FlyZambia Airlines to be new national carrier
BA/Iberia parent IAG also eyes TAP
The acquisition agenda set out by Willie Walsh upon his completion of the BA/Iberia merger provides the context for this move and it would be another step in the rapid consolidation (coagulation ?) of the international airline market. IAG is third, behind KLM/Air France and Lufthansa in size in Europe with flights to over 200 destinations using 400 aircraft and transporting 55 million passengers last year. TAP has a geographically important position on the western edge of Europe plus has attractive historical ties to Portuguese speaking parts of South America and Africa. TAP is currently part of the STAR alliance, competing with BA's OneWorld group.
Gatwick Airport makeover includes massive upgrade programme
From specially designated areas for carriers with special needs, to state of the art boarding card readers through to well though out passenger flow routes and less - but more relevant - shops Gatwick is awash with purposeful change for the future. A special mention goes to the brand-new NO1 Gatwick Traveller lounge in the north Terminal with its amazing spa (including fish pedicure), cinema and games rooms plus plugged-in/wi-fi'd work area..£20 per passenger if booked on the web (£25.00 on the day) including bar and bistro facilities (www.no1traveller.com) got to be good value for anyone not flying in business class!
Gatwick is rapidly becoming the airport of choice of people flying into and out of London. Vietnam Airlines have just announced that they are starting flying to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from Gatwick in December 2011 ans I can see why......
Phongsavanh Airlines on the radar and on the runway
First the good news:' Phongsavanh Airlines is aiming for a September takeoff with an initial service to Bangkok from Vientiane, plus routes to Hanoi and Siem Riep. Now the bad news: "Phongsavanh is positioning itself as a 'premium low-cost airline', offering business and economy classes". Mmmmm .. "Premium, Low cost" is bit like a chocolate biscuit without the chocolate or a non-alcoholic cocktail for the price of a champagne daiquiri. Still we don't pretend to know the market and apparently teh new airline has strong financial backing, let's hope it gets its marketing act together before the launch.
Blue Air to launch winter flights from £17.79
Revitalised Romanian Low Cost Carrier Blue Air has launched its winter
2011 flying programme from London Luton Airport to Bucharest and Bacau
with a special one-way price of £17.79 including taxes.
The airline will operate London Luton to Bucharest five times per week
on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday departing Luton at
10:00 each day.
London Luton to Bacau flies three times per week on Tuesday, Thursday
and Saturday leaving Luton at 16:20 each day.
Blue Air flights to Bucharest use the Baneasa airport which is the
closest airport to the city centre.
Blue Air Flights to the city of Bacau, in the north East of Romania,
provide an easy access to the Carpathian Mountains and the tourist
region of Transylvania.
Blue Air UK Country Manager, Alina Danculea said: " Our flights for
summer 2011 are filling fast as UK based Romanian families book their
flights home to visit friends and relatives, plus a growing number of
independent tourists are now choosing our services for their holiday
flights to Romania. Our winter flying programme from London Luton
Airport is now available for everyone to book and the cheapest fares
are only there until they've all been sold .. which judging by the
number of calls we are already receiving won't be for much longer !
It's exciting seeing the way that demand for our low cost services is
growing .. and growing ! We have a close relationship with London
Luton Airport and its clear that our choice to use London Luton has
been an important factor in this growth."
Blue Air is the only Romanian low cost carrier and operates a fleet of
modern Boeing 737 aircraft. The airline prides itself on being the
smart way to fly to Romania and has developed its passenger centred
approach to flying since its launch in December 2004. As well as
services from London Luton, Blue Air also operate regular flights from
Dublin to both Bucharest and Bacau.
UK bookings can be made through the UK reservations centre on 0871 744
0104 or 01293 874926, 7 days a week from 08:00 to 20:00. Alternatively
the www.blueairweb.com website has an easy to use on-line booking
Blue Air is represented in the UK by Alternative Airlines sister company, Flight Directors Scheduled
Services Ltd, who specialise in representing high
growth carriers to emerging markets.