Δευτέρα, 25 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

Delta's trans-Atlantic schedule brings customers more flights and more destinations

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ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines is bringing more nonstop options to Europe from its Los Angeles, New York-JFK, Atlanta, and Detroit hubs and more next summer, making Delta the number one choice for customers traveling between the United States and Europe. 
"Delta's history of bringing people together and driving positive economic impact across the Atlantic spans more than four decades and our summer 2018 schedule further cements Delta as the best choice for customers," said Dwight James, Delta's Senior Vice President – trans-Atlantic. "Delta was the first U.S. airline to fully equip lie-flat business class and premium main cabin seating on transoceanic aircraft and we will continue to enhance the customer experience next summer with locally-sourced chef-driven menus, complimentary in-flight entertainment and great Delta hospitality."
Further schedule and service detail is as follows:
Los Angeles 
New Boeing 777-200LR service will link Angelenos nonstop to Paris and Amsterdam beginning June 16, in addition to more than one hundred onward destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India via easy connections on Delta's joint venture partners Air France and KLM
New York-JFK 
Delta's largest trans-Atlantic gateway will expand next year with new seasonal service to the Ponta Delgada-Azores beginning May 24, year-round service to Lagos, Nigeria beginning March 24 and an upgraded offering on New York-JFK to London-LHR with new A330 service.
At Delta's Atlanta hub, the world's most travelled, new daily seasonal service to Lisbon on Boeing 767 aircraft will begin May 24 and run through Sept. 4. Delta's Atlanta hub will make it easier for U.S. customers to visit Portugal with convenient one-stop connections from over 150 destinations in the U.S.
Delta will add a third daily round-trip between Detroit and Paris beginning May 16 in addition to Delta's and Air France's existing service. The new flight will provide customers more choice and offer additional connections in Paris to over 100 destinations in Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.
Orlando and Indianapolis 
Previously announced year-round service will begin March 30 from Orlando to Amsterdam and on May 24 from Indianapolis to Paris, bringing easy connections to more than 100 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India to customers in the Sunshine and Hoosier states.

Cunard adds fourth ship to its fleet

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Cunard made an announcement of adding fourth ship to its fleets and the vessel will be delivered in 2022. The fleet which is yet to be named will join Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

The new ship will mark for the first time the brand having four ships in simultaneous service since 1998. So far an investment of £120 has been made for the refurbishment of the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.

Simon Palethorpe the senior vice president of Cunard said that they recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of ocean liner and the legendary QE2. The details of the new ship will be revealed from 2018.

The vice president further mentioned that the best way to celebrate the role of Cunard’s past is by announcing the future commitments with the addition of a new ship. The new ship will underpin their plan of continuous growth across the international market.

Air tax cuts need of the hour to boost business travel after Brexit

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A cut in air taxes is urgently required to safeguard growth post-Brexit, as declared by two major airlines today.

Emirates and American Airlines has joined Heathrow Airport in warning that British business travellers are being charged much more than continental neighbours. A Fair Tax on Flying, a campaign group said cutting Air Passenger Duty by half is likely to boost UK earnings by nearly £5 billion in the first year, increasing to £20 billion within the year 2022.

The managing director of American Airlines Rhett Workman at Heathrow said that post-Brexit, Britain needs to remain open for businessmen.

And, the president of Emirates named Tim Clark said that the UK aviation taxes are among the highest in the world. Cutting them would largely benefit consumers, stimulating corporate and leisure travel and sending strong signals that the UK is really serious about building stronger global air and trade links, especially in the post-Brexit world.

APD had been introduced by Gordon Brown in 1994 as a charge on vacationers and other tourists. It ranges from £13 for short-haul economy flights to £75 for long-haul business class travellers.

Heathrow has argued that a cut would permit opening more routes for post-Brexit trade.

It went on to add that the UK had paid £225 million more in terms of taxes on domestic flights alone as compared to counterparts in the other European nations.

The calls had arrived ahead of the budget on 22nd November

The 13th Edition Hotelier Summit North Africa to explore innovative technologies for the hospitality sector

BANGALORE and CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - Top Indian companies who are keen to expand their presence in North Africa are participating in the 13th Edition Hotelier Summit, presented by IDE Consulting Services, to showcase their innovative solutions for the hospitality sector.
The Summit will be held from October 4 - 6, 2017 in Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in Morocco. 69 suppliers have already confirmed their table at the event. Out of which, four companies are based in India. They are: Polycab, Borosil, Mehta Trade Link and Argos Arkaya.
Top representatives from these four companies meet key hospitality professionals and developers from North Africa such as:
  • Colliers International
  • TIME Hotels
  • Swiss Hospitality Holding
  • Hilton Group
  • Movenpick Hotels & Resorts
  • Country Club Developers - and many others
The 13th Edition Hotelier Summit North Africa will analyse the latest technology-led innovations that are making a mark on the industry. Thought-provoking speakers and facilitators will take centre-stage to share their views and ideas about the emerging innovation trends in the hospitality sector.
Ravi Kumar Chandran, Director of IDE and mastermind of the initiative said: "Building large complex structures is very expensive and time-consuming. However, companies from India and other tech-savvy countries are combining multiple emerging technologies such as drones, 3D printing and automated robots to gather data, automate processes and build structures with more precision, accuracy and speed."
Featuring presentations, interactive panel discussions, workshops and several networking activities, the Hotelier Summit North Africa will offer attendees opportunities to learn more about emerging technologies that will not only transform the business, but also provide them with real-life solutions and experiences.
The summit is endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism, Morocco as well as the British Chamber of Commerce in Morocco. More than 500 attendees will arrive in Morocco to leverage on innovative technologies that fundamentally transform and lead the way for industry players.
"Innovation is critical in today's time. It is the only way possible for businesses to survive in the competitive marketplace. Innovation is not about fostering an individual's creativity, but about creating a culture that supports creativity, and at the Hotelier Summit Africa (North) we aim to showcase not just the innovative technologies, but also display the systems and tools that support innovation," concluded Ravi Kumar Chandran.

Time For A Common Sense Solution to End Sydney Airport Chaos

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The stringent and outdated operating restrictions which have exacerbated the chaos at Sydney Airport twice in the past week must be immediately reviewed in order to give airlines the flexibility to recover quickly when exceptional circumstances lead to mass delays and disruption to the national aviation network, the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) said.

TTF Chief Executive Margy Osmond said that under the current restrictions in place at Sydney Airport, airlines and passengers across Australia are unnecessarily at the mercy of unforeseen events such as severe weather or technical glitches.

“With thousands and thousands of passengers yet again stranded at airports all over Australia this morning as a result of a major technical problem outside the airport’s control, the Federal Government and Opposition must together take a stand and commit to badly needed reform of the current constraints,” Ms Osmond said.

“Not only have these recent massive delays impacted flights along the eastern seaboard, but the problems have been compounded because Sydney’s movement restrictions prevent airlines from effectively recovering their schedules, causing knock-on delays to flights around the country.

“It’s time common sense prevailed. Australia can’t keep grinding to a halt every time there is a problem at Sydney Airport.

“There is a clear problem and an obvious solution, but airline industry, air travellers and freight customers are being held hostage by a lack of political will.”

Ms Osmond said TTF is calling on the Federal Government to abolish the requirement to measure aircraft movements every 15 minutes, limiting total arrivals and departures to 20 every quarter hour, and to provide further operating flexibility by increasing movement caps from the current 80 to at least 85 per hour in exceptional circumstances to help airlines recover from major delays.

“It is absolutely critical there is some flexibility built into Sydney Airport’s stringent operating restrictions so the entire eastern seaboard isn’t severely and unnecessarily impacted when issues arise,” Ms Osmond said.

“We can’t keep having this debate every time there is an issue. It’s time for action on the crippling constraints that continue to shut down our national aviation network and impact the national economy.”

Source:- TTF

Boeing, Turkish industry establish aerospace initiative

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NEW YORK - Boeing and Turkish Airlines announced the airline's intention to order 40 787-9 Dreamliners. The order will be reflected on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website once finalized.
"The 787 Dreamliner is the most technologically advanced airplane in the world," said M. Ilker Ayci, chairman of the board and the executive committee, Turkish Airlines. "Our intent to purchase these Dreamliners is to meet the demand for wide-body airplanes at the 3rd Airport, further strengthen our fleet capacity on the 100th anniversary of the Republic and to enhance passenger satisfaction."
"Turkish Airlines is a great partner, and we value their confidence in us and the 787 Dreamliner," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister.
Boeing and the Turkish government also announced the Boeing Turkey National Aerospace Initiative, which is designed to support the growth of the Turkish aerospace industry, in conjunction with the targets set by Turkey's Vision 2023, and strengthen Boeing's presence in the market.
"Boeing's relationship with Turkey spans more than 70 years and we have outstanding long-term partnerships," said Ray Conner, Boeing vice chairman. "Working together with Turkey, we are now taking our collaboration to the next level, which will accelerate the growth of the Turkish aerospace industry while achieving Boeing's long-term objective to expand its presence in the marketplace."
The initiative outlines a strategic framework that aligns Boeing investment and programs with the government, Turkish airlines, aerospace service companies and industry suppliers in the areas of research, engineering and skills development. It reflects Boeing's confidence in the long-term outlook for Turkey as a significant market and a leading global industry participant.
Boeing has maintained a long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship with Turkey since the 1940s. Boeing is a provider of commercial jetliners to Turkish airlines and a significant and trusted partner of the Turkish aerospace industry.

Electronic Cigarettes Are Illegal in Thailand

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While electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are used around the world as a way of helping people quit smoking, travellers coming to Thailand should be aware that these devices are in fact illegal in the kingdom.
Anyone found breaking this law by using an electronic cigarette – or vaping – in Thailand could be arrested and face jail time, or a fine several times the value of the illegal item(s). This applies both to foreigners and Thais.

There have been recent incidents of foreign travellers who were unaware of the ban facing an on-the-spot fine or being arrested.

Many may ask why a device designed to aid people in quitting the habit is being banned. A government spokesman said the ban was introduced for health reasons and that it was originally suggested because electronic cigarettes were luring young people into smoking.
That ban has been in place since 2014.

Thus, travellers coming to Thailand are advised not to bring any electronic cigarettes with them, nor any item or equipment associated with e-cigarettes; such as, the liquid used in the device.

Likewise, travel agents or tour operators selling Thailand as a destination should make sure their clients are aware of the ban in place on electronic cigarettes.