Qatar Airways will now accept UnionPay credit and debit cards through its website for ticket and other sales, expanding payment options for customers around the world. With more than 5.8 billion cards issued globally, UnionPay is an international bankcard network and is the preferred method of payment for the Chinese market.
A new milestone in connectivity has been reached in Ecuador, with the inaugural flight of low-cost airline Wingo on the Quito-Bogota route. There was a celebratory atmosphere at Mariscal Sucre Airport before the first passengers boarded the new flight, which will join both capital cities with four weekly flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The International Air Transport Association has announced global passenger traffic results for October showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometres, or RPKs) rose 5.8 per cent compared to the same month last year. Capacity grew 6.3 per cent and load factor slid 0.4 percentage points to 80.1 per cent.
Qatar Airways has announced that it will offer daily non-stop flights between Doha and Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, commencing June 12th, 2017. Situated on Ireland’s east coast, Dublin features many cultural and historic highlights and has long attracted visitors from all over the world.
Royal Brunei Airlines has announced the appointment of Adiel Mambara as its new UK country manager. Promoted from UK sales and marketing manager, Mambara will be tasked with growing RB’s business class customer base and increasing market share to RB’s key destinations. In his ten years at RB, Mambara has been instrumental in building RB’s strategic partnerships and increasing the number of business passengers flying with RB, particularly among SMEs.
Garuda Indonesia will provide the first direct link between Indonesia and India by operating a new route from Jakarta to the Indian metropolis Mumbai, starting December 12th. The new service will be served through Bangkok three times a week by the airline's Boeing 738 aircraft with a two-class cabin configuration.
Korean Air has celebrated its inaugural Delhi-Incheon direct flight with a welcome ceremony at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport. Korean Air’s maiden flight from Incheon to Delhi, KE481, touched down at Indira Gandhi Airport and was welcomed with a water canon event prepared by the airport.
Dubai Airports, operator of Dubai International and Dubai World Central, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bureau Dubai Expo 2020 to ensure a world-class experience for the millions of guests that will visit Dubai during the event. Following the signing of the deal the airport operator is now an official supporter of Dubai Expo 2020.
Lufthansa has criticised Frankfurt Airport’s new fee structure following authorisation by the ministry of economic affairs, energy, transport and regional development of Hesse. The new fee structure not only involves an unreasonable increase in fees overall but also lowers fees for those airlines that are new to flying out of Frankfurt, argues the German flag-carrier.
Boeing and AerCap have delivered the first 787 to Air France. The airplane, a 787-9, signifies the delivery of AerCap's 50th Dreamliner and will be deployed on Air France's Paris to Cairo route starting in January. The airplane is also the 500th 787 produced on Boeing's production lines.
Emirates has launched the world’s shortest scheduled A380 service, flying a distance of 379 kilometres with a total travel time of one hour and 20 minutes from Dubai to Doha, and one hour ten minutes on the return journey. Outbound flight EK 841 departs Dubai at 07:45, arriving in Doha at 08:05. The return flight, EK 842, departs Doha at 09:50, arriving in Dubai at 12:00.
United States president-elect Donald Trump has called for the scrapping of multi-billion dollar plans for Boeing to build a new Air Force One. In a tweet to followers he branded the cost of the project “ridiculous and totally out of control”. Boeing shares immediately dropped one per cent following the comments. The US government signed a deal with Boeing earlier this year to build a new aircraft to fly the president once the current one reaches the end of its service life.