Boeing 787-9 New First Class
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(From the British Airways)
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, British Airways is adding a romantic touch to its inflight entertainment with the introduction of a new category – Love is in the Air.
Running until the end of February, the category plays host to a collection of films, TV shows and audio programs, all with a romantic theme.
This includes classics like When Harry Met Sally, Chocolat and Love Me Tender, as well as more recent releases like Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.
As part of its extensive range of TV shows, British Airways is also adding some love-themed episodes from famous series, including Friends – The One with Candy Hearts, Modern Family – Do You Believe in Magic, and select episodes of Sex and the City. (Full Story Here)
Central Osaka, Japan
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(From Singapore Airlines)
Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced that Osaka will be the first scheduled destination for its new Boeing 787-10 fleet, with services expected to begin in May 2018.
SIA will be the world’s first airline to operate the 787-10. SIA has 49 Boeing 787-10s on firm order, with the first aircraft due for delivery from Boeing’s North Charleston, South Carolina production facility in March 2018.
Prior to the introduction of regular services to Osaka, the 787-10s will be operated on selected Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur flights for crew training purposes.
SIA will also debut its highly-anticipated new regional cabin products on its 787-10s, fitted with 337 seats in two classes, with 36 seats in Business Class and 301 seats in Economy Class. More details will be revealed at a later date. (Full Story Here)
Boeing 737-800 (VH-XZP) retrojet seen at Sydney Airport.
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SYDNEY — Qantas has announced it will begin a new daily Melbourne – Denpasar (Bali) in Indonesia service from June 23, 2018 with fares now available for sale.
Operated by a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the new Qantas route comes as Jetstar increases its Melbourne-Bali flights from ten per week to twice daily.
Today’s announcement complements Qantas’ year round daily Sydney – Denpasar service and reflects strong demand from customers who want a full-service experience traveling to one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations.
Qantas’ Melbourne – Denpasar service will be operated by a two-class Boeing 737 aircraft, with a checked baggage allowance, inflight entertainment and food and drinks all included as part of the fare. (Full Story Here)
Emirates Engineering announces maintenance deal with Qantas.
DUBAI, Unites Arabs Emirates — Emirates Engineering has announced an agreement with Qantas for aircraft maintenance.
Under the terms of the agreement, Emirates Engineering will strip and repaint eight Qantas A380 aircraft starting March 2018.
The aircraft will be repainted with the latest Qantas livery at the state of the art Emirates Aircraft Appearance Centre in Dubai.
The agreement also covers the replacement of landing gears for one Qantas A380 aircraft by Emirates Engineering in February 2018. (Full Story Here)
Alaska Airlines and the Portland Timbers announce the renewal of jersey sponsorship.
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PORTLAND, Oregon — /PRNewswire/ — The Portland Timbers announced that the club has entered into a multiyear partnership extension with Alaska Airlines.
As part of the continued partnership, the iconic Northwest airline’s wordmark will continue to be featured prominently on Timbers game kits and club apparel.
In addition to being featured on Timbers jerseys, Alaska Airlines will continue to serve as the team’s official airline.
Alaska Airlines, a Founding Partner of the Timbers, has been the club’s jersey partner since its inaugural 2011 MLS season.
“Alaska Airlines and its amazing group of employees have been part of the MLS Timbers family from the very beginning,” said Mike Golub, president of business for the Timbers. “We couldn’t be more happy and proud that our wonderful partnership will continue well into the future.”
As part of the partnership, Alaska Airlines will continue to support Stand Together Week and the Portland Timbers Community Fund as well as additional community initiatives.
Alaska Airlines also will be a presenting sponsor for all MLS Timbers youth soccer camps. (Full Story Here)
(By Southwest Airlines)
Southwest Airlines Co. announced Chris Johnson as the new Managing Director Ground Operations effective February 1, 2018.
Johnson will be responsible for the daily operations of a Team of more than 18,000 Employees who work in our domestic locations across the United States.
His key responsibilities include ensuring these Employees have the resources and tools they need to deliver the safest, most reliable, and most hospitable airport experience.
Johnson joined Southwest Airlines in 1993 as a Ramp Agent in Detroit.
Since that time, he has held Leadership positions across Southwest’s Ground Operations network, most recently serving as the Senior Director over the Western Region of Ground Operations. (Full Story Here)
Japan Airlines Expands Network to the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia with Qatar Airways.
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(By Japan Airlines)
Japan Airlines (JAL) announced the expansion of its codeshare cooperation with Qatar Airways (QR) on routes to the Middle East (4 routes), Africa (6 routes), and Central Asia (1 route), starting April 1, 2018.
JAL`s codeshare partnership with Qatar Airways (QR) on Japan = Doha routes have been in place since December 2013.
Reservation and ticket sales for the new codeshare flights will start from March 14, 2018.
JAL will continue to enhance its network in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia to provide business and leisure customers with more convenience and an enjoyable experience on every journey. (Full Story Here)
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(By Philippine Airlines)
MANILA — In support of the Philippine government’s campaign targeting two million annual Chinese tourist arrivals, flag carrier Philippine Airlines is ramping up operations to China by increasing flight frequency on existing routes and opening up new destinations in mainland China.
On March 25, PAL will increase its flights between the Philippines and Greater China from the current 99 times weekly to 103 times weekly.
The spike is due to the shift to DAILY Manila – Jinjiang and Manila – Guangzhou (Canton) services from the current five times weekly on each route.
The daily Manila – Jinjiang service – PR356 – leaves Manila at 11AM and arrives in Jinjiang at 1:40PM; flight PR357 departs Jinjiang at 2:30PM and touches down in Manila at 4:40PM.
The daily Manila -Guangzhou service – PR382 – departs Manila at 2:30AM and touches down in Guangzhou at 5AM ; PR383 leaves Guangzhou at 6:30AM and arrives in Manila at 8:30AM.
PAL’s multiple flights from various Chinese cities were a major factor in the huge 43.33 percent increase in the Philippines’ tourist arrivals from mainland China, a final total of 968,447 visitors for 2017.
Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan together contributed several hundred thousand more tourists, for a combined total of 1.33 million tourists hailing from the Greater China region. (Full Story Here)
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(By Morgan Durrant, Delta Air Lines)
Delta is linking the Steel City with Utah’s capital and its Salt Lake City hub with nonstop service beginning July 9.
“This announcement marks a doubling of nonstop routes – from 37 to 74 – in just over three years at PIT and Delta has been a great partner is helping to build that momentum.
Nonstop service to Salt Lake City adds another option for business and leisure travelers and provides convenient West Coast connection opportunities,” Pittsburgh International Airport CEO, Christina Cassotis said.
“We look forward to working with Delta to maximize their network from Pittsburgh,” Cassotis added.
For customers, the onboard Delta experience will be on Airbus A319 aircraft, with seating for 12 in First Class, 18 in Comfort+ and 102 in the main cabin. Free in-flight streaming entertainment via Delta Studio and access to Wi-Fi is available at every seat.
In addition, Pittsburgh customers will have easy, one-connection access to 90 onward destinations across more than 240 daily departures from Delta’s SLC hub, including Intermountain West, West Coast, Hawaiian, Mexican and Canadian destinations. (Full Story Here)
Santiago City, Chile
DUBAI — Emirates, the world’s best airline according to TripAdvisor 2017, announced its plan to launch a new, five times a week, service from Dubai to Santiago International Airport (SCL), via the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, starting on July 5, 2018.
The new service will see Emirates fly an additional five times a week to Sao Paulo, complementing the airline’s existing daily A380 flight between Dubai and Sao Paulo.
In total, Emirates will now fly 12 times a week to Sao Paulo. Emirates’ Santiago flight will be a linked service with Sao Paulo, meaning that customers in South America can now travel between the two cities in unprecedented style and comfort.
Citizens from both Brazil and Chile only need ID cards to travel to either country. (Full Story Here)