Airline News - Asia / Pacific.


New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Jan 13, 2013

Air India, Boeing Air India launches 'Dreamliner'EaircraftEflights to Paris. Air India introduced its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft operations to Paris from Thursday. The daily flight on the Delhi-Paris-Delhi route will operate with the Dreamliner as per the existing schedule, the airline said. The flight will leave Delhi at 1.10 p.m. and arrive at Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport (also known as Roissy Airport) at 6.05 p.m. (local time). The return flight, AI-142, will depart from Charles de Gaulle airport at 9.30 p.m. (local time) and arrive at Delhi at 10.10 a.m. next day. Air India is gradually expanding operations of its B-787 aircraft to more international destinations. Currently, the Dreamliners fly from Delhi to Dubai and Frankfurt, in addition to some domestic sectors. Jan 10, 2013

China Airlines Surge in Taiwan-Japan tourism expected due to weaker year. Taipei-based carriers are optimistic about a surge in tourist travel by Taiwanese people to Japan due to a depreciating Japanese yen, despite the fallout from the sagging domestic economy. China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest carrier, said Monday that Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe's policy of driving down the value of the yen is expected to benefit local airlines operating flights to Japan in 2013. According to CAL statistics, seats on round-trip Taiwan-Japan flights on New Year's Day and over the Lunar New Year holiday (Feb. 10-Feb. 17) are already 90-95 percent booked. Japan has long been a favored destination for Taiwanese tourists and as a result, Japan-bound flights are seen as very lucrative for local airlines. However, CAL officials said the sluggish economy has taken a toll on travel to Japan recently, although he added that the cheaper yen will make it more affordable for Taiwanese people. Offering as an example bookings for flights to Japan in non-holiday periods ahead of the Lunar New Year, the officials said tickets sales are down compared with the same period of last year. They ascribed this to Taiwan's dull economy and smaller year-end bonuses for most employees, which has made them refrain from making pleasure trips overseas. On average, Taiwan's people make around 1.3-1.4 millon visits to Japan every year, outnumbering Japanese tourist arrivals to Taiwan, which slightly exceed 1 million per year. TransAsia Airways, Taiwan's third-largest aviation company, also predicted further growth in travel by...

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