Virgin jumps in Hyperloop

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 16 October 2017: Richard Branson’s Virgin Group announced last week it is investing in Hyperloop One in a strategic partnership aimed at establishing new passenger and cargo transport services for the superfast rail concept.

As part of the deal, Branson will join the board of the California startup, which will be renamed Virgin Hyperloop One in the coming months, according to a joint statement.

No financial details were immediately available. Read more

Vietnam to boost flights to Europe

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 12 October 2017: Vietnam Airlines and Air France signed a joint venture, Tuesday, to increase routes between Europe and Vietnam, as they try to capitalise on a fast-growing appetite for travel to and from Southeast Asia.

The deal, to take effect 1 November, could see destinations in Vietnam increase to 20 from three today, and destinations in France and the rest of Europe soar to around 70 from the current 14, according to Patrick Roux, senior vice president of Air France-KLM.

The stronger cooperation, which will include coordinated flight schedules, will give the French carrier a foothold in a region already well-served by other large airlines. Read more

NGOs slam biofuels for airlines

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BERLIN, 12 October Nearly 100 environmental and poverty fighting groups jointly released a letter Tuesday slamming a UN proposal that backs large-scale use of biofuels in commercial planes.

Extensive burning of biofuels would vastly expand the production of palm oil, which critics say drives deforestation, higher CO2 emissions and conflicts with indigenous peoples displaced from their land.

The UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) “vision” plan calls for 128 million tons of biofuels to be used in jet engines annually by 2040, going up to 285 million tons — half of all aviation fuel — by 2050. Read more

Strong passenger growth in August

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SINGAPORE 10 October 2017: Passenger demand grew  7.2% in August, according to the International Air Transport Association’s latest global traffic data, measured in total revenue passenger km, or RPKs.

At the same time, the upward trend in seasonally-adjusted traffic has eased from that seen at the end of 2016.

August capacity (available seat km or ASKs) increased by 6.3%, and load factor climbed 0.7% percentage points to 84.5%, which was just below the record for the month set in 2015. Read more

AirAsia X flies to Jeju this December

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 October 2017: AirAsia X will fly to Jeju, South Korea, 12 December, offering four weekly flights from its Kuala Lumpur base with promotional all-in fares from MYR199 one-way.

The special promo of all-in fares from MYR199 one-way for an economy seat and MYR899 one-way for the Premium Flatbed seat will run from 10 to 15 October 2for travel between 12 December 2017 and 25 March 2018, available for booking on airasia.com.

AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail said, “We are proud to be the only airline to operate direct flights to Jeju, South Korea from Kuala Lumpur, connecting the beautiful island with Malaysia and the rest of Asia and beyond through Asia’s LCC hub.” Read more

Scoot hands flights to Silk

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SINGAPORE, 10 October 2017:  Silk Air will take over five weekly services to Yangon, Myanmar, currently operated by the SIA Group’s low-cost subsidiary Scoot, effective, 29 October.

SilkAir already operates 10 nonstop flights a week to Yangon and three services a week via Mandalay in Myanmar.

With the transfer of Scoot’s Yangon services, Silk Air will boost its Yangon operations to 15 nonstop services a week. Parent company Singapore Airlines also operates daily services to Yangon. Read more

ICAO removes red flag

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BANGKOK, 10 October 2017: The UN’s aviation agency has removed a safety “red flag” against Thailand civil aviation, the kingdom’s junta leader said Monday, in a major boost to the country’s stuttering airlines.

A 2015 audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of Thailand’s aviation compliance and management of regulations that govern airlines identified “significant safety concerns” prompting the downgrade.

That triggered restrictions on Thai carriers launching new international routes, cramping expansion plans for a sector that has in recent years laboured under debts and management woes. Read more

Qatar to fly to St Petersburg

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DOHA, Qatar, 9 October 2017:   Qatar Airways will launch daily flights to St. Petersburg, Russia this December, doubling its Russian routes.

The new daily service, due to start 19 December, will operate between Doha and St. Petersburg with an Airbus A320, offering 12 flatbed seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class.

St Petersburg, (Leningrad in the USSR era)  is home to the country’s incredible art collections, legendary Hermitage Museum, and internationally-recognised historic buildings. It is noted for its elegant canals and rich Imperial history. Read more

Air Berlin: Big jobs losses

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

FRANKFURT, 9 October 2017: About 1,400 Air Berlin workers may soon be out of a job, some as early as the end of this month, according to a union paper obtained by AFP on Saturday.

Many of the cuts would hit the bankrupt airline’s ground personnel and administration staff, whose contracts could end by the end of the month or in February 2018.

According to the document, Air Berlin could also soon stop operating, with only its subsidiary Niki continuing to fly. Read more

Trichy flights tap tourism

October 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 6 October 2017: Thai AirAsia launched a daily Bangkok -Tiruchirappalli service, 29 September, making it the sixth direct international air service to the Indian city.

Commonly referred to as “Trichy” by its residents the city’s commerce chamber and business associations are supporting efforts to open more flights between Thailand and India.

They hope to establish stronger trade and tourism links between the two cities. Read more

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