Monday 1 September 2014

Qantas opens door to foreign investors

Qantas Airways is looking past a record annual loss and predicting blue skies ahead, as a landmark change in Australian laws opens the door to significant foreign investment in the airline's international arm - its biggest headache. The prospect of new funding - long desired


Etihad set to start A380, Boeing 787 ops in Dec

UAE national airline Etihad Airways is all set to launch its Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner operations in December, with additional flights on sale this week for both aircraft and an extensive pilot training program now under way, said a top official. During its first ye


Etihad Airways opens new Al Ain contact centre

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has completed the final phase in the development of its Al Ain contact centre facility, with the opening of a second centre. The inaugural brings the total number of centres to three within the UAE, and a total of four worldwide, a state


Ryanair scraps bag check-in fees for business class

Ryanair is watering down its austere approach to air travel by ditching charges for checked-in bags on some fares in an attempt to attract business travellers who have tended to shun the airline. Europe's largest budget carrier said on Wednesday its new "Business Plus&qu


Aviareps to represent Cinnamon Air in UAE, Qatar

Aviareps, a global leader in tourism, aviation and hospitality representation with 52 offices in 42 countries around the world, has been appointed by Cinnamon Air, Sri Lanka’s premier domestic airline, as its representative in the UAE and Qatar. The appointment was made as


Easy Taxi offers ‘Free Taxi Thursdays’ in Kuwait

Easy Taxi, one of the world’s leading mobile taxi apps, is expanding its services in Kuwait and is currently offering a “Free Taxi Thursdays” promotion. Passengers can avail free rides on Thursdays (up to a fare of KD2 or $7) by downloading the app that connects them


Emirates, Arik Air to expand ties

Dubai-based Emirates airline and Arik Air, West Africa’s leading airline, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop and expand their existing commercial relationship and explore further areas of co-operation. Emirates and Arik Air currently have a one-way i


African safaris for billionaires unveiled

A to A Safaris, a leading safari specialist in Africa, has launched the modern billionaire’s guide to travelling in Africa, offering safari camps that are fit for such travellers. The firm's lodges are built with the contribution to the conservation of their surrounding


BA launches key option for Bahrain residents

British Airways (BA) has announced that Bahrain residents will now be able to hold bookings on flights to London, Europe or North America, through Holding reservations per person on short-haul flights from London Heathrow costs £5 ($8) while those wanting to secure


ICAO plans new conflict zone warning system

The United Nations' civil aviation body will launch two pilot projects designed to help airlines and states better share information about risks in conflict zones, the organisation said on Tuesday, nearly six weeks after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over Ukraine. The pl

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