DUBAI, 28 April 2017: Travel to Spain gets considerably easier now that Emirates will upgrade all of its Spain bound flights to A380 services.
In addition to the existing double daily A380 service to Barcelona, the airline will operate a double daily A380 service to Madrid, significantly boosting seat capacity from Dubai to Spain.
This change enables more A380 to A380 connections to and from key business and leisure destinations such as Australia, China, South Korea and Southeast Asia with just one stop in Dubai. Read more
DUBAI, 28 April 2017: Qatar Airways plans to introduce a fifth daily nonstop service from Doha to Bangkok effective 1June.
The increased frequency, along with its double-daily Phuket flights and the five-month-old Krabi operations (four flights a week), will take the number of weekly Qatar Airways departures from Thailand to Doha to 53.
In related news Qatar Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Read more
SYDNEY, 28 April 2017: Australians can now book nonstop flights from Australia to Europe for the first time, with tickets for Qantas’ Perth-London (Heathrow) route.
Sales opened on the new route Thursday.
Daily flights on the history-making route begin 24 March 2018 and form part of a new Melbourne-Perth-London return service. The services will be operated by Qantas’ new Boeing 787-Dreamliner. Read more
LISBON, 27 April 2017: British Airways offloaded a couple from a London to Jamaica flight at a Portuguese air force base, Wednesday, after a row broke out over their demands for an upgrade to business class, military officials said.
“The pilot decided to land in Lajes in the island of Terceira because of a dispute between cabin crew and a couple.
They wanted to be transferred from economy class to first class,” an air force spokesman told AFP. Read more
BANGKOK, 27 April 2017: Two Southeast Asian airlines figured in the latest OAG On-Time Performance Star Rating.
Representing the region’s best efforts at flying on-time Tigerair Singapore and Jetstar Asia both achieved a four-star rating and appeared in the OAG top 20 list.
In the airports category also based on-time performance, Japan’s Tokushima and Kōchi airports achieved a five-star rating, making the Japanese airports amongst the highest for global punctuality. Read more
BANGKOK, 27 April 2017: Thai Airways International has added more codeshare flights through its subsidiary airline Thai Smile.
The announcement comes on the heels of extensive codeshare agreement signed with Bangkok Airways earlier this month. Thai Smile’s management probably complained that it stood to lose business on competitive routes served by privately owned Bangkok Airways if it didn’t have its own codeshares in place with TG.
However, passengers can only benefit from a wider choice of codeshare flights that allows them to make seamless connections at gateway airports with more convenient connecting times on either Bangkok Airways or Thai Smile. Read more
BANGKOK, 27 April 2017: Qatar Airways launches its latest promotional fares travel to selected destinations until late June this year.
Bookings must be secured by 3 May.
The promotion starts with a roundtrip fare, inclusive of taxes, fees and surcharges, ex-Bangkok, at THB20,959 to Barcelona. Read more
NEW DELHI, 27 April 2017: Indian carrier Jet Airways said Wednesday it had suspended a foreign pilot from flying duty over allegations that he assaulted a woman and hurled racist abuse at another passenger on a domestic flight.
The Mumbai-based airline confirmed the incident took place 3 April on a Chandigarh-Mumbai flight, adding the pilot in question had been taken off the flying roster soon after and an apology had been extended to the victim.
“As regards the said incident, Jet Airways has noted guest feedback with concern and regrets the incident,” Jet Airways said in a statement Wednesday. Read more
BANGKOK, 26 April 2017: Thai AirAsia will launch flights connecting Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport) to Danang in Vietnam this June.
The airline confirmed it will start a daily flight to Danang that will help to open up destinations in central Vietnam to tourists using Bangkok as their gateway destination. Read more
ANN ARBOR, MICH, US, 26 April 2017: Passenger satisfaction is up compared to a year ago, but airlines remain in the bottom third of industries tracked by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).
As the legacy airlines lower their fares to compete with discount carriers, the industry gains 4.2% to 75 on a 100-point scale. The ACSI results are based on thousands of customer interviews conducted over 12 months, ending in March 2017.
United Airlines had the lowest score of all legacy airlines in the index. Read more