An Aeroflot-Russian Airlines Boeing 777-3M0/ER lands at Sheremetyevo Airport.
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Moscow — Aeroflot has released tickets for flights to Naples and Verona. Regular flights on both routes are scheduled to begin on July 1, 2018.
Italy has traditionally been one of Aeroflot’s most popular destinations. Direct links with Verona and Naples will bring passengers closer to the Italian cultural and artistic heritage.
Verona will be especially popular with admirers of William Shakespeare – it was in this very city that the action of Romeo and Juliet unfolds, and travelers can visit Juliet’s House, where the heroine of the tragedy lived with her family.
Naples is the third largest city in Italy, famous for its Baroque architecture and unique museum collections.
Passengers traveling with Aeroflot have access to the extensive network of Sky Team alliance flights, as well as convenient connections to airports around the world. (Full Story Here)
The opening of this route reflects the commitment of the Aeromexico-Delta alliance.
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(From Delta Air Lines)
Delta Air Lines and its partner Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, will launch new nonstop service between Detroit and Leon, Mexico, beginning April 30.
The state of Guanajuato, where Leon is situated, is known for its significant industrial activity, with strong automotive, leather and footwear, agroindustry, tourism, and pharmaceutical sectors, among others.
Detroit, the Motor City, is the center of the U.S. automobile industry and home of leading auto companies.
This new route creates an important economic bridge between the dynamic industrial centers of the two cities and connects customers to an expansive network of destinations via Delta’s Detroit hub.
Service on this new route will be operated by Aeromexico using Embraer 190 aircraft with 99 passenger seats, including 11 in Clase Premier—Aeromexico’s Business Class cabin—with the following schedules: (Full Story Here)
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(From Singapore Airlines)
SINGAPORE — Perth, Australia will become the second scheduled destination to be served by Singapore Airlines’ new Boeing 787-10 fleet.
Flights are expected to commence in May 2018, subject to regulatory approvals, initially on one of the Airline’s four daily flights between Singapore and Perth.
The 787-10s will feature Singapore Airlines’ new regional cabin products and will seat 337 customers in two classes, with 36 Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats.
Prior to the launch of services to Perth, the 787-10s will be operated on selected flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes, before the first scheduled service to Osaka in May 2018.
The first aircraft in Singapore Airlines’ livery completed its flight testing at Boeing’s North Charleston, South Carolina production facility on 9 February 2018.
Singapore Airlines will be the world’s first airline to operate the 787-10 and has 49 firm orders for this aircraft type. The Airline will take delivery of its first 787-10 from Boeing in March 2018. (Full Story Here)
PAL Airbus A320, with additional “75” anniversary titles, touching down on at Bangkok airport in Thailand.
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(From Philippines Airlines)
MANILA — After receiving the 4-Star Certification from Skytrax, Philippine Airlines (PAL) will undertake major initiatives within 2018 to follow through on this historic milestone and sustain the 4-Star rating.
First in the lineup is the introduction of a new line of aircraft tailored for mid-size markets on medium-range routes.
The new Airbus A321neo is slated for delivery starting March, to be deployed on the new Manila-Brisbane nonstop route by May. With the
A321neo, PAL becomes the first Asian airline to utilize a narrow-bodied aircraft equipped with 12 full-flat Business Class seats.
All 168 seats (Business Class and Economy) on the A321neo have in-seat video monitors – another first for PAL’s single-aisle aircraft fleet – loaded with more than 300 hours of inflight entertainment. Economy seats are more spacious with wider legroom.
The eco-friendly and powerful A321neo engines generate less noise and can fly up to a maximum of eight hours. The whole cabin also offers free Wi-Fi connectivity.
A total of six A321neo and four Airbus A350-900s will be delivered within 2018.
The A350-900s – equipped with exciting cabin features in PAL’s most luxurious Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class cabins to date – will start arriving in June, allowing PAL to deploy non-stop flights to the US East Coast through the polar region, along with more routes to European cities. (Full Story Here)
The Emirates Airbus A380
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — Emirates will resume its flagship A380 service between Houston (IAH) and Dubai (DXB) from 1 June 2018.
This follows the airline’s recent adjustments to its US services with the launch of a new non-stop Dubai-Newark service from 1 June 2018 and the resumption of daily services to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from 25 March 2018.
Houston will join more than 40 destinations on Emirates’ extensive global network served by its highly popular A380 aircraft, including Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Kuwait.
Emirates will deploy its three-class A380 on the Houston route, offering a total of 516 seats, with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 flatbed seats in Business Class seats and 426 spacious seats in Economy Class, increasing capacity per flight by more than 160 passengers compared to the current Boeing 777-300ER.
Emirates celebrated 10 years of service to Houston in December 2017, and has carried nearly two million passengers since its inaugural flight in December 2007.
Services to Houston were upgauged to an A380 in December 2014, but as part of Emirates’ fleet optimization, the decision was made in July 2016 to operate the route with a Boeing 777-300ER. (Full Story Here)
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(From Southwest Airlines)
Southwest Airlines Co. is celebrating upcoming adventures of spring and summer travel with a giveaway like no other.
Now through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on March 16, 2018, eligible residents of the United States who visit Southwest.com/Nintendo may enter to win one of 30 Nintendo Switch prize packs and one grand prize including roundtrip air travel for four (does not include taxes and fees of at least $5.60 one-way).
The Southwest Odyssey Sweepstakes is an opportunity for gamers and Southwest Customers alike to celebrate the adventures of Super Mario Odyssey.
Just as Mario journeys to new worlds in Super Mario Odyssey, Southwest encourages Customers to book a getaway and explore the 100 destinations the carrier serves. (Full Story Here)
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(From Cathay Pacific)
Cathay Pacific Group has released combined Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon traffic figures for January 2018 that show a decrease in number of passengers carried and an increase in cargo and mail uplifted compared to the same month in 2017.
Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon carried a total of 2,911,355 passengers last month – a decrease of 1.9% compared to January 2017.
The passenger load factor dropped 2.3 percentage points to 84.2%, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometers (ASKs), increased by 2.6%.
The two airlines carried 172,622 tons of cargo and mail last month, an increase of 14.2% compared to the same month last year. The cargo and mail load factor rose by 3.5 percentage points to 65.4%.
Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail ton kilometers, was up by 4.6% while cargo and mail revenue ton kilometers (RTKs) increased by 10.5%. (Full Story Here)
A Southwest 737-800 in the Heart livery at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
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(From Southwest Airlines)
Southwest Airlines Co. announced its intention to begin shipping cargo to select international destinations beginning in May 2018, subject to requisite government approvals.
The first international destinations Southwest Airlines Cargo expects to serve are Mexico City, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta with more international destinations planned for 2018.
“By offering the cross-border services that our Customers are looking for, we’re able to help meet the needs of businesses throughout the United States and, soon, in Mexico,” said Matt Buckley, Southwest Airlines’ Vice President of Cargo and Charters.
“As we enter the international cargo market for the first time, Customers will have more opportunities to experience the friendly and reliable service for which our Cargo Team is known,” Buckley added. (Full Story Here)
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(From Japan Airlines)
Japan Airlines (JAL) will maintain current levels of fuel surcharge on all international passenger tickets purchased between April 1 and May 31, 2018.
JAL sets fuel surcharge levels bimonthly based on the 2-month average price of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel.
The price of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel during the two month period of December 2017 and January 2018 averaged US$78.29 per barrel, which accounted for 8,762 yen in the average exchange rate of 111.92 JPY/USD during the same period.
As a result, with reference to the fuel surcharge benchmark list for FY2017 in Japanese yen, this corresponds to Zone C of fuel surcharges.
From April 1 to May 31, 2018, it will range from 500 yen on a Japan – Korea ticket to 10,500 yen on Japan – USA ticket per person per sector flown, on tickets for travel originating in Japan. (Full Story Here)
“Josie Pepper” to provide information to passengers.
She is 120 centimeters tall, with sparkling, round eyes and a pleasant voice: Starting today, “Josie Pepper” the robot will be answering questions for passengers in Terminal 2 of Munich Airport.
Whether they need directions to their gate or want to stop at a certain restaurant or shop – Josie Pepper will look them in the eyes and give them a prompt answer.
With the rollout of Josie Pepper, Munich Airport and Lufthansa are breaking new ground: It is the first-ever test of a humanoid robot equipped with artificial intelligence at a German airport.
For the next few weeks, Josie Pepper will welcome travelers to the non-public area of Terminal 2, which is jointly operated by Munich Airport and Lufthansa.
In her initial deployment, Josie Pepper, who speaks English, will await passengers at the top of the ramp leading to the shuttle connecting the main terminal to the satellite building.
This test phase will be used to show whether Josie Pepper is accepted by passengers. (Full Story Here)