News for Europe/MEA

Sky Express and Royal Jordanian enter cooperation

17 May, 2022

Sky Express entered (16-May-2022) into partnership with Royal Jordanian, enhancing interconnectivity from the Middle East to Greece's domestic network. Under the agreement, passengers on Royal Jordanian services from the Middle East and Asia to Athens International Airport will be able to connect to 34 Greek destinations served by Sky Express. [more - original PR]

ALAFCO delivers first of four A350s to ITA

13 May, 2022

ALAFCO delivered (12-May-2022) the first of four A350 aircraft to Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA Airways), at Rome Fiumicino Airport on 11-May-2022. The aircraft is configured in a two class layout with 33 seats in business and 301 in economy. The lease period for all four aircraft is 12 years. The carrier will commence service with the aircraft in early Jun-2022, on its new routes from Rome to Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - Airbus]

SWISS 'Air Rail' service to link Zurich Airport with Munich

12 May, 2022

SWISS announced (11-May-2022) plans to expand its partnership with Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) under a new 'SWISS Air Rail' service. The carrier will add a Zurich Airport-Munich Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) train service, which will offer six daily connections on SBB trains, effective Jul-2022. SWISS first and business class travellers will travel in SBB's first class, and receive access to the Munich Hauptbahnhof DB Lounge, along with HON Circle and Senator status customers. Points for the Miles & More loyalty programme can also be earned on the SWISS Air Rail ticket. The rail ticket will be included in the airfare and can be booked online or through a travel agency. In addition, the carrier outlined plans to expand its Geneva-Zurich Airport service from summer 2022, to enable its airline passengers to join or leave the train in Lausanne, Fribourg or Bern. The Lugano-Zurich Airport service will be expanded to include a boarding or leaving option in Bellinzona. SWISS outlined plans to also improve baggage collection and delivery services on the Air Rail product, in collaboration with SBB. [more - original PR]

easyJet, Neos partner for connecting services between Italy, US and Dominican Republic

12 May, 2022

easyJet announced (11-May-2022) a partnership with Neos to improve connectivity between Italy's southern regions and the main non-European markets served by Neos. From 16-Jun-2022, easyJet will provide connecting services from Catania, Naples and Palermo to Neos' passengers departing for New York JFK and Santo Domingo, with a stopover at Milan Malpensa. The partnership will initially operate as a trial phase to validate and improve integration and flow exchange processes between easyJet and Neos, with plans to extend the collaboration to other routes and destinations in future. [more - original PR]

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]

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