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  Volume: XXIV, Issue No. 14 March 1-15, 2015  


Qatar Airways strengthens codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways
-A Monitor Report Doha : Qatar Airways has strengthened its relationship with Bangkok Airways with the addition of further codeshare routes. The new codeshares come after a year of rapid expansion for Qatar Airways across the globe, with the addition of 12 new destinations throughout the course of 2014, together with frequency and capacity increases across the network. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, said, "It has been a period of rapid expansion for Qatar Airways, with ne. More...
AI to cut salary of any employee who causes delay in flights
-A Monitor Report New Delhi : Exasperated by Air India's unending flight delays and very poor on time performance (OTP), the government has passed an unprecedented order to deduct payment of any employee who reports late and consequentially forces a delayed take off. This order is effective from February 1. Issued by aviation secretary V Somasundaran, the order covers pilots, cabin crew, engineering staff (if they make aircraft available for flight late), ground handlers and even in-flight cat. More...
Kuwait Airways receive first new planes in 16 years
-A Monitor Report Kuwait: Kuwait Airways (KAC) has received two leased Airbus aircraft this week in what will be the airline's first fleet expansion in 16 years. The A320s, the first of 12 to be leased, has arrived in Kuwait, the airline said in a statement carried by state media KUNA. The airline also has purchased 25 Airbus aircraft (10 A350-900 and 15 A320 neo family) and 10 wide-body B777-300ER aircraft from Boeing, all of which are due to be delivered by the end of the decade. Th. More...
Air Arabia adds Nepal to Ras Al Khaimah destination list
_A Monitor Report Kathmandu : Air Arabia has announced Kathmandu as the latest destination to be served from the recently launched Ras Al Khaimah hub. Starting February 22, the low-cost carrier will fly twice weekly to Kathmandu, the 10th destination which travellers can now access from the Northern Emirates. Adel A Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia, said, "In just 9 months, we have reached the milestone of ten exciting destinations to which our customers can fly using Ras Al K. More...
NOVOAIR announces partnership with City Bank AmEx
_A Monitor Report Dhaka : Two companies that cater the same target group_ NOVOAIR and The City Bank American Express - announced on February 23 a new chapter of partnership that The City Bank American Express will award their top card members free tickets and travel vouchers on the NOVOAIR network. Sohail Majid, Head of Marketing and Sales, NOVOAIR and Mehedi Zaman, Head of Merchant Business, The City Bank Ltd. signed an exclusive agreement on behalf of their companies. High officials of the . More...
Jet Airways hails turnaround plan success
_A Monitor Report Mumbai : India's Jet Airways has posted a net profit of US$0.5 million in the third quarter of FY2015 compared to a US$46 million loss a year ago, its first quarterly profit since 2012. Jet said the figures, for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, are evidence its turnaround plan is starting to show results. Revenue for the quarter was up 9 per cent at US$875 million, compared to US$807 million for the year-ago period. Passenger numbers rose 10.4 per cent to 5.8 million, w. More...
flydubai sweeps honours at OAMC awards ceremony
_A Monitor Report Muscat : flydubai won the maximum number of honours at the second annual awards ceremony hosted by Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) recently. The ceremony was held at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa recently to honour airlines and retail outlets operating at Muscat International and Salalah Airports. From among the top airlines by number of passenger carriers and growth, respectively, at Muscat International Airport and Salalah airport, flydubai was named in . More...
Capt. Sayeed appointed Biman DFO
_A Monitor Report Dhaka: Bangladesh Biman Airlines has appointed Captain Sarker Kamal Sayeed to the post of Director of Flight Operations. The appointment came into effect on February 22. Captain Sayeed has taken over the role from Captain Dildar Ahmed Tufail who is remaining with the company as a full time line Captain. Captain Sayeed joined the company in June 1980 and has worked as a captain on the B777 fleet since January 2012. With over 34 years of operational experience, his appointment . More...
Turkish Airlines sales revenue up by 29pc
-A Monitor Report Istanbul : Turkish Airlines' 2014 consolidated financial statements were reported to Borsa Istanbul. Compared to 2013, Turkish Airlines sales revenue increased by 29 per cent in 2014, reaching a total of 24,1 billion TRY. While operating profit increased 10 per cent to reach 1 billion 359 million TRY, more than doubling compared to previous year 1 billion 819 million TRY net profit was recorded. In 2014 Turkish Airlines recorded a capacity (ASK) growth of 16.3 per cent, signi. More...
Etihad enters east India with launch of daily Kolkata flights
-A Monitor Report Abu Dhabi : Etihad Airways on February 15 launched daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Kolkata, the airline's 11th destination in India on its own, and its 15th destination in combination with network partner Jet Airways. Flight EY256 departed Etihad Airways' hub at 11:10 and landed at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport in the West Bengal capital at 17:20 in the afternoon (all local times). Upon arrival in Kolkata, passengers received a garland of flowers and a cake cutting. More...
China Eastern to save US$4m with new Hub Control Centre powered by SITA technology
-A Monitor Report Shanghai : China Eastern has recorded a 16 per cent drop in staffing hours and a 60 per cent drop in overtime for ground operations as a result of a new Hub Control Centre (HCC) using SITA's resource management technology. The improved efficiencies are expected to deliver the airline savings of more than US$4 million in 2015. China Eastern, one of the world's top five airlines with more than 500 aircraft and serving 80 million passengers, has met the challenge of a growing . More...
American Airlines : Aviation disaster in the making?
-A Monitor Report Washington : It's the largest airline in the United States. Every day tens of thousands of Americans, foreigners, tourists, visitors, and business travellers trust this airline with their life. American Airlines is a member of the Global One World Alliance. Do passengers know about American Airlines (AA) policy of striking a "balance" between safety and returning aircraft to revenue service may be an aviation disaster in the making? On February 24, 2015, in the United States. More...
Emirates brand worth US$6.6b among world's top 200
_A Monitor Report Dubai : Emirates Airline has been included in the top 200 of the world's biggest brands for the first time, according to the 2015 Brand Finance Global 500 report. For the fourth consecutive year, Emirates has climbed the table of the Top 500 most valuable brands in the world which is topped by Apple, followed by Samsung and Google. Now 196th, an increase of 38 spots in the last 12 months, the Dubai-based airline said it attributes its success to a "strong commitment to produ. More...
Qatar Airways continues expansion across Europe
_A Monitor Report Doha : Qatar Airways is continuing its 2015 expansion programme across Europe with the launch of new direct flights from Doha to Sofia from March, a destination currently served by the airline via Bucharest. The launch of direct flights to Sofia will add an additional level of choice and more options for passengers when travelling to any of the 146 destinations around the globe served by Qatar Airways, from the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport. Likewise, those p. More...
India sees immense potential for aviation growth
_A Monitor Report New Delhi : In a recent statement made by Ankur Bhatia, Executive Director, Bird Group and Member, CII National Committee on Civil Aviation, on India's Union Budget for 2015-16, he cited the importance for his country to focus on the aviation industry as a means to beef up the economy. He stated, "The Indian aviation industry is on a high-growth trajectory, with the coming up of new world-class airlines and development of world-class airports. The need for regional connectiv. More...
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- Abu Dhabi named among top 10 destinations in 2015
- China is number one source of international tourists
- West Bengal Tourism reaching out to int?l tourism sectors
- Over 550,000 tourists spent more than $900m in Turkey in 2014
- Homestay programme gives authentic Indian-Myanmar experience in a remote region
- Record 56.4m tourists flocked to NY in 2014
- Cox?s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive to be completed by next year
- Watch World Cup Cricket 2015 matches live at Dhaka Regency
- Kabab and Paratha Festival on at Khazana Gulshan
- Hotels in London report 8.3pc RevPAR Increase
- UCBL card holders to get free int?l SIMs from WOWtel
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