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Air France / KLM deny any interest in acquiring Alitalia.13 Jan 2018
Lufthansa could still acquire Alitalia. But it would want to make cutbacks so that its vision of a “New Alitalia” can be realised.12 Jan 2018
LP – Surprisngly KLM continues to offer as many as five flights a day between Brussels and Amsterdam.
Services are operated by Embraer jets. Flight time is 50 to 60 mins.in reply to: Norwegian to fly Amsterdam-NewYork using KLM slots12 Jan 2018
Here’s our piece today. It’s believed Meridiana will announce a new business plan early in 2018.18 Dec 2017
Andy – Both EK/TG are flying from/to their hubs. Normally hub airlines will offer their best deals when you fly *through* the hub … as in the case of Oman Air as I would imagine you would be flying DXB-BKK via Muscat with Oman Air.
You made no mention of Flydubai which also plies DXB-BKK.
I have no experience flying Oman Air but this airline isn’t short of cash. It paid the record price of US$75 million for a single Heathrow slot pair.in reply to: Oman Air18 Dec 2017
Norwegian will increase its London LGW to Buenos Aires service from four to six flights weekly at the start of the summer timetable from March 27.17 Dec 2017
It had been thought that MAS would be operating all its KUL-LHR flights with A350s next year.
But MAS’ summer timetable, see Airlineroute below, shows the A380 returning for the summer peak between July 20 and September 3.
Two A380s are required to operate a single daily flight on this route.
MH 2 is the overnight service from KUL and MH 3 is the mid-morning departure from LHR.
MAS’ new A350s are scheduled to enter the KUL-LHR route next January. Initially they will operate a single daily flight.
However, bear in mind that further changes are possible and especially now that previous CEO Peter Bellew has departed and returned to Ryanair.in reply to: Malaysia Airlines plans to operate 700-seat A380s16 Dec 2017
Latest planned opening date, announced today, will be October 2020. Original opening date should have been 2012.15 Dec 2017
transtraxman – Thank you for your comments. On reflection maybe I ought to have changed the headline.
I should point out that the US routes mentioned are operated mainly for holiday makers and VFR passengers. Reservations are only possible provided you buy a return ticket.
The flight frequency is poor (sometimes once a week or once a month right now !) and services may be seasonal. Clearly they are not intended for business travellers.
With these two new routes starting in 2018 (daily to JFK and four times a week to MIA) Meridiana would, I hope, aim to be a serious competitor to the existing five airlines flying Milan-New York. (United flies into New York Newark while Alitalia/American/Delta/Emirates serve JFK).
Meridiana will be using A330s from Qatar Airways. One would expect it to provide high standards to business and leisure travellers alike.15 Dec 2017
Lufthansa poised to acquire Alitalia ?14 Dec 2017
TGV is a name synonymous worldwide with high-speed rail travel.
So many people in France regret that SNCF is rebranding its TGV’s inOui.
It started when SNCF branded its budget TGV services as Ouigo and its budget bus services as Ouibus.in reply to: oui sncf flash sale14 Dec 2017
Thanks for the info, icespice. I imagine SNCF/RENFE has lost customers owing to the political situation in Catalonia. It was 15 per cent down in October.in reply to: oui sncf flash sale14 Dec 2017
Today Darwin was declared bankrupt.13 Dec 2017
Since the news emerged some regular travellers now asking why there can’t be a railcard for frequent users as in offered in Switzerland and Germany.
Germany’s DB offers no fewer than three separate Bahncards with different prices and levels of discount.
Flightlevel – What VTEC does offer is something called Seatfrog which covers last minute upgrades.23 Nov 2017