KUCHING 13 August 2015: The Sarawak and Sabah governments have revived their interest in buying MASwings’ equity according to Sarawak Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Fielding questions, last Saturday, at the Rainforest World Music Festival’s main press conference, he said the federal government had no objections for the two state governments to negotiate with Malaysia Airlines’ owner, Khazanah Nasional Bhd, a federal government investment company.
Abang Johari said the two states would now negotiate the purchase of the airline with each possibly holding 50% of the equity.
SINGAPORE, 11 August 2015: Jetstar Asia will introduce low fares services to more destinations in Southeast Asia with direct flights to three new destinations in Indonesia and Vietnam.
From late October, Jetstar Asia will launch direct flights from Singapore to Palembang and Pekanbaru in Sumatra, Indonesia and Danang in Vietnam.
The airline will serve Palembang and Pekanbaru with three direct services per week from 29 October and 5 November respectively.
LONDON, 11 August 2015: British Airways and Iberia holding company International Airlines Group said late last week it had ordered 31 Airbus plans, including firm orders for 11 long-haul craft for its Spanish airline.
The order by Anglo-Spanish IAG, which includes eight A350-900 and three A330-300 wide-body aircraft for Iberia, covers 31 Airbus planes with a book value of USD4.6 billion (4.2 billion euros).
“International Airlines Group is converting eight A350-900 and three Airbus A330-200 long-haul aircraft options into firm orders for Iberia. These aircraft will be delivered between 2016 and 2021 and will enable Iberia to replace and expand its existing long-haul fleet,” IAG said in a statement.
SANTIAGO, CHILE, 11 August 2015: Brazilian airline TAM and Chile’s LAN, which merged three years ago to form the largest airline in Latin America, will stop operating separate brands and fly as LATAM Airlines, the company said last Thursday.
“The LATAM Airlines group has decided to adopt a single name and identity,” it said in a statement. Read more
BANGKOK, 10 August 2015: Bangkok Airways and Emirates have launched codeshare flights, last week, in Thailand and to destination in neighbouring countries.
The new partnership allows passengers of Emirates to connect with Bangkok Airways’ Thailand network and the neighbouring countries including Cambodia and Myanmar.
“We expect the codeshare agreement will offer a boost to tourism in Thailand, as well as in the region. This new codeshare agreement with Emirates will also strengthen Bangkok Airways’ extensive codeshare of 18 partners including Emirates,” said Bangkok Airways senior vice president – network management Peter Wiesner. Read more
NEW YORK, 7 August 2015: US aerospace giant Boeing said Wednesday that El Al Israel Airlines intends to purchase and lease up to 15 of Boeing’s high-tech 787 Dreamliners.
El Al also has confirmed purchase rights for 13 additional airplanes, Boeing said in a brief statement that did not specify the breakdown between purchases and leasing.
The average 2015 list prices for the three-model 787 family range from USD224.6 million to USD306.1 million, according to the Boeing website. Commercial planes are often sold below their list price.
TOULOUSE, 7 August 2015: Investigations resumed Thursday at a French military laboratory into the wing part that Malaysia’s prime minister confirmed as being from missing flight MH370, an AFP journalist said.
An international team of experts began a second day of tests on the chunk of wreckage that washed up on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion last week.
French prosecutors were more cautious in their initial findings on Wednesday than Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, saying only that there was a “very high probability” that the wing part, known as a flaperon, was from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
DENPASAR, 7 August 2015: Indonesian authorities ordered a fresh shutdown of the airport on the resort island of Bali Thursday, sparking flight cancellations and travel misery for tourists during peak holiday season.
Transport ministry spokesman J.A. Barata said Ngurah Rai airport would be closed for several hours from midday (0400 GMT) due to ash drifting from Mount Raung, on Indonesia’s main Java island.
Australian carriers Jetstar and Virgin Australia announced they were cancelling flights in and out of Bali Thursday, a popular holiday destination that attracts millions of tourists from around the world every year.
SYDNEY, 6 August 2015: Star Alliance has been named Best Airline Alliance by Australian Business Traveller, a leading website for business travellers and frequent flyers.
Australian Business Traveller editor, David Flynn, said the inaugural awards programme recognised “trend-setters and game-changers in the highly competitive business travel market”.
“With 28 member airlines under its wing, Star Alliance can take business travellers almost everywhere they need to go,” said Flynn. “Our readers especially value unique benefits such as the ability to use frequent flyer points or miles to upgrade across all member airlines.”
NEW YORK, 6 August 2015: More carriers chimed in Tuesday after several major airlines began banning shipment of big game trophies amid outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.
Air Canada announced that it would refuse to transport such big game animals as lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceros or water buffalo, while the United Parcel Service (UPS) declined to follow suit.
Their decisions come just one day after US airlines Delta and American banned the shipment of big game trophies on flights.