Shannon Airport to get new VIP lounge from world’s leading concierge service provider

Quintessentially Aviation to open lounge targeting Middle Eastern VIPs 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Shannon Airport is delighted to announce that Quintessentially Aviation, the aviation wing of the world’s leading luxury lifestyle group Quintessentially, is to develop its first Irish VIP lounge at Shannon Airport. Contracts for the investment were signed last week at the second annual… Read the full press release

Brussels Airport: growth is picking up strongly again in June

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — After the somewhat disappointing growth figures recorded in April and May, passenger numbers are showing strong recovery in June.  Brussels Airport welcomed 1,784,488 passengers last month, an increase of 3.3% on June 2011. This brings the growth rate for the first semester of 2012 to 2.4%. In spite of the economic situation,… Read the full press release

Budapest Airport: Road developments at Terminal 2

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Budapest Airport’s access system at Terminal 2 will be completely renewed in a few weeks’ time, as soon as the reconstruction works have been completed. With the access control system to be installed on the roads in front of the terminal, the airport operator expects greater throughput and enhanced safety. During the… Read the full press release

EASYJET AND SR TECHNICS CELEBRATE COMPLETION OF 50TH HEAVY MAINTENANCE CHECK OUT OF MALTA FACILITY

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — SR Technics has today redelivered the 50th heavy maintenance on an Airbus A319 aircraft for easyJet out of its Malta facility. The aircraft will depart Malta Luqa Airport today for London Gatwick Airport. In addition to the heavy maintenance checks, the Malta team has also completed eight end-of-lease (EOL) checks for the… Read the full press release

EASYJET TEAMS UP WITH AIRBUS AND NICARNICA AVIATION FOR HIGH ALTITUDE TESTING OF AVOID VOLCANIC ASH DETECTION TECHNOLOGY

Airbus A340 test aircraft may help keep UK airspace open if a volcano erupts during the London Olympics 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — easyJet and Nicarnica Aviation have entered a partnership with Airbus to test the AVOID (Airborne Volcanic Object Imaging Detector) ash detection equipment on their A340-300 test aircraft at the speed and altitude of commercial… Read the full press release

Gatwick Airport braced for a busy summer 2012

Around six million passengers expected to fly through Gatwick this summer Brits set to escape wet weather and head to popular European holiday hotspots As the world’s greatest sporting event comes to the UK, Gatwick gets ready to handle around 10% of all Games goers Schools around the country are set to break for the… Read the full press release

Gatwick’s vision for growth is set out in its master plan

Gatwick expects to handle 40 million passengers by the early 2020s Growth will deliver more local jobs and contribute £2.1 billion a year to the economies of London and the South East By 2030 the airport will be full and handling 11 million more passengers a year than today 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Gatwick has today… Read the full press release

Aviation must be allowed to grow, but not at any cost to the environment

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Gatwick today welcomes the Government’s invitation to consult and debate on how the aviation industry can create headroom to grow by reducing its environmental impact Commenting on the Government’s consultation on the Sustainable Aviation Policy framework Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport, said: “Aviation is a crucial part of the UK’s… Read the full press release

Business Travel Forum takes off

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Business people from across Bristol took the opportunity to share their views on travel related issues at a special event hosted by Bristol Airport and easyJet recently (26 June). The Business Travel Forum took place at the city’s Mercure Holland House Hotel following a successful inaugural event held last year. The Forum… Read the full press release

Business routes targeted as part of airport switch

Business routes targeted as part of airport switch from Belfast International Airport to George Best Belfast City Airport Aer Lingus increases vital London connections says CEO as airline moves following tendering process 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — AER Lingus is to move to George Best Belfast City Airport in the autumn after five years at Belfast International…. Read the full press release

Ethiopian, Boeing Announce Order for Additional 777-200LR

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian and Boeing today announced an order for one additional 777-200LR (Longer Range) Worldliner adding to Ethiopian fleet of five 777-200LRs. “The 777-200LR has been a fantastic airplane for Ethiopian Airlines,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. “The performance and range of the airplane allowed us to open… Read the full press release

Ethiopian First Dreamliner Enters Paint Shop Ahead of Delivery

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian is pleased to announce that its Boeing 787 Dreamliner is in the final stages of preparation for delivery in August 2012. The first Ethiopian Dreamliner left the Boeing assembly plant in Seattle, Washington and headed to San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, July 12, 2012 to be painted in Ethiopian livery. The… Read the full press release

QATAR AIRWAYS WRAPS UP MOMENTOUS WEEK AT FARNBOROUGH

Award-winning Airline Receives Unprecedented Social Media Attention During Seven Day Event Carrier A Huge Hit With Aviation Enthusiasts, Travel Trade and Global Media Doha, QATAR, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways wrapped-up a very successful week at the world’s largest aviation event – Farnborough Air Show in Hampshire, UK gaining social media attention around the globe on… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Announces Service to Six More New Cities from DFW: Fort Myers, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Latrobe/Pittsburgh and Files to Service Los Cabos, Mexico

Miramar, Florida, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) is continuing its expansion at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) as it today announced it is adding nonstop service to yet another six new cities from DFW, including Fort Myers, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Latrobe/Pittsburgh, and the airline has also filed to service Los Cabos, Mexico…. Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Reports Second Quarter Results

Record operating income GAAP Net income of $228 million Excluding special items, record net income of $273 million DALLAS, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) (the “Company”) today reported its second quarter 2012 results.  Second quarter 2012 net income was $228 million, or $.30 per diluted share, which included $45 million (net) of… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Files to Offer Service to Los Cabos, Mexico from San Diego and Dallas/Fort Worth

Miramar, Florida, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) today announced that it has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin nonstop service to Los Cabos, Mexico from San Diego and Dallas/Fort Worth. Schedules and fares will be announced upon receipt of necessary governmental approval. About Spirit Airlines Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE)… Read the full press release

QATAR AIRWAYS NAMED BEST AIRLINE IN THE WORLD FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Carrier Retains Best Airline In Middle East Accolade For Seventh Year Running At Annual Skytrax World Airline Awards Doha-Based Carrier Named Best For Airline Staff Service In Middle East Awards Based on Survey Of Business and Leisure Travellers Worldwide Farnborough Air Show, UNITED KINGDOM, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways has once again triumphed at the annual… Read the full press release

QATAR AIRWAYS’ BOEING 787 DREAMLINER SOARS AT FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW

Airline Receives Resounding Praise From Special Guests And International Media Following Tours Onboard Three Day Flying Display A Huge Hit At World’s Largest Aviation Event Farnborough Air Show, UNITED KINGDOM – 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways has received waves of praise from special guests, media and aviation enthusiasts for the inspiring features of its Boeing… Read the full press release

Alaska Airlines Ramp Service and Stores Agents Ratify Six-Year Contract

SEATTLE, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alaska Airlines announced today that the carrier’s 587 ramp service and stores agents have ratified a new six-year contract. The agreement was approved by 91 percent of the members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers who voted. “I’m delighted that our ramp service and stores workers overwhelmingly approved a… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Reports June 2012 Traffic

Miramar, Florida 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) today reported its preliminary traffic results for June 2012 and year-to-date 2012. Traffic (revenue passenger miles) in June 2012 increased 18.6 percent versus June 2011 on a capacity (available seat miles) increase of 19.8 percent. Load factor for June 2012 was 86.1 percent, a decrease of… Read the full press release

“Seven at Seven” – new LOT promotion

2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — On Sunday the new LOT Polish Airlines promotion “Seven at Seven” began. In response to passengers’ needs, the Polish air carrier has prepared a new fare promotion – “Seven at Seven”, the premiere of which was on last Sunday on the web site lot.com. The promotion will continue every Sunday (the seventh… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Introduces New Cargo Companion Product

Air Cargo Industry’s Most Comprehensive Asset Tracking Service Provides Customers with Complete Visibility Regarding Delivery of High-Value and Time/Temperature Sensitive Cargo DALLAS – 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines Cargo® (NYSE: LUV) is proud to introduce Cargo Companion™, a comprehensive asset tracking service, providing Customers with complete visibility regarding the location and environmental status of high-value and… Read the full press release

Akbar Al Baker Recognised For Leadership At Airline Strategy Awards In London

2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — London, UNITED KINGDOM – Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker has been honoured with an Airline Business accolade for leadership at the annual Airline Strategy Awards held in London. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, pictured right, receives the Airline Business leadership accolade from magazine editor Max Kingsley-Jones at the… Read the full press release

Alaska Air Group Reports June Operational Results

SEATTLE, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported June operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and on a combined basis. Detailed information is provided below. ALASKA AIRLINES – MAINLINE Alaska reported a 10.6 percent increase in traffic on a 7.5 percent increase in capacity compared to June 2011…. Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Announces Third Annual, Award-Winning Diversity Summit to be held August 2nd

Dallas, TX, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today announces its third annual, award-winning Diversity Summit  will be held on August 2  in Dallas at the airline’s headquarters. Themed “LUVing Employees, LUVing Communities,” the summit will gather executives from North Texas Fortune 500 companies to join the conversation about Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, foster new opportunities, and… Read the full press release

SIA And SilkAir Upgrading Reservations System On 8 July

2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Singapore Airlines and SilkAir will be undergoing a transition to a new reservations system on 8 July 2012. During the transition, all SIA and SilkAir flights are due to operate as scheduled. However, booking, reservation and ticketing services through singaporeair.com,silkair.com, call centres, service centres and travel agents, as well as KrisFlyer-related transactions and online/mobile functions… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines And AirTran Airways Announce Early 2013 Flight Schedules

Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways Open Flight Schedules through March 8, 2013 DALLAS – 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and its wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways announced today that they have extended their flight schedules for travel between Feb. 14, 2013, and March 8, 2013. In the schedule, Southwest will begin new service… Read the full press release

Webcast Alert: Southwest Airlines to Discuss Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results on July 19, 2012

DALLAS – 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) invites you to listen to a live webcast of its second quarter 2012 financial results.  Details are as follows:   When: Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM Eastern Time Who: Gary Kelly, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Jordan, Executive Vice… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific Releases Combined Traffic Figures for June 2012

2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for June 2012 that show passenger numbers growing ahead of the increase in capacity, while another drop in cargo and mail tonnage was recorded. Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,413,766 passengers in June – an increase of… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific accepts Skytrax “World’s Best Business Class” award on behalf of its customers and its staff

2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific accepts Skytrax “World’s Best Business Class” award on behalf of its customers and its staff Through listening to customers and incorporating their feedback in product design, Cathay Pacific Airways was voted Thursday “World’s Best Business Class” in the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards™ programme, in which more than 18 million… Read the full press release