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Old June 27th, 2012, 08:07 AM   #321
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Korean Air apologizes for calling Kenyans "primitive"
(WCARN.com/Associated Press, June 18)


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A notice on Korean Air's website announcing the start of non-stop flights from Korea to Kenya sparked a flurry of angry Tweets and Facebook postings Monday over the description of Kenyans as indigenous people full of "primitive energy."

Muthui Kariuki, who is handling public relations for Korean Air in Kenya, said that the notice had been removed from the website and that the word "primitive" was a result of a mistake in translation from Korean to English.


Kariuki said the airline, which is supposed to launch the thrice-weekly flights this Thursday, will post an apology.


Kenyans expressed their anger on social media.


"An insult to a nation. Kenya doesn't have primitive people," posted a Twitter user who identified himself as George Njoro.


Others however felt that the mistake in the notice was an intentional marketing gimmick.


"Now everybody knows Korea Air is coming to Kenya. Nice marketing strategy," tweeted another person using the Twitter handle of Komboste.


Kenya is a regional hub where passengers can connect to flights to other countries in the region and in Africa.


A number of international airlines operate from Kenya including Air India, British Airways, Emirates, KLM, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, South Africa Airways, Swiss International Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic.
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Old June 27th, 2012, 08:14 AM   #322
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Airlines add flights to London
(China Daily/WCARN.com, June 27)


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China's major airlines are grabbing their own share of the expected influx to London for the Olympic Games, adding new routes to the UK capital in the run up to the event.
But travel experts are warning that demand for tickets is huge, and prices are already increasing rapidly as the opening ceremony approaches.


The third London Olympics starts on July 27 and runs until Aug 12, bringing thousands of competitors and visitors to the city.


With 30 days to go, a recent survey of more than 365,000 taxi passengers in China's five biggest cities, by the Chinese taxi media company Touchmedia, revealed that 12 percent of the respondents said they plan to fly to London for the Games.


Other statistics from Forward Data SL, the tourist industry data specialist, showed an expected 13 percent rise in the number of arrivals to London during the event, comparing with the same period last year.


The greatest number of visitors will arrive on the day before the opening ceremony, with a 72 percent increase comparing with the previous year, and according to the figures, Asia will be the third largest source of visitors.


Wu Xiaoming, general manager for Air China Ltd in the UK, said that it had added a new route between Beijing and London Gatwick Airport, the UK's second-largest airport, to meet the added demand, on top of the 11 flights it already operates weekly to the city's Heathrow Airport.


China Southern Airlines Co Ltd has just added its first route from Guangzhou to London from June 6, to coincide with the Olympic rush.
It reports flights to the UK capital since have been 90 percent full, against a normal average of 80 percent to the UK.


Both Air China and China Southern use A330-200 aircraft on their new routes, which can carry more than 200 passengers, and the former already says it is considering putting larger aircraft on its London routes between July 27 and Aug. 12, if demand continues at current high levels.

Chinese passengers have several route choices to London, including the three main Chinese airlines and some European airlines, if they want to fly direct. But passengers are being warned that prices will rise as the event nears, as well as this being a peak period anyway for traveling to Europe.


Ticket prices from Beijing to London in July are reported to be 43 percent higher than in May, and from other major cities including Shanghai and Guangzhou as much as 50 percent higher, according to Ctrip.com International Ltd, the travel information website.


Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways, has confirmed that his airlines doesn't offer any discounts during the annual peak summer season, but added that unlike Chinese airlines, British Airways does not expect to earn more money throughout the Olympics, because it doesn't plan to open any new routes during the period.

BA's rival Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd, also based in the UK, which runs a route between Shanghai and London, is also refusing to add any flights during the Olympics.

Julie Southern, its chief commercial officer, told the Sydney Morning Herald, that in fact the airlines expects to lose money, with more British people choosing to stay at home this summer.

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Old June 27th, 2012, 08:20 AM   #323
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Shandong Airlines to buy two CRJ700s
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Air China subsidiary Shandong Airlines (SC) plans to purchase two leased Bombardier CRJ700s that have been part of its fleet for eight years.

The Jinan-based carrier said in a statement released by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange that leases on the two aircraft with the China Development Bank Leasing Co. will expire this month, enabling SC to purchase the aircraft for no more than 246.44 million yuan (US$38.9 million).

SC operates a fleet of 59 aircraft on over 110 routes, including 60 domestic destinations, with more than 2,000 weekly departures. Due to fast-growing domestic demand, the carrier plans to expand its fleet to 100 aircraft by the end of 2015.

It is scheduled to take delivery of nine Boeing 737-800s through a combination of purchases and leases.

SC, which was launched in March 1994, has achieved six consecutive years of profit since 2006. It reported first-quarter net income of 62.9 million yuan, down nearly 63 percent compared to 169.5 million yuan in the year-ago period.
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Air Finland out of business
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All Air Finland flights are cancelled as of Tuesday evening, reports the Finnish News Agency STT.

In a brief statement on its website, the leisure airline expresses deep regret for the harm caused to its customers by the sudden announcement.

According to STT, there are now around 1,000 Air Finland customers currently abroad. The carrier flew to destinations in Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey as well as Dubai.
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Delta sees Q2 unit revenue rise, fuel hedge loss
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Delta Air Lines Inc said a key revenue measure should rise in the second quarter, but it will record fuel hedge losses due to declining oil prices as well as staff cut charges.

The carrier said in a federal filing on Tuesday that passenger revenue per available seat mile, a widely watched metric called unit revenue, would be aided by business travel and its flight expansion in the New York market.


Delta said it expects an operating margin of 8 percent to 10 percent for the period, compared with 6.9 percent a year earlier. But including adjustments tied to hedges and US$170 million in charges for voluntary retirement and severance programs, it expects an operating margin of be about negative 1 percent.


The company said the rapid fall in fuel prices changed the value of its open fuel hedges, which run through June 2013. It said it expects a US$155 million loss for fuel hedges that settle in the second quarter.


U.S. oil prices have fallen to around US$79 a barrel since peaking at US$110 in March.
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Dealtek: Japan Airlines IPO gets tailwind from tax savings
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As Japan Airlines taxies towards its initial public offering in September, the airline will pitch investors on the hard-won cost-cuts and fuel-efficient fleet that helped it emerge from bankruptcy to become the world's most profitable airline.

But investors will also take note of another controversial boost for the former national flag carrier: the airline won't have to pay US$4.5 billion in taxes on future profits even though it owes its survival to a taxpayer-funded restructuring.


The tax break will give JAL an important edge over chief domestic rival All Nippon Airways for the remainder of the decade and it has emerged as a growing point of friction between the two airlines.


Behind the scenes, ANA executives have been lobbying government officials to either end the tax break or level the playing field by giving ANA preference in the allocation of landing spots at Tokyo's Haneda airport when those become available in 2014, people with knowledge of those discussions have said.


The opposition Liberal Democratic Party has become increasingly vocal in its criticism of the bailout, which was orchestrated by the ruling Democratic Party.



JAL, which went into bankruptcy in early 2010 with US$25 billion in debt, received a 350 billion-yen capital injection from a state-backed fund.


LDP lawmaker Shinsuke Suematsu recently likened JAL's planned purchases of new planes while carrying the tax break to "someone on social welfare going out and buying a brand-new Mercedes Benz."


For its part, JAL is worried that kind of talk could distract investors from the storyline it wants to pitch. That centres on operational improvements and steps to bolster overseas routes, a person involved in the IPO process said.


JAL expects to re-list its shares in September after it has raised about US$8 billion in an IPO, people with knowledge of the process have said.


Like others, they declined to be identified because the airline has yet to make its listing plans public.


The airline's resurgence is seen as a rare success story in the government's efforts to save companies deemed vital. But the airline's return to the markets also comes at a time when the government is grappling with a deficit that is more than twice the size of Japan's US$5 trillion economy.


"The results we have been able to produce surprised even us, but it's hard for me to swallow when someone simply looks at the numbers and says conditions are unfair," JAL President Yoshiharu Ueki said at a monthly briefing on Tuesday.


"The loss carry-forward is part of the tax code," he added. "It's a system used by many companies."




Valuation Boost

Indeed, ANA itself has not paid corporate tax since 2009 after falling into the red following the financial crisis. But if it stays profitable, the tax credits it has built up could disappear in the next financial year to March 2014.


Bankers estimate JAL could raise 600 billion to 700 billion yen in the IPO. That will put it at a premium to ANA, which has a market capitalisation of 570 billion yen. JAL's extended tax break is a contributing factor to that valuation gap.


"You will see this coming through earnings," said Paul Wan, airline analyst at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets. "Even if they can't keep the same margins at the operating level, you'll get the benefit from the tax front."
JAL isn't the only major firm to come through a government-funded bailout with a controversial tax benefit.


General Motors, which was saved by the Obama administration, was also allowed to carry a tax benefit that could shield US$19 billion in future earnings based on past losses at the time of its 2010 IPO. That came after a change in the tax code that made GM and other companies that took U.S. bailout money exempt from rules that would have limited those savings.


JAL also benefited from a tweaking of the tax code. Last year an exemption was added to allow Japanese companies already in reorganization to continue to use 100 percent of their cumulative losses to offset tax for seven years.


At Japan's corporate tax rate of 36 percent, the credits could translate into a total of 360 billion yen in savings. For the year ended March, JAL reported an industry-leading 205 billion yen in operating profit and paid virtually no tax.


JAL cut 16,000 jobs, eliminated unprofitable routes and a slashed pensions as part of its overhaul. But it was also handed a clean balance sheet, which means less risk and lower interest payments, and takes advantage of lower depreciation costs tied to the post-bankruptcy write-down of its fleet.


Despite the gap with ANA, it is unlikely the government would look to force JAL to pay taxes even if it stays highly profitable, a government official involved in administering tax policy told Reuters on condition of anonymity.


"JAL has boosted profits largely on its own restructuring. I don't see the need to penalise it for that," the official said.

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Stanley Ho's sister-in-law sues airline for HK$ 9.8 million
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Macau gaming tycoon Stanley Ho's sister-in-law filed a lawsuit in Hong Kong's high court against an airline she and Ho invested in, for a debt of HK$9.8 million, according to South China Morning Post report.


The report quoted a writ filed with the High Court that, Chan Ung Iok, sister of Ho's third wife, Ina Chan Un Chan, claims that Hong Kong Express Airways, an airline Ho partly owns, failed to repay the debt since last year despite her repeated requests.


The court document says the sum was part of a HK$120 million loan by Ho as a shareholder to the airline in July 2006. She says Ho had executed a deed to assign HK$9.8 million of that amount to her, and that the airline was informed.


According to the writ, Chan was a director of the airline from 1998 to 2006 and was a shareholder from 2001 to 2006. The writs document does not specify why Ho had assigned the HK$9.8 million loan to Chan.


An airline spokeswoman was quoted by the paper as saying that the debt Chan referred to was a matter between several former shareholders. She said the sum was not substantial, adding there was room to resolve the legal dispute quickly.
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Old June 28th, 2012, 10:37 AM   #327
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Amid turbulence, China offers hope
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At the recent International Air Transport Association (IATA) summit in Beijing, China announced plans to build 70 airports within the next three years and expand 100 existing airports.

If this is a sign of the upbeat state of the travel industry, the sanguinity is hardly shared by other players.

The IATA has forecast net post-tax profits for the industry to fall from US$7.9 billion (S$10.1 billion) last year to US$3 billion this year, even as passenger volumes continue to expand. It does not look like the euro zone crisis is abating and there are concerns about sanctions on Iran disrupting oil supply and spiking the prices anew.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said in jest: "When we meet again next year, there will be far fewer of you sitting there."

IATA CEO Tony Tyler concurred. Carriers in Europe may be the most vulnerable, but some others outside the region said to be already teetering may also not be spared.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce reasoned: "The number of airlines in the industry is too many. It's too fragmented and consolidation is a good thing."


Opting for Joint Ventures

A likely case for natural attrition, as it were. Yet, consolidation is not new. It was the buzzword two to three decades ago, when airlines banked on size that came with extended networks to better compete.

It has resulted in the mergers of some of the world's biggest airlines, such as the International Airlines Group (comprising British Airways and Iberia Airlines), Air France-KLM, Continental-United, Delta-Northwest Airlines and the LATAM Airlines Group (comprising Chile's LAN and Brazil's TAM airlines).

Indeed, airline alliances of sorts have become a dominant industry feature. Not all marriages work out, but that has not stopped new tie-ups.

Some airlines prefer a less binding collaborative relationship, especially when one airline alone may not be able to fulfil the network demands of customers, such as the agreement between Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Virgin Australia.

However, going forward, there may be more mergers on weakness than on strength, as more airlines increasingly look to joint ventures to share costs and risks.

Since announcing plans to launch an Asia-based premium carrier last year, Qantas is still shopping for a joint-venture partner. LAN's takeover of TAM is expected to save US$700 million in operating costs over four years.


Rise of Budget Offshoots

The growing number of low-cost operators has changed the aviation landscape considerably in the last 10 years, no doubt encouraged by the global economic crisis as travellers downgrade their preferences and become more cost than brand-conscious.

The newcomers have encroached upon the turf of the more established airlines, forcing them to react to protect their markets.

Hence, the frenzy for budget offshoots such as SIA's Scoot and for joint ventures such as AirAsia Japan (All Nippon Airways/AirAsia), Jetstar Japan (Qantas/Japan Airlines) and Jetstar Hong Kong (Qantas/China Eastern Airlines).

Yet, it is not incomprehensible why China should be so upbeat about its aviation future in spite of the gloom painted by the IATA. Asia continues to be aviation's most profitable region, which is why many airlines outside the region are looking east for their pot of gold.

Air Canada, which operates flights from faraway North America to Asian destinations, is considering replacing its full-service operations with a joint-venture budget set-up.

Mentioned all too often is the potential offered by China and India, with populations of 1.33 billion and 1.17 billion respectively, although the growth engines in these two countries have begun to slow down.

Particularly in China, the growth of the nouveau riche and the relaxation of rules for travel overseas to satisfy the pent-up appetite will continue to sustain the business.


Symbiotic Relationship

But 70 new airports within the next three years? An obvious case of supply and demand. As Chinese carriers expand and grow, so will the airports serving them.

There is clearly a symbiotic and dependent relationship between airlines and airports. Yet, while airlines may be losing money on weaker yield even though the travel volumes go up, larger numbers are always good news for airports, especially hub airports such as Singapore's Changi Airport.

In fact, according to the IATA, the global volume of passengers carried by airlines expanded at 6 percent above trend during the first part of the year, and is unlikely to dip.

Asia, together with the Middle East and South America, were largely responsible for this. It may be difficult to share China's optimism at a time when the industry is caught in a web of uncertainties. In reality, not all Chinese airports are profitable.

Last year, more than half of the 180 domestic airports reported losses. Chinese carriers also face increased pressure on margins.

But China's bold initiative underscores the importance of sustaining the stimulus for growth, while the rest of the world, it seems, waits in resignation for more carriers to join the ranks of Spain's Spanair and Hungary's Malev, which went bust earlier in the year.

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New Kunming Airport officially put into operation on June 28th
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Kunming Changshui International Airport, the new airport in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province, was officially put into operation on June 28th. The airport entered a new era by welcoming its first departure and arrival flights on the morning of 28th.


China Eastern Airlines' flight MU5939 took off from the runway at the new Kunming airport at 08:00 a.m. on June 28th, making it the first departure flight at the airport. Afterwards, Kunming Changshui Airport welcomed its first arrival flight from Xishuang Banna when flight MU5910 landed safely.



The operations have been successfully transferred to the new airport from Kunming Wujiaba International Airport.


The new airport is located 22 km east of metropolitan Kunming in a degraded mountain area 2,100 meters above sea level.



It has 2 runways and is expected to handle 38 million passengers per year by 2020. Later on 68 million passengers are expected.


The first carriers to use the new airport are China Eastern Yunnan Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Kunming Airlines, Lucky Air, Sichuan Airlines' Yunnan Branch, Spring Airlines, Chengdu Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Thai Airways International, Lao Airlines, Korean Air, Dragon Air, Juneyao Airlines, Yingan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, UNI Air, and Vietnam Airlines.
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Pudong Airport renovation to add more shop space
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SHANGHAI Airport Authority told shareholders yesterday that Pudong International Airport Terminal 1 will undergo a major renovation this year to expand its retail space.

The board of the listed company agreed to invest 1.4 billion yuan (US$220 million) in the renovation project, said Jia Ruijun, vice president of Shanghai Airport Authority.

The project, slated to finish by 2014, will add 6,000 square meters of retail space to the terminal building.

Jia said it is part of their corporate strategy to "further develop non-aviation businesses," noting that revenue from the company's non-aviation businesses exceeded that from its aviation business last year.

The Pudong airport is also building its fourth and fifth runways to handle the increasing air traffic.

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China Exclusive: China to build airport in poor Tibetan prefecture
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Authorities in northwest China's Qinghai province plan to build an airport in the province's poorly-developed Golog Tibetan autonomous prefecture to boost the local economy and help the government better cope with emergencies, local officials said Wednesday.

Construction on the Dawu Airport, located near the prefecture's government seat, is expected to start in 2013, said Wu Ziqiang, deputy head of the prefecture government. The project is estimated to cost 1.17 billion yuan (US$186 million).


The airport will be the fourth one being built in Amdo, a sprawling Tibetan-populated area that spans parts of the provinces of Sichuan, Gansu and Qinghai. The other three airports -- two in Sichuan and one in Gansu -- will be put into use in 2013.

China has started building a number of airports in its Tibetan regions over the past few years. In the Tibet autonomous region, six airports are in operation, with construction on the world's highest airport in Nagqu -- 4,436 meters above sea level -- starting this year.


Wu said preparation for the construction of the Dawu Airport was made difficult due to Golog's rough terrain, adverse weather, and high altitude -

about 4,000 meters above sea level. It took four years for the State Civil



Aviation Administration to approve a construction plan for the airport.
The airport will significantly improve transportation to Golog, whose main

town is a six-hour drive away from the provincial capital of Xining, Wu said.


Golog borders Yushu, a Tibetan prefecture hit by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in 2010 that killed 2,698 people. Officials said that if not for an airport that was built near the prefecture's main town of Gyegu before the disaster, the death toll could've been much higher.


The airport helped cut the travel time from Gyegu to Xining from 10 hours to just one. About 2,133 injured people were airlifted out of Yushu, while flights sent 17,051 rescuers and more than 2,100 tonnes of relief materials to the quake zone in a timely fashion.


Golog remains the least-developed among China's ten Tibetan autonomous prefectures, all outside the Tibet autonomous region, in terms of both economic activity and income. Last year, the gross domestic product of Golog was 2.6 billion yuan, or 3.4 percent of that of Xining. The average annual income of rural residents and herdsmen in Golog was only 2,964 yuan in 2011.


Golog officials have vowed to boost the region's development by fast-tracking large infrastructure projects and developing a high-end tourism industry.


The provincial tourism bureau said it will spend 200 million yuan to develop the Mt. Nyanpo Yutse region in south Golog into a "world-class" plateau resort.



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Kenyan Airlines apologizes to woman forced to sit next to dead passenger
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Kenya Airways refunded a woman half her ticket cost after she spent an overnight flight sitting next to a dead man.

Lena Pettersson, a journalist with Radio Sweden, boarded a flight in

Amsterdam and immediately noticed the man next to her was unwell.


"He was sweating and having seizures," she told Sverigesradio.se. "Air hostesses were there all along, but the plane took off anyway."


The attendants put out a call for any passengers who might be able to help, and someone eventually began heart massage on the man, The Local reported.


It didn't help, and the man died.


While the crew moved other passengers near the man, said to be in his 30s, there was nowhere for Pettersson or her friend to relocate.


"Of course it was unpleasant, but I am not a person who makes a fuss," she said, according to The Local.


Flight attendants didn't know the best course of action, so they wrapped the man in a blanket and left him in the middle aisle, Expressen.se reported.


Pettersson said he was rather tall, and his feet were mere inches from her.


After Pettersson returned from holiday, she approached Air Kenya for compensation, and received about US$715 (roughly half her ticket price) and an apology.


"I am happy with it. I think it was a reasonable substitute," she told Expressen.

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Thai AirAsia to move operations to Don Mueang airport from Oct. 1
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Budget carrier Thai AirAsia plans to relocate all operations to Bangkok's former international airport, Don Mueang Airport, from Suvarnabhumi Airport from Oct. 1, Chief Executive Tassapon Bijleveld said Monday.

The low-cost carrier is set to be the first airline to operate international flights from Don Mueang Airport after Suvarnabhumi Airport became the Thai capital's international airport when it opened in 2006.


Mr. Tassapon said shifting Thai AirAsia's domestic and international flights to Don Mueang Airport could help boost growth in the airline's passenger numbers, because air traffic at the airport isn't congested, unlike at Suvarnabhumi Airport.


The relocation is expected to help Thai AirAsia save around 250 million baht (US$7.9 million) in fuel costs annually, because its planes will no longer need to circle around the airport before landing, Mr. Tassapon said.


"The uncongested Don Mueang Airport is sure to prove a benefit to AirAsia when it boosts its fleet of Airbus A320s to a total of 48 and welcomes more customers ... prospective travelers should have confidence in what Don Mueang has to offer," Mr. Tassapon said.


The low-cost carrier aims to double its number of its passengers to 16 million by 2016 from the 8 million targeted for this year, he said.


Thai AirAsia is a joint venture between Asia Aviation PCL and Malaysia-based AirAsia Bhd., Southeast Asia's largest budget carrier by fleet size.


Airports of Thailand PCL, which operates Don Mueang Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport, recently said it will waive most of the aviation-related, area rental and services fees at Don Mueang Airport in August and September to encourage airlines to shift their operations to the older airport to help ease air traffic congestion at Suvarnabhumi Airport.


Currently, only three airlines operate domestic flights from Don Mueang Airport, which has two runways, while Suvarnabhumi Airport, which also has two runways, serves more than 100 airlines.
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Delta to offer international Wi-Fi service
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Delta Air Lines will offer Wi-Fi on international flights starting early next year, the carrier announced today.


Internet service will be available on Delta's long-haul international fleet of more than 150 aircraft, which include its Boeing 777, 767, 747, Airbus 330 and the transoceanic Boeing 757, starting in early 2013. The airline already offers WiFi on its entire domestic fleet of 550 mainline aircraft.


By the time installation of the international Wi-Fi service is completed in 2015, Delta will be operating about 1,000 Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft worldwide.


U.S. airlines have been quick to provide Wi-Fi on domestic flights but not so much on international routes because they've been constrained by technology. Most airlines use a system that involves stations on the ground that transmit signals to the aircraft. Those stations are not installed in the water.


But Delta's international Wi-Fi service will be made possible through the use of satellites being developed by service provider Gogo. The company is using high-bandwith Ku-band capacity satellites to provide coverage over water. Delta is the first airline that will be using this technology.


The satellite technology tends to be more expensive, but Gogo and Delta both say that passengers are eager to stay connected at all times, even while flying over the ocean.


"Delta's advancements in technology have been a key component to our improvements in the customer travel experience and have been cited by J.D. Power and Associates and PCWorld magazine as important aspects of travel," said Tim Mapes, Delta's senior vice president of marketing, in a press release.



"With our expansion of international Wi-Fi options across our fleet, Delta customers will be able to stay connected throughout their journey."


Brett Snyder, author of the Cranky Flier aviation blog, notes that other airlines are experimenting with the Ku-band satellite technology, in particular Southwest Airlines.


"The speed is adequate for now, but it is expected by many that [the] technology will be faster and cheaper when it becomes commonplace," he says.


United Airlines has previously said that it is exploring ways to offer international Wi-Fi.
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PARIS, Jun 22, 2012

--A 3,000 sq. m. lounge, the largest on the Air France network

--100,000 sq. m. dedicated to passengers on international flights

Aeroports de Paris and Air France today exclusively previewed the new boarding satellite at Paris-Charles de Gaulle terminal 2E - the S4.

As from Thursday 28 June, passengers flying with Air France and its SkyTeam partners will be able to discover this amazing new satellite with a Parisian feel, designed by Aeroports de Paris.

Light, space, easier passenger channels With a capacity of 7.8 million passengers every year, the S4 is a welcome addition to the Air France hub and also increases the competitiveness of Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in terms of long-haul traffic and the quality of service offered to passengers.

Aeroports de Paris has paid particular attention to the atmosphere, the shopping areas, passenger channels and the materials used. Light and spacious, the S4 offers passengers 6,000 sq. m. of boutiques, bars and restaurants and 25,000 sq. m. dedicated to the boarding lounges, the equivalent of 128 tennis courts.

Water walls designed by Taro Suzuki, wooden patios, plant walls inside and out, trees, this building, certified "High Environmental Quality", has many original creations. A museum will also shortly be opening at the satellite, presenting original works from famous museums in Paris.

The new Air France lounge, a place for relaxation At the heart of the S4, Air France welcomes Business class passengers in its brand new 3,000 sq. m. lounge designed by Brandimage in association with the designer Noe Duchaufour-Lawrance. Inspired by a park, customers can rest, have something to eat and drink, work, read and relax in various different atmospheres.

In this haven of peace, a hot meal service has been added to the already-existing offer of cold snacks and drinks available at all Air France lounges. A Clarins well-being area invites passengers to relax before a flight, and wi-fi access, digital tablets and computers are available if they wish to work in peace.

"By investing 580 million euros in this new satellite, the airport has taken a major step in terms of quality of service and is taking Paris-Charles de Gaulle to a new dimension with one main objective: to become passengers' preferred hub", declared Pierre Graff, Chairman of Aeroports de Paris.

"The launch of satellite S4 and the largest ever Air France lounge marks a turning point in the history of our hub. In these times of transformation for our airline, we are reconfirming our ambition to offer our customers airport service which is among the best in the world. We are continuing to invest to guarantee all our passengers even more efficiency, fluidity and quality of service", added Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of Air France.

To find out more and download the photos: www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/ADP/HallT2E and http://corporate.airfrance.com

Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/...320253&lang=en

SOURCE: Aeroports de Paris

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Old June 30th, 2012, 10:48 AM   #335
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New Zealand fines Japan Airlines over cargo cartel
(Japan Today/AFP, June 30)

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WELLINGTON (AFP) — A New Zealand court on Friday fined Japan Airlines NZ$2.28 million ($1.8 million) after it admitted price fixing on cargo shipments in and out of the country.

The country’s competition watchdog, Commerce Commission New Zealand, said the High Court imposed the fine as part of a long-running case relating to fuel surcharge manipulation.


The commission said Japan Airlines had agreed to admit liability and pay the penalty as part of a pre-trial settlement between the regulator and the carrier, and the court endorsed the deal on Friday.


“The commission is pleased to have settled with another airline,” its lawyer Mary-Anne Borrowdale said in a statement.


Four firms—Japan Airlines, British Airways, Qantas and Luxembourg-based Cargolux International—have so far settled with the commission and paid fines totalling NZ$16.4 million.


The commission’s action alleges airlines colluded on fuel and security surcharges on international cargo flights between 2000 and 2006.


It said a number of airlines—including Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Korean Air, Malaysian Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways—were contesting the charges.


The case against them is due to go to court in March next year.


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Korean Air to raise domestic fares
(Chosun Ilbo, June 28)

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Korean Air will raise the airfares for all of its domestic flights from July 18, the first time it has done so in eight years. Aisana Airlines and low-cost carriers are expected to follow suit.

The nation's largest carrier will increase its economy-class airfares by 6 percent on weekdays, 12 percent on weekends and 15 percent during busy seasons.

Surcharges and upgrades will also become dearer. Currently, business-class passengers pay an extra W40,000 (US$1=W1,158) for the privilege, but this will grow to W60,000, resulting in an average increase of 26 percent for business-class tickets.

Under the revised pricing policy, an economy-class ticket for a one-way flight between Gimpo and Jeju will climb from W73,400 to W82,000 on weekdays, and from W92,900 to W107,000 on weekends and busy seasons. Business-class seats will cost an extra W28,600 on weekdays, taking the price to W142,000.

"We decided to raise our airfares in the second half of this year, but we are keeping the hike as low as possible to minimize the burden on household budgets in accordance with government polices," Korean Air said.

Asiana Airlines and low-cost airlines are also expected to make fliers fork out more.

"Large airlines have so far decided against increasing their domestic airfares despite their deficits to ward off the threat posed by low-cost airlines," an executive at a budget carrier said. "Korean Air's decision will provide momentum for us to increase our airfares and breathe easy again."

Korean Air said it has no "immediate plan to increase" its international airfares.
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who have Ranking of the top 20 airports of Passenger traffic?
only ranking of the first 5 months of this year.

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Security tightens at airport
(Shanghai Daily, July 2)

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PASSENGERS on flights from Shanghai will need to be at the airport some 30 to 60 minutes earlier than usual after security checks were tightened over the weekend.

It is not known if the stricter measures were prompted by an attempted hijacking of a domestic flight in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Friday.

Many travelers reported longer queues and tougher checks at the city's two airports, Hongqiao and Pudong.

The Shanghai Airport Authority said that an increased number of passengers would be asked to take off their shoes and unbuckle their belts.

It also said that the frequency of checks on carry-on bags would increase.

Airport security staff have also begun random tests for explosives at the entrances to terminal buildings and other places.

There were similar measures in place during the World Expo in 2010, an event which attracted tens of millions of visitors who arrived in the city by plane.

Normally, passengers are advised to arrive from 90 minutes to two hours before a domestic flight and up to three hours for international journeys. Passengers now need to add up to an hour to allow sufficient time to get through security.

On Saturday, a woman passenger posted a picture of one of her shoes online, saying that she had been told to take them off to check that nothing was concealed inside. Security officers told her that a knife could be hidden inside the shoes' large heels.

There was a mixed response to the stronger security measures. Some passengers complained about the longer time they had to wait while others supported the moves on the grounds of safety.

An airport authority manager told Shanghai Daily that the measures had been ordered by China's Civil Aviation Administration. No reason has been given for the order so far.

However, air security is a hot topic for passengers after reports that aircrew and passengers foiled an attempted hijacking on a Tianjin Airlines flight. Two policemen on the flight were seriously injured while the head attendant and seven passengers suffered minor injuries when they fought the hijackers.

Six men tried to hijack the plane six minutes after take-off from the desert city of Hotan at 12:25pm. It was heading for regional capital of Urumqi.

The six suspects are in police custody. Witnesses said the men claimed to have bombs and tried to break into the cockpit.

Passengers, including some who were police officers, leapt from their seats to help aircrew overwhelm the hijackers.
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Airline News and Deals
(China Daily/WCARN.com, July 1)



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Beijing-Busan/Zurich: Hainan Airlines is offering a discount on roundtrip flights from Beijing to Busan to mark its one-year opening of the route. The offer coincides with the 2012 World Expo, which runs until Aug. 12 in Yeosu, South Korea.


The discount continues through Sep. 20: a roundtrip flight costs 1,000 yuan (US$157) for economy class and 2,900 yuan for business class. A bigger discount will be given for advance bookings.


The airline also opened a new direct flight from Beijing to Zurich, Switzerland, on May 31, with a roundtrip costing 2,990 yuan for economy class. The flight departs from Beijing at 1:50 a.m. Beijing time every Tue, Thu and Sun, and arrives at Zurich at 6:30 a.m. local time. The plane returns to Beijing six hours later at 12:20 a.m. Zurich time and arrives at Beijing at 5:20 a.m. the following day. More information on www.hnair.com.



New Thai carrier: Thai Airways International has confirmed that its new business division will launch services in July 2012 under the Thai Smile Air brand. The start-up carrier has been tentatively dubbed Thai Wings since the national carrier first revealed its plans to establish the venture earlier this year. The airline will be positioned as a low-to-medium-cost carrier.



Thai Smile Air will initially serve domestic destinations before adding international flights in 2013 to Southeast Asia, China and India.
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