Air France has launched #AirFranceTraveller, a user-friendly travel calendar microsite that allows our passengers to create their own travel itineraries to European destinations, stated a release. The cities featured on the microsite are Paris, Dublin, Prague, Vienna, Rome, Warsaw, Athens, Budapest, Barcelona and Lisbon. The microsite can be accessed via the link— http://www.aftravelplanner.com/home.
The calendar showcases a list of upcoming Indian holidays and monthly-long weekends. While booking tickets, travellers have access to the deals of their chosen destination. Post booking, the tool assists users in planning a personalised itinerary by choosing featured attractions and events from any of the ten cities. Once user generates an itinerary, it can be shared either on Facebook/Twitter and or can also be printed or emailed.
Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) during the month of May 2015 were 5.11 lakh as compared to FTAs of 4.68 lakh during May 2014 and 4.17 lakh in May 2013. There has been a growth of 9.2 per cent in May 2015 over May 2014. The Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of nationality-wise, port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) from tourism. FTAs during the period January-May 2015 were 33.32 lakh with a growth of 3.6 per cent, as compared to the FTAs of 32.15 lakh in January-May 2014 .The percentage share of FTAs in India during May 2015 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (19.32 per cent), followed by USA (16.99 per cent), UK (7.79 per cent), Malaysia (3.59 per cent), Sri Lanka (3.54 per cent), Japan (2.78 per cent), Australia (2.66 per cent),
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Jet Airways has dropped plans indefinitely to start dedicated freighter services, as it doesn’t find market conditions conducive, said two people in the know. India’s second-biggest airline by market share had in February applied to the country’s aviation regulator for approval. It currently flies cargo in the belly hold of its passenger aircraft.
“The launch of dedicated freighter operations by Jet Airways has been deferred indefinitely due to commercial and operational reasons,” said a spokesman at Jet. “Internal processes and framework are in place at Jet Airways and our strategic partner Etihad Airways to allow the initiative to progress at a later date,” he added.
Jet had plans to wet lease an Airbus A330200 F freighter plane from its strategic partner Etihad Airways. The Abu Dhabi based airline owns 24% in Jet. Sources said the airline had plans to fly freighter planes to neighbouring countries.
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Air India, India’s national airline, is beginning to move its IT to the cloud and is exploring the use of iPads for work, as it looks to upgrade its technology to keep up with competition.
Air India invests far less in technology than its private rivals and hasn’t hired anyone for internal IT department in over a decade. But experts say competition and a far more tech-friendly government at the Centre has loosened the purse strings for IT investments.
“Air India has initiated a strategic move to use Cloud as a platform for creating IT infrastructure to avail the benefit of opex and payper-use models. E-file (paper less files) launched in January ’15 is first Cloud adoption in Indian Data Center by AI,” Mukesh Sareen, deputy general manager of IT at the airline told ET. “AI is looking at migrating more applications to the cloud. Migration will largely depend on expiry of support on internal IT infrastructure.”
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