Greece is the word for British Airways this week as the airline has added two new destinations to its 2016 summer schedule: Chania and Kalamata. Both sunshine routes will be available to book from today, and the first flights will take to the skies from April 30th, 2016.
Reed Travel Exhibitions has signed a global agreement designating oneworld as its exclusive airline alliance partner for 2016, in what is believed to be the biggest yet partnership of its kind. It will see the world’s leading organiser of travel and tourism events offer clients attending these events attractive discounts on the worldwide network of the most highly prized global airline alliance.
EVA Air has taken delivery of its 22nd Boeing 777-300ER at the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington. During the delivery, EVA Air also unveiled a new corporate identity system and livery. EVA Air chairman K.W. Chang and Boeing vice President Jeff Klemann led the ceremony. The EVA Air chairman, a certified pilot who has earned the rank of captain, took charge of the cockpit for the ferry flight to Taipei and departed Seattle’s Paine Field Airport at 13:30.
Emirates has announced its plans for a second gateway in Istanbul with the launch of a daily service to Sabiha Gokcen Airport, beginning December 15th, 2015. The new service complements Emirates’ existing 11 weekly flights to Ataturk Airport, offering even more convenience for both inbound and outbound travellers.
Pegasus Airlines, Turkey’s leading low-cost airline, has appointed Redmint Communications as its new public relations representative in France. Pegasus’ first ever multi-country PR representative in Europe, Redmint will be implementing a tailored PR strategy in the French market following over seven years of uninterrupted and successful representation in the UK.
TAP Portugal has signed a firm order with Airbus for 53 Widebody and single aisle aircraft including 14 A330-900neo, and 39 A320neo Family aircraft (15 A320neos and 24 A321neos). The aircraft will join TAP Portugal’s fleet as part of its fleet renewal announced by the airline’s new majority owner Atlantic Gateway.
After the end of the longest strike in the company’s history, Lufthansa will already return to almost normal operations on Saturday and will offer its customers the usual service as soon as possible. All scheduled long-haul connections will be able to operate on the day. Furthermore the long-haul connections from Frankfurt to Hong Kong, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, which were scheduled to take off on late Friday evening, will be delayed to Saturday morning.
Air New Zealand has today announced it’s expanding its Pacific Rim presence introducing New Zealand’s first direct service to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Air New Zealand will fly three times a week between Auckland and Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport on a seasonal basis, operating from June to October in 2016 with the potential to expand the season in subsequent years.
Emirates has signed a US$16 billion OnPoint solution agreement with GE Aviation for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the GE9X engines that will power the airline’s fleet of 150 Boeing 777X aircraft over a period of 12 years. This is Emirates’ largest engine MRO contract to date. At the 2013 Dubai Air Show, Emirates placed a record US$76 billion order for 150 Boeing 777X twin-engine aircraft, powered by GE's new GE9X engine.
Vietnamese carrier Vietjet has placed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of 30 more A321s – totalling nine A321ceo and 21 A321neo. The order was signed at the Dubai Airshow by Vietjet president and chief executive, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, and John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers.
Passengers travelling between Gatwick Airport and London will soon be able to use pay as you go, rail minister Claire Perry has confirmed today. The news follows an agreement between the government, Transport for London and the operator, Govia Thameslink Railway.
Last night, British Airways took delivery of its tenth A380, registration LEJ, when it touched down at Heathrow at 20:55 local time. The first, registration LEA, arrived with the airline in July 2013 and subsequent aircraft have arrived at the rate of approximately one every three months.