Tuesday, August 31, 2010

American includes New Flights to Barbados from Dallas

American Airlines is set to add nonstop flights to Barbados from its Dallas-Fort Worth hub three times per week start on December 16.

This will be an accumulation to American Airlines’ selection of flights to Barbados. Presently the airline provides daily nonstop service from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Miami International Airport.

Flights to Barbados will be departing Dallas on Thursdays, Saturdays and Monday, leaving at 1:30 p.m. and arriving at 9 p.m. Return flights from Barbados will depart on Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays at 11 a.m., arriving in Dallas at 3:30 p.m.

Currently existing for purchase, the flight will be derived with Boeing 757 aircraft with 22 seats in Business Class and 166 in the Coach cabin.

Monday, August 30, 2010

American Airlines Could Face biggest FAA Fine in History

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) tactics on fining American Airlines a civil penalty of $24.2 million, reportedly the largest FAA fine in history.

Federal aviation officials claim American Airlines made thousands of insecure flights on jets with dangerous wiring.

The chastisement goes back to the inspection record of American's MD 80 aircraft.

The FAA says American failed to properly examine wire bundles in plane wheel wells. Inspections were intended to avoid wires from shorting and causing a fire.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Scary gaffe comprises to week of airline mishaps

In the middle of an otherwise-peaceful British Airways flight from London to Hong Kong on Tuesday, a frightening announcement blasted over the speakers.

The automated message notified the 275 passengers to brace themselves, because the plane was about to crash into the sea.

"We all consideration we were going to die," one passenger said.

Flight attendants rapidly reassured the traumatized passengers that the message was a mistake, and British Airways say they are examining how the incident could have happened.

This is just the newest mishap to come to light in a wild week for airlines.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Business Travel enhances International Flights

The International Air Transport Association reported that the international air flights demand have raised its rate in June. Due to business travels abroad attained by the business class of the society, the rate of demand for the flights have risen and boosted.

Business travelers would even purchase not even one but two tickets both relevant to any of the classes of the seats.

In June the present year, business flights rate have in progress to come and go at different international airlines. Business travelers have been purchasing tickets from the airlines by which causes boost of profit for the international airlines.

As according to the International Air Transport Association, the number of air travels for the business sector had enhanced to 9.5 percent for the international air travelers flying coach and 16.6 percent to the so called “premium” seats, started June 2010.

The group has anticipated that the profit on premium seats have raised to almost 40 percent last June as compared to June 2009.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Oman Air to start flights to Dammam on Sept 1

Oman Air, the Sultanate’s national carrier, has announced it will start flights to the Saudi city of Dammam from September 1.

Saudi Arabia is a very vital market for Oman Air and with the launch of our third service to Saudi Arabia after Riyadh and Jeddah we are sure of further reinforcing our position within the GCC region,” said Peter Hill, CEO, Oman Air.

The Muscat-Dammam service will be functioned by a two-class Boeing 737-700, Hill said. The daily service will leave the Omani capital at 19.10 and enter in Dammam at 19.55 local time, the airline said in an official statement. The return flight will leave Damman at 20.45 and enter in Muscat at 23.10.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Emirates' A380 Network Continues to enlarge

Emirates, the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380, last week proclaimed Hong Kong as the newest destination for its super-jumbo.

Emirates have a total of 12 A380s in service with 78 on order and Hong Kong will suit the Dubai-based global airline’s 11th A380 destination.

Starting on 1st October, Emirates’ A380 will function daily from Dubai as EK384 via Bangkok with the return flight operating as EK385.

Richard Jewsbury, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Far East and Australasia, said: “We are very eager to announce Hong Kong as a new Emirates A380 destination.

Emirates’ luxurious A380 products comprise two onboard shower spas in the First Class cabin, featuring signature amenities by the airline’s premium spa brand, Timeless Spa. For First and Business Class passengers the onboard lounge is the social highlight, attribute a fully-stocked bar and a selection of warm and cold canap├ęs.

Emirates at present operates the A380 from Dubai daily to Paris, Jeddah, Toronto, Seoul, Bangkok, Sydney, Auckland, Beijing and double daily to London Heathrow. On September 1st Emirates will start daily flights with the A380 to Manchester and from 31st October the aircraft will build a welcome return to the non-stop service between Dubai and New York’s JFK airport.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Continental Airlines discloses Details of Their Dreamliner Jet

We have information on one of the worst kept secrets in the airline industry as Continental Airlines finally exposed some information about their much talked about Dreamliner.

The Houston-based carrier spoke newly at the 2010 National Business Travel Association International Convention & Expo (whew that's a lot of words) and showed off what First and Business Class customers can suppose to take pleasure in once the plane debuts.

The Boeing aircraft will present a more competent design that will increase speed and flying distance. The Dreamliner will comprise 36 First Class and Business Class flat beds as well as 192 super comfy economy seats.

Other outstanding features on the Dreamliner comprise larger bins for baggage, larger windows that are rarely seen on board and specialty blinds that will dim the sunlight without defilement the view.

The air in the cabin will be filled with more moisture in order to do away with dryness that is frequently times related with air conditioned flights.

The Dreamliner is predictable to arrive on Continental's front door by the end of 2011, with the aircrafts flying from a variety of British airports as well as London Heathrow and Manchester.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Polish Airlines to commence non-stop flights to Ha Noi

HA NOI — Polish Airlines (LOT) formally announced in Ha Noi yesterday that it would open a non-stop route linking Ha Noi with Warsaw on November 15. It would become the primary carrier to fly the route.

LOT will present the only non-stop commercial flight between Eastern Europe and Viet Nam ten years subsequent to an aviation agreement was signed between Poland and Viet Nam.

Vo Huy Cuong, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam (CAAV)'s transportation department, said CAAV had already accepted its plans and traffic rights for the non-stop commercial flights to commence in November.

Tran Trung, deputy director of the travel group TransViet, the general sale agent for LOT in Viet Nam, said the airline would begin with three flights per week from Ha Noi to Warsaw on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

With many regional destinations to desire from, such as Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Krzysztof said LOT selected Ha Noi because of Poland's large Vietnamese population and its desire to fetch culture, families and tourists from Poland to Viet Nam and vice versa.

LOT will employ Boeing B767-300 for its Ha Noi – Warsaw flights. Round trip fares will begin at US$380 for economy class and $1,950 for business class, excluding taxes and surcharges.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

American Airlines includes Express Seats fee

American Airlines has established another fee.

The Fort Worth, Texas, airline said Wednesday it's now charging between $19 and $39 US for Express Seats — spots in the first few rows of coach that comprise bulkhead seats.

The carrier, operated by parent AMR Corp., is following in the footsteps of numerous other airlines that previously charge for special seats.

UAL Corp.'s United Airlines, Continental Airlines, US Airways, JetBlue, Frontier, Spirit and AirTran all have a few seats that cost extra.

American said the price of the seats comprises getting on the plane in the first "general boarding" group of passengers. The seats that will cost added are in the first two or three rows of the coach cabin, depending on the size of the plane.

The seats can only be bought at airport kiosks between 24 hours to 50 minutes previous to the flight for travel within the United States.

American, the country's second-largest airline behind Delta Air Lines, still gives its elite frequent fliers those seats for no extra charge.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The secret behind AirAsia’s victory

It is a hub for industrial engineering, houses a numeral of institutions of higher education - a few of them over a hundred years old - and is eminent for its temples. It is an antique city and the fourth-largest urban centre of Tamil Nadu.

Still, it is an improbable place for an aggressive international budget airline to start its Indian operations. But that's exactly what AirAsia, the largest low-cost carrier in South-East Asia, has done.

It establishes that people from Trichy travelled first to Chennai and then took a connecting flight to destinations like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. It was costly, and it wasted a lot of their time.

AirAsia moved quickly to plug the require gap and it has done so in its signature style: It has mounted no less than 10 weekly flights from the city to Kuala Lumpur; and the normal return fare is Rs 12,000 - almost half of the Rs 21,000 that it cost earlier.

And while Air India Express, the low-cost arm of state-owned Air India, has now matched the AirAsia fare, it does not present a direct flight.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Business travel put for recovery according to Etihad’s James Hogan

Business travel is set for a sturdy recovery this year, according to Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, who was speaking at the 2010 NBTA Conference and Exposition.

“The signs of recovery are there, with most of our markets - mostly Asia and the Middle East - showing clear signs of improvement transversely all cabins,” Mr Hogan said.

Addressing more than 3,000 business travel professionals at what is one of the world’s major travel forums, Mr Hogan outlined the challenges Etihad had faced as one of the world’s youngest but fastest emergent airlines.

“What we have focused on getting right is our service ethos, with the customer at the core of all we do. That, along with our investment in what we consider is the best product in the world, have enabled us to construct our brand and our reputation quickly and strongly.”

Mr Hogan outlined the major projects underway in Abu Dhabi, including attractions under growth such as the Louvre and Guggenheim, which makes sure Abu Dhabi is on map for American travelers in the business, leisure, conventions and incentives sector.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Emirates raised flight frequency to Houston and LA

Emirates, the Dubai based international carrier, declared the launch of second daily flights to Los Angeles and Houston. The airline, will soon present over 15,000 seats on 98 return flights per week to the United States.

Starting 31st October for Los Angeles and 1st November for Houston, Emirates will fly nonstop to both cities two times a day on Boeing 777 aircraft.

Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: "We are charmed to meet this raised demand with the initiate of second daily services to both Houston and Los Angeles."

Thursday, August 12, 2010

European business travel volumes growing sharply says survey

The volume of European business tours jumped in the first half of 2010. The number of train tickets purchased by business travelers was up 7% as the numbers of flights prepared on business were up 3%.

In addition the numbers of hotel stays were up 13% and car rental bookings by 14% in the six months from January to June.

The figures are contained within the newly released AirPlus Business Travel Index for the first half of 2010. The survey also reports that whilst spend on rail, car rental and hotels has not raised, European companies spent 7% extra on flights in the first six months of 2010 than they did in the same period in 2009.

The number of domestic business flights fell by 6% but European business flights raised by 5% while long-haul, intercontinental flights raised by 24% in comparison to the first six months of 2009. In the first six months of 2010, 16.4% of all flights were intercontinental; in 2009, it was only 13.5%.

The cross-Europe surveys also establish that the percentage of business travelers flying business class has increased from 8% in January to 10% in June.

The AirPlus Business Travel Index is based on the study of more than 100 million business travel bookings per year completed by more than 33,000 companies worldwide.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Continental Airlines declares new business class beds

Continental Airlines has declared it is to roll out new beds in business class on its non-stop flights between Hong King and New York.

The new BusinessFirst seats give flyers the prospect to lie down completely flat and give a total sleeping area of two metres, said Continental.

This size builds the new beds one of the widest available in business class and seats also come well-equipped with places to plug in laptops, iPods and USBs.

Each passenger in business class will also be able to lie back and unwind with a movie or two on their own personal screen. Movies are on demand, so anything a flyers taste, there will be something to suit.

Business flyers with Continental Airlines delightful the trip between New York and Hong Kong can also get advantage of a generous three piece baggage allowance as well as limousine transfer from the airport.

The flight takes about 15 hours overall and is one of the world's greatest non-stop air journeys.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

How to discover Business-Class Service on an Economy Flight

Once you fly business class, it feels absolutely impossible to go back to coach. Well, not possible until your company stops paying for it.

Downgrading to economy class isn’t easy expressively or physically - particularly on those long-haul flights. But at the end of the day, the price to fly business and first class can ring in at double and triple the price of an economy-fare ticket. That kind of spending is fatal on budgets.

The good news is that some airlines do emerge to care about their finance-conscious passengers.

So if you’ve had to say goodbye to the sweet life up front, but still desire a comfortable business travel experience, here are a few things to look out for when flying economy on your next trip.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Delta declares New Non-Stop New York–Iceland Flight Service

Delta Airlines says it will include new service between New York and Reykjavik, beginning June 1, 2011, becoming the only U.S. carrier to serve Iceland nonstop from the U.S.

The flights between John F. Kennedy International Airport and Keflavik International Airport will be functioned with a Boeing 757-200, with 15 business class and 155 coach seats.

Passengers will also be able to fly straight from Delta's hub at Minneapolis-St. Paul, via New York's JFK.

In recent months, Delta also added new or prolonged service from New York to a number of European destinations including Amsterdam, Brussels and Stockholm.

"Our new flight to Iceland is another milestone in our efforts to be the foremost domestic and international carrier in New York," says Gail Grimmett, Delta's senior vice president - New York.

"We have always prided ourselves in offering a large number of unique destinations from our JFK hub to provide customers suitable access to rising but undeserved global markets," she adds.

Grimmett says the addition of Reykjavik also marks the primary service in Iceland for SkyTeam, the global alliance, and would be operated as division of Delta's trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Airlines commence to make massive recovery

The International Air Travel Association has exposed that airlines are start to make a very rapid recovery from such unpleasant events as Icelandic ash clouds and the global financial crisis. The recovery has been taking place faster than estimated.

It was no secret whatsoever that the world’s airline companies had been struggling in the wake of a worrying economic climate. People had reverted, if probable, to cheaper methods of transport and businesses started to cut down on the number of trips their employees were making, whilst almost entirely canceling business class tickets. Similarly, people started to expend holidays in their own countries to avoid having to pay for flights.

According the IATA, the industry is now beginning to make a very strong recovery. International passenger demand is up by 11.9% and scheduled freight traffic by 26.5%. Despite the fact that there are sharp regional differences in the development, the future appears promising.

The apparent massive uplift in Africa came about generally due to the World Cup in June and July, whereby the amount of flights rose by 21.3%. Latin America has enjoyed a revival of 15%, whereas the USA and Canada has welcomed 11% more flights in June contrasted to last year.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

American Eagle includes a daily nonstop flight from Memphis to Miami

American Eagle Airlines will include a nonstop flight between Memphis and Miami Nov. 18 through April 4.

Memphis is among 12 cities that will get additional flights opening this fall out of Miami, where a new terminal is under construction for regional carrier American Eagle and its mainline partner, American Airlines. American Eagle by currently has one flight daily connecting Memphis and Miami.

The other cities are Knoxville, Louisville, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Greensboro, N.C., Indianapolis, Gainesville and Jacksonville, Fla., Richmond, Va., and Pittsburgh.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Airline reveals new 'comfort class'

TURKISH Airlines has exposed its new seating class, which it says combines business class convenience with economy value.

Comfort class, the airline’s fourth seating class, will be presented on its Boeing 777 aircraft on flights to Asia and the Americas.

The seats will be 49 centimetres wide with a pitch of 116 centimetres and will comprise 10.6 inch in-arm video screens.

Passengers will be able to utilize personal USB devices or iPods and there will also be a leg rest available.

"The intention is to combine the convenience of business-class with the reasonable purchasing rates of economy-class," a Turkish Airlines spokesperson said.

"The most significant privilege that comfort class provides the passengers is that the seats have been designed in a way allowing the knee and sitting space to be kept at its maximum range."

The product will be primarily offered on the airline’s Sao Paulo, Beijing, Tokyo, Bangkok and Shanghai routes.

It will moreover be offered on New York, Chicago and Washington DC flights.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New Business Class Flight launched by Alitalia

It has been exposed by Alitalia that they have outfitted their two new Airbus A330's with upgraded business and premium economy class features. Whilst the first plane is by now in service, the second Airbus will be introduced later this summer and be used for routes heading to Milan from UK airports including London Heathrow.

Using one of the new planes for services to and from Milan Malpensa airport, Alitalia declared that they had completely upgraded their 'Magnifica' Business Class. Including leather seats, which can fully sprawl, and 15.4 inch entertainment screens with added privacy options, passengers can access more than 40 films and 12 audio channels.

Meanwhile headsets specially manufactured to decrease noise will boost viewing comfort whilst Alitalia's 'Culti' wellbeing amenity kits will offer travellers exclusive products to help them freshen up after a long flight. In addition, custom cabin lighting will permit individuals to create their perfect, relaxing, environment.

Elsewhere the company has also initiated a new 'Classica Plus' class to their Airbus', giving 21 passengers the opportunity to upgrade from economy class.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Alaska Airlines to initiate Bellingham-Honolulu flights

Travelers in Northwestern Washington and Vancouver B.C. will have a new way to reach Hawaii next year when Alaska Airlines begins nonstop service between Bellingham and Honolulu.

The news is a boost for the expanding Bellingham International Airport, ranked just in a survey by Cheapflights.com as having the cheapest overall average fares among 101 U.S. airports for domestic flights.

Seattle-based Alaska said it will launch nonstop service starting January 7 with a daily flight between Bellingham and Honolulu at 5:20 p.m. and a return flight at 10:25 p.m. The flights will be operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin.

"It's actually great news for folks in and around the Bellingham area," said Art Choat, Bellingham's director of aviation. "It creates life a whole lot easier for anyone going to Hawaii."