IndiGo becomes first Indian airline to have 200 aircrafts in its fleet

With the addition of four new aircrafts— two Airbus A320 ceo (VT-IKA and VT-IKB) and two A320 neo (VT IZK AND VT-IZI), IndiGo becomes the first domestic carrier to have 200 aircraft in its fleet.

The budget carrier, which enjoys over 40 per cent of the total domestic traffic, had inducted the 100th aircraft on December 24, 2015.

With the number of deliveries now coming up to 226, IndiGo’s fleet consists of 123 A320ceos (current engine option), 61 A320 neos (new engine option) as well as 12 regional jets ATR.

The airline currently operates over 1,200 flights to 63 domestic destinations, which include 49 domestic and 14 international ones. goindigo.in

By Prealene Khera 

With the addition of four new aircrafts— two Airbus A320 ceo (VT-IKA and VT-IKB) and two A320 neo (VT IZK AND VT-IZI), IndiGo becomes the first domestic carrier to have 200 aircraft in its fleet.

The budget carrier, which enjoys over 40 per cent of the total domestic traffic, had inducted the 100th aircraft on December 24, 2015.

With the number of deliveries now coming up to 226, IndiGo’s fleet consists of 123 A320ceos (current engine option), 61 A320 neos (new engine option) as well as 12 regional jets ATR.

The airline currently operates over 1,200 flights to 63 domestic destinations, which include 49 domestic and 14 international ones. goindigo.in

By Prealene Khera 

Air France’s new business class lounge now complete at Paris CDG

Air France’s new business class lounge now complete at Paris CDG

After revealing the first stage of the revamp last January, Air France’s redesiged Business lounge has been unveiled in full in Hall L of Terminal 2E at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. The 3,200 sqm lounge has capacity for 540 guests and includes several entirely new features, including bar area Le Balcon; the largest wellness area of all the airline’s lounges; a Kids area; and dining area Gourmet Table.

Guests are greeted at the lounge by an interactive map , allowing them to browse all the services available.

Designed by Mathieu Lehanneur, Le Balcon (160 sqm) comes complete with LED screen in the floor depicting an image of the sky that reflects the time of day, blue velvet seating and a cocktail menu from the head bartender of the Hotel Lancaster in Paris.

Food is available from the Gourmet Table dining area, which features an open kitchen where a chef prepares tasty hot dishes by adding the final touch in front of the customer. There is also a self-service option of hot and cold dishes, with a wine list from Paolo Basso, winner of world’s best sommelier in 2013.

The wellness area includes a relaxation area, detox bar, Clarins spa, saunas and showers.

Additional spaces include Le Club, a more private seating area, a Kids area and the quiet zone Le Petit Salon, while two co-working tables provide individual power sockets.

Virgin Atlantic to end Dubai to London Heathrow flights

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Virgin Atlantic has  announced that it will withdraw flights between Dubai and London Heathrow from March 31, 2019.

After reviewing its network, the airline has decided the route is no longer economically viable.

Shai Weiss, chief commercial officer for Virgin Atlantic, said: “It‘s never an easy decision to withdraw a route, and we’d like to thank our customers and dedicated team in Dubai for their loyalty over the last 12 years.”

Customers will still be able to book flights uUntil March 31st 2019, Virgin Atlantic will continue to operate its daily flights between Dubai and London Heathrow as planned, with new bookings still available until the last flight.

 

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.

 

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