News for Europe/MEA

Japan Airlines' Russia services suspended until end Jun-2022

9 May, 2022

Japan Airlines, via its official website, announced (26-Apr-2022) services to Russia, including Tokyo Haneda-Moscow and Tokyo Narita-Vladivostok, will continue to be suspended through to 30-Jun-2022. 

flydubai diverts over 33 routes to Dubai World Central through 22-Jun-2022

6 May, 2022

flydubai confirmed (05-May-2022) it will operate a number of routes from Dubai World Central (DWC) effective 09-May-2022 through 22-Jun-2022 amid northern runway refurbishment works at Dubai International Airport (DXB). The adjustment applies to 33 destinations across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, while all other flydubai routes will continue to operate from DXB Terminals 2 and 3. According to its official website the LCC will split Alexandria, Entebbe, Kathmandu, Khartoum and Mashhad services between DWC and DXB Terminals 2 and 3. [more - original PR]

Royal Brunei Airlines to increase Bandar Seri Begawan-London Heathrow frequency

6 May, 2022

Royal Brunei Airlines plans to increase Bandar Seri Begawan-London Heathrow frequency from twice to three times weekly from 02-Jul-2022, as per a 05-May-2022 GDS inventory and timetable display.

LIH launches ‘Lufthansa Global Spaces’ workspace booking service

6 May, 2022

Lufthansa Innovation Hub (LIH) launched (04-May-2022) 'Lufthansa Global Spaces' to allow travellers to book hot desks, private offices, or meeting rooms with matching accommodation in Berlin, Munich, Barcelona, Singapore and New York. The selection and booking process is powered by reservation platform Hubli, which offers a global network of 185,000 spaces. Through the 'Global Spaces' website, customers can access details for each location, make reservations and bookings, and handle check in and out processes. Miles & More loyalty programme members can also book workstations through their account to receive extra award miles. LIH managing director Christine Wang outlined work and vacation categories have become "blurred", adding an "enjoyable travel experience" now also relates to "making it possible for customers to work from anywhere". The platform will be available as part of a three month trial, which if successful, will be rolled out globally. [more - original PR - Lufthansa Innovation Hub] [more - original PR - Hubli]

Lufthansa Group and TripActions launch BusinessToGo platform for SMEs

5 May, 2022

Lufthansa Group and TripActions launched (04-May-2022) the 'BusinessToGo' platform, to provide a holistic travel booking and management platform for small to medium sized enterprises (SME). The platform offers corporate clients access to services across the Lufthansa Group and its joint venture partners, and TripActions' hotel, train and rental car content. The platform includes access to all NDC offers, TripActions hotel negotiated rates, and provides reporting on duty of care and carbon emissions, management information, support and centralised billing. Members of the airline group's PartnerPlusBenefit programme will also be able to earn and redeem points directly via the booking platform. The platform will feature and 'essentials' and 'premium'. Through the premium packages, customers will receive enhanced on boarding and support in configuring the platform, and access to other airlines' offers. Through the fee charged per trip in the premium package, customers also receive unlimited use of the servicing support provided by TripActions. The platform is available immediately in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium, and will be rolled out in additional markets. The groups plan to expand the platform during 2022, through enhancements including upgrades, corporate products and additional languages. [more - original PR]

Qantas Airways reaches agreement to fully acquire Alliance Airlines

5 May, 2022

Qantas Airways reached (05-May-2022) an agreement to fully acquire Alliance Aviation Services Limited, subject to a vote from Alliance shareholders and competition clearance. Details include:

  • The acquisition would see Alliance become a wholly owned part of the Qantas Group, with no change to Qantas' arrangements with Alliance;
  • Required approvals would take a minimum of several months to secure;
  • Qantas purchased under 20% of Alliance in Feb-2019 and at the time flagged an interest in acquiring 100% of the airline. The ACCC investigated the minority holding for three years and made no findings that it lessened competition;
  • Under the agreement, the remaining 80% would be acquired through a scheme of arrangement where Alliance shareholders receive Qantas shares worth AUD4.75 (USD3.44) for each Alliance share they hold, representing a 32% premium to Alliance's volume weighted average price for the past three months. Qantas would issue new shares valued at approximately AUD614 million (USD445.2 million) in a transaction that is expected to be EPS accretive for Qantas shareholders, before synergies;
  • Qantas has advised the ACCC of the announcement and will continue to update the market on expected completion timing as the competition clearance and Alliance shareholder vote processes progress.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce stated Alliance's fleet of Fokker aircraft will be "perfect for efficiently serving resources customers in WA and Queensland". Mr Joyce added the aircraft also have a "big inventory of spare parts that would significantly extend the practical life of a combined fleet of around almost 70 Fokkers". He added: "We plan to extend our programme of guaranteed lower fares for residents in those few communities where Alliance operates its own passenger services, as well as access to our Frequent Flyer programme". [more - original PR]

Qantas to resume Melbourne-Perth-London service from 23-May-2022

5 May, 2022

Perth Airport announced (04-May-2022) Qantas Airways plans to resume Melbourne-Perth-London service earlier than planned, from 23-May-2022. [more - original PR]

Aerolineas Argentinas and Santander sign loyalty programme points exchange agreement

4 May, 2022

Aerolineas Argentinas and Santander signed (03-May-2022) an agreement for Santander's customers to exchange points from the bank's SuperClub+ loyalty programme for miles on the carrier's Aerolineas Plus scheme. Santander stated that 12% of its customers made at least one purchase in the tourism sector during the first four months of 2022. [more - original PR - Spanish]

Eurowings to adopt Miles & More loyalty programme from Jul-2022

4 May, 2022

Eurowings announced (03-May-2022) its 'Boomerang Club' loyalty programme will be discontinued on 30-Jun-2022 and will be replaced with the Lufthansa Group's 'Miles & More' from Jul-2022. Eurowings customers will receive all benefits of the Miles & More programme, which includes around 40 airline partners, access to 500 online stores, early booking offers and discounts. Boomerang Club miles can still be earned until its discontinuation, with miles earned redeemable for a Eurowings award flight for up to 12 months. Existing miles can also be converted into Miles & More award miles. Eurowings Barlclays credit cards will remain valid and can be used to earn Boomerang Club miles until 23-Jun-2022. Eurowings CEO Jens Bischof said the new programme represents "a clear differentiation from the field of low cost competitors". [more - original PR]

Qantas Airways launches Qantas Distribution Platform in UK, US and South Africa

4 May, 2022

Qantas Airways stated (03-May-2022) the Qantas Distribution Platform is now available in the UK, US and South Africa and will be progressively rolled out to other markets in the coming months. The Qantas Distribution Platform is already available in Australia and New Zealand. The content and new features of the Qantas Distributed Platform can be accessed via Qantas' network of technology partners, already delivering Qantas NDC to agents in Australia and New Zealand. [more - original PR]

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