Business Travel

JAL DREAMLINER TO SERVICE MORE GLOBAL ROUTES FROM JUNE 1

May 1, 2013

TOKYO – Japan Airlines is planning to introduce its new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to more international routes from June 1, including Boston, San Diego, Singapore and Beijing (from June), Delhi (from July), Moscow and San Francisco (from September) and Sydney and Bangkok (from December). JAL will launch a new (daily) service from Narita to Helsinki on July 1.

AIR PASSENGER GROWTH SHOWS CONTINUING STRENGTH

May 1, 2013

GENEVA - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says global passenger traffic results for March show strong demand growth led by emerging markets, with all regions showing gains. Total traffic rose 5.9% compared to March 2012. Part of the rise may be attributed to traffic related to the Easter holiday, but the seasonally-adjusted trend continues to show strong growth, with demand expanding at an 8% annualised rate in the six months since October 2012. Capacity rose 3.5% compared to the year-ago period, pushing up load factor 1.8 percentage points to 80.3%.

CHINA SOUTHERN TO FLY A380 ON GUANGZHOU-SYDNEY SECTOR

April 27, 2013

SYDNEY – China Southern Airlines will begin a daily A380 service from Guangzhou to Sydney effective October 27. The airline’s new A300-300 and A300-200 aircraft with flat beds in Business Class will also be deployed onto Australian services – to Melbourne and Sydney – by the end of October.  The new A300-223 aircraft entered service on routes to Brisbane and Perth from the beginning of April.

THAI SMILE WIDENING NETWORK OUT OF PHUKET HUB

April 26, 2013

BANGKOK – Thai International subsidiary THAI Smile has adopted Phuket as its second hub after Bangkok, with new services from Phuket to New Delhi (twice weekly), Phuket to Mumbai (twice weekly) and Phuket to Kuala Lumpur (four weekly). New THAI Smile services have also been launched from Bangkok to Mandalay, Burma, (five weekly) and Bangkok to Ahmedabad, India (twice weekly). The airline operates 11 new A-320 aircraft in two classes – Economy and Smile Plus (short-haul Business class). From Bangkok it services Macau, Surat Thani, Krabi, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchatani and Udon Thani.

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