Handouts win airline hearts

June 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Mekong, News

LUANG PRABANG, 14 June 2017: Airports and national tourist offices in the Greater Mekong Sub-region are playing a pivotal role to attract airlines to fly to secondary airports, according to ForwardKeys director of business development APAC, Jameson Wong.

Faced by bottlenecks at gateway airports, governments and airport authorities are canvassing airlines to fly to secondary destinations.

The strategy has accelerated in the Greater Mekong Sub-region following the ratification of ASEAN Open Skies Agreement. Read more

Air embargo just for Qatar

June 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

ABU DHABI, 14 June 2017: The air embargo imposed on Qatar only applies to airlines from Qatar or registered there, the United Arab Emirates Civil Aviation Authority said Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain issued identical statements on the air embargo, which came into effect when Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Manama broke off relations with Qatar on 5 June, accusing it of supporting “terrorism”.

The embargo bans “all Qatari aviation companies and aircraft registered in the state of Qatar” from landing or transiting through the airspace of the Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, according to the statements published by the national agencies of the three countries. Read more

Lion adds new China route

June 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

CHIANG MAI, 13 June 2017: Thai Lion Air will launch a new flight linking Chiang Mai and Guangzhou in China, 16 July.

The new service will strengthen Chiang Mai’s regional gateway status and should encourage more Chinese tourists to visit North Thailand.

According to the airline’s website, the new service will offer four weekly flights between Thailand’s northern capital and Guangzhou, the most populous city Guangdong province, southern China. Read more

Qatar reaches out to Dublin

June 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DOHA, 13 June 2017: Ireland’s capital, Dublin, welcomed the first Qatar Airways flight from Doha, Monday, despite a diplomatic squabble that has seen Middle East neighbours closing the airline’s airspace.

The airline’s senior vice president for Europe, Jonathan Harding, travelled on board the inaugural flight and was greeted by Dublin Airport Authority chief executive, Kevin Toland.

An Airbus A350 aircraft was used for the inaugural flight to Dublin, although all subsequent flights will use a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with a two-class configuration; 22 seats in business class and 232 seats in economy class. Read more

Cebu tweaks aircraft order

June 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Philippines

MANILA, 13 June 2017: Philippine carrier, Cebu Pacific, has placed an order with Airbus for an additional seven A321CEO (Current Engine Option) aircraft, for delivery from March 2018.

The aircraft will meet the airline’s increased capacity requirements pending the start of delivery of 32 A321NEO aircraft, which will now begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.

CEB has chosen to defer the A321NEO deliveries due to delays with the Pratt & Whitney engines selected to power the aircraft. Read more

Israeli spies exposed Laptop threat

June 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 13 June 2017: Israeli government spies hacked into the operations of Islamic State bomb makers to discover they were developing a laptop computer bomb to blow up a commercial aircraft, The New York Times reported Monday.

The Times said the work by Israeli cyber operators was a rare success of Western intelligence against the constantly evolving, encryption-protected and social media-driven cyber operations of the extremist group.

It said the Israeli hackers penetrated the small Syria-based cell of bomb makers months ago, an effort that led to the 21 March ban on carry-on laptops and other electronics larger than cell phones on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. Read more

No winners in Gulf crisis

June 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DUBAI, 13 June 2017: Qatar Airways has made Doha a global hub in just a few years, but barring it from Gulf states’ airspace threatens its position as a major transcontinental carrier, experts say.

Along with its Gulf peers — Dubai’s Emirates Airlines and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad — Qatar’s national carrier has captured a sizable portion of transit travel, capitalising on the Gulf’s central geographic location.

But political differences between Qatar and neighbouring Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, as well as Egypt, exploded last week into a full-blown regional crisis, including severing air links. Read more

Iran airline orders Boeing jets

June 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

TEHRAN, 12 July 2017: Iran’s Aseman Airlines has finalised an agreement to buy 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets for USD3 billion, the company said Saturday, with an option to buy 30 more.

The deal, announced in April, was signed at a ceremony in Tehran and the first 30 planes are due for delivery between 2022 and 2024.

“I’m glad that we can… upgrade the air fleet in an appropriate manner so they can take over regional markets,” said Labour Minister Ali Rabii at the signing, according to the ISNA news agency. Read more

GST shock for Indian airlines

June 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 12 July 2017: Indian airlines will face additional costs as they prepare to pay Goods and Service Tax 1 July, but the tax bill will be even steeper for hotels and restaurants.

The GST has been fixed at 5% on domestic airline tickets  and 12% on international ticket sales.

Tour operators in India will pay 5% GST without an input tax credit facility. Read more

Terror scare on easyJet

June 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 12 July 2017: Three British men overheard talking about “terrorist” activities on a London-bound easyJet flight were released on Sunday after being questioned by German police, the airline said.

The Airbus A319 flying from the Slovenian capital Ljubljana was diverted to Germany’s Cologne-Bonn airport on Saturday, causing a major police operation and hours of air traffic chaos.

Passengers on the plane were evacuated using the emergency slides. Read more

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