Double the passengers by 2036

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SINGAPORE, 1 November 2017: Airline passenger traffic will increase to 7.8 billion by 2036, near double the 4 billion air travellers forecast for this year.

The forecast released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) last week, says the prediction is based on a 3.6% average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) identified in the latest update of the association’s 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast.

“All indicators lead to growing demand for global connectivity. The world needs to prepare for a doubling of passengers in the next 20 years,” said IATA’s director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac. Read more

Vietnam signs codeshare with PG

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand, Vietnam

BANGKOK, 1 November 2017: Vietnam Airlines signed off on a code-share agreement with Bangkok Airways, last week, that should build commercial sales between the two airlines on specified routes.

Vietnam Airline customers will be able to fly to Bangkok and connect with Bangkok Airways’ domestic flights ticketed through on Vietnam Airlines.

The formula works well with Bangkok Airways, which currently has codeshare deals with 24 foreign airlines and on some routes the codeshare contribution represents the majority of flight bookings. Read more

Emirates flies daily to Algiers

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DUBAI, 31 October 2017: Emirates will add an extra flight between Dubai and Algiers, offering daily services from 13 December.

Currently the airline offers six flights a week to the north African city.

The new service will operate every Wednesday with an Emirates Boeing 777-300, in a three-class configuration offering eight seats in first class, 42 in business class and 310 in economy class. Read more

Changi opens tech-packed T4

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 1 November 2017: Singapore’s Changi Airport opened a cutting-edge terminal, Tuesday, with a fully automated check-in system including facial scanning and computerised baggage drop points, but some passengers struggled with the new technology.

Terminal 4, built at a cost of SGD985 million (USD723 million), will have an annual capacity of 16 million people and is aimed at coping with an expected increase in passenger numbers through one of Asia’s top travel hubs.

It is packed with new technology, meaning passengers should in theory be able to check in and board without having to talk to airport staff. Read more

China’s big three profits rise

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, East Asia, News

SHANGHAI, 1 November 2017: China’s three biggest airlines have reported a rise in third-quarter net profit on strong domestic travel demand.

China Southern, Asia’s biggest carrier, saw its net profit for July-September surge 29.40% year-on-year to 4.28 billion yuan (USD643.7 million), according to a stock exchange statement Monday.

Flag carrier Air China said its third-quarter net profit surged 31.39% year-on-year to 4.95 billion yuan, according to a statement late last week to the Hong Kong exchange, where it is listed. Read more

JAL makes profit upgrade

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, East Asia, News

TOKYO, 1 November 2017: Japan Airlines  on Tuesday upgraded its full-year forecast as it booked a modest gain in half-year net profit thanks to solid domestic and international sales.

JAL said net profit rose 9.2% year-on-year to 78.0 billion yen (USD690 million) for the six months to September.

Revenue for the period increased 6.2% to 692.3 billion yen, as the airline said it enjoyed robust inbound demand from overseas and buoyant outbound demand. Read more

SilkAir starts Hiroshima service

October 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 31 October 2017: SilkAir launched Monday it’s a three weekly service to Hiroshima, Japan.

This marks the first Japanese destination for SilkAir and the only nonstop service between Hiroshima and Singapore.

With this launch, SilkAir’s route network now spans 53 destinations in 16 countries. If Singapore Airlines is included the two carriers serve six Japanese cities. Read more

Easyjet buys slice of Air Berlin

October 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 31 October 2017: British low-cost carrier easyJet has reached an agreement to buy part of bankrupt carrier Air Berlin’s operations at the German capital’s Tegel Airport for 40 million euros (USD46.4 million).

EasyJet will enter into leases for up to 25 A320 aircraft and take over slots, it said, as the last Air Berlin flights were set to land back in Germany.

The company also said it was hoping to recruit around 1,000 Air Berlin pilots and cabin crew over the coming months, to be employed on German contracts. Read more

Saudia flies to Baghdad

October 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

RIYADH, 31 October 2017: State-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines launched its first flight to Baghdad in 27 years on Monday, state media reported, amid a thaw in ties between the Arab neighbours.

The airline, also known as Saudia, departed from the Red Sea city of Jeddah barely two weeks after Saudi budget carrier flynas made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad since 1990.

“Saudi Arabian Airlines inaugurated regular flights between the kingdom and Iraq after an interruption of 27 years,” the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday. Read more

US beefs up security at flight check-in

October 30, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 30 October 2017: US-bound travellers face security interviews before checking in for flights on a number of global airlines as anti-terror measures are stepped up worldwide.

Starting last week, Lufthansa, Emirates, Air France and Norwegian Air confirmed that US authorities had asked for tougher controls at departure airports for nonstop flights to the United States. Other carriers issued statements also confirming the new measures.

“In addition to the controls of electronic devices already introduced, travellers to the USA might now also face short interviews at check-in, document check or gate,” a Lufthansa spokesperson said. Read more

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