News for Europe/MEA

Emirates Airline to deploy A380 equipment on Dubai-Perth service from 01-Dec-2022

16 August, 2022

Emirates Airline announced (15-Aug-2022) plans to deploy 515 seat A380 equipment on daily Dubai-Perth service from 01-Dec-2022. According to OAG, the service is currently operated using 367 seat Boeing 777-300ER equipment. The upgauge is set to increase capacity on the service by 40%. Emirates is the sole scheduled operator on the route. [more - original PR]

Emirates and Aegean Airlines launch codeshare partnership

16 August, 2022

Emirates Airline launched (15-Aug-2022) a codeshare partnership with Aegean Airlines, allowing travellers to connect to eight domestic Greek locations via Athens on a single ticket. Emirates will codeshare on Aegean-operated flights to Kerkyra, Chania, Heraklion, Mykonos, Thira, Rhodes, Thessaloniki and Alexandropoulos, while Aegean will codeshare on Emirates-operated flights between Dubai and Athens. From Oct-2022, the carriers will further expand the partnership, with Emirates set to codeshare on eight additional Aegean services operating via Athens, including Bucharest, Belgrade, and Naples, while Aegean will codeshare on Emirates' Athens-New York Newark and Milan-New York JFK services. The additional codeshare routes are subject to regulatory approval. [more - original PR]

London Heathrow Airport extends capacity limits into Oct-2022

16 August, 2022

London Heathrow Airport extended (15-Aug-2022) its capacity limits until 29-Oct-2022 following consultations with airlines. The airport stated passenger journeys have "improved with fewer last minute cancellations, better punctuality and shorter wait times for bags" since the introduction of a daily passenger cap of 100,000 in Jul-2022. Capacity limits will be kept under regular review and could be lifted earlier "should there be a sustained picture of better resilience and a material increase in resourcing levels". Chief commercial officer Ross Baker said: "We want to remove the cap as soon as possible, but we can only do so when we are confident that everyone operating at the airport has the resources to deliver the service our passengers deserve". [more - original PR]

Deloitte joins Alaska Airlines' corporate SAF programme

12 August, 2022

Alaska Airlines announced (11-Aug-2022) Deloitte joined its corporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programme. Deloitte is expected to reduce the CO2 emissions of its business travel with Alaska by approximately 1050 tonnes. Alaska Airlines and Deloitte will also collaborate on the purchase of SAF certificates, which provide an accounting framework to expand the commercialisation of SAF and capture emissions reduction value for corporate purchasers. [more - original PR]

VDR: 90.8% of German companies allowing business travel 'without restrictions'

12 August, 2022

Germany's Association of German Travel Management (VDR), via its official website, published (Aug-2022) the following survey results of its business travel members for Aug-2022:

  • In response to whether their company currently imposes restrictions on business travel related to the reason for travel:
    • No respondents indicated business trips are banned without exception;
    • 7.9% reported business trips are only allowed in justified exceptional cases;
    • 90.8% reported business trips are allowed without restrictions;
  • In response to what percentage of business trips are currently taking place in their company compared to the annual average in 2019:
    • 2.8% stated up to 10%;
    • 9.7% stated up to 25%;
    • 36.1% stated up to 50%
    • 50% stated more than 50%;
  • In response to how the number of business trips taken in their company will change compared to the pre-pandemic period:
    • 14.1% expect business travel will return to pre-pandemic levels, up from 8.8% in the previous survey in Apr-2022;
    • 25.4% expect a decrease of up to 10%;
    • 46.5% expect a decrease of up to 30%;
    • 9.9% expect a decrease of up to 50%;
    • 4.2% expect a decrease of over 50%.

VDR: Insufficient frequencies and capacity the largest obstacle for German business travellers

12 August, 2022

Germany's Association of German Travel Management (VDR), via its official website, published (Aug-2022) the results of its survey of business travel members for Aug-2022. Members indicated the following as the "most important obstacles to conducting business trips":

  • Insufficient frequency or capacity of transport: 46.5%, +21.9pp from the previous survey in Apr-2022;
  • Lack of planning security: 40.9%, +0.5pp;
  • Complicated entry requirements for international business trips: 39.4%, -29pp;
  • Potential health risks: 29.6%, -44.1pp;
  • There are no obstacles: 19.7%, +14.4pp;
  • Unclear or non-transparent legal provisions at the destination: 14.1%, -29.8pp;
  • Lack of overnight accommodation due to closed hotels/accommodation: 1.4%, -0.4pp;
  • Inadequate hygiene measures by providers in the business travel industry: 0%, -1.8pp;
  • Miscellaneous: 15.5%, +6.7pp.

Emirates Airline announces USD2bn investment to improve inflight experience

11 August, 2022

Emirates Airline announced (10-Aug-2022) an investment of over USD2 billion to enhance its inflight experience offering, including a programme to retrofit over 120 aircraft with contemporary interiors beginning in Nov-2022. Cabins will be retrofitted with new or reupholstered seats, new panelling, flooring, and other premium cabin features. New premium economy cabins will also be installed. The investment also includes enhanced onboard menus, sustainable food and amenity offerings, and improved inflight entertainment. [more - original PR]

JetBlue Airways launches daily Boston-London Gatwick service

8 August, 2022

JetBlue Airways launched (04-Aug-2022) daily Boston Logan-London Gatwick service, operated using A321neo equipment. JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes stated: "Our London service from New York has been an incredible success and we are thrilled to finally bring this highly anticipated service to our Boston customers, a route that has long suffered from high fares by legacy carriers. As Boston's largest carrier, adding this nonstop service to Gatwick will only make us more relevant in our New England focus city and introduce JetBlue to a largely unserved market". According to OAG, the carrier is the sole scheduled operator on the route. [more - original PR]

Cook Islands Tourism: Cook Islands and French Polynesia to launch Rarotonga-Papeete route

8 August, 2022

Cook Islands Tourism stated (04-Aug-2022) the governments of the Cook Islands and French Polynesia announced the inaugural commercial flight from Rarotonga to Pape'ete will be on 13-Aug-2022, opening an official commercial air link between the two countries. The service will be operated weekly, increasing to twice weekly from 14-Sep-2022. The preparation and development of an air service agreement between the Air Rarotonga and Air Tahiti Nui is underway. It will formalise the conduct of air operations and provide a framework to support air linking. The two airlines signed an MoU in Jun-2022. In addition, the drafting of an air service agreement between the two countries is also underway, following an exchange of letters between the governments of French Polynesia and the Cook Islands in Jun-2022. This service launch is the result of a series of high level intergovernmental engagements and partnerships with the private sector, including Air Rarotonga, Air Tahiti Nui and Air Tahiti. Through this resumption of a commercial air link between Rarotonga and Pape'ete, the shared aspirations of both governments to create a transit route to link the two countries to other tourist markets has been achieved. With Air New Zealand's recent announcements about the closure of direct routes from Sydney and Los Angeles, Cook Islands authorities have asserted that "the top priority for the Cook Islands is the implementation of our economic recovery strategy, post-Covid19, inclusive resumption and expansion of international air links for the Cook Islands. This maiden flight by Air Rarotonga from Rarotonga to Pape'ete is a step towards achieving our goals". [more - original PR]

SWISS to wet lease up to six airBaltic A220s during winter 2022/2023

8 August, 2022

SWISS announced (05-Aug-2022) it agreed on a collaboration with airBaltic through which the Latvian carrier would operate up to six A220-300 aircraft on behalf of SWISS during winter 2022/2023, under a wet lease agreement. The partnership will complement SWISS's existing partnership with Helvetic Airways and aims to further stabilise the carrier's flight schedules and ease current pressures on cabin personnel. SWISS outlined that in addition to the six Helvetic aircraft already operated year round on SWISS's behalf, further Helvetic Airways equipment may also be flexibly deployed on SWISS routes in future to cover peaks in demand. [more - original PR

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