Lufthansa Group has reported adjusted EBIT of €25 million, up €78 million from last year, for the first quarter of 2017. The earnings improvement was driven by service companies Lufthansa Techno and Lufthansa Cargo.
Last night saw the inaugural Air Europa flight take off from Madrid’s Adolfo Suarez Barajas airport to San Pedro Sula – the first of its kind to connect Europe directly with Honduras. Air Europa UK managing director, Colin Stewart, commented: “We are thrilled about the launch of this new route – our first flight into Central America."
Travellers can now book non-stop flights from Europe to Australia for the first time, with tickets for Qantas' London-Perth route going on sale. Daily flights on the history-making route begin in March next year and form part of a new London-Perth-Melbourne return service.
Heathrow has today confirmed that Beijing Capital Airlines will launch a new direct service from the UK's hub airport to Qingdao, the home of Tsingtao beer and one of the fastest growing cities in China. The new route will connect passengers and cargo directly from Heathrow to Qingdao for the first time, providing three direct services every week starting this summer.
Saudi Arabian Airlines is partnering with Expedia Affiliate Network for the launch of Saudia Holidays. The carrier hopes to offer tailored, world-class travel packages to its passengers.
Etihad Airways and strategic partner Jet Airways have signed an agreement with the government of Maharashtra to promote tourism to the western Indian state. The partnership will enable both airlines to capitalise on their strong links with Maharashtra and further propel domestic and international arrivals into the state capital Mumbai and beyond.
The Latvian airline airBaltic and Tez Tour Latvija have jointly launched the world's first charter flights with Bombardier CS300 aircraft. For the summer season, charter flights will connect Riga with Antalya in Turkey, Heraklion in Greece, Burgas in Bulgaria and Rimini in Italy.
Asiana Airlines of South Korea has taken delivery of its first A350-900, becoming the twelfth airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin engine widebody airliner. Asiana’s A350-900 is configured with a three class layout with a total of 311 seats, comprising 28 in Business Smartium, convertible to fully flat beds, 36 in Economy Smartium and 247 in the main cabin.
London City Airport has announced that Declan Collier has decided to stand down as chief executive. London City Airport chairman, Terry Morgan, said, “On behalf of the board I want to pay tribute to the tremendous contribution that Declan has made to London City Airport."
Etihad Airways has announced all 14 weekly flights on the popular Abu Dhabi-Sydney route will be operated with its flagship A380 aircraft, effective October 29th. The current daily A380 Sydney flights will be joined by a second daily superjumbo service, upgraded from a 328-seat Boeing 777-300ER.
United Airlines has announced ten changes to how it flies after weeks of bad publicity. The changes are the result of an examination of the airline’s procedures in the wake of the forced removal of passenger David Dao from United Express flight 3411 on April 9th.
Passenger traffic at Dubai World Central, the emirate’s second international hub, grew an impressive 29.5 per cent during the first quarter of 2017. Some 333,780 passengers passed through the facility during the period, compared to 257,813 in the same period in 2016 according to Dubai Airports, which also released its 2017 forecast for DWC passenger numbers.