FRANKFURT, 23 March 2015: German airline Lufthansa said Sunday that its services were more or less back to normal after a four-day walkout by pilots, but unions warned of further disruptions, possibly over the Easter holidays.
A Lufthansa spokesman said short and medium haul flights were back to normal on Sunday, but a small number of long-haul flights were still cancelled.
However, a spokesman for the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit warned of further action in the coming weeks as there was no sign of an agreement.
YANGON, 20 March 2015: Myanmar’s home grown airlines will feel the pressure when ASEAN’s open skies policy opens the door for unrestricted flights between capital cities.
Myanmar has already signed off on the open sky policy, but there is considerable misunderstanding in trade circles in Yangon that ASEAN open skies would allow foreign airlines to fly domestic routes.
That is not the case and in most instances open skies applies to flights between capital cities only. Eventually, it will open further to allow foreign airlines free access to other cities, but the agreement does not extend to allowing foreign airlines access to traffic on domestic routes.
LANGKAWI, 20 March 2015: AirAsia has designated Langkawi as its latest international hub in Malaysia, following the unveiling of the airline’s ASEAN-Malaysia Chairmanship aircraft livery, Wednesday.
Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, group CEO of AirAsia said: “We plan to put five planes in Langkawi and generate approximately 1 million to 1.5 million passengers very quickly.”
Ferrnandes also introduced a new aircraft livery depicting Malaysia’s ASEAN chairmanship this year during the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA)’15, earlier this week.
BANGKOK, 20 March 2015: Scoot will increase services to 10 flights a week on the popular Singapore-Bangkok route starting 8 July.
The airline will add three flights on top of its daily frequency between Singapore’s Changi Airport and Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport. The additional flights will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Scoot CEO, Campbell Wilson, said in a media briefing that the additional services to Don Mueang increased the options for passengers.
FRANKFURT, 19 March 2015: German airline Lufthansa cancelled around 750 short- and medium-haul flights Wednesday, hitting tens of thousands of passengers, as pilots staged fresh strike action in a bitter dispute over early retirement.
Just over half of the carrier’s scheduled 1,400 domestic and European flights to and from Frankfurt and Munich were grounded, affecting around 80,000 passengers, a Lufthansa spokesman said.
The strike was set to continue throughout Thursday when it will shift to target long-haul and cargo services.
HONG KONG, 19 March 2015: Cathay Pacific’s net profit for 2014 rose more than 20%, but failed to meet analysts’ expectations, results showed Wednesday, with the airline hit by losses on fuel hedging.
Cathay, whose shares dipped on the news, insisted that overall demand was strong and its outlook was positive, after reporting a slow start to 2014, affected by high fuel prices and weakness in the air cargo market.
Net profit for last year stood at HK$3.15 billion (USD406 million), 20.2% higher than the previous year’s figure of USD2.62 billion, it said in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange.
KUALA LUMPUR, 19 March 2015: A new Malaysian airline said Tuesday it intends to buy 20 Bombardier CS100 aircraft in a USD1.47 billion deal as it looks to tap Southeast Asia’s fast-growing travel market.
The new firm, flymojo, made the announcement at the start of the five-day International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition in the Malaysian island of Langkawi.
The deal would mark the first sale in Southeast Asia of the Canadian company’s new twin-engine, medium-range jet. It also includes the option to purchase a further 20 planes, possibly increasing the value to USD2.94 billion.
WASHINGTON, 19 March 2015: Etihad Airways chief James Hogan defended the UAE carrier, Tuesday, against harsh attacks from US airlines over subsidies, saying his company was a “David” battling the US “Goliaths”.
Hogan told an aviation industry summit in Washington that airlines everywhere benefit from state support, dismissing the claims of unfair competition by Gulf carriers in a report released by the top three US airlines.
As a battle heats up between Gulf airlines and rivals in Europe and the US, he accused the three US carriers — American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines — of themselves hiding behind protection.
KUNMING, CHINA, 18 March 2015: Tourism Australia took the top marketing awards at the 13th Routes Asia this week.
Over 800 aviation professionals were gathered to witness the presentation of the awards and to take part in the 13th Routes Asia – the largest route development event for the entire Asia-Pacific region, held for the first time In Kunming.
Commenting on the win, Tourism Australia regional general manager Asia and strategic partnerships, Tim Jones said: “It’s a fantastic honour to collect the Best Destination Marketing and Best Overall Marketing awards on behalf of everyone behind ‘team Australia.”
SINGAPORE, 18 March 2015: Vietjet has signed a deal with South Korean fast food giant Lotteria Vietnam to supply snacks for inflight sales.
Meals by Lotteria Vietnam will be available on all domestic and international Vietjet flights.
Lotteria Vietnam was established in 1998, and has since become one of Vietnam’s largest fast-food suppliers with more than 190 restaurants in 30 cities and provinces countrywide. Read more