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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

  Singapore Airlines To Enhance Flight Cabins

Singapore Airlines will be launching new cabin products on its Boeing 777-200 aircraft which function through the Singapore-Auckland route and the Singapore-Christchurch route.

The retrofitted aircraft will begin service between Singapore-Auckland from July 3, 2010 and Singapore-Christchurch from August 1,2010. The B777-200s will be equipped with the airline's latest cabin offerings to offer additional space, comfort as well as greater product reliability across the fleet. The refitted B777-200s will be configured with both business class as well as economy class seats. Business class will comprise incline lie-flat leather seats in an up to date design similar to those on Singapore Airlines' Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

Singapore Airlines-Business Class and Economy Class
The seats have a personal partition and superior control panel that allows the customer to personalize seating preferences or choose from various predetermined options. A six-way amendable headrest and lumbar support will provide utmost ergonomic support for a more relaxed rest.

The economy class cabin will be renovated with a new modern look. Enhancements will also be done to Singapore Airlines' award-winning KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system, for improved Audio-Video On Demand features in both cabin classes, such as a more spontaneous and easy to use graphical interface.Business class seats will comprise bigger 15.4-inch screens, while screens in economy class will be enlarged to 9 inches.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

  Emirates Airline Launches 'Kids Go Free' offer this summer

Emirates Airline has launched a 'Kids go Free' offer for Dubai holiday visitors this summer. Upto 2 children aged 16 or under can benefit from free flights on Emirates (taxes payable), airport transfers, tourist visas, lodging, chosen meals, rides on the Dubai metro and access to several attractions in Dubai when accompanied by two paying adults.The offer is available between 14 May and 30 September.

Emirates Airline
Additionally families also get a reduction booklet at the Dubai Mall. Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President,Commercial Operations Worldwide Richard Vaughan stated that this "Kids Go Free" offer was hugely successful last year, attracting over 20,000 passengers from around 70 countries to Dubai. The offer is in combination with Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTM) that enables children to eat, stay and play for free. This offer includes place to stay, meals, attractions, sport, transport as well as shop discounts.

DCTM's Director of Overseas Promotions & Inward Missions Saleh Mohammed Al Geziry stated that Dubai is the definitive family-friendly holiday destination. There is something for everybody, and it is important to encourage further families from around the globe to come to Dubai and experience it for themselves.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

  Air India provides 10-per cent discount on purchase of web tickets

Passengers buying tickets via the Air India website for travel on Air India flights are in for a top prize.The airline is offering a 10-per cent discount on the basic fare component of economy class tickets for all purchases done via the Air India website.

Air India
The discount offer is valid from March 9th upto April 20th 2010, for global flights originating from India as well as for Air India's domestic flights. Additionally, the discount will be valid on tickets purchased under all fare categories of economy class. Outbound travel will have to board their flights on or earlier than 30 April.

However the discount is not valid for travel on Air India's code share flights.

Air India's worldwide network captures 51 destinations across the USA, Europe, Canada, Far-East Asia, South-East Asia and the Gulf.The domestic network including 62 destinations, spans areas of the North-East, Ladakh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

  Lufthansa, Air France and TAP Air Portugal to go on Strike

Employees of Lufthansa, Air France and TAP Air Portugal have announced plans to strike against what they say are unreasonable conditions concerning jobs and operational ambiance. Airline officials however counter, saying they are streamlining cost-cutting measures in order for their companies to endure.

Air France
Air France will begin the strike this March 28, 2010 when crews on short as well as medium haul flights intend to walk off the job.The mass action, which takes place just days in advance of Air France’s summer schedule on April 1, could last four days if both parties fail to reach an agreement. If talks continue to be at deadlock before March 28 ; in the midst of the second British Airways strike , all services serving France, Europe, Moscow, North Africa and Israel will be terribly affected.

TAP AIR Portugal

Pilots of TAP Air Portugal are intending to stop work between March 26 and 31 to protest what their union, Civil Aviation Pilots, believe are intolerable tactics by airline officials to lessen operational costs, yet expecting pilot efficiency to remain soaring.


Their counterparts at Lufthansa, who temporarily planned a four-day strike in February after bringing operations to a standstill for 24 hours, will recommence their fight from April 13 to 16, saying discussions with management have not reached anywhere. Pilots said the dates were selected so as not to interrupt the vacation plans of customers during the Easter holidays.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

  Business Class Seating to be Removed by Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand says it will eradicate business class seating from its A320 aircraft flying between New Zealand and Australia.The airline says since as few as one in eight business class seats are being sold on the A320 flights ,they have decided to replace them with more economy class seats,increasing capacity to 171 seats.

Air New Zealand
A business class cabin and service will still exist on flights to and from Auckland using wide bodied aircraft and flying at peak times when business travelers may still demand additional service.The carrier conveys that many companies that allow staff to fly business class on international flights consider the trans-Tasman service alike to a domestic flight and demand for seats at the pointy end has fallen markedly since the Global Financial Crisis hit.

Group GM short haul airline, Bruce Parton stated that for more than a year, Air NZ has had a team obtaining an improved understanding of what customers crave in these exceedingly spirited markets and the innovative changes that is being introduced are based on the feedback from customers.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

  Double A+ Rewards Credits and Quicker Elite Status by Air Tran Airways

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. announced lately that the airline is providing double A+ credits to any A+ Rewards traveler flying all the way through Baltimore and Boston.As an extra bonus, the additional A+ credits obtained from this promotion will also add towards A+ Rewards Elite Membership, which grants customers complimentary Business Class upgrades, enhanced priority stand-by status, first and second bag fees waived and much more.

The double A+ credits promotion is applicable to people who travel in flights between March 15, 2010 and May 21, 2010. In order to partake,travelers must sign up for A+ Rewards as well as register free for the promotion online at before their journey.

AirTran Airways
Tad Hutcheson, vice president of marketing and sales for AirTran Airways stated that with spring break and summer travel season just approaching, A+ Rewards members can start planning their next big journey as they earn a reward flight twice as fast when flying between Boston and Baltimore.He also added that the double A+ credits promotion is Air Tran Airways’ opportunity in thanking loyal Boston and Baltimore frequent fliers who have contributed tremendously to the achievement of this famous route.

AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company, has been ranked the best low cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating study for the preceding two years and is the receiver of the prestigious 2010 Market Leadership Award from Air Transport World. Additionally AirTran is the lone chief airline with Wi-Fi on every flight and proffers coast-to-coast service on North America's latest all-Boeing fleet. Its cheap, top quality product also includes allotted seating,business class and approving XM Satellite Radio on all its flight.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

  24-hr Flight for World Cup by South Africa Airlines

South African Airways (SAA) has decided to increase capacity to operate a 24-hour flight schedule to provide accommodation for the various match times and people willing to move around for the FIFA 2010 World Cup.The plan arises as the airline has indicated moves to divulge cheaper flights for fans in the run-up to the World Cup,which will be held between 11 June and 11 July 2010 in South Africa.

South African Airways
Thobi Duma, SAA Country Manager, Nigeria revealed that the 24-hour schedule will be essential as some games begin at 20:30 in the evening and could finish as late as 23:30 pm in some cases.Duma said that the airline had till now adapted its normal flight schedule to add additional flights to all destinations in its current domestic network.

2010 FIFA World Cup
Duma explained that the carrier has opened all seats till now in full economy and business class fares and demand for these has been very high.She also added that the 24/7 operations will fit in with its present operations where it serves a host of destinations around the clock.She said that it will be a major challenge to operate its domestic fleet in this manner, and SAA is confident that it will be able to pull it off.SAA has also partnered with Match, the official FIFA provider of tickets, accommodation and logistics for this year's world cup, where they will use numerous one way flights on SAA's aircraft.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

  WestJet Airlines Disclosed Credit Card and Frequent Flyer Program

WestJet Airlines Ltd. revealed lately its credit card and frequent-flyer programs as it competes with rival Air Canada for more profitable business travellers.These programs were initially to be launched last June,but were put on hold.

From now on customers will be able to earn WestJet dollars for purchases they make on a new Royal Bank MasterCard, that can be used for flights or vacation packages.Additonally ,the dollars earned can also be put in the direction of seat sales and will not be a part of blackouts or seat restrictions.

WestJet Airlines

WestJet executive vice-president Bob Cummings stated that travellers who fly between 4 and 20 times a year are looking for a "simple currency" in their journey rewards program.He also added that the system has also been designed keeping this view in mind.The airline is providing two diverse RBC-branded MasterCard reward programs. One proffers rewards of 1.5 per cent in WestJet dollars, as well as travel insurance, hotel discounts and upgrades for a yearly fee of $79. It is available with an opening bonus of 100 WestJet dollars. Another earns cardholders one per cent back in WestJet dollars for a yearly fee of $39. This particular card has 25 WestJet dollars to begin with.

WestJet,which wants to lure business customers from rival Air Canada, is also offering a loyalty program for customers who spend more than $1,500 each year on WestJet flights. For example, at the $6,000 threshold, a regular guest would get a companion fare anywhere WestJet flies.Cummings also conveyed that WestJet is in the process of increasing its fleet from 88 to 134 planes.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

  Airlines Proffer Novel Luxuries to Lure First Class Fliers

Delta and American, the world's two largest airlines, are depending on lie-flat seats in order to win back profitable customers.With the reduction of an 18-month global crash in first as well as business class travel, Delta's seats that recline 180 degrees into beds and American's Asian-fusion appetizers are lures for the business passengers whose ranks diminished when the worldwide recession ravaged budgets for international flying.

Delta Airlines

Filling the finest seats at the front of airplane cabins is essential to U.S. airlines labors to return to profit in 2010 after weak demand compelled them into discounting to entice vacationers.Business fliers are cherished as they normally pay the maximum prices and take to the air more often.

American Airlines

Chris McGinnis,editor of The BAT,a San Francisco-based newsletter and blog for regular travelers commented that in case your flying to Japan or Seoul,it makes a lot of difference to really relax,sleep and arrive rested and all prepared to carry on with business.You would really feel pampered during your journey.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

  Improvement in Business travel demand : United Airlines Corporation

The chief financial officer of United Airlines parent, UAL Corp, Kathryn Mikells recently stated that the demand for business travel on U.S. airlines is on the road to recovery but will not be able to reach pre-recession levels this year.

Kathryn Mikells
Mikells explained at the Reuters Travel and Leisure Summit that there is insufficient data to suggest how the present recovery in business travel demand is different from previous recessions.The airline industry has been affected in the last year by a recession that eroded travel demand and hindered carriers' ability to increase fares.

But Mikells also added that the airline industry has obtained some pricing power due to industry wide capacity cuts in 2008 and 2009 and is on the edge of raising fares, despite unsuccessful attempts earlier this year to raise ticket prices.She said at the moment UAL has no plans to reintroduce capacity into the system .

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