AirAsia Treats Young Flyers

September 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Malaysia

SEPANG, 21 September 2017 – AirAsia introduces a brand new inflight meal, Lil’ Star Combo, specially created to suit the taste buds of young flyers.

To celebrate the launch, all kids aged 2 to 12 flying with AirAsia, 28 September 2017 will receive a complimentary Lil’ Star Combo meal, while stocks last.

Guests travelling with their little ones on other dates are able to pre-book the meal for only MYR10 on airasia.com. Read more

Air Berlin’s fleet to go first

September 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

FRANKFURT, 22 September 2017: The chief of Germany’s largest airline Lufthansa has said he hopes to buy up to 78 planes from bankrupt Air Berlin, dismissing fears the insolvency would grant him a near-monopoly over the skies.

Top priority was “stabilising” the status of some 38 aircraft Lufthansa already “wet-leases” — including their crews — from the smaller firm, Lufthansa chief Carsten Spohr told journalists in Frankfurt on Wednesday evening.

“Wet-leasing” refers to airlines leasing aircraft from each other rather than a leasing company. Read more

IATA: Air travel grows in July

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

GENEVA, 21 September 2017: Global passenger traffic in July showed a strong, but moderating demand growth with an increase of 6.8% in revenue passenger km, according to the latest figures from the International Air Transport Association.

All regions reported solid, or better growth, in passenger volumes over the past year. Capacity (available seat km or ASKs) increased by 6.1%, and load factor rose 0.6 percentage points to a July record of 84.7%.

“As is evidenced by the record high load factor in July, the appetite for air travel remains very strong. However, the stimulus effect of lower fares is softening in the face of rising cost inputs. This suggests a moderating in the supportive demand backdrop,” said  IATA’s director general and CEO. Alexandre de Juniac. Read more

SpiceJet stuck in the mud

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

MUMBAI, 21 September 2017: Dozens of flights were diverted from Mumbai after a SpiceJet plane overshot the runway and became stuck in the mud as heavy rain lashed India’s financial capital and caused travel chaos Wednesday.

Schools and colleges also closed for the day as a precaution after severe monsoon rain late Tuesday and overnight led to fears of widespread flooding.

The storms came three weeks after ten people were killed when torrential rain deluged Mumbai, flooding homes and railway lines and shutting down the city for two days. Read more

AirAsia flies to Nha Trang

September 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News, Vietnam

NHA TRANG, Vietnam, 20 September 2017: AirAsia has launched daily flights to Nha Trang, Vietnam, from its home-base Kuala Lumpur.

Flights commenced last Friday making AirAsia the first airline to operate a direct service to Nha Trang from Malaysia.

The inaugural flight was packed with a cabin factor of 93%.  Seats were filled up with VIP guests and media representatives, who joined the flight to Cam Ranh International Airport for the welcome ceremony. Read more

Treat yourself to the Sevens

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 19 September 2017: Cathay Pacific offers rugby fans deals on the ‘Hong Kong Sevens 2018.

An airfare with a ticket for the Rugby Sevens package starts at THB20,140 with the sales and booking window open through to 20 March 2018.

The sporting event will take place from 6 to 8 April, while the travel period for the package runs from 30 March to 8 April. Read more

Discount on new Vietjet flight

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

SINGAPORE, 19 September 2017: Vietjet’s latest ticket sale focuses on  the up-coming Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) route with fares starting at SGD12.

The new route is due to take off 24 November to meet growing travel demands between the major commercial cities of Vietnam and Cambodia.

The flight will depart daily from Ho Chi Minh City at 1735 (local time) and arrive at Phnom Penh at 1820 (local time). The return leg will depart at 1930 (local time) and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at 2015 (local time). The flight time is 45 minutes one way. Read more

Russia and Iraq restore air link

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

MOSCOW, 19 September 2017: Russia and Iraq restored scheduled commercial airline services on Sunday for the first time since 2004, in what officials hailed as a sign of stability returning to the war-torn country.

An Iraqi Airways plane left Baghdad at 1031 (0731 GMT) and was expected to arrive at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport at 1419 (1119 GMT), according to the Russian airport’s online departure and arrival timetables.

“The first commercial flight arrives today,” Sergei Izvolsky, spokesman for Russia’s civil aviation authority, told AFP. Read more

Ryanair scraps flights to be on time

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 19 September 2017: Ryanair announced at the weekend it was cancelling between 1,680 and 2,100 flights over the next six weeks in a bid to “improve punctuality”, sparking outrage from passengers who suddenly have to make new travel plans.

The Irish low-cost airline said it would scrap 40 to 50 flights daily — “less than 2% of its flying programme — to address problems caused by air traffic control (ATC) delays and strikes, weather disruption and a change in the holiday schedules of pilots and cabin crews.

Throughout last Friday, the Ryanair Twitter feed was filled with complaints from passengers who had their flights cancelled, with one describing the lack of notice an “absolute disgrace” and another saying it was “shocking”. Read more

Thai Vietjet mulls expansion

September 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BANGKOK 18 September 2017: Thai Vietjet will announce new regional routes out of Bangkok, this October, after it receives its recertification under the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).

It is expected that the carrier will announce a schedule of international expansion from Bangkok to new destinations in Vietnam, China and Taiwan.

The airline was one of 12 that suspended international services due to not having completed the recertification process. Read more

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