United Airlines chief executive Jeff Smisek has stepped down from the role amid an investigation into corruption at the carrier. Federal authorities are investigating whether Smisek sanctioned an unprofitable flight in order to benefit the head of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.
The Boy from Oz, Hugh Jackman, and flag-carrier Qantas have announced a new partnership to promote Australia on the global stage. The award-winning actor has signed on to become an official global ambassador for the airline and will also work with Qantas on community projects in Australia, with further detail to be announced soon.
Lufthansa is operating to a special timetable today as flights are disrupted by strike action. The move follows a decision by Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union to call its members at Lufthansa German Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo out on strike in a long running dispute over pay and conditions.
Perth Airport has formed a new long-term partnership with Amadeus to implement ACUS, a cutting edge cloud-based technology to benefit airline customers and travellers. This agreement marks Amadeus’ continued expansion of its airport IT business in the Asia Pacific region, with Perth Airport its first customer in Australia.
Norwegian has been named Europe’s Leading Low-Cost Airline by the renowned World Travel Awards, one of the travel industry's most prestigious awards. The World Travel Awards are leaders in the travel sector, with over 650,000 individual votes cast by travel professionals and consumers.
Emirates has extended its reach into Iran by linking Dubai with Mashhad, adding a second passenger gateway into the country after Tehran. Emirates’ five weekly flights, operated by a combination of a three class and two class configured A330-200, will help further stimulate the vital trade ties between the UAE and Iran.
British Airways and oneworld partner, TAM Airlines, a LATAM Airlines Group company, will forge closer ties from October this year when they begin a codeshare agreement on flights to Sao Paulo and beyond. In the new arrangement British Airways customers will be able to book seats on TAM’s Heathrow to Sao Paulo service via ba.com and other sales channels, when the BA flight code is added to TAM’s daily flight.
Emirates launched its 10th destination in the United States with the start of daily nonstop passenger service between Dubai and Orlando International Airport on 1st September.
Expedia is renewing its agreement with American Airlines Group for distribution of American Airlines and US Airways flights on Expedia, Travelocity and Hotwire sites.
Cathay Pacific has launched a four-times weekly service to Dusseldorf this week. Düsseldorf is Cathay Pacific’s second destination in Germany, after Frankfurt, and marks the latest enhancement to its Europe network.
Qatar Airways has launched a new service to its eighth destination in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with four flights a week to Abha. The new route will be operated by an Airbus A320 with an average flight time of just over two hours. The aircraft will feature 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy.
Etihad Airways has appointed Neerja Bhatia to the position of vice president India & Indian Sub-Continent. Bhatia joined Etihad Airways in 2004 as sales manager Western India, shortly after the airline had launched its flights to Mumbai, its first Indian destination.