There’s no shortage of new airlines servicing North America right now: Norwegian, WOW, Primera, XL Airways, Level, Flair, and Joon have recently sprung up or expanded. But none of these new carriers is based in the U.S. That may be about to change, however, with three recent new hopefuls on the horizon. World Airways is no doubt a valuable name, but the new airline doesn’t intend to emulate its predecessor. The old World Airways was mainly a charter line, with a few years of scheduled operations, and it did not survive a severe downturn of contract flying for the U.S. armed forces. As far as I can see, the new iteration will take over the name, but nothing else about the old line’s business plan or product. Another group is attempting to start California Pacific Airlines, which has been in the works since 2009. The plan is to Fly Embraer 145s and 170s from a base at Palomar airport in northern San Diego County to a handful of regional destinations, including Las … [Read more...] about Could These 3 New Airlines Shake up U.S. Travel?
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For the first time in more than 50 years, U.S. airlines have received federal approval to operate scheduled flight services to Cuba. The six carriers given the green light by the Department of Transportation are American, Frontier, JetBlue, Silver Airways, Southwest, and Sun Country. They can begin service to nine cities in Cuba—Camaguey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Manzanillo, Matanzas, Santa Clara, and Santiago de Cuba, but not Havana—as early as this fall. From the U.S. side, Cuba will be served from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Philadelphia. Yet to be decided is which U.S. carriers will be awarded rights to fly to Havana, Cuba’s capital and largest city. As a group, U.S. airlines have applied to operate around 60 daily flights to Havana, but the air-services agreement only allows for a maximum of 20 daily roundtrips. The airlines approved for service must now request authorization from the Cuban government before … [Read more...] about These 6 U.S. Airlines Approved for Cuba Flights
Getting bumped is a double-edged sword. If you’re bumped involuntarily, and you’re on a tight schedule, it’s an inconvenience at best, a trip-of-a-lifetime-killer at worst. On the other hand, if your travel schedule is flexible, you might well volunteer to be bumped, in exchange for a travel voucher worth hundreds of dollars or a raft of frequent-flyer miles. Either way, it pays to know which airlines are more likely to bump flyers, and which are less likely to do so. According to a newly released study by MileCards, based on DOT data, U.S. airlines as a group voluntarily bumped 6.6 out of every 10,000 passengers in 2016. Predictably, some airlines were considerably more likely to bump travelers; others less so. Ranked from most to least apt to bump passengers, here’s how the top-10 U.S. carriers fared, including the number of compensated flyers per 10,000: When it comes to involuntary bumps, the picture changes dramatically, with regional feeder carriers atop … [Read more...] about The 10 Airlines Most (and Least) Likely to Bump You
Abacus International, a 22 year veteran of the travel industry and Asia’s leading travel facilitator, revealed at an exclusive Abacus media roundtable that emerging markets and new business practices that surfaced during the economic downturn will underpin growth and set the underlying trends for the year ahead. Abacus International President and CEO, Robert Mr Bailey, stated that along with other key industry players, Abacus had seen earlier-than-expected recovery with uptick in bookings registered since October last year: “The travel industry had seen some of the most difficult times in the past year but the green shoots we saw in the second half of the year continued to grow and closed the year with better-than-expected results.” The company ended the year with a 1% decline in overall bookings and is forecasting 3-5% growth in travel bookings for the first half of 2010. Emerging markets - one of the green shoots seen during the economic crisis – will continue … [Read more...] about Asia leads travel industry’s recovery says Abacus International
Institute of Travel & Meetings (ITM) and Business Travel Coalition (BTC) announced plans to form an international Industry Solutions Group (ISG) to develop and build consensus around standards and policies for airline product unbundling. Initially, an Industry Position Paper will be presented and debated among Solutions Group members during the Business Travel & Meetings Show in London in February 2010. Members will include corporate travel managers, airlines, global distribution system representatives, airline alliance representatives, travel association executives and other industry stakeholders.“While the unbundling phenomenon essentially began with no-frills carriers in Europe and across the Atlantic, it has not yet been embraced by the network airlines in Europe anywhere near to the extent as in the U.S. However, European airlines are studying the development with an increased sense of competitive urgency given U.S. carriers’ successes,” stated ITM … [Read more...] about International ISG forming to address airline product unbundling
The China Air Transport Association (CATA) has voiced objections to the European Union's carbon emission plan, which is called Emissions Trading System or ETS and will charge Chinese airlines landing and taking off from European airports. Under the ETS, all aircraft flying in and out of European airports will have to participate in the plan starting from Jan. 1, 2012, which means airlines that exceed their carbon emissions limit must purchase unused quotas from more energy-efficient businesses. CATA said the emission problem should be solved by governments and airlines, instead of a unilateral decision made by the EU. A total of 33 airlines from the mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau are included in the list of airlines to participate in the ETS, said Chai Haibo, deputy secretary-general of CATA. CATA estimated that Air China Ltd, the largest carrier in the country by market value recently aggressively increasing routes to Europe, will pay more than RMB 200 million to the EU for … [Read more...] about China opposes EU’s airline emission plan
Following the December 9th news of United’s intent to cancel service as of January 23rd, Emirates intends to upgauge service on their Dubai – Washington Dulles route to the A380, beginning February 1st. The route is currently served by the Boeing 777-300ER, which offers an uncompetitive angled lie-flat product in the business class cabin.Replacing the existing Boeing 777-300ER used on this route, the A380 will serve the strong customer demand and restore route capacity following United Airlines’ planned withdrawal from the Washington D.C. (IAD) – Dubai (DXB) route after 25th January 2016. The aircraft upgauge will also offer consumers travelling on the Washington, D.C. route the unique experience of Emirates’ flagship A380 aircraft, and a seamless Emirates A380 experience to many connecting destinations on the airline’s global network.Emirates began serving Washington in September, 2012, with the Boeing 777-200LR, later upgauging to the current … [Read more...] about Emirates Adds A380 Service to Washington Dulles Beginning February 1
Summertime. The livin’ may be easy, but the flyin’ ain’t.Airlines for America, the trade group representing the interests of most U.S. airlines, today released its forecast for summer air travel. Predictably, the forecast is for more: more travelers, and more airline seats to accommodate them.A4A expects a 4 percent year-over-year increase in passenger traffic on U.S. airlines for the June-August summer period. That means an increase from 224.8 million passengers last summer to 234.1 million this summer.From a passenger-comfort standpoint, the important number isn’t the sheer volume of travelers; it’s the load factor, which reflects the percentage of seats occupied. According to A4A, the airlines will add 123,000 seats a day to accommodate the expected increase of 100,000 passengers per day. So, with the capacity increase outpacing the increase in flyers, this summer’s load factors should be slightly lower than last summer’s.That’s good … [Read more...] about Summer Air Travel Expected to Increase 4%
Bumped from a flight? Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing depends.If you’re bumped involuntarily, and you’re on a tight schedule, it’s an inconvenience at best, a trip-of-a-lifetime-killer at worst. On the other hand, if your travel schedule is flexible, you might well volunteer to be bumped, in exchange for a travel voucher worth hundreds of dollars or a raft of frequent-flyer miles.Either way, it pays to know which airlines are more likely to bump flyers, and which are less likely to do so.According to a newly released study by MileCards, based on DOT data, U.S. airlines as a group voluntarily bumped 6.6 out of every 10,000 passengers in 2016. Predictably, some airlines were considerably more likely to bump travelers; others less so.Ranked from most to least apt to bump passengers, here’s how the top-10 U.S. carriers fared, including the number of compensated flyers per 10,000:Delta – 10.0United – 7.2Southwest – 5.9Spirit – … [Read more...] about Which Airlines Are More/Less Likely to Bump You?
The best of the best? There’s no definitive list, but the most meaningful lists come from the most experienced travelers.Every year, Conde Nast Traveler gets a lot of mileage out of its Readers’ Choice Awards, slicing and dicing feedback from 300,000 travelers into a dizzying array of categories, sub-categories, and sub-sub-categories. Not only is there a ranking of the best cities in the world, there’s also a list of the best small cities in the U.S. The world’s best hotels, sure. But also the top 10 hotels in Europe, and in Northern Asia, and in Eastern Mexico, and in Florence.But let’s go right to the top of the taxonomic pyramid and see what the publication’s readers had to say about airlines. And not just regional airlines based east of the Mississippi whose name begins with S. What we’re interested in the best of the best, no qualifiers: The World’s Best Airlines.According to the travel-savvy group that comprises Conde Nast’s … [Read more...] about The World’s 20 Best Airlines