Emirates bares second daily service to Lisbon

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An Emirates Boeing 777-300ER
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(From Emirates)

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)

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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)

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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Japan Airlines
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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)

Philippine Airlines certified as international 4-star airline

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PAL President and COO Mr Jaime Bautista and PAL Chairman and CEO Dr Lucio Tan receive Philippine Airlines’ 4-Star Plaque from Skytrax President Edward Plaisted in a presentation ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Singapore on February 8, 2018.
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(From the Philippine Airlines)

MANILA — Philippine Airlines (PAL) has been certified as a 4-Star airline by Skytrax, the international air transport rating organization.

PAL, joining 40 other well-renowned airlines in this prestigious category, is the first and only airline in the country to have a 4-Star Rating.

PAL achieved this coveted rating after Skytrax conducted a rigorous audit of the airline’s inflight and on ground service for both international and domestic flights and noted major enhancements on its end-to-end passenger experience and distinct wholehearted service called Buong Pusong Alaga.

“This is a big win for the Philippines,” said PAL Chairman and CEO Dr. Lucio C. Tan. “We are elated by this recognition which is a victory for the more than seven thousand members of the Philippine Airlines family. Our achievement is the country’s achievement and we share this with all Filipinos around the globe.”

This 4-Star Airline rating is a mark of quality distinction that recognizes excellent standards of Product and Staff service across different assessment categories for both the Onboard and Airport environment. (Full Story Here)

ANA giving chocolates on Valentine’s Day

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ANA handing out exclusive chocolates to passengers on board.
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(From ANA)

TOKYO — On Valentine’s Day, ANA will be handing out ANA exclusively designed chocolates to passengers on its flight.

In order to show its appreciation to its passengers, from 2014 ANA has been handing out chocolates onboard.

This will be the fifth year and ANA is wishing that all its passengers will have an unforgettable heartwarming experience on Valentine’s Day. (Full Story Here)

A romantic touch from British Airways

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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)

Qantas’ Melbourne-Bali service to start in June

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Boeing 737-800 (VH-XZP) retrojet seen at Sydney Airport.
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(By Qantas)

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)

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)