An Emirates Boeing 777-300ER
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Emirates announced it will resume a second daily service to Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, from 1 June 2018.
The flight will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class, and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class.
Portugal boasts a warm temperate climate and a long coastline of beaches, scenic villages and a rich culture and history, attracting visitors from all over the world.
According to Turismo de Portugal, a record 21 million people visited the country in 2017, an increase of 10 percent when compared to the previous year, while Lisbon recorded a 16 percent increase. (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)
Air Canada named Eco-Airline of the Year in Air Transport World’s 2018 Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards.
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(From Air Canada)
MONTREAL — /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada has been named the 2018 Eco-Airline of the Year by the respected airline industry publication Air Transport World in its 44th Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards.
In recognizing Air Canada’s environmental accomplishments, ATW cited the carrier’s commitment to emissions reductions through supporting the development of alternative fuels and its numerous green programs and partnerships, including being the first airline in the world to voluntarily join the World Bank’s IMF Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.
Air Canada Named Eco-Airline of the Year in Air Transport World’s 2018 Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards (CNW Group/Air Canada)
“Air Canada has made sustainability central to its decision-making and business processes, and this includes acting responsibly with respect to the environment. We are very pleased that ATW has recognized the effectiveness of our environmental programs, including our participation in the development and support of alternative fuels in Canada, and our efforts to contribute to healthier communities. We have made great strides, improving fuel efficiency by 40 per cent since 1990, and this award will further spur us on to the goals we have set for ourselves to continually improve our environmental performance,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada. (Full Story Here)
British Airways helps a Royal Navy hero pull off the proposal of a lifetime.
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(From the British Airways)
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner British Airways helped a Royal Navy hero pull off the proposal of a lifetime. Lieutenant Lee Colthart popped the question to his girlfriend, Lydia Ayto, in the Caribbean.
The 29-year-old Navy officer wrote in to the airline to share his story and said he wanted to propose to his girlfriend of seven years in the Caribbean after he was deployed there last year to help with the relief effort following Hurricane Irma.
Lee, who is originally from Fife in Scotland, said he was desperate to take his girlfriend, who is a navigator in the Navy, back to paradise to ask her to be his wife.
The airline stepped in to help surprise Lydia with a whirlwind tour of three beautiful islands, and a cocktail of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, ending with a very special question for Lydia to answer. (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)
(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)
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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)
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AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost airline, flew in two international inaugural flights into Sarawak, Malaysia; from Shenzhen in China to Kuching and Singapore to Bintulu.
The inaugural Shenzhen-Kuching flight which landed at Kuching International Airport at 7.50 a.m. on January 27 was greeted with a water cannon upon parking at the bay.
A Sarawak traditional welcoming ceremony for passengers was led by the Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, YB Datuk Lee Kim Shin; Chairman of the Sarawak Tourism Board, Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz; Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Board, Mary Wan Mering and the Director of Government Relations, AirAsia Berhad, Zamani Bin Mohd Rafique. (Full Story Here)
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(By Philippine Airlines)
MANILA — Philippine Airlines will begin operating direct nonstop flights between Manila and Brisbane from March 27, giving passengers the convenience of a shorter flying time of less than seven hours, compared to the current one-stop service of 9 hours 20 minutes with a stopover in Darwin.
The Manila – Brisbane nonstop flights will operate four times weekly, utilizing the 254-seater Airbus A340 aircraft initially, and PAL’s brand new Airbus A321 NEOs aircraft later in the first half of 2018.
The A321 NEO is the longer-range version of the popular A321, outfitted with full-flat business class seats and entertainment systems.
PR 221 leaves Manila at 11:30PM every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and arrives in Brisbane at 9:20AM local time the following day, every Thursday, Saturday Sunday.
Return flight PR 222 departs Brisbane at 11AM local time (Th/Sa/Su) and touches down in Manila at 5PM on the same day.
Effective May 1, PAL will operate the fourth weekly frequency every Tuesday. PR221 leaves Manila at 12:55AM (Tue) and arrives in Brisbane at 10:45AM local time on the same day. Return flight PR222 departs Brisbane at 12NN local time (Tue) and touches down in Manila at 6PM on the same day.
The nonstop service is expected to boost travel and tourism on the increasingly popular route that links the Philippines with the commercial center of Queensland and gateway to the spectacular beaches, theme parks and lush rain forests of the Gold Coast.
Queensland is also home to a growing number of migrant and expatriate Filipinos. Flying direct to Manila will help encourage Queensland-based Australians to consider holiday trips to the Philippines.
This is the latest move of PAL to convert one-stop flights to nonstop services for the convenience of the traveling public. (Full Story Here)
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(By Gulf Air)
MANAMA, Kingdom of Bahrain — Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has been independently ranked by UK aviation analysts OAG the third most punctual airline in 2017, among Middle East and African airlines, with an average on-time performance (OTP) of 80.22 percent.
Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko commented, “Punctuality is a critical element for travelers and we are delighted to be recognized yet again as a leading global player in OTP. Gulf Air is committed to delivering on its promise to get passengers to their destinations in a timely manner. We are gearing up to welcome our incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft of which a total of 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320Neos will have entered Gulf Air’s fleet by end-2018. With this development, passengers can soon enjoy not only Gulf Air’s punctuality and trademark Arabian hospitality, but also remarkable product and service enhancements alongside network growth.”
Gulf Air has held the top spot in recent years for OTP, ranking as the most punctual airline in 2016, among GCC airlines.
Gulf Air also ranked first among major airlines from the Middle East and Africa for the 5th Annual Airline On-time Performance Service Awards in 2013. Its network currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries.
The airline operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe. (Full Story Here)