Airline & Travel News: Airline News - Asia / Pacific
Oct 27, 2008
Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines
Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines are entering a radical partnering alliance they declare is necessary for the viability of India's domestic air transport market. Jet and Kingfisher are the country's two largest airline groups, together accounting for around 60% of domestic market share. They have been bitter rivals, but last week they announced a wide-ranging partnership that will see them codesharing on domestic and international flights as well as interlining. They have also agreed to jointly manage fuel purchases, join forces in ground handling, integrate and rationalise their respective networks, link frequent flyer programmes and share flightcrews. Until a few months ago such a partnership would have been unthinkable. Jet is owned by billionaire Naresh Goyal while Kingfisher is controlled by another billionaire, Vijay Mallya, and the two have not been on friendly terms. Oct 21, 2008
Qantas Airways' has confirmed that its inaugural Airbus A380 commercial flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles participated in a carbon emissions reduction program called Aspire, a joint initiative of the US FAA and Australia and New Zealand's air navigation service providers. The Oneworld carrier conducted the inaugural flight on the 20 October and in a statement today it says the commercial flight...