LONDON, 18 February 2015: Irish airline and takeover target Aer Lingus has appointed chief strategy and planning officer Stephen Kavanagh as chief executive.
The Dublin-based carrier, which is being pursued for a takeover by British Airways owner IAG, announced in a statement that Kavanagh will replace Christoph Mueller, who is due to take the top job at Malaysia Airlines.
Mueller steps down on 28 February and Kavanagh — who has 26 years’ service with the airline — will pick up the reins from 1 March.
SINGAPORE, 17 February 2015: Vietjet took delivery of its newest Airbus aircraft at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, 12 February.
The brand new Airbus A320 is the third of the 100 aircraft on order. The airline announced it was buying A320s in September 2013. The arrival of VN-A659 brings Vietjet’s current fleet to 21, in time to accommodate travel demand during the Lunar New Year holiday season that starts 18 February.
Vietjet will take delivery of the next A320 aircraft in Thailand, this March. It will be used for the first services of the joint venture, Thai Vietjet, in lead up to the busy Songkran festival holiday in mid April.
SINGAPORE, 17 February 2015: SriLankan Airlines passengers will soon gain access to cities throughout Southeast Asia and Australia as part of a new codeshare agreement with Jetstar Asia.
From 5 April 2015, SriLankan passengers will be able to travel on codeshare services operated by Jetstar Asia on seven routes from Jetstar Asia’s hub in Singapore. Flights to Darwin, Phnom Penh and Phuket will be available to SriLankan’s customers. Other destinations to be included are Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur and Perth.
They will benefit from a single ticket itinerary that includes SriLankan’s baggage allowance. The deal promises a seamless transfer at Singapore’s Changi airport, with baggage being through checked and onward boarding passes issued at the initial departure point. Read more
BANGKOK, 16 February 2015: Airports of Thailand estimates passengers using Suvarnabhumi Airport will reach 2.15 million during the Chinese New Year period, 14 to 26 February.
Chinese New Year is on 19 February, but the holiday can span from a few days prior to the 19th and through the entire week after.
Suvarnabhumi Airport director, Praphon Patthamakitsakun, said the country’s main gateway will handle an increase of 20% in traffic with around 2.15 million passenger movements through the airport during for the upcoming of Chinese New Year.
HO CHI MINH CITY, 16 February 2015: Budget airline Vietjet will start a daily service between Ho Chi Minh City and the central Vietnamese town of Dong Hoi, 29 April.
The daily flight from Ho Chi Minh City will depart at 1040 and arrive in Dong Hoi at 1215. The return flight will depart at 1250 and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at 1425.
The flight duration is one hour and 35 minutes. Read more
SINGAPORE, 16 February 2015: Both SilkAir and Singapore Airlines will cut fuel surcharges following declining fuel prices effective 26 February.
SilkAir said it was responding to lower fuel prices in recent months, “although jet fuel continues to account for a significant percentage of SilkAir expenditure,” the statemend read.
The following surcharges will apply for SilkAir tickets issued on or after 26 February 2015. Read more
BOGOTA, 16 February 2015: International airlines are increasingly fearful about billions of dollars they say they are owed by recession-hit Venezuela, the head of the world’s airline trade association said Thursday.
In Venezuela, airlines are required to sell tickets in bolivars under an arrangement in which the socialist government later converts the local currency to dollars.
But the International Air Transport Association (IATA) says the government has failed to reimburse airlines billions.
SEOUL, 16 February 2015: The daughter of Korean Air’s chairman appealed Friday against her conviction for violating aviation safety law during a “nut rage” incident that invited international ridicule.
Cho Hyun-Ah, a former executive vice president of the airline, was handed a one-year jail term on Thursday, after being found guilty of safety breaches and assaulting cabin staff.
The main charge related to her decision to force a taxiing New York-Seoul KAL flight to return to its departure gate on 5 December.
BANGKOK, 13 February 2015: More international airlines could start flights to Don Mueang Airport according to airport general manager, Wing Commander Songsak Tongtang,
He said two international airlines are looking to start flights to Don Mueang International Airport soon.
“Maldivian Airline, is asking for traffic right that would allow it to offer up to daily flights to Don Mueang and is waiting to receive permission from the Department of Civil Aviation.”
YOGYAKARTA, 13 February 2015: Direct flights between Yogyakarta and Myanmar could start, this year, mainly to promote cultural and religious related tourism.
The Jakarta Globe media quoted Indonesian ambassador to Myanmar, Ito Sumardi, as saying the Indonesian government discussed details with the country’s flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia.
“We are optimistic about it although we will have to compete with Singaporean and Malaysian airlines.”