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  Volume: XXIV, Issue No. 03 September 16-30, 2014  
     
 
 

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NOVOAIR hopes to go international in days ahead
_A Monitor Report Dhaka : After successful domestic operations with its all-jet fleet, NOVOAIR hopes to operate to international destinations in the days ahead. M Mofizur Rahman, Mana-ging Director, NOVOAIR, said this while talking to The Bangladesh Monitor. "We hope to operate on international routes. We have applied for regional destinations like Kolkata, Guwahati, Katmandu, Yangon and Bangkok. We are persua-ding the authorities," he said. "The destinations are perfect for the airc. More...
Malindo Air flies 47,000 passengers in a year
Dhaka : Malindo Air flew 360 flights between Kuala Lumpur and Dhaka so far carrying 47,000 passengers operating brand new B737-900ER. Management is very happy with Bangladesh. Philip Phang, Director, Tune Aviation Ltd, Bangladesh GSA for Malindo Air said this ahead of the first anniversary on August 28. "August 28 was our inaugural flight. We started with daily flights to our first station Dhaka and rose to 11 a week - two flights on four days and one each on three days. "We keep on refre. More...
THAI celebrates its move into Heathrow Terminal 2
-A Monitor Report Bangkok : Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) has officially moved into its new home at Heathrow's Terminal 2 (T2) on August 28 and marked the occasion with a celebrations. Wit Kitch-athorn, General Manager of Thai Airways International, United King-dom, said "It was great to be present at this seamless move into T2, auguring a new era of travel in the UK. We are very proud to now be housed with our other Star Alliance Members in the state-of-the-art t. More...
Strengthening its domestic, regional wing to welcome AEC in 2015
-A Monitor Report Bangkok : Bangkok Airways will launch new services and add frequency to its regional and domestic routes to enhance the airline's domestic reach and to strengthen its ASEAN connections as Thailand will enter ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. The new series include Chiang Mai-Mandalay (3 weekly flight), Chiang Mai-Yangon (4 weekly flight), Chiang Mai-Udon Thani (2 daily flight) and Chiang Mai-Phuket (daily flight). These new sectors will begin operations on October 26.o. More...
Airport food : Is it any better than airline food?
-A Monitor Report Doha : Airline food. We all love to whine about it - or the lack of it. But what about airports? With new swanky lounges popping up all over the globe, is the food fare keeping pace with the luxury of the surroundings? Qatar Duty Free has opened three new restaurant concepts at Hamad Intern-ational Airport: Soprafino, Qataf Café and Le Grand Comptoir. Located in concourse C, close to the iconic lamp bear, the new restaurants raise the bar yet again in airport dining by provi. More...
British Airways to revamp Boeing B747 fleet
-A Monitor Report London : Some of British Airways' much-loved Boeing B747s are to receive a cabin refresh including a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system. Customers travelling on the 18 selected B747s will be treated to double the choice of TV programmes and films thanks to the installation of Panasonic's next generation eX3 entertainment system. The new system, which will be installed from August 2015, will provide more than 130 movies and 400 TV programmes on larger, hi-resol. More...
AI to go for a change in dress code in line with global standards
_A Monitor Report New Delhi : National carrier Air India (AI) is going in for an image makeover with its 4,000-strong cabin crew switching to a stylish new dress code bearing a subtle western touch during the winter schedule, beginning October 25, to maximise gains from the Star Alliance membership. A top AI official said that the new attire, aimed at giving a more contemporary look and in line with international standards, will be a mix of the traditional Indian sari and Indowestern trousers . More...
SIA unveils trophy for 2014 Formula 1
_A Monitor Report Singapore : Singapore Airlines unveiled the winner's trophy for the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix at a ceremony held in Singapore recently. The unveiling of the trophy marks Singapore Airlines' inaugural year as Title Sponsor of the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. Measuring 52cm in height and 18.5cm in width, the 5kg trophy was custom-designed by SIA's creative agency, TBWA, and hand-crafted by Singa-pore jewellery brand, RISIS. Inspired by the. More...
Air Arabia doubles Q2 net profit
_A Monitor Report Sharjah : UAE-based budget carrier Air Arabia's second-quarter net profit more than doubled as passenger numbers increased and the airline managed costs. Second quarter net profit was AED173 million dirhams (US$47.1 million) for the quarter ended June 30, up from AED76 million in the corresponding period in 2013. Revenue for the quarter rose 15 per cent to AED915 million dirhams, it said in a statement. The airline served over 1.6 million passengers in the quarter, an in. More...
Ryanair places order for 100 Boeing B737 MAX 200 planes
_A Monitor Report Dublin : European low-cost carrier Ryanair placed an US$11billion order for 100 Boeing B737 MAX 200 planes, be-coming the launch customer of the aircraft in the process. The B737 MAX 200, is a variant based on the B737 MAX 8 that can accommodate up to 200 seats. "Ryanair is proud and honoured to become the lead operator of Boeing's "game-changer" 737 MAX 200, which will expand our fleet to 520 aircraft by 2024 and create another 3,000 new jobs for pilots, cabin crew and engi. More...
Malaysia Airlines bookings show signs of recovery
_A Monitor Report Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Airlines bookings have bounced back from the MH17 tragedy in July with average load factors now above 70 per cent on flights departing Australia and New Zealand for Kuala Lumpur and beyond. According to Malaysia Airlines Regional Senior Vice President, Australia, Lee Poh Kait, the resurgence in bookings is a result of travel agents' unrelenting support, together with outstanding fare deals and a positive community sentiment towards the award-winning a. More...
Oman Air unveils its First Class amenity bags
_A Monitor Report Muscat : Oman Air has unveiled its brand-new amenity kits for First Class passengers. The two kits were designed by Harmony/gategroup. The male amenity kit includes complementary comfort items such as a shaving kit, dental set, mouthwash, socks, eyeshade, hair brush and comb, earplugs and a pen. In addition, gentlemen in First Class are pampered with a 30ml bottle of hand and body lotion, a 30ml facial moisturiser, a 10ml eye gel and a 10ml lip balm. The items are contained . More...
Turkish Airlines to fly 60m passengers this year
-A Monitor Report Istanbul : Turkish Airlines' goal is to fly 60 million passengers this year, the board Chairman Hamdi Topçu said. This would represent an increase of a quarter on last year's figure of 48.3 million. Hamdi Topçu said that by the end of 2014, Turkish Airlines will have flown 14 million transit passengers (23 per cent of total number of passengers). "This shows that Istanbul and Turkey have become important transit hubs," he said. Turkish Airlines is one of the fastest g. More...
Emirates adds Frankfurt to its list of A380 destinations
-A Monitor Report Dubai : Emirates, a global connector and facilitator of vital trade links, has from September 1 added Frankfurt to its growing list of A380 destinations. With the addition of Frankfurt, Emirates now serves 30 global destinations with the A380. Thierry Antinori, Emirates' Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer arrived on the launch flight, commenting: "We are proud to fly our A380 to one of the key aviation hubs in Europe. The financial capital of Germany cont. More...
flydubai adds three more routes, reaches 80 destinations
-A Monitor Report Dubai : flydubai has announced the addition of three new east African routes, bringing the total number of destinations in the carrier's network to 80. With the launch of flights in September 2014 to Bujumbura in Burundi, Entebbe in Uganda and Kigali in Rwanda, flydubai will fly to nine destinations in Africa. In addition to operating between Dubai and these three new cities, flydubai has obtained the rights to carry passengers between Uganda and Burundi. Rwanda and Buru. More...
Kuwait Airways losses shrink to US$60m : CEO Al Roumi
Kuwait City : In a startling disendorsement, Kuwait's publicly-owned flag carrier Kuwait Airways has just 14 per cent of the local market, with passengers preferring international competitors. It would be difficult to find another government airline with such a dismal backing by its own people. Kuwait Airways has not received a new plane - leased or bought - since 1998 and the average age of its existing fleet is nearly 20 years. While exact financial data is difficult to extract from the airl. More...
Etihad Airways launches arrivals lounge in Abu Dhabi
-A Monitor Report Abu Dhabi : Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has enhanced its premium service offering in Abu Dhabi International Airport with the opening of a new Arrivals Lounge. The luxurious facility is the first Arrivals Lounge to be operated by Etihad Airways in the world, offering a stylish and modern environment for the exclusive use of the airline's First and Business Class guests. It also boasts a convenient location, immediately after customs. Hig. More...
THAI losses shrink as political tensions ease
-A Monitor Report Bangkok: Thai Airways International (THAI) has reported a second quarter loss of 7.7 billion baht (US$241 million), compared with losses of 8.4 billion baht a year ago. Tourists to Thailand had declined by 22.6 per cent year on year, THAI said, with regional visitor numbers particularly hard hit since prolonged political protests disrupted parts of Bangkok from last October. Intense competition from the region's vibrant budget carrier market had added to its bottom line woes, . More...
Cathay Pacific's 1H profit soars
-A Monitor Report Hong Kong : Cathay Pacific Airways has reported a first-half net profit of HK$347 million (US$45 million), up dramatically from a net income of HK$24 million in the year-ago period. The Hong Kong-based carrier said the much-improved results were due to the robust growth of passenger demand, especially on long-haul routes. First-half revenue rose 4.6 per cent to HK50.84 billion while expenses increased 3.6 per cent to HK49.26 billion. Fuel remains the Group's most significa. More...
China Eastern Airlines launches new logo
-A Monitor Report Shanghai : China Eastern Airlines Co Ltd, one of the three largest airline companies in China, recently launched a brand new visual identity system replacing the old one that has been in place for two-and-a-half decades. The system includes a new logo featuring the shape of a swallow, which consists of two capital letters C and E - the initial letters of the company's name. Liu Tao, Chief Designer of the new visual identity system, said the new logo uses more curves and circ. More...
AirAsia Group brings home mixed report card
-A Monitor Report Kuala Lumpur : Tony Fernandes said his AirAsia Group second quarter profit jumped to 367.2 million ringgit (US$-116.01 million), from 58 million ringgit in the same months last year, with a foreign currency gain of 203 million ringgit on its borrowings compared with a loss of 122 million ringgit a year ago. Revenue increased 5 per cent to 1.31 billion ringgit, with other revenue at 75 million ringgit for the period against 16 million ringgit 12 months ago. However, the group'. More...
 
 
 
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