AirAsia’s Omar shifts role to digital

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

SEPANG, Malaysia, 14 December 2017: AirAsia’s board has approved senior leadership changes, in line with the AirAsia Group’s new digitalisation strategy.

AirAsia’s chief executive officer, Aireen Omar, will be promoted to deputy group CEO – digital, transformation, corporate services.

Her appointment signals AirAsia’s a management strategy to turn an aviation company into a digital corporation. Read more

IATA: Airlines perform well in October

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

GENEVA 14 December 2017: Global passenger traffic in October, measured in revenue passenger kilometres, rose 7,2% according to the latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) results.

IATA reported capacity grew 6.2% and load factor climbed 0.8 percentage points to 80.8%, which was a record for the month.

October’s performance was a strong bounce-back after the hurricane-related disruptions in September. Domestic and international travel growth largely was in balance. Read more

Air China codeshares with Air Canada

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

BEIJING, 14 December 2017:  Air Canada and Air China  announced, Wednesday, they will expand their codeshare services and lounge agreement in time for the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism.

Recognizing the importance of tourism and trade between the two countries, the two airlines are finalising a planned joint venture, while satisfying both countries’ applicable regulatory conditions.

The two Star Alliance carriers also launched their first joint frequent flyer promotion to offer members up to a 30% bonus in miles effective 15 December for eligible travel between 1 April to 15 June, 2018 on all Air China and Air Canada flights between the two countries. Read more

AirAsia X launches Jeju flight

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News, North Asia

JEJU, 13 DECEMBER 2017 –AirAsia X has launched flights to the South Korean island of Jeju, Tuesday.

Flight D7 501 on an Airbus A330-300 landed at Jeju International Airport, Tuesday, making AirAsia X, the only airline with direct connections between Kuala Lumpur and the popular tourist largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula.

Jeju is the airline’s third destination in South Korea after Seoul (Incheon) and Busan. Read more

Best days to book flights?

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, TRENDING

BELLEVUE, Washington, 14 December 2017: Expedia and ARC unlock tips on how to save money on travel even including the best days to book flights.

Expedia and ARC, an air travel intelligence and commerce platform, released the findings of the fourth annual ARC Air Travel Outlook Report, Wednesday.

Expedia and ARC experts analyzed flight data, drawing on billions of data points for domestic and international air travel globally to identify patterns travellers can use to secure airfare savings in 2018. Read more

Brexit: Britain cannot avoid EU rules

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BRUSSELS, 14 December 2017: The EU must make Britain’s air industry sign up to the bloc’s environment rules if it wants to keep access to European skies after Brexit, a campaign group warned in a report Wednesday.

Airlines should stay in the EU’s emissions trading scheme and follow rules against subsidies to prevent Britain becoming a “carbon haven”, Brussels-based group Transport and Environment said in the report seen by AFP.

The group — which has had meetings with EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier’s task force — warned that without a deal British planes could be unable to land in the bloc the day after the UK leaves. Read more

Jetstar taps Travelport’s agents

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Travel Companies

SINGAPORE, 13 December 2017: Travelport has signed a multi-year agreement with Jetstar Group, that will allow the airline to tap a network of 68,000 travel agencies globally.

The deal covers four airlines within the group – Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Pacific and Jetstar Japan.

Under this agreement, Jetstar Group, will deploy Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding merchandising solution, allowing the four airlines to display their branded fares and ancillary content in a graphically rich and visual way. Read more

Ryanair pilots vote to strike

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 13 December 2017: Ryanair pilots in Dublin have voted for strike action, the airline confirmed Monday, the latest in a succession of staffing woes for the no-frills carrier.

The unspecified industrial action was backed by less than 28% of around 300 pilots based in the Irish capital for Ryanair, the airline told AFP.

Ryanair added that it had not received formal notification of a strike, and no date for the walkout has been announced. Read more

AirAsia increases Kunming flights

December 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

SEPANG, Malaysia, 12 December 2017- AirAsia will increase flights from both Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, Thailand to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, Southwest China.

Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kunming will increase from daily to double daily starting 19 December, while the Bangkok -Kunming service will also increase to 14 flights weekly, effective 16 January, 2018.

To mark the increase in services, AirAsia is offering all-in-fares as low as MYR179 from Kuala Lumpur to Kunming. Read more

EU concerns over Air Berlin bid

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

BRUSSELS, 12 December 2017: The European Union said Friday it was concerned about the impact on competition of German airline Lufthansa’s plan to take over routes operated by failed rival Air Berlin.

“We have quite deep competition concerns because there is a risk that on some routes Lufthansa becomes de facto a monopoly,” EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said at a news conference.

The warning comes a week after Lufthansa offered concessions to encourage the European Commission to green-light its planned purchase of parts of Air Berlin. Read more

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