Japan Airlines bags 2018 J-Win Diversity Award

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The J-Win Diversity Award honors Japanese corporations that are actively promoting diversity.
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(From Japan Airlines)

TOKYO — The president of Japan Airlines, Yoshiharu Ueki, was selected today as the winner of the Executive Management Award during the J-Win Diversity Award 2018 ceremony, sponsored by the Japan Women’s Innovation Network (NPO Corporation J-Win).

This will be the second J-Win Diversity Award the company has received since being presented the Basic Achievement Award in 2017.

The J-Win Diversity Award honors Japanese corporations that are actively promoting diversity and inclusion and will be the eleventh year of the award since its inception in 2008.

The Executive Management Award is presented to top executives who have shown exceptional leadership skills in promoting diversity and inclusion in their respective workplace. (Full Story Here)

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American, Qantas move to form joint business

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(From American Airlines)

American Airlines and Qantas have filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) seeking approval to form a joint business to better serve customers flying between North America and Australia and New Zealand.

The proposed joint business will significantly improve service, stimulate demand and unlock more than $300 million annually in consumer benefits that are not achievable through any other form of cooperation, including:

– Up to $221 million in value from expanding codesharing between American and Qantas – opening more connections to more destinations.

– Up to $89 million in value by offering a wider range of fare classes across each other’s networks, including lower fares and discounts.

The joint business will also give American and Qantas the opportunity to launch additional routes between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand, including new flights to city pairs currently not served by either carrier.

An expanded relationship will encourage significant improvements in the overall customer experience, including additional frequent flyer benefits and investments in lounges, baggage systems and other infrastructure designed to better serve the carriers’ joint customers.

All these benefits will stimulate significant demand for new travel – generating up to 180,000 new trips between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand every year. (Full Story Here)

Airbus, Delta, OneWeb, Sprint, Airtel form Seamless Air Alliance

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The alliance will enable airlines to empower passengers with seamless in-cabin connectivity experience.
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(From Delta Air Lines)

Airbus, Delta, OneWeb, Sprint, and Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”) announce the formation of the Seamless Air Alliance – which will usher in a new era of innovation for airlines on all routes.

By empowering member mobile operators to extend their services into airline cabins, the Seamless Air Alliance will allow them to continuously provide their customers – via satellite technology – with the same high-speed, low-latency connectivity from ground to air and back again.

It will also significantly reduce costs for everyone involved while creating a smooth, positive user experience.

The alliance – which aims to attract additional industry operators beyond the five initial members – will eliminate the immense costs and hurdles commonly associated with acquisition, installation and operation of data access infrastructure by streamlining system integration and certification, providing open specifications for interoperability, increasing accessibility for passengers, and enabling simple and integrated billing.

“What if the best internet you ever experienced was in the air? Keeping this goal in mind, together, we will enable an affordable and frictionless experience for passengers everywhere,” said Greg Wyler, Founder and Executive Chairman of OneWeb. (Full Story Here)

Air Canada bares pricing of private offering

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(From Air Canada)

MONTRÉAL — Air Canada announced today the pricing of a private offering of two tranches of enhanced equipment trust certificates (the “Certificates”) denominated in Canadian dollars.

The two tranches of Certificates, which have been rated, have a combined aggregate face amount of approximately $301 million and a weighted average interest rate of 3.76 percent.

The private offering is comprised of Class A certificates and Class B certificates. The Class A certificates will have an interest rate of 3.67 percent per annum and the Class B certificates will have an interest rate of 4.19 percent per annum.

“This Canadian dollar private offering of Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates has terms and conditions comparable to our U.S. dollar 2017-1 Series EETC transaction,” said Michael Rousseau, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

“Our ability to conclude an EETC transaction in Canadian dollars is an important development for us as it represents new opportunities for future aircraft financings and contributes to lowering the overall cost of debt and risk profile of the company.” (Full Story Here)

Aeroflot starts ticket sales for Naples and Verona flights

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An Aeroflot-Russian Airlines Boeing 777-3M0/ER lands at Sheremetyevo Airport.
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(From Aeroflot)

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)

Delta, Aeromexico launching new Detroit-Leon route

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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)

Singapore Airlines’ new 787-10s to serve Perth in Australia

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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)

Philippine Airlines strengthens lineup to sustain 4-Star rating

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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)

Emirates A380 resumes service to Houston

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(From Emirates)

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)

Southwest Airlines partners with Nintendo

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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)