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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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Air India introduces paid seat selection

Ever since Air India has joined the Star Alliance, things have become more and more professional for the airline as it brings in the specialist expertise to improve its service and product standards. With low fuel price helping the airline swing back into a profit. The airline is now learning from its peers and has now introduced paid seat selection for the preferred seats on all its routes. As of May 17, 2016 as long as you fulfill the conditions listed below. You are eligible to select a paid preferred seat for your travel with the airline. With these changes, the airline is clearly showing the intent to generate revenue from its activities on the line of what the other airlines have done for a…

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Air China to launch Shanghai flights from San Jose

There seems to be a flurry of Chinese airlines applying to grab airline routes given the first come first serve policy that only allows one airline to fly a route, the notable exception being Air China which is the de-facto state airline. Air China has now gone ahead and applied for flying rights to fly from Shanghai to San Jose, three times a week. Given that both the cities have a huge technology centre connection, the flight may prove really popular. The airline intends to start flying using an Airbus A330 from June onwards pending Department of Transportation (DOT) approval. As one of Bay Area’s 3rd airport, this can prove to be a good alternative to flying to other airports especially SFO. Conclusion: Even though they…

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Air Canada flight diverted twice!

An Air Canada flight from Frankfurt to Toronto  had the misfortune of being diverted to London’s Heathrow airport twice on the same day in a matter of hours. According to the news article, the flight AC 873 on 3rd March 2016 took off from Frankfurt and right when it hit the UK shores, the crew detected an electrical odour and pilots declared an emergency and landed at the Heathrow airport for further checks. On being cleared for take-off after no issues were found, the plane took off again only to return back to Heathrow with the same issue. This must have been a great inconvenience for the passengers and a huge cost for the airline also as they ended up accommodating all the 336 passengers on-board…

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Thai airways to ground it fleet of A340s

As per Bloomberg report, Thai Airways has grounded its entire fleet of Airbus A340s, some of which are barely a few years old for cost efficiency purposes. The airline says that it’s unable to make any flights on these quad engine aircrafts profitable even after the substantial oil price drop. In this age of twin engines aircrafts performing as good as the yesteryear 4 engine beauties, the need for such aircrafts has been almost wiped out. No airline has any pressing need to fly these birds anymore unless they are flying to hot and high destinations such as Johannesburg or Mexico to name a few. Thai has tried to sell these aircrafts for a while now but without any success and as has been the case…

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Thai Smile to allow Luk Thep dolls to travel as passengers

I have seen people struggling with the ground staff to bring in many things as their carry on baggage but how about dolls? Apparently if you go by this Bloomberg story, Thai Smile which is a subsidiary of Thailand’s flag carrier Thai Airways is contemplating a move that will now allow passengers to buy seats for their super sized dolls  which are known as Luk Thep which is Thai for Child God. Apparently there is a belief that these dolls have supernatural powers that serve as protection from harm for their owners and act as good luck charms inviting good fortune and blessings. The dolls have not only been endorsed heavily by celebrities which have not only helped make them very popular but have also spawned a range of fashion…

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A320neo facing production issues?

Airbus’s top seller seems to be facing some production issues even before it can be inducted by the airlines in their fleet. Initially news came in about Lufthansa being the launch customer for the aircraft replacing Qatar. Now we are hearing that Indian customers, Indigo and GoAir have also expressed reservations about the delivery schedule of the A320neo aircrafts. The airlines have commented that they are not confident about when will Airbus be able to start the deliveries of the latest generation aircraft to them. Indigo which is the largest acquirer of the aircraft model seems to be hit hardest should these delays pile up. The major cause of these issues is the new Pratt and Whitney engine which has been blamed to be having issues…

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Air India technician dies after getting sucked into an A319 engine

In a shocking incident an Air India technician was sucked into the engine while performing pre-flight activities. The incident which happened on Wednesday night at the Mumbai airport was caused by the co-pilot misreading the signals from the ground staff and switching on the engines even though there was staff standing right next to it. Due to this sudden start, the technician was sucked right into the engine. In an email that’s reportedly being circulated, it is mentioned that Standard Operating Procedures such placing chocks, getting clearance from the technician by the pilot were not properly adhered to which led to this unfortunate event. The flight AI 619 which was headed to Hyderabad had to be cancelled as the body was stuck in the engine.…

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Earn Singapore Airlines Krisflyer miles on Scoot and Tigerair flights

Singapore Airlines has been working hard in the last few months to bring its subsidiaries to become a part of the lucrative KrisFlyer program. Even though earlier this year in April, Singapore Airlines had made available redemption possibilities on these two carriers and also on its India partnership Vistara, but its low cost cousins were not part of the earning group. That is going to change now that Singapore Airlines will allow you to earn Krisflyer miles when you fly on Scoot and Tigerair. The catch here like all other programs is that they are only earned on premium bundles for their flights known as Scoot’s PlusPerks or Tigerair’s FlexiCombo bundles respectively. As per the airlines website- Scoot’s PlusPerks bundles give passengers benefits like ticket flexibility (the…

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Air India losing senior Dreamliner pilots

In what could be termed as a big setback to Air India’s international plans, at least 8 Senior Boeing Dreamliner pilots have either left or are serving their notice period. Given that the airline is pushing ahead with managing its international operation on the back of the 27 Boeing 787s it has on order, losing senior pilots at this critical juncture can prove to be an expensive disaster. The pilots seem to be headed for greener pastures at Spicejet which has recently bounced back after its own fair share of troubles and given it operates a Boeing fleet the pilots make a good fit. Another reason for he pilots choice is attributed to the move of Mr SP Puri who was earlier with Air India,…

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