Airline News - Asia / Pacific.
Air China Promises Fewer Delays For Olympic Games. Air China, the official airline partner for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is working to cut delays and improve employees' English language skills ahead of next year's Games, according to executives. The standard of service on the Hong Kong-listed airline, part owned by Cathay Pacific, is a popular topic of discussion in Beijing, with complaints ranging from frequent delays to poor English abilities. Air China says some of those delays are caused by the weather and are unavoidable, thunderstorms which strike Beijing during the summer frequently lead to the airport closing, but acknowledge they could keep passengers better informed. Jul 23, 2007
Air China, the official airline partner for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is working to cut delays and improve employees' English language skills ahead of next year's Games, according to executives. Jul 23, 2007
Air India, India's national flag carrier, which is celebrating its 75th year of operation this year, operates 24 weekly flights to the U.S., including a daily service to New York via London and a daily service to Newark, N.J., via Paris. Air India operates approximately 170 flights a week, carrying more than 5 million passengers a year to 59 cities worldwide from various points in India. Its subsidiary, Air India Express, operates 116 services a week to 10 destinations in the Gulf and South East Asia. Jul 27, 2007
Air India will offer for the first tme the only nonstop flights between the United States and India. It begins service to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport from Mumbai, India, on Aug. 1. Air India's 777-200LR will have a three-class configuration, including eight first-class cabins, 35 executive class and 195 economy seats. Jul 27, 2007
Air India, Continental Airlines, Jet Airways
Air India, Continental Airlines and Jet Airways are ramping up service between the United States and India, seeking to satisfy growing demand for travel between the two countries. Jul 23, 2007
Jetstar Jet In Bali Emergency Landing. A passenger jet operated by Australia's Jetstar with more than 300 people on board had to make an emergency landing on Indonesian island Bali due to engine problems, an airport official said on Monday. The Airbus was traveling from Bangkok to Melbourne when a fault was detected in one of its engines, Denpasar Airport spokesman Munir said. The plane diverted to Denpasar, where it made a successful emergency landing at 04:46 a.m. local time (2046 GMT on Sunday), and the problem was being investigated, the official said. Officials at Jetstar in Bali could not immediately be reached for comment. Jetstar, the low-cost subsidiary of Qantas Airways, has tripled in size since its launch three years ago. The international arm of the carrier currently flies to 10 Asian cities, with plans to add more flights this year. Jul 23, 2007
Qantas Airways plans to unveil a new premium economy class product in Sydney. The new class will be fitted to the airline's A380s to be delivered next year and also to its 747-400 fleet. Qantas has been considering the move for some time and the delay in A380 deliveries enabled it to incorporate the new class in its first aircraft to be delivered in August 2008. Jul 24, 2007
Qantas has unveiled a host of new features for its A380 aircraft, slated for delivery in August, 2008. The Australian flag carrier has ordered 20 of the ultra-large aircraft that will be configured with 450 seats - 14 First, 72 Business, 32 Premium Economy and 332 Economy. Jul 24, 2007
Singapore Airlines announced yesterday that seats on the inaugural A380 flight in October, a Singapore-Sydney return, will be auctioned on eBay with proceeds going to charities including two Sydney hospitals, Singapore's Community Chest and Medecins Sans Frontieres. ExxonMobil Aviation will donate the fuel and eBay will subsidize fees and charges from the auction, details of which have yet to be finalized. Jul 26, 2007
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