COLOMBO, 6 October 2016: Sri Lanka’s cash-strapped national carrier said, Wednesday, it will pay a penalty for cancelling leases on four Airbus A350s, with official sources putting the figure at about USD115 million.
SriLankan Airlines chairman, Ajith Dias, said it cancelled four of the long-route planes from leasing giant AerCap that had been contracted by the former government.
Dias, who did not give a figure for the penalty, told reporters the planes were not required as the airline was focusing on more profitable short-haul flights. Read more
FRANKFURT, 6 October 2016: German airline Air Berlin said, Wednesday, it would discuss transferring part of its fleet to a new group founded by package tour giant TUI and Gulf carrier Etihad as part of a major overhaul.
Air Berlin will discuss bringing 35 of its aircraft, including 14 already leased from TUI subsidiary TUIfly, into a “new airline group to be founded by the TUI group and Etihad”, it said in a statement.
The plans remain subject to negotiation and regulatory approval, the statement continued. Read more
SYDNEY, 5 October 2016: Qantas and Airbnb partnering to offer the airline’s frequent flyer members Qantas Points when they book their Airbnb accommodation through qantas.com.
The deal will offer rewards to Qantas frequent flyer’s 11.4 million members with one Qantas Point for every dollar they spend on any of Airbnb’s 2.5 million accommodation listings across 191 countries.
The partnership marks the first time Airbnb has worked with an airline to reward frequent flyer members when booking accommodation through Qantas’ website – and is the next step in Qantas’ partnerships with innovative digital and technology businesses. Read more
SINGAPORE, 5 October 2016: Finland’s delegation to ITB Asia, mid-October, will be promoting the country 100th year of independence celebrations set for next year.
Executives representing StopOver Finland, Finnair and Visit Helsinki will attend ITB Asia at Marina Bay Sands from 19 to 21 October.
Ahead of the iconic anniversary there are numerous tourism-related developments in the pipeline that will be announced at the group’s booth L05. Read more
ISTANBUL, 5 October 2016: In June, its main hub Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul was hit by suicide bomb attacks blamed on jihadists, and then in July put schists seeking to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tried to take control of Ataturk.
Both incidents caused the temporary closure of Turkey’s biggest airport, but the airline managed to resume flights the subsequent day, in a crucial message of business as usual and a symbol of Turkish Airlines’ importance for the country’s image and economy.
Yet while Turkish Airlines proudly boasts of its resilience in the face of the repeated attacks and the coup bid, Turkey’s traumatic 2016 has taken its toll on the group and its ambitions. Read more
BANGKOK, 4 October 2016: Thai Lion Air launches a promotional fare for its new route Bangkok-Guangzhou starting at THB1,580.
Scheduled for a 28 October start, the airline will fly four weekly flights connecting Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport) to Guangzhou in China. (Daily from 30 October.
The airline sells a one-way fare, inclusive of airport tax and fee, ex-Bangkok, starting at 1,580. Read more
FRANKFURT, 4 October 2016: Star Alliance is offering two round-the-world tickets for a good cause and is inviting members of the public to decide which of the six shortlisted nominees should be selected to travel the world with a companion.
Each nominee was put forward by one of the travel bloggers who recently completed their own Round-the World-trip with Star Alliance.
With a brief to select an individual or charity “deserving” of a Round-the-World trip, the bloggers researched and proposed individuals who had impressed them, and could serve as a source of inspiration to others. Read more
MUMBAI, 4 October 2016: The boss of India’s newest airline, Vistara, has urged the government to scrap a rule that restricts carriers in the country’s cut-throat aviation sector from expanding their operations abroad.
Phee Teik Yeoh, the Singaporean CEO of Vistara, which was launched last year, told AFP in a recent interview that recent reforms were welcome, but more needed to be done to help fledgling airlines.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a long-awaited shake-up of the rapidly growing market in June, including amending a regulation known as the “5-20 rule”, which had been criticised by industry experts. Read more
BANGKOK, 3 October 2016: Thai Airways International shuffles its 747-400 aircraft with newer fuel efficient aircraft on some routes in Asia, starting 30 October.
Routes Online updates the trade on the airline schedules and it reported, last week, an update for TG aircraft operation in the winter 2016/17 timetable.
On the Bangkok – Beijing route, TG614/615, will be served by a Boeing 777-300 replacing 747-400s. Read more
DUBAI, 3 October 2016: Emirates launched two new daily A380 services; Dubai to Guangzhou, China and Dubai to Moscow, over the weekend.
Flight EK362, which departed Dubai at 1020, landed at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on schedule on the evening of 1 October.
Arriving a few hours later into Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport was flight EK131. Both Emirates A380-800s feature a three-class configuration. Read more