Cathay Pacific Group bares January’s traffic figures

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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)

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Southwest Airlines to start shipping cargo to int’l destinations

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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)

Japan Airlines announces fare fuel surcharge

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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)

Lufthansa, Munich Airport testing humanoid robot

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“Josie Pepper” to provide information to passengers.
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(From Lufthansa)

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)

Air Canada is Eco-Airline of the Year

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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)

Emirates buying 36 A380s worth $16 billion

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Emirates firms up its latest order for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft worth $16 billion.
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(From Emirates)

Dubai, U.A.E. — Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, signed a contract for 20 additional A380 aircraft and 16 options, firming up the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was announced in January.

The total agreement for 36 aircraft is valued at $16 billion based on latest list prices. Deliveries are to start as early as 2020.

In the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai; and Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France, the agreement was signed on the sidelines of the World Government Summit by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group; and Mikail Houari, President Airbus Africa Middle East.

During the event, Sheikh Ahmed and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe also discussed the strong aviation ties between the UAE and France, and the expansion of air services between both countries.

Together with the airline’s 101-strong A380 fleet and its current order backlog for 41 aircraft, this new order brings Emirates’ commitment to the A380 program to 178 aircraft, worth over $60 billion.

Emirates’ A380 fleet operates both GE and Rolls-Royce engines, and the airline is evaluating engine options for its latest A380 order. (Full Story Here)

Emirates, Qantas reach aircraft maintenance deal

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Emirates Engineering announces maintenance deal with Qantas.
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(By Emirates)

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, Portland Timbers bare partnership extension

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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)

Southwest Airlines has new Managing Director Ground Operations

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(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 ties with Qatar Airways

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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)