United Airlines and Emirates Airline announced (14-Sep-2022) a codeshare partnership, providing customers with easier access to the carriers combined network. From Nov-2022, Emirates customers travelling through Chicago, Houston and San Francisco will be able to connect to almost 200 destinations via the United network. The carriers will also implement an interline agreement at the remaining US airports served by Emirates, including Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, Orlando, Seattle and Washington DC. United will also launch daily New York Newark-Dubai service from 25-Mar-2023 to support the partnership. Travellers may then connect to over 100 destinations via Emirates or its sister carrier flydubai. [more - original PR]
News for Europe/MEA
All Nippon Airways announced (13-Sep-2022) plans to increase Tokyo Haneda-Frankfurt frequency from 10 times weekly to twice daily, effective 30-Oct-2022 to 25-Mar-2023. [more - original PR]
All Nippon Airways to introduce first and business class on all Tokyo Haneda-London Heathrow service
All Nippon Airways announced (13-Sep-2022) plans to introduce "The Suite" first class and "The Room" business class cabin seating on all Tokyo Haneda-London Heathrow services, effective 30-Oct-2022. [more - original PR]
Turkish Airlines, via its official Twitter account, announced (04-Sep-2022) it extended the suspension of Minsk, Rostov, Sochi, Yekaterinburg and Ukraine services until 31-Oct-2022.
Turkish Airlines provided (12-Sep-2022) details on a new codeshare agreement with Air Seychelles. The codeshare network will include Air Seychelles' Seychelles-Praslin service, and Turkish Airlines' Istanbul-Seychelles, Istanbul-Tel Aviv and Istanbul-Paris services, effective 15-Oct-2022. The agreement is planned to be expanded in the future. [more - original PR]
Emirates Airline and JetBlue Airways plan to end their codeshare partnership after 10 years, effective 30-Oct-2022 (Aviaci Online/Travel Daily, 08-Sep-2022). The carriers initiated the partnership in Jul-2012. This follows reports that Emirates Airline and United Airlines are set to announce a codeshare partnership in the coming weeks.
Flyr launched (06-Sep-2022) its 'Flyr Proff' agreement to offer small to medium sized companies (SME) fixed discounts on the carrier's 'smart' and 'flex' tickets. The carrier outlined the offer, which is free to join and has no travel volume requirements, is targeted towards SMEs looking to avoid intermediaries when booking business travel. Commercial director Thomas Ramdahl stated Flyr Proff is being launched now to meet increasing demand for business travel, adding the carrier plans to gradually increase its presence amongst major travel agencies throughout autumn. The carrier has launched a campaign to offer companies joining the Flyr Proff agreement in Sep-2022 a 50% discount on domestic flex tickets in Norway for the rest of 2022. [more - original PR - Norwegian]
Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways commenced (06-Sep-2022) their strategic partnership on 06-Sep-2022, expanding the networks, lounges and loyalty programmes of both airlines. The partnership was announced in May-2022 and opens travel to more than 150 countries across the airlines' networks, supporting travel between Australia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Services can be booked for travel from 12-Sep-2022. From 06-Sep-2022, Privilege Club members will be able to earn Avios and QPoints on services operated by Virgin Australia. Velocity Frequent Flyer members can earn Velocity Points and Status Credits for flights operated by Qatar Airways. Reward seats are also available to book on eligible services operated by both airlines. From 12-Sep-2022, eligible members of both loyalty programmes will receive additional tier benefits, including priority check in, priority boarding and lounge access, irrespective of their class of travel. Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways also plan to launch a proposition for corporate and SME travellers, targeting business travel between Australia, the Middle East and Europe. [more - original PR]
KLM launched (30-Aug-2022) service with its 'Premium Comfort' cabin class on the Amsterdam Schiphol-New York JFK route. The new cabin will be available on Boeing 787-10 services, which will operate to New York JFK, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. More destinations will be added as the Premium Comfort cabin becomes available onboard the Boeing 787-9. By Nov-2023, KLM will equip all Boeing 787 and Boeing 777 with the Premium Comfort cabin class. The cabin is equipped with 21 to 28 seats, separated from the economy class and business class, offering seats with a margin of more than 96cm, 17cm extra leg room and 20cm of incline. The seats have been developed by Collins Aerospace in cooperation with KLM. [more - original PR - German]
easyJet announced (01-Sep-2022) it will offer FLEXIfare customers at London Gatwick Airport access to its Gateway Lounge between 01-Sep-2022 and 30-Nov-2022. The lounge opened in summer 2021. [more - original PR]