Austrian Airlines returns to China with the resumption of services to Shanghai

From 2 October Austria’s home carrier will fly to Shanghai once a week A Boeing 767 will be used for this route “A second weekly flight to Shanghai is on our wish list”, says board member Andreas Otto Vienna, Austria, 2020-Sep-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Austrian Airlines will fly to Shanghai again from 2… Read the full press release

Lufthansa Group launches contactless way to report and track delayed baggage through SITA’s WorldTracer® Self Service

Two-thirds of passengers opt to use SITA’s service rather than visit a baggage counter. Frankfurt, Germany, 2020-Sep-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Lufthansa Group has launched a completely contactless way for passengers to report delayed baggage from their mobile device, avoiding long queues at busy baggage service counters or offices. SITA’s initial trials of WorldTracer® Self Service showed… Read the full press release

SITA partners with start-up Safety Line to make airline operations more efficient and environmentally friendly

Saving aircraft fuel during the climb and cruise phases of a flight is a major opportunity to reduce aviation CO2 emissions Geneva, Switzerland, 2020-Sep-24 — /Travel PR News/ — SITA, the global IT provider for the air transport industry, is partnering with start-up Safety Line to help pilots and airlines limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines launches promotional Companion Pass Offer for fall and winter travel

Carrier offers Promotional Companion Pass offer as part of “Wanna Get Away” Campaign DALLAS, TEXAS, 2020-Sep-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) is launching a promotional Companion Pass Offer as part of its “Wanna Get Away”campaign for fall and winter travel. Grab a Companion and get ready to fly! Rapid Rewards® Members can… Read the full press release

IATA: The key to restoring the freedom of mobility across borders is systematic COVID-19 testing of all travelers before departure

Geneva, Switzerland, 2020-Sep-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic COVID-19 testing for all passengers before departure as an alternative to quarantine measures in order to re-establish global air connectivity. IATA will work through the International Civil… Read the full press release

British Airways introduces Flying with Confidence course as a live interactive webinar

Courses to now include reassurance on Covid-19 safety measures in place to inspire further confidence in travel London, UK, 2020-Sep-23 — /Travel PR News/ — British Airways is bringing its renowned Flying with Confidence course to the comfort of customers’ homes for the first time ever this October. More than 50,000 people have taken part… Read the full press release

Alaska Airlines Foundation support 41 nonprofits with $430,000 LIFT grants

2020 marks the largest grant cycle in the nonprofit’s 20-year history SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2020-Sep-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The nonprofit Alaska Airlines Foundation has awarded $430,000 in LIFT grants to 41 nonprofits in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. With this latest round of grants, the Foundation has donated $750,000 this year to organizations in communities served by Alaska Airlines. Called by the… Read the full press release

easyJet on Airbus’ new zero-emission, hydrogen fuelled commercial aircraft concepts

London, UK, 2020-Sep-22 — /Travel PR News/ — easyJet welcomes the unveiling by its partner Airbus of three new zero-emission, hydrogen fuelled commercial aircraft concepts, the first of which could be launched from 2035. In 2019 easyJet and Airbus announced a joint research project on hybrid and electric aircraft in order to further the industry’s… Read the full press release

Headcount reduction at Ferenc Liszt International Airport becomes inevitable

Budapest, Hungary, 2020-Sep-22 — /Travel PR News/ — The travel restrictions introduced on account of the coronavirus pandemic continue to exert drastic impacts on passenger traffic at Ferenc Liszt International Airport. The expected annual passenger figure has decreased to the level seen 17 years ago, and the airport operator expects a traffic shortfall of around… Read the full press release

New Alaska Airlines service to connect Los Angeles and Palm Springs to key West Coast markets and the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico

New service will connect Los Angeles and Palm Springs to four destinations; airline extends middle seat blocking through Nov. 30, flexible travel policy through Dec. 31 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2020-Sep-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Everyone is ready for a getaway right about now. Think socially distanced fun by the poolside, the beach, skiing, golfing, you… Read the full press release

Qantas Group announces property review as part of its overall ‘reset’ and recovery plan

Group-wide property review of its rented space, particularly corporate offices. Some aviation facilities may move if opportunities to consolidate on-shore. Part of the Group’s overall ‘reset’ and recovery plan in response to COVID crisis. Expression of interest process for state governments Sydney, Australia, 2020-Sep-17 — /Travel PR News/ — The Qantas Group is reviewing the… Read the full press release

British Airways launches services from Heathrow to Lahore, Pakistan

LONDON, UK, 2020-Sep-17 — /Travel PR News/ — British Airways has today (September 15, 2020) announced it will begin flying from Heathrow to Lahore, Pakistan, four times a week from 12 October 2020. The ‘City of Gardens’, Lahore, is known for its rich culture and will be the second city in Pakistan that British Airways… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways to start four weekly flights to Accra, Ghana from 29 September 2020

Launch of Accra flights will increase Qatar Airways’ network in Africa to 46 weekly flights across 14 destinations including Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Entebbe, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Lagos, Mogadishu, Nairobi, Seychelles, Tunis, Windhoek and Zanzibar Passengers from Accra can enjoy more flexible travel options via the most connected and Best Airport in the Middle… Read the full press release

Alaska Airline gives further peace of mind to travellers with ‘Get the Row with BOGO’ offering

Get the whole row for you and your guest with the middle seat blocked through Oct. 31, 2020 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2020-Sep-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Alaska Airline’s ‘Get the Row with BOGO’ is back! Beginning today (Sept. 15, 2020) through Sept. 16, guests traveling by Oct. 31 could get a whole row to themselves when they… Read the full press release

Black Diamond adds four new Japanese PR & Travel Trade clients to Asia Pacific portfolio

Black Diamond adds four new Japanese PR & Travel Trade clients to Asia Pacific portfolio

LONDON, 2020-Sep-16 — /Travel PR News/ — London-based communications agency, Black Diamond, has been appointed as the travel trade representation and PR agency for multiple destinations across Japan. Following a competitive pitch process, Black Diamond now represents Visit Hachinohe, Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organisation, Three Star Road and Gifu-Ishikawa in the UK and Irish markets. Known for… Read the full press release

Emirates resumes A380 service to Moscow Domodedovo Airport

Due to strong passenger demand, Emirates has announced the return of its A380 service to Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME), starting 18 September. Dubai, UAE, 2020-Sep-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates has announced it will resume its A380 service to Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME) – serving market demand and offering customers more travel options. The… Read the full press release

Emirates Skywards and Barclays partner to launch their first cobranded credit card suite in the U.S.

Emirates Skywards Mastercard® offers US travelers the chance to earn Skywards Miles on everyday spend and enjoy immediate Silver or Gold tier membership status during the first year of enrolment NEW YORK, NY, 2020-Sep-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty program of Emirates and flydubai, has partnered with Barclays to launch… Read the full press release

Ryanair launches the fourth year of exclusive partnership with the Erasmus Student Network

DUBLIN, Ireland, 2020-Sep-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, and the Erasmus Student Network today (15 Sep) celebrated the launch of their fourth year partnership. Delivered as part of Ryanair’s customer care improvements, this partnership offers Erasmus students a dedicated ESN booking platform on the Ryanair.com website, where they can avail of… Read the full press release

Ryanair adds more flights from Liverpool to Vilnius

DUBLIN, Ireland, 2020-Sep-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, today (15 Sept) announced it will add more flights from Liverpool to Vilnius. In light of strong demand from both British and Lithuanian consumers, Ryanair will now fly 3 times weekly (+1) from Liverpool to Vilnius from the 25th October as part of its… Read the full press release

IHG® and Emirates Skywards team up to offer members chance to earn more rewards

IHG® Rewards Club members can earn 3X Skywards Miles when they register and book a stay at any IHG® Hotels & Resorts worldwide* Denham, United Kingdom, 2020-Sep-15 — /Travel PR News/ — IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) and Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, have launched a limited time offer allowing IHG Rewards Club and Emirates… Read the full press release

Emirates launches new deal that will benefit students and their families

Dubai, UAE, 2020-Sep-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates has introduced an exciting new deal that will help international students to see more of their family, and more of the world during the year. Whether it is to travel between home and school, or to see more of the world with friends during school breaks… Read the full press release

George Best Belfast City Airport welcomes Aer Lingus’ services to Birmingham and Manchester

Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2020-Sep-15 — /Travel PR News/ — George Best Belfast City Airport has further strengthened its UK route network, with the inaugural Aer Lingus Regional flights to Birmingham and Manchester taking off today, 14th September. Operated by Stobart Air, these Aer Lingus Regional routes will commence with a double-daily service, with up to three… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways launches 100th aircraft with high-speed ‘Super Wi-Fi’ connectivity

Airbus A350-900 aircraft A7-ALC becomes Qatar Airways’ 100th aircraft to be fitted with high-speed Super Wi-Fi, which has connected millions of passengers since 2018 The airline is rolling out its Super Wi-Fi service across its young fleet of modern, fuel-efficient aircraft DOHA, Qatar, 2020-Sep-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways is celebrating the launch of… Read the full press release

Malta Air announces partnership with local charity Puttinu Cares

DUBLIN, Ireland, 2020-Sep-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Malta Air, today (09 Sept) have launched its local charity partnership with Puttinu Cares, supporting Maltese families of children requiring cancer treatment abroad by providing accommodation for family members travelling with the children. Puttinu Cares – Chosen Maltese Charity Partner – aim is to support family members of… Read the full press release

SITA’s mobile-enabled kiosks deliver contactless passenger check-in at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport

SITA’s technology enables passengers to use their smart phones to operate check-in kiosks Mumbai, India, 2020-Sep-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has introduced nearly 50 of SITA’s mobile-enabled kiosks, becoming one of the first airports in India to deliver a completely contactless way for passengers to check-in for their… Read the full press release

Boeing announces the appointment of Ed Dandridge as senior vice president and chief communications officer

Boeing has named Ed Dandridge senior vice president and chief communications officer, the company announced. Dandridge joins Boeing from AIG, where he was global chief marketing and communications officer since April 2018. CHICAGO, IL, 2020-Sep-10 — /Travel PR News/ — The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) today (Sept. 9, 2020) named Ed Dandridge as the company’s senior… Read the full press release

Finnair resumes one weekly flight between Helsinki and Nanjing

Vantaa, Finland, 2020-Sep-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Finnair has received permission from Chinese authorities to operate one weekly flight between Helsinki and Nanjing as of 11 September. The route will be operated with Airbus A350 aircraft until 18 October, and it supports cargo and passenger travel demand between Europe and China. The flight schedule… Read the full press release

Blue Islands announces codeshare agreement with Loganair

St. Peter Port, Guernsey, 2020-Sep-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Blue Islands’ new codeshare flights with its partner Loganair, Scotland’s airline, are now live. Customers can book services from Guernsey, Jersey, Exeter & Southampton to destinations on the Loganair network here or via their preferred travel agent. The codeshare enables customers to seamlessly book connecting flights with… Read the full press release

British Airways’ on board magazine High Life now in new digital format

London, UK, 2020-Sep-09 — /Travel PR News/ — British Airways’ award-winning on board magazine, High Life, is moving online to ba.com and will offer access to content for customers before, during and after a flight. Created with publishing house, Cedar, the magazine will also include a new section for Business Life which will replace the current on-board paper versions of both… Read the full press release

Belfast City Airport welcomes Loganair’s new service to Glasgow

Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2020-Sep-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Business leaders from Glasgow and Belfast today (4 Sep 2020) applauded the launch of Loganair’s new service between the two cities. Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive Stuart Patrick crossed the Irish Sea on the first flight from his city’s airport and was greeted at George… Read the full press release