Archive for April, 2011

Southwest in trouble-shooting mode following fuselage crack

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:56

A Boeing 737-300 aircraft owned by the Southwest Airlines, the largest domestic airline in US made an emergency landing at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona after a widespread fuselage crack was found in its cabin. The Flight 812 was detected with a 5 foot tear opening in the ...

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American Airlines heads for Delhi

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:56

American Airlines is exploring new possibilities in a bid to add to its presence in the sub-continent. The Airlines that connects more than 250 cities in 50 countries, earlier had a very meager access to India. The 900 flights that make up their colossal fleet have undergone sufficient re-timings. The ...

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Qantas selling oldies for survival

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:56

Qantas, in an endeavor, to minimize operating costs and enhance cost productiveness. Due to the hike in oil prices that peaked to an enormous $US134/barrel, the airline company decided to offer their fuel thirsty Boeing 737-400s for sale. Qantas earlier this week had hiked fares, cut flight schedules, sacked staff ...

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Virgin Atlantic revamps Manchester- LA route

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:55

Virgin Atlantic has begun flying Boeing 747 jumbo jets between Manchester and Las Vegas twice a week. With this, Virgin becomes the first foreign carrier to offer more than one overseas flight to Las Vegas. The Boeing 747- 400 jets feature 14 upper class seats 58 premium economy seats and ...

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AirAsia X to go public

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:54

AirAsia X, long-haul partner of AirAsia, the Malaysian budget carrier plans to list its shares by next year. The company said that this would pave the way to gather more funds for expansion. The decision to soon bring the airline to public domain was announced in Singapore. The announcement is ...

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Philippine Airlines launches first direct flight to India

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:54

Philippine Airlines has started its India operations, with six daily flights on the Manila-New Delhi sector from March 27. There will be three non-stop flights and three via Bangkok using the Airbus 330-300 aircrafts. The airline is offering the shortest travel time of six and a half hours. On Mondays, ...

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BA moves Malaga flights to Gatwick

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:53

British Airways flights to Malaga from Heathrow have been shifted to Gatwick airport. From June the frequency to the Spanish city would also be doubled to, four daily flights on some days or 27 flights per week. From November onwards flights to Mauritius will also be moved to Gatwick from ...

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Direct Air beginning new flights to Florida

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:53

Starting June 24, Direct Air will add direct flights to Florida from Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. The airline will offer three weekly flights to the Lakeland (Fla.) Linder Regional Airport, using a Boeing 737-400 via Sky King Airlines, seating 12 in first class and 138 in economy. The flights will ...

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Indian carriers betting high this summer

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:52

During the summer this year, Indian carriers are adding more flights since 2007 despite the sky-high aviation fuel prices. The Indian domestic aviation market grew 18% last year and has grown at an even faster pace during the last three months. All these statistics prompt the airlines to add more ...

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Cathay Pacific to launch direct flights to Abu Dhabi

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:52

Cathay Pacific announced the launch of direct flights from Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi from June 2. The airline would offer further connectivity across mainland China via its subsidiary carrier Dragonair. The flights would also provide access to other destinations in Asia and Australia across the carrier’s network. The Abu Dhabi ...

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JAL slashes Hawaii services

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:51

Japan Airlines is decreasing the number of flights to Honolulu due to the lower demand after the tsunami. The carrier stated that it will trim its 21 weekly flights down to 14 from Narita International Airport in Tokyo to Honolulu, starting from April 6 to 17. The Hawaiian Tourism Authority expecting ...

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Aviation industry reflects global crisis

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:51

Political turmoil, civil crisis along with the nuclear threat in Japan have affected the global aviation industry at large. Due to the circumstances, airlines have cancelled and reduced number of flights to the Middle East, Japan and Western Africa. Delta Airlines feels that the demand for air travel has decreased considerably ...

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Great Lakes Airlines to fly non-stop between Farmington and LA

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:50

Great Lakes Airlines is all set to add a nonstop flight to Los Angeles, which connects Farmington to its fourth international hub. The airliner has stated that the service will start on 15th of May. What is most exciting is not only the addition of flight to Los Angeles, but ...

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Southwest flights to Newark soon

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:50

Southwest Airlines will begin services from Newark Liberty International Airport for the first time from today (Monday). The Airport’s records of delays will test Southwest as it flies out of one of the busiest airports in the country to St. Louis and Chicago. Southwest, known for its budget business model, recently ...

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Easyjet’s new flights

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:49

EasyJet is eyeing primary airlines in Europe to increase the budget carrier’s share of business travel market. From its main bases in London, Paris and Geneva, EasyJet is increasing daily flights to Amman, Jordan. The carrier is also launching flexible tickets, trialed in last November as part of the package, which ...

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Rich passengers are concerned with their flights, says survey

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:49

High earning passengers are increasingly more disappointed at the air service they are getting, according to a survey. US carriers in particular, are flocking in more passengers per flight and repeatedly increasing fares due to the hefty fuel prices. But more and more of such desperate measures means passengers will ...

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Alaska and Horizon delay, cancel flights after network collapse

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:48

Alaska Airlines and their sister airline Horizon Air cancelled numerous flights after their computer networks crashed. By Saturday morning approximately 6 hours after the disruption, the two airlines together, cancelled 60 flights and operated only 20. That meant the airline cancelled nearly 15% of its flights nationwide, including those at ...

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LAN stops Santiago-Toronto flights

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:47

LAN Airlines one of Latin America’s biggest carriers has announced that it will suspend direct flights between Santiago and Toronto due to rising fuel prices. The services would be stopped from April 3 and further decisions on other long haul destinations would be taken by the carrier then. Company representatives ...

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Electronic gadgets in flights

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:44

Before take off, flight attendants persuade us to switch off all electronic gadgets as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Most of us think that the main reason for this measure is that the gadgets interfere with the avionics of the airplane. But surprisingly the official reason for the ...

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Fare subsidies for Molokai flights

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:43

The natives of Kalaupapa on Molokai are finally breathing a sigh of relief after the government promised affordable airfares for them. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will subsidize air service to and from Kalauapa, and will select an air carrier to service the unique community following a competitive bid ...

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Flights sold out ahead of Indo-Pak game

Thursday, April 28, 2011 19:42

Ahead of the India-Pakistan semi final at Mohali on the 30th of this month, business class tickets to Chandigarh have been sold out while economy class fares are rising astronomically. All sorts of VIPs are expected for the game of cricket between traditional rivals and that include Prime Ministers of ...

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Qatar Airways offers a host of goodies, celebrating 100 destinations

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 19:54

Qatar Airways is celebrating its 100th destination by offering one hundred specially chosen holiday packages across the globe. Aleppo, Syria becomes the proud destination for Qatar Airways. From April 6 there would be scheduled non-stop flights from Doha to Aleppo. Qatar reached the milestone of 100 destinations within only 14 years ...

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Alaska Airlines adds Bay Area-Hawaii flights

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 19:53

Alaska Airlines is adding more flights linking northern California and Hawaii. The Seattle-based airline has revealed that it plans to fly nonstop flights from San Jose and Oakland to Lihue, Kauai starting March 27. Flights will depart from San Jose three days a week. Flights in Oakland will depart four days ...

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Gulf Air to begin new service to Kabul

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 19:53

Gulf Air has announced a new route from Bahrain to Kabul in Afghanistan. There will be four weekly flights in the route from June 15. The move comes after the airline recently launched other services to the Middle East. So far Gulf Air has launched 6 new destinations in 2011 ...

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Jet and Kingfisher not to get the nod for Melbourne flights

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 19:53

After the government bail out, Air India got approval to operate direct flights from Delhi to Melbourne, but the national carrier had requested the authorities not to permit other carriers to start flying on the route until it stabilizes. The report of the request was confirmed by the Aviation ministry and ...

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Kids-free flights in the offing?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 19:52

Ian Burford last year launched his Facebook page suggesting airlines should be kids free. He said that since comfortable seating was always a problem for him as he was 6’4”, he didn’t want any kids around him kicking in the seats or disturbing him further. The issue has been up for ...

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Cebu Pacific cuts fares down to Lite fares

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 19:51

From April 1, Cebu Pacific, the largest airline in Philippines, will offer fare cuts on all its flights. Lite Fares don’t apply to free baggage but the fares are 33% reduced. The move is to boost the travel, tourism and business ventures in the country. Domestic fares have been lowered to ...

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Gulfstream gets the nod for Shoals service

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 19:51

A new carrier is to begin services to Shoals, after several bids and months of consideration by the Shoals Chamber of Commerce's Air Services Committee. It will be the Gulfstream Airlines that would be flying out of Fort Lauderdale. Gulfstream was one of four airlines to submit bids for the ...

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United Continental going WiFi

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 19:50

Continental is bringing the WiFi revolution to its fleet from next year. United Continental announced that it had intimated LiveTV, a subsidiary of JetBlue to provide onboard internet service to its fleet of more than 200 737 and 757s fitted with DirecTV service. United Continental Holdings is also considering adding international ...

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Delta cuts flights and expansion

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 19:50

Delta Airlines has decided to shrink its Memphis services by 25%. But travelers from the Mid-South wouldn’t mind that because most of these flights are used as connecting flights. Most of these flights don’t carry citizens of Memphis or passengers inbound. Delta has blamed the rising fuel prices for the decision, ...

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