Airline News March 2005.


NTSB proposes expanding safety reporting requirements, but airlines object. Some large airlines object to moves by the National Transportation Safety Board to expand requirements for reporting safety incidents, such as engine failures, electronic cockpit display failures and anti-collision alerts. The Air Transport Association has said that some of the proposed changes are "neither necessary nor beneficial." Investigators want to broaden the rules as commercial air travel grows at a record pace.

Mar 30, 2005

New screening machines will sniff passengers for explosives. Airports are adding screening machines that will sniff travelers for explosives, USA TODAY reports. The machines are the size of phone booths and cost $100,000 each. They will be installed at 150 commercial airports within the next year and help lessen the need for pat-down searches, the Transportation Security Administration said.

Mar 28, 2005

China may seem a strange place to establish a resort hotel but the world is moving on. Hilton International, a British company, will later this year open the Sanya Resort & Spa, a low-rise beachfront resort in what has been hailed by tourism officials as the budding "Hawaii of China". Located in Yalong Bay on the southernmost tip of Hainan Island and separated from the mainland by 15 miles of the South China Sea, the luxury resort will be Hilton's first Worldwide Resort in the People's Republic of China and will form an important part of the growing network of seven Hilton hotels in China. Sanya is linked to Hong Kong with frequent 90 minute flights.

Mar 21, 2005

Monaco has quickly followed France in selling its wonders to the British holiday and conference market except that this time they chose posh Mayfair rather than the Tower of London. Amongst the hotels, spas and facilities putting on displays was Heli Air, who continue to run one of the longest established and most popular scheduled helicopter operations, that between Nice airport and the Monaco helicopter base. There are up to 25 services each day usually in five passenger turbine Ecureuils. The one way fare is E73. Nice is now a very popular UK destination with flights from Belfast, Birmingham, Gatwick, Heathrow, Leeds-Bradford, Liverpool, Luton, Newcastle,Nottingham and Stansted. Our website photo shows (left to right) Karen Rice, Banks Sadler; Berenice Wurz - Monaco Convention Office London; Michel Bouquier, President - Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority; Marianne Huve- Allard, FTSE Group and Charlotte Bally, Pernod Ricard - World Travel.

Mar 21, 2005

France is making a big effort to ensure that it continues as a major holiday destination for the British. 13.4m visited the Republic last year, probably a little less than Spain, which has not published figures, that number thought to be around 1m more. For reasons that we cannot make out the French regions chose the Tower of London for a press workshop last week where representatives were on hand to articulate (usually in perfect English) about their corner of France. Good food and plenty of wine helped to brighten a dour early March day. If there was any criticism it was that the transport contractors, typically Air France, Eurostar and the ferry companies did not have desks.

Mar 14, 2005

Oneworld, the airline grouping led by American Airlines and British Airways, has won the race between the three airlines to go completely electronic as far as interlining is concerned. Clients can now travel with the convenience of just one e-ticket reference throughout the combined network served by the alliance's eight member airlines - American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, LAN, Finnair and Aer Lingus - and their 17 affiliates. Passengers have no traditional paper ticket to lose or risk having stolen, checking-in is quicker and smoother, and they have access to the speed and convenience of new automated features, such as self-service or Internet check-in, helping eliminate queues at airports.

Mar 14, 2005

Star Alliance reaches agreement for minihub in Paris. The Star Alliance has signed an agreement with Aeroports de Paris which will allow the airline alliance to build a minihub at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport, Air Transport World reports. The alliance will build the hub in Terminal 1, where 12 of the 15 airline partners will be located.

Mar 9, 2005

FAA deadline for replacing insulation looms. The Federal Aviation Administration is requiring airlines to replace insulation on certain planes made by McDonnell Douglas by June 30. The total cost for the 719 planes is estimated at $368.4 million.

Mar 7, 2005

Galway, on the far west coast of Ireland, and about 50 miles of not very good roads north of Shannon, is to have direct London flights for the first time. Euromanx will introduce a new twice weekdaily (plus once on a Sunday) service at the start of the summer season on Monday 18 April flown by an Avro RJ70. This will be the airline's second route from LCY, the Isle of Man based airline taking over the London City - Ronaldsway route from FlyBe in January. Aer Arann also flies to Galway from Luton with an ATR offering a minimum daily service. EuroManx is owned by Warren Seymour who also operates Club 328.

Mar 6, 2005

IATA has issued traffic figures for January which shows a 7.9% increase over the same period in 2004, with cargo improving by 15.5%. Asia- Pacific growth was stunted at 2.5% in the aftermath of the tsunami tragedy. Overall passenger capacity rose by 7.8% leaving the global passenger load factor at 73.5% for January. With the exception of Asia Pacific and the Middle East, traffic gains have lead capacity expansion. Asia-Pacific, Middle Eastern and European carriers are reporting increasing profit numbers while the US industry continues to experience severe difficulties. This is particularly true as US domestic yields suffer severe pressure. Redeployment of US domestic capacity to international routes and the continuing weakness of the US dollar are largely responsible for the 11.8% rise in traffic by North American carriers.

Mar 6, 2005

China has overtaken Japan as the largest air travel market in Asia and is second only to the US in terms of total scheduled departing seats, according to a new report from the ITTC consultancy division of Airclaims, which is headed by Peter Morris, former IATA chief economist.

Mar 4, 2005

Running low on fuel, GlobalFlyer persists, may reach destination March 3, 2005. GlobalFlyer, the experimental airplane that its pilot intends to fly around the world nonstop, was short on fuel Wednesday, but its pilot continued flying across the Pacific instead of landing in Hawaii. Pilot Steve Fossett said tailwinds were running higher than expected. He hopes to reach Salina, Kan., his destination, today March 3rd.

Mar 3, 2005

GlobalFlyer pilot successfully finishes solo flight around the world. GlobalFlyer pilot Steve Fossett completed the first solo nonstop flight around the world at about 2 p.m. Thursday March 3, 2005. Fossett, a millionaire adventurer, also holds the record for flying around the world alone in a balloon. He is attempting to break several aviation records. The GlobalFlyer flight took 67 hours.

Mar 3, 2005

Aegean Airlines, Olympic Airlines

Olympic Airlines may be bought by rival Aegean Airlines, following the disclosure that it is weighing up the value of the troubled Greekflag carrier. Aegean,which competes with Olympic on domestic and international routes, submitted abid last month focused on Olympic's flight operations. It is reported that five companies have entered the race for Olympic,including the one-time British Airways subsidiary DBA,which is now privately owned.

Mar 28, 2005

Air Canada

Air Canada has adjusted its domestic schedule to add flights between major cities after Canadian low-fare carrier Jetsgo shut down operations on Friday stranding passengers. Jetsgo President Michel Leblanc said the airline deeply regretted having to shut down and would seek bankruptcy protection. Air Canada is busy adding new daily flights to Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Halifax as the March vacation break for college students is underway. Air Canada also will be adding 10 one-way flights per week to its Rapidair shuttle in the Toronto-Montreal-Ottawa corridor. "We are making these schedule improvements where we see demand increase for Air Canada services as a direct result of the withdrawal of Jetsgo," said Ben Smith, vice president of network planning.

Mar 14, 2005

Air France

Air France is boosting itsservice to eastern Europe this summer by offering three new destinations. Belgrade will have a daily flight; Ljubljana in Slovenia will have twodaily flights; and Zagreb will also have two daily flights, including oneoperated by Croatia Airlines. Thissummer the networks partners Air France and KLM are coordinated due to a regularservice of 15 round trips per day between Paris Charles de Gaulle and AmsterdamSchiphol, forming Europe's. Servicebetween the French regions and Amsterdam give these areas full access to the KLMnetwork, thus supplementing Air France's capacity. Air France also code-shares with KLM to a number of long-hauldestinations including Aruba, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain,Bonaire, Jakarta, Curacao, Guayaquil, Kuala Lumpur, Lima, Manila, Quito,as well to 15 European destinations

Mar 28, 2005

Air India

Air India is to introduce a three times weekly service from Birmingham to Amritsar and onward to Delhi on 15 May. The three class Boeing 777 will also operate to Toronto. Under an agreement that dates back over many years Air India also has a daily service to JFK from Heathrow, this time using a Boeing 747.

Mar 21, 2005

Air Jamaica

Air Jamaica suspended flights to...

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