New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Sep 4, 2011
Woman with hidden birds attempts to pass through airport security The Transportation Security Administration this week stopped a woman with two birds wrapped in socks taped to her chest and leg at Los Angeles International Airport. U.S. Fish and Wildlife officers arrested her for allegedly smuggling and exporting an endangered species. The Transportation Security Administration noted that its primary mission is to detect terror threats, not smuggled wildlife. "TSA's mission of course is not to find artfully concealed wildlife, but items taped to a passenger's body could very well be explosives or some other dangerous prohibited item," wrote "Blogger Bob" of the TSA Blog Team. "We just don't know until we check it out." Sep 1, 2011
In-flight connectivity emerges as airline battleground Airlines could soon be using their in-flight connectivity as a way to attract passengers and improve loyalty. Several carriers are working on agreements to introduce the most up-to-date connectivity systems, which are satellite-based, on their planes. Aug 29, 2011
Air Australia Rebranded 'Air Australia' to replace Strategic Airlines. Brisbane-based Strategic Airlines announced Friday it will be renamed Air Australia later this year. The carrier said last month it would launch flights from Brisbane and Melbourne to Honolulu Dec. 14 after receiving approval from US Dept. of Transportation. Those flights will be operated by Airbus A330s with 30 business-class seats and 244 in economy. Launched in 1991 as an aircraft broker, the airline obtained its own AOC in 2009 as a charter operator. It now operates scheduled passenger service on routes including MEL-Phuket, Brisbane-HKT, BNE-Bali, BNE-Port Hedland and Perth-Derby. Domestic MEL-BNE flights will commence from December. The new image and livery was designed by CumminsRoss in Australia. According to executive director Sean Cummins, the task was as much about design as it was about communication. In addition to rights to fly to the US, Strategic has also gained approval to operate services between Australia and China. "We are now assessing potential opportunities and working on all regulatory requirements with China regulators," the airline stated. Sep 2, 2011
Air China Air China Adds Extra Flight Per Day from JFK on August 30 and 31, 2011. The cancellation of flights in and out of JFK International during Hurricane Irene has caused a major disruption in the travel...