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Iberia seeks to expand Japanese connections with JAL deal

Iberia seeks to expand Japanese connections with JAL deal

The first step has been taken to enable Iberia to join British Airways, Finnair and Japan Airlines in their successful joint business on flights between Europe and Japan. JAL has submitted its application to the Japanese ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism seeking antitrust immunity with Iberia to cooperate on flights between Europe and Japan.

EgyptAir MS804 ‘did not’ change course before crash

EgyptAir MS804 ‘did not’ change course before crash

EgyptAir flight MS804 did not swerve and change direction before disappearing from radar screens, according to officials in Egypt. Greece had previously suggested the plane had turned 90 degrees left and performed a 360 degree turn to the right before it crashed into the Mediterranean. The Airbus A320 disappeared from radar screens on route from Paris to Cairo last Thursday.

Monarch group launches new trade website in UK

Monarch group launches new trade website in UK

Monarch has launched its new trade [url=http://www.monarchagents.co.uk]website[/url]. The site, which provides agents with access to the full range of Monarch holidays, hotels and flights, completes the company’s move to a single brand strategy. The holiday section of the new site has been designed to reflect the needs and requirements of agents, and many of the features reflect feedback that Monarch has received.

Lufthansa extends NetJets private flight option for luxury passengers

Lufthansa extends NetJets private flight option for luxury passengers

For the past eleven years, Lufthansa has been offering its passengers exclusive travel by private aircraft and customised flight schedules with Lufthansa Private Jet. Due to the success of the premium service, the airline has now extended its strategic alliance by five years with NetJets, the world's largest provider of private jet flights.

Ryanair sees profits rise as passenger numbers reach new heights

Ryanair sees profits rise as passenger numbers reach new heights

Ryanair has reported full year profits of €1,242 million, a 43 per cent increase on the prior year. Traffic grew 18 per cent to 106 million passengers, as load factor jumped five points to 93 per cent. The average fare at the low-cost carrier dropped one per cent to €46, as unit costs fell six per cent, excluding fuel.

Air Canada Rouge launches Toronto-Gatwick service

Air Canada Rouge launches Toronto-Gatwick service

Air Canada has launched a new non-stop service between Toronto and London-Gatwick. The new service will operate daily with an Air Canada rouge Boeing 767-300ER. "London-Heathrow is already Air Canada's largest international gateway with flights to eight Canadian cities, so we are pleased to expand to London-Gatwick in time for the summer, when millions of vacationers are travelling between Canada and the UK," said Benjamin Smith, president, passenger airlines, Air Canada.

Qatar Airways increases stake in British Airways-owner IAG

Qatar Airways increases stake in British Airways-owner IAG

Qatar Airways has increased its shareholding in International Airlines Group from just under 12 per cent to 15.01 per cent. The investment update was announced at a global press conference in Atlanta where the airline was celebrating its launch of service from Doha to Atlanta.

Ryanair adds daily service to Luxembourg

Ryanair adds daily service to Luxembourg

Ryanair has further expanded its London Stansted winter 2016 schedule with a new daily service to Luxembourg from September, the newest addition to its European route network (and 33rd country of operation) and the 4th new Stansted route this winter in addition to Hamburg, Timisoara and Toulouse.

Amadeus inks ancillary services deal with Flybe

Amadeus inks ancillary services deal with Flybe

Amadeus Airline Ancillary Services has now been implemented for Flybe. By making it possible to add chargeable bags through the Amadeus distribution channel, Flybe enables travel agents to better serve their customers’ needs, as they book the additional services requested for their flights – all within an efficient and automated booking flow.

Sabre signs deal with Amazon Web Services

Sabre signs deal with Amazon Web Services

Travel technology lcompany Sabre Corporation is planning to deliver faster cloud-based, flight availability using solutions built on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.

Cathay Pacific unveils new business class lounge

Cathay Pacific unveils new business class lounge

Cathay Pacific Airways has previewed its new Business Class Lounge at The Pier at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), following a comprehensive refurbishment. Located adjacent to Gate 65 in the North West concourse of HKIA, the new Business Class Lounge occupies a space of 3,306 square metres, with seating for 550 people.