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No KrisFlyer elite miles on Virgin Atlantic flights

I just received a communication from Singapore Airlines informing that starting 1 July 2016, KrisFlyer members will not be able to earn any KrisFlyer élite miles on Virgin Atlantic operated flights between the Americas and Europe. You are although eligible to earn KrisFlyer élite miles on the rest of Virgin Atlantic’s non-transatlantic flight network. Do note that KrisFlyer élite miles count towards your KrisFlyer status and are different from the redeemable miles accrued via travel and credit cards etc. I see this as a fallout from the Delta trying to exert more control over the lucrative trans-Atlantic sector run by Virgin in direct competition with British Airways. With the latest announcement of aligning of Delta and Virgin schedules between this route, this fallout was inevitable.…

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Garuda switches London Heathrow flight to Singapore

Starting 31st March 2016, Garuda Indonesia has started flying direct 5 times a week (every other day except Monday and Friday) from Singapore to London (Heathrow) one way basis. The airline has done this due to the ongoing runway issues at the Jakarta airport which limits the take-off weight from the airport. The airlines 77-300ERs are exceeding the runway restrictions on full load. The airline is marketing this one-way flight big time to gauge market interest given that it is competing against the likes of every big airline that is directly or indirectly flying this route. The airline, based on the response it gets to the flight may make this flight a permanent feature should it get a strong uptake although its limited by the fact…

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Air France and PayPal partner to make buying tickets seamless

Air France is not really known as a very creative driven airline. Its a title that usually goes to its partner KLM who have brought in unique customer focussed initiatives like 24/7 twitter support in  multiple languages, find your seat mate and many more. But this time Air France has taken a leaf out that same book and launched a new initiative by which it will allow passengers to buy tickets on its website and pay via PayPal. As per the official press release: “Customers can now pay for their plane tickets simply and quickly with PayPal, without having to enter their credit card numbers each time they make a booking. By the end of March 2016, Air France customers will also be able to…

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Air France 747 Forever video series

Air France recently retired the last of the Boeing 747 from its active fleet. In recognition of the great service that the “Queen of the skies” has performed for the airline, the airline put a up a nice compilation of videos detailing how each and every department was involved in keeping the great bird running. You can view the series of videos at the playlist below: Personally, I have been a big fan to the 747s because they are so reminding of the golden age of travel and specially the first class right in its front. What are your favourite memories of the Queen of the skies?

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American and Delta to scrap the interline agreement

Delta and American have decided to end their interline agreement that allowed them to put their passengers on each other’s flights during irregular operations (IRROPS) situations. With this change, now passengers of two of the biggest airlines have reduced number of options available to them for being accommodated onto other flights. Not only is this going to make things inconvenient during times where weather plays havoc but it may also end up to longer wait times and connection issues in many cases. I can understand why Delta wants to end this relationship; they have been harping about their on-time performance and have been a making a killing with low fuel prices driving up their sales and profitability. On the other hand American has been playing…

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Singapore Airlines A350 starts taking shape

Airbus has been all gung ho about their A350 production plans. As of now it’s only their launch customer, Qatar Airways that flies the A350 and very soon Vietnam Airlines and TAM will be taking the delivery of its own. One Mile at a Time reviewed the A350 including the inaugural flight and you can read about it here and here. Today Airbus posted about the first A-350 XWB for Singapore Airlines that’s come onto the production line. Singapore Airlines is one of my favorite airlines and am really excited to see how this fabulous plane is going to turn up when they start flying it, with their unmatched service levels and the new generation technology it’s definitely going to be a great experience. After…

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Nobody should go through such traveling hell

There has been a post that doing the rounds of social media circles and caught my attention. The blogger has written an open letter to Air France CEO Alexandre De Juniac describing the harrowing experience that he and 44 other people had to undergo when their flight from Paris to Mumbai was abruptly cancelled and they were made to wait endlessly on the air-side and the Air France staff showing an indifferent attitude towards them. The big issues that obviously come to anyone’s mind in such a situation is that: The airport being the airlines own hub, why couldn’t alternate arrangements be made to accommodate 45 passengers? How can transit visas be rejected in such a case, I’ve never ever heard a case where this…

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Free 500 miles for joining LeClub Accor Club Hotels loyalty program

LeClub Accor Hotels the loyalty program of the Accor hotel chain which contain of some very trendy brands like Sofitel, Novotel and Pullman is running a promotion whereby anyone who signs up for a new account and sets the earning preference as converting of hotel stay points directly to Delta or Air Canada Aeroplan miles will get 500 free miles. The offer is also valid for existing customers of the LeClub Accor hotels program, all you need to do is just login to your account and change your earning preference to Delta or Air Canada Aeroplan miles and its an easy 500 miles for you. You can sign up for the Delta offer here and the Air Canada Aeroplan offer here The promotion is valid from…

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Malaysia Airlines and Air France to launch new A380 services

Malaysia Airlines is planning to start its A380 service from KL-London Heathrow from 2nd July 2012, As per the information provided at Airlineroute.net The 503 seater aircraft will be operating 3 times a week service initially and switch to daily service from 15th August 2012. The reservation for the same is open and the schedule will be as follows: Kuala Lumpur – London Heathrow MH002     KUL      2340 – 0550+1    LHR MH003     LHR     1200 – 0725+1     KUL The airline has opted for a 3 cabin configuration with 8 First Class seats on the Lower deck, 52 Business Class seats on the Upper deck and 96 Economy seats on the Upper Deck and 347 Economy seats on the Lower deck. For more details check out…

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China Eastern cancels Boeing 787 order

China Eastern Airlines has announced that it would be cancelling its order for 24 Boeing 787s and instead order 45 Boeing 737 variants, the airline has cited extended delivery delays for the cancellation. In addition the carrier plans to order 15 Airbus A330 aircraft which will be delivered between 2013 and 2015, it also intends to sell its 5 Airbus A340-300s back to Airbus in 2012. China Eastern’s Boeing 787 order book for the 787-8 variant consisted of 15 orders for the parent carrier, and 9 orders for China Eastern’s subsidiary Shanghai Airlines. The airline’s 737 order is valued at $3.3 billion at list prices.The new aircraft are expected to be delivered to the airline starting 2014 and until 2016. Given that China Eastern’s latest…

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