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New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) May 6, 2012

Chinese, Indian airlines fail to comply with ETS says EU The European Union said Tuesday that there has been Osystematic non-reportingO of emissions data by Chinese and Indian airlines, a violation of the carriersO legal responsibilities under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). More than 1,200 airlines that fly to/from the EU submitted data by the March 31 deadline, though many of those airlines oppose aviationOs inclusion in the ETS. The EU said 10 airlines from China and India, none of which were named, failed to report the required data. It noted that the data would Onot trigger obligations to surrender allowances this year.O Indian civil aviation minister Ajit Singh took a strong stand against the EUOs efforts to enforce the ETS in comments to Reuters last week.OYou cannot enforce laws outside your sovereign area,O he said. OIts implications are huge. Now you are talking about aviation, tomorrow you will talk about shipping.O EU climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard told reporters in Brussels that the Chinese and Indian airlines have until mid-June to report the data before enforcement action is taken. Conceivably, the EU could eventually deny the airlines the right to operate to EU airports. May 2, 2012

Air India DOT Fines Air India $80,000 for Violating Consumer Rules. The U.S. Department of Transportation has fined Air India $80,000 for failing to post customer service and tarmac delay contingency plans on its website as well as failing to adequately inform passengers about its optional fees. This is the first penalty for violating new consumer protection rules that went into effect in August. OOur new airline consumer rules help ensure that passengers are fully informed about airline services and fees and what to expect if their flight is delayed on the tarmac,O said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. OWe will continue to monitor carriers to make sure they comply with our rules and take enforcement action when they do not.O Foreign carriers that operate at least one aircraft that carries more than 30 people into the U.S. are required to provide contingency plans for lengthy tarmac delays as well as customer service plans, and to post these plans on their websites. U.S. carriers have had to meet this requirement since April 2010. May 3, 2012

Air New Zealand Discover AustraliaOs Gems from the Reef to ORoos. The quintessential Aussie experiences found in South Australia and QueenslandOs Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region offer travelers an opportunity to easily enjoy AustraliaOs world-class beaches, abundant wildlife, sophisticated dining and awe-inspiring natural wonders in a comprehensive two-week itinerary. Air New Zealand, Tourism Australia, South Australian Tourism Commission, Tourism Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland have partnered with Air New Zealand Vacations to offer U.S. travelers specially-priced packages to spectacular Australian destinations including iconic Kangaroo Island N known as the OGalapagos of AustraliaO N the famed Barossa wine region of South Australia and to QueenslandOs World Heritage Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. For detailed itineraries or to book these incredible vacations visit Air New Zealand VacationsO website at www.airnewzealand.com/south-australia-queensland-vacation or call 1855 550 8802. Packages, which include airfare, accommodation, tours and transfers, can be booked from May 1 through June 16, 2012 for travel departing from July 21 to September 21, 2012. OWe are very excited to offer these one-of-a-kind Australian adventures with Air New Zealand Vacations. Australia is a destination for people who want to feel connected with the culture and nature around them, and these itineraries promise to invigorate and recharge anyone lucky enough to experience them,O said Daryl Hudson, Vice President, the Americas from Tourism Australia. South Australia offers visitors an abundance of scenic beauty, world-class food and wine, as well as epic natural landscapes that far belie its size. Adelaide, its charming capital city nestled between the hills and the sea, provides the perfect base for exploring the region. A short 20-minute flight from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is home to abundant native wildlife and spectacular natural beauty. The IslandOs prolific wildlife includes kangaroos, koalas, seals and sea lions, echidnas and rare birds. South AustraliaOs renowned wine regions N the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and Coonawarra N are a haven for wine buffs and very accessible from Adelaide. Discover the rugged Flinders Ranges and enchanting Gawler Ranges and experience Aboriginal culture, wildlife and expansive Outback landscapes. Traveling from South Australia, visitors can continue their iconic Australian vacation in Queensland and explore Cairns and Great Barrier Reef. Whether they are underwater on the Great Barrier Reef or exploring the Daintree Rainforest, visitors to Cairns and Palm Cove are guaranteed sensational beaches, world-class luxury retreats and a climate that is second to none. Internationally recognized as the world's largest and healthiest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef offers visitors world-class scuba-diving and snorkeling, sailing and expedition cruising. The Daintree Rainforest is an easy 2-hour drive north of Cairns along one of the most beautiful coastal roads in Australia. Explore the lush ecosystem with a local guide, take a boat trip up the Daintree River or go horseback riding along pristine beaches. Sample Itineraries Air New Zealand VacationOs Kangaroo Island & Cairns from US$2499* (double occupancy) Departures Friday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday Based on departures July 21 - Sept. 21, 2012 [yen] Round-trip airfare on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles to Cairns, returning from Adelaide [yen] One way airfare on Virgin Australia from Cairns to Adelaide [yen] Four nights accommodation Cairns, choice of hotel grade [yen] Four nights accommodation Adelaide, choice of hotel grade [yen] Full day tour to the Great Barrier Reef [yen] Full day Kangaroo Island Highlights Tour [yen] Applicable airline fuel surcharge [yen] US/foreign taxes & fees including Sep 11 Security Fee Air New Zealand VacationOs Cairns, Sydney, Adelaide & Kangaroo Island from US$3099* (double occupancy) Departures Friday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday Based on departures July 21 [ETH] Sept. 21, 2012 Inclusions: [yen] Round-trip airfare on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles to Melbourne, returning from Cairns [yen] Domestic Australia Airfare on Virgin Australia from Melbourne to Adelaide and Cairns [yen] Four nightsO accommodation Melbourne, choice of hotel grade [yen] Four nightsO accommodation Adelaide, choice of hotel grade [yen] Four nightsO accommodation Cairns, choice of hotel grade [yen] Full day tour to the Great Barrier Reef [yen] Full day Kangaroo Island Highlights Tour [yen] Applicable airline fuel surcharges [yen] US/foreign taxes & fees including Sept 11 Security Fee [yen] Based on departures Jul 21 - Sep 21, 2012 May 3, 2012

British Airways British Airways to restart flights to South Korea. British Airways is using slots acquired from its purchase of Bmi to commence six times weekly flights from Heathrow to Seoul after a gap of 14 years. The flights will start on December 2, 2012 using a four-class (economy, premium economy, business and first) Boeing 777 aircraft. BA last flew direct from the UK to Seoul between 1996 and 1998. Drew Crawley, BAOs commercial director, said: OWe have seen significant growth in customers wanting to travel to Seoul for both business and pleasure. It is a vibrant city with a strong economic base, rated eighth in the Global Cities Index this year. OEqually, there are vast numbers of South Korean companies wishing to come to the UK to do business as AsiaOs economies continue to grow. We want to ensure that we do our bit in bringing as much business and tourism to the UK as we can.O The flights to South Korea are timed so that the outbound flight to Seoul arrives there at the beginning of the working day. BA says that the return flights have been timed in order to allow connections to British AirwaysO domestic and European short haul network. Prices from Heathrow will start from [pounds sterling]798 return for a World Traveller seat, [pounds sterling]1,196 for World Traveller Plus, [pounds sterling]2,599 in Club World and [pounds sterling]5,775 for First class. From Manchester, prices are from [pounds sterling]799, Glasgow from [pounds sterling]798 and Newcastle from [pounds sterling]797 return. May 3, 2012

Civil Aviation safety Authority West Australian Alligator Airways grounded. The Civil Aviation safety Authority has grounded a West Australian charter operator because of worries about the safety of its operations. CASA has suspended both the air operator's certificate and the maintenance certificate of approval of Kununurra-based Alligator Airways because of concerns about aircraft maintenance, failure to report incidents, inadequate pilot records, a deficient safety culture and a failure to appoint key personnel. Alligator has been flying charter flights from both Kununurra and Broome, both tourism centres. It conducts air tours and scenic flights around the Kimberley. CASA said it issued a series of show cause notices this year and last but believed that allowing the charter company to continue to fly posed a serious and imminent risk to safety. OSince the last show cause notice there have been further incidents raising concerns about Alligator Airways' ability to continue to conduct operations safely,O the authority said. OThese incidents involved forced landings where CASA believes employees of Alligator Airways were aware of significant defects affecting the safety of aircraft prior to flight. OIn the circumstances, CASA no longer has confidence in the ability of Alligator Airways to satisfactorily address the safety issues that have been identified.O The suspension applies immediately for five working days during which time CASA can apply to the Federal Court for extension to the grounding. Source: theaustralian.com.au May 3, 2012

EVA Air EVA Air Introduces new Business Class cabin. EVA Air has introduced a new business cabin called Royal Laurel Class. The airline has invested $100 million to upgrade the top cabins on all of its Boeing 777-300ERs with new, fully lie-flat seats. The first new cabin will go into service June 2 on a Taipei-New York flight. Seats are laid out in a reverse herringbone layout that enables passengers at windows to look out without turning and those in the center to dine and talk with travel companions. Or passengers can pull out privacy panels. The seat also has 15.4-inch touch screens. May 3, 2012

Qantas Airways, Airbus, EADS Qantas is delaying A380 deliveries. Australian carrier Qantas is delaying delivery of two new Airbus A380s to help cut capital spending by A$400 million ($410.7 million) while it increases capacity on its more profitable domestic operations. Delivery of the two Airbus A380s, originally intended for early 2013, will be put back to 2016/17, with a final six A380s delivered from 2018/19. Qantas said in February it would cut capital spending by A$500 million over two years and announced plans to cut 500 jobs after its first-half profit halved. A bitter industrial dispute and higher fuel bills took their toll on profits. The additional A$400 million announced on Friday will take capital expenditure cuts to A$900 million. Capital expenditure will now total A$1.9 billion, the company said. Qantas also said it will increase capacity on its domestic routes during 2012 and 2013 for its Qantas, Jetstar and Qantaslink services. As part of that plan, Qantas will add additional services during peak times on core east-coast business routes and reintroduce Boeing 747 and Airbus A330 services on the east-west route. Jetstar will increase capacity in key leisure markets. "We know that network and frequency are key to customer satisfaction and the changes we are announcing today mean we will offer even better service in both areas," Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said in a statement. Joyce said Qantas' goal in the domestic market was to retain market share at around 65 percent and maximize profit. Earlier this month, media reported Qantas' heavy maintenance bases were under review and said Qantas would cut 400 jobs at its base near Melbourne airport, with 660 workers at another base also at risk. May 3, 2012

Thai Airways, Thai Smile Thai Smile on track to launch in July. Thai Airways International subsidiary Thai Smile is on track to launch Thai Smile plans to offer more routes to regional cities as well as to China and India. The carrier will have an all new Airbus A320-200 fleet in an all-economy class configuration although its Smile Plus service will offer 30 premium seats with additional space and in-flight services. May 3, 2012

Singapore Airlines SIA adds Bangkok to schedule. Singapore Airlines is adding Bangkok to city destinations of its new medium- and long-haul budget carrier. The announcement raised eyebrows because the Singapore (SIN)-Bangkok (BKK) route is already one of the busiest in Asia, with ScootOs entry adding competition between different lines within the SIA family. SIA flies SIN to BKK, as does Tiger Airways in which SIA has a 32.84% stake. OWe have included Bangkok in ScootOs network because we know that thereOs a demand and our guests have told us loud and clear that they want us to!O Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson said. OIntroducing Bangkok to our network benefits not just our guests in Singapore, but also those in Australia and China, who can now connect through Singapore to Bangkok,O Wilson added. The move also maximizes the utilization of ScootOs aircraft, he said. Scoot will launch services June 4 with an inaugural flight from Singapore to Sydney, followed by SIN-Gold Coast service June 12. OOur first-year routes will link Australia, Singapore and China. Our guestsO support will allow us to add more destinations [ETH] some new for a low cost carrier and some old favorites,O said Wilson. May 4, 2012 1544-3760

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