Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon to introduce new policy for ‘smart bags’ with non-removable lithium batteries

Effective 1 January 2018, smart bags with non-removable lithium batteries will not be accepted as cabin or checked baggage HONG KONG, 2017-Dec-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will be introducing new policies surrounding the carriage of ‘smart bags’, which are a new type of innovative luggage featuring integrated lithium batteries for… Read the full press release

Oman Air SAOC earns the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) registration

Muscat, Oman, 2017-Dec-13 — /Travel PR News/ — Oman Air SAOC, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has been awarded the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) registration by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) at Muscat International Airport (MCT) and Salalah Airport (SLL). Being the first certified company in Oman, the award… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways earns IATA’s New Distribution Capability Level 3 Certification

Airline invests in new technology to give customers faster access to full airfare and travel product information and a better purchase experience DOHA, Qatar, 2017-Dec-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways recently achieved the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) NDC Level 3 Certification, demonstrating its use of the latest technological standards in providing information… Read the full press release

Emirates Airline becomes the launch customer for the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations for Electronic Flight Bags

Geneva, 2017-Nov-28 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Emirates Airline is the launch customer for the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) for Electronic Flight Bags (eFB). This important innovation brings the IATA DGR into the cockpit where flight crew make important pre- and in-flight safety decisions. “For almost… Read the full press release

IATA: PAConf approves full implementation of the New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS) initiative

Geneva, Switzerland, 2017-Nov-24 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the Passenger Agency Conference (PAConf), composed of IATA’s member airlines, adopted Resolutions for the full implementation of the New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS) initiative. NewGen ISS represents the most extensive and ambitious modernization of the IATA Billing and… Read the full press release

IATA launches I-ASC survey to support airlines in the implementation of Safety Management Systems

Geneva, Switzerland, 2017-Nov-21 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched the IATA Aviation Safety Culture (I-ASC) survey to support airlines in the implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and building a strong safety culture in compliance with the recently upgraded standards and recommended practices (SARPS) of the International Civil Aviation Organization… Read the full press release

The American Hotel & Lodging Association applauds U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Save Local Business Act

LEGISLATION PROVIDES CLARITY FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES ON WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A “JOINT EMPLOYER” Washington, D.C., 2017-Nov-10 — /Travel PR News/ — The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441), which clarifies what it means to be a “joint… Read the full press release

Christchurch Airport to commence trial flight paths to make way for modern flight navigation systems

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, 2017-Nov-06 — /Travel PR News/ — A trial to bring a global aviation navigation upgrade programme to the South Island has been announced in Christchurch today by Airways New Zealand, Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand (BARNZ), Christchurch Airport and New Southern Sky. The 12-month arrivals-only flight paths trial will commence later this… Read the full press release

Wizz Air implements the new cabin bag policy

NO MORE HAND LUGGAGE FEES BUDAPEST, Hungary, 2017-Nov-02 — /Travel PR News/ — Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, introduced the new cabin bag policy, allowing all passengers to travel with one piece of bigger hand luggage free of charge. Passengers will automatically be entitled to travel with one piece… Read the full press release

IATA calls on the Philippines to maximize the economic and social benefits that aviation can bring to the country

MANILA, Philippines, 2017-Oct-31 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the government of the Philippines to maximize the economic and social benefits that aviation can bring to the development of the country by (1) addressing airport infrastructure deficiencies in Manila, (2) abandoning proposals for increased taxation on aviation and (3)… Read the full press release

The UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics approved by member States

MADRID, Spain, 2017-Sep-15 — /Travel PR News/ — The member States of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) approved today an historical document – the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics. The Convention, approved at the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly transforms the Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention, the first in the life of the… Read the full press release

British Airways new pre-flight safety video features some of Britain’s best-loved personalities

British Airways new pre-flight safety video features some of Britain’s best-loved personalities   London, 2017-Jul-20 — /Travel PR News/ — A team of top celebrities including Gordon Ramsay, Rob Brydon, Sir Ian McKellen and Thandie Newton make appearances in British Airways’ entertaining new pre-flight safety video, which launches in September. The new film features some of… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways welcomes lifting of the electronics restrictions on board all its US-bound flights from Hamad International Airport

Qatar Airways exempted from ban on electronic devices on board all US-bound flights from the five-star Hamad International Airport Airline committed to US expansion on its ultra-modern long-haul fleet with forthcoming launch of service to San Francisco Qatar Airways serves 10 destinations across the US, including double-daily flights to New York, soon to feature the… Read the full press release

ALPA applauds Department of Homeland Security statement on improving aviation security

WASHINGTON, D.C., 2017-Jun-30 — /Travel PR News/ — The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement today after Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly announced that the United States is raising the global baseline of aviation security, which includes additional scrutiny of electronic devices on flights coming into the United States: “Today’s… Read the full press release

EUROCONTROL PRC publishes its fifteenth ATM Cost-Effectiveness Benchmarking Report

Brussels, Belgium, 2017-Jun-16 — /Travel PR News/ — The EUROCONTROL Performance Review Commission (PRC) has published its fifteenth ATM Cost-Effectiveness (ACE) Benchmarking Report. It analyses the cost-effectiveness and productivity of 38 European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) in 2015, the latest year for which actual financial data are available, based on information submitted in July 2016…. Read the full press release

Aeroflot successfully passes the IATA Operational Safety Audit to comply with IOSA standards

MOSCOW, Russia, 2017-May-29 — /Travel PR News/ — Aeroflot has for the seventh time successfully passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit to comply with IOSA standards. The IOSA certificate and IOSA-registered operator status have been extended through October 2019. Auditors from Aviation Quality Services GmbH (AQS) conducted an extensive five-day audit of Aeroflot’s operations. The audit… Read the full press release

IATA, the Joint Inspection Group and Airlines for America to strengthen Safety and Quality Assurance in aviation fueling

St Petersburg, RUSSIA, 2017-May-17 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Joint Inspection Group (JIG), and Airlines for America (A4A) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen and promote Safety and Quality Assurance in global aviation fueling activities. “Maintaining the quality of the aviation fuel supply and the supporting infrastructure and… Read the full press release

Bombardier CS100 aircraft receives its steep approach certifications

Certifications follow the completion of steep approach demonstration flights at London City Airport in March The CS100 aircraft will offer new opportunities to airlines for operations at challenging airports around the world Montréal, Canada, 2017-Apr-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)… Read the full press release

ATC Privatization Opposed by Business Aviation Regional Groups

Business Aviation Regional Groups Speak Out Against ATC Privatization Washington, DC, 2017-Apr-20 — /Travel PR News/ — With the specter of ATC privatization looming once again as part of the new administration’s budget proposal, regional business aviation groups around the country aren’t wasting any time voicing their opposition to the plan. “Regional groups nationwide are speaking… Read the full press release

Gatwick welcomes CAA approval of Route 4

Route 4 is one of nine Gatwick departure routes Airport will continue to explore ways to mitigate the impact of aircraft noise on this and other flight paths United Kingdom, 2017-Apr-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Gatwick Airport today welcomed news that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today approved Route 4 – a westerly runway… Read the full press release

NBAA’s Small Aircraft Exemption extended and revised

Washington, DC, 2017-Apr-03 — /Travel PR News/ — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a 24-month extension to the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) Small Aircraft Exemption and removed onerous limitations of the exemption’s applicability to operations outside the U.S. Effective today through March 31, 2019, the exemption allows NBAA members who operate small aircraft… Read the full press release

Norwegian’s UK subsidiary becomes the latest member of Airlines UK

LONDON, UK, 2017-Mar-29 — /Travel PR News/ — The UK subsidiary of Norwegian has become the latest member of Airlines UK, the industry body that represents UK-registered carriers. The UK is playing an increasingly important role in Norwegian’s growth and in 2016 the airline flew 4.5 million passengers to and from 4 UK airports, with further… Read the full press release

IATA calls on governments to urgently find alternatives to the large electronic items restrictions

Montreal, Canada, 2017-Mar-29 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to urgently find alternatives to recently announced measures by the United States and the United Kingdom to restrict the carry-on of large electronic items on certain flights departing the Middle East and North Africa. The Case for Alternative Measures… Read the full press release

IATA launches IATA Cargo Handling Manual to help airlines and cargo handlers work together more effectively

Abu Dhabi, 2017-Mar-16 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced, during the World Cargo Symposium in Abu Dhabi, the launch of the IATA Cargo Handling Manual (ICHM) to help airlines and cargo handlers work together more effectively while improving safety and efficiency in air cargo operations. The ICHM is the… Read the full press release

Qantas and EL AL to provide seamless mode of travel for Australian and Israeli travellers with new codeshare agreement

SYDNEY, Australia, 2017-Feb-25 — /Travel PR News/ — Australian and Israeli travellers are set to benefit from a new codeshare agreement between Qantas and EL AL, subject to government and regulatory approvals. Customers of both airlines will be able to book on select flights operated by the other, as well as earn and redeem frequent… Read the full press release

EFMD Conference: Put Climate Resilience, Green Growth and “Impact Travel” in Curricula – Lipman urges Deans

SLOVENIA, 2017-Feb-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Addressing 350 Business School Deans at the EFMD Conference – Professor Geoffrey Lipman said that the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – provide a massive opportunity for the academic world, but they need to be approached with a big reality check on the tensions between aspiration, implementation, and… Read the full press release

Sudden US entry requirements caused confusion among airlines and travelers, International Air Transport Association (IATA) says

Geneva, 2017-Feb-02 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) works with its 265 member airlines for safe, secure, efficient and sustainable global air transport links. As a matter of principle we work for the free movement of trade and people across borders. IATA also recognizes that states have the right and… Read the full press release

Belarus advances visa facilitation to stimulate tourism

MADRID, Spain, 2017-Feb-02 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO has expressed its full support to the decision of the Government of Belarus to launch the 5-day visa-free policy that will be applicable to travelers from 80 countries. The measure aims at advancing seamless travel and attracting visitors, particularly those in business trips. The Government of Belarus… Read the full press release

IATA’s Cargo-XML messaging standard integrated into UNCTAD automated customs management system

Geneva, Switzerland, 2017-Jan-25 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) announced that IATA’s Cargo-XML messaging standard has now been fully integrated into ASYCUDA World, the UNCTAD automated customs management system used by 90 countries worldwide for their customs procedures. The integration of… Read the full press release

Oman Air introduces new policy on baggage that will save money for traveling guests

Costly cost excess baggage rates charged by the kg to be abolished New free baggage allowance being introduced of one piece of baggage of up to 30kg in economy and two pieces of baggage, up to 50kg in Business and First class Silver and Gold Sinbad members to get extra allowance of one free extra… Read the full press release