14. November 2013 05:50
Aerolineas Argentinas, the leading South American carrier, has
finally decided to exit the Australian market with dropping its flights
to Sydney from Buenos Aires. The airline is currently offering thrice
weekly service between Sydney and Buenos Aires, but said that it has
canceled the service as of April 2, 2014. The airline has declined to
further comment on its move, but profitability might be one of the
issues that led Aerolineas Argentinas to take this step.
Earlier, Aerolineas Argentinas started offering direct services between
Sydney and Buenos Aires in April 2012. It started the service after
dropping its previous Auckland stopover as part of a worldwide route
overhaul with an aim to boost focus on Europe and developing more South
The airline’s decision to stop flying on Sydney-Buenos Aires route has
brought inconvenience to travelers from Australia who want to go to
Buenos Aires or other South American destinations. However, Aerolineas
Argentinas’ move has also come as a boon for Qantas Airways and LAN
Airlines. Both the airlines, who are also members of the oneworld
alliance, will now be solely offering direct services between Sydney and
South America. However, their flights presently arrive into Chile’s
capital Santiago. The Australian travelers who want to go to Buenos
Aires will now be looking increasingly up to LAN Airlines as it offers
flights to various other destinations from its hub as Santiago.
13. November 2013 02:35
Virgin Atlantic Airways and Delta Air Lines have announced their
plans to operate flights on trans-Atlantic routes jointly during the
summer of 2014. The announcement has come as part of the two airlines’
trans-Atlantic joint-venture partnership. The partnership is likely to
boost competitiveness and provide opportunity to the customers to get
cheap tickets. Media reports said that the two airlines have decided to
combine their slots at London Heathrow Airport offering maximum
convenience to the customers, particularly business travelers.
Significant changes are on the cards as Virgin Atlantic Airways and
Delta Air Lines start implementing their joint schedule plans. Delta Air
Lines has indicated that it will be shifting its Heathrow flights to
and from many important business markets to Terminal 3, which is
presently the main base for Virgin Atlantic Airways. Delta Air Lines is
currently operating Heathrow flights out of Terminal 4. According to the
plans, flights to and from Seattle, New York JFK and Boston would be
moved to Terminal 3. Apart from this, the business class passengers
traveling by Delta Air Lines will now be able to access the “Clubhouse”
lounge being operated by Virgin Atlantic Airways in Terminal 3.
Virgin Atlantic Airways has also planned some significant schedule
changes. The airline will now be shifting its London Heathrow-Newark
flight from a late afternoon departure to a morning departure. The
airline hopes that by doing so it will be able to particularly attract
business travelers. Virgin Atlantic Airways will also be shifting its
Boston-London Heathrow schedule. The airline plans to reschedule the
U.S.-bound flight that will depart London Heathrow two hours later than
in the existing schedule. The move is aimed at offering more flexibility
to the customers of the two airlines, with Delta Air Line’s London
Heathrow-Boston service now departing in the morning.
12. November 2013 06:00
Alaska Airlines, giant player in the United States aviation sector
recently unveiled a pleasant surprise to its customers. The
airline-operated service to Seattle/Tacoma International Airport
featuring plane inspired from the world popular Disney and Pixar
The airplane decorated with animations from the Cars series caught the
attention and fancy of many passengers at the airport. The Boeing
737-800 plane looked vibrant and colorful from the decorations of
characters like Mater, Lightening McQueen, Guido, and Luigi. The airline
has named this plane as Adventure of Disneyland Resort and it
celebrates its partnership with Walt Disney’s original theme park. The
uniquely dressed plane looked adorable as it stood besides other
ordinary looking planes at the airport.
In fact, this aircraft is the fifth plane to be born of out of its
alliance with the Disneyland Resort. The arrival of the plane spread a
wave of joy amongst all at the airport. Usually any plane dressed in a
unique décor catches the attention and becomes the talk of the town. The
airline said it has been supporting the Make-A-Wish Alaska and
Washington since 1986 and has been providing air travel facilities to
about 225 children and their families each year. The airline along with
its regional airlines operates flights to about 100 cities. It serves
destinations located across the United States, Hawaii, Canada and
11. November 2013 05:59
Airline warfare is actually reaching a new high. Many airlines are doing their bit and elevating themselves to new levels in a bid to attract more customers. In this rat race, Air China made an announcement that did not obviously come across as a surprise. The flagship carrier of China is ambitiously pursuing its plan to offer improved versions of dining onboard its flights to destinations in Europe and America.
The carrier is pushing hard to enter the category of a world-class airline and its recent announcement is a testimony to the fact. The carrier has been trying to enhance its offerings on its flights. From the beginning of this year, it has been adding dished like salmon stock, crab meat buns, and mushroom cream soup to its menus. These delicacies are currently being served on First and Business Class flights between Beijing and Frankfurt, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
The airline aims at establishing itself in the league of other top rated airlines of the world that are among other things popular for their culinary innovations. As a part of its larger strategy, it wants to shift focus on bringing the best of wines to its customers. At present, Air China customers are treated to the wines from the French vineyards. It however, wants to create its own Sky Wine Cellar.
8. November 2013 04:16
Britain and China are expected to begin new talks early next year on
increasing air connectivity between the two countries. This follows a
recent visit by the British Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to
Beijing. Both the countries had signed an agreement in 2004 limiting the
carriers of the two countries to operate a total of 31 return services
every week between six destinations in both the UK and China.
For British travelers the existing nonstop options include flights to
Hong Kong with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Cathay
Pacific Airways; flights to Beijing from London Heathrow with Air China,
British Airways or Virgin Atlantic Airways; flights to Shanghai with
British Airways and China Eastern Airlines; and flights to Chengdu from
London Heathrow. China Southern Airlines also flies to Guangzhou from
McLoughlin said that a new agreement is now needed reflecting the
changing times that the world is undergoing today. He said that the new
bilateral agreement would be looking to increase the number of flights
and destinations between the two countries that would benefit the
tourists and businesses in both China and Britain. He further stated
that business travelers from Britain are already traveling to these
growth economies, but presently they are doing so via other hubs and
7. November 2013 03:18
Emirates and Qatar Airways have decided to open new avenues in the
East. The two prominent airlines operating out of their hubs in Dubai
and Doha have already tasted success in the West. Therefore, they have
now decided to expand their presence in Asia.
Emirates announced to launch four weekly flights to Sialkot in Pakistan,
making the city its fifth overall destination in the country. The
Dubai-Sialkot route will offer passengers a chance to explore new
options for travel to the UK and beyond with the carrier with immediate
effect. Airbus A330 aircraft that comprises a seating capacity for 54
passengers in business class and 183 in economy class will serve this
The flights will depart Dubai every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and
Sunday at 4:15 am and arrive in Sialkot at 8:20 am. The return flight
will depart the Pakistani city at 9:45 am and arrive in Dubai at 12:35
On the other hand, Qatar Airways would commence service to Hangzhou from
Doha starting December 20. This new service would mark the airline’s
seventh service to China. The airline has launched flights between Doha
and Chengdu almost two months ago. Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong
Kong, and Chongqing are other Chinese cities served by the carrier. The
airline will use the services of Airbus A330 to operate between the city
pair. This airline is equipped with a seating capacity for 24 business
class passengers and 236 economy class passengers.
The flights will depart Doha every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and
Saturday at 2:30 am and arrive in Hangzhou at 3:40 pm. The return
flights will depart the Chinese city at 11:00 pm and arrive in Doha at
4:30, the next day.
6. November 2013 03:36
Foreign airlines are these days giving more attention to India. The carriers like Emirates Airlines and South African Airways have acknowledged India as one of the fastest growing aviation market in the world. Seeing India’s reputation considerably growing in the world aviation market, these airlines have now started wooing the Indian passengers by offering regional films on their in-flight entertainment system. These airlines want to significantly boost their passenger loyalty and are increasingly buying movie rights of regional films.
Media reports said that Emirates Airlines has recently got access to the popular Marathi films like Shaala, Satrangi Re, Premachi Goshta and Balak Palak, and has started offering these to the passengers as part of its regional film fare on their respective in-flight entertainment systems.
South African Airways is also not far behind in the race. Sajid Khan, Country Head of South African Airways, said that the airline is making efforts to give the passengers the latest dose of regional films in many Indian regional languages. He said that since Mumbai is the only centre from where South African Airways is currently operating, Marathi language film listings form the core of their movie menu offerings.
Media reports quoting aviation industry analysts said that the demand for regional film is going to grow tremendously with more and more people from the interiors of the country are flying abroad. According to the current estimates, the number of Indian travelers flying abroad presently stands at around 15 million annually. It is expected that the numbers are set to further increase to over 50 million in the next seven years. Maharashtra is currently among the top three states in terms of outbound tourism.
5. November 2013 06:21
Miami International Airport has emerged a winner and was named a runner-up for “Best Emerging Airline/Airport” at the recently-concluded 4th Annual SimpliFlying Awards for Excellence in Social Media at a ceremony held in Amsterdam. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the EyeforTravel Social Media in Travel conference. Among other runner-ups included Emirates Airline and Aer Lingus. Qatar Airways received the top honor.
Media reports said that Miami International Airport led all finalists in the Emerging Airline/Airport category. It led with 26 percent of the votes online. However, online voting and presentations submitted to a panel of judges formed the main criteria to select the final winner.
Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González said that ever since he was named Aviation Director in April one of his top priorities was to enhance the airline’s customer service engagement through social media. He said that tens of thousands of customers have connected with the launch on Facebook and Twitter in June this year. He said that the customers are appreciating the direct access that the airline’s social media channels provide effectively.
The SimpliFlying Awards are presented on the basis of a rigorous process consisting of public voting and judging by a distinguished panel of thought leaders in the travel marketing space. More than 50 nominations were submitted in a two week period and 37,000 votes were collected in three weeks.
31. October 2013 07:06
Get ready to see Iberia in an entirely new look. Keeping pace with the changing times, Iberia has also decided to rejuvenate itself with a new brand image. Iberia has recently introduced its new brand image and logo, and plans to roll out across the airline from the end of November this year.
Iberia provided details about its new branding features. The airline said that its familiar red and orange colours that were part of the previous logo will be prominently featured. The airline however said that its IB IATA code letters have undergone transformation and would now be displayed into a more stylized tailfin shape. The airline indicated that the new designs would be rolled out across all its aircrafts over the next few months. According to Iberia, the new livery would be featured on the first aircraft in mid-November.
Iberia issued a statement while introducing its new brand image and logo before the mediapersons. The airline stated that the new changes have been inspired from Spanish culture and its influence in the world. The airline’s new image will be appropriately reflecting the profound changes currently underway at Iberia. The new image will convey an expressive, life-affirming and up-to-date message before the entire world.
30. October 2013 04:52
Chengdu has now become the fourth city in People’s Republic of China to allow visa-free entry to travelers from foreign countries. This became effective from September this year. The other three Chinese cities that are already allowing visa-free entry to foreign travelers include Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. Chengdu has now become the first inland city in China to offer a 72-hour visa-free stay to transit passengers.
According to the new aviation policy promulgated by China, visitors from 45 countries, including the U.S., UK, France, Singapore, UAE, Switzerland, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands and others will be allowed up to 72 hours of city exploration while in transit. The direct transit passengers holding third-country visas and connecting air tickets would not be required to a visa to China while flying to Chengdu on international routes. The policy doesn’t allow the visitors using the visa to leave the city during the transit period, or else they may be warned, fined, detained or even expelled from China and prohibited re-entry. Qatar Airways and British Airways recently launched flights to Chengdu this year.
Chengdu had last year received 122 million tourists altogether, among which 1.6 million arrived from foreign countries. The new aviation policy is expected to help boost the local tourism economy and hasten the construction of a comprehensive transportation hub in western China.