New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Feb 22, 2010
American Airlines and Delta Air Lines joined United Airlines, Continental Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines in applying to serve Tokyo Haneda. The US Dept. of Transportation will distribute four slot pairs. AA applied for the right to operate daily 777 flights to HND from both New York JFK and Los Angeles beginning Oct. 1 and Delta proposed daily flights from Seattle (A330-300s), Detroit, Honolulu and LAX (all 747-400s) beginning Oct. 31. Delta argued that with oneworld (Japan Airlines) and Star Alliance (ANA) already entrenched in Tokyo, its presence at the airport "would add a third major airline alliance" and "is critical to advancing airline competition" in the capital. Delta currently serves 11 US cities from Narita. Feb 18, 2010
Worldwide airline accidents drop in 2009. Last year saw a drop in airline crashes worldwide, though the death toll rose due to a handful of major incidents. At just 0.7 accidents per 1 million flights, 2009 was the second-safest year ever recorded, according to an industry trade group. Feb 18, 2010
Inflight Wi-Fi benefits both airlines and passengers. More than 700 commercial airliners now boast in-flight Wi-Fi service as the industry responds to travelers' demands and looks at W-Fi as the next big revenue generator. Passengers seem to love the service that allows them to stay connected while in the air, and they are accepting of the fees involved. "People recognize the technological complexity of offering decent Wi-Fi service at 30,000 feet," explains airline consultant Jay Sorenson. Feb 18, 2010
Air France, Allianz
Air France and Allianz, in partnership with Mondial Assistance, on Feb. 17 introduced the first-ever online safe deposit service for travelers, a solution combining the secure storage of documents with assistance services, Allianz Protect. Allianz Protect is an online service allowing customers to travel knowing that their documents are in complete safety. Accessible from www.airfrance.com, this safe deposit system will be available in four languages with round-the-clock service from any PC with Internet access. Customers will be able to archive, consult and retrieve all their electronic documents of both a personal and professional nature from any location. The Allianz Protect safe deposit box also enables customers to consult useful information on travel, healthcare or a geopolitical situation. Two of the most attractive offers...