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

AirAsia top of the class

June 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines

SEPANG, MALAYSIA, 8 June 2017: AirAsia has been voted as Asia’s leading low-cost airline for the fifth year running at the 2017 World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia.

The accolade, chosen through votes by travel and tourism professionals, worldwide, recognises AirAsia’s commitment to excellence in service, putting it ahead of contenders; Air India Express, Firefly, GoAir, JetKonnect, JetStar Airways, Lucky Air, Nok Air, Scoot, SpiceJet and West Air.

The airline also won the leading low-cost airline cabin crew award, beating nine other contenders; Air India Express, Firefly, GoAir, JetKonnect, Jetstar Airways, Lucky Air, Nok Air, SpiceJet and West Air. Read more

BA launches Level

June 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BARCELONA, 5 June 2017: IAG, the parent group of British Airways and Spain’s Iberia, launched its new long-haul, low-cost airline Level with a flight from Barcelona to Los Angeles late last week.

The British group announced in March it was launching the new airline based out of Barcelona and connecting various US destinations, after Norwegian in September also said it would start cheap long-distance flights from the Spanish Mediterranean city.

Level’s first flight took off last Thursday for a 13-hour flight to Los Angeles with a 314-seater Airbus 330. Read more

Can Tho woos airlines

May 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

CAN THO, 18 May 2017: Vietnam’s Can Tho City government has assured airlines it will support them to open air links from the city to both domestic and international destinations.

Local media quoted the city’s chairman, Vo Thanh Thong, who said the Mekong Delta city will target airlines that can offer new direct international flights to Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, while adding domestic routes to Vinh and Dalat. The campaign will run until 2020.

The municipal government is drafting policies to support enterprises to open air routes. Support features include reducing costs for office rental, promotions and ground service fees. It will also offer financial aid to even subsidise an airline if vacant seats exceed certain levels agreed upon mutually. Read more

AirAsia adds Cambodian flights

May 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, News

BANGKOK, 16 May 2016:Low-cost airline AirAsia will start a new service linking  Kuala Lumpur to Sihanoukville in Cambodia effective 9 August.

The airline will be the first low-cost carrier to fly to the southern Cambodia resort town.

Speaking to the Phnom Penh Post on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN, AirAsia group CEO Tony Fernandessaid the service was in response to the Cambodian government’s request that the Malaysian low-cost carrier launch a service to Sihanoukville. Read more

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