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

AirAsia India’s footprint grows

July 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

BENGALURU, 12 July 2017: AirAsia India is embarking on network expansion that will improve regional connectivity and increase the airline’s footprint in the country.

AirAsia India has added Bhubaneshwar to its list of destinations, while adding six new routes connecting New Delhi, Jaipur & Bagdogra to Kolkata.

To keep pace with the expansion the low-cost airline has brought in its 11th Airbus A320 aircraft registered VT-MOD. Read more

Ryanair ready for Alitalia bid

June 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

ROME, 29 June 2017: Budget airline Ryanair is ready to make a bid for a majority stake in Italy’s Alitalia if administrators of the troubled carrier undertake four key reform steps, its CEO said earlier this week.

“If significant changes are implemented we are interested in making an offer,” Michael O’Leary told reporters in Rome, adding that the Irish company would want “a majority stake, we are not interested in a 49% stake”.

Alitalia, which has struggled to compete with low-cost rivals including Ryanair, went into administration at the start of May, moving the loss-making airline a step closer to liquidation as efforts continue to find a buyer. Read more

Thai AirAsia to fly Maldives

June 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 16 June 2017: Thai AirAsia will launch flights connecting Bangkok to Maldives starting 11 August, making it the first low-cost airline in Thailand to serve the upscale beach resort destination.

The airline’s commercial director, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said the perception of the Maldives focused on upscale resorts and  luxury travellers, but  Thai AirAsia will launch a service that will appeal to all travellers. Read more

SIA merges Scoot and Tiger brands

June 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 16 June 2017: Two budget carriers under the Singapore Airlines (SIA) umbrella will merge into a single brand from next month, it was announced Thursday, as the company consolidates to fend off growing  competition.

From 25 July, Scoot and Tigerair will operate under the Scoot brand and will use a single website, check-in counter and flight designator code, their holding company Budget Aviation Holdings (BAH) said in a statement.

Scoot, a medium-to-long-haul carrier, and Tigerair, which operates short-to-medium haul routes, were brought under the BAH umbrella in May 2016, but continued to operate separately. Read more

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