Category Archives: Aviation

British Airways launch unique challenge for SMEs for ‘On Business’ loyalty programme


To encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) take advantage of its On Business loyalty programme to maximise their travel budget and expenses, the British Airways have announced a #BusinessTakesOff challenge. Launched on March 8 2017, eligible participants can submit their entries till April 5, 2017. SMEs are required to sign up to the On Business loyalty programme and answer one question: “International business travel can be a good business investment when …”. Five best responses will be selected by Samir Modi, Managing Director Modi Enterprises and the winners will each win one Club World business class return ticket to London. The prize tickets are valid for travel between May 1 and December 31, 2017. Robert Williams, British Airways’ head of sales – Asia Pacific and the Middle East said, “The five winners of #BusinessTakesOff challenge will be travelling on our state-of-the-art Club World business class to London.” On Business members are eligible to get Business Points irrespective of the country where they buy their tickets and can spend points on rewards that will benefit colleagues and business such as flights, upgrades and hotel accommodation. The On Business account can be managed 24 hours a day online and can be used to check points balance, past transactions, and make, change or cancel a reward booking.

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Etihad to introduce A380 on Paris route


Etihad Airways will introduce its A380 on the Abu Dhabi-Paris route this summer as part of seasonal adjustments to the airline’s fleet deployment plan. Etihad Airways’ approximate one-way fare, including taxes and surcharges, in The Residence from Paris to Abu Dhabi is US$ 10,750; and Paris to Sydney or Melbourne is US$ 16,800. Featuring the carrier’s revolutionary, The Residence – the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner – the aircraft will operate on one of its twice-daily services to the French capital between July 1 and October 28. With the aircraft upgrade from a 328-seat Boeing 777, Etihad Airways is able to offer an all-A380 daily service from Paris to both Melbourne and Sydney via the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub. It will also support the strong connecting traffic to and from many cities across Asia and Australia including Brisbane, Perth, Bangkok, Chengdu, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila, Shanghai, Seychelles, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai, together with destinations across the GCC such as Bahrain, Doha, Jeddah and Muscat. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “Paris is one of our busiest and best performing European routes, so the deployment of this upgraded service will benefit travellers to and from Abu Dhabi, and our popular connecting cities across Asia and Australia.”

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Mufti launches its first travel retail store at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport


Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has announced the inauguration of the renowned Indian progressive fashion brand for men – Mufti, at its Terminal 1. This announcement complements CSIA’s image of being the most preferred travel retail destination for premium international and national brands in India. The brand was introduced at Terminal 1 to cater especially to the large number of business travellers who make their way through the airport on a daily basis. With a variety of outlets at the terminal, the airport has successfully set up a retail spread that caters to the need of travellers from every age group and promises to offer an enriching retail experience to air travellers transiting through the city.

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Honeywell and Bird ExecuJet to support India’s business aviation customers


Honeywell has selected Bird ExecuJet Airport Services Pvt. Ltd. to provide support services to business aviation customers in India. The channel partner agreement with Bird ExecuJet Airport Services provides customers in the region with access to a number of Honeywell services, including avionics, connectivity, maintenance and upgrades.  As India’s airports continue to see a rise in the number of domestic and international flights, there is now a greater need for local support services on-site. The new agreement between Honeywell and Bird ExecuJet Airport Services builds on Honeywell’s existing investment in India by offering fixed-based operator and maintenance services at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. This project will provide the company’s business aviation customers with a more streamlined and efficient experience.  Bird ExecuJet Airport Services is a joint venture between Bird Group and ExecuJet Aviation Group that provides a “one-stop shop” for fixed-base operator and maintenance, repair and overhaul services for business aviation aircraft.

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Malindo Air offers its biggest sale for 2017


Malindo Air has announced exclusive fares to Business and Economy Class travellers during its ‘Early Bird Gets the Deal’ offer, to fully enjoy a premium service. The promotional fares available between February 27 and March 5, 2017, will be valid for all purchases made online, over the counter at all Malindo Air ticketing offices and through travel agencies. Travel validity is from 1 April 2017 until 30 November 2017. The fares are available for Malaysian domestic flights and flights to Singapore, Australia, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vietnam. CEO of Malindo Air, Chandran Rama Muthy, said “This is our biggest sale yet for 2017 with over 1,000,000 seats up for grabs. As this sale offers super value deals on both domestic and international routes, we are very optimistic that it will be a great success. We are certain our guests will be very excited over the affordable fares that come with our premium service of extra legroom, on board meals, in-flight entertainment and 30kg baggage allowance.”

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Vistara’s daily direct service to Amritsar now


Vistara inaugurated its daily direct service to Amritsar from Delhi, making it the fifth destination in northern India on its network. Vistara will commence operations between Amritsar and Mumbai with daily direct flights, starting March 8, 2017, which would make it the only full service airline to connect the two cities. Prakash Singh Badal, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Punjab, said, “Introduction of the new flights from Amritsar to Delhi by Vistara will definitely help not only the people of the state, but all countrymen who travel within the country and overseas. It will truly help Punjab harness its industrial, tourism, religious as well as business growth potential.” Phee Teik Yeoh, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said, “The launch of service to Amritsar is in line with our focus on customers, who have long desired to ‘fly the new feeling’ to the city, and it is also well aligned with our evolving international plans, as millions of NRIs travel to and from Amritsar every year. We’re confident that our customers will be equally delighted to fly these new routes with

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Ethiopian Airlines symposium on aviation training from April 11-13


Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it will host the ICAO Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS Symposium with the theme: “Together, Enhancing Training to Build Capacity” at the seat of the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from April 11-13, 2017. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, said: “I believe this symposium will also be an opportunity for us to showcase our hospitality, the state-of-the-art aviation training facilities at our Aviation Academy and the key role Ethiopian is playing in the development of the African Aviation industry.” An estimated 400-500 expected participants will be taking part in the symposium, including the ICAO council President and the Secretary General, transport ministers, ambassadors, civil aviation and airport authorities, civil aviation officials, aircraft manufacturers, airline and airport operators, industry policy makers, and tourism experts.

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Vistara’s direct flights now between Kolkata-Pune, and Delhi-Port Blair


Vistara has announced the launch of direct flights to two new routes starting March 26, 2017, between Kolkata and Pune, and starting April 15, 2017, between Delhi and Port Blair (Andamans) on Saturdays and Sundays during the upcoming summer season. These new flights are in addition to Vistara’s recently announced service to Amritsar from both Delhi and Mumbai, and to Leh (Ladakh) from Delhi, both starting in March.

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Scoot and Tigerair announce special airfares for Indian travellers


Scoot and Tigerair have announced a unique #YaadeinBanao campaign for travellers across their India network with all-in one way fares starting from as low as Rs. 5,099. The offer period begins from February 20, 2017, and lasts until March 02, 2017. The applicable travel period for this offer is from March 01, 2017 to October 28, 2017. Passengers from eight destinations from India namely Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Jaipur, Amritsar, Lucknow, Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) can enjoy exclusive fares on Scoot and Tigerair’s network such as Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bali, Manila, Cebu and many more. Speaking on the roll-out of this offer, Leslie Thng, Chief Commercial Officer for Scoot and Tigerair said, “We are confident that this specifically curated value for money offering will provide Indian families enough time to plan comfortably by choosing from our wide network of international destinations.” Scoot and Tigerair together operate a total of 50 weekly flights to Singapore.

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AirAsia’s first flight to Srinagar receives an ecstatic welcome


AirAsia’s first flight to Srinagar was received with great enthusiasm at Srinagar Airport by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, flanked by state’s Secretary of Tourism and Floriculture Farooq A Shah, Director Tourism Kashmir Mehmood A Shah, and the top management of Air Asia India operations. The tourism secretary termed it one of the big leaps in connecting Kashmir through this affordable budgeted international airline and hoped that this will increase seat capacity as well as the flying options to for the potential visitors to the Valley.

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