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Jet Airways acting CEO resigns, unhappy with Etihad strategy

Jet Airways can’t seem to get a break in losing its top officials. Ever since Etihad got a green signal to pick up 24% stake in Jet, there has been a steady outflow of senior executives who have been unhappy with the way Etihad has been driving things at Jet and trying to use it as a feeder to bring foreign bound Indian traffic. The latest to leave is the acting CEO Ravishankar Gopalakrishnan thereby becoming the fifth senior executive at the airline to quit since last year. Gopalakrishnan had become the acting CEO on 16th January after Gary Kenneth Toomey quit within seven months of taking up the place. Other notable high-profile exists have been of K.G.Vishwanath, vice-president (commercial strategy and investor relations), and…

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KrisFlyer updates regarding TAM Airlines and US Airways

Given that from 31 March 2014 onward, TAM Airlines and US Airways will no longer be members of Star Alliance. KrisFlyer sent across an update informing the changes with regards to accrual and redemption while flying these two airlines. Redemption for normal members will stop from 31st March 2014 onward on both airlines, although PPS Club and KrisFlyer members can continue to submit retroactive mileage claims for US Airways-operated flights until 31 January 2015. Also redemption bookings confirmed before 1 August 2014 for travel on/after 1 August 2014 will be honored or re-accommodated by US Airways for a period of 360 days. Overall there is still a long way to go for redeeming your miles but I won’t be the one redeeming my KrisFlyer on…

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Qantas: What does the future hold for it?

Qantas seems to be heading more deeper into its downward spiral which was clearly on display at its press meeting today. The airline intends to eliminate 15 percent of its workforce, slashing spending and selling gas-guzzling older planes after stiff competition at home and overseas pushed the Australian flag carrier deep into the red in the first half. Qantas plans to cut costs by A$2 billion over the next three years, among cost-cutting measures, Joyce said Qantas would defer receipt of the final three Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets it ordered for budget arm Jetstar, as well as the eight remaining Airbus A380s it has on order. The moves are part of a plan to either defer or sell a total of 50 aircraft.The airline has…

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Etihad ups its stake to 19.9% in Virgin Australia

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates has upped its equity stake in Virgin Australia Holdings to 19.9% through a number of  market purchases it had made in these last few weeks. Etihad has been on a stake acquisition spree in the past few years as a strategy to build up a network to compete with bigger middle eastern competitors of the likes of Emirates and Qatar Airlines. The airline has built up equity stakes in Air Berlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia and Aer Lingus, will acquire 49% of Air Serbia from January 2014 and, subject to regulatory approval, will acquire 24% of India’s Jet Airways. Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia have a ten-year strategic partnership that helps code-sharing on flights, joint sales…

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Finnair celebrates Indian Republic Day in style

First of all a Happy Republic Day to every Indian out there in the world, Finnair decided to celebrate the occasion with a special dance routine on there Helsinki-Delhi flight. The crew attired in Indian costumes danced to the hit Bollywood song ‘Om Shanti Om’. Here is the video, enjoy and a Happy Republic Day

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Cathay Pacific to launch new seats for Premium Economy and Economy

Cathay Pacific has announced the launch of its new Premium Economy class and also an overhaul of its international economy seating. The airline to bring these changes onto its aircrafts starting March 2012 with the firs flight from Hong Kong to Sydney. The other routes which will be getting the Premium Economy seating will be Singapore, New York, Toronto and Vancouver followed by other destinations. In contrast to the usual practice of placing Premium Economy seats in the same cabin as Econ0my, Cathay plans to create a seperate cabin space for the same having 26 to 34 seats based on the aircraft config. The Seat pitch will be 38 inches, which is six inches more than Economy Class and 19.3 inches wide, with an 8 inch…

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Kingfisher pilots pick up a unique form of protest

As reported in a business daily in India today, Kingfisher pilots have started a unique a form of protest against the company for the non-payment of their salaries since the last two months, the pilots have been announcing and I quote “it is their sense of duty towards the guest that is making them fly despite not being paid salaries for the past two months" The announcements which started this Wednesday on flights out of Delhi seem to be spreading to other flights too, The announcements which are a part of a wider protest by pilots after a deadline set by them passed without any payments being made. Some pilots say they now plan to wear black armbands while reporting for work seem to have…

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Awardwallet to stop providing AAdvantage mileage updates

Just got this interesting mail from Awardwallet stating that they will be purging the American Airlines data from their systems in order comply with the American Airlines cease and desist order, the hugely popular loyalty program site which almost every frequent flyer uses as a one stop shop for tracking all their loyalty account balances has stated that they will remove all American Airlines account details starting Dec 4, 2011. The site plans to bring out a browser plugin for checking the AAdvantage account info right in your browser with all the AAdvantage data stored in your browser itself, you can sign up for the beta for the same here. I’m not very comfortable with the thought of having a browser extension store my important…

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American Airlines, AMR take the bankruptcy protection route

After being the only major airline in the US history to not have filed one, American Airlines and its parent company AMR Corp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today. There had been speculation going around ever since AMR shares suffered a hug 40% drop in October that airline may file for bankruptcy sooner or later to cut costs specially its labor costs which are currently the highest in the industry but the timing of this announcement seems to have caught everyone by surprise. While the bankruptcy protection gives AMR some elbow room in its ongoing discussions with the pilots and other work groups, it also renders the airline a ripe target for takeovers in an industry that is currently in a very fluid state…

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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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