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JetBlue Airways flies into Palm Springs

JetBlue Airways flies into Palm Springs

The city of Palm Springs has become the newest destination of JetBlue Airways, with the launch of a new, non-stop service from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Palm Springs International Airport. The seasonal flight route is operating five times a week, Thursday-Monday, until May 1st, 2016. JetBlue serves the route with its Airbus A320 aircraft.

United Airlines to launch longest commercial flight on San Francisco-Singapore route

United Airlines to launch longest commercial flight on San Francisco-Singapore route

United Airlines will introduce daily non-stop flights between its San Francisco International Airport hub and Singapore’s Changi Airport, from June 1st, 2016, subject to government approval. United will be the first airline to offer nonstop service between San Francisco and Singapore, and this will be the only non-stop service to the US from Singapore.

ANA offers welcome bright spot for Airbus A380 with latest order

ANA offers welcome bright spot for Airbus A380 with latest order

ANA Holdings has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus covering the firm order of three A380s. With order for Airbus, ANA Group has joined the customer base for the world’s largest passenger aircraft and will become the first Japanese airline to operate the type. ANA Group will take delivery of the aircraft from 2019.

Iran returns to commercial aviation with Airbus deal

Iran returns to commercial aviation with Airbus deal

Iran officials have signed two agreements with Airbus covering new aircraft orders and a comprehensive civil aviation co-operation package. The agreements were signed at the Élysée Palace, Paris, during Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s official visit to France with French president François Hollande. Iran Air has signed an agreement with Airbus for the acquisition of the full range of new Airbus airliners.

White Tiger to take over PR for Cheapflights in UK

White Tiger to take over PR for Cheapflights in UK

London-based, all-director agency White Tiger PR has been appointed by the pioneering travel search and inspiration brand Cheapflights to handle its UK consumer and trade public relations from February, following a competitive pitch. White Tiger is tasked with strategically raising the brand’s consumer, travel trade and travel technology media profile to support traffic growth and revenue targets.

Olson takes over top communications role at United Airlines

Olson takes over top communications role at United Airlines

United Airlines has appointed James Olson to the role of senior vice president of corporate communications, bringing to the airline 25 years of public relations and employee engagement experience. He has worked for several of the world’s most admired and innovative companies, including Starbucks, US Airways and Nissan.

Boeing reports full year revenue of $96bn

Boeing reports full year revenue of $96bn

Boeing has reported fourth-quarter revenue of $23.6 billion and core earnings per share of $1.60. Fourth quarter 2015 results reflect the previously announced $569 million after-tax charge ($0.84 per share) on the 747 program as a result of a slow recovery in the air cargo market which was partially offset by solid core operating performance across the company. GAAP earnings per share was $1.51.

Singapore Airlines to link Canberra and Wellington with new route

Singapore Airlines to link Canberra and Wellington with new route

Singapore Airlines is to introduce services to both Canberra and Wellington with the launch of a new ‘Capital Express’ route. The new flights from Singapore will connect the capitals of both Australia and New Zealand. Subject to regulatory approvals, flights will be operated four times per week from September 20th on a Singapore-Canberra-Wellington routing.

British Airways to serve Champagne de Castelnau Reserve Brut NV in Club Europe

British Airways to serve Champagne de Castelnau Reserve Brut NV in Club Europe

British Airways is getting set to toast the first serving of its new champagne on short-haul flights from February 1st. Champagne de Castelnau Reserve Brut NV is the new champagne of choice for customers flying in the airline’s Club Europe cabin. The Reims-based champagne house, which was established in 1916, was chosen as the top tipple for short-haul travellers after a blind taste test, with quarter bottles of ‘Castelnau Brut NV’ winging their way on board.

Air New Zealand signs three year partnership with STA Travel

Air New Zealand signs three year partnership with STA Travel

Air New Zealand has signed a three year global strategic partnership with STA Travel to boost revenue and promote inbound tourism to the youth and student market. The agreement builds on previous work between Air New Zealand and STA Travel globally and will focus on generating sales by leveraging STA Travel’s global distribution network in the priority markets of New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, North America and Asia.

Ryanair strikes pay deal with European cabin crew

Ryanair strikes pay deal with European cabin crew

Ryanair has negotiated a five year pay and conditions deal with all of its 76 cabin crew bases across Europe, following the successful conclusion of similar five year deals at all 76 pilot bases. Following weeks of direct negotiations between Ryanair and its elected cabin crew representatives, using long established collective bargaining structures, Ryanair’s cabin crew at all of its 76 bases have voted to accept new agreements.

End nears for iconic Boeing 747 as cargo market slows

End nears for iconic Boeing 747 as cargo market slows

Boeing has said it will lower the production rate on the 747-8 program to match supply with near-term demand in the cargo market. To account for the market and production impacts, the company will recognise a $569 million after-tax charge when it announces financial results for the fourth quarter of 2015.