Thai Airways International opens its Airbus and Boeing full-flight simulators to the public, seeking a new source of revenue in the midst of the travel crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Customers can enter a simulated cockpit of an Airbus A380, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 737-400 starting next month, said the flagship carrier, which is facing a debt restructuring in bankruptcy court. Prices start at US$381 ($524 S) for two people for half an hour.
In Nice, the resumption of international traffic is expected at the end of the year. Emirates will be back on the Nice tarmac as of December 2. It will resume its Nice Dubai rotations, still with its A380, but with reduced frequency, i.e. 3 to 4 flights per week instead of the daily flights, at least until the pandemic is contained.
Moscow accessible from Nice in December: The Russian airline S7 Airlines will resume its daily flights to Moscow on the B737 as of December 25.
Emirates Airline is including African destinations in its offer with the resumption of operations to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa and Harare in Zimbabwe from 1 October. It will return to Mauritius on October 3 and to Durban (South Africa) on October 4. Overall, 19 destinations will be served in Africa.
Kenya Airways, the national airline of the Republic of Kenya and APG, have just announced the signature of a new GSA partnership in Europe. Under the new agreement, APG will provide extensive sales and marketing activities to Kenya Airways as well as full customer and agent support in 39 European markets including the Netherlands where the airline traditionally operates a daily service to Amsterdam.
As of October 1, 2020, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) will add more international routes and better connections throughout its network. One of the immediate benefits is the quality of connections from major international cities to Ukraine, Europe and the Middle East. These new frequencies have been added taking into account the current pandemic, which is impacting travel around the world, and the recent restrictions imposed by Ukraine on foreign travelers. As a result, travellers will have more flight choices in October.
Lufthansa will strengthen direct connections between Germany and Spain next summer. From Frankfurt, it is maintaining the classic routes to the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, to which it is adding Alicante, Seville, Santiago de Compostela and Jerez de la Frontera.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that its annual general meeting will be held as a virtual event. The 76th showcase event will take place in Amsterdam on November 24, organized by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
Ryanair fears that the airline bailouts will lead to lower prices, even predicting that tickets will be sold below cost, said Susana Brito, head of public relations and communications.
Willie Walsh has joined the board of directors of Irish car rental technology company CarTrawler - his first appointment since leaving as managing director of British Airways owner IAG.
EasyJet has appointed Kenton Jarvis as Chief Financial Officer, replacing Andrew Findlay who is stepping down from the board and leaving the airline. Jarvis is currently the CEO of Aviation and Business Improvement Director - Markets at TUI Group.
A protection officer for the British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, was suspended from duty after leaving a gun on a plane returning from the United States. The Glock 19 pistol was recovered by a cleaner at Heathrow after the United Airlines flight from Washington DC landed around 6 a.m. Friday morning.
To celebrate the installation of its Super Wi-Fi service on more than 100 of its aircraft, Qatar Airways is offering this in-flight connectivity to all its passengers for the next 100 days. From September 25 to January 2, 2021, passengers will be able to stay connected for free thanks to the in-flight Wi-Fi system. Qatar Airways now has the largest number of aircraft equipped with this service in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.