Airline updates for the week

10 Jan 2009 by intern11

Japan Airlines (JAL) and British Airways (BA) have extended their existing codeshare agreement.

From January 14, JAL will codeshare on BA’s services from London to Portuguese capital Lisbon, as well as four destinations within the UK – Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle.

The duo entered a codeshare agreement back in 2004; their latest collaboration is expected to give passengers improved connectivity from Japan to the UK through London.

Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific of the Phillippines will increase its domestic services from Manila by adding new destinations such as Catarman and Calbayog in Samar, Virac in Catanduanes and Cauayan in Isabela starting February 18.

The airline will also increase the flight frequency of its Manila-Naga route to 10 times per week, up from seven, as well as increasing its Manila-Busuanga service to 11 times per week, also up from seven. These changes will come into effect from February 15.

Targeting international travellers, the low-cost carrier is also having a free seat promotion for its Manila-Osaka service. Starting from now and ending January 14, flights booked during this period will only be good for travel from February 1 to March 31.

Also having a sale is Bangkok Airways, which not only reduced its fuel charges for 2009 (full details here) but is also holding its “Thanks Fares” promotion, featuring special all-inclusive tickets from Bangkok to domestic destinations Chiang Mai, Trat, Phuket (all US$55), Koh Samui (US$79) and Hiroshima, Japan and the Maldives (both US$517).

China’s Sichuan Airlines has launched a credit card telephone payment service that will allow domestic customers to book air tickets and use their cards to make payment through its 24-hour service hotline (028 88888888).

This arrangement comes as passenger bookings are expected to increase during the Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival period).

He Ruiming

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