Airline News - Europe.
Billund launches print-at-home baggage tags Billund Airport (BLL) in Denmark has become the first airport to enable passengers to print their own baggage tags as well as boarding passes off site.Following a six-month development and test period this springNin collaboration with Thomas Cook AirlinesNBLL launched the new baggage tag, which the airport said reduces queues at baggage check-in.The tags are printed onto a standard A4 sheet of paper, and then folded according to instructions and inserted in a plastic cover (available free of charge at the airport), which is secured to the bag. Passengers can use the dedicated Express Drop desks to check their bags in the departure area instead of queuing up at the traditional bag drop. BLL VP-project and development Anders Nielsen said: OAround 15% of our charter passengers have used the system since it was launched, and we want to get that figure up to 35%-40% in the future. No problems have been reported for printing the tags,O he said.DenmarkOs second largest airport, BLL, developed the new service in collaboration with the airportOs software provider, Unisys, and IATA. BLL also acts as a handling agent, with its own check-in software.Nielsen said there is Oconsiderable interestO from other airport operators around the world Oin how the system has been designed.O Oct 8, 2012
Air France KLM, AirBerlin, Etihad Airways AF-KLM, Air Berlin and Etihad confirm partnership. SkyTeam member Air France-KLM (AF-KLM), oneworldOs Air Berlin (AB) and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways (EY) have announced a strategic partnership to strengthen their route networks. The agreement includes codeshares between AB and AF-KLM from Oct. 28. The expansion in France allows AB to consolidate its market position from three to nine destinations via Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Paris Orly to Bordeaux, Lyon, Montpellier, Marseilles, Nantes and Toulouse. AF will add its code on AB flights via Berlin-Tegel (TXL) to Krakow (KRK), Gdansk (GDN) and Graz as well as from Dusseldorf-Dresden and Nice-Vienna. KLM and AB will exchange codes between Amsterdam-Schiphol (AMS) and TXL as well as to KRK, GDN and Kaliningrad. AB will add its code via AMS on KLM to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. Also from Oct. 28, KLM will codeshare with EY on its AMS-Abu Dhabi (AUH) flights and EYOs daily CDG-AUH service with AF. EY gains access to 10 additional European destinations with AF-KLM while AF and KLM gain access to five further destinations in Asia and Australia. "The partnership between AF-KLM, EY and AB reflects our GroupOs strategic positioning to ensure the best possible services between Europe and the rest of the world, by developing our network and airline partnerships,O AF CEO Jean-Cyril Spinetta said. AB CEO Hartmut Mehdorn said the cooperation Oconsiderably strengthens our presence in the European market and link our Berlin hub to even more destinations.O OThis is EYs 40th codeshare agreement E It reflects the core elements of our 10-year master plan, driven by organic network growth, combined with the forging of strategic codeshare partnerships and minority equity investments in other airlines,O EY CEO James Hogan said. The deal gives EY a combined network of 321 destinations. Hogan confirmed talks with AF began in July Oct 8, 2012
Air France KLM, Eithad Airways New code-share pacts for Air France-KLM, Etihad, airberlin. Air France-KLM, Etihad Airways and airberlin have entered into code-share deals to add more destinations to their rosters. Etihad fliers can take KLM's daily Amsterdam-to-Abu Dhabi flight, while Air France customers will be able to travel on Etihad flights between Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Abu Dhabi. In their own deal, Air France and airberlin will let passengers fly on all the routes between France and Germany operated by each other. Oct 10, 2012
Darwin Airline, Czech Airlines Darwin Airline, in collaboration with Czech Airlines, will launch 6X-weekly Lugano-Geneva-Prague Saab 2000 service Sept. 3. Oct 9, 2012
KrasAvia Airlines Russian regional KrasAvia launches L-410 flights. Russian regional carrier KrasAvia Airlines has launched Czech-made Let L-410 Turbolet aircraft on scheduled routes from Krasnoyarsk Cheremshanka to Kyzyl. From Oct. 28, KrasAvia will introduce L-410 flights from Krasnoyarsk to several regional cities including Abakan, Boguchany and Gorno-Altaisk. KrasAvia added the first L-410 to its fleet in June and planned to launch flights in August. However, the carrier did not receive approval from the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency until the end of September. Oct 10, 2012 1544-3760
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