Virgin Atlantic set to launch Heathrow – Moscow services

Jul 10, 2012 No Comments by

Virgin Atlantic is planning to launch Heathrow – Moscow services should it be successful in securing slots. These slots will become available as a consquence of BA’s takeover of British Midland-BMI. As approval of the takeover BA is required to release some of BMI’s Heathrow slots.  ”Our core flying has always been across the Atlantic […]

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QANTAS 747 European Charters

Jul 08, 2012 No Comments by

QANTAS will operate the following 747 charters on behalf of Hughes Travel from Singapore to Manchester, Cardiff (CWL) Wales and Lyon (LYS) France: QF6051   16JUL12  SIN-MAN     0140   0810 QF 6021  21JUL12  MAN-CWL   1100   1150 QF6051  21JUL12   CWL-LYS    1330   1650 QF6051  23JUL12   LYS-MAN   1200   1255 QF6051  30JUL12  MAN-SIN    2225   1835+1 (arrives 31JUL12)

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ICAO predicts strong growth in global airline industry

Jul 08, 2012 No Comments by

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) which is back by the UN, reports that passenger traffic growth is expected to rise 5.4%, expressed in passenger-kilometres performed (PKPs). The report states “In terms of regional impacts, the European Union (EU) is expected to be hardest hit during 2012 as it continues to deal with sovereign debt […]

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Scandinavian adds San Francisco to its network

Jul 07, 2012 No Comments

SAS-Scandinavian Airlines will resume services to the US West Coast. SAS will add 6 x weekly Copenhagen – San Francisco service from 07 April 2013 using Airbus A340-300 aircraft.  “We see a favorable market situation in North America and a particularly strong demand in the growth area of San Francisco and Northern California,” Rickard Gustafson, […]

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British Airways orders 2 more 777-300ERs

Jul 06, 2012 No Comments

British Airways will take up the last remaining 2 options for its original order of 777-300ERs (order was 6 + 4 options). The 77Ws were originally ordered as a stop gap measure to the 787 delays, however the carrier has been impressed with its performance and will eventually have a fleet of 10 777-300ERs.

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Air France/KLM, Alitalia and Etihad/Air Berlin working towards co-operation

Jul 05, 2012 2 Comments

Eitihad/Air Berlin and Air France/KLM are working towards and alliance which will include Alitalia. This is like to involve code-sharing and joint ventures to develop traffic between Europe, the Abu Dhabi hub and Asia. In particular Alitalia is likely to expand its network as a consquece of this proposed collaboration. Alitalia is expected to inaugurate […]

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Virgin Australia orders 23 737 MAX – first Australian carrier

Jul 05, 2012 No Comments

Virgin Australia has announced an order for 23 of Boeing’s new 737 MAX, becoming the first Australian carrier to do so. The aircraft will be delivered between 2019-20212. VA also announced it will defer delivery of some new 737NGs from 2016 to allow for fleet flexibility. It will still have up to 31 new aircraft delivered […]

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Qatar 787s to Perth by December 2012

Jul 05, 2012 No Comments

Travel Daily (Australia) (05JUL12 edition)  has exclusviely revealed that Qatar which recently launched Doha-Perth services is set to inaugurate services with the 787 (currently flights are operated with 777-200LR Worldliner) and increasing frequency from thrice weekly to daily from December 2012.  This was was revealed to the Travel Daily by QR CEO Akbar Al Baker […]

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Emirates confirms Adelaide services from 01NOV12 plus major expansion

Jul 04, 2012 No Comments

It’s official – Emirates finally announces services to Adelaide. From 01 NOV 12 EK will commence with 4 weekly non-stop Dubai-Adelaide services operated by 3 class 777-300ER aircraft. From 01 FEB 13, this service will become daily. Other expansion highlights to the EK network: PERTH – from 01 DEC 12 an extra 5 weekly non-stop […]

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Airline ‘Safety Management Systems’ (SMS) and implications on “on time perfomance” – an analysis.

Jul 03, 2012 No Comments

Introduction  The financial and operational aspects of an airline’s way of doing business are obviously of critical importance. In order to have a sustainable operation, an airline must have a sound financial base and on an operational level it should strive to offer a consistent service which will make it a favourable option for the […]

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