Air China signed an agreement with Expedia Affiliate Network allowing CA customers in 27 foreign countries to book hotels and flights simultaneously. 12/24/2009
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand plans to start a non-stop service between Sydney and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands from July-October 2010. The service will be operated once a week on a Boeing 767-300 for a trial period of four months, says the airline. "We already carry a large number of passengers between Australia and the Cook Islands via Auckland," says ANZ general manager Tasman Pacific Airline Glen Sowry. 12/22/2009
All Nippon Airways, Etihad Airways
ANA and Etihad Airways plan to launch a codeshare relationship and link their loyalty programs on March 1. ANA will place its code on Etihad's four-times-weekly Abu Dhabi-Nagoya service scheduled to start Feb. 1, while EY will place its code on ANA's daily flights from Nagoya to Sapporo and Fukuoka and between Tokyo Narita and Osaka Itami. ANA also will codeshare on EY's five-times-weekly AUH-NRT service scheduled to begin March 28. 12/23/2009
Taiwan's China Airlines (CAL) plans to start a new service between Taipei and Miyazaki in Japan's Kyushu island. The new route will be operated twice a week from 21 January 2010, says CAL. It will be operated on Boeing 737-800 aircraft. CAL will be the only carrier to operate on the route, according to Innovata. 12/24/2009
Emirates, the award-winning international airline, celebrated the A380as first flight to North East Asia with its arrival at Incheon International Airport in Seoul last week. The new service demonstrates Emiratesa investment in the Korean economy, supporting its "Visit Korea Year" in 2010. The flight will operate initially on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, advancing to a daily operation starting December 27th. 12/21/2009
IATA is encouraging security officials to keep increased pat-downs in security checks temporary, and has alerted US government officials that a complete overhaul of security management is necessary. In the first unified industry response to the 25 December attempt by a Nigerian national to destroy a Delta Air Lines Airbus A330 with explosives, IATA director general Giovanni Bisignani told the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the air transport system "cannot support 100 percent pat-down searches over the long term". Bisignani says the failed attempt in part emphasised the need for...