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American Airlines and Qatar Airways expand codeshare partnership on 18 services

28 June, 2022

American Airlines and Qatar Airways expanded their codeshare partnership to place AA codes on the following Qatar Airways services from 30-Jun-2022, according to OAG:

  • Doha-Addis Ababa: Twice weekly;
  • Doha-Amman: Daily;
  • Doha-Bangkok Suvarnabhumi: 15 times weekly;
  • Doha-Colombo: 22 times weekly;
  • Doha-Dammam: 11 times weekly;
  • Doha-Dar Es Salaam: Daily;
  • Doha-Entebbe: Four times weekly;
  • Doha-Jakarta: 22 times weekly;
  • Doha-Jeddah: 10 times weekly;
  • Doha-Kilimanjaro: Eight times weekly;
  • Doha-Kuala Lumpur: Daily;
  • Doha-Lusaka: Five times weekly;
  • Doha-Male: Twice daily;
  • Doha-Muscat: Five times weekly;
  • Doha-Nairobi: 13 times weekly;
  • Doha-Phuket: Twice weekly;
  • Doha-Riyadh: 12 times weekly;
  • Doha-Singapore: Nine times weekly.

Qatar Airways and Airlink sign new codeshare agreement

28 June, 2022

Qatar Airways signed (27-Jun-2022) a comprehensive codeshare agreement with Airlink (South Africa) to enhance joint connectivity across 45 destinations, boosting links between southern Africa and the US, Europe and Asia. The new agreement expands Qatar Airways' southern African presence with new connections to Port Elizabeth, Hoedspruit, Skukuza and George as well as to points in BotswanaNamibiaZambiaZimbabwe and Mozambique. Qatar Airways operates 35 weekly frequencies to South Africa, serving Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban from Doha. [more - original PR - English/Arabic]

Shell, Accenture and Amex GBT launch Avelia SAF book and claim solution for business travel

27 June, 2022

Shell, Accenture and American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT) launched (20-Jun-2022) the Avelia sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) book and claim solution for business travel. The companies stated the system is "the largest SAF book-and-claim pilot at launch", offering approximately one million gallons of SAF. The pilot phase of the programme aims to demonstrate the book and claim model, using blockchain technology to ensure allocation of environmental attributes to companies and airlines after the SAF has been delivered into the fuel network. Avelia was developed by Shell and Accenture with the support of the Energy Web Foundation and includes Amex GBT's travel management services to aggregate global business demand for SAF. Shell, Accenture and Amex GBT are the platform's first customers. Shell has committed to purchasing the environmental attributes equivalent to 100,000 gallons of SAF over the pilot phase. Shell will increase its commitment as soon as more SAF is available and aims to abate 45% of its corporate travel emissions through SAF by 2030. Shell Aviation president Jan Toschka stated: "Avelia will help trigger demand for SAF at scale, providing confidence to suppliers like us to further increase investment in production, and in turn helping to lower the price point for these fuels". [more - original PR]

Solomon Airlines welcomes Solomon Islands reopening with new schedule

27 June, 2022

Solomon Airlines welcomed (24-Jun-2022) news that mandatory quarantine requirements for inbound visitors will be reduced shortly and has published a new international schedule effective from 01-Aug-2022, reintroducing regular services between Solomon Islands and Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati, and connections to partner airline services from New Zealand, Asia and the US. Until the complete lifting of mandatory quarantine, international visitors to Solomon Islands must continue to follow the updated health protocols while accommodated at one of the approved 'Tourism Bubble' operators. The airline has also adjusted timings on selected domestic flights to Munda, Gizo, Seghe and Suavanao to allow for direct connections from international services on the Brisbane-Honiara route. Highlights of the new schedule include:

  • Honiara-Brisbane twice weekly;
  • Tarawa-Brisbane-Honiara-Tarawa to operate every fortnight;
  • Honiara-Port Vila-Nadi-Honiara weekly frequency;
  • Direct connection on Wednesdays from Munda onto the Honiara-Brisbane service;
  • Lomlom gains a second weekly frequency to and from Honiara via Santa Cruz on Tuesdays and Thursdays;
  • Honiara-Auki-Honiara service will operate twice daily on Monday. [more - original PR]

Rex announces multiple new agency partnership agreements

24 June, 2022

Regional Express (Rex) signed (24-Jun-2022) multiple agreements with Flight Centre, Helloworld, Webjet, Consolidated Travel and Corporate Travel Management. Rex's agreement with Flight Centre is for a period of 10 years. All agreements will be in effect from Jul-2022. The agreements are expected to result in more than doubling Rex's annual domestic jet revenues in FY2023, compared to its annualised domestic jet revenues with no increased fleet size. Revenue on the airline's regional network is also expected to be improved. [more - original PR]

JetBlue Airways partners with BLADE Urban Air Mobility to provide helicopter airport transfers

24 June, 2022

JetBlue Airways partnered (23-Jun-2022) with BLADE Urban Air Mobility to offer airport transfer options to TrueBlue loyalty members. TrueBlue Mosaic+ members now receive credits redeemable for complimentary seats on Blade airport helicopter transfers connecting from Midtown, Manhattan to New York John F Kennedy International Airport and New York Newark Liberty International Airport. Effective 01-Jul-2022, Mosaic members will receive 25% off their first Blade airport helicopter transfer, while TrueBlue members will receive 10% off. [more - original PR]

Advanced Air and Eurowings Discover join TSA PreCheck programme

24 June, 2022

US TSA announced (22-Jun-2022) the expansion of the TSA PreCheck programme with the addition of Advanced Air and Eurowings Discover. Passengers travelling with the carriers will have access to expedited screening and processing for services departing from eligible US airports, including connections on domestic flights after returning to the US. [more - original PR]

Air France-KLM partners Brim Financial to launch Canadian credit card product

24 June, 2022

Air France-KLM entered (23-Jun-2022) a partnership with Brim Financial to launch a credit card product for Fly Blue loyalty programme members in Canada. Flying Blue will leverage Brim's technology platform, featuring instant approvals, embedded buy-now-pay-later, interactive spend monitoring, mobile wallet functionality and loyalty rewards. The partnership aims to offer more targeted rewards to Flying Blue customers and enhance Air France-KLM's customer and digital strategy in Canada. [more - original PR]

Delta Air Lines to resume Minneapolis-Seoul service from 02-Oct-2022

20 June, 2022

Delta Air Lines announced (17-Jun-2022) plans to resume three times weekly Minneapolis-Seoul Incheon service using A350-900 equipment from 02-Oct-2022. The carrier also plans to increase frequency to daily from 29-Oct-2022. The resumption represents full restoration of the carrier's South Korean network to pre-pandemic levels. Delta Air Lines VP Asia Pacific Matteo Curcio stated: "As travel restrictions ease, international and business travel is expected to drive the next leg of Delta's recovery. Recent demand has been strong in Asian markets, particularly in Korea, as they have rolled back COVID-era travel restrictions. Full restoration of the airline's Korean network is a positive indicator of what's to come for the rest of the Asia region". [more - original PR]

Delta Air Lines launches A321neo operations

17 June, 2022

Delta Air Lines deployed (16-Jun-2022) its first A321neo aircraft into commercial operation on Boston-San Francisco service. The carrier's 194 seat A321neos are powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines and will be deployed primarily across Delta's domestic US network. Delta Air Lines has signed purchase agreements for 155 A321neos, with deliveries scheduled through to 2027. [more - original PR]

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