Monday, September 6, 2010

Discount airlines in Africa

South African Airways


















African air travel only accounts for three percent of total air traffic, however a number of quality airlines did emerge in more developed countries, some even 70 years ago. With the change in air travel, African skies have also changed. There are now a number of low-fare airlines in Africa, especially in North Africa and Southern Africa.

Air traffic in Central and West Africa is still very unstable and many airlines appear on the market, only to dissolve a few month later. This is why there has not been a development of reliable airlines until today. With the change in politics and less wars in Africa, this might become possible in the future.
There also strong restrictions in many African countries, making it difficult for airlines to set up operations to other countries within Africa and to provide good connections within the continent.


















Ever since American Airlines became the first major airline to introduce an airline loyalty program back in 1981, fliers have been hoarding miles. Within about a year, all of American’s biggest competitors, including Delta, United and British Airways, had rolled out programs of their own. And ever since then, most have been intrinsically flawed.
Originally the goal was to accrue free travel (American even considered lower fares for frequent fliers) but that has changed dramatically in today’s aviation landscape, and most frequent fliers these days are more interested in status than the occasional free ticket. Making an elite tier of most airline programs frees travelers from the increasingly onerous and divisive “us versus them” model that airlines have taken towards their passengers. “Regular passengers,” meaning occasional fliers in coach, are subject to all sorts of fees and annoyances, from checked bag fees (and in some cases even carry-on bag fees) to potato chips.



















A lot of people are dreaming of travelling the world but the only thing that is stopping them from doing it is not having enough money to book their flights. However, most airlines today are more than happy to provide cheap flights, as well as discount fares for their clients. The only catch is to look carefully and find these deals. Once you are very much aware on where to look and who to consult, booking flights is much easier than you think.
Furthermore, this process may take some time and patience at the beginning but as you come to learn everything about it, saving enough money for all of your airline reservations will definitely become second nature. In addition, these cheap flights can also help with your travel budget since you have enough money with you when you travel to your chosen destination.



















  1. Check the flight schedules for the cities you will frequently fly between. For example, if you're traveling from Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport to Albuquerque, you'll find many more flights on Southwest (southwest.com). On the other hand, United (united.com) and U.S. Airways (usairways.com) offer more flights to Boston. Finding the airline that offers the most flights lets you easily shop both for lower prices and more convenient times.
  2. Examine the hidden costs. Rarely do the quoted prices for tickets contain all the costs you will incur for travel. As airlines struggled financially in the early 21st century they began adding fees for things such as checked baggage and seat selection. Visit the websites of the airlines to research all of the costs involved.
  3. Research the customer service conveniences of each airlines. See who has fewer layovers on the routes you'll fly and who offers online check-in. Don't forget cancellation policies. Some airlines will charge a hefty fee for you to change your travel plans, while others, like Southwest, let you do this at no cost.
  4. ook into the frequent-flyer programs to see which would work best for you. The Huffington Post recommends American Airlines (aa.com) if you fly a lot because its top tier perks are the best. But if you fly less often, United might be a better choice.


















Kingfisher Airlines is one of those six airlines to accept a 5-star appraisement from a UK based consultancy that ante bartering airlines, Skytrax. The casework rendered by these airlines accomplish you feel appropriate and top of the world. According to Kingfisher, an air biking is not just a biking amid two destinations; in fact, it is a way to accept an acquaintance of a lifetime. The airline offers casework for three altered classes- Kingfisher Aboriginal (for the business class), Kingfisher Chic (Premium economy) and the Kingfisher Book (for the low fare). The aboriginal two classes of flights are accessible for all-embracing flights too.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Kingsford Smith International Airport



















Don’t buy cigarettes at Kingsford Smith International Airport (even though they’re roughly half the price of off-airport smokes). Government anti-smoking levies ensure that, even duty-free, they’re typically about A$52 (US$47.65) a carton. Alcohol and perfumes are cheap, as are some electronics and cameras. Clinique beauty products are exceptional value. Gift-packaged three-packs of Australian wines are popular. Kangaroo meat, abalone and other Aussie fare are in dry ice for travel. With kids in tow – or if buying presents for children – visit the new Wiggles duty-free store where merchandise linked to the globally-hot kiddie super-group is modestly tagged. Another worthwhile buy: renowned down-under brand R.M. Williams (boots, shirts and other clothing).

Suvarnabhumi Airport is being rushed to open for 28th September 2006. It has been a long time coming (more than 40 years from conception) and many people cannot understand what all the rush is. Surely a few more months wouldn’t hurt anyone as Don Muang airport is still functioning perfectly. Wouldn’t it be better to wait for the paint to dry or at least wait for the public transport links to the capital to be finished? But no. The common belief  is that Thaksin is rushing to have the airport opened before the national elections due in October. Let’s hope that nothing serious will go wrong that will lead to a tragic accident.

Duty-free at stylish Suvarnabhumi is far less like picking your way through a crowded market than former Don Mueang (now reverted to the Don Muang spelling). Shops, operated by King Power’s duty-free conglomerate, include general duty-free outlets heavy on alcohol, tobacco, perfumes and confections. Prices are slightly steeper than in Hongkong or Singapore (see Hongkong and Singapore below). However, sudden and sometimes short-lived discounts make Suvarnabhumi less pricey for some items. If you’re not going to the other airports, make sure you get what you need. You’ll make big savings. The caveat: know your prices. Thai silk (fabrics and garments) and upscale handicrafts aren’t always cheaper than downtown, but prices are fixed and presentation is beautiful.
















Prime Pack :
It consists of the entire services that the passengers can enjoy at the Tbilisi &Batumi Airports at arrival and departures.
Prime Pack Departure: After booking via e-mail or facsimile transmission, the departing passengers are greeted at the terminal entrance by the “primeclass” CIP Service personnel, and with the free trolley, they can have their check-in, and passport procedures carried out by the “primeclass” CIP agent and welcomed in the special lounge beyond the passport control.
At the lounge, the passengers can enjoy the following services free of charge: all alcoholic drinks, cold beverages, hot drinks, aperitifs, snacks, internet access, facsimile, and photocopy services. They can watch television, read the dailies, and rest until the time of departure. Our personnel will gladly assist passengers who wish to shop at the duty free stores before their flight. When the time of departure approaches, the passengers can access the plane from the gate or from the apron with VIP vehicles.



Airports Council International [ACI] has named the best airports around the World. The Top 5 have 4 repeats and one surprise new winner. South Korea’s Incheon International has again, for the 5th time, won the top spot. The surprise new entrant at number 5 position is Hyderabad International airport.
From the Middle East the field is scored by Tel Aviv taking the Gold, and Dubai taking Silver, and Abu Dhabi Bronze
The rest of the winners are below..
BEST AIRPORTS WORLDWIDE
1) Incheon (ICN)
2) Singapore (SIN)
3) Hong Kong (HKG)
4) Beijing (PEK)
5) Hyderabad (HYD)

      
BEST AIRPORT BY REGION
1    Africa
d    1) George (GRJ)
      2) Johannesburg (JNB)
      3) Cairo (CAI)
      4) Port Elizabeth (PLZ)
      5) Durban (DUR)

      Asia-Pacific
      1) Incheon (ICN)
2) Singapore (SIN)
3) Hong Kong (HKG)
4) Beijing (PEK)
5) Hyderabad (HYD)

BEST AIRPORT BY SIZE
Over 40 Million Passengers
1) Hong Kong (HKG)
2) Beijing (PEK)
3) Denver (DEN)
4) Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)
5) Houston George Bush (IAH)















World's best airports, Singapore Changi Airport offers the services and modern facilities at the two terminal (welcome center) at the airport. 
Services at Changi Airport include: 
• Two 73 transit hotel rooms in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 in a room with a 6-hour rental from $ 56 - $    64 depending on single or double occupancy. Showers, gym and sauna are also provided at the transit       hotel with no extra cost. 
• Centre Business Centre (at both terminals) 
• Internet Center (in both terminal) 
• Service access points and wireless internet connection of personal computers (both terminals) 
• Fitness Center (Terminal 1) 
• a swimming pool and terrace Jacuzzi (Terminal 1) 
• Boarding Ladders, lifts, toilets and telephones are designed specifically for disabled people 
• Banks 
• The post and telecommunications office 
• More than 100 duty-free shops 
• Over 30 shops selling food and drinks at two terminal variety. 
• health care services in Terminal 2 24/24 
• play area for children at Terminal 1 
• Singapore Travel services free for transit passengers or aircraft may convert empty time of 5 hours. 
• Tram service skytrain passengers traveling between the two terminals. This free service serves from 6     am to 1 am the next day and no more than 2 minutes per trip. 
• Babysitting Service to separate the dining room 
• smoking rooms with separate ventilation systems in the two terminal 
• The service desk provides car rental, hotel reservations, hair care stores, medical clinics, and a small        supermarket for 24 / 24. 
• Customer service information staff speak French and Japanese. 






















On the morning of September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 departed Dulles International Airport bound for Los Angeles at 8:20 am Eastern Time. According to reports and data, a hijacking took place between 08:50:54 and 08:54:11[1] in which the hijackers allegedly crashed the aircraft into the Pentagon at 09:37:45. Reported by CNN, according to Ted Olson, wife Barbara Olson had called him from the reported flight stating, “…all passengers and flight personnel, including the pilots, were herded to the back of the plane by armed hijackers…”. However, according to Flight Data provided by the NTSB, the Flight Deck Door was never opened in flight. How were the hijackers able to gain access to the cockpit, remove the pilots, and navigate the aircraft to the Pentagon if the Flight Deck Door remained closed?
Founded in August 2006, Pilots For 9/11 Truth is a growing organization of aviation professionals from around the globe. The organization has analyzed Data provided by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for the Pentagon Attack, the events in Shanksville, PA and the World Trade Center attack. The data does not support the government story.






The Public Health Agency of Canada posted a level one advisory for travel globally because of the H1N1 flu, but has not specifically listed any country as an area of higher risk. The level one advisory is the lowest of three issued by the organization.
As a result of the H1N1 virus outbreak, most airlines, hotels and travel agents have sweetened their deals in an attempt to cash in on the lucrative holiday travel season. Room upgrades, seat upgrades, travel vouchers that cover the cost of your airfare when you book for a week-long stay at a resort, and transfers that will get you from the airport to your hotel for free are all perks being offered for those who are willing to ignore the travel advisories.
Regular hand washing, using hand sanitizers, avoiding people with signs of respiratory illness and being vaccinated – once the vaccine is available to Canadians – are all ways of protecting yourself against H1N1 infection, said Thrasher. Canada has just over 50 million doses of the vaccine on order, and they should be available in early to mid-November. That’s enough for everyone in Canada who wants one to be vaccinated.

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If you are booked on an Alaska Airlines flight you should be aware of their luggage policies. While every policy may not affect you, there is a good chance that many of them will change the way you pack your bags.
Fortunately, Alaska Airlines allows each passenger to check one bag free of charge. This is contrast to many airlines which have begun to charge for every checked bag. That being said, if you need to check a second bag you will be faced with a fee of $25. For bags three through six a fee of $100 is assessed, and for seven or more $150.
Overweight and oversized baggage policies also apply. Each checked bag should be 50 pounds or lighter. Bags between 51 and 100 pounds will incur a $50 fee. Any bag weighing more than 100 pounds must be shipped via air cargo. Baggage dimensions should not exceed 62 linear inches. For bags between 63 and 80 inches a fee of $50 will apply. Those 81 to 115 inches will be assessed at a rate of $75.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pakistan (Islamabad) Plane crash


Saturday, July 24, 2010

FLY EMIRATES Dubai Intl Airport FS2004

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Emirates Music

Hit tower ... rescue workers surround the plane.

BANGKOK: A plane skidded off the runway and crashed into an air traffic control tower after landing on the Thai resort island of Samui, killing the chief pilot and injuring at least seven people on board, officials say.
The co-pilot and six others were injured after the Bangkok Airways flight landed in stormy weather yesterday and hit the airport’s old tower, said Kanikka Kemawutanond, director-general of the Department of Civil Aviation.
Police said the front of the aircraft, where the pilot was, suffered the worst damage. The co-pilot, who was stuck in the aircraft, was among the last to be evacuated.
The managing director of Bangkok Airways, Puttipong Prasartthong-Osoth, said the foreign passengers included nationals of Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France, Germany and Britain. He said two Britons, one Italian and one Swiss suffered broken legs, while two other Britons suffered less severe injuries. The co-pilot also had leg injuries. There were no reports of Australians on board.

Drama: Passengers stand on the wings of the US Airways plane as a ferry nears (Reuters: Brendan McDermid)

Ferries and other vessels rushed to the crash site to rescue passengers who were standing on the plane's wings as it floated in the water.
The plane ditched in the river shortly after take off from LaGuardia Airport in New York on its way to Charlotte, North Carolina. Initial reports said a bird strike had knocked out two of the aircraft's engines.
The pilot brought the plane down in a cloud of spray in the fast moving river, which runs to the west of Manhattan Island.
The Federal Aviation Authority said the plane had 148 passengers and five or six crew aboard and confirmed all passengers had been safely rescued. US Airways said everyone on board the plane was accounted for.
Police helicopters hovered overhead, while four large ferries and several smaller boats gathered near the plane and the Coast Guard dropped life jackets into the water for survivors amid frigid temperatures.



Singapore Airlines today unveiled the luxurious cabin interior on its new Airbus A380. The cabin was revealed for the first time at the aircraft delivery in Toulouse, France.
The Singapore Airlines A380 is configured with 471 seats in three classes, with 12 Singapore Airlines Suites - a cabin class beyond first - on the main deck, 60 Business Class on the upper deck, and 399 Economy Class seats, across both decks. This new cabin design ensures that the A380 will deliver unprecedented comfort, space and luxury to Singapore Airlines customers.
The design process began over five years ago, with some of the airline's most frequent travellers invited to participate in workshops to help the airline understand what was most important to customers on a new aircraft.
Some of the new cabin products have already made their debut, to global acclaim, on Singapore Airlines new Boeing 777-300ER long-haul aircraft
Coupled with the service of the Singapore Airlines award-winning cabin crew, the A380 will provide customers in all three classes with a luxurious travel experience.



Today, Singapore Airlines enters a new era in long-haul air travel, with the formal handover of the world's first A380 at Airbus headquarters in southern France.
The handover took place at the Henri Ziegler Delivery Centre, Toulouse, at a ceremony attended by over 500 people, and officiated by Chief Executive Officers Tom Enders (Airbus), Sir John Rose (Rolls-Royce) and Chew Choon Seng (Singapore Airlines).
The first delivery marks the culmination of an engineering project unrivalled in the aerospace industry. The A380 is the largest passenger plane ever built and the first completely new design of a passenger aircraft in decades.
Components have been built in plants around the world before being brought together for assembly at key Airbus facilities in Europe. Final assembly took place in Toulouse, France, while the painting of the livery and installation of the aircraft cabin took place in Hamburg, Germany.

Airbus A380

Singapore made great preparations to welcome the world’s largest plane Airbus A380, European consortium that is all set to fly next week to carve another laurel in its record-history. After its flight to Singapore and then Changi Airport, the plane will make its first commercial flight to Sydney on 25 October. At an investment of $13 billion, this double-decker aircraft took more than seven years.
True, its entry is the after the gap of two-years behind the scheduled year of 2005 but this feature-packed revolutionary jetliner justify the delay. The plane has been discovered as a highly fuel-efficient aircraft offering silent cabin in all large passenger jets. The entry of the jet is like a golden feather to the existing fleet of Singaporean airlines.
The front side of the plane is equipped with 12 first class luxury groups with each offering elite amenities including a proper bed, a 23-inch flat panel TV, working table, a lounge chair and epicurean food. Out of the 12, two suites are privileged with double bed facility.




The second potential owner of a private Airbus A380 doubledecker jet has been revealed. Never heard of him? I hadn't either. Michael Ezra is a tycoon said to be the richest man in Uganda. He is just 34 and is known as a "sports philanthropist" who has supported Uganda's sports teams and once made a move to buy the Leeds United soccer team. The Daily Monitor has reported that he is paying $260 million for a the Airbus A380 and that his plane will be available in 2010. He could spend another $150 million for the custom designed interior. Preliminary plans for his plane include an office, full satellite communication equipment, a conference room for 12 persons, a karaoke room, a movie room, a gymnasium, medical center four self-contained VIP bedrooms, another four executive bedrooms, as well as a spa.
This isn't Ezra's first spendy maneuver in 2006 he spent $250,000 in Dubai for an exclusive Centennial Mont Blanc watch as part of was part of an Emirates charity promotion to help disadvantaged children of the world.



Of the various things that the first of Emirates' 58 Airbus A380s might be known for, the shower is perhaps the most dramatic. The doubledecker jet landed at Dubai international airport this week in grand style. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, was on board with a delegation of senior Emirates executives that flew in from Hamburg on the aircraft.

Emirates' first A380 has 489 seats: 14 in first class suites, 76 in business and 399 in economy. The first class passengers on Emirates A380 will be the only ones with access to the shower. Emirates' first A380 commercial service is scheduled for 1 August and will operate between Dubai and New York.



On April 7, the Washington Wizards' Andray Blatche and Dominic McGuire along with members from the Wizards Dance Team and G-Wiz visited employees from Southwest Airlines. The event allowed Wizards' players the chance to visit with, learn from, take pictures and sign autographs with many of the Southwest employees and customers at Baltimore Washington International Airport.
"Today was a lot of fun. It was great to interact with the employees from Southwest," said McGuire. "It always makes you feel good when you know you have brightened someone else's day."
Throughout the afternoon, the players had the chance to go behind-the-scenes of the Southwest Airlines operation, seeing everything from where the cargo orders take place to the holding area for all drinks and snacks that are served on the flights. The event marked the third straight year where member from the Wizards' franchise have visited Southwest Airlines' employees.




1. Singapore Airlines – I’ve had the pleasure of flying with this airline a few times, and hearing that they are number one isn’t surprising at all. They’ve always had a good reputation among regular travelers, and for good reason.
2. Thai Airways – Yet another excellent airline! Some consider them to be Singapore Airlines’ true competitor, both being based in Southeast Asia and both being considered to be some of the best in the world. Like in Singapore Airlines, you’re guaranteed satisfaction with them.
3. Cathay Pacific – A consistent competitor ever since the conception of the awards, you are sure to have a good experience with them.
4. Qatar Airways – If you’re flying first class, look no further! Qatar Airways has the best first class seats in the business, and isn’t a slouch in the other categories either.
5. Qantas – Another consistent performer like Cathay Pacific, it’s considered to be the best airline based in Australia. It does well in many of the comfort categories, and is known to be a top choice for flights.

John Travolta 707

I may have spent today at the celebration for Qantas’ first scheduled A380 flight to the US, but as far as I’m concerned this plane stole the show.
Yes, that’s John Travolta’s immaculate 707. John is the Goodwill Ambassador for Qantas, and his 707 is painted in vintage Qantas colors. As he said in the press conference for the A380 today, “When I was 5 years old, I collected airline memorabilia from all airlines. I was . . . an airline geek.” Unlike most of us, however, he was able to buy his own private jet to fly around. I’ll have more on the A380 tomorrow, but I’ll leave you tonight with this great shot of the two aircraft meeting.
















The Indian Economy is booming with a steady pace for quite some time. With this many job opportunities are being created in various domains. The Aviation industry is one such domain. In early days, scope of a career in this sector was very limited. But now, due to the arrival of a number of domestic and international Airlines with cheap airfares, the need for airline staff has risen.

The current growth rate in domestic and international travel exceeds 25%, the highest in the world. The Indian domestic market grew at almost 50% in the first half of 2006.


India's aviation industry leaders lay much of the blame at the feet of Air India which they accuse of unfairly competing with India's newer airlines, slashing fares while at the same time enjoying the luxury of government subsidies.
The airline has been unprofitable since 1997 and has received government bailouts of $625 million and is requesting more before the end of the fiscal year that ends in March 2012, according to company figures.





No doubt, in Thailand, English is the common language used between Thai people and farangs from all parts of the world: Europeans, Americans, Africans, Asians, etc. English is inevitably becoming the universal language. As Thailand continues to join the global community through business and tourism the ability to speak the language will continue to open up more doors for its people.
Those with strong English skills mainly move on to become tour guides, flight attendants, document translators, and international business professionals. Flight Attendant positions, though, do not bode well with many of the vertically challenged Thai people. I had a student come to me last month terribly upset. She had just come from an interview with a flight attendant school and was told that she was 1 inch shy of the height requirement. This ends world travel for many Thai women.
The vast majority of Thais will never leave the country, nor do they have the desire to. While they may not desire to leave, many do have aspirations of knowing English in order to understand our music and movies, communicate with people from other cultures, and earn higher salaries -a huge motivating benefit for a country that is moving on up.



Ethos Consultancy, a customer service consultancy firm, has conducted an independent study into the service quality of airlines that provide longer-haul flights out of the United Arab Emirates. The survey was designed to capture customer satisfaction at all points throughout a typical flight experience - from flight booking and check-in to boarding, in-flight services, disembarkation and final baggage claim. A total of seven international airlines were included in the study, including Emirates, Etihad, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Air France.
“The aviation industry has never been tougher or more unforgiving, margins are paper-thin and airlines need to strive for continuous improvement by focusing on delivering consistently high levels of customer service that extend beyond in-flight service. We conducted this study to provide a window into the service quality levels of airlines during one of their busiest and most competitive periods - December and January," stated Barry Judge, director of marketing at Ethos Consultancy".

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Arriving on time is important for all sorts of reasons: making a connection; attending a big meeting; or even just starting your vacation on the right foot.
And when it comes to on-time arrivals, not all airlines are created equal. Sure, sometimes it depends what airports they fly into after all, regulars at LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark have to deal with a lot more congestion than airlines flying into, say, But sometimes the arrival record is also a function of the airline itself.
So as we do each year, Travel + Leisure went to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, which tracks the percentage of on-time arrivals for 19 airlines. We looked at the period from February 1, 2008, to March 31, 2009.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

US has the dirtiest planes



















U.S. airlines largely stopped ordering new planes after Sept. 11, 2001, shrinking their fleets to adjust to a drop in demand. Travel has rebounded strongly, but airlines are, for the most part, years away from taking delivery on large numbers of new planes. A big reason is that Boeing and Airbus have committed most of their airliner production capacity in coming years to carriers in Europe and Asia.
The industry’s aging jets contribute to the general unpleasantness of air travel these days. They are often noisier and less comfortable than newer models. They are delayed by mechanical problems more frequently than new planes and often have built-up grime in passenger spaces. Add to that the fact that older planes are less fuel efficient and have worse emissions and you have supposedly one of the richest countries in the world producing some of the worst airplane pollution.
With the exception of Southwest Airlines, the major U.S. carriers have all either been through bankruptcy or narrowly avoided it in recent years. They returned to profit in 2006, but profit margins are still anemic – “amongst the worst industries in the country,” said Scott Kirby, president of US Airways. “The whole industry is hardly the poster child for strong credit.”

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No doubt you'd like your children to have at least a short sleep on board a long haul flight, particularly if it's a red eye (overnight service). To help, always remember to pack your child or baby's favourite bed time cuddly toy and dummy (soother) as this really helps settle them into their new sleeping environment on board the plane. Some airlines provide bassinet cots (see right) for use in bulk head seat rows.
For babies and small infants who are too young to have their own seat on board a long haul flight, try to reserve a bulk head row seat with a Bassinet, by calling the airline in advance of your travel date to request one. Bassinet's allow you to move around the aircraft much easier, when your child is hopefully asleep!

A British Airways Concorde landing after one of its final flights in 2003.

A Dubai consortium is bidding to turn one of British Airways's seven remaining Concorde supersonic jets into a tourist attraction, a report said Wednesday, while BA said it was mulling its options.
The Times said that if the jet -- which reached supersonic speeds and halved the total flight time from London to New York -- were to be shipped to the Middle East, its wings would have to be clipped off to fit on a ship.
It cited a source close to the Dubai consortium as saying the group would spend millions of pounds (euros, dollars) to restore the interior of the plane, which is currently kept at London's Heathrow Airport.
"Sending it to Dubai would be a kick in the teeth for Britain's aviation heritage," Ben Lord, a spokesman for the Save Concorde Group, told The Times.
"Chopping off its wings and putting it on a ship would be the final insult."



















Dubai: Kingfisher Airlines, a leading Indian carrier run by flamboyant businessman Vijay Mallya, will start flying from Indian technology hub Bangalore to Dubai from June 25.
The airline had earlier planned to start services to the UAE in March, but the global economic slowdown delayed the launch.
"The conditions have improved now. It is a good time to connect Dubai and Bangalore with the summer travel season starting," said Vinay Nambiar, Kingfisher's area manager for the UAE, Qatar and Oman.
Kingfisher also plans to start flights to Abu Dhabi and a couple of other destinations in the Gulf region, he said.
The daily Dubai services will be operated using an A320 aircraft. Flights from Bangalore will depart at 6.30pm and land in Dubai at 8.55pm local time. The return flight will leave Dubai at 11.30pm and reach Bangalore at 4.45am.



PIA Engineering is an established Aircraft Maintenance and Repair organization that provides world-class solutions to the aviation industry. PIA's Engineering Base, head-quartered at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, is acclaimed as one of Asia's best. Strategically located for the convenience of airlines whose operations extend to Asia, it is equipped with the most advanced, modern aircraft maintenance and overhaul facilities and is manned by a team of highly trained personnel.PIA Engineering delivers maintenance and overhauling services for customers as well as PIA's fleet of aircraft in accordance with the maintenance schedule approved by the Civil Aviation Authority, Pakistan and the European Aviation Safety Agency (under EASA PART-145 approval).




NEW DELHI, -- Kingfisher Airlines, India's second largest private airlines, will soon start daily flights from Chennai to Kuala Lumpur.

India's Civil Aviation Ministry is said to have granted permission for the airline to fly the Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Singapore sector.

The Economic Times reported today that the Kingfisher, owned by the United Breweries Group, controlled by Indian industrialist, Vijay Mallya, would fly the new routes.

"We have granted permission to Kingfisher to operate daily services on three more international sectors, including Chennai-Kuala Lumpur, with immediate effect," a ministry official was quoted as saying.

The paper however did not name the official.

"The Aviation Ministry has asked the airlines to conduct proper study of air tr+affic on new routes before announcing the launch.




KUALA LUMPUR, -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has removed the fuel surcharge for its Singapore and Brunei flights effective Jan 30.

In addition, by Feb 1, the fuel surcharge on flights from China would be reduced by up to US$100.Flights from Australia and New Zealand will see a reduction of up to US$210 while those from the Middle East will have a drop of up to US$150, MAS said in a statement today.

Africa and North American flights will also see a reduction of up to US$160 and US$185 respectively, it announced.

The national carrier has slashed fuel surcharges on international flights by as much as 73 percent after taking into account the decline in fuel prices, competitive pressures and the need to boost air travel during this period of economic slowdown.




KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 -- Low-cost carrier, AirAsia, will be giving away 200 free seats to London from today onwards in conjunction with its global countdown campaign to commemorate its inaugural flight to London scheduled for March 11, 2009.

Its low-cost long-haul carrier, AirAsia X, would operate the sector.

In a statement here today, AirAsia said it would organise roadshow games and the participants needed to answer simple questions on the company to get a chance to win the tickets.

It said two return seats would be offered at every roadshow at strategic locations in the Klang Valley from today until March 11.

The roadshow will kick off at Jalan Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur, it said.



Engineering and Maintenance (MAS EM) is hoping Qantas Airways will send some of its aircraft to Malaysia for heavy maintenance checks.
MAS EM senior general manager Roslan Ismail said in an interview that he is hoping Qantas may have heavy maintenance checks on A380s as well as Airbus A330s and some of its 747s done in Malaysia rather than Australia.
He also says MAS EM and Qantas are proceeding with plans to establish a joint venture that will utilise MAS EM's heavy maintenance facilities in Kuala Lumpur.
He says the two sides were originally planning to start the venture in this year's third quarter but now it will start in next year's first or second quarter.
"They [Qantas' maintenance and engineering bosses] said give them a few months to sort things out," he says.
"They have a new CEO at Qantas and they have this union problem."

Anthony Gonzalez Pilots Claim US Airways Puts On Pressure To Cut Fuel

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: A US Airways jet is prepared for flight at Los Angles International Airport (LAX) July 17, 2008 in Los Angles, California. The US Airline Pilots Association, representing 5,200 US Airways pilots, and eight senior US Airline pilots have filed complaints with the Federal Aviation Administration, charging that the airline is pressuring pilots to use less fuel than they feel is safe. In a full-page ad that appeared in USA Today July 16, the union accused the airline of 'a program of intimidation to pressure your captain to reduce fuel loads'. Eight pilots who asked for 'an extra 10 to 15 minutes worth of fuel' were ordered to take extra training, which could jeopardize their licenses. US Airways denies that the action was punitive. Because of skyrocketing fuel prices, the airline is trying lighten their aircraft by removing movie players, using lighter meal carts, replacing glassware with plastic, and not carrying unnecessary extra fuel. The company is also cutting inefficient routes and buying more fuel-efficient jets. FAA regulations require airlines to carry enough fuel to fly at least 45 minutes beyond their intended destination. In addition, pilots are given final authority on whether their flight should have additional fuel.













Pity the poor Boeing test pilots, all suited up and nowhere to go. Sitting out on the tarmac at Everett, Washington, the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner looks sleek, every inch the airliner of the future it is supposed to be. So far, though, all it has been able to do is to roll up and down the runway under low engine power. At least we know the wheels turn. As for actually leaving the ground, don't hold your breath.
That was supposed to happen at the end of July. At the last minute the first test flight was canceled--and no new date set. The 787 was grounded because of structural faults found where the wings meet the fuselage. 
The problem in Italy involves a part of the structure called stringers--stringers are also involved in the wing weakness. This time wrong-sized stringers have been found to cause the outer skin of the fuselage to wrinkle under stress, such as when the airplane lands. Boeing is keen to play down this problem, saying that a solution is already designed and will be executed swiftly.



















Blue skies is a term in skydving referenceing when one of their own has perished in a tradgic accident- its their way of toasting those whom have passed.
13 years ago to this day, at 830 pm TWA flight 800 dissapeared off the radar and with it all 230 people on board (two pilots, two flight engineers, 14 flight attendants, 212 passengers dissapeared from our lives in what was one of the worst aviation disaters. It was also one of the longest investigations ever launched.
The NTSB concluded that the center wing fuel tank had over heated, and that a short circuit in a wiring cause a spark and lit vapors from the tank causing an explosion which caused the catostropic breakup of the aircraft. Though many people still debate thier findings, thats what they reported.
So Dairy Air takes a few moments out to remember the fallen, and our colleagues lost, and those families left behind heres a few toast to those lost. Inlcude your own if you wish!

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Air hostesses of Pakistan International Airlines leave Pearl Continental hotel after a bomb blast in Peshawar on June 10, 2009. According to Express News, two PIA air hostesses have been injured while a pilot of the airline is missing.

Crew of a privately-owned and a foreign airline also injured according to number of new channels. The Pilot has gone missing since the blast. The blast was so severe that even my home which is about 4 kms away from PC hotel shook violently. According to hotel authorities some people from 3rd and 4rth Floor who were in their rooms are not responding, and the PIA pilot is thought to be in one of those rooms.

Kulula flying 101 aircraft

Don't panic if Kulula staff announce that your flight has just landed in Harare - they love joking. Kulula Airlines is one of 4 low cost carriers operating in South Africa (Mango, 1time and Interlink are the others), and is known for its and advertisements. The Kulula brand is owned by Comair (who also operate British Airways flights in South Africa), a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and its steadily-increasing offering includes travel, credit cards and cellphone connections.
The word kulula is Zulu for it is light or it is easy/simple.

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