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Saturday, July 31, 2010

  Korea Air to Increase International Airfare by 10%

Korean Air, the nation's major air carrier, will increase its international airfares by up to 10 percent next month due to surging overseas travel demand by Koreans in the midst of improving economic conditions and the intensification of the local currency.

Korean Air
According to the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs Tuesday, Korean Air educated the ministry of its decision to amplify its airfare between Incheon and destinations in North America, Europe and Oceania by 5 to 10 percent in August.

Flights bound for the United States as well as Canada will cost travelers 5 percent more, while those willing to travel to Spain and other European countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand will need to pay an additional 10 percent.

A Korean Air spokesman stated that they had decided to boost ticket prices for some of the international routes by 5-10 percent next month to deal with growing fuel as well as other operating costs.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

  Qatar Airways to Unveil a New Business Class Next Year

Qatar Airways' chief executive Akbar Al Baker has confirmed that the carrier will divulge a fresh business class next year, regardless of its present fully flat bed in business class being less than 2 years old. The shift will come right away after the carrier's move from T3 to T4 at London Heathrow and the opening of its own lounge at London Heathrow in the first quarter of 2011.

Akbar Al Baker
Mr Al Baker stated that when Qatar Airways shifts from Terminal 3 to Terminal 4 in November 2010, the carrier will be in the concluding stages of finishing its new lounge for both business and first class flyers.

Qatar Airways
Mr Al Baker also stated that Qatar Airways is considering launching its flagship B777-300ER aircraft on the London Doha route, though denied this was due to the flyers utilizing the carrier to Doha and then on to destinations such as Sydney would witness an inconsistent product in business class.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

  Singapore Airlines Offering Additional Flights and Destinations

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has stated that it is implementing higher frequencies on select routes from Oct 31, 2010 - March 26, 2011, in response to development in travel demand.

From Oct 5 and Oct 31 respectively, SIA's all business class flights from Singapore to Los Angeles including its Singapore-Moscow-Houston flight will operate on a daily basis, up from 5 times per week currently.

Singapore Airlines
SQ608/609, that operates on the Singapore-Seoul sector, will fly 7 times per week, up from 4 times, as of Oct 31, bringing total frequency to and from the South Korean capital to 21 times a week, up from 18 times.

Extra services will also be operated to destinations in Japan. SQ616/615 will operate three times a week connecting Singapore and Osaka, in addition to the present daily flights between both cities.

SIA's Singapore to Istanbul via Dubai flight will be replaced by a direct Singapore-Istanbul service that will operate up to 4 times per week. A separate Singapore-Dubai service will be launched at three times per week, bringing SIA's service to Dubai to a total of 11 times weekly.

The airline will also deploy a subsequent daily Airbus A380 service on the Singapore-Sydney route, replacing the 278-seat Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with a 471-seater A380. However, the total frequency to Sydney will remain unaffected at four flights per day.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

  Turkish Airlines Introduces a New "Comfort" Class

Turkish Airlines opens doors for innovative privileges in the sky. A new class will be included along with the Economy, Business and First Classes. The new class named as the Comfort Class, will be positioned between the Economy Class and Business Class. The idea is to merge the convenience of Business Class along with the reasonable purchasing rates of Economy Class.

Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines will commence to offer the "Comfort Class" on trunk routes to Beijing, Shanghay, Narita, Bangkok, Sao Pauloas well as Toronto on its new B777 aircraft upon their arrival. The Comfort Class will be available on the flights to New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. as well.

The most significant privilege that Comfort Class offers the passengers is that the seats have been intended in a way allowing the knee and sitting space to be kept at its maximum range. The seat pitch of 116 cm as well as seat width of 49 cm are the foremost features of the Comfort Class.

The flight also offers passengers their own individual display screens with the 10.6 in-arm screens embedded on each seats.With the help of this,passengers will be able to watch as many films, serials, documentaries and cartoons as they desire and also access the entire visual archives instantly.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

  Malaysia Airlines Introduces Business Class Sale

Malaysia Airlines has introduced a business class sale this July. The 5-Star Airline is providing discounted business class flights to Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Jakarta, Bali, Hanoi, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh, Perth, Sydney and Auckland.

Malaysia Airlines
Flights from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur start from £2,161, to Denpasar and Jakarta from £2,261, Manila from £2,265, Singapore from £2,251, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh from £2,268, Phuket from £2,277, Perth from £2,817, Auckland from £2,792 or Sydney from £2,830.

These comprehensive fares are obtainable for sale from 10 July until 10 August, for travel between 01 August and 31 March 2011.

Malaysian Airlines is amongst the best in the world. Gaining huge popularity with global flyers, Malaysian Air has been making its presence known in the travel industry for some time.Malaysian Air provides quality service at an affordable price. An awesome air carrier for holiday makers seeking great deals on holiday packages or irresistibly cheap airfares for business class flights, Malaysian Air has flights to suit any budget.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

  Emirates Launches Lounge at Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Emirates has launched its dedicated lounge for its First and Business Class passengers as well as Gold members of Skywards, the airline’s frequent flyer programme, at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport
The lounge is situated in the International Departure Concourse .It offers a widespread menu of complimentary hot and cold gourmet dishes, as well as a full bar service.The 860m2 lounge that is capable of accommodating 165 passengers at any one time has the same signature touches as all Emirates lounges across the airline’s international network. Its facilities include designer shower rooms, cream leather lounge couches, 52-inch plasma TVs and a completely equipped Business Centre with Internet access as well as Wi-Fi.

Edwin Lau, Emirates' Vice President, Greater China stated that This is the second lounge that has been opened in China, after Beijing in 2009. It is a very special occasion for Emirates as it demonstrates the commitment to the passengers from China. He also added that they were convinced that the constant upgrading of its services is the vital driving force behind the continuous and strong demand for Emirates flights.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

  Traffic Increase on Asian Routes for European Airlines

Excessive demand on Asian routes improved air traffic last month, three European airlines states in recent times , noting a rise in sales of business class tickets as economies begin to recover from the global recession.

European Airlines
Air France-KLM, Europe’s largest airline, observed a strong rise in unit revenue in the month as growth in both passenger and cargo activity outpaced capacity, which had consciously been held down for the period of the recession.Scandinavian airline SAS and Finnish national carrier Finnair also stated that passenger traffic had increased last month, 0,4% and 12% year on year, respectively.

All the three airlines credited part of the boost to a recuperating market for air travel in Asia, where economic growth has increased. SAS and Finnair stated that Asian traffic was up by 26% previous month .

Finnair CE Mika Vehvilainen stated that particularly corporate travel has augmented. The demand comes above all, from European and Asian markets.SAS stated that the market continues to be capricious but a recovery has been noted on Asian routes, the majority being US routes and selected European routes.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

  China Eastern Airlines and Shangai Airlines to Increase Price of Domestic Tickets

China Eastern Airlines and its subsidiary, Shanghai Airlines, will increase the prices of their first class and business class domestic tickets, according to a joint announcement announced lately.

The price hike will influence flights on the Beijing to Shanghai route, which has the biggest group of business passengers and the highest occupancy rate, as well as other domestic routes operated by the carriers.

The price of first class and business class tickets on China Eastern Airlines as well as Shanghai Airlines between Beijing and Shanghai will be increased to 2.5 times and two times the full price of an economy ticket, or 3,767 yuan ($556) and 2,785 yuan ($411).

China Eastern and Shangai Airlines
First class and business class tickets for flights leaving for other domestic destinations from Shanghai will be increased by two times and 1.8 times the full economy price respectively.Non-Shanghai domestic flights will be fixed at 1.8 times the economy price for first class and 1.5 times for business class.

On June 1, CAAC(Civil Aviation Administration of China) the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) relaxed limitations on the pricing of domestic tickets for first class and business class tickets, enabling airlines to set their own prices.

Chen Ying,director of flight attendants for China Eastern Airlines Shanghai- Beijing route stated that with the capability to set their own prices for non-economy tickets, airlines can make sufficient money to offer an enhanced service for premium passengers.Additionally,each airline will have additional freedom to specialize their services.

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Friday, July 2, 2010

  Air China Increases First as well as Business Class Ticket Prices

Air China has announced that it will increase first and business class ticket prices for 43 domestic routes starting July 1. The airline is the foremost to raise prices subsequent to the decision of the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the National Development and Reform Commission to begin open pricing for first as well as business class seats.

Air China
The price of first and business class tickets on flights from Beijing to Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou will be increased to a maximum of 230 and 180 percent, respectively, of that of coach tickets. First and business class ticket prices for all other flights will be enlarged to a maximum of 200 and 150 percent, respectively, of that of economy class tickets.

Air China will also include discount tickets for first and business class on the 43 routes, which will range between 145-200 and 120-150 percent, respectively, of economy class ticket prices.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

  Tam Airlines To Launch Non-Stop Flights Connecting London And Rio De Janeiro

TAM, South America's major airline and a Star Alliance member, will commence a new direct non-stop service between London and Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, 10 August. The thrice-weekly service will utilize Airbus A330-200s that compliments the existing daily Boeing 777-ER service connecting London and Sao Paulo.

TAM Airlines
The new Airbus A330-200 will offer 223 seats that, as on the Sao Paulo service, comprise a First Class cabin with just four flat sleeper seat units that have been intended for the passenger's utmost privacy and comfort. The Airbus provides a further 36 seats in business class and 183 in economy class. Flight times in both directions between London and Rio de Janeiro are intended to maximize convenience, and the linking services at both ends of the route with other TAM flights or those of its Star Alliance partners.

With the fresh Rio service, TAM will be providing more than 3,200 seats a week in each direction between the UK and Brazil.This is an increase in capacity of 25%.

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