New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Jan 20, 2013
FAA will inspect older Boeing 737 jets for cracks The Federal Aviation Administration is requiring more stringent inspections for cracks on the tops of 109 Boeing 737 planes. The 737-300, -400 and -500 models will be subject to the evaluations, which are estimated to cost $5.2 million. The move comes after a 2009 incident in which a Southwest flight made an emergency landing because of metal fatigue in the aircraft's roof. Jan 17, 2013
Sri Lanka launches promotional campaign in Australia Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) launched a promotional campaign in Australia, alongside the national cricket teamOs tour of Australia, aimed at attracting 50,000 Aussie travelers in 2013. The campaign, which began on the start of the OBoxing DayO Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds (MCG) will be continued during the test series and the upcoming five one day international(ODI) matches between Sri Lanka and Australia, according to a SLTPB statement. It said the campaign will reach nearly 75 million TV viewers around the world, who would be watching the matches. OThe latest cricket based promotional campaign, the first of its kind in Australia by the Sri Lanka, is part of the overall program of Sri Lanka Tourism to attract Australian travelers,O the statement added. Many promotional methods are being used to target both the crowd in the stadium and TV viewers watching Cricket matches across the world. Video vignettes and commercials are the tools being used to promote the country, which are displayed on the Mega LED screen, located in the ground. OSri Lanka has only attracted just 0.5% out of the seven million Australians who have travelled out of their country annually. Sri Lanka Tourism targets to attract 50,000 Australian tourists in 2013,O the statement said adding that so far 35,000 Australians have visited the country this year. Jan 16, 2013
Viva Tours Coordinates First US FAM Trip For China's Largest Airline Viva Tours, a Las Vegas-based North American receptive tour operator focused on the rapidly expanding Chinese outbound travel market, is coordinating the first familiarization (FAM) trip to the US sponsored by China Southern Airlines, China's largest airline. China Southern Airlines and its travel agent partners, CAS Xiamen, selected Viva Tours to develop a FAM trip focused on luxury travel and hospitality experiences in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Monterey and Carmel, CA. The group includes more than 20 top travel agents from Fujian province, as well as media representatives, executives from China Southern Airlines and representatives from Viva Tours' China office. The group arrives in Las Vegas on Jan. 2 and spends three full days sightseeing in and around the city.EThe group then travels on Jan. 6 to select cities in California before returning to China on Jan. 10. E According to John Lin, chief operating officer of Viva Tours, the company is honored to have been selected to coordinate this important and breakthrough FAM trip which is destined to open up Fujian Province and Southern China to some of America's most desired destinations.E"Hosting this trip is...