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  Volume: XXIV, Issue No. 05 October 16-31, 2014  
     
 
 

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Turkish Airlines expands to two new EU countries
_A Monitor Report Istanbul: Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines will operate direct flights to the capitals and the largest cities of Esto-nia and Lithuania; Tallinn and Vilnius. Turkish Airlines is the national flag carrier airline of Turkey, headquartered at Atatürk Airport, Istanbul. Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 265 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 260 destinations worldwide with. More...
Thai Airways to cut jobs on way to profit
_A Monitor Report Bangkok : Thai Airways expects to return to profit earlier than expected in the fourth quarter, aiming to cut 1,500 jobs this year under its recently approved restructuring plan. The airline also said it would shed more than a quarter of its full-time employees by 2018, the first major job cuts announcement since the plan was given the go-ahead last month. Thai had previously said it aimed to cut costs and prioritise certain routes to return to profit as soon as the middle o. More...
Flydubai flies to three East African cities
_A Monitor Report Dubai : Dubai-based low-cost airline, flydubai is introducing flights to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro starting October. The airline's Chief Executive Officer, Ghaith Al Ghaith told reporters, "With the addition of these three new destinations in Tanzania we have doubled our network in North and East Africa this year, strengthening our commitment to serving previously underserved markets," he said. This will be a good news to the country's hospitality industry as t. More...
Malaysia Airlines says no disruption to current service, unveils billion dollar recovery plan
_A Monitor Report Kuala Lumpur : Local reports in Malaysia are reporting that Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has said it does not plan on interrupting service following the recent tragedies the face is currently facing. According to a report from The Borneo Post, there will be no disruption to MAS current service and a US$1.2 billion recovery plan has been unveiled. The Malaysian flag carrier reportedly also said it will continue to fly, honour existing reservations and plan future travel. The anno. More...
First return Hajj flight of Biman arrives on time, delays marked other flights
_A Monitor Report Dhaka : The first return Hajj flight of Biman Bangla-desh Airlines carrying 416 pilgrims arrived at Hajrat Shahjalal International Airport from Jeddah on the afternoon of October 7. It was on time. But some other later flights were delayed. Acting Managing Director of Biman Mosaddek Ahmed and Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority Air Vice-Marshal Mahmud Hossain welcomed the pilgrims at the airport around 2:40pm. The national flag carrier will operate return Hajj flights till . More...
China to buy 70 A320 planes worth US$6.6b : Airbus
Paris (AFP) : Airbus said on October 10 that China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) has signed an agreement to buy 70 A320 family aircraft, an order worth US$6.6 billion (5.2 billion euros) at list prices. The order reflects the strong demand from Chinese carriers for single-aisle aircraft for domestic, low cost, regional and international operations, the European aircraft manufacturer said. "We are grateful to China for its strong vote of confidence in our leading A320 family aircraft. More...
Air Arabia announce expansion plans
_A Monitor Report Sharjah : Air Arabia, the dy-namic low cost carrier based in Sharjah, has announ-ced plans to fly to 100 destinations worldwide within three years. The company has reported that much of its route expansion will be focussed on destinations in Central Asia and more flights in addition to 110 flights per week already operated to the Indian sub-continent. Air Arabia was launched in February 2003 and has grown to become the largest low-cost airline in the Middle East. Alterna-tiv. More...
Etihad Airways says mobile, web connectivity now on all B777 planes
_A Monitor Report Abu Dhabi : Etihad Airways has announced that mobile and internet connectivity has been deployed across its fleet of 24 Boeing B777 passenger aircraft. The milestone comes only months before the airline's entire fleet of 89 passenger aircraft is connected, which will make Etihad Airways the first in the region and one of the few airlines in the world, to offer mobile and internet connectivity services on every aircraft. The passenger fleet includes 28 Airbus A320s, 26 A330s. More...
Jet Airways awarded 'Airline of the Year-2014' by French Travel Managers, Business Travel Agents
_A Monitor Report Mumbai : Jet Airways, India's premier international airline, has been awarded the prestigious "Laurier d'argent" as "Airline of the Year-2014" by the French Travel Managers and Business Travel Agents at the International French Travel Market (IFTM) trade fair at Paris. Jet Airways, which launched its flights to Paris only in May this year, was awarded the "Laurier d'argent"_ a silver prize in the airline category for its daily direct flight from Paris to Mumbai and the "trav. More...
Malindo aims to fly 2.25m passengers by year-end
_A Monitor Report Kuala Lumpur : Malindo Air aims to attract about 2.25 million passengers by year-end following the introduction of new routes, including to Singapore and Bandung, Indonesia, by November and mid-December, respectively. The hybrid airline's target is lower than the one made late last year, which aimed to achieve over three million passengers by end-2014. Chief Executive Officer, Chandran Rama Muthy, said late last year the airline had about one million passengers. "Currently,. More...
Airbus trails Boeing with 791 aircraft orders in nine months
Paris (AFP) : European aerospace giant Airbus Group said on October 6 it has taken 791 net orders for aircraft in the first nine months of the year, putting it clearly behind its main rival US firm Boeing. The US group has reported booking 1,000 net orders. Airbus also delivered fewer aircraft, with a total of 443 to 528 for Boeing. Airbus said that a notable development in September was the conversion of a draft purchase of eight long-haul A330-200 airliners by British IAG airline group into. More...
Singapore Airlines to launch Premium Economy
_A Monitor Report Singapore : Singapore Airlines plans to launch a premium economy service in the second half of 2015, after years of resisting the move due to concerns it would reduce the appeal of its Business Class seats. The airline, facing growing competition from Middle Eastern carriers and falling demand from companies for Business Class travel, said it would initially roll the service out on its medium_ and long-haul routes. "The market has matured in premium economy and we think it i. More...
Emirates and Angola's TAAG announce strategic airline partnership
_A Monitor Report Dubai : Emirates and the Republic of Angola, in its capacity as the majority shareholder of TAAG Linhas Aéreas De Angola, announced the signing of a Management Concession Agreement* which will see Emirates take a role in the management of TAAG. The agreement lays the foundation for both airlines to jointly leverage commercial opportunities in Africa and beyond. The ten year Management Concession Agreement was signed recently by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and. More...
Qatar Airways awarded best Middle East airline for 5th consecutive year
_A Monitor Report Doha : Qatar Airways has been honoured for the fifth consecutive year as Best Middle East Airline at the 2014 Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards. The ceremony, which was held at the Conrad Hotel Hong Kong, was attended by key individuals from the aviation, travel and trade industries. The Annual Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards, which is now in its 23rd year, handed out awards in more than 50 categories. Qatar Airways Commercial Manager Hong Kong, Yap Kiang Thiam w. More...
Regent Airways offers special business class promotional fares for Bangkok
_A Monitor Report Dhaka : Regent Airways has launched a special promotional fare for Business Class for the travellers to Bangkok which includes a four nights hotel accommodation and medical check-ups, says a press release of the airline. To avail this offer, two passengers should travel together and the return airticket in Business Class would cost Tk 42, 999 from Dhaka and Tk 44,999 from Chittagong per person. The offer includes four nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Bangkok or one . More...
 
 
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