Regional Express (Rex) today announced that it has taken delivery of a Saab 340B aircraft at Townsville. The aircraft used to belong to Vincent Aviation before it went into administration. This brings the Rex Group fleet of Saab 340 aircraft to 52, with 40 of them fully paid for in cash and the rest on a short term mortgage.
Rex’s General Manager of Network Strategy and Sales Warrick Lodge said, “The aircraft is intended for deployment in Queensland where new opportunities have opened up with the collapse of Skytrans.”
Aeroflot joined TOP-10 international airlines that provide to its passengers Wi-Fi on board. According to the air industry data portal Routehappy.com, Aeroflot holdsthe 7thplace in the ranking, outstripping such famous global peers as Emirates, Qatar, Japan Airlines and Turkish Airlines.
Nowadays within the program “Internet on board” Wi-Fi service is available on board 30 Aeroflot long-haul aircraft.
“Wi-Fi is one of the most sought-after innovative services passengers want to access on their flights and there has been significant investment by airlines since our last report” – Routehappy CEO Robert Albert quoted by CNN – the channel which distributed the data of this ranking.
Largely due to the use of innovation and introduction of advanced IT technologies Aeroflot managed to improve significantly the quality of service and to achieve wide international recognition. Aeroflot is an innovative company and considers IT technologies as a core issue for the quality of the product.
Copa Airlines, one of the leading network carriers in Latin America, and a Star Alliance member, has selected Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) as the airline’s leading technology provider. Copa will leverage the breadth of Sabre’s leading technology portfolio, including the SabreSonic Customer Sales & Service (CSS) reservations system, and airline retailing solutions, enabling the carrier to personalize its flight experience for travelers.
Core to Copa’s technology transformation is migrating to the SabreSonic CSS reservations system, an integrated Software-as-a-Service platform for all critical airline operations – including passenger check-in, inventory and departure control – as well as retailing and e-commerce solutions.
“The SabreSonic reservations system will deliver new capabilities and flexible technology that will enhance our ability to provide the best possible customer experience,” said Glen Baker, Copa Airlines Chief Information Officer. “Sabre’s integrated product suite and strong IT expertise will help our airline meet the growing demand for personalization within the Latin American marketplace.”
Singaporean airlines, Scoot and Tigerair have joined KrisFlyer as programme partners. With this development, KrisFlyer members can redeem their miles for vouchers for travel on Scoot and Tigerair flights, or to pay for select products offered by the two low-cost carriers, in April 2015, a release states.
The carriers also plan to offer KrisFlyer members the option to earn KrisFlyer miles on Scoot and Tigerair by the end of this year.
Lee Wen Fen, Senior Vice President Marketing Planning, Singapore Airlines (SIA), said, “We are very pleased to be bringing Scoot and Tigerair into the KrisFlyer family and to offer our members more ways to use their miles. Scoot and Tigerair are already important parts of the SIA Group’s portfolio of airlines. Including them as KrisFlyer partners is a natural development and will help us live up to our promise to constantly offer more benefits to our members.”
Campbell Wilson, CEO, Scoot, stated, “We’re thrilled to be part of the KrisFlyer programme. Having carried more than four million guests, Scoot enjoys a loyal following who will be able to further benefit from this partnership. Scoot’s great destinations will also provide more options for KrisFlyer members to make use of their miles.”
Lee Lik Hsin, Group CEO, Tigerair, said, “We are excited to welcome KrisFlyer members to fly with Tigerair to our wide network of destinations in Asia. Our growth over the last decade is made possible only with the support of our passengers, of whom many are frequent flyers. We are hence delighted to participate in the KrisFlyer programme.”
Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 climbed at least five times its capability before it stalled and plummeted into the Java Sea killing all 162 aboard.
Yesterday, Indonesia’s Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan citing radar tapes, told media that, “the A320 suddenly went up at a speed (6000ft/minute) above the normal limit that it was able to climb to. Then it stalled.”
According to an A320 check captain the plane, at that altitude, “is only capable of climbing at 1000ft a minute.”
“The crew could only have been caught in a massive updraft associated with a severe thunderstorm.”
“the question is how on earth did they find themselves in the middle of a severe thunderstorm,” said the check captain.
Emirates will operate flights to Chicago with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which is larger than the Boeing 777-200LR that the airline currently deploys on the route. The change, adding passenger capacity, will be effective May 1, 2015, as per a release.
Emirates launched its Chicago service, ts ninth US gateway, on August 5, 2014. Less than a year later, the route has carried 66,000 passengers. The increase in capacity will offer 88 additional Economy Class seats, representing a 33 per cent increase in seating capacity. The choice of premium cabin seats remains unchanged, offering customers a choice of eight First Class Suites and 42 Business Class seats.
Hubert Frach, Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West – Americas, Africa, Europe and Russian Federation, Emirates, said, “Emirates has seen steady growth and strong customer demand for our Chicago route since its launch only five months ago. The up-gauge to a Boeing 777-300ER in May will introduce Emirates’ unique product and service to even more of our customers. Chicago is home to 2.7 million residents, making it America’s third-largest city. By increasing capacity in this market, we are able to offering more chance for passengers and businesses to connect, not only with our home and hub Dubai, but also across Emirates’ global network, including the airline’s network of ten cities in India, 17 in the Far East, and 24 points in Africa.”