Jetstar Airways (subsidiary of QANTAS Airways) (Melbourne) and AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) are expected to announce a new strategic alliance on January 6. The two groups have been discussing how they can cooperate for the past year.
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Qatar Airways (Doha) is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, taking delivery of four aircraft in December alone. The carrier has another 220 aircraft on order including firm orders and options. QR now operates eight Boeing 777-300 ERs and five 777-200 LRs. The total fleet is now 76 aircraft with 11 received in 2009.
Royal Brunei Airlines (Bandar Seri Begawan) will lease three Boeing 777-300 ERs from Jet Airways after Jet received Mumbai High Court approval for the lease (Jet is required to receive court approval for each transaction).
Passengers (hostel guests) are resting well tonight inside the warm Boeing 747-212B 3D-NEE (msn 21162) now known as the Jumbo Hostel in Stockholm. The unique place to stay is shown this evening in freezing cold weather with snow on the fuselage. The Arlanda Airport (ARN) ATC Tower is pictured in the background. The Jumbo now has a new large blue advertisement on the fuselage for NCC (a construction company).