Air Berlin's Stansted operation is to be joined by Manchester and Southampton as UK departure points on 1 November. Manchester will again be daily services Berlin-Tegel (in competition with BA) and Dusseldorf (which also has Lufthansa on the route) plus a four times a weekly route to Paderborn. Southampton to Paderborn will be served three times weekly. The successful Stansted operation continues Berlin-Tegel, Dusseldorf, Hanover, Munster-Osnabruck, Nuremberg, Paderborn and Palma de Mallorca. www.airberlin.com
Air France has confirmed that it will stick to its summer flight schedule even though it cannot use Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2E, part of which collapsed last month at Paris's largest airport. However there will changes of schedules for some long-haul flights, including Boston, Miami, Toronto and Rio de Janeiro. The idea of moving some flights to Orly seems to have been dropped after heavy local lobbying. Whilst in many ways better located than CDG Orly is only supported from the UK with London City operations and does not have the interline connections of Roissy. www.airfrance.com
Air New Zealand unveiled plans to transform the long-haul flying experience for both its economy and its premium customers. From mid- 2005, Air New Zealand will offer its long-haul customers new cabin interiors, seats, in-flight entertainment system and food and beverage service. ANZ's fleet of Boeing 747s will be refitted at a cost of around $100 million, beginning in the middle of next year and work on the last aircraft should be completed by early 2006. Eight new Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft, which will start arriving in September 2005, will have the same interiors and product.
Air New Zealand has signed agreements to acquire eight new Boeing 777- 200ER aircraft and two Boeing 7E7 aircraft, as well as the rights to buy an additional 42 long-haul airplanes, pending shareholder approval. The aircraft will enable the carrier to stretch its wings in the long-haul marketplace. " These aircraft will allow us to develop new routes and increase frequency on existing routes, as well as provide an overall increase in both passenger and cargo capacity," says Ralph Norris, managing director and chief executive. Norris adds that putting a new fleet in place will mean lower operating costs and better financial performance than the carrier would realize by expanding its existing fleet of 10 Boeing 767s.
AirTran Airways announced on June 29 2004 enhancements to its existing frequent traveler rewards program, A+ Rewards. The enhancements come amidst the reduction of benefits on other airlines and offer members the unique opportunity to gain a free(a) ticket to anywhere in the world, whether the airline flies there or not. "AirTran Airways is known throughout the industry not just for low fares, but exemplary customer service and the most-friendly Crew Members in the business," said Bob Fornaro, president and chief operating officer. "We chose to enhance our rewards program to expand upon the existing benefits to passengers, and reward our most loyal customers. We, in large part, owe our success to their business, and this is our thank you."
AirTran Airways launched on June 22 2004 a four-day sale featuring four fare tiers on four travel periods for flights to all 45 destinations with fares starting as low as $34 each way. These special fares are available for purchase June 22 through June 25, 2004, are good for travel through November 2, 2004, and are not valid for travel on Fridays and Sundays. Like all AirTran Airways fares, prices included in this sale are one-way tickets and do not require a roundtrip purchase or a Saturday night stay. Travelers may purchase these sale fares at http://www.airtran.com, through travel agents or via AirTran Airways' reservations system at 1-800-AIR-TRAN. For Spanish, call 1-877-581-9842.
AirTran Airways reports that its first Boeing 737-700 aircraft flew its first revenue flight on June 17 2004. Flight 303 took off at 9:30 am (EDT) from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in route to Denver International Airport. AirTran Airways just took delivery of the aircraft a week ago when the aircraft made its inaugural flight from Seattle to Atlanta following a celebration at Boeing Field. This aircraft is the first of 100 ordered by AirTran Airways in July, 2003. "Not only do the Boeing 737s boast remarkable fuel efficiency, they will also allow us to serve longer-haul markets. Combined with the dependability of our Boeing 717 fleet, the increased flexibility and greater range of the 737s enables AirTran Airways to solidify our position as an industry leader well into the future," said Robert L. Fornaro, AirTran Airways' president and chief operating officer.
AirTran Airways launched June 7 2004 a 36 hour sale for flights to all 45 destinations with fares starting as low as $39 each way. Travelers may purchase these sale fares at airtran.com, through travel agents or via AirTran Airways' reservations system at 1-800-AIR-TRAN. For Spanish, call 1-877-581-9842. These special fares are available for purchase through 11:59 p.m. (ET) June 8, 2004, are good for travel through November 2, 2004, and are not valid for travel on Fridays and Sundays. Like all AirTran Airways fares, prices included in this sale are one-way tickets and do not require a roundtrip purchase or a Saturday night stay.
AirTran Airways began June 5 2004 two new daily nonstop flights between Akron-Canton Airport and Boston's Logan International Airport and two new daily nonstop flights between Newport News/Williamsburg Airport and Boston's Logan International Airport. The announcement comes at the beginning of a big week for AirTran Airways, as the low-fare provider is accepting delivery of the first of 100 new Boeing 737-700 aircraft on Wednesday, June 9. AirTran Airways already operates the youngest all- Boeing fleet in the United States, and this summer XM Satellite Radio will be added to all its aircraft.
Alaska Airlines celebrated on June 29 2004 the grand opening of its state-of-the-art passenger concourse designed to expedite passengers through Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The new Concourse C features a layout, unique in the industry, for the airline's two-step check-in process. The layout virtually eliminates the conventional check-in counter. It is designed so that Alaska Airlines' passengers can move swiftly to security and on to their gate to board their flights. All of Concourse C's nine gates will be operated exclusively by Alaska Airlines. "I am extremely proud of our staff for designing this process themselves," said Vice President, Customer Services Ed White. "Passengers will discover they can move through this system much faster providing them with much more control over their airport experience. This is the wave of the future for moving people through an airport." The two-step process begins either at home, where the passenger checks- in on line and prints out the boarding pass, or does the same at the airport using an Instant Travel Machine (ITM). In the second step, the passenger takes the boarding pass to the nearby bag check location where the agent scans in the boarding pass, the luggage tags are printed and attached to the passenger's luggage. The passenger then heads off to security.
Alaska Airlines began daily nonstop roundtrip service on June 7 2004 between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Washington, D.C.'s Reagan National Airport, becoming the only airline to fly the route. The carrier is using a Boeing 737-700 on this route.
The Italian government agreed on June 22 2004 to guarantee a short-term bridge loan in a bid to stave off bankruptcy at the state-controlled airline Alitalia. The announcement was made at the end of a Cabinet meeting at Premier Silvio Berlusconi's office in Rome.
Aloha Airlines in September 2004 is adding a daily nonstop between Las Vegas and Honolulu and another between Sacramento and Kahului, Maui, bringing its daily total of nonstops between the Continental U.S. and Hawaii to 10. Tickets will go on sale June 18 for travel starting Sept. 7. The carrier began serving Las Vegas in February 2001 with one-stop service from Honolulu on its Honolulu-Oakland route, and in April 2003 did a similar one-stop extension to its Kahului-Burbank route to add Sacramento. After Sept. 6, however, Aloha is eliminating service to Phoenix and nonstop service between Burbank and Kahului, as well as its short-haul flights between Oakland and Las Vegas, Burbank and Las Vegas, and Burbank and Sacramento. The airline says it is re-accommodating travelers with reservations after those dates. www.alohaairlines.com
Aloha Airlines will begin nonstop flights this fall from Honolulu to Las Vegas, and from Maui to Sacramento. Tickets go on sale on June 18, and flights will inaugurate on Sept. 7. The airline currently serves Las Vegas as a beyond point to its Honolulu-Oakland service, and to Sacramento on its Maui-Burbank flights. Traffic to these cities is now sufficient to promote direct flights. It also said that it will continue to operate two daily nonstops this fall from Oakland to Honolulu, and one daily flight from Oakland to both Maui and Kona. After Sept. 6 204 it will eliminate service to Phoenix and the nonstop flight between Burbank and Maui. It also will drop service between Las Vegas and both Oakland and Burbank, and between Burbank and Sacramento.
Aloha Airlines is increasing the number of passenger seats on its 10 Boeing 737-200 inter-island aircraft by replacing 12 first class seats with 21 coach seats. The airline expects to complete the conversion program by mid-July. This modification affects only the carrier?s flights within Hawaii; it retains first class seating and service on all its transpacific and West Coast flights provided on its long-range Boeing 737-700 fleet. In tandem with the seating switch, the carrier says it is boosting its inter-island schedule by 28 percent for the summer season, beginning June 10. As for inter-island first-class bookings, Aloha has stopped accepting such bookings for travel after June 30 and says passengers who?ve paid for first-class inter-island seats for travel after June 30 will be entitled to refunds. www.alohaairlines.com
America West Airlines the nation's second largest low-fare carrier, announced on June 1 2004 that it initiated two daily nonstop transcontinental flights between Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. With the start of this service, America West is the only low-fare carrier to offer daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). The airline also began its third nonstop flight between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Boston and New York/JFK. This additional daily nonstop flight operates between LAX and New York/JFK and Boston during the peak summer travel season through Sept. 7, 2004.
America West Airlines announced June 14 2004 that it is launching a fare sale to one of its newest Canadian destinations, Edmonton, Alberta for travel between June 21 and Oct. 31, 2004. Customers can take advantage of these low fares by purchasing roundtrip travel now through June 21, 2004. A seven-day advance purchase is required and a one-night minimum stay.
America West Airlines began operating on June 1 2004 a third daily nonstop, roundtrip flight today between its Phoenix hub and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). he airline also
America West Airlines initiated daily nonstop service between its Las Vegas hub and four new destinations on June 1 2004 . The new cities are: Fresno and San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Medford, Ore.; and Calgary, Alberta. Also on June 1, a second nonstop flight will be added between Las Vegas and Santa Barbara, Calif.
America West Airlines initiated new service on June 1 2004 between its Phoenix hub and Montana's Glacier Park International Airport providing the only daily, nonstop service between the two destinations. America West is bringing its low fares to the Flathead Valley aboard America West Express, operated by Mesa Airlines. This new flight utilizes the popular 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet.
America West Airlines initiated new service on June 1 2004 between Phoenix and Anchorage, Alaska providing the only daily, nonstop service between the two destinations. The new service is part of America West's 2004 growth plan to meet increased customer demand for the airline's extremely successful business-friendly fare structure and outstanding service.
On July 1, passengers traveling on American Airlines International Flagship Service in First or Business Class on most routes will experience a new SpAA In Flight amenity comfort kit featuring Temple Spa aromatherapy products. Inspired by the Mediterranean culture, the SPA- TO-GO products are luxury, spa-based skin and body treatments for travelers on the go. "Given their busy and sometimes hectic schedules, many of our customers don't have time to visit a spa," said Dan Garton, American's executive vice president-Marketing. "With these products, we can bring a little bit of the spa experience to our customers in flight." The SPA-TO-GO aromatherapy products included in the comfort kits are:
* ALL IN ALL - Face and Body Balm, a versatile moisturizing balm for hands, body and face. Designed to ward off the drying effects of air travel, it can also be used as a hair conditioner.
* ALL TALK - Lip Balm, a rich formula packed with natural plant extracts, botanicals and vitamins to leave lips soft and chap free.
* TAKE A GRIP - Dry Shower, a lotion that gives you a just-showered refreshment without the use of soap or water. Just apply to the hands and skin to eliminate stickiness. Dries to a silky touch.
* AAAHHH! - Leg and Foot Balm, a soothing balm for well-traveled legs that need pampering. The emollient contains extracts of dandelion to refresh legs and feet.
Whether on a business or leisure trip, customers can use the products to refresh during flight. Passengers on American's international flights to and from Japan, Europe, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Santiago and Rio de Janeiro will receive the new SpAA In Flight amenity kits. The complimentary amenity kit also includes comfort socks, tissues, earplugs, a toothpick, toothbrush and toothpaste, and a refreshing mint. For more information on Temple Spa products, visit their Web site at www.templespa.com
American Airlines offers companion ticket for flying two round trips by Nov. 15, 2004. Whether your travel is for business or pleasure, fly two round trips on nonstop flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and Boston (BOS), New York Kennedy (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) between now and Nov. 15, 2004, and you can earn a companion ticket. The companion ticket is valid for Economy Class travel from Sept. 7, 2004, through Feb. 16, 2005, on nonstop flights from LAX to destinations in the continental United States, Canada or San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Some restrictions apply. You must register for this offer prior to travel. You can register and obtain complete offer details, terms and conditions at www.aa.com/offers or by calling the AAdvantage Dial-In system at 1-800- 882-8880. Follow the prompts and when asked, enter promotion code LAXCM. To register, you must be an AAdvantage member. If not a member, you can sign up for a free membership online or when you call to make your reservations.
American Airlines Admirals Club members traveling to or from Seattle- Tacoma International Airport in Washington state, now can enjoy a stylish, private club in the new concourse. On Saturday, June 26 2004, American Airlines opened a new Admirals Club facility, located in the new 888,000-square-foot Concourse A at Seattle-Tacoma Airport. The club is conveniently positioned across from gate A9 on the mezzanine level. Designed for American's discerning Admirals Club members, the 4,709- square-foot, state-of-the-art club is an oasis that blends both comfort and style. "The Admirals Club has become synonymous with comfort and elegance, and this newest club is no exception," said Dan Garton, American's executive vice president-Marketing. "This club provides our customers the personalized, professional service they've come to expect from the Admirals Club." The lounge overlooks the expanse of the new concourse and will feature a view of Mount Rainier in the distance. The new club offers seating for more than 65 customers. Club amenities include a "cell phone free" zone, a TV lounge with 50-inch flat plasma screen television and eight work carrels, including one with a PC providing high- speed Internet access. Customers will have use of a laser-jet printer, complimentary local phone service, equal-access phone service with data ports, use of a copy machine, and access to fax services.
American Airlines is adding flights to 50 cities this week in preparation for a busy summer season. AA also just began serving three new routes from Los Angeles to San Salvador, between Chicago and Sacramento, and between San Francisco and Maui. On July 3 2004, it will add seasonal weekend service from New York LaGuardia and Dallas/Fort Worth to Nassau. Most of the markets are seeing the addition of one or two new flights per week. But cities such as Cancun; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; Kingston, Jamaica; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Honolulu will see five or six new flights a week.
American Airlines announced today that its AmericanConnection partner will increase the number of daily departures from five to six operating between St. Louis Lambert Airport and Denver starting Aug. 1 2004. Additionally, a seventh daily flight will be added between Lambert and Philadelphia beginning Aug. 1, and a fourth nonstop daily flight will be added between Lambert and Milwaukee beginning Sept. 8. AmericanConnection carrier Chautauqua Airlines will operate 44-seat Embraer 140 jets on the new flights.
American Airlines has implemented a new low-fare structure in the Dallas/Fort Worth-Los Angeles market. Its new one-way, walkup coach fare to all five Los Angeles-area airports is $199, with fares going as low as $99 when purchased with a 14-day advance. There are no Saturday stay requirements. The fare is good to Los Angeles International, John Wayne Airport, Ontario, Long Beach and Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. American said the lowest fares would be hard to find during the summer on Fridays through Sundays, so customers should book early. "Travelers can use American's Web site, AA.com, to search for the best bargains at the desired departure times," said Dan Garton, executive VP of marketing.
American Airlines will begin offering nonstop flights from Miami to St. Kitts this November. It will initially operate three times a week, starting Nov. 3 2004, which will be expanded to five times per week on Feb. 2. Also in November, American is inaugurating service from Miami to St. Lucia. It is putting Boeing 737s on the St. Kitts route with 16 first class and 126 economy seats.
American Airlines cut fares on June 10 2004 between Dallas/Fort Worth and the greater Los Angeles area. American's one-way, walkup coach fare on nonstop flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and five Los Angeles-area airports will be priced from $199, with other one-way fares of $99 with a 14-day advance purchase and no Saturday-night stay requirements.
Since American Airlines became the first and only airline to offer the Bose Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones in 1999, customers have raved about the service. Now American is pleased to offer the second- generation Bose headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 2 Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones, to premium passengers in First Class and Business Class cabins; on long-haul flights to Europe, Asia, and deep South America; and on select First-Class transcon flights.
America West Airlines announced June 21 2004 that it will provide new service to New Orleans and Houston, as well as additional flights to Detroit and San Diego from its Las Vegas hub. Beginning Sept. 9, one nonstop flight will operate three days a week to New Orleans and beginning Oct. 18, the airline will operate one daily nonstop flight to Houston. Also on Oct. 18, America West will initiate a second daily nonstop to Detroit, along with an additional daily flight to San Diego.
America West initiated one daily, roundtrip, nonstop flight on June 15 2004 between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Vancouver, British Columbia; and Mazatlan, Mexico. With the addition of this new service, America West now offers 32 daily departures from LAX to nine destinations including Boston; Edmonton, Alberta; Las Vegas; Mazatlan, Mexico; New York/JFK; Phoenix; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Washington, D.C.
ASA - Atlantic Southeast Airlines this month is marking its 25th anniversary of passenger service with customer and employee celebrations throughout the Southeast. The celebration begins Thursday with the delivery of a special-edition, 70-seat CRJ700 regional jet from Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal.
U.S. low-cost carrier ATA Airlines plans to fly to destinations in Europe starting next year and is negotiating with German airport Cologne-Bonn, the company said on Friday. "We want to fly to two or three European cities, and are currently in intensive talks concerning this," ATA Vice President Douglas Yakota told reporters in Cologne. He added that Germany, and in particular the Cologne-Bonn airport due to its success in low-cost travel, were high on the list of potential destinations. German long-haul charter carrier LTU reacted sharply to these plans, underscoring intense competition in the beleaguered airline industry. "You have to assume that we'll come with a corresponding offer for the same price and possibly better quality," said LTU managing director Juergen Marbach.
ATA Airlines announced on June 23 2004 that it has entered into agreements with six airlines to offer interline electronic ticketing. This convenience allows passengers to use one e-ticket when traveling on itineraries that include both ATA and one of the cooperative airlines. The service is now available between ATA and United, Continental, Hawaiian, Alaska, Aloha and Delta. In addition, customers taking advantage of interline e-ticketing will no longer need a paper ticket to transfer, they can simply use their original e-ticket, creating less hassle. E-tickets may be issued by any of the seven carriers and are available through ticketing offices, airport locations and travel agencies. Interline e-ticketing combined with full-service, curbside check-in and gate automation provides ease throughout the airport, saving customers time by simplifying the check-in and boarding processes. Finally, ATA's Travel Awards program offers loyal customers who book their travel at ATA.com great travel awards when they fly frequently on ATA or ATA Connection. For details and official rules for the program, visit www.ata.com
ATA's "Easy Days Sale" is making travel between select destinations more affordable with fares starting at $49 (off-peak, each way based on a 21- day advance round-trip purchase). Tickets are available for purchase today until midnight (E.D.T.) on June 25, 2004, for travel through November 17, 2004.
Celebrate the Fourth of July by breaking free from high fares. ATA's "Go Fourth Sale" offers nationwide travel on Independence Day from as low as $39 (each way). Tickets may be booked now through midnight (E.D.T.) July 4, 2004, and travel must occur on July 4, 2004.
ATA announced June 7 2004 plans to provide an additional round-trip flight, six days a week, between Chicago- Midway International Airport and Guadalajara, Mexico. Customers can take advantage of the increased service, from seven to 13 flights per week, beginning June 10, 2004. ATA began service to Guadalajara in 2001 with one round-trip flight per day between Chicago-Midway and this popular business and leisure destination.
ATA's "Easy Days Sale" for travel to/from Washington, D.C. Fares start as low as $69 (off-peak, each way based on a round-trip purchase) and are available for purchase today until midnight (E.D.T.) on June 10, 2004 for travel. Travel to/from the Rocky Mountain city, fares start as low as $79 (off-peak, each way based on a round- trip purchase) and are available for purchase today until midnight (E.D.T.) on June 10, 2004 for travel between June 22, 2004, and September 30, 2004.
Blue Star Jets, which claims to be the fastest growing executive jet brokerage in the US, is to set up a satellite office in Europe with the UK, France or Italy as target headquarters. Founded in 2001 Blue Star says it has access to 4,000 aircraft worldwide. The New York based operation, which also has offices in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Phoenix, Boca Raton and Montreal says that between 15 and 18 million people are flying privately every year. www.bluestarjets.com
British Airways' passengers from Detroit will enjoy a truly upgraded experience beginning July 8 2004. That's the day the airline moves its flights from Detroit Metro's Berry Terminal to the state-of-the-art McNamara Terminal. The moment British Airways' passengers enter the McNamara Terminal they will be served a feast for the eyes. The building's 21st century esthetics are superb. There are upgraded amenities throughout, worthy of one of the world's finest airport facilities, like elegant shopping and fine restaurants, convenient exchange booths, a gate shuttle service and a spacious Customs and Immigration Hall. Arriving passengers with onward connections within the U.S. will enjoy same-terminal connections, a vast improvement over Berry where they have to change buildings. At the Westin Hotel, directly adjacent to the McNamara Terminal and close to the British Airways Check-in Desks, First and Club World passengers will enjoy the comforts and ambiance of the Flight Deck Observation Area prior to departure. They can relax in comfortable couches or upholstered chairs and enjoy a splendid view of the activity on the tarmac. As well, wireless Internet and business services are available. And with the Westin Hotel having its own separate airside security screening, passengers will enjoy a quicker and quieter departure experience. To make the passenger experience even better, British Airways' daily Boeing 777 flight to London-Heathrow has been rescheduled to depart 15 minutes earlier giving easy connections to seven additional cities in Europe: Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Kiev, Madrid, Milan (Malpensa) and Munich.
British Airways last week introduced a new improved food service in Club Europe. The move coincides with the completion of a refurbishment of the Heathrow T1 executive lounges including the addition of a premium class check-in area, self-service check-in kiosks, and an exclusive security channel. Whilst the full English breakfast will remain a popular choice the airline will introduce a new continental breakfast option and a hot panini on its midrange European flights to destinations such as Frankfurt, Geneva and Lyon. On longer short haul flights, including Stockholm, Barcelona and Lisbon, customers will be offered two hot meal choices for dinner and lunch, plus a further salad option for those wanting a healthier meal. As well as improved quality and choice, customers will also notice a change of presentation with menu cards, white linen tablecloths and new round china plates, replacing the existing 'airline' style dish. www.ba.com
China Southern Airlines www.cs-air.com/en has launched new Urumqi- Dushanbe and Urumqi-Kashi-Islamabad service. The new Boeing 757 service to Dushanbe, available every Monday, will promote the commercial exchange between Xinjiang and Tajikistan and the development of tourism industry of the two regions. It also symbolizes the continued bridge- building between Xinjiang and the global marketplace. Additionally, service to Islamabad is the first international route from Xinjiang which operates every Tuesday and Saturday with a flight time of approximately three hours.
China Southern Airlines www.cs-air.com/en is pleased to announce that its Sky Pearl Club is teaming up with Hertz to offer you more extra value and benefits. Starting 1 July 2004, China Southern Airlines and Hertz, the world's No. 1 car rental company, have teamed up to provide new benefits to Sky Pearl Club members. Members of the Sky Pearl Club can earn award credits and extra savings when renting a car at any of Hertz's 7,000 locations throughout more than 150 countries throughout the world. The Sky Pearl Cub is the largest frequent flyer program in China with more than 2 Million members worldwide.
China Southern Airlines, www.cs-air.com/en, announced that it will be launching new Guangzhou-Beijing-Dubai service, starting Thursday, June 17 2004. The new Boeing 777 service (China Southern flight numbers CZ331/332) will depart each Tuesday and Thursday from Guangzhou at 18:20, arriving at Beijing at 21:05, then departing from Beijing at 22:20 and reaching Dubai next day at 03:40 a.m. (local time). With return flights every Wednesday and Friday, departing from Dubai at 05:00 a.m. (local time) and arriving at Beijing at 18:00 before reaching Guangzhou at 23:00.
China Southern Airlines, www.cs-air.com/en, the largest airline in The People's Republic of China, announced that it has signed a code share agreement with Korean Air for service between Incheon and Shenyang. The signing ceremony took place today at the Incheon Hyatt Regency Hotel with Mr. Young-Ho Kim, president of Korean Air Passenger Division, and Mr. Li Kun, Vice President of China Southern Airlines, representing their respective carriers. Effective August 8 2004, Korean Air and China Southern Airlines will be able to provide the flexible flight schedules to their loyal customers. Currently, Korean Air is operating total 70 weekly flights to China and 11 weekly flights between Incheon and Shenyang while China Southern Airlines is operating total 12 weekly flights between these markets. The code share agreement practically enables both carriers to ensure a total of 23 weekly flights between these two cities, respectively.
China Southern Airlines www.cs-air.com/en announced on June 1 2004 that it will be launching new service from Shanghai to Amsterdam via Beijing. The new Boeing 777 Shanghai-Beijing-Amsterdam service, slated to begin June 28 2004, is timed to begin on the official opening day of the new Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou and will be operated under a code-share agreement with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, www.klm.com. Effective May 1, 2004, 12 nations of the European Union were formally opened to the Chinese citizens as new overseas tourist destinations. In addition, the recent successful visit of Premier Wen Jiabao to Europe illustrates that both China and Europe are dedicated to establishing important strategic partnership relationships.
Continental Airlines announced on June 23 2004 reduced one-way fares linking its hubs in New York, Houston and Cleveland with cities across the country, offering significant savings for Coach and First Class travel for those unable to plan their travel weeks in advance.
Continental Airlines is launching new routes in several markets this month to prepare for the strong summer season. On June 10 2004, it launches service from Newark to Edinburgh, Scotland, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and from Houston to Port of Spain, Trinidad; Roatan, Honduras; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Oaxaca and Toluca, Mexico. On June 17 it begins service to Oslo, and on June 18 to Little Rock, Ark., both from Newark. It also has seasonal service starting to St. John's, Newfoundland, and Nantucket, Mass., from Newark; to Hayden/Steamboat and Montrose/Telluride, Colo.; and to Anchorage from Houston, and to London, Salt Lake City, Myrtle Beach and Portland, Maine, from Cleveland.
Continental Airlines and Maersk Air of Denmark began code sharing June 5 2004 on flights between the Danish cities of Copenhagen and Billund and London/Gatwick and between Billund and Amsterdam, enabling quicker and easier connections to and from Denmark for Continental customers. A marketing agreement between the two airlines also provides benefits for members of Continental's frequent flyer program, OnePass.
Los Angeles-based Continental Journeys is offering four-day/three-night city stays for independent travelers in five German cities: Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Leipzig and Dresden and in Prague, the Czech capital. Through Dec. 31 2004, stays cost $199 per person double for tourist- class hotels, $239 to $299 in first-class hotels, and $325 to $539 at deluxe properties. The land-only packages include a centrally located hotel, buffet breakfast, hotel taxes and service charges, and a city sightseeing tour (except in Hamburg, where a three-day City Welcome Card is provided). For more information, visit www.continentaljourneys.com
Delta Airlines has confirmed non-stop service from Atlanta to Belize commencing December 11. Delta's Boeing 737 aircraft seats150 passengers and will offer customers non-stop flights on Saturdays only between its Atlanta hub and Belize. Flights will depart Atlanta at 10:30 am and arrive in Belize at 12:40 pm. On its return, the flight will depart Belize at 2:15 pm. to arrive in Atlanta at 6:10 pm. The airline also will be increasing flights to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, from Atlanta on Sept. 15, bring those up to daily service. It also will fly that route year-round. Delta previously has operated that as a Saturday, seasonal service.
Delta Air Lines celebrates 75 years of serving customers on June 18 2004 with events in Atlanta. "Delta and Atlanta have become almost synonymous. Together we have shared nearly seventy-five years of growth and progress," said Jerry Grinstein, Delta's Chief Executive Officer. "We thank our employees, customers and the entire Atlanta community for their support and loyalty to Delta throughout the years. We look forward to extending our close relationship with the people of this city for a long time to come." Delta's presence in Atlanta has grown from one flight that carried five passengers in 1930 to the largest single airline hub operation in the world. Delta now offers customers nearly 1,000 daily nonstop flights to 190 cities in 30 countries from Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. With more than 32,000 employees in the Atlanta area, Delta is the single largest private employer in Georgia. Delta's economic impact on the Atlanta region exceeds $12 billion.
Delta Air Lines will begin nonstop service between Atlanta and Belize on December 11 2004. Delta will offer customers one round-trip, nonstop flight on Saturday only between its Atlanta hub and Belize using single- class, 150-seat Boeing 737 aircraft. Delta is also increasing its service between Atlanta and Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, to year- round, daily service starting Sept. 15. The airline had previously offered seasonal, Saturday-only service to the city. Located on the Caribbean coast adjacent to Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is known for its tropical forests, mountains, Mayan temples, and scuba diving. Belize is home to the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, and the people of Belize have protected approximately 40 percent of the country as parks and natural reserves.
Delta Air Lines and China Airlines are expanding their present code share agreement so that passengers traveling between the United States and Taiwan will have one additional gateway choice for flights between the two countries. Delta will place its code on flights offered by Delta's code share partner China Airlines between Seattle and Taipei beginning June 22, 2004.
Delta Air Lines' chief executive said on June 16 2004 it is "completely clear" the No. 3 U.S. airline cannot survive in its current form, as fare levels continue to erode despite an improving economy. Many analysts and industry experts have said Delta might have to file for bankruptcy to significantly cut costs. But CEO Gerald Grinstein said Chapter 11 would be used only if no other path were available. "While the situation is extremely serious and I cannot minimize that, the marketplace has just simply undergone a fundamental, structural and permanent change and we recognize it," he said at a transportation conference in New York. Low-cost competition in 70 percent of its markets and weak air fares have hurt Delta for a while. The financial picture worsened this year, Grinstein said. Adding to the woes are soaring jet fuel prices.
Delta Air Lines announced on June 10 2004 it has enhanced its industry- leading, comprehensive solution to serve customers during flight delays and cancellations. Effective the week of June 14 2004, the airline added the capability of automatically printing amenity vouchers from its gate readers. When events warrant, customers will be able to use one of Delta's more than 800 gate readers to retrieve itinerary receipts (which act as new boarding passes), plus vouchers for hotels and meals if needed. The result will be shorter lines and fewer of them, while allowing customers to remain in control of the travel experience.
Delta Air Lines is inviting customers to have major fun without a major investment when planning summer and fall travel. Sale fares are available from Delta's Atlanta hub and other select cities in the United States. From now until June 25 2004, customers may purchase discount travel starting as low as $55 each way. Fares are valid for travel Monday through Thursday and Saturday through Nov. 2, 2004. Fares require a seven-day advance purchase with no minimum stay requirement. Some blackout dates apply. See below for details and other important restrictions.
Delta Air Lines will cut a fourth of flights on its low-cost Song carrier this September, raising questions about how well the budget airline is doing. Delta officials say the cutback is just temporary, with the full 144 daily flights returning in October 2004.
Delta Air Lines is turning the Atlanta to Washington-Dulles market into shuttle service, effectively, on Aug. 1 2004. It will fly one flight per hour, and add four new flights. The airline currently flies 16 flights into Washington's Reagan National Airport, as well as 13 daily flights to Baltimore-Washington Airport. The new flights give Washingtonians a wider choice of airports for hourly service. The new flights to Dulles will depart at 15 minutes past the hour beginning at 7:15 a.m. from Atlanta, and 6 a.m. from Dulles. The flights will be a mix of Delta aircraft and regional jets flown by Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines.
Delta Air Lines dances the "merengue" as it launches new service on June 1 2004 from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. To celebrate its first entry into the Caribbean nation, Delta is offering double miles to SkyMiles customers who purchase and fly qualifying segments on Delta-operated flights from JFK to Santo Domingo between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2004. Delta will operate two nonstop flights daily between JFK and Santo Domingo using Boeing 757-200 aircraft, with the capacity to carry up to 183 passengers in a two-class configuration.
Delta Air Lines on June 1 2004 launched its new nonstop service between New York and Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga. Delta now offers customers one daily, round-trip, nonstop flight each between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and the two southern cities using 50-seat regional jet aircraft flown by Delta Connection carrier Comair.
Delta Air Lines announced on June 1 2004 the launch of SkyMiles Cruises, a program that enables SkyMiles program members to earn up to 10,000 miles when booking a cruise online at http://SkyMilesCruises.com or by calling 1-800-571-4965. The program offers cruise packages from the World's Leading Cruise Lines, including Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, The Yachts of Seabourn and Windstar Cruises.
Delta Connection carriers Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) and Comair are increasing summer travel options for customers by adding new nonstop jet flights between Delta's Atlanta and Cincinnati hubs and five popular regional destinations. By July 7 2004, Comair will add one additional daily round-trip jet flight between Cincinnati and Akron/Canton, Ohio; Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, N.C.; Portland, Maine; and Savannah, Ga. Effective July 1, ASA will add an additional round-trip flight (operating Sundays through Thursdays) between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn. All new service will be operated with Bombardier CRJ regional jets.
Delta Connection carrier Chautauqua launched on June 1 2004 four new daily flights between Tallahassee, Fla., and Tampa, Fla. To celebrate, Delta is offering customers a $49 each-way sale fare for travel through July 31 on the new flights. Chautauqua flies customers between the two cities on 37-seat Embraer 135 aircraft. Customers should act fast, as tickets must be purchased by June 15, 2004. Fares can be purchased one- way, and require a 14-day advance purchase. Some blackout dates apply. See below for details and other important restrictions.
Egyptair has taken delivery of the first of seven Airbus A330-200s on order, becoming a new operator of the type. It will use the aircraft on routes to Europe and within the Middle East. Each aircraft seats 24 passengers in business class and 244 in economy, and is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700s. Egyptair was the first customer in the Arab world for Airbus and the airline also operates A320s, A321s and A340. www.egyptair.com.eg
Eva Air of Taiwan, through a partnership with Expedia, now allows customers to book car rentals and hotels directly from its Web site. Eva is the first Asian airline to join Expedia's WWTE program. The technology provided gives the airline's clients access to Expedia's inventory while maintaining the Eva Air brand and look and feel of www.evaair.com
Frontier Airlines will begin new service between its Denver International Airport (DEN) hub and Nashville International Airport (BNA) Sunday, June 20, 2004. The two daily non-stops between Denver and Nashville will utilize Frontier's new 114-seat Airbus A318 aircraft, with 33 inches of legroom and 24 channels of LiveTV.
Frontier Airlines announced on June 17 2004 its intention to expand its Mexico service by offering nonstop service to Cancun (CUN). Following Frontier's recent announcement that it received approval for flights from Cancun to Salt Lake City (SLC) and Kansas City (MCI), announcement, if approved, could bring the total number of Frontier cities with nonstop service to/from Cancun to six. The Company has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for authorization to serve Cancun, Mexico from Nashville International Airport (BNA) three times a week, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) once a week and it has reapplied for service to/from Lambert- St.Louis International Airport (STL) for service three times a week.
Frontier Airlines which has served Mexico nonstop from Denver since December 2002 and is currently the largest carrier to Mexico from Denver, is now offering a once-in-a-lifetime low price to visit the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches of Mexico. For $89 each way you can visit Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo (ZIH) nonstop from Denver (DEN).
Independence Air will begin low-fare service Westchester County Airport (HPN) June 23 2004 with five daily, non-stop flights to Washington Dulles International Airport and to Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) and to Norfolk International Airport (ORF) and to Portland International Jetport (PWM) with daily, non-stop flights to Washington Dulles International Airport, In addition, Independence Air will be adding easy connections from White Plains to 22 cities across the country. All flights are now available for sale on the Independence Air website at http://www.FLYi.com. All fares are sold one-way and a Saturday night stay is NOT required for any fare. Seat assignments can be reserved at the time of booking and flights are not overbooked.
Independence Air will begin low-fare service to Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU) tomorrow, June 16 2004 with nine daily, nonstop flights to Washington Dulles International Airport. The schedule quickly expands throughout June and July, growing to 14 daily non-stops by July 17th. In addition, Independence Air will be adding easy connections from Raleigh/Durham to 25 cities across the country.
When low-fare airline Independence Air begins service Wednesday, June 16th, passengers will experience a new onboard feature designed to make air travel more interesting, memorable and even safer: in-flight announcements performed by celebrities. Independence Air flights will use a rotation of recorded announcements featuring comedian Dennis Miller, musician Chuck Berry, soccer star Mia Hamm and political commentary couple James Carville and Mary Matalin. As these celebrity recordings are being played onboard, Independence Air flight attendants will interact with the announcements and perform live safety demonstrations in the cabin.
JetBlue Airways officially launched on June 28 2004 its new corporate booking tool, CompanyBlue. CompanyBlue provides, at no charge, corporate travel managers with online reporting tools to track employee spending, itineraries and flight credits while allowing corporate travelers to book JetBlue flights online quickly and easily. Upon registering for CompanyBlue, companies are provided with a logo and an imbedded link with their company ID and password. Travel managers can place the imbedded logo on their intranet allowing travelers quick and easy access to their dedicated CompanyBlue booking site. For tracking these CompanyBlue bookings, travel managers are given access to a special password-protected website where reports detailing company spending, key market pair analysis, accrued/redeemed cancellation credits and employee itineraries can be viewed and/or downloaded. In addition to the standard JetBlue amenities like new planes, leather seats and DIRECTV at every seat, companies will also recognize a better bottom line when using JetBlue for business with walkup fares that are never more than $299 in nonstop markets, $25 change fees, transferable cancellation credits, free same day standby travel and free wireless Internet access at JetBlue's Terminal 6 at JFK and in Long Beach Airport. Along with all the benefits of using JetBlue for business travel, CompanyBlue bookings will also be backed by the CompanyBlue Service Commitment. While specific compensation and details are only made available to CompanyBlue customers, this commitment guarantees companies that JetBlue will make it up to their travelers if a flight is ever delayed more than two hours. For more information or to register for CompanyBlue, companies should visit: www.jetblue.com/companyblue.
Discount carrier JetBlue Airways announced on June 24 2004 that it will launch service from New York's LaGuardia Airport to destinations in Florida, while increasing the number of daily departures to Florida destinations from Boston's Logan Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
JetBlue Airways is also adding new service this Fall to Fort Myers, the airline's fourth Florida city served from Boston, and is expanding its existing service from Logan International Airport up to 20 daily departures.
JetBlue Airways plans to expand service between JFK and Florida this Fall/Winter season by inaugurating its first flights from New York's LaGuardia Airport and adding flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport. At its peak this winter, the airline plans to offer up to 71 daily departures from New York to Florida.
JetBlue Airways New York's low-fare carrier, begins on June 17 2004 its inaugural service to Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. The carrier now serves the Dominican Republic's capital city with one daily nonstop flight from New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
New York's ow-cost carrier JetBlue Airways launched on June 8 2004 its first international flight to the Dominican Republic. The New York-based airline, which already flies to the U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico, has begun service to Santiago in the Dominican Republic and plans to launch service to Santo Domingo,, the capital city, on June 17 2004.
Northwest Airlines announced on June 3 2004 that it has added French language capabilities to its www.nwa.com Web site.
Northwest Airlines announced on June 17 2004 new nonstop jet service between its WorldGateway at Detroit and two destinations, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport and Rochester, Minn. Two daily flights between Detroit and Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, which serves the Fayetteville and Bentonville, Ark., areas, will be offered beginning Sept. 13 2004. One daily flight between Detroit and Rochester will begin the same day.
Northwest Airlines announced the week of June 14 2004 that it is expanding service at Lansing, Mich., with new nonstop jet service to Washington's Dulles International Airport. Four weekday flights and three flights on Saturdays and Sundays will be offered beginning July 15 2004. The new service complements existing service between Lansing and Northwest's hubs at Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul, providing connections to hundreds of destinations worldwide served by Northwest and its global travel partners.
Ryanair has backed down from its policy of being Europe's meanest airline when it comes to cabin baggage. The airline has increased the carry-on luggage allowance from just 7 kilos to 10 kilo with immediate effect. The current hold baggage maximum allowance of 15 kilos per passenger remains unchanged and is the least offered by any European airline. Never an airline to give anything away if it can help it Ryanaires excess luggage charge has gone up 12.5% to [pounds sterling]4.50/E7 per kilo. www.ryanair.com
Irish no-frills airline Ryanair said on June 1 2004 its passenger load factor, an industry measure of how many seats were sold, was 81 percent in May, up from 77 percent a year ago. Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary released the load factor details at a news conference in London, ahead of the release of May traffic data later in the day.
SkyTeam passengers traveling to the Americas can explore the region, starting July 1 2004, and earn additional frequent flyer miles by taking advantage of the new "SkyTeam America Pass." Alliance members Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air are offering travelers from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the South Pacific and select countries in South America the opportunity to explore hundreds of destinations in Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States using discounted fare coupons. With an expected growth rate in global passenger traffic this year, the SkyTeam America Pass is designed to provide additional flexibility and convenience in travel.
Southwest Airlines celebrated on June 30 2004 the launch of its Spanish booking engine available at www.southwest.com/vamonos where Customers can make their flight reservations entirely in Spanish on the Internet. With the online booking tool, travelers can take advantage of Southwest's low air fares and frequent flights en espanol (in Spanish). For more information, visit: www.southwest.com/jp/enespanol.shtml?src=PR_vamonos_063004
Southwest Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Jim Parker, announced plans on June 17 2004 to add new nonstop flights and enhance existing nonstop flights in many Southwest Airlines markets. Parker made the announcement during a news conference onboard Southwest's 400th plane to enter its fleet. The Company celebrated the major milestone by flying the brand new Boeing 737 to New York for a media event. "Southwest Airlines is accepting delivery of several new aircraft this Fall which will be utilized to support this tremendous growth," said Parker. "Southwest Airlines' Customers have exhibited high demand, and these new flights will give our Customers more options."
Southwest Airlines is celebrating ten years of service in both Seattle/Tacoma and Spokane this week! Festivities will kick off Thursday, June 3 2004, in Spokane and Friday, June 4, in Seattle/Tacoma. "Our Employees have made both Seattle/Tacoma and Spokane key players in Southwest's Northwest market," said Dave Ridley, Southwest's vice president of ground operations. "We are pleased to bring our legendary low fares and our great Customer service to our Washington Customers year after year."
Galileo International has begun deploying e-tickets with Spirit Airlines. The GDS system now offers electronic ticketing for 62 airlines in 48 countries. According to the carrier, this move is similar to many other airlines? similar decision in that it is an effort to reduce costs and offer greater efficiency to customer.
The Star Alliance has announced it will add its first regional airline member, Blue1 of Finland. To become a regional member, an airline must have close ties to an existing member. Blue1 is owned by alliance member SAS. The airline flies nine Avro RJs and five Saab 2000 airplanes. Blue1 joins South African Airways, which was just officially approved by the board for membership, and TAP Air Portugal as the newest members. SAA will join the alliance next year. TAP has not yet officially begun to operate as a Star Alliance member.
Swiss International will be offering its new all-Business Class service between Zurich and New York (Newark) six times a week. The flights will be operated by a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) aircraft with seating for 56 passengers. The new service is scheduled to be launched on January 15, 2005. Swiss International's current Airbus A330 operations between Zurich and New York (Newark) will be simultaneously withdrawn. Swiss International will continue to offer its present New York (JFK) services from both Zurich and Geneva. The new service will be carefully tailored to business travellers' requirements. Passengers will enjoy shorter boarding times, a calmer ambience on board and special inflight service. Cabin comfort will also be assured by the provision of lie-flat seats at a generous 153 cm pitch. And no fewer than four flight attendants will be assigned to each departure.
Swiss International will serve London City Airport from Basel from Aug. 30 2004. The flights to and from City Airport, which is conveniently close to London's central business district, will be operated thrice daily on weekdays and daily at the weekend using Saab 2000 equipment. The current Basel - London (Heathrow) services will be withdrawn from the start of the 2004/05 winter schedules.
Swiss International has decided the first week of June 2004 not to proceed with the envisaged integration of its Swiss Travel Club frequent flyer program into the Executive Club, its counterpart at British Airways, under the present conditions. The sizable costs of such an integration and the drawbacks it would bring currently outweigh its projected mid- to long-term benefits. As the abandonment of the proposed integration also means that the bilateral agreement between SWISS and British Airways cannot be put into practice, Swiss is unable to join the oneworld alliance at the present time. Swiss and British Airways have reached an amicable agreement on how they now intend to proceed. Swiss's bilateral commercial agreements with other oneworld members remain unaffected by these developments.
United Airlines announced on June 30 2004 a 5 percent fare hike Wednesday on most flights to international destinations from the United States, citing rising fuel costs as the reason. The increase is the latest of numerous attempts by U.S. carriers this year to try to have passengers share the burden of soaring jet-fuel prices. Last month, United rescinded a $10-per-round-trip fuel surcharge on most North American fares after only a day when American Airlines was the only competitor to follow. "Escalating Fuel prices are a growing concern throughout the airline industry," said John Tague, executive vice president-Marketing, Sales and Revenue. "We must take the necessary steps to manage our exposure to this unprecedented rise in expense." The fare increase applies to all published non-sale fares on flights to international destinations that originate in the United States, including United First and United Business fares, Unrestricted and discounted United Economy fares and most consolidator fares.
United Airlines announced on June 29 2004 that, following the conclusion of a new aviation agreement by the governments of the People's Republic of China and the United States, the airline has applied to begin new, daily nonstop service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Shanghai's Pudong International Airport (PVG) effective October 31, 2004. Service would commence on that date pending completion of the necessary regulatory procedures by the relevant Chinese and U.S. government agencies.
United Airlines thanked the governments of the People's Republic of China and the United States on June 18 2004 for their collaborative effort, resulting in a new agreement liberalizing air services between the countries. Under the new agreement, United plans to apply for authority to launch daily, nonstop service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Shanghai's Pudong International Airport (PVG). The new agreement provides United the opportunity to apply for additional nonstop service to China, as well as increases the carrier's code-share rights to China with Air China and Star Alliance members.
United Airlines unveiled June 15 2004 an exciting sweepstakes offering consumers a chance to win the world. Customers who book qualifying travel on United, United Express, Ted or Star Alliance from any of the three major Washington, D.C.-area airports automatically become eligible to win a trip around the world. To qualify, eligible travel must be booked by June 20, 2004.
United Airlines launched on June 10 2004 daily nonstop service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX), strengthening its already comprehensive network in Japan and the Asia Pacific region. The flight is marketed in conjunction with All Nippon Airways, United's Star Alliance partner in Japan. It is flown using a Boeing 777 aircraft fitted with 10 United First Suite seats, 45 United Business seats, and 198 United Economy seats.
United Airlines launched on June 3 2004 its daily nonstop service between Washington/Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH), becoming the only airline to offer daily nonstop flights between the two cities.
United Airlines reinstated on June 3 2004 daily nonstop, transcontinental service between Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and its Washington, D.C., hub at Dulles International Airport (IAD). The new Washington, D.C., service complements United's existing 29 daily nonstop flights from Sacramento to its other U.S. hubs in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as to Eureka, Calif. The airline also relaunched its daily nonstop service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Honolulu (HNL). The new Chicago service will complement United's existing 24 daily nonstop flights to Hawaii from its other U.S. hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver.
The "GoFares" giveaway is part of a nine-day awareness campaign to tell Washington-area customers about US Airways' new everyday low GoFares. US Airways employees have been spotted throughout the region handing out gifts, purchasing buckets of golf balls and area driving ranges, buying hundreds of car washes, and treating gas station customers to free fill- ups. The bright yellow bus and Hummer SUV emblazoned with "GoFares" and filled with bright yellow-clad US Airways employees emblazoned with "GoFares" have been spotted on the streets of greater Washington for a week now, handing out almost 10,000 Krispy Kreme donuts, 20,000 boxes of mints, 50,000 luggage tags, and thousands of meals, hot dogs, ice cream bars, hats and T-shirts. But now the stakes are getting higher, with travel packages up for grabs to the first person who spots Seth, "The Go Fares Guy" in a series of appearances on Thursday and Friday.
US Airways rolled out its new low GoFares in the Washington, D.C., market on 22 routes initially from both Dulles and Reagan airports. The fares start at $79 for advance purchases to Fort Lauderdale, Raleigh/Durham, Myrtle Beach and Orlando. Last-minute purchases start at $84 and never go higher than $499 one way. US Airways is slowing unveiling this new simplified fare structure, starting with Philadelphia in April. It is offering double Dividend Miles when booked through an agent, and triple of booked at usairways.com.
US Airways is offering special fares, ranging from $138 -$198 roundtrip, for travel between most cities in the U.S. and Boston, New York- LaGuardia, and Washington, D.C. Under this sale, tickets must be purchased at least 14 days in advance of travel, within 24 hours of making the initial reservation and no later than June 17, 2004. Departing travel is valid Thursdays through Saturdays; returning travel is valid Sundays through Tuesdays. A minimum Saturday-night stay is required and a maximum five-day stay is allowed. All travel must be completed by Sept. 28, 2004.
US Airways unveiled on June 10 2004 its fifteenth GoFare market, introducing new simplified fares between Philadelphia and San Diego, available immediately. US Airways' Philadelphia-San Diego GoFares start at as low as $94 each way in Coach Class. The one-way First Class fare is $699 each way and the new GoFirst fare is $698 roundtrip, with a seven day advance purchase and one-night minimum stay. Coach Class GoFares are never more than $499 each way on this route. The previous walkup fare on this route was $1,286 each way.
Virgin Atlantic, which celebrated its 20th anniversary the week of June 22 2004, is finally to fly to Australia the airline announcing that is has secured traffic rights over Hong Kong, and with a start-up date of 7 December well in time for the Christmas holiday rush. Flight time will be approximately 22 hours 30 minutes (12 hours to HKG, a 90 minute stopover, followed by a nine hour flight south) which could make the service the fastest ever scheduled operation between the two cities. All flights will be operated by 306-seat Airbus A340-600 aircraft with a configuration of 45 Upper Class, 28 Premium Economy and 233 economy seats. From a practical point of view timings allow for an evening departure from London arriving early morning two days later, and a late afternoon departure from Sydney getting into Heathrow very early the next day (all times local). Virgines long term plans call for the introduction of the Airbus A380 on the route. www.virgin.com/atlantic
Virgin Atlantic will give upper-class passengers the opportunity to travel to London Heathrow on the Thames to beat traffic late this summer. They will travel to the airport in a Gibbs Aquada amphibious vehicle that can slip in and out of the river, driving to and from a customer's home and the airport. Virgin says it will cut up to 30 minutes off of the drive between the city and the airport. The Gibbs Aquada can travel at speeds of up to 100 mph on land and 30 mph in water. More information on the vehicle can be found at www.aquada.co.uk.
Fred Reid, who will lead the new Virgin-branded airline that hopes to launch service in the U.S., told the International Aviation Club in Washington Tuesday that the new airline will be branded Virgin America, and has placed an aircraft order. Virgin America, whose new Web site www.virginamerica.com is now operational, has placed a firm order with Airbus for 18 airplanes: 11 A319s and seven A320s and has an agreement to lease 15 new A320s from GE Capital. But the launch originally pegged before the end of 2004 now looks like it will be delayed until at least mid-2005. The airline is still searching for committed investors and adequate capitalization, Reid said. He would not reveal any information about routes, but did say that just because it has chosen San Francisco as its principal base of operations, that "sheds no light whatsoever" on its routes or its planned hub base. The airline has yet to apply at the DOT for certification, which in many cases can take longer than 12 months.