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    Here are the summaries of press releases from airline and airline related companies and organizations received in the last week.

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    JSC Aeroflot management and airline employee trade unions have successfully concluded negotiations that extend the collective bargaining agreement currently in place for the period 2014 through 2017. The collective agreement calls for a wide range of benefits for employees, irrespective of union membership. full story...
    Posted Oct 20, 2014 full story...Aeroflot introduces winter schedule

    airberlin will continue to adapt its route network by focusing on increased efficiency and further reducing seasonal effects. This strategic focus on increased efficiency is accompanied by a focus on our core markets Germany, Austria and Switzerland. full story...

    Air India started the festive season on a positive note with the launch of a Mobile App to make bookings quick, simple and convenient while on the go. It also took off on the micro blogging site Twitter. full story...

    Air Niugini's low-cost airline subsidiary named Link PNG commences operations on 1 November 2014 to coincide with Air Niugini's 41 years of operation. Air Niugini began operations on 1 November 1973. full story...

    Alaska Airlines is bringing more Hawaii to its customers in San Diego with new nonstop flights between San Diego and Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Starting March 5, 2015, the new flights will operate three times weekly. full story...

    American Airlines customers will have greater access to domestic Japanese destinations starting on October 22, 2014, thanks to a new codeshare agreement between American and Jetstar Japan. full story...
    Posted Oct 20, 2014 full story...American Airlines Cargo, US Airways Cargo officially combine under single air waybill

    ANA - Posted Oct 20, 2014
    Ethiopian and ANA launch code-share

    From October 26, 2014, ANA passengers will be able to book connecting flights on Ethiopian Airlines between Addis Ababa and Bangkok, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris, London, Nairobi and Mombasa through ANA. Ethiopian will place its flight code on ANA's Bangkok and Hong Kong routes. full story...

    AWAS announced today that it has recently acquired one new A320 passenger aircraft from an airline who had placed an order directly with the manufacturer, and has delivered the aircraft on long-term lease with existing customer Jetstar Pacific Airlines. full story...
    Posted Oct 21, 2014 full story...AWAS delivers third planned new A320 aircraft to Mexican low cost airline Volaris

    Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) today opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as "gutter oil" in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel. The two companies estimate that 500 million gallons of biofuel could be made annually in China from used cooking oil. full story...

    Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for September 2014 that show an increase in both the number of passengers carried and the amount of cargo and mail uplifted compared to the same month in 2013. full story...

    Delta Air Lines - Posted Oct 20, 2014
    Delta Air Lines announces September quarter profit

    Delta's pre-tax income for the September 2014 quarter was $1.6 billion, excluding special items1, an increase of $431 million over the September 2013 quarter on a similar basis. full story...

    Emirates - Posted Oct 20, 2014
    Emirates growth strategy on track

    Emirates will continue with its growth trajectory, in spite of global challenges like regional political instability, pandemic health issues in Africa and softening economic demand from dropping oil prices. full story...

    Ethiopian Airlines - Posted Oct 22, 2014
    Ethiopian and ANA, launch code-share

    From October 26, 2014, the travelling public will enjoy seamless bookings on ANA and Ethiopian Airlines Network from Japan to 49 destinations in Africa through joint connecting airports of both carriers in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris, London, on all code shared flights. full story...

    Etihad Cargo, the freighter division of Etihad Airways based in Abu Dhabi, will partner with Avianca Cargo, the cargo division of leading Latin American carrier Avianca, based in Colombia, through a commercial agreement to deploy a freighter flight from Milan's Malpensa Airport, Italy, to Bogota, Colombia and from Bogota to Amsterdam. full story...

    Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today announced that, following its successful resumption of operations to Thiruvananthapuram last year, it will be recommencing flights to Hyderabad, the fourth most populous city in India, with 5 weekly flights, starting from 15 December 2014. full story...
    Posted Oct 22, 2014 full story...Gulf Air introduces promotional package to Moscow to mark its upcoming launch
    Posted Oct 20, 2014 full story...Gulf Air to resume flights to Shiraz

    Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., today reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2014. Operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) increase of 4.6% and passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increase of 2.2%. full story...

    Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited has agreed to sell its 100% interest in Aberdeen International Airport Limited, Glasgow Airport Limited and Southampton International Airport Limited to a consortium formed by Ferrovial and Macquarie for GBP1,048 million in cash and assumed debt, payable in full at closing. full story...

    The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it reached a tentative agreement with Southwest Airlines covering approximately 6,500 Passenger Service and Reservations Agents. full story...

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Airline Industry Forecast 2014-2018 shows that international freight volumes are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1% over the next five years. Emerging economies, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, will be the fastest-growing markets. full story...
    Posted Oct 17, 2014 full story...IATA: Fast Travel gains momentum in Asia Pacific
    Posted Oct 16, 2014 full story...IATA passenger forecast reveals fast-growing markets of the future

    Japan Airlines (JAL) and American Airlines (AA) have agreed to further expand their codeshare cooperation starting October 26, 2014, resulting in an increase in the number of JAL codeshare flights available on the U.S. - Brazil routes operated by AA. full story...

    JetPrivilege, the internationally acclaimed, award-winning loyalty rewards and frequent flyer programme of Jet Airways, today announced the launch of a novel programme enhancement, MyFamily+. Aptly titled MyFamily+, this new programme feature allows JetPrivilege members to connect and link their nominated family member's accounts into a single MyFamily+ association. full story...

    Jet2.com and Jet2holidays today announce that they are giving people greater opportunities to escape to the sun from East Midlands and Manchester Airports next summer, with an additional aircraft at each base bringing more flights and additional seats. full story...

    Kenya Airways has received two new modern aircraft with state-of-the-art features, bringing the number of its active aircraft to 40. The airline's first next generation B737-800 touched down at Kenya Airways' hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on Sunday, while its sixth B787 Dreamliner landed this morning. full story...

    LIAT - Posted Oct 22, 2014
    LIAT is now a full IATA member

    LIAT, The Caribbean Airline is now a full member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). IATA is the most prestigious aviation body in the world, with membership of more than 240 international Airlines worldwide and presence in over 115 countries. full story...
    Posted Oct 21, 2014 full story...LIAT takes road shows to Guyana ahead of introduction of additional flights
    Posted Oct 16, 2014 full story...LIAT marking 58 years of service to the Caribbean

    The airlines in the Lufthansa Group - Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, Lufthansa and Swiss - are again offering their customers a dense and high-frequency route network in the upcoming 2014/2015 winter flight timetable, with 18,900 flights a week. full story...
    Posted Oct 22, 2014 full story...Lufthansa makes its IT fit for the future
    Posted Oct 20, 2014 full story...Lufthansa publishes additional flight timetables for strike period

    Malaysia Airlines - Posted Oct 22, 2014
    Malaysia Airlines launches "Make It Happen" campaign

    Malaysia Airlines brings in a world of excitement with great travel bargains for travellers throughout its "Make it Happen" campaign commencing 20 October 2014 until 3 November 2014. Customers can enjoy attractive all-inclusive travel fare for domestic and international destinations for immediate travel until August 2015. full story...

    International passengers at Melbourne Airport increased by 8 per cent for the first quarter of 2014/15 to reach 2,078,716 passengers. Melbourne Airport CEO, Mr Chris Woodruff, said that the airport's investment was at record levels to prepare for ongoing growth. full story...

    Munich International Airport - Posted Oct 22, 2014
    Munich Airport: New winter timetable

    The new winter timetable, which takes effect this coming Sunday, October 26, 2014, again offers passengers at Munich Airport a wide range of attractive routes to choose from. A total of 225 destinations are available, including 192 with scheduled services. full story...

    OKAir, short for Okay Airways, has launched its first Southeast Asia flight to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi from Tianjin on 1 October 2014 and is launching Tianjin's first flight to Lianyungang en route to Haikou on 26 October 2014. full story...

    Pegasus Airlines is now one of Europe's leading low-cost airlines, flying to 86 destinations in 36 countries. It flew 78.4 million guests between 2005 and the first half of 2014, and its expansion is continuing with more routes in Europe, the Middle East, Russia, North Africa and the Caucasus. full story...

    Porter Airlines - Posted Oct 20, 2014
    Porter Airlines is resuming seasonal service to Vermont

    Porter Airlines is resuming seasonal service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Burlington, VT, just in time for the snowfall. Flights begin this year on Dec. 14, continuing until April 5, 2015. full story...

    Qantas customers are set to enjoy a new standard of luxury on international flights to Asia, Hawaii and key domestic routes, with the airline unveiling the final design of new Business Suites to feature on its A330 fleet, to be progressively introduced from later this year. full story...

    Qatar Airways' highly anticipated A380 aircraft will soon touchdown in Bangkok, Thailand, following the overwhelming success of its inaugural service to London Heathrow introduced earlier this month. full story...
    Posted Oct 20, 2014 full story...Qatar Airways to launch Frankfurt as first A350 route
    Posted Oct 20, 2014 full story... Qatar Airways Cargo becomes first carrier to operate scheduled freighters to Stavanger

    Scandinavian Airlines - Posted Oct 21, 2014
    Scandinavian Airlines announces seat sale

    Scandinavian Airlines has announced that until midnight on Tuesday 28 October, it has released thousands of lowest fare seats for travel to Scandinavia from the UK, at prices from just GBP102 return, for travel between 10 November 2014 and 30 September 2015. full story...
    Posted Oct 20, 2014 full story...SAS appoints Carina Heander as new member of group management

    Silver Airways, which offers more routes within Florida and between Florida and the Bahamas than any other airline, and Alaska Airlines introduced their interline ticketing partnership, allowing travelers to easily connect between the carriers' networks. Alaska Airlines has become Silver Airways' ninth airline partner. full story...

    Turkish Airlines has selected air transport IT specialist, SITA, to provide telecommunications services for 120 outstations around the world in a multi-million dollar renewal deal announced today. full story...
    Posted Oct 16, 2014 full story...Vistara selects SITA for aircraft communications and network infrastructure

    SkyWest Airlines, a subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc., announces the promotion of Steve Black to Vice President - Customer Service effective Nov. 17, 2014. Black will succeed Jim Boyd, who will retire after 33 years with the airline. full story...

    Southwest Airlines - Posted Oct 22, 2014
    Southwest Airlines and IAM workers reach tentative agreement

    Southwest Airlines and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), representing the carrier's approximately 6,000 Customer Service Agents and Customer Support and Services Representatives, announced today that the two parties have reached a tentative agreement. full story...

    When everyone else is heading to the mountains this winter, Coloradans can make their way to the beaches of San Diego, and spend a lot less money getting there. Spirit Airlines the first Ultra-Low Cost Carrier in the Americas, today announced new daily nonstop service from Denver to San Diego beginning January 6, 2015. full story...

    UTair Aviation - Posted Oct 17, 2014
    UTair special offer for flights departing from Moscow

    UTair Aviation is now offering a special airfare on all direct flights between Moscow and the Russian cities of Arkhangelsk, Volgograd, Murmansk, Rostov-on-Don, Samara and Naryan-Mar. The offer is available from October 16 to 21, 2014. full story...

    Vietnam Airlines has confirmed that the airline's Airbus A321-200 aircraft will operate on the new Phu Quoc-Singapore-Phu Quoc route sector regularly from 2 November 2014. Scheduled flights will take place twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays. full story...

    Virgin America, the California-based airline that is reinventing air travel, has been named "Best U.S. Airline" in the coveted Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards - for the seventh consecutive year. full story...
    Posted Oct 20, 2014 full story...Virgin America reports September 2014 operational results

    Virgin Australia Holdings Limited today announced a transaction which would see Virgin Australia acquire the remaining 40 per cent of shares in Tiger Australia Airways Pty Ltd from Tiger Airways Holdings Limited for a price of A$1. full story...
    Posted Oct 20, 2014 full story...Virgin Australia trading update for first quarter ending 30 September 2014

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