begin operations in China. The airline provides affordable fares to its customers and outwitted its rivals with an average seat occupancy rate of 95 percent ever since its debut in 2005. This had been the highest occupancy rate so far in China’s civil aviation industry. The airline began operations on its first international route in July 2010 between Shanghai and Tokyo.

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Ancillary fees proving to be big business for airlines

by amit.uniyal 4. February 2014 08:36

The North American carriers are earning big revenues now, a recent industry report has suggested. Ancillary fees are proving to be big business for various airlines. The industry report published recently said that many North American carriers like American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, Virgin America and others have together collected a total of $17.2 billion in ancillary revenue during the year 2013.

A new study however said that there has been a discrepancy between the services that customers are ready to pay for and the amenities and services that are being currently offered to the air travelers. The study has come at a time when the North American carriers are once again gearing up to add more fees in 2014.

The study pointed out that today’s air travelers have become worrisome with the ever increasing ancillary fees. Most of the travelers are strongly objecting to baggage fees, which obviously tops their list. Nearly 89 percent of the travelers surveyed have resented to this and asking the airlines to stop charging for checked baggage. However, 42 percent of the air travelers said that they are ready to pay if the airlines provide a dedicated overhead bin space for their hand luggage, while 35 percent travelers said that they are willing to pay to get their checked luggage on priority at baggage claim. The travelers are also ready to pay for amenities and services that improve their comfort and efficiency, both on board their flight as well as at the airport.

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Malaysia Airlines and Myanmar Airways recommence codeshare ties

by amit.uniyal 27. January 2014 06:33

Malaysia Airlines and Myanmar Airways International renewed their codeshare ties. The new agreement will be effective February 15, 2014. Passengers who wish to use the services of both these airlines will be able to book tickets beginning February 10, 2014.

This agreement is good news for all those who wish to benefit from the airlines’ extensive network will be able to do so very soon. With these flights, access to Yangon would increase manifolds. At present, 14 flights operate service to the capital city. These flights will increase to 19 in the coming times. As soon as the codeshare agreement is implemented, Myanmar Airways will display the flight code of Malaysia Airlines on Kuala Lumpur-Yangon-Kuala Lumpur route. This agreement will enable Myanmar Airways to use the Malaysian carrier’s services to Singapore, Langkawi, Bangkok, and Penang. As per the agreement, Malaysia Airlines too will carry the flight code of Myanmar Airways. The two airlines had collaborated earlier in the year 2006 through a codeshare agreement. However, this agreement was terminated in 2010 due to sanctions against Myanmar.

Malaysia Airlines operates as the flagship carrier of Malaysia. It commenced service in the year 1972, and today flies to more than 60 destinations worldwide. It operates out of its hubs in Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport. On the other hand, Myanmar Airways operates as the flagship carrier of Myanmar and flies to about 12 destinations overall. Its hub is in Yangon International Airport.

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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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