Many international airlines have started auctioning off upgrades in an attempt to fill empty business and first class seats. But some elite frequent flyers who normally get first dibs on those seats fear their benefits will be diluted.
Sydney Morning HeraldBoeing's 747-400, a Faded Queen of the SkiesBusinessweekJapan Airlines has stopped using the planes, and operators including Cathay Pacific Airways, Korean Air Lines, and Malaysian Airline System (MAS) are ...Jumbo jets, going...
China Southern, Asia's largest carrier based on capacity, is developing a hub in Urumqi and has recently indicated it will accelerate growth. The majority of traffic is domestic while international growth has been concentrated westwards, although China Southern has dabbled with eastward flights outside of the mainland via charters to Hong Kong. Recent revisions to bilateral air service agreements should also see foreign carriers grow their presence in Urumqi.
The nascent international LCC footprint of Chinese low-cost carriers will grow as Juneyao Airlines in Aug-2012 opens routes to Japan, becoming the second Chinese LCC to have services beyond China. The first was Spring Airlines with services to the Tokyo area, and Spring intends to open new Japanese cities but first will reportedly bring new countries – South Korea and Thailand – to its route map.
A recent expansion by JetBlue in Colombia through new flights from Fort Lauderdale appears to be just the beginning of the carrier’s plans to expand in the country and throughout Latin America. JetBlue envisions replicating the success it has achieved in the Colombian market, which it first entered in 2009 with a daily Orlando-Bogota flight, by increasing destinations in Colombia from Florida and possibly New York. Its success in Colombia may also persuade JetBlue to decide to penetrate further into South America, possibly with widebody aircraft at some point in the future.
Latin American airline groups LAN and TAM have finally completed their historic merger, creating a single powerful group which accounts for about one-third of total capacity in the fast-growing South American market. Latam Airlines Group is the market leader in Brazil, which is by far the largest market in Latin America and one of the four BRIC countries, and in three smaller South American countries – Chile, Peru and Paraguay. Latam is also the second largest player in another three South American markets – Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador.
A new airline in Spain then? hardly...well at least from the point of view of passengers (if you are an Iberia pilot, this is another matter). From the informations that are being made public, Iberia Express product is not going to be significantly different from that Iberia currently offers on short-haul routes:
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Georgia’s aviation market is expanding with the help of a proactive Georgian Government, which is seeking to transform the country into a regional transportation hub. In 2012 the small country has seen not only increased services from European carriers, but from carriers further afield in Asia and the Middle East. Georgia’s home-based aviation market is also set to expand with the launch of two new airlines, FlyGeorgia and Air Caucasus, in 2012.
Rival airlines to Ryanair Holdings Plc have drawn up a report alleging that the Irish discount carrier would have made a loss of 304.9 million euros ($381.6 million) in the 2011-12 financial year if it wasn’t for state support, L’Echo reported,...