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  Volume: XXIV, Issue No. 21 June 16-30, 2015  


Airlines to address carry on bag dilemma
-A Monitor Report Miami : The International Air Transport Association (IATA), announced a new initiative to optimise the accommodation of carry-on bags given differing carry-on bag sizes and airline policies. Working with airline members of IATA and aircraft manufacturers, an optimum size guideline for carry-on bags has been agreed that will make the best use of cabin storage space. A size of 55 x 35 x 20 cm (or 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches) means that theoretically everyone should have a chance. More...
MAS to be completely revamped
-A Monitor Report Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Airlines is set to undergo a complete overhaul as it is restructured into a new company, with a rebranding and changes planned to its fleet and network strategies. Christoph Mueller, who joined from Irish national carrier Aer Lingus, said in his first interview since taking over as Chief Executive on May 1 that the new company will be like a "start-up". A new name and livery are a possibility. "I'm hired to run the new company entirely on commercia. More...
Turkish Airlines adds its 11th destination in the Americas
-A Monitor Report Istanbul : Demonstrating once again its commitment to linking Istanbul to all of the world's major tourist and business centers, Turkish Airlines has added San Francisco to its global network, bringing this hub of global technology "online." With existing services to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Boston and Montreal, Turkish Airlines adds flights to San Francisco, operated 5 times per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursd. More...
Bangkok Airways joins oneworld Global Explorer round-the-world fare
_A Monitor Report Bangkok : Bangkok Air-ways known as "Asia's Boutique Airline" was invited by oneworld to participate in the Global Explo-rer round-the-world fare offered by all member airlines of the one-world alliance and selected other carriers. Bangkok Airways, however, is not a member of oneworld alliance but the airline is to join the Global Explorer round-the-world fare programme as operating carrier only. It is the first time that Bangkok Airways' flights have been made available t. More...
Saudi Arabian Airlines to buy 100 new aircraft from Airbus, Boeing
_A Monitor Report Jeddah : Saudi Arabian Airlines has decided to buy 100 new aircraft from Airbus and Boeing. This was decided last month by the board of Saudi Arabian Airlines. It in line with its five year plan from 2015-2020 The airline is Saudi's national flag carrier and Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Director General said the plan is meant to strengthen operational efficiency as part of the continuous modernisation of the fleet. Previously Saudia ordered 90 state-of-the-art aircraft fro. More...
NOVOAIR operates 6 flights daily to Chittagong
_A Monitor Report Dhaka : NOVOAIR has increased flight frequencies from five flights daily to six flights daily on Dhaka-Chittagong-Dhaka route from June 8, which is a history in domestic aviation sector in Bangladesh, to create flexibility of domestic travel between the business capital Chittagong and the capital city Dhaka for the corporate, business and leisure traveller. NOVOAIR flights departs Dhaka at 8am, 9am, 10am, 03:20pm, 6pm and 7:45pm and departs Chittagong at 9:15am, 10:15am, 11:1. More...
Turkish Airlines’ Africa network now encompasses 44 destinations
_A Monitor Report Istanbul : Turkish Airlines' Africa network now encompasses 44 destinations with the addition of Bamako, Mali; the 28th country in Africa and one of 110 nations served across the globe. By adding its 110th country, Turkish Airlines, "Europe's Best Airline" for the last four years (as ranked by Skytrax), continues expand its already substantial African network. Already having the most comprehensive airline network, Turkish Airlines brings yet another destination in . More...
Air Arabia adds Faisalabad
-A Monitor Report Sharjah : Air Arabia, has revealed plans to add an eighth route into Pakistan from its Sharjah International Airport-base before the end of the year. The three times weekly service to Faisalabad will commence from October 25, 2015 and joins Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, and Sialkot on its Pakistan route map. Flights to Quetta also commence from June 17, 2015. "Air Arabia has a long-standing commitment to serve the Pakistan market and we are proud to operate . More...
Oman Air launches non-stop services to Kuala Lumpur on June 21
-A Monitor Report Muscat: Oman Air is to step up its operation from Muscat to Kuala Lumpur by offering daily non-stop flights to the Malaysian capital from the June 21. The new service will meet growing demand for fast and convenient flights between the two cities, and will build on the success of the stopping service that Oman Air launched in 2010. Flights from Muscat will depart at 09.00 hours and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 20.10 hours, whilst flights from Kuala Lumpur will depart at 09.45. More...
Qatar Airways announces eighth route to Saudi Arabia
-A Monitor Report Doha : Qatar Airways announces that it will begin flights to Abha, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, beginning Sep-tember 2. The non-stop service from Doha will operate four times a week. The city of Abha is the capital of Asir, a south-western province in the Kingdom and is gaining popularity in the region as a tourist destination due to attractions such as its mild seasonal weather and fertile mountains. Qatar Airways currently operates 82 weekly flights to seven key cities. More...
Emirates, Flybe announce codeshare deal on 25 UK routes
-A Monitor Report Dubai : Emirates, a global connector of people and places, has recently announced a new codeshare agreement with Exeter-based Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, which is set to open up new destinations for Flybe and Emirates passengers across the UK. The new agreement will see Emirates' code added to 25 Flybe routes across the UK (subject to regulatory approval), adding a total of 13 new destinations to the Emirates global network and seamlessly connecting customers. More...
Jet Airways reports smaller loss
-A Monitor Report Mumbai : India's Jet Airways made a net loss of INR21 billion rupees (US$329 million) in the year ending March, about half the size of the loss it made last year. For the final quarter of the year, Jet said it lost INR17.29 billion rupees, down from last year's INR21.54 billion rupees, its worst-ever. The airline, 24 per cent owned by Etihad Airways, has not made an annual profit since 2007, as tough competition and high operating costs in India's aviation industry make i. More...
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