CHICAGO, 18 April 2017: As United Airlines struggles to recover from the public relations disaster sparked when a passenger was violently removed from a flight in Chicago, the airport security officers involved in the incident are facing tough scrutiny.
Officials in the mid-west US city are looking at why the three officers — all now placed on administrative leave — were on the plane in the first place, amid criticism from elected officials and the United pilots’ union.
The officers — who are unarmed and meant to back up local law enforcement — were called by airline employees after the passenger, David Dao Pepper, refused to give up his seat for crew that needed to be repositioned for other flights. Read more
BEIJING, 18 April 2017: Flights between Beijing and Pyongyang operated by Air China, the only foreign carrier operating regular commercial flights into North Korea, were suspended Monday, state broadcaster CCTV said on its official website.
The news comes in the wake of North Korean army statements vowing a “merciless” response to any US provocation, according to the country’s official news agency KCNA.
Reports of activity at a nuclear test site in North Korea ahead of Saturday’s 105th anniversary of the birth of the country’s founder Kim Il-Sung have fuelled speculation it could imminently carry out a sixth test. Read more
CHICAGO, 12 April 2017: The chief executive of embattled United Airlines unequivocally apologised Tuesday for an incident in which a passenger was dragged off a plane, promising a thorough review of the airline’s practices.
The apology came amid a torrent of criticism of the carrier’s actions on a Sunday flight and its initial explanations.
In images now seen worldwide, a passenger was forcefully removed and bloodied in the process — the entire event captured on video by passengers and posted on social media. Read more
CHICAGO, 12 April 2017: The social media storm prompted by footage of United Airlines forcibly removing a passenger from an overbooked flight continued to spread Tuesday with accusations of perceived racism and calls for a boycott of the US carrier.
Footage from the incident in which a Chinese-American passenger was dragged from his seat quickly went viral with outrage extending even to China.
The incident occurred Sunday on a United Express flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky. Such flights are operated by one of eight regional airlines that partner with United. Read more
BANGKOK, 11 April 2017: Thailand’s national airline, Thai Airways International and the country’s leading privately owned airline, Bangkok Airways, signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement Monday for flights on 10 domestic and four international routes.
THAI’s acting president Usanee Sangsingkeo and President Bangkok Airways president, Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth signed the agreement at a ceremony held at THAI head office. Read more
BANGKOK, 11 April 2017: No surprises, Thai Smile famed for its on-and-off flights has decided to resume its service to Kuala Lumpur.
It served the Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur route in the summer timetable, April to September 2015, before it quietly retreating from the highly competitive route without informing even its loyal passengers.
According to its latest timetable, Thai Smile now says it will resume a daily service, 25 May, using a 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft. It will operate the popular route daily, using its parent airline Thai Airways’ TG code flight numbers (four digits). Thai Smile’s code is WE followed by three digits. Read more
CHICAGO, 11 April 2017: United Airlines found itself in the middle of a social media storm, Monday, after the US carrier forcefully removed a passenger from a flight due to overbooking.
The incident occurred Sunday on a United Express flight bound for Louisville, Kentucky, from Chicago. United Express flights are operated by one of eight regional airlines which partner with United.
The airline said it had asked for volunteers to give up their seats on the flight, and police were called after one passenger refused to leave the plane. Read more
BANGKOK, 10 April 2017: Airports of Thailand estimates 5.36 million passengers will travel to and from six airports, under its management, during 5 to 18 April.
AoT said 32,357 flights will land and take off at the six airports during Thailand’s biggest festive week.
Songkran festival travel is the main driver, but domestic travel was already on the rise 5 April just a day ahead of the public holiday known as Chakri Memorable Day. Read more
SINGAPORE, 10 April 2017: SilkAir launched its inaugural flight to Colombo, 7 April, joining its parent carrier Singapore Airlines serving the popular route.
With the launch of the three-weekly service, SilkAir’s route network extends to 53 destinations across 15 countries.
The inaugural MI428 flight departed at 0850 from Singapore Changi Airport and arrived at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport at 1005, last Friday. The return flight according to the schedule is at 1105, arriving in Singapore at 1810 (all times local). Read more
CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA, 10 April 2017: CheapAir.com released details, Friday, of its latest Annual Airfare Study, which crunched 921 million airfares from 2.9 million trips to find the best and worst times to buy an airline ticket.
For the second consecutive year, the study found that 54 days out is, on average, when travellers can get the best deals on US domestic flights. However, the best timing depends on when and where passengers fly.
CheapAir.com found that the lowest fare for a given flight changes an average of 71 times between the time it’s announced and the day the plane takes off. In other words, the price of a flight changes on average every 4.5 days, and each change averages USD33 up or down. Read more