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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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Ryanair to sell Aer Lingus stake to IAG

Ryanair has just announced that is accepting the £961 million IAG (parent company of British Airways) bid for Aer Lingus. The bid that was already blessed by the Irish authorities was already a precursor for the complete takeover of Aer Lingus and integration into the IAG network. The trans-Atlantic flight routes from Dublin are too hard to resist for Heathrow slot starved IAG. Ryanair owns 29.8% of Aer Lingus and wasn’t really a willing party to sell out the stake. They tried thrice to buy over Aer Lingus but failed in all their bids due to stiff opposition from all ends. I guess no wanted Ryanair to dominate the Irish market leaving them with no other option but to sell out. We may soon see…

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British Airways plans to roll out iPad customer service to all its flights

British Airways which has been running trials of using iPad for its staff to provide customer service on-board has plans to implement the service onto all its flights very soon. The airline which has been using the iPad customer service app to provide to provide its on-board crew with real-time insight into customers preferences across a whole range of areas, from special meal requests to onward travel plans has found that this has resulted in helping add a personalized touch to their customer service and also deal with specific needs of its frequent flyers. The app which is configured to run on a 3G enabled iPad2 is based on the British Airways in-house Enhanced Service Platform app, which helps cut down the usage of tonnes…

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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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Iberia to launch Iberia Express for its short and medium haul routes

Spanish carrier Iberia which is part of the International Airlines group (IAG) has decided to start a new subsidiary named Iberia Express, the airline intends to service its short and medium haul destinations specially the Spanish domestic and European markets from Madrid offering Economy and Business Class seating at “Competitive” fares. The carrier which intends to use the subsidiary to feed traffic to its long haul operations has said that initially Iberia Express would start operations by utilizing existing Iberia aircraft, starting with four A320s going to 13 aircraft by the end of next year. The airline says its doing this to counter the competition from Low Cost Carriers(LCC) like Easyjet and Ryanair which have over the recent years strengthened their service offering to the…

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Virgin Atlantic eyeing to combine with BMI

As reported by Businessweek earlier, Virgin Atlantic CEO, Steve Ridgway said that the airline is actively looking to combine with bmi British Midland International, this news comes in the wake of bmi slot sale to British Airways and Lufthansa CEO Christoph Franz indicating that the ailing airline maybe on the block. Should this combine become a reality, it would provide Virgin Atlantic with a much needed domestic reach in the European markets which would help it feed its International operations which would be much a needed booster shot for the airline that is also reviewing its plans to look for potential investors after the 49% stake holder Singapore Airlines sending feelers in the market about its stake sale in Virgin Atlantic itself. In the past…

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British Airways caught up in an advert mess up

BA’s new campaign on which the carrier is estimated to have spent £20 million caused quite a flutter when it was unveiled via Facebook. Apparently in one shot in one of the shots of the 747 it was discovered that they had used their arch rival Virgin Atlantic’s plane. In the ad which talks about the company’s motto “To Fly, To Serve” the 1st of the 3 Boeings shown standing together is a Virgin Atlantic plane which was photoshopped with BA colors but they forgot to change its tail number G-VGAL which belongs to Virgin aircraft based out of Manchester. The mistake was corrected just in time before the release. No doubt the ad is awesome and is one of the finest efforts from the…

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BA buys 6 daily slot pairs at Heathrow from bmi

BA is cementing its presence at its London-Heathrow (LHR) hub by buying 6 daily slot pairs from the troubled airline bmi British Midland International. As reported by BA parent, International Airlines Group (IAG) in a press release, “BA plans to use these slots from late October 2011 for operating more long-haul and short haul flights”. This is a big boost for the OneWorld alliance and a dent for the Star Alliance presence at the major hub in London. bmi is the second largest operator out of Heathrow airport serving many destinations both within UK and internationally, Initial reports suggest that the deal could be worth €100m-€150m. Of late bmi has been going through a series of troubles with its current parent Lufthansa planning to dispose it off…

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British Airways plans to spend £5bn on fleet upgrade and modernization

British Airways announced today its plans to spend more than £5 billion on customer products and services over the next five years. The funds will be allocated for the following activities: Purchase of new aircrafts. New World Traveller and World Traveller Plus cabins. A revamped First Class. Significant improvements at the facilities at the Gatwick airport. Upgrade and opening of new lounges across the route network. Improvement in catering services. Technological upgrade both in air and on ground for better customer experience. Much more user friendly website and Apps. The company has also launched its biggest brand campaign in a decade to advertise these changes through all possible channels. The campaigns based on the company’s historical motto ‘To Fly, To Serve”  is meant to showcase…

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