Wow Air launches London-Delhi flight via Iceland

India Gate, Delhi

WOW AIR EXPANSION:  FLIGHTS FROM LONDON TO DELHI VIA ICELAND

FROM JUST £149 LAUNCHING DEC 2018

Low-cost airline WOW air has today announced flights to India from its Icelandic hub, the airline’s first destination in South Asia.

From 6 December, those looking to travel to Delhi will be able to take off from London Gatwick and enjoy a short stop-over in Iceland before the ten and a half hour onward journey to India’s vibrant capital territory.

The route is the first step in the carrier’s next phase of cross continental expansion, having launched a plethora of transatlantic services over the past three years. While UK travellers using the service will initially travel west, the airline expects its competitive fares to still entice those looking to keep their costs down.

Fares start from as little as £149* one way including taxes, or for passengers looking for a more luxe experience WOW premium** prices start from just £499 one-way including taxes.

Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air, said: “We are delighted to announce our network expansion in to India. This exciting new route is an important milestone in the growth of WOW air and signifies our continuing mission to open the skies and enable even greater travel possibilities, always at the best rates possible.”

Serviced by the airline’s brand new A330neo wide body jet liner, the new route to Delhi will operate three times per week from Iceland, increasing to five times per week from January 2019. Flights from London Gatwick to Reykjavik operate twice daily.

WOW air currently serves 38 destinations across Europe, North America and Canada. For more information, or to book tickets please visit: www.wowair.co.uk

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Notes to Editors:

* Based on lowest one-way, WOW Basic package fare from LGW-DEL, including taxes, when booked at www.wowair.co.uk. Not including booking/baggage fees.

** The WOW premium package includes a ‘Big Seat’ complete with foot rest and 37-45 inch pitch, priority boarding, Fast Track security clearance, an inflight meal and beverages, two checked bags plus a carry-on, and the ability to reschedule or cancel a booking without incurring a fee.

Flight Schedule:
WW322   KEF – DEL    11:40 – 21:45 UTC / 11:40 – 03:15 Local

WW323   DEL – KEF    01:30 – 13:20 UTC / 07:00 – 13:20 Local

For further press information please contact:
Rachel Sewell / Elsa Findlay / Katie Raby / Stuart Fyfe
T:       +44 (0) 20 3440 8930
E:       teamwow@rooster.co.uk

About WOW air

WOW air is Iceland’s ultra-low-cost transatlantic airline offering cheap fares, a modern fleet with the lowest emissions and the biggest smile; this is the WOW air promise to its valuable customers.

WOW air flies twice-daily from London Gatwick to Reykjavik. As of spring 2018, the airline will serve 38 destinations across Europe, North America and Canada, including London, Edinburgh, Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto and New York.

Created in November 2011 by Icelandic entrepreneur Skúli Mogensen, the purple airline flies with Airbus A320 aircrafts and Airbus A321/A330 models. WOW air boasts one of the world’s youngest fleets, with an average aircraft age of just 2.9 years.

WOW air was ranked as the 7th best low-cost airline in Europe at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Skytrax World Airline Awards and was the youngest airline in the top ten.

Qatar Airways and Iberia expand codeshare

Qatar Airways and Iberia tail fins

Qatar Airways and Iberia have expanded their codeshare to improve connections to for passengers in the Middle East and Asia, as well as providing enhanced accessibility to key destinations across Latin America, including Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Panama and the Dominican Republic.

The airlines first joined forces in April 2017, as we reported on Business Traveller.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker, said: “Expanding the codeshare partnership with Iberia was a natural progression based on our customers’ mutual desire for additional destinations across both networks, as well as our membership in the oneworld alliance. Latin America is a key area of growth for us, and we are delighted to be able to provide access to these new, fast-growing cities for our valued passengers from Qatar, the wider Middle East, South Asia and beyond with seamless connectivity.”

Chairman and CEO of Iberia Luis Gallego, said: “We are very happy to announce this expanded codeshare agreement with our oneworld partner, Qatar Airways. With these additional routes, we will be able to provide our customers with greater access to the Middle East and Asia, offering even more choice to both business and leisure travellers.”

Members of both airlines’ frequent flyer programmes – Qatar Airways Privilege Club and Iberia Plus – will benefit with increased accessibility to Qatar Airways’ ahub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), and Iberia’s hub at Madrid Airport Terminal 4.

Flatulence causes fight and flight diversion

Flight-contrail

Noxious ‘Wind’ Forces Airliner to Make Emergency Landing

 

An in-flight flight sparked by a series of farts led to a Transavia Airlines jet making an emergency landing at Vienna International Airport, the Mirror (https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/pilot-forced-make-emergency-landing-12038181) reported February 16, 2018.

 

An in-flight flight sparked by a series of farts led to a Transavia Airlines jet making an emergency landing at Vienna International Airport, the Mirror (https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/pilot-forced-make-emergency-landing-12038181) reported February 16, 2018.

 

The Dubai-to-Amsterdam flight on the low-cost airline was diverted when a man continued to trump despite pleas from nearby seatmates. The florid passenger eventually ended up in a fight with a pair of Dutch men.

 

Some passengers claimed that the flight crew did little to intervene, although the pilot did warn passengers to calm down prior to diverting the flight to Vienna.

 

The two men who started the fight, as well as two women seated with them, were escorted off the plane and banned from future Transavia flights. “We had no idea who these boys were, we just had the bad luck to be in the same row and we didn’t do anything,” said one of the women, Nora Lacchab. “All I will say is that the crew were really provocative and stirred things up.”

Tiny toilets on B737 MAX cause complaints

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Tiny Toilets on 737 MAX Trouble Flight Attendants, Passengers

 

By Bob Curley

 

Trying to wedge yourself into an airline toilet can be a minor act of contortion, and the “water closet” on the newest class of 737 jets is more confining than ever, Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelgoldstein/2018/01/22/tiny-toilets-on-american-airlines-737-max-annoy-flight-attendants/#53f927894f42) reported January 22, 2017.

 

Trying to wedge yourself into an airline toilet can be a minor act of contortion, and the “water closet” on the newest class of 737 jets is more confining than ever, Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelgoldstein/2018/01/22/tiny-toilets-on-american-airlines-737-max-annoy-flight-attendants/#53f927894f42) reported January 22, 2017.

 

American Airlines flight attendants are complaining about the cramped lavatories on the new class of 737 MAX jets, which are designed for longer range and low-cost operation. Airline personnel reportedly told CEO Doug Parker that the sinks in the restrooms are so small that passengers can only wash one hand at a time, and that water splashes everywhere when the sinks are used.

 

Also, flight attendants say that they are temporarily corralled in the galley whenever both lavatory doors are opened.

 

Passengers also have lodged complaints about the diminutive rest rooms, which were shrunk to allow the airline to fit an additional dozen seats into their 737 MAX aircraft. “I fit but my sides touch the wall and the sink while facing the toilet,” noted Gary Leff of View from the Wing. 

 

American Airlines has restricted the flow of water into the sinks to reduce the splashing, but the other issues remain unresolved.

 

 

 

American Airlines unveils NY-Chicago shuttle

The skyline of New York City

American Airlines Unveils NY-Chicago Shuttle, Other New Service

 

By Bob Curley

 

New air shuttle service between New York’s LaGuardia International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare international Airport will debut on April 4, 2018, American Airlines has announced.

 

New air shuttle service between New York’s LaGuardia International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare international Airport will debut on April 4, 2018, American Airlines has announced.

 

The business-travel oriented shuttle will depart hourly, with a total of 15 flights daily from dedicated gates and featuring extended check-in times for travelers and luggage, and free beer and wine service in the main cabin.

 

American also operates air shuttles between LaGuardia and Boston Logan International Airport, LaGuardia and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and between Reagan and Logan.

 

The shuttle service debuted alongside a major expansion in American’s flight schedule, with the addition of new routes and 52 new nonstop flights coming in 2018. These will include new flights from Philadelphia International Airport to Oklahoma City, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Pensacola, Florida; flights from Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth to Panama City, Florida and South Bend, Indiana; and service between O’Hare and Walkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Pennsylvania.

 

The new flights will commence on June 7.

 

Vasu Raja, vice president of network and schedule planning for the airline, said that with the additions, American is “serving smaller cities more frequently [and] visiting places we’ve never flown before.”

 

The airline also recently announced new international service to Budapest, Hungary, Prague, Czech Republic, and Reykjavik, Iceland.

 

 

American Airlines moves to eliminate cash transactions

American Airlines 787-800

Credit Cards Required to Pay Fees at More AA Ticket Counters

 

By Bob Curley

 

American Airlines is moving to eliminate cash transactions at airport ticket counters.

 

American Airlines is moving to eliminate cash transactions at airport ticket counters.

 

The Miami Herald (http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/business/airline-goes-cashless-at-miami-airport-20180117) reported January 17, 2018 that the airline has stopped accepting cash to pay for checked or overweight bags at Miami International Airport and more than 50 other locations, including New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

 

Travellers who don’t have credit cards are directed to nearby, ATM-like ReadyStations, which convert cash to debit cards for a $5 fee. The machines will dispense debit cards with up to $1,000 in value.

 

“Moving away from cash allows American to assist customers more efficiently. It also reduces the complexity of work for our agents who will no longer have to worry about handling cash, find exact change or close out a cash drawer at the end of the day,” airline spokeswoman Alexis Aran Coello said in a statement. “In general, our ticket counter agents support the transition to a cashless environment.”

 

United Airlines went cashless at Miami International Airport about three years ago, and also refers passengers with cash to ReadyStation kiosks. Many are international travellers who carry cash to avoid steep transaction fees charged to their credit cards when they are in the U.S.

 

http://www.aa.com

 

IndiGo launches three-day sale

IndiGo Airlines ATR aircraft

IndiGo has launched a three-day special offer for passengers planning their summer travel.

Until January 10, 2018, IndiGo passengers can purchase discounted tickets for travel between February 01, 2018 and April 15, 2018. Airfares start from ₹999 for domestic routes and ₹1399 for international routes.

Customers will also be offered vouchers (minimum and maximum values of ₹100 and ₹600 respectively) for its ancillary services, in lieu of discounts on air tickets.

Booking Amount for each way 

Voucher details

Less than 1,000  One voucher worth 100
Between 1,000 and 1,500 One voucher worth 150
Between 1,500 and 2,000 Two vouchers worth 100 each
Between 2,000 and 2,500 Two vouchers worth 150 and 100
More than 2,500 Two vouchers worth 150 each

Further, HDFC credit card holders will be given a cash-back of up to ₹300 on one-way tickets and up to ₹600 on return tickets.

The special fares will be available on first-come-first basis and are non-refundable.

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IndiGo has launched a three-day special offer for passengers planning their summer travel.

Until January 10, 2018, IndiGo passengers can purchase discounted tickets for travel between February 01, 2018 and April 15, 2018. Airfares start from ₹999 for domestic routes and ₹1399 for international routes.

Customers will also be offered vouchers (minimum and maximum values of ₹100 and ₹600 respectively) for its ancillary services, in lieu of discounts on air tickets.

Booking Amount for each way 

Voucher details

Less than 1,000  One voucher worth 100
Between 1,000 and 1,500 One voucher worth 150
Between 1,500 and 2,000 Two vouchers worth 100 each
Between 2,000 and 2,500 Two vouchers worth 150 and 100
More than 2,500 Two vouchers worth 150 each

Further, HDFC credit card holders will be given a cash-back of up to ₹300 on one-way tickets and up to ₹600 on return tickets.

The special fares will be available on first-come-first basis and are non-refundable.

goindigo.in 

New US domestic routes for premium Delta One

Delta A350

Premium Delta One Service Coming to New U.S. Domestic Routes

 

By Bob Curley

 

Delta One, Delta Air Lines’ premium service featuring lie-flat beds, will be added on six new domestic U.S. long-haul routes in spring 2018.

 

Delta One, Delta Air Lines’ premium service featuring lie-flat beds, will be added on six new domestic U.S. long-haul routes in spring 2018.

 

Delta announced on November 20, 2018 that Delta One will become the premium service offering on flights between Boston and Los Angeles, New York/JFK and San Diego, JFK-Seattle, and JFK-Las Vegas beginning on May 1, 2018.

 

Delta One also will be offered on one daily flight each between Atlanta and Honolulu and Minneapolis and Honolulu beginning on April 1, 2018.

 

Delta Sky Miles Medallion Members will be eligible for unlimited day-of-departure upgrades to Delta One cabin on all domestic flights, the airline also announced.

 

The new premium service, which takes the place of First Class on these flights, was rolled out beginning in 2016 (https://www.businesstraveller.com/airlines/2016/08/17/delta-introduces-worlds-first-suite-business-class/) on long-haul international flights and transcontinental flights between JFK and Los Angeles, JFK and San Francisco, Washington, D.C. (Reagan) and LAX, and Boston and San Francisco.

 

Delta One is widely viewed as Delta’s response to JetBlue’s popular Mint service.

 

Delta One includes 180-degree flat-bed seats, chef-curated menus with seasonally rotating wines selected by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, In-seat power and USB outlets, seat-back entertainment screens, noise-cancelling headsets, and a TUMI amenity kit with Kiehl’s products. Travellers also will get complementary Delta Sky Club access, Sky Priority check-in, security, and baggage handling, priority boarding, and — in Los Angeles — Delta ONE at LAX check-in service.

 

http://www.delta.com

 

 

Airline mergers bad news for passengers says US report

Virgin America

Report Says Travellers Lose When Airlines Merge

 

By Bob Curley

 

Airline consolidation leads to less competition, fewer choices, and reduced service to rural communities, making mergers bad news for consumers, according to a recent report from The Eno Center for Transportation (https://www.enotrans.org/etl-material/effect-airline-consolidation-passengers/).

 

Airline consolidation leads to less competition, fewer choices, and reduced service to rural communities, making mergers bad news for consumers, according to a recent report from The Eno Center for Transportation (https://www.enotrans.org/etl-material/effect-airline-consolidation-passengers/).

 

The Washington, D.C. based transportation think tank said that airline mergers have helped drive a 15 per cent increase in traffic at large hub airports, while traffic declined at small and medium sized airports.

 

“Airlines typically concentrate their traffic in a few large airports because of the efficiency advantages of connecting passengers,” the report noted. “Passengers using small and medium hub airports could be worse off as airlines have reduced service in several smaller markets.”

 

Consolidation also makes it harder for new airlines to enter the market, further hindering competition, the report said.

 

The Eno Center used the findings to argue against the proposal to give airlines control over the U.S. air-traffic control system. “Privatizing air traffic control would give even more power to the big airlines, allowing them to further concentrate flights and resources at the largest hub airports, and restrict access for low cost competitors,” according to the report.