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News of February 2007


easyJet set to launch two new routes in May

25 February 2007

Low fares airline easyJet is set to launch two new services — one from Edinburgh to the German city of Dortmund and one from Dortmund to Thessaloniki in Greece.

The four times weekly service from Edinburgh will commence on 30 May with the airline expecting to carry up to 55,000 passengers on this route in the first year. The service between Dortmund to Thessaloniki — a destination not previously served by the airline — is due to commence on 31 May.

source: Forbes


NWA eyeing electronic tickets only

25 February 2007

Northwest Airlines is considering becoming the first U.S. airline to switch over to a system in which only electronic tickets will be issued to customers.

With the airliner already enjoying a 99.9 percent issuance rate of electronic tickets to its U.S. customers as of December, the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press reported, NWA’s top executives will likely soon make the operations entirely based on “e-tickets” rather than their paper counterparts.

source: UPI


Europe all set to blacklist Pakistan airline

25 February 2007

The European Commission is set to ban Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) from flying into the 27 EU member states amid safety concerns, EU sources have said.

Experts from EU nations made the proposal after meeting in Brussels and agreeing that most of its fleet falls short of European safety standards and should therefore be added to the European flight blacklist, the sources said.

The Pakistani international carrier flies to France, Britain, the Netherlands and Italy among European destinations.

source: Konkaniworld


Air France announces new Seattle service

23 February 2007

Air France announced this week that its daily non-stop flight service to Seattle will commence as of June, 11, 2007.  The route will be serviced by the Airbus A330-200, which offers 219 seats, and will be equipped with the New Travel Concept.

The airline asserts that the service will best suit business and leisure customers, allowing for fast transits to and from cities in Europe and worldwide.
source: eTravel Blackboard


Lufthansa reportedly interested in Iberia

23 February 2007

Spain’s Iberia is a takeover target from Germany’s Lufthansa according to a report in the French economic daily newspaper La Tribune.

It said Lufthansa has opened discussions – but not negotiations – on possibly buying a key stake. Iberia has denied the report and Lufthansa refused to comment.

Such a tie up would create an airline carrying carry 100 million passengers annually, bigger than the current European number one – Air France-KLM with 70 million.

source: Euronews.net


Air Berlin remains the top airline in Mallorca

23 February 2007

Air Berlin has improved its market position and is well ahead of all other competitors at the airport of Palma de Mallorca. Already every third passenger embarking or disembarking in Palma de Mallorca uses an Air Berlin aircraft.

The German airline Air Berlin accounts for more than 36 per cent of passenger volume at the Spanish airport. The second largest airline there is Air Europe with a share of 17.9 per cent, and the third largest carrier is Iberia with 9.71 per cent. Easy jet, the UK airline, has a share of 5.87 per cent. These are the results of the airport’s statistics for January.

source: Boarding.no


JetBlue seen recovering from winter woes

23 February 2007

JetBlue Airways has taken a beating in recent days, facing withering criticism for cancellations and delays wrought by a winter storm last week.

But investors should remember an important facet about airlines, analysts say: “Our view is that these things happen in the airline industry, and that at the end of the day, customers will return to JetBlue,” Merrill Lynch analyst Michael Linenberg wrote in a recent research report.

An icy winter blast helped lead to over 1,000 canceled flights for New York-based JetBlue and tales of woe from some passengers who were stuck on planes for hours. Its stock has wobbled since the Feb. 14 storm hit.

source: BusinessWeek


Virgin Blue may establish new ‘ultra low cost carrier’ to tackle Singapore’s Tiger Airways

22 February 2007

Australia’s Virgin Blue has conceded it has moved away from being a pure low-cost carrier but adds it is now considering establishing an “ultra low-cost carrier”, a move that comes just weeks after Singapore-based low-cost carrier Tiger Airways disclosed it would be establishing a domestic operation in Australia.

Virgin Blue still operates aircraft in all-economy class configurations but in more recent years has, for example, tried to win over wealthier travellers such as businesspeople by offering loyalty programmes, more comfortable airport waiting lounges and extra legroom through the use of exit-row seating.

source: Flight Global


American to increase New York flights

22 February 2007

American Airlines is adding flights to and from New York, raising the stakes in a showdown pitting the nation’s largest carrier against Continental Airlines Inc. and storm-battered JetBlue Airways Corp.

American said Thursday that it will begin nonstop service between New York and Las Vegas — a JetBlue stronghold — in September, and add a few flights to other cities, including San Francisco.

The appeal of New York is obvious. It is the nation’s largest city, a major tourist destination and a hub for international flights.

source: Newsday.com


Ryanair starts new Granada-East Midlands link

20 February 2007

The low-cost airline Ryanair starts a new route from Granada Airport from Tuesday, to East Midlands Airport in Nottingham.

The airline will fly the link three times a week and forecasts 2007 passenger volume of 40,000 people for the new route.
Ryanair began their Granada operation at the beginning of 2005 and also flies to Liverpool, London Stansted, Frankfurt and Milan from the airport which is now known as ‘Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén.

source: Tipically Spanish