GENEVA, 3 October 2014: Global passenger traffic showed a slight improvement in August, according to the International Air Transport Association’s latest results.
Total revenue passenger km (RPKs) increased 5.9% compared to August 2013, which was above the 5.4% year-over-year increase recorded in July.
August capacity climbed 5.5%. The load factor stood at 83.9%, which is a 0.3 percentage point rise over August 2013.
WASHINGTON, 3 October 2014: US aerospace giant Boeing on Thursday said it would step up production of its best-selling 737 commercial jetliners to meet robust demand from customers worldwide.
Boeing said it would increase production of the 737 family to 52 airplanes per month in 2018, building more than 620 airplanes per year, a record-high rate.
The company currently builds 42 of the short- to medium-haul 737s per month and previously announced it would raise the production rate to 47 per month in 2017.
“For over a decade we have seen resilient demand for the 737 and a rate increase to 52 per month reflects the appetite for airplanes like the 737 MAX and Next-Generation 737,” Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a statement.
WASHINGTON, 3 October 2014: New electronic display units are to be fitted in the cockpits of Boeing 737 and 777 airliners to address fears that Wi-Fi signals might cause them to go blank in flight.
In an airworthiness directive published Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the switchover involves 1,149 late-model 737s and 177 777s in the United States alone.
Each installation is estimated to cost about USD10,000, said the agency, which set a five-year deadline for the work to be completed.
HANOI, 3 October 2014: Budget carrier Jetstar Pacific will launch daily flights connecting Hanoi and Vinh starting 27 October.
Using Airbus A320 aircraft with 180 economy class seats, the new daily flight will depart Hanoi at 1045 and arrive Vinh at 1135. The return flight will depart Vinh at 0925 and arrive Hanoi at 1015.
Currently, the airline serves Hanoi, Danang, Vinh, Haiphong, Buon Ma Thuot, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City.
BANGKOK, 2 October 2014: Thai Airways International has closed its Hong Kong ticketing office until 6 October due to ongoing political unrest.
The airline posted notice on its website stating: “Due to the current pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong… that during the political protest… THAI’s Hong Kong town office (ticketing and reservations) at United Centre Building is closed for safety reasons.”
The airline’s airport office is operating normally and all flights are on schedule.
BANGKOK, 2 October 2014: Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, and AirAsia India, the newest low-cost airline in India, announced a new agreement, Wednesday, making AirAsia India content available to all Amadeus-connected travel agencies worldwide.
AirAsia India is the newest member of the AirAsia group to make their content, schedules and fares available through Amadeus.
AirAsia India will benefit from Amadeus’ light ticketing technology that allows travel agencies to view and compare AirAsia India fares in the same screen as full-service carriers. Thanks to light ticketing technology, travel agencies can book AirAsia India in Amadeus, faster than via any other booking channel.
BANGKOK, 1 October 2014: The Indian budget airline SpiceJet resumed flights to Thailand, 25 September, but this time serving the Kolkata- Bangkok route. (Suvarnabhumi Airport), 25 September.
It previously offered flights from Pune and Bangalore, but cancelled them six months ago due to a decline in bookings caused mainly by the political crisis in Thailand.
This time around, it connects the Thai capital with Kolkata, the economic centre of east India with a daily service, that will be welcomed by business travellers in both cities.
BANGKOK, 1 October 2014: Airports of Thailand reports August closed with a 10.69% decline in passengers passing through the Thai capital’s main aviation gateway, Suvarnabhumi airport.
The country main gateway welcomed 4,010,934 passengers in August, compared to 4,490,981 during the same month last year.
The data confirm independent assessments that indicated the tourism industry would lose around 3 million visits by the end of the year.
BOKEO, 1 October 2014: Laos plans to build what it alls an international airport in Tonpheung district of Bokeo province to offer and boost convenient for tourist arrivals.
According to local media reports, the construction of the airport should start early 2015. It will be located close to the border with Chiang Rai province, Thailand.
The government awarded the contract to Dok Ngiew Kham Group to survey the site in 2012 and now the government is processing the construction contract with the same group.
FRANKFURT, 1 October 2014: A new walkout by Lufthansa pilots, Tuesday, forced the cancellation of 50 flights in Frankfurt, Germany’s busiest airport, affecting roughly 20,000 passengers, the airline said.
Flights in and out of the hub were being affected, but a company spokesman said the situation was calm and that Lufthansa was confident it would operate all 32 flights it had promised would take off.
In its fourth labour action in recent weeks, the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit called on its members to strike on long-haul flights departing from the airport between 0800 and 2300 (0600 to 2100 GMT).