Qatar Airways has made a major breakthrough in airline fuel technology by operating the inaugural paying-passenger flight powered by natural gas, with a flight between Gatwick and Doha. The move is regarded as an important step in the industry’s attempts to reduce its dependence on oil-based fuel.
Following a deal with Panasonic, Lufthansa is set to relaunch FlyNet, its on-board broadband Internet service, after a three-year hiatus. From the middle of 2010, customers will be able to communicate via the internet and the new service will also permit inflight data transfer over standard GSM/GPRS mobile networks.
It should serve as the death knell for Internet connection charges in upscale hotels.
The UK government is to raise its initiative against airline emissions as part of a new international treaty on climate change. The Committee on Climate Change, which was set up last year, is urging world leaders to agree on an international treaty at Copenhagen in December to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions from aviation are no higher than 2005 levels by 2050.
The Japan Airlines Group (JAL) announced today that the new corporate organization structure will take effect from October 1, 2009.
Boeing has said the inaugural flight of its Dreamliner would take flight by the end of the year, with delivery of the first plane toward the end of 2010, two years behind schedule. It will also cost the aerospace giant an additional $2.5bn to get the revolutionary aircraft airborne.
Travelling the world is becoming easier with revolutionary booking tool developed by Innovata. BTN caught up with Richard Thorne, who heads up its Aviation division, to find out what new technology the company has planned.
easyJet has revealed plans to introduce mobile check-in using handheld machines by as early as October. The low-cost carrier is also planning mobile scanning of boarding passes in a bid to reduce airport queues and staffing costs.
Scandinavian airline SAS has said it has designed a new landing method which could radically cut fuel emissions. The technique involves planes gliding into land in neutral by following a satellite mapped route, and could save 100kg of fuel for a twin-engine jet.
The UK government is to provide Airbus with a launch aid package worth £350m to develop the A350 XWB, a carbon-fibre aircraft that aims to rival Boeing’s Dreamliner. The package amounts to roughly half what Airbus was seeking from the UK to develop the wide-body jet.
OnAir has announced an agreement with Airblue, Pakistan’s fastest growing airline, to launch Mobile OnAir voice and data services on up to 12 of its Airbus A320 aircraft beginning in 2009.
Breaking Travel News interviews Marvin Tan, General Manger UK & Ireland, Singapore Airlines at World Travel Market 2007 on the launch of the A380 superjumbo. The airline is the inaugural carrier for the Airbus plane.