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  Volume: XXIII, Issue No. 23 July 16-31, 2014  
     
 
 

AVIATION

 
Aeroflot named among world's top-performing airlines
-A Monitor Report Moscow : Aeroflot has been named in the global top 10 in two categories of Aviation Week's authoritative annual Top-Performing Airlines ranking. Aeroflot ranked seventh among airlines with more than US$ 6 billion of revenue in 2013, and sixth overall among European carriers. In 2013 Aeroflot reported revenue of US$ 9.14 billion and revenue growth of 15 per cent. The Aviation Week rating is based on revenue and a number of other indicators of financial health, profitability, c. More...
Speakers underscore importance of dividing Civil Aviation Authority
-A Monitor Report Dhaka : Speakers at a workshop jointly organised by Aviation Tourism Journalists Forum of Bangladesh and Novoair underscored the importance of dividing Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh into two - one to handle regulatory functions while the other to look after the airports as it is being done in other countries. They said this has become very necessary following the emergence of a number of local airlines and the entry of a large number of foreign airlines, leading to a. More...
Bangkok Airways to take 3 more ATR 72-600s
-A Monitor Report Bangkok : Bangkok Airways has firmed options on two ATR 72-600s and ordered one additional aircraft in a deal valued at US$73.8 million at list prices. The options formed part of an order for six -600s, plus two options, announced at the Singapore Airshow earlier this year. The final aircraft is a new order. "We have been operating ATRs for over two decades, and we definitely consider that this is the perfect aircraft, while consolidating our leadership in some of the key do. More...
Etihad Airways strengthens revenue with soaring passenger, cargo volumes
_A Monitor Report Abu Dhabi : Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has reported double-digit growth in passenger and cargo volumes during the first half of 2014, marking its strongest-ever performance for the six-month period, with total revenues increasing to US$3.2 billion. A total of 6.7 million passengers travelled with the airline between January and June this year, almost 22 per cent higher than the 5.5 million passengers in the same period last year. Etihad. More...
Air India joins star alliance
_A Monitor Report New Delhi : Star Alliance welcomed Air India as a full member of its global family of airlines, opening the national carrier's strong domestic network in the fifth largest aviation market to Star Alliance customers worldwide. Air India now offers all Star Alliance customer benefits across its network and Air India's customers enjoy the same benefits when they travel on any of the other 26 Star Alliance member airlines. Air India adds a total of 400 daily flights and over 40. More...
United Airways celebrates seven years of operation
_A Monitor Report Dhaka : United Airways celebrated seven years of its service on July 10. On July 10, 2007 the largest private airline in Bangladesh started its operation with its maiden flight from Dhaka to Sylhet. On this occasion, thanking all the stake holders, Chairman and Managing Director of United Airways Capt. Tasbirul Ahmed Choudhury reiterated, "We shall make all endeavours not only to retain our present market share but also to expand our operation in international sectors. We ar. More...
Thai Airways cuts back First Class, downsizes Sydney flights
-A Monitor Report Bangkok : From later this year, Thai Airways is trading in its iconic Boeing B747 for the smaller Boeing B777-300 on selected flights to Sydney, which comes without First Class. The shake-up kicks in from October 26 2014, with the three-times-weekly flights TG472/471 being downsized between Sydney and Bangkok. A Thai Airways spokesperson revealed to Australian Business Traveller that "as this aircraft type is more efficient than the Boeing B747-400, we are hoping that it wil. More...
Turkish Airlines' Middle East passenger traffic up 26pc
-A Monitor Report Istanbul : Turkish Airlines has seen a 30 per cent growth in passenger traffic in Qatar in 2013 compared with the year before, the airline said recently. The national carrier of Turkey has registered nearly 26 per cent growth in passenger traffic from the Middle East in 2013 compared to 2012, the airline said in a statement. The airline recorded a 22 per cent growth in passenger traffic in Dubai; 43 per cent in Abu Dhabi; and 35 per cent in Kuwait, in 2013, compared with the. More...
China Eastern goes low cost
-A Monitor Report Shanghai : For too long, China has taken a strong stance against any low cost airline development in the country. Con-fronted to increasing competition on its domestic market, Chinese authorities had banned any new airline's creation. This was seven years ago and the ban was only lifted last year. But blocking the emergence of Chinese budget airlines did not deter low cost carriers from other countries to venture into the Chinese market. Consequence : while AirAsia, Tiger Ai. More...
Airlines face fines for Hajj violations
-A Monitor Report Riyadh : Airlines face fines of up to SR100,000 (US$26,600) for flouting regulations introduced for the Haj season, when millions of pilgrims flock to the Grand Mosque, Islam's holiest site, Saudi Arabia has warned. Additional regulations are in place at Jeddah and Madinah airports during the busy period to help control the flow of pilgrims. Airlines that fail to arrive or depart within a given timeframe would be fined SR10,000 per landing and SR15,000 per departure, Arab Ne. More...
Jet Airways and Alitalia enter into a code share pact connecting India & Italy
-A Monitor Report Mumbai : Jet Airways, India's premier international airline, and Alitalia, Italy's leading carrier, announce the expansion of their codeshare partnership offering guests enhanced network connectivity between India and Italy and beyond to several Indian and Italian cities of touristic and business importance. The new code share flights are on sale from July 1, 2014, for travel starting July 5, 2014. Under the expanded code share agreement, Jet Airways will place its marketing. More...
Qatar Airways launches daily non-stop service to Dallas-Fort Worth
-A Monitor Report Doha : Qatar Airways has recently commenced daily, non-stop services between the newly unveiled Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The new route increases Qatar Airways' extensive global network to seven gateways within the United States and 144 destinations worldwide. Dallas/Fort Worth becomes Qatar Airways' second destination in Texas, representing the airline's enduring commitment to the region. Along with Houston, Dallas. More...
Boeing outpaces Airbus in plane orders
Paris (AFP) : US aerospace group Boeing left European rival Airbus in its slipstream when booking new plane orders in the first half of the year, figures released on July 4 by Airbus showed. Boeing had reported a net 499 new orders between January 1 and June 30, including 54 cancellations. Airbus meanwhile suffered 225 cancellations, limiting it to 290 net aircraft orders in the six-month period. Boeing was slightly ahead in terms of deliveries as well, with 342 new planes flown to clients. More...
Frankfurt Airport offers free round the clock Internet access
-A Monitor Report Frankfurt : Fraport AG, the Frankfurt Airport company, is expanding its free Wi-Fi access at Germany's largest airport from 60 minutes to 24 hours. Frankfurt Airport's (FRA) round-the-clock free Wi-Fi service is available immediately, just in time for the peak summer travel season. More than 300 Wi-Fi access points, particularly in the departures areas, facilitate Internet access in the terminals. To use the free Wi-Fi service, passengers and visitors simply log on via the "H. More...
State fund Khazanah to take MAS private
-A Monitor Report Kuala Lumpur : Malaysian state investor Khazanah plans to take Malaysia Airlines (MAS) private as the first step in a major restructuring of the loss-making airline following the disappearance of flight MH370. A de-listing would pave the way for Khazanah to revive the ailing carrier, possibly by selling off its profitable engineering, airport services or budget airline units, trimming its bloated payroll and installing a new management team. The restructuring and potential s. More...
SIA to upgrade 19 Boeing B777-300ERs
_A Monitor Report Singapore : Singapore Airlines is investing US$325 million to upgrade 19 Boeing B777-300ERs with the latest generation of cabin products, featuring new seats in all classes and a new inflight entertainment system. Singapore Airlines introduced the new cabin products in September 2013 after taking delivery of the first of eight additional B777-300ERs ordered from Boeing. The upgrade programme will see the same products fitted to 19 existing B777-300ERs. Installation work is e. More...
Pilot of delayed flight buys pizza for whole plane
Los Angeles (AFP) : Domino's Pizza Manager, Andy Ritchie has taken a lot of orders, but never one quite like this: to feed an entire plane full of hungry, delayed passengers, stuck on the tarmac. It was about 10:30 pm on July 7 when the pilot of the Frontier Airlines flight called in, said Ritchie, Manager at the Pizza chain in the western US city of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The pilot wanted to feed all 160 passengers and crew to make up for the delay, so Ritchie and his two employees whipped up aro. More...
NOVOAIR unveiling an exclusive promotion with JCB
_A Monitor Report Dhaka : Novoair has signed an exclusive discount promotion agreement with Japan Credit Bureau (JCB) on July 1. Mofizur Rahman, Managing Director of Novoair and Toshisuke Arai, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific Department of JCB, Quazi Anawarul Azim, AVP, Prime Bank Ltd. and others were presented on the occasion. Prime Bank, the first JCB card issuing bank is coordinating the total promotion plan with JCB card holders in Bangladesh. Through this ex. More...
New Jeddah airport to open mid-2015
_A Monitor Report Jeddah : The new King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah will open in the middle of 2015 with an increased capacity, a leading official said recently. Abdul Hamid Abul Ora, Director of the airport, told reporters, "The new airport will have a capacity of 30 million passengers in the first phase, 45 million in the second phase, and up to 80 million in the final phase." The airport management is currently focusing on completing the first phase on schedule, he said. Abul. More...
SriLankan Airlines selects Accelya's eSmash
_A Monitor Report Colombo : SriLankan Air lines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka wants to monitor their market share in their key markets across the globe. The airline will use eSmash across Europe, Middle East, Far East and Indian sub-continent, among others to do this job. SriLankan Airlines have doubled its passenger volume in last 4-years and have aggressive plans to grow their passenger count. With eSmash, SriLankan Airlines will be able to monitor their regional as well as global marke. More...
Electronic gadgets that won't turn on banned by TSA
_A Monitor Report Washington, DC : Accor-ding to the latest report, the US Transportation Secu-rity Administration is prohibiting any uncharged electronic devices on board of aircraft. New rules are introduced on flights that are flying to the United States from a number of foreign airports. Now security officials may ask passengers to turn on all of their electronic devices that they take on board. New requirements are introduced due to frequent attempts to dis. More...
Air France-KLM sees lower profit on over-capacity, weak cargo
Paris (AFP) : Air France-KLM on July 8 slashed its earnings forecast for 2014, hit by over-capacity in traditionally lucrative long-haul routes and persistently weak cargo demand. Europe's second biggest airline after Lufthansa said earnings before tax, depreciation and amortisation for the full year would now reach around 2.2 billion and 2.3 billion euros (US$3.0 billion and US$3.1 billion), rather than 2.5 billion euros previously forecasted. In its monthly traffic update, the airline said p. More...
Hungary to join the Emirates network
Dubai : Emirates, will commence services to Hungary from October this year with a daily flight to the capital Budapest. Starting October 27, Emirates will offer 278 seats per day on the Dubai-Budapest route, operating a wide-body A330-200 aircraft in a two class configuration. With the launch of Emirates' daily service, passengers in Hungary will have greater connectivity to key business and trading centres in the Far East and in the Middle East. Hungarian nationals now benefit from a visa-on-a. More...
AirAsia India launches with US$17 fares
-A Monitor Report New Delhi : The launch of AirAsia India last month produced a predicted fare war after the airline announced a US$17 promotional fare for flights from India's Silicon Valley city, Bangalore, and the west coast's Goa. The ticket is cheaper, and several hours shorter, than a second class fare for the journey. No frills airlines hold almost 65 per cent of the sub-continent's domestic airline market with only one carrier, IndiGo, making money. AirAsia India, which commenced operat. More...
England cricket team has a surprise official airline partner
London : The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), recently announced a three-year partnership deal which will see a carrier become the first ever official airline partner of the England cricket teams. This airline is not British Airways or Virgin, but Abu Dhabi, UAE-based Etihad Airways. The sponsorship agreement will see all England national teams across men's, women's, age-group and disability cricket, fly with Etihad Airways and experience its award-winning products and services. As part. More...
 
 
 
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