Thursday, 20 February 2020

Barcelona discount from Vueling


Barcelona is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Spain. Strolling down Paseo de Gracia you can discover emblematic Modernist buildings such as Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, at the same time as you go by some of the most exclusive shops in the city.

If you wish to see its most famous tourist sites, you cannot afford to miss the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, the beach at Barceloneta or the area around the Ramblas. And if you wish to discover the truly authentic lifestyle of Barcelona, just visit the popular areas of Gracia, Born, or Gothic Quarter.

Barcelona can keep you entertained for weeks. So, in order not to miss a single thing, we suggest that you carefully plan your stay and everything you wish to do.

Vueling is offing a special limited  20% opportunity discount for the next couple of days!

Start date: 19.02.2020         
End date: 21.02.2020               
COUPON:  BARCELONA20




ANA Heralds in the Digital Decade by Announcing Major Cargo Distribution Partnership with cargo.one


Stepping into digital distribution: ANA to offer seamless online cargo booking experience to freight forwarders on leading ebooking platform cargo.one

Leveraging network effects: cargo.one to continue its rapid growth by further expanding its global offering


All Nippon Airways, Japan’s largest airline, heralds in the new decade by joining leading online platform cargo.one to offer its cargo customers ebooking capabilities. Furthermore, the airline will profit from cargo.one’s extensive customer base in Europe and thus, expand its presence in key cargo markets.

“Partnering with leading online booking platform cargo.one will help to accelerate our ambition to digitally transform our business within the coming years and to focus even more on our customer needs,” said Toshiaki Toyama, Senior Vice President of ANA. “With cargo.one we enable freight forwarders to book our capacity offers in a fast and frictionless manner, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Air New Zealand announces capacity adjustments on Shanghai and Hong Kong routes

Air New Zealand advises that it will be reducing capacity on its Shanghai route throughout April, and Hong Kong route throughout April and May as a result of the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on customer demand.
Photo Air New Zealand
Shanghai services are currently suspended until 29 March as a consequence of international travel bans affecting crew logistics and customer bookings. The resumption of these services is dependent on a change in status of international travel restrictions. The health and safety of the airline’s crew and customers is paramount and re-entry into Shanghai, in particular, will also be subject to guidance from the New Zealand Ministry of Health and Air New Zealand Medical team.

From 30 March, Shanghai services will be adjusted from seven return services per week to a return service every second day through to 30 April. Hong Kong services, currently operated by Cathay Pacific, will resume on Air New Zealand aircraft from 29 March and will be adjusted from seven return services per week to four return services per week from 21 April - 31 May.

American Airlines to Offer Preordered Meals in Premium Cabins on More Flights than any US Airline

Carrier expands onboard dining option to premium cabins on American Eagle flights


American Airlines will expand preordered meal service to premium cabins on American Eagle flights, adding another 300 daily flights where customers can order meals in advance, starting March 11. This brings the total number of daily flights eligible for preorder in premium cabins to nearly 1,900 — more than any other U.S. airline.

American is also the only U.S. carrier to offer preordered meal service in premium cabins on both mainline and regional flights, available on flights of 900 miles or more.

“Ordering meals in advance is important to our customers, and we’re excited to bring this option to more flights,” said Raphael Girardoni, Managing Director of Food and Beverage Services at American. “The culinary experience is an important part of travel that we will continue to invest in.”

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Mid-air collision kills four in Australia.

A Mid-air collision between two light aircraft has left four people dead in Mangalore, just north of Melbourne, Australia today. 

According to local media,  the two aircraft collided at about 4000ft above sea level, before crashing to the ground in a popular area for recreational flying.  All four people, whose bodies were found among the wreckage, are yet to be formally identified.

Victoria Police said in a statement. “Two occupants in each aircraft have died at the scenes, - One plane almost certainly crashed immediately and the other plane crashed about two kilometres north from here and both were extensively damaged prior to colliding with the ground,” 

Barcelona is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Spain


Barcelona is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Spain. Strolling down Paseo de Gracia you can discover emblematic Modernist buildings such as Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, at the same time as you go by some of the most exclusive shops in the city.

If you wish to see its most famous tourist sites, you cannot afford to miss the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, the beach at Barceloneta or the area around the Ramblas. And if you wish to discover the truly authentic lifestyle of Barcelona, just visit the popular areas of Gracia, Born, or Gothic quarter.

Barcelona can keep you entertained for weeks. So, in order not to miss a single thing, we suggest that you carefully plan your stay and everything you wish to do.


Vueling is offing a special limited  20% opportunity discount for the next couple of days!

Start date: 19.02.2020         
End date: 21.02.2020               
COUPON:  BARCELONA20





American Celebrates Milestone of 700 Daily Departures at CLT Hub


                                         American Airlines joined leaders from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), elected officials from the Charlotte region and other community leaders at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the carrier’s continuous growth in the region — the milestone of 700 daily scheduled departures from CLT.

The increased schedule was made possible after American leased four new gates at CLT’s Concourse A.

As one of the fastest-growing airports in the country, CLT is American’s second-largest hub. The carrier serves 149 destinations from CLT.

“With the addition of these new gates, we were able to add frequencies on popular routes and we now operate nearly 80 flights per day to Florida, 30 flights per day to the New York metro area and 25 flights per day to D.C. metro area,” said Brian Znotins, American’s Vice President of Network Planning. “We’ll continue to be the best airline with the most choice in Charlotte for both business and leisure customers.”

US Air Force Selects Boeing to Sustain C2 Software Platform for Air Mobility Command

Boeing's subsidiary Tapestry Solutions has secured a five-year U.S. Air Force recompete contract to sustain and modernise the Global Decision Support System, or GDSS – the principal command and control (C2) software platform that supports global Air Mobility Command (AMC) missions.

GDSS helps mobility aircrews successfully plan and execute core missions, ranging from aerial refueling to strategic airlift, while providing a common operational picture for AMC and mission partners on a fully integrated platform. This enables Mobility Air Forces to rapidly move personnel and equipment – anywhere in the world within hours – and sustain troop support or relief operations as long as needed.

Air Transat unveils its 2020 summer flight programme

Air Transat has released more details of its 2020 summer flight programme for Ontario. In all, the airline will be offering 95 direct flights a week from Toronto to Europe, the South and the United States. This includes a new direct flight to Faro, Portugal—a first in the summertime.

European destinations still a priority

Air Transat's new program features 14 weekly flights to London (England), up from nine flights a week in summer 2019. There will be five direct flights a week to Manchester (England), Dublin (Ireland), Glasgow (Scotland) and Paris (France). Options will also abound for Italy, with seven direct flights a week to Rome, two to Venice and one to Lamezia. Travellers will find eight weekly departures for Portugal: four to Lisbon, three to Porto and, for the first time in summer, a direct flight to Faro, in the Algarve. Finally, Air Transat will fly direct three times a week to Barcelona (Spain), Zagreb (Croatia) and Athens (Greece), and four times to Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Covid-19 outbreak forces reductions in Singapore Airlines and SilkAir services across the network

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir have confirmed that it will temporarily reduce services across the group's route network due to weak demand as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.  The airline is cutting the SQ318/SQ321 services on the Singapore London - Singapore route for almost the entire month of May. The firm is also axing some flights to Frankfurt, Paris, Copenhagen and Dusseldorf in Europe.   

Details of the affected flights can be found here.

SIA said it would continue to monitor the situation and make further adjustments as necessary to the schedule, with local media predicting a further downfall in demand as the epidemic is expected to worsen in the coming months.   

Singapore Airlines says all affected customers will be notified and re-accommodated onto other flights and  "Singapore Airlines and SilkAir apologise for the inconvenience caused."










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Silver Airways Kicks Off Summer Travel Between Orlando and Destin, Florida

On March 13, 2020, in time for the Memorial Day weekend, Silver Airways is kicking off the summer travel season between two historic U.S. Air Force bases – Orlando International Airport, formerly McCoy Air Force Base, and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, located within Eglin Air Force Base.

Flights are scheduled to take just under two hours on the airlines Saab 340B aircraft featuring 34 seats in an economy cabin. 

Snowflake Software Agrees to Join Cirium in a Deal Focused on Delivering a Complete, Real-time View of World Flight Operations

Snowflake Software Ltd (Snowflake), an innovator in fusing and streaming live flight and navigational data, has signed an agreement to become part of Cirium, the expanding aviation analytics group. Cirium, which is part of RELX, expects the acquisition to give the combined group a world-class capability in handling live flight data for the global air transport industry.

Based in Southampton, UK, Snowflake has accelerated the integration and exchange of flight, weather and aeronautical data through its cloud-based Laminar Data platform. This will now be brought together with Cirium’s flight status, schedule, fleet and traffic analytics.

As demand for air travel increases, seamless data exchange to enable collaborative decision making is fundamental to the future growth of the air transport industry. Snowflake with its award-winning Laminar Data platform is well-placed to leverage this unprecedented demand for data exchange across many airspace users including Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), Airlines, Airport and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) providers.

Despite the Boeing 737 Max groundings, Air Canada saw record revenue in 2019

Leading Canadian carrier, Air Canada has reported record revenues for 2019 despite the fall out from the grounding of the firms Boeing 737 max aircraft.

The airline reported earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and impairment of $3.636 billion up from $3.213 billion in 2018.  The carrier managed to achieve operating income of $1.650 billion in 2019 compared to operating income of $1.496 billion in 2018.

Air Canada expects that six of 12 undelivered Boeing 737 MAX aircraft originally scheduled for delivery in 2019 will be delivered in 2020 with the remaining six delivered in 2021, and that 14 undelivered Boeing 737 MAX aircraft originally scheduled for delivery in 2020 will be delivered in 2021. Whilst no firm date is yet available for the return of the 737 MAX aircraft to the schedules, the airline believes it will gradually return to service commencing late in the third quarter of 2020. 

Air France celebrates 20 year partnership with Henri Dumont School Complex

A 20-Year Partnership Between the Air France Foundation and the Henri Dumont School Complex

On 15 February, the Air France Foundation, together with the local Air France establishment, celebrated their 20-year partnership with the Henri Dumont School Complex in Douala, in Cameroon.

The main ambition of this partnership initiated in 2000 is to enable children enrolled through to the end of their primary education at Henri Dumont school to pursue their studies up to their final year. Another objective is to turn this school into a major reference centre for schooling and education.

Over 20 years, the Air France Foundation’s participation in the development projects undertaken by the school, located in a disadvantaged area, has amounted to over 272,000 euros.

Alitalia sees a growth passengers and revenue in January

Photo Alitalia 
The growth in passenger traffic revenues and the number of travellers carried by Alitalia last year also continues in the first month of 2020.

The Italian company reported revenues of 180.35 million euros in January this year, an increase of 4.1% compared to the same month in 2019 (and 8.2% on January 2018), in the face of a 4.2% decrease in capacity offered. This is good news for the financially troubled carrier that faces an uncertain future, although the recent demise of rival airline Air Italy, has given the state-funded carrier some breathing space. 

The results were also positive as regards the number of passengers transported, which in January 2020 rose by 2.9% compared to the same month of the previous year. Overall, 1,480,504 passengers flew with Alitalia in the first month of this year, with a load factor of 74.4%, an increase of 3.7 percentage points compared to January of last year .