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Alaska Airlines Announces Q400s Will Use Jet Bridge for Warm Boarding in Fairbanks

By BA Staff Fairbanks residents flying on Alaska Airlines’ Bombardier Q400s starting next March will board and deplane the aircraft using the existing jet bridge at Fairbanks International Airport. The carrier will modify the jet bridge at Gate 1 to provide passengers with warm, easy access to their flights on the turboprop aircraft. Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines’ regional vice president …

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Japan approves Finnair’s inclusion in Japan Airlines British Airways joint venture

By BA Staff Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has granted anti-trust immunity to the joint business venture between Japan Airlines, Finnair and British Airways.  This paves the way for Finnair to join the existing joint business venture between Japan Airlines and British Airways. The agreement will allow all three airlines to cooperate commercially on flights between …

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Bird Information Systems partners with FITS Air

By BA Staff Bird Information Systems (BIS), a provider of automated aviation and travel related software solutions has entered into a partnership with Sri Lanka based FITS Air, for the use of its Airline Inventory and Reservations System (AIRS). As per the partnership, Bird will provide FITS Air, the booking technology for the airline inventory hosting, reservation at all city …

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Airbus Military Services logistic hub starts operations

The Airbus Military Services Logistic Hub has started operations in Seville, Spain, in line with the Full In-Service Support (FISS) model developed by the company. This hub delivers spare parts for all Airbus Military products worldwide as well as ground equipment for the operation of the fleet. The new facility substantially strengthens the spare parts delivery procedure by improving reliability …

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oneworld takes its sixth ‘best alliance’ title of the year

By BA Staff Readers of Business Traveller magazine have voted oneworld Best Airline Alliance in the magazine’s 2013 readers’ poll. This is the sixth “best alliance” honor oneworld has received in major international industry award schemes in the past year, a record for any global airline alliance – and it comes as oneworld undergoes the biggest expansion program in its …

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Virgin Australia expands codeshare on Air New Zealand domestic routes

By BA Staff Virgin Australia has expanded its codeshare agreement with Air New Zealand, adding its code to an additional 17 routes across New Zealand. Virgin Australia already codeshares to all Air New Zealand destinations in New Zealand however today’s announcement means that customers now have more choice than ever before on how to get to their destination. Virgin Australia …

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Boeing, South African Airways launch sustainable aviation biofuel effort in Southern Africa

By BA Staff Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) announced that they will work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. Courtesy of Boeing The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding for sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain development at The Corporate Council on Africa’s 9th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business, …

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Emirates is now a partner with the Commonwealth Games

By BA Staff Courtesy of Wikipedia Emirates, the Official Airline Partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay, has today started the first leg of the “Baton’s journey round the world”, beginning its international journey in Glasgow. The Queen’s Baton will be transported by Emirates, visiting a selection of the Commonwealth’s nations and territories ahead of the Glasgow …

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Air China to commence Beijing Chiang Mai service

By BA Staff Air China Limited will introduce a new thrice a week service between Beijing and Chiang Mai from November 7, 2013. Located in Thailand’s northern mountainous region, Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city and also northern Thailand’s political, economic and cultural centre. This city, celebrated for its Buddhist traditions, is also called “Rose of the Northern Thailand”. …

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Ethiad Airways increases stake in Virgin Australia to 19.9 percent

By BA Staff Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, confirmed its equity stake in Virgin Australia Holdings had reached 19.9%. This follows a series of on-market purchases of Virgin Australia shares over recent weeks. The Abu Dhabi-based airline now holds more than 515 million shares in the airline. At 19.9%, Etihad Airways has reached the threshold …

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Boeing delivers first 737-800 to Russia’s UTair

By BA Staff Boeing delivered to UTair, one of Russia’s leading national carriers, its first directly purchased Next-Generation 737-800. The airline currently has 40 Next-Generation 737s on order to be delivered in the next several years. Andrey Martirosov, CEO of UTair said: “Next-Generation Boeing 737 airplanes meet today’s development needs of the airline by their optimized operating performance and value-for-money …

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Boeing Delivers EL AL Israel Airlines’ First Next-Generation 737-900ER

By BA Staff Boeing has delivered to El Al Israel Airlines the carrier’s first Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplane. The delivery is the first of six 737-900ERs the Israeli flag-carrier has on order and is the latest addition to El Al’s all-Boeing fleet.   Elyezer Shkedy, president and chief executive officer, El Al, said: “The purchase of the Boeing 737-900ER …

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SilkAir joins Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer programme

By BA Staff SilkAir (MI), the regional airline of Singapore Airlines, will become the latest airline partner to join Virgin Australia’s Velocity frequent flyer program. From October 10, 2013 onwards, Velocity members will be able to earn points and status credits or redeem their Points on the SilkAir network across South East Asia, India and China. This includes the ability …

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AirAsia introduces new flexi-fare service ‘Hi-Flyer’

By BA Staff AirAsia has introduced ‘Hi-Flyer’, a new flexi-fare service which offers guests greater convenience, flexibility and added benefits while travelling with both AirAsia and AirAsia X. Complimentary 20kg check-in baggage allocation Complimentary ‘Pick-A-Seat’ for both Standard & Hot Seats (Hot Seats are subject to availability) Priority Boarding Up to 2x flight change – for flights up to 2 …

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Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege inks partnership with Color Plus

By BA Staff Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege frequent flyer program announced a partnership with ColorPlus, a clothing brand for men. JetPrivilege members will get rewarded with 10 JPMiles for every Rs. 100 spent on purchases made at ColorPlus exclusive stores across India. JetPrivilege members will now get to experience premium ‘Smart casuals’ and the many product enhancements, introduced by ColorPlus’ innovations, …

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John Dabkowski to join Amadeus

By BA Staff Amadeus, a technology provider for the global travel industry, announced that John Dabkowski is to join the company’s Airline IT business unit, effective October 14 as Vice President Airline Commercial and will assume responsibility for commercial activities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the Americas. Dabkowski joins Amadeus from Navitaire, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Accenture. …

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MASwings welcomes second new twin Otter Viking Series 400

By BA Staff Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary MASwings Sdn. Bhd. today took delivery of its second out of six orders for the Twin Otter DHC6-400 from Viking Air Ltd of Canada. The ceremonious handover was graced by the Right Honorable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada in recognition of strong international cooperation between Malaysia and Canada. Courtesy of Malaysia Airlines The …

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AirAsia is Business Traveller’s ‘Best Low-Cost Airline’ for two years in a row

By BA Staff AirAsia was once again distinguished as the best in its class, when the airline was awarded with the ‘Best Low-Cost Airline’ award at the 2013 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific’s Awards ceremony, held at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong recently. AirAsia, ‘Best Low-Cost Airline’ Award 2013 This is the second successive win for AirAsia, a nod to the …

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Cathay Pacific included on Dow Jones sustainability indices for first time

By BA Staff Cathay Pacific Airways announced that the concerted effort the airline has made towards operating as a sustainable organization has led to it being included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the first time. The DJSI are recognized as the leading global sustainability benchmark, tracking the stock performance of the world’s leading companies in terms of …

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