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News of November 2007


No survivors from Turkish plane crash

30 November 2007

All 56 people aboard a Turkish airliner were killed when it crashed on Friday, the chief executive of the AtlasJet airline said.

Rescue teams have reached the wreckage… There are no survivors,” Tuncay Doganer told a televised news conference.

The plane crashed in the early hours of Friday in the mountainous Isparta province in central Turkey. It had been flying from Istanbul with 49 passengers and seven crew.

source: Reuters


TUI Travel rules out First Choice name for airline

30 November 2007

TUI Travel now has the UK’s third largest airline, with 80 aircraft, and has 23 more on order for 2009.

TUI Travel chief executive Peter Long is currently managing a 100-day review of the entire business and is due to reveal his strategy for the future business at the end of January next year.

source: travelweekly.co.uk


Frontier’s International Expansion Continues With its First Flight to Costa Rica

30 November 2007

Early this morning, Frontier Airlines launched its newservice between its Denver International Airport (DEN) hub and San Jose, CostaRica (SJO). The non-stop flights — Denver’s only non-stop service to CostaRica — will utilize Frontier’s new fleet of Airbus A319 aircraft withabove-average legroom, service and pay-per-view movies in everyseat back.

The airline will operate the flight four times per week until Jan. 5,2008, when Frontier will grow the service to include a fifth flight onSaturdays. The new service will also allow convenient connecting service fromseveral Frontier cities across the West via Denver International Airport,recently named best airport in North America by Business Traveler.Costa Rica is Frontier’s fourth country served and its 10th non-U.S.destination, with seven cities served in Mexico and two in Canada. Also, onDec. 15, 2007, Frontier will begin flying non-stop between Albuquerque, N.M.

source: Reuters


New York will be first US destination for Kingfisher

30 November 2007

As Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines readies to fly to the US from August 2008, it has decided on Terminal Four of the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to cater to growing business from the nation’s east coast.

The decision follows Kingfisher chairman Vijay Mallya’s visit to New York last week when he inspected two contenders for his flights — the JFK International Airport and the Newark Airport in adjacent New Jersey, officials said.

source: Sify


Crocodile delays Ryanair departure from Rome

29 November 2007

A Ryanair flight from Rome to Milan was delayed because a metre-long plush crocodile was blocking an emergency exit, and the passenger to which it belonged refused to relocate it.

After an exchange of words between the passenger and the cabin crew, the passenger and her crocodile were removed from the flight.

source: ShortNews.com


easyJet announces new Newcastle to Murcia route

29 November 2007

easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, announced today it would introduce a new route from Newcastle to the Spanish city of Murcia this spring. The new three times weekly service will commence on 17 May 2008.

This new destination will be particularly popular as a family hotspot and a mini break destination and easyJet expects to carry 41,000 passengers on this new route in the first 12 months of operation.

source: Easier


Zoom airlines ups flights for North America skiers

28 November 2007

Low-cost airline Zoom has upped its North American flights servicing ski resorts this winter to cope with increased demand for ski holidays.

The company has added a third weekly flight from London Gatwick to Vancouver in British Colombia, and a second weekly flight from the UK airport to Montreal.

There is also a new route from the Northern Irish capital Belfast to Vancouver “to tap into the localised and thriving snow sports market” the airline said.

One flight per week from Glasgow and Manchester airports to Vancouver will be continuing over the winter schedule, which runs from November to the end of April 2008.

source: travelbite.co.uk


Wizz Air Introduces low cost domestic flights

28 November 2007

Low-cost air carrier Wizz Air announced that it would start new domestic flights from Bulgaria’s capital to the sea-side city of Varna. The company said it planned to operate four flights per week between Sofia and Varna.

The plans would make it the first low cost airline to operate domestic flights in Bulgaria, a Wizz Air media statement said.

Introduction of the domestic flights was part of a series of new flights that were being introduced, including flights to Milan-Bergamo, Valencia, Barcelona and Izmir.

source: Sofia Echo


2 airlines removed from EU blacklist

28 November 2007

The European Union removed Pakistan International Airlines and Surinam’s Blue Wing airlines from its safety blacklist on Wednesday.

The two carriers were allowed to resume flights to destinations in the 27-nation bloc after meeting European safety and maintenance standards. The decision was made during a regular review of airlines on the list, EU officials said.

source: Business Week


EasyJet ‘to outspeed Ryanair on profits’

27 November 2007

EasyJet threw down the gauntlet to arch-rival Ryanair today, declaring that its profits will grow 20% over the next year on top of the 50% increase in earnings it has posted for the last 12 months.

That compares with Ryanair’s own estimated profit growth of about 17% as it expects to have to ramp up its ticket giveaways this winter to keep passengers flying.

Increasing ancillary revenues such as charging passengers extra for speedier boarding and persuading them to book hotels when they are booking their tickets, helped easyJet to record pre-tax profits of £201 million in the year to the end of September, up from £129 million last time.

source: ThisisLondon.com