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Himalaya Airlines flies into Dubai World Central

Himalaya Airlines flies into Dubai World Central

Continuing to strengthen its network in the Middle-East region, Himalaya Airlines, Nepal’s fast growing premium carrier, has launched its first direct service between Kathmandu and Dubai. The inaugural flight departed from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, at 10:40 and touched down at Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International Airport at 13:25 hours.

Vietjet launches new Singapore–Hanoi route

Vietjet launches new Singapore–Hanoi route

Vietjet has welcomed the inaugural Singapore–Hanoi route with a special flash-mob performance at the heart of Changi airport. The new route is expected to meet the increasing travel demand of individuals, travellers and businessmen, and at the same time boost trade and integration in the region.

Emirates goes all-A380 on Melbourne route

Emirates goes all-A380 on Melbourne route

Emirates will provide an all-A380 service from Melbourne when it upgrades its third daily flight from the Australian city, EK408 and EK409, from a Boeing 777-300ER to an A380 operation. The move will add 945 seats per week to the Australian city from March 2018, representing a ten per cent increase in capacity.

Dirks steps up as Eurowings chief executive

Dirks steps up as Eurowings chief executive

Thorsten Dirks has taken office in Cologne as an executive board member of Lufthansa and chief executive of Eurowings. He takes over what is currently Europe’s fastest growing airline.

Alitalia set to enter administration as staff reject deal

Alitalia set to enter administration as staff reject deal

Alitalia will enter bankruptcy proceedings after staff at the Italian flag-carrier rejected a restructuring plan. In the short-term the carrier’s flight schedule will continue to operate as planned, as administrators examine whether the airline is viable.

Oman Air celebrates launch of new Manchester connection

Oman Air celebrates launch of new Manchester connection

Oman Air has celebrated the launch of its new daily flight WY105 from Muscat to Manchester. The new service will depart Muscat at 14:00 daily and arrive in Manchester at 19:05. The return flight will be from Manchester at 20:45 arriving in Muscat at 07:20 the next day.

Wow Air welcomes first Airbus A320neo to fleet

Wow Air welcomes first Airbus A320neo to fleet

Wow Air has taken delivery of the first A320neo aircraft, via an agreement with Air Lease Corporation. The new aircraft is the Icelandic airline’s thirteenth in a rapidly expanding, all-Airbus fleet and will be deployed on Wow Air’s routes to Europe and North America from tomorrow.

Air New Zealand appoints new leadership for UK market

Air New Zealand appoints new leadership for UK market

Air New Zealand has announced three new appointments including Jorge Flores-Garcia as the sales manager for the UK and Europe. At the same time, Sandra Rogat will take up the role of manager of market development for the region, while Bethany Bond becomes the manager of performance and alliance.

Air Malta to re-launch flights to Tunis Carthage Airport in June

Air Malta to re-launch flights to Tunis Carthage Airport in June

Air Malta is reconnecting Malta to North Africa following the re-start of scheduled services between the islands and Tunis Carthage Airport as from Monday, June 26th. “We are very excited to announce that we will be returning to North Africa this summer with up to three direct flights a week," said Paul Sies, Air Malta chief commercial officer.

China Southern Airlines places latest Airbus A350-900 order

China Southern Airlines places latest Airbus A350-900 order

China Southern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900s, becoming the latest customer for the aircraft. China Southern Airlines now operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with more than 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising the A320 Family, the A330 Family and five A380s.

Level flights go live on Vueling website

Level flights go live on Vueling website

Flights on Level can now be booked via the website of its sister airline Vueling in addition to flylevel.com. Customers from across Vueling’s 137 European destinations can book flights to the airline’s home base at Barcelona which connect onto Level’s long-haul network with a single ticket.