Airline News - Asia / Pacific.


Sep 1, 2008

Air Fiji, Airlines Tonga

Air Fiji and its sister carrier Airlines Tonga are continuing to suspend services with the Fijian carrier involved in a dispute with its workforce and the Tongan carrier involved in protracted negotiations with its fuel supplier. Today's flights have all been canceled and yesterday there were only a few flights using one Britten-Norman Islander. Sep 2, 2008

Air India, Zoom Airlines

Air India will be filling the market gap left by Zoom if, as expected, it confirms the launch of a new London-Toronto service. Air India is rumored to be rerouting its current Amritsar-Toronto service via Heathrow rather than via Birmingham from the end of next month. The change would take effect from the start of the winter schedules on October 26, and would see Air India operating the new route every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday with Boeing 777-200 aircraft. Sep 4, 2008

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand will launch a new cabin product on its A320 and 767 fleets used on Pacific and Australian services on Sept. 9. Rather than back away from capital expenditure, ANZ has embraced further product upgrades designed to snare premium customers . This year it is investing more than NZ$55 million ($38.3 million) installing IFE throughout the 767s and A320s used on short- and medium-haul routes and increasing seat pitch in economy ahead of the wing to 35 inches. Passengers paying the higher economy fares and Gold Elite members will have access to those seats and can book them online. Rollout of all aircraft will be completed by November. Sep 3, 2008

Jet Airways

Jet Airways will commence daily Bangalore-Brussels on Oct. 31 aboard an A330-200. This weekend it launched daily -200 flights to Dubai from Mumbai and Delhi. Aug 26, 2008

Kingfisher Airlines

Kingfisher Airlines has firmed up plans to launch services to London Heathrow. The carrier says in a statement it will be launching a daily non-stop Airbus A330-200 service on the Bangalore-London Heathrow route on September 3 and it has already started selling tickets. The carrier, which now describes itself as a five-star airline, claims it will offer a higher standard of service than others on the route because it has a more comprehensive selection of programming on its in-flight entertainment system; it also has an in-flight bar and "impeccable cuisine by London's famed Chutney Mary's restaurant". Kingfisher will be competing on the route against British Airways, which has seven flights per...

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