Archive for June, 2008

Emirates to go for new look with new staff uniforms for crew

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 21:10

Dubai-based airline major Emirates Airline is all set to give the staff wardrobe a better look. The airline’s 16,000-plus uniformed staff are to be given a sharper, more business-like look with the introduction of a brand new uniform, it is learnt.

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Fly to Guangzhou with Emirates, get free hotel accommodation!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 21:04

Dubai based airline giant Emirates has said that flying to Guangzhou with it would bring an introductory offer of free hotel stay for its passengers. The offer lasts from July 1 to  September 30, 2008 and would be open to passengers in all classes of travel. 

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Malaysia Airlines increasing fuel surcharge, introducing new Web check-in service

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 21:48

Malaysia Airlines, the flag carrier of Malaysia, will increase fuel surcharge within the next two weeks as a part of its bid to cope with record-high costs of aviation fuel.

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New Zealand may ban laser pointers as ‘laser attacks’ on aircraft increases

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 21:44

As more people point laser pointers at aircraft, more aircrafts and pilots are affected The Government of New Zealand is thinking about banning high-powered laser pointers after there has been a big increase in the number of people targeting the devices at aircraft, seriously affecting the vision of pilots.

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Qantas Airways starts selling seats for first flight of Airbus A380 Superjumbo

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 21:38

Qantas, the national airline and flag-carrier of Australia, started selling, on June 16, 2008, seats for the first flight on the airline’s new Airbus A380 Superjumbo. Airbus A380 is the world’s largest passenger aircraft.

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Oil prices may force many smaller airlines of Europe to close down

Monday, June 16, 2008 12:50

A number of smaller carriers in Europe are likely to go out of business in the coming months if the oil price does not fall considerably.

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Aircraft cabins do not help spread infectious diseases, says report

Monday, June 16, 2008 12:46

It is only natural for one to assume that being inside an aircraft full of people could be an easy way to catch an infectious disease.

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Lufthansa, Air Berlin, Air France-KLM, American Airlines raise fuel surcharges

Monday, June 16, 2008 12:43

Four major airlines of the world – Lufthansa, Air Berlin, Air France-KLM and American Airlines – have raised passenger fuel surcharges in the wake record-high prices of aviation fuel.

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Virgin Blue may charge passengers for checked luggage

Monday, June 16, 2008 12:34

Virgin Blue, the low-cost airline of Australia, is considering charging passengers for checking in their baggage as a part of its bid to cope with high fuel costs.

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Taiwanese carriers China Airlines, EVA Air to clip flights

Monday, June 16, 2008 12:30

China Airlines and EVA Airways Corporation, the biggest airlines of Taiwan, will reduce their flights by 10% in their attempt to deal with prohibitive prices of aviation fuel.

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US Airways to cut more capacity than planned, charge extra fees

Monday, June 16, 2008 12:27

US Airways, the low-cost airline owned by US Airways Group, has said it will reduce its work force by 1,700 (or, about 5%), cut more capacity than decided previously, and also introduce new fees.

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Continental Airlines to stop flying to 15 cities, trim services to 40 more

Monday, June 16, 2008 12:15

Continental Airlines, based in Houston, Texas, the United States, has announced that it will abolish flights to a total of 15 cities within the United States as well as overseas and also trim flights to about 40 more cities from September 3, 2008, because of soaring costs of aviation fuel.

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European Commission begins probe of Italian government’s loan to Alitalia

Monday, June 16, 2008 12:12

The European Commission has begun what it describes as an “in-depth investigation” into whether a loan amounting to €300 million ($465 million) from the government of Italy to the airline Alitalia violates rules on state aid.

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FAA orders inspection of Eclipse 500 personal jets after emergency landing

Sunday, June 15, 2008 9:01

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the agency of the United States Department of Transportation with authority to regulate and oversee all aspects of civil aviation in the country, has ordered immediate inspection of throttles on small personal jets manufactured by Eclipse Aviation after one Eclipse 500 plane made an emergency landing at Chicago’s Midway International Airport on June 5, 2008.

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Silverjet sacks all employees after bid to find rescuer fails

Sunday, June 15, 2008 8:58

Silverjet, the British all-business class airline based at London’s Luton Airport, which had suspended its operations on May 30, 2008, has decided to sack its employees after all its efforts to find a buyer failed.

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Delta Air Lines to cut 4,000 jobs

Sunday, June 15, 2008 8:55

Delta Air Lines, based in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States, is to cut 4,000 jobs.

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In US, attrition rate of new air-traffic controllers is very high

Sunday, June 15, 2008 8:53

Air-traffic controllers appointed recently are leaving jobs at “dramatically higher rates” in 2008, United States Congress has been told.

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Virgin Atlantic to charge lower fuel charges for Economy class

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 10:41

Virgin Atlantic, one of the world's leading long-haul airlines, has announced  that it will charge lower fuel charges from its Economy-class passengers than those travelling in the premium classes.

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Major airlines in the US roll back fare hike

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 10:38

American Airlines, United, Continental, Delta and US Airways reduce fares

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Fiji’s international airline Air Pacific raises fares by 4%

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 10:34

Air Pacific, Fijis international airline, is raising fares from Fiji to Australia and New Zealand by about 4%.

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Silverjet may fly again as three firms show interest in buying it

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 21:09

Silverjet, the British all-business class airline that suspended operations on May 30, 2008, is  likely to fly again.

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Europe-based airlines resent Italian governments bailout loan to Alitalia

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 21:06

Major airlines of Europe have urged the European Commission to oppose the Italian government's recent $468-million loan to Alitalia intended to prevent the state-controlled airline from going bankrupt.

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Italian airline Air One to buy 24 Airbus planes to expand long-haul flights

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 21:03

Air One, the airline based in Rome, Italy, has ordered 24 aircraft from Airbus Industrie, the aircraft-manufacturing consortium based in Toulouse, France.

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American Airlines stops Chicago-Buenos Aires, Chicago-Honolulu, Boston-San Diego flights

Monday, June 9, 2008 7:32

American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corporation, based in the United States, has begun discontinuing some of its long-haul services.

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Qantas Airways to close down routes, clip jobs, retire aircraft

Monday, June 9, 2008 7:31

Qantas Airways Limited, the national carrier of Australia, has announced that it would shut down some flight routes, retire aircraft and shed jobs in its effort to check costs as prices of aviation fuel keep rising.

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Five airlines operating in Europe testing use of mobile phones in-flight

Monday, June 9, 2008 7:28

Five airlines operating in Europe are currently carrying out trials on use of mobile phone in-flight.

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Qantas to clip flights to Asia, move some routes to Jetstar

Monday, June 9, 2008 7:21

Qantas Airways Limited, Australia's largest carrier and the country’s national airline, has decided either to cancel or reduce many of its services to Japan and south-east Asia in the wake of exceptionally high prices of aviation fuel.

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US airlines perform better in April 2008

Monday, June 9, 2008 7:18

The operational performance of airlines in the United States got better in April 2008.

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Ted Airlines to stop flying

Monday, June 9, 2008 7:15

United Airlines has said it is discontinuing operations of the discount airline Ted Airlines, one of its two airline divisional brands. 

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Air New Zealand raises domestic, international fares again

Monday, June 9, 2008 7:04

Air New Zealand, the national flag carrier of New Zealand and the country’s largest carrier, has announced that it will increase fares – once again – on domestic and international flights by 4% on an average.

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