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Emirates launches second daily A380 service to Frankfurt

Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, has announced a second daily A380 service to Frankfurt, adding 1,155 seats a week on the route, with 280 in First Class and Business Class. Commencing 1st January 2016, Emirates flights EK47/48, currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER...

Flybe confirms expanded winter schedule

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has confirmed today (25th August 2015) an expansion of its 2015-16 Winter schedule to include two brand new routes between Edinburgh and Liverpool, and between Southampton and Dusseldorf, the return of a direct daily service between Exeter and Glasgow,...


Qantas to pull out of Jetstar Hong Kong

Australian flag carrierQantas will not pour any more funding into the long-delayed Jetstar Hong Kong low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, according to Qantas CEO Alan Joyce. "From a Qantas perspective we won't be investing any more funds in this airline," Joyce said. The attempt to start a Jetstar Hong Kong operation in partnership with China-based China Eastern Ai...

Ryanair Launches New Car Hire Service, Powered By Cartrawler

Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, today (25 Aug) launched Ryanair Car Hire and announced a new partnership with CarTrawler, a leading travel-technology platform and online aggregator of car rental services, allowing Ryanair customers to book the widest range of cars at the best prices on the Ryanair.com website. Ryanair’s new car hire partnership with CarTrawler offers...

This Air France ad is the top travel brand video of 2015

Congratulations (or, we should say, félicitations ) to Air France for having created an advertisement that has been more popular than any other video from any other travel company so far in 2015, according to Google. A review of YouTube clips by Think with Google, the search giant’s market research arm, finds that Air France’s promotional video “France is in the Air”...

China's Tianjin Airlines to set up Sichuan subsidiary

Tianjin Airlines (GS, Tianjin) is set to establish a new subsidiary carrier in China's southwestern Sichuan Province WCARN has reported quoting local media. According to the outlet, the Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) subsidiary will partner the China Western Development Co., Ltd. and local government in establishing the Xichang-based Xichang Airlines(Xichang...

S7 Airlines increased its passenger turnover by 7.2%

S7 Group1 member airlines summarized the results of their activity in July 2015. During the last month the airlines carried 1 177 358 passengers, which is 7.2% more than in July 2014. Main growth was still indicated on domestic routes. In July 822 852 passengers took flights of S7 Group airlines within Russia, which is 11.5% more than a year before. Comparing with July 20...

Lufthansa's maiden A320neo due before year-end

Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) will take delivery of its maiden A320neo ahead of schedule an airline spokeswoman, Anja Lindenstein, has confirmed.  According to aero.de, D-AINA (cn 6801) will arrive at the German carrier towards the end of the year and not in early 2016 as previously anticipated. A further six of the type are due to arrive before the end of 2016. Lufthans...

Former New Mexico Airlines boss arrested for fraud

Gabriel Kimbrell has been arrested in Miami on charges of grand theft and organized scheme to defraud just months after he was fired from his position as president of New Mexico Airlines(Albuquerque). The charges relate to his tenure at the airline.  According to KOAT news, court documents claim that over the period January 2014 to January 2015, Kimbrell used his corporate credit card...

Air Armenia boss given hiding; EPF warns of withdrawal

Ukrainian-owned investment firm, East Prospect Fund (EPF), has warned its proposed USD68.6 million injection into Air Armenia (QN, Yerevan) is in jeopardy following an assault on airline CEO and majority 51% shareholder Arsen Avetisyan last week. EPF owns a 49% stake in the Armenian carrier. "We are responsible for the implementation of the investment policy of the company,...

Global Investment Is Not A Threat, But A Lifeline, Says Etihad Airways’ President And Chief Executive Officer

Last year’s ground-breaking investment by Etihad Airways in Alitalia has revitalised Italy’s national airline, and set it on a new course towards sustainable profitability, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, said today. Mr Hogan was speaking at the Rimini Roundtable Discussion, a prestigious annual event held in the historic Italian town of Rim...

Virgin Atlantic Cargo records 33% growth ex Dubai in first half of 2015

Virgin Atlantic Cargo carried over 30% more cargo from Dubai in the first half of 2015, boosted by additional U.S routes and frequencies, and traffic generated as a result of the U.S. port disruptions. For the six months ended 30 June 2015, the airline carried 2.4 million kilos ex Dubai, compared to 1.8m kilos for the same period a year ago. Strong increases were seen in the volume of cargo des...

Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific strategic agreement to extend

Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific welcome the decision today by the Minister of Transport Hon Simon Bridges to re-authorise the airlines’ strategic agreement on the Auckland – Hong Kong route until 31 October 2019. The strategic agreement has been operating since January 2013 and has already delivered a range of benefits to customers travelling between New Zealand and Hong Kong inc...

British Airways to start Glasgow-Salzburg in December

British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) has announced it will commence direct Glasgow Int'l-Salzburg flights during the last quarter of the year. The Saturday-only flights will operate on-board anA319-100 with effect from December 12. “The new route to Salzburg is sure to be popular with those looking to hit the slopes this winter, offering ideal access to some...

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