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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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Etihad Airways to commence Los Angeles flights using Air India 777-200LRs?

by Devesh Agarwal Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300ER Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), today announced the launch of direct non stop flights between its home base of Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Los Angeles, California, USA (LAX), from June 1, 2014, subject to regulatory approvals. The announcement goes on to say, Etihad will deploy a three …

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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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Jetstar receives Australia’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner

by BA Staff Boeing (NYSE: BA) delivered to Jetstar Airways of Australia the carrier’s first 787 today, which is also the first Dreamliner for the nation of Australia. Jetstar Australia Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VH-VKA Jetstar, is the Qantas Group’s low-cost brand. Like every other airline which has taken delivery of this new type of aircraft, Jetstar too will introduce the …

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Japan Airlines places its first ever order on Airbus

by BA Staff Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), plus options for a further 25 aircraft. This is JAL’s first ever order for Airbus aircraft. (Japan Air System used purchase Airbus aircraft prior to its merger with JAL). Video of Fabrice Bregier, President and CEO of Airbus, below the …

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Boeing reports third quarter deliveries

by BA Staff American manufacturer Boeing has reported its aircraft deliveries for the third quarter of 2013, with 213 deliveries recorded in the three month period, split as 170 Commercial and 43 Defense & Space. For the year to date, Boeing has recorded 595 deliveries, split as 476 Commercial and 119 Defense & Space. Find the full breakdown of Boeing’s …

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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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Singapore Airlines to launch seasonal services to Athens

by BA Staff Image Credit: Devesh Agarwal Southeast Asian full service carrier Singapore Airlines has announced its return to Athens, Greece, with twice weekly seasonal nonstop services from its hub at Singapore’s Changi International Airport to commence between June and October 2014. The flights will be operated using one of Singapore Airlines’ 13 Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, configured with either 285 …

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