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Airline News - Africa / Middle East.

New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Apr 15, 2012

Air Berlin, Etihad Airways Air Berlin strengthens partnership with Etihad. Air Berlin (AB) is strengthening its strategic partnership with Etihad Airways (EY) by offering codeshare flights from Berlin Tegel and Dusseldorf via Abu Dhabi, and to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Separately, AB named Paul Verhagen area manager, Spain and Portugal in Palma de Mallorca, effective April 12. Verhagen is former sales director for Greater China for the Air France-KLM Group. New York-based Air Berlin Americas Inc. has named Titus Johnson as VP-Sales and Marketing, effective April 1. Rogier de Jager has been appointed area manager for Western Europe, as of April 1. Apr 10, 2012

Air Namibia Air Namibia grows intra-Africa network. On April 11, Air Namibia launched three new routes for regional destinations. The three new additional routes will add significant capacity to the regional operations, with more flexible connecting times. The Harare, Ondjiva and Gaborone, routes are the ninth additional to SW regional flights, serviced by Embraer ERJ-135 aircrafts, offering direct connection from the international hub. Air Namibia Grows Domestic Network in Windhoek. The flights are timed to ensure easy connections from various points of SW geographically focused route network which was introduced in October 2011. Air Namibia's plans are focused on strengthening its network connections within the borders of the country, African region and the world. In addition to the growth and expansion plans the national airline plans to become an independent profit making airline by the end of the five years in 2016. The additional routes will contribute significantly in strengthening the Namibian economy and existing bilateral business relationships of the three countries, SADC regional and the continent. Commercially, Air Namibia's new destinations will provide easy travel options for all individual needs. Apr 11, 2012

British Airways British Airways Launches New Algiers Flights From London Gatwick. British Airways has launched a new service to Algiers from London Gatwick, which will commence from the start of the summer schedule. Flights to Algiers will move from Heathrow to Gatwick with seven flights a week. Algeria's capital city, Algiers mixes past with present with 17th-century mosques and Ottoman-style palaces in the hilltop Kasbah city with a Mediterranean harbour. British Airways offer hotels in the city, including the beach front Sheraton Club des Pins Resort and Towers and the Hilton Alger, which is set among pines over looking the bay. Algiers is one of five routes to North Africa offered by British Airways, the others being Cairo in Egypt, Tripoli, Marrakech and Tunis. The year-round service will operate on Boeing 737 jets, and roundtrip flights to London are available to book on http://www.ba.com.The fares are all inclusive, offering passengers free online check-in and seat selection up to 24 hours before departure, a 23 kg checked-in luggage allowance, plus two pieces of hand baggage, and no debit card fees. In addition to the new service to Algiers, British Airways customers can also enjoy the luxury of flying in First Class on the airline's new long haul service to Moscow. The start of the summer season also sees addition of long haul flights from Heathrow to New York JFK, Johannesburg, Miami, Hong Kong and Riyadh. British Airways' partner Iberia will also move its eight daily services from Heathrow to Madrid into Terminal 5 from Terminal 3, for the first time. This terminal move will allow customers better access to more destinations, and a smoother transfer experience at Heathrow between British Airways and Iberia flights. Other changes at Heathrow have resulted in additional short haul flights to popular destinations such as Barcelona, Brussels, Bologna, Rome, Hamburg, Paris Orly, Prague, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. Three new leisure routes, to Mahon in Menorca, Angers in the Loire Valley and Quimper in Brittany, will also start from London City Airport, resulting in a total of 21 destinations in the UK, Europe and USA being served from the docklands airport. Apr 10, 2012

British Airways British Airways launches new London Gatwick-Algiers flight. British Airways has launched a new service to Algiers from London Gatwick, which will commence from the start of the summer schedule. Flights to Algiers will move from Heathrow to Gatwick with seven flights a week. Algeria's capital city, Algiers mixes past with present with 17th-century mosques and Ottoman-style palaces in the hilltop Kasbah city with a Mediterranean harbour. British Airways offer hotels in the city, including the beach front Sheraton Club des Pins Resort and Towers and the Hilton Alger, which is set among pines over looking the bay. Algiers is one of five routes to North Africa offered by British Airways, the others being Cairo in Egypt, Tripoli, Marrakech and Tunis. The year-round service will operate on Boeing 737 jets, and roundtrip flights to London are available to book on http://www.ba.com.The fares are all inclusive, offering passengers free online check-in and seat selection up to 24 hours before departure, a 23 kg checked-in luggage allowance, plus two pieces of hand baggage, and no debit card fees. In addition to the new service to Algiers, British Airways customers can also enjoy the luxury of flying in First Class on the airline's new long haul service to Moscow. The start of the summer season also sees addition of long haul flights from Heathrow to New York JFK, Johannesburg, Miami, Hong Kong and Riyadh. British Airways' partner Iberia will also move its eight daily services from Heathrow to Madrid into Terminal 5 from Terminal 3, for the first time. This terminal move will allow customers better access to more destinations, and a smoother transfer experience at Heathrow between British Airways and Iberia flights. Other changes at Heathrow have resulted in additional short haul flights to popular destinations such as Barcelona, Brussels, Bologna, Rome, Hamburg, Paris Orly, Prague, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. Three new leisure routes, to Mahon in Menorca, Angers in the Loire Valley and Quimper in Brittany, will also start from London City Airport, resulting in a total of 21 destinations in the UK, Europe and USA being served from the docklands airport. Apr 10, 2012

Emirates Airlines 'Quieter' superjumbos could increase Heathrow capacity. Emirates has suggested using OquieterO superjumbos during the night to increase capacity at Heathrow. The Dubai-based airline told the Financial Times that it could use Airbus A380s during parts of the nightly curfew with the aircraft adopting a steeper[ETH]than-normal descent which Emirates said would reduce noise levels affecting people living near Heathrow. Currently Heathrow is restricted in the number of flights that can use the airport between 11.30pm and 6pm. For the summer season between the end of March and late October, the airport is only allowed 3,250 total movements which works out at around 15 flights per night. EmiratesO plan is likely to be considered as part of the governmentOs review of aviation policy which is due to start its initial consultation process in the summer [ETH] having been delayed from its originally planned release of March. All options for expansion in the south-east are being considered apart from a third runway at Heathrow. The current noise regulations for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, which have been in place since 2006, were due to run out in October but have now been extended for another two years to October 2014. The Department for Transport said this decision was made so that the issue of noise could be included in the governmentOs overall aviation strategy review. Aviation minister Theresa Villiers said in a statement: OAs a first step to replace the current regime in 2014, we will launch a first-stage consultation later this year which will seek detailed evidence of the effectiveness of the current regime including costs and benefits and airlinesO fleet replacement plans. OThis will be followed by a second consultation next year which will enable us to take account of adopted policy when developing our specific proposals.O The government plans to publish its final aviation policy framework in spring 2013 which will include its new night noise policy with the final decision announced a year later in preparation for implementation from October 2014. Gatwick and Stansted are allowed a higher number of night flights than Heathrow under the current restrictions. Gatwick is limited to 11,200 movements for summer 2012 which equates to around 50 flights a night while Stansted is restricted to 7,000 movements (about 32 flights per night) Apr 10, 2012

Etihad Airways, Brussels Airlines Etihad extends codeshare with Brussels Airlines. Etihad Airways has expanded its codeshare agreement with Brussels Airlines to include Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse. These are in addition to Brussels AirlinesO services to Barcelona, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Madrid, Oslo and Stockholm, on which Etihad Airways already codeshares. James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and CEO, said it adds three popular destinations to Etihad's network, and opens up more of the French market to its passengers. "This expansion is as a natural next step in what has been a very successful partnership since 2006, and we look forward to continuing to work with Brussels Airlines to also enable passengers from various points on their network to travel to Abu Dhabi and further afield," he added. Etihad Airways operates eight weekly Abu Dhabi-Brussels services in a two-class aircraft configuration. Apr 10, 2012 AirGuideOnline ISSN 1544-3760

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