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Turkish eyes low-cost operation

19 December 2006

Turkish Airlines is looking to set up a low-cost operation as it works to join the Star Alliance in early 2008. The carrier says it may use Antalya-based leisure airline SunExpress, which it owns jointly with Germany’s Thomas Cook, as the base for its new low-cost subsidiary. It is unclear when the new airline, provisionally named Turkish Express, will be formally established, but Turkish says a launch is not imminent.

source: Flightglobal.com


Singapore Airlines plans to increase flights to India

29 November 2006

Singapore Airlines yesterday said it is exploring the possibility of operating additional flights to Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore after the traffic rights are made available.

The airline would also start its sixth service from Bangalore and increase its capacity to the city by almost 20 per cent.

source: Zee News


Singapore Airlines expands code-sharing pact with Virgin Atlantic

19 November 2006

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has expanded its code-sharing agreement with Virgin Atlantic Airways to provide more choice in flying between Australia, Britain, the United States, the Middle East and the city-state, the carrier said Friday.

Starting December 1, SIA passengers are to be able to fly from London to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dubai on Virgin Atlantic airplanes, SIA said in a statement.

Effective January 1, Virgin Atlantic passengers are to be able to travel on SIA flights between London and Sydney via Singapore.

source: Playfuls.com


Airlines reduce fuel surcharges as oil price drops

15 October 2006

Lufthansa has reduced its fuel surcharge for long-haul flights from 62 to 52 ? per sector. The airline says the move is ??in response to the sustained drop in crude oil prices over the past several weeks?. The change takes effect from October 16. The surcharge for German domestic and intra-European flights will remain unchanged at twelve euros per sector.

Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines says it is dropping its surcharge from US$60 to US$54 per sector for flights booked after October 14.

The airline said: ??In recent weeks, the price of jet fuel has dropped, although the price is still substantially higher than when the decision to impose surcharges was first made. Collections from the fuel surcharges have only ever given partial relief from the cost increase as a result of the high price of jet fuel.?

Air France has also reduced its surcharge. Because oil has stayed below $65 a barrel for 30 consecutive days, it is rolling back its most recent surcharge increase. The surcharges are now 16 ? per flight on its domestic and European network, 46 ? on long haul flights between France and US and 49 ? per flight to other destinations.
fuente: Times Online