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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Regional News Europe) Dec 18, 2012

Aer Lingus Aer Lingus Looks Forward to Summer 2012 With New Routes and Increased Frequencies. Aer Lingus has announced the addition of new routes and increased frequencies to its summer 2012 schedule. The airline will introduce flights to Verona and Stockholm to the already extensive summer schedule on offer which has holiday options for everyone, whatever the individual's budget or taste. Along with these fresh new sun and city break destinations, Aer Lingus is also set to increase frequency on thirteen of its other routes, including Faro, Perpignon and Zurich . Travellers can visit Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet, and enjoy its world famous summer opera festival. For those who wish to take in a few days by the water, Verona provides the perfect gateway to the scenic Lake Garda, less than an hour away. Aer Lingus will be flying to the Italian city twice weekly. Aer Lingus will also offer new flights to Stockholm four times weekly. Describing the stylish Swedish capital as 'cosy yet cosmopolitan and effortlessly picturesque', 'Lonely Planet' listed the Swedish capital in its top ten cities to visit in 2012. The city boasts world-class museums and art galleries, most of which are accessible by foot for an easy, relaxing holiday. Director of Communications at Aer Lingus, Declan Kearney said: "In keeping with our commitment to providing customers with excellent choice and great value, we have increased our flying schedule on thirteen routes and are introducing Stockholm and Verona as new routes, with more announcements to follow later this month. We look forward to welcoming our customers on board in summer 2012." Aer Lingus continues to offer great value and excellent service including advance seat selection; caring and friendly staff to welcome travellers and airports situated in central, convenient locations to make holidays as seamless as possible. Notes to Editors: Aer Lingus will introduce increased frequencies on the following routes: From Dublin : London Gatwick, Faro, Lyon , Perpignon, Prague , Budapest , Zurich , Bologna, Milan , Malpensa, Helsinki , Stuttgart From Cork: Amsterdam , Faro Dec 15, 2011

Aer Lingus Aer Lingus has announced that it is to run extra flights to and from Dublin to London Gatwick airport. These extra flights now mean that Aer Lingus has more frequency for this particular route than any other airline, after increasing its capacity for passengers on this service by 56%. As part of its new winter schedule, Aer Lingus will now provide 6 flights per day between Dublin and London Gatwick, an increase from the 4 flights per day that had been offered last winter. Dec 12, 2011

Air France, Airbus Air France is laying claim to the world's lowest CO emissions commercial flight, after operating a service from Toulouse-Blagnac to Paris-Orly using a combination of 50% mix biofuel mix and new air traffic management technologies. Airbus said the Air France Airbus A321 was able to demonstrate how CO2 emissions could be halved in comparison to a regular flight. Using a 50:50 mix of conventional kerosene and bio-kerosene made from hydrogenated used vegetable oils, Air France said the flight also featured optimised flight procedures and a reduced on-board mass. It added that the optimised flight path using a higher cruising altitude and continuous descent, resulted in 10% less CO emissions than a traditional flight. Dec 12, 2011

airberlin Starting in summer 2012, airberlin will increase the number of flights from JFK to Berlin with daily service, new nonstop service from LAX to Berlin, and increased frequencies from Miami and San Francisco. AirberlinOs nonstop service from Los Angeles to Berlin makes it the first airline to service this route. Tickets in economy class will start from $1,018 roundtrip including taxes. The new nonstop service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in addition to the existing seasonal service from Los Angeles to Dusseldorf, which operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For the summer season, airberlin will increase its frequency from JFK by offering daily flights to Berlin and Dusseldorf. The additional flights to Berlin operate on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturday, departing JFK at 5:30 p.m. and arriving in Berlin at 7:25 a.m. the next day. The new departure times from JFK to Dusseldorf will change to 9:10 p.m., arriving at 10:25 a.m. the next day. Airberlin will also increase service from San Francisco to Dusseldorf with an additional flight on Mondays, and from Miami to Dusseldorf on Saturdays, further enhancing the connectivity of the U.S. to the vast European route network. For more information, call 866-266-5588 or visit www.airberlin.com. Dec 16, 2012

Airberlin Airberlin is offering winter specials on weekend flights to numerous city destinations within Germany and Europe, at a fixed price of 98 euros. Passengers planning on traveling to Germany or Europe on airberlin this winter from North America can take advantage of this sale and include some additional destinations to their winter getaways at drastically reduced rates. Weekend special tickets will be available for weekend trips between Nov. 18 and March 11. For more information, visit www.airberlin.com/weekendspecial. Dec 16, 2012

Airborne ISR Enhancing ISR Capability to Ensure Total Domain Awareness. Over the last 8 years, Airborne ISR has become Europe's foremost event for the Airborne ISR industry. Directors and operators of Air ISR technology from both military and industry will be coming together to discuss the most prevalent issues of the time, with an in-depth asset analysis and examination of how best to achieve future ambitions the event will give both requirement and operational updates. Bringing together leaders and those at the forefront of the industry from both military and the private sector "Aerial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities are crucial to coalition operations both in conflict and in response to natural disaster. It is incumbent on the U.S. and allied nations to ensure future ISR systems are interoperable with one another, flexible in responding to a multitude of problem sets, and inclusive of a variety of collection methodologies. Forums like this are essential to fostering the dialogue that gets us there." - Major General Blair Hansen, Deputy Commander. One of the main keynote speeches will be given by Air Marshal Mark Green , Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Air Command from RAF will be briefing delegates on "The Future of ISR in the UK Armed Forces" and how ISR provision will be met after 2015. In addition, from the US Air Force, Brigadier General John Horner , Director of ISR Capabilities will brief on - Balancing ISR Capability: Future Ambitions of the USR Air Force: [yen]Existing capabilities and the future requirements to provide increased domain awareness [yen]Current methods of information sharing between allied nations [yen]Future application of UAVs Dec 12, 2011

Airbus With production of the Boeing 787 properly under way, after the airframer delivered the first example to Japan's All Nippon Airways in September, the pressure of attention will switch to Toulouse where Airbus is trying to keep to its deadline of beginning final A350-900 assembly by the end of this year. Airbus and its parent have frequently described the timetable for the A350's development as "challenging", a more investor-friendly term than "problematic", although few are in doubt that this is precisely what the airframer means. Chief executive Tom Enders gave the clearest indication yet that the A350 could miss its end-of-year target date for starting final assembly, after insisting that the aircraft would not be rushed into unmanageable production. Dec 14, 2011

Amadeus, American Airlines Amadeus said it has reached what it called a Omedium-termO agreement with American Airlines to extend its previous agreement for the airlineOs full fare content. Under this agreement, travel agencies that use Amadeus will continue to have access to AmericanOs fare content with no change from the previous agreement. Specifically, Amadeus travel agencies in the U.S. -- including Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands -- and Caribbean will continue to have access to AmericanOs fares and inventory as they have previously and without being subject to any surcharges. Amadeus said additional terms of the agreement are confidential and will not be disclosed. The GDS company said it is sending an email to its U.S. travel agency customers on Oct. 17 about the extension of the agreement. American also is expected to issue a brief press release as well. American, in a cost saving move, has been waging a campaign to get more bookings through a direct connect strategy that bypasses the traditional GDSs like Amadeus. However, in recent months the airline has been working to extend existing agreements with GDS companies, including Sabre and Travelport. Amadeus is the last GDS to announce such an agreement. Travelport announced an extension of its pact with American in September. Dec 16, 2012

ATR ATR is now offering its Armonia cabin interior as a linefit option for new customers of its Series 500 turboprops. Developed by Italian design house Giugiaro Design for the Series 600, Armonia features cleanly-styled slim seats that have been ergonomically designed to ensure greater knee clearance, in addition to new side panels, overhead bins and LED lighting. Drop-down in-flight entertainment (IFE) is offered as an option. ATR does not offer in-flight connectivity linefit as yet. Speaking to FlightglobalPro today, ATR revealed that five ATR 72-500s "now going out from the factory" are being equipped with Armonia for Indonesian carrier Wings Air, a regional subsidiary of Lion Airlines. "We still call this aircraft the -500," said the ATR spokesman, who noted: "The Series 600 has everything, which of course includes the new...

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