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  Volume: XXIV, Issue No. 07 November 16-30, 2014  
     
 
 

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Thai Airways boss hints at European expansion
-A Monitor Report Bangkok : The boss of Thai Airways has suggested that a central European destination and a West German city could be new destinations for 2015. Thai Airways already flies to two cities in Germany, Munich and Frankfurt. The flag carrier airline of Thailand suffered earlier this year, because of the civil unrest that plagued the country. "The political situation halted traffic for a while," said Krittaphon Chantalitanon, Vice-President, Aviation Services Support Department at. More...
Emirates Group records half yearly net profit of US$607m
-A Monitor Report Dubai : The Emirates Group on November 12 announced its half-yearly results which show steady performance and growth, despite a challenging business environment marked by ongoing health pandemic concerns, regional conflicts, and weakening global markets. The Emirates Group revenues reached US$12.9 billion for the first six months of its 2014-15 fiscal year, ending September 30, 2014, up 12 per cent from the same period last year. Net profit for the Group rose to US$607 millio. More...
Jet reports first quarterly profit in 2 years
New Delhi (AFP) : Struggling Jet Airways, one of India's biggest carriers, reported on November 7 a quarterly profit for the first time in two years, boosted by a one-off gain from the sale of a frequent-flyer scheme. The Indian carrier, in which fast-growing Gulf airline Etihad Airways has bought a 24-per cent stake, rem-ained in the red when the sale proceeds were stripped out, but the airline still improved its operating performance markedly. Jet announced a 698-million-rupee (US$11.3 milli. More...
Malindo Air to expand capacity to India and Thailand
_A Monitor Report Kuala Lumpur : Lion Air Group Malaysian affiliate Malindo Air is planning to add capacity to India and Thailand in 4Q2014 as part of the next phase of its international expansion. Services to North Asia including mainland China are expected to be launched in 2015 as part of a subsequent phase. Malindo has been focusing on Bangladesh, India and Indonesia since it launched international services just under a year ago. Malindo also now serves Bangkok in Thailand. Malindo so far. More...
Bangkok Airways, Aeroflot enter codeshare agreement
_A Monitor Report Bangkok : Bangkok Air-ways (PG) and Aeroflot (SU) recently announced the commencement of their codeshare agreement on Bangkok Airways' selected flights in Thailand. The new partnership will enable passengers of Aeroflot a smooth transit in Bangkok to connect with Chiang Mai, Samui, Phuket, Krabi and from Phuket to Samui/Bangkok. Since September 29, Aeroflot customers are able to book these codeshare services with Aeroflot. This partnership is believed to offer a unique adva. More...
Turkish Airlines offers additional options on Miles&Smiles
_A Monitor Report Istanbul : In response to the increasing popularity of online shopping, Turkish Airlines introduces "Shop&-Miles", an alternative way of using miles accumulated in the airline's popular mileage reward programme. The new option, available will allow programme members to purchase items either with miles or cash or by using a combination of miles and cash. A new shopping site has been created by Turkish Airlines and members now have the opportunity to spend their miles for goods. More...
Singapore Airlines half-year profit down 55.5pc
Singapore (AFP) : Singa-pore Airlines said Novem-ber 6 its half-year net profit plunged 55.5 per cent, weighed by heavy losses in budget carrier affiliate Tiger Airways, and warned of a challenging outlook despite falling fuel prices. The flag-carrier, considered a bellwether for the industry, in a statement said net profit for the six months to September 30 fell to S$125.7 million (US$100.54 million) from S$282.4 million a year ago. Net profit in the second financial quarter to September tumb. More...
Etihad Airways revenue increases 29pc
Abu Dhabi : Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, recently reported total revenues of US$1.8 billion for the third quarter of 2014, an impressive increase of 29 per cent year-on-year, achieved on the back of accelerated passenger and cargo growth during the summer. A total of 3.9 million passengers travelled with Etihad Airways between July and September this year, 30 per cent higher than the three million passengers from the same period in 2013. Etihad Cargo also ou. More...
flydubai adds three new destinations to Europe
-A Monitor Report Dubai : flydubai has announced that it will begin flights to Bratislava in Slovakia, Prague in the Czech Republic and Sofia in Bulgaria. With flights due to commence in December, the airline is continuing its expansion into Central and Eastern Europe following the announcement of flights to Sarajevo and Zagreb earlier this year. Commenting on the new routes, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, said: "We are delighted to have Bratislava, Prague and Sofia jo. More...
Indonesia to build 165 airports next year
-A Monitor Report Jakarta : The Indonesian government has earmarked 6.2 trillion rupiah (US$507.36 million) to finance the construction of 165 airports in cities across the country next year. Bambang Tjahjono, Director of Airports at the Transportation Ministry, said around 60 per cent of the amount would be channelled for airport construction in the eastern part of the country. "The remaining amount will be used to build airports in border areas and regions prone to natural disasters," Bamba. More...
More than 3m join Saudia's Alfursan programme
-A Monitor Report Jeddah : The number of Alfursan members, who are Saudia's frequent flyers, reached three million by the end of 2013, while the number of reward tickets issued by the airline to Alfursan members reached 48,643 tickets, said Dr. Abdul Aziz Khayyat, Director of the programme. The increase in the number of Alfursan members shows that the airline's customer care programme has been successful in winning the hearts of frequent passengers, Khayyat said. He said during the past five . More...
Qatar Airways to launch Frankfurt as first A350 route
_A Monitor Report Doha : Qatar Airways has announced Frankfurt as the first route for its highly anticipated A350 Xtra Wide Body (XWB) aircraft. As the Global Launch operator of the A350 XWB, the programme will achieve another major milestone once the airline receives its first aircraft before the end of this year. Upon delivery, following several weeks of induction preparation, Qatar Airways will then be set to introduce its first commercial service to the German business hub city of Frankfu. More...
SriLankan receives first of six new A330-300 on order
_A Monitor Report Colombo : SriLankan Air-lines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, has taken delivery of its first A330-300 becoming a new operator for the type. The wide-body aircraft arrived at Colombo International Airport, having flown from Toulouse, France and joins the airlines' existing fleet of A320, A321, A330-200 and A340-300 aircraft. SriLankan will take delivery of a further five A330-300s. "We have a reputation as a global leader in service, comfort, safety, reliability and punct. More...
 
 
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