New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Europe) Nov 27, 2011
U.S.-EU passenger data-sharing agreement moves closer to approval A draft pact will allow the United States and the European Union to start sharing passenger data. The agreement, which was initialed last week, is aimed at preventing global terrorism. European officials say the agreement includes provisions that will protect passengers' privacy. The agreement still needs approval from the European Council and parliament. Nov 22, 2011
Air France Air France to launch daily A380 Paris-Dubai route in December. Air France will start operating Airbus A380 aircraft on a daily Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Dubai (DXB) route Dec. 5, and on a 2X-daily CDG to Los Angeles (LAX) route May 28, 2012. The CDG-DXB service will be a seasonal A380 route, made possible by the aircraftOs redeployment from Tokyo Narita to DXB for the winter season, resulting from lower seasonal demand to Tokyo, AF said. The CDG-LAX route is part of the transatlantic joint venture operated by AF KLM, Alitalia and Delta Air Lines. Air France said it will operate six A380s in the current winter schedule on five routes (CDG to New York JFK, Johannesburg, Montreal, Washington Dulles and DXB) and eight A380s in the next summer schedule to six destinations (LAX, JFK, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Montreal and Washington). Nov 23, 2011
British Airways British Airways Launches Flights and Holidays to Mauritius From London Gatwick. British Airways is changing its Mauritius timetable to give customers an extra day in the sun this winter. Flights back from the Indian Ocean isle will take off 12 hours later than at present, creating more time for relaxation before travellers have to get their flights to London. The better timing coincides with the route being switched from Heathrow to Gatwick , further strengthening the airline's premium leisure programme at the airport. British Airways has recently opened the new state-of-the-art terminal extension at Gatwick , which will be home to all British Airways flights at Gatwick . It is designed to give customers more control of their journey, as well as providing an innovative travelling experience using the most advanced technology and a new approach to customer service. The new British Airways terminal extension allows passengers to do more for themselves, from checking-in and choosing seats to printing their own bag tags. Silla Maizey, director of Gatwick , said: "We have a strong premium leisure strategy for Gatwick - we want it to be a hub for great high-end holiday destinations. Moving the Mauritius flight here helps us to strengthen this position as it will now sit alongside destinations such as the Maldives and the Caribbean . "We've listened to feedback from our customers about the timings of the flights to Mauritius so it's great we've been able to design the new schedule around their needs. This new timing has an evening departure from Mauritius and an early morning arrival into Gatwick , giving back customers a full day at their destination when they would otherwise have been flying." British Airways offer a wide range of hotels in Mauritius including great value all-inclusive resorts, such as...