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Alaska Airlines increases minimum check-in time to 40 minutes

By BA Staff Courtesy of Wikipedia Alaska Airlines is changing its minimum check-in time for customers traveling on most domestic flights from 30 to 40 minutes prior to departure, regardless if a bag is checked or not. The minimum check-in time for international flights remains at 60 minutes. The policy change is being made so that travelers on Alaska Airlines …

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JetBlue deal marks 10,000th Airbus A320 family order

By BA Staff Just days after taking delivery of its very first A321 aircraft, JetBlue Airways has placed a new order for 15 A321ceo (current engine option) and 20 A321neo (new engine option) aircraft. In addition, the airline has opted to up size 8 A320ceo and 10 A320neo aircraft currently on backlog to 8 A321ceo and 10 A321neo, respectively. This …

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July 2013 U.S. airline traffic data shows system passengers unchanged from 2012

By BA Staff Courtesy of Bts.gov The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported that U.S. airlines carried 69.2 million systemwide (domestic + international) scheduled service passengers in July 2013, the same as in July 2012. The systemwide total was the result of a 0.7 percent decrease in the number of domestic passengers (59.3 million) and a …

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Qatar Airways launches new route to Philippines

By BA Staff Qatar Airways has launched daily non-stop daily flights to Clark Manila International Airport in the Philippines. The Clark airport route is operated with an Airbus A330 in a two-class configuration of up to 248 seats in Economy and up to 36 in Business Class. Clark International Airport is located about 96km from Manila City Centre and a …

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Alaska Airlines retrofitting 737 fleet with new, split winglet

By BA Staff Scimitar split winglets. Photo courtesy Alaska Airlines. Alaska Airline’s Boeing 737s will soon fly the more efficient performance-enhancing split Scimitar winglets, which will reduce fuel consumption by 58,000 gallons a year per aircraft saving the airline $20 million and cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 57,000 tons annually, equivalent to about 11,900 passenger vehicles. The new winglet from …

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Boeing and Lockheed Martin team-up for US Air Force bomber program

By BA Staff The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation are teaming together to compete for the United States Air Force’s Long-Range Strike Bomber program, with Boeing acting as the prime contractor and Lockheed Martin as the primary team-mate. To this critical mission, the team brings together nearly two centuries of combined experience designing, developing and testing aircraft for defense …

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United fined for lengthy tarmac delays in July 2012

By BA Staff The U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined United Airlines $1.1 million for lengthy tarmac delays that took place at Chicago-O’Hare International Airport on July 13, 2012.  The airline was ordered to cease and desist from future violations of the tarmac-delay rule. This is the largest fine assessed for a tarmac-delay violation since the rule limiting long …

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British Airways celebrates launching its A380 service to Hong Kong

By BA Staff The exclusive event, billed as a ‘Gig on a Wing’ showcased the very best of British Airways, to an audience that included Keith Williams, British Airways’ Chief Executive and special guests from Hong Kong’s aviation, travel, business, entertainment and hospitality industry. Keith Williams, British Airways’ chief executive, said: “Today marks another milestone in our long and proud …

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Alaska Airlines offers double frequent flier miles from Seattle

By BA Staff Alaska Airlines is offering members of its Mileage Plan™ frequent flyer programme, double miles on nonstop flights between Seattle and five Californian cities and Las Vegas, till May 31, 2014. Alaska customers can earn double miles on all flights between Seattle and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Santa Rosa and Las Vegas. The double miles …

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Airbus Military signs additional contract with Kazakhstan for two more C295 aircraft

Airbus Military has signed a contract with Kazspecexport, a State Company belonging to the Ministry of Defence of Kazakhstan, to supply two C295 military transport aircraft plus the related service support package for spare parts and ground support equipment. This order is implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed in 2012 between the Ministry of Defence of …

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Boeing delivers Kenya Airways’ first 777-300ER

By BA Staff Boeing has delivered flag carrier Kenya Airways’ first 777-300ER (Extended Range). The aircraft is leased to the carrier by GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). Kenya Airways’ Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Titus Naikuni said: “The delivery of this Boeing 777-300ER aircraft marks a key milestone for us at Kenya Airways. Its long-haul capability is …

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Airbus receives prestigious European Award

By BA Staff Airbus has won an award in recognition for its contribution to European economy and integration. The prestigious “Golden Victoria for the European Idea of the Year”, awarded by the German Association of Magazine Publishers (VDZ), was handed over by European Union Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger to Airbus Chief Operating Officer Günter Butschek at the “Publishers’ Night” in …

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Boeing, Korean Air finalize order for 12 Twin-Aisle Airplanes

By BA Staff Flag carrier Korean Air has finalised an order on US airframer Boeing, for five 747-8i Intercontinentals and six 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners that was originally announced as a commitment during the Paris Air Show earlier in June. In addition to that commitment, the airline also ordered one additional 787 Dreamliner. The value of the combined order is …

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Boeing, EL AL Israel Airlines finalize order for two more 737-900ERs

By BA Staff El Al Boeing 737-800. Image by AF1621 courtesy Wikimedia Boeing and El Al Israel Airlines have finalized an order for two additional Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The order comes just two weeks after the Israeli flag-carrier took delivery of its first 737-900ER. This order brings the total number of 737-900ERs ordered by EL AL to eight. …

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Airline on-time performance in August down from previous year, up from July

By BA Staff The United States’ largest airlines posted an on-time arrival rate of 78.8 percent in August, down from the 79.1 percent on-time rate from August 2012, but up from the 73.1 percent mark from July 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report released today. Airlines also reported two tarmac delays of more than …

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Amadeus enhances selling opportunities for hoteliers and travel agencies

By BA Staff  Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, announced the launch of the Amadeus Hotels Select web portal that allows hoteliers to promote their deals and offers directly to travel agents in Asia Pacific. For the first time, Amadeus travel agents will benefit from access to exclusive hotel rates and special offers from over 1,100 …

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DOT fines ticket agents for code-share disclosure violations

By BA Staff The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined two ticket agents for violating the Department’s rules on disclosure of code-share flights. DOT issued a $125,000 fine against Carlson Wagonlit Travel and a $65,000 fine against Frosch International Travel, and both companies were ordered to cease and desist from further violations. The amount of the fines was based …

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