News for Europe/MEA

US DoT authorises Etihad Airways to place JetBlue designator code on select US-Abu Dhabi services

11 May, 2022

US Department of Transportation (DoT) authorised (04-May-2022) Etihad Airways to display JetBlue Airways' B6 code on the carrier's US-Abu Dhabi services and points beyond. Etihad plans to initially place the B6 code on its Abu Dhabi-New York JFK and Abu Dhabi-Chicago services, as per its original application filed with the DoT. [more - original PR]

flydubai launches new business class recliners for 737 fleet

11 May, 2022

flydubai launched (10-May-2022) its new HAECO business class recliner seat at Arabian Travel Market 2022. flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith stated the new product is "particularly well suited to medium and short haul flights" and will support "a more homogenous look and feel onboard our fleet". The carrier plans to gradually retrofit a number of existing Boeing 737 aircraft with the new cabin product, following its introduction on one aircraft in Nov-2021 as previously reported by CAPA. The seat will also be fitted on future aircraft deliveries, while the existing business class flatbed will remain available on a number of 737 MAX 8/9s. flydubai operates a fleet of 63 737 type aircraft, with plans to receive a further 18 737 MAXs and retire seven 737-800s by the end of 2022. [more - original PR

Emirates and Royal Air Maroc launch codeshare for over 200 destinations

11 May, 2022

Emirates Airline and Royal Air Maroc launched (10-May-2022) a codeshare partnership for flights between their respective hubs and beyond, expanding on their long term interline arrangement. The new codeshare will cover 17 Moroccan destinations and 63 international destinations served by Royal Air Maroc from Casablanca, along with 130 international destinations from Dubai served by Emirates. The arrangement is due to take effect in late May-2022. [more - original PR]

SWISS partners Finass to offer SAF option for corporate customers

11 May, 2022

SWISS entered (10-May-2022) into partnership with business travel provider Finass, to offer Finass' corporate customers the opportunity to purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for their air travel journeys, from 01-Jun-2022. The SAF, produced largely from biogenic residues such as used cooking oils, enables the carrier to provide Finass corporate travellers with the option for carbon neutral air travel. [more - original PR]

CCCS grants conditional approval for commercial cooperation between SIA and Malaysia Airlines

11 May, 2022

Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) granted (10-May-2022) conditional approval for a proposed commercial cooperation between Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Malaysia Airlines, after accepting a set of proposed commitments from the parties. The cooperation will be given effect through a Commercial Cooperation Framework Agreement entered into on 30-Oct-2019. CCCS also accepted a joint application for decision from the parties on whether the cooperation would infringe section 34 of the Competition Act. The cooperation envisages a metal-neutral alliance in respect of services between Singapore and Malaysia through a Joint Business Arrangement and cooperation in other areas, including expanded codesharing to grow traffic between the countries and certain agreed markets, including Europe. CCCS stated the carriers should comprise direct air passenger services between Singapore and Malaysia, in particular each origin destination city pair as follows:

  • Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, including Singapore Seletar Airport to Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport;
  • Singapore to Kuching. [more - original PR]

Kenya Airways and JetBlue sign interline agreement

10 May, 2022

Kenya Airways, in its Jetsetter newsletter, announced (Apr-2022) it signed an interline agreement with JetBlue Airways on 05-Apr-2022. Kenya Airways customers can connect with JetBlue via New York to destinations including Boston, Cancun, Minneapolis, San Juan and Vancouver. JetBlue customers can connect with Kenya Airways' network via Nairobi. [more - original PR]

Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways enter new strategic partnership

10 May, 2022

Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways entered (10-May-2022) a new strategic partnership that will significantly expand both airlines' networks, lounges and loyalty programmes. The partnership, to commence later in 2022, will give travellers greater access, unparalleled customer experience and unique benefits when travelling between Australia and Qatar Airways' global network, with transit options across Qatar Airways' Australian gateways and key Virgin Australia hubs, including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. The strategic alliance will provide a critical trade and tourism boost for Australia, while opening new travel opportunities for both airline's customers. Due to the new codeshare agreement, Qatar Airways' passengers will be able to travel to 35 destinations on Virgin Australia's extensive domestic network. Qatar Airways' passengers will also have access to Virgin Australia's short haul international markets. Virgin Australia customers and members of the airline's Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty programme, will be able to directly access Qatar Airways' route network of more than 140 worldwide destinations. The strategic partnership will include reciprocal loyalty benefits allowing Qatar Airways Privilege Club members to earn and redeem Avios when flying on Virgin Australia, with similar benefits for Velocity members when travelling on Qatar Airways' services. Privilege Club and Velocity members will also enjoy a wide range of other unique benefits, depending on status tier. [more - original PR]

Emirates to launch premium economy on London, Paris and Sydney A380 services in summer 2022

10 May, 2022

Emirates Airline launched (09-May-2022) its full premium economy offering for deployment on high traffic A380 routes serving London, Paris and Sydney effective 01-Aug-2022. Sales for the onboard and ground product will launch effective 01-Jun-2022, with rollout expanding to Christchurch service in Dec-2022. Emirates president Tim Clark stated initial deployment is limited to six A380s currently fitted with premium economy, adding: "Our intention is to offer this experience to many more markets", and confirming plans to retrofit a further 67 A380s and 53 Boeing 777s, as previously reported by CAPA. The programme will bring Emirates' total premium economy fitted fleet to 126 aircraft and will be delivered alongside other cabin modernisation projects. Sir Tim also stated "the positive response and demand has been tremendous" following the release of the seating class in Jan-2021. [more - original PR]

Air Austral resumes Réunion-Chennai service

9 May, 2022

Chennai International Airport, via its official Twitter account, announced (06-May-2022) Air Austral resumed Réunion-Chennai service with A220-300 equipment on 06-May-2022. Chennai Airport stated the service is "among the longest A220-300 flight operated routes".

Asiana Airlines to increase frequency to Frankfurt and London from May-2022

9 May, 2022

Asiana Airlines confirmed (09-May-2022) plans to resume or increase frequency on the following international services:

  • Seoul Incheon-Frankfurt: Increase frequency from four to five times weekly, commencing 28-May-2022;
  • Seoul Incheon-London Heathrow: Increase frequency from twice to three times weekly, commencing 30-May-2022;
  • Seoul Incheon-Rome Fiumicino: Resume twice weekly service on 18-Jun-2022;
  • Seoul Incheon-Paris CDG: Resume three times weekly service on 22-Jun-2022. [more - original PR - Korean]
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