Scoot hands flights to Silk

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SINGAPORE, 10 October 2017:  Silk Air will take over five weekly services to Yangon, Myanmar, currently operated by the SIA Group’s low-cost subsidiary Scoot, effective, 29 October.

SilkAir already operates 10 nonstop flights a week to Yangon and three services a week via Mandalay in Myanmar.

With the transfer of Scoot’s Yangon services, Silk Air will boost its Yangon operations to 15 nonstop services a week. Parent company Singapore Airlines also operates daily services to Yangon. Read more

Singapore shines as Asia’s Megahub

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 27 September 2017: Based on connections and destinations served, Singapore’s Changi gains the megahub title in Asia, according to the latest OAG Megahubs International Index 2017.

If you are looking for an airport that offers the maximum connections and destinations, then of all the 16 airports in Asia that figured in the OAG top-50 annual index, Singapore led the way.

Singapore was the top ranked Asian airport and in the global-50 list it was placed 6th with a connectivity index of 257. Read more

Citilink takes shortcut to GDS sales

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 27 September 2017: Hahn Air Systems announced that it has signed a sales and distribution agreement with the Indonesian low-cost airline, Citilink Indonesia.

The agreement with the global consolidation service that connects air, rail and shuttle partners to all major global distribution systems (GDSs) enables Citilink Indonesia to offer its flights to travel agencies worldwide.

The flights will be available in all major GDSs under the reservation code H1 without the airline needing to have its own direct GDS interface. Read more

Bare-bones travel

September 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 4 September 2017:  Current flights and fare trending in Europe and North America will generally end up being adopted in Asia some time soon.

An example of the so-called bare-bones flying experience was highlighted by the Los Angeles Times at the weekend. It identified Norwegian selling a ticket to the US for USD89 one-way and Iceland-based airline, Wow Air, shaving even that fare to an incredible USD69.

That’s about the same price as a low-cost airline quote for a roundtrip Bangkok to Chiang Mai flight. Read more

SQ offers crew unpaid leave

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SINGAPORE, 8 August 2017: Singapore Airlines said at the weekend it has offered cabin crew unpaid leave in a cost-cutting measure as it struggles to keep up in an increasingly tough market.

The city-state’s flag carrier has been battling strong competition from Asian low-cost carriers and Middle Eastern airlines, which now boast modern fleets and top-quality inflight services.

The airline, which posted a net loss in the fourth quarter of the last financial year, has launched a wide-ranging review and refused to rule out job cuts. Read more

ANA profits rise

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

TOKYO, 3 August 2017: The parent company of Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) said, Wednesday, its quarterly net profit skyrocketed after it raised its stake in a budget carrier, confirming it is on course for a new record full-year profit.

ANA Holdings has soared in recent years, booking an all-time high net profit for the last fiscal year on gains in its international business.

It said Wednesday that net profit came to 51.1 billion yen (USD462 million) for April to June, up from 6.6 billion yen from a year earlier. Read more

Row brews over new airline

July 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

THE HAGUE, 26 July 2017: Air France’s new lower-cost subsidiary Joon could harm its Dutch partner KLM, a leading Dutch work’s committee member warned Tuesday, adding to an acrimonious atmosphere between the two airlines.

“Joon is supposed to be the solution to all the problems. It’s totally unrealistic,” Jan-Willem van Dijk, the president of the work’s committee told the Volkskrant daily.

The plan was “not economically prudent and potentially may be damaging to KLM”. Read more

AirAsia backs Davao gateway plans

July 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Philippines

DAVAO, 24 July 2017: Low-cost giant, AirAsia, has announced its latest route to Davao, Philippines with four weekly direct flights from Kuala Lumpur commencing 21 December 2017.

Operated exclusively by AirAsia (flight code AK), the new service is the fourth direct route from Malaysia to the Philippines after Manila, Cebu and Kalibo.

On the latter the airline has already flown 577,536 passengers in 2015 and 2016 alone. Read more

EasyJet secures Euro base

July 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 24 July 2017: EasyJet has secured an air operator’s certificate in Austria that will enable it to keep flying across the EU after Brexit, the low-cost carrier said last week, and lifted earnings guidance.

The news, which comes one week after the British low-cost airline revealed it had applied to Austrian authorities to establish a new Vienna-based EasyJet Europe division, was contained in a trading update.

“Our European AOC (air operator’s certificate) has now been awarded and the first flight by an EasyJet Europe aircraft takes place today,” said the company’s outgoing chief executive Carolyn McCall. Read more

Green light for low-cost

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

PARIS, 19 July 2017: A lengthy dispute between Air France management and pilots ended Monday after the pilots backed the establishment of a lower-cost subsidiary to try to compete with budget airlines and Gulf carriers.

Air France-KLM CEO, Jean-Marc Janaillac, praised the pilots’ “spirit of responsibility” after they agreed to the creation of a cheaper medium- and long-haul service on condition they would receive the same pay and conditions.

The hiring of stewards, hostesses and part of the ground personnel for the new Boost service will, by contrast, be outsourced. Read more

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