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Southwest Airlines migrates to new reservation system

May 09, 2017 No Comments by

Southwest Airlines migrated to a new reservations system on Tuesday, 08 May 2017. America’s original low-cost carrier will use the Amadeus Altéa platform to perform its reservation and check-in functions. This system is used by major airlines such as QANTAS, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines. The Madrid-based Amadeus in fact has over 100 airlines […]

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British Airways “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew will strike on 10 January

Jan 04, 2017 No Comments by

British Airways’ “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew are set to strike on 10 January 2017 for a period of 48 hours. The threat of industrial action was suspended before Christmas after BA put forward a revised pay offer negotiated with Unite after four days at the conciliation service, ACAS. This has since been rejected by the union’s […]

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British Airways to offer combined air/rail bookings with Heathrow Express/First Great Western

Dec 01, 2014 No Comments by

British Airways has partnered with Heathrow Express and First Great Western to offer a single booking that combines rail and air travel. The partnership will take effect from 05 December 2014 and is available through travel agents. Up to 11 First Great Western stations will be offered. This move is designed to allow BA customers […]

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ALITALIA likely to resume Australian services

Dec 01, 2014 No Comments

ALITALIA (AZ)  is tipped to return to Australian skies from late 2015. Etihad Airways (EY), which holds a 49% stake in the Italy’s national airline, will like use ALITALIA as the platform with to expand services to Australia in order to overcome capacity limitations under present bi-laterals. AZ last regularly served Australia until 1998 – […]

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British Airways refreshes 747 cabins

Sep 05, 2014 No Comments

British Airways is set to refresh up to 18 of its fleet of 46 strong 747-400s. Apart from a refresh to the cabin, these 747s will have the latest generation Panasonic eX3 inflight entertainment system installed. The new system will provide more than 130 movies and 400 TV programmes on larger, hi-resolution screens, capable of touch […]

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787 declared a 777 variant by EASA for crew licensing

May 20, 2014 No Comments

On Friday, 16 May 2014, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) declared the Boeing 787 to be a 777 variant for crew licensing purposes.  The EASA Operational Evaluation Board recently met to discuss this 787/777 issue and agreed the 787 can be classified as a variant of the 777. For carriers like British Airways which […]

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Virgin Atlantic farewells Sydney!

May 05, 2014 No Comments

After almost ten years of service to Sydney, Australia, Virgin Atlantic operated its final flight today, 05 May 2014 from Sydney to Hong Kong. The carrier, which commenced flying to Sydney on 08 December 2004, offered daily flight A340-600s flights from London Heathrow to Sydney via Hong Kong. In February this year the carrier announced […]

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QANTAS creates its own “challenging environment” with its fares

Apr 03, 2014 No Comments

We’ve heard so many reasons as to why QANTAS finds itself in such a difficult state these days. QANTAS management have thrown around the usual buzz phrases about “uneven playing fields”, “unfair advantages”, “lower cost bases by competitors” and obviously the restrictions of the “QANTAS Sale Act”. There is possibly some truth to these factors […]

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British Airways announces new First Class for its 787-9 Dreamliners

Mar 12, 2014 No Comments

British Airways has announced that its new 787-9 Dreamliners, the first of which is set to arrive later in 2015 will offer four classes of services with First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller cabins. The airline also confirmed the aircraft will offer a next generation “evolved” First product. Frank van der Post, BA […]

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British Airways obtains EASA approval for 787 and A380

Sep 12, 2013 No Comments

British Airways is the first airline in the world to gain European Aviation Safety (EASA) Part M and Part 145 approvals for both the Boeing 787 and Airbus A380. What this means is that BA has the required management structure in terms of effectively managing and resourcing the maintenance to keep these aircraft airworthy as […]

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