Monthly Archives: June 2021

WSJ: Southwest offers workers double pay to avoid July travel snags

"Freedom One", celebrating 50 years of flying

From the Wall Street Journal:

Southwest Offers Workers Double Pay to Avoid July Travel Snags – WSJ

Top Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8H4 SSWL N500WR (msn 36898) (Freedom One) SAT (Fernandez Imaging). Image: 954168.

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Emirates gears up for busy summer holiday travel period

Emirates is expecting more than 450,000 passengers to travel from, to and through Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport over the course of the next two weekends on over 1,600 flights. The busiest days for the airline will be the next two weekends, 2-3 July and 9-10 July, although high passenger traffic is expected to start today, and will run through 12 July.

In addition, close to 100,000 passengers will be arriving into Dubai on Emirates flights to start their summer holidays during that same period.

All Emirates and DXB touchpoints are fully prepared to manage the increase in passenger traffic, with measures and protocols in place designed to enhance safety as customers move through Terminal 3. Along with industry-leading contactless technologies and biometric journeys, Emirates customers can travel with assurance that the airline and its partners have spared no effort to make the airport journey as safe and smooth as possible.

This includes robust and consistent cleaning protocols for high traffic areas such as seats and handrails; modern cleaning technologies for surfaces in Emirates’ dedicated lounges keeping them germ free for longer; social distancing measures through floor markings, signage and airport employees safely managing the flow of passengers; hand sanitising stations as well as Plexiglas partitions at Emirates check-in desks and in Emirates Lounges, amongst numerous other measures.

Customers are strongly urged to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight departure to avoid delays. Passengers are encouraged to build in extra time for their journey with expected heavy road traffic coming into Terminal 3.

Customers are also reminded to review the latest travel requirements to their booked destination, including whether forms, vaccination certificates or negative PCR tests are required on the Emirates Travel Hub, which has the latest information for every country on the airline’s route network.

Customers can physically check-in and drop off their luggage at any Emirates counter 24 hours before departure.* All passengers physically checking in at the airport are requested to check in no later than 3 hours prior to departure. Customers who present themselves less than 60 minutes prior to their scheduled flight departure will not be accepted for travel. They can also check in online 48 hours to 90 minutes before flight departure. Those who opt to check-in online are reminded to visit the Emirates check-in counters or contactless kiosks to complete the required travel documentation checks and formalities.

Customers are also advised to make sure they get to their boarding gate on time. Gates open 90 minutes before departure, boarding starts 45 minutes before each flight and gates close 20 minutes before departure. If passengers report late Emirates will not be able to accept them for travel. Check-in and gate closure timings are strictly followed for on-time departures.

A touchless, paperless experience for smoother journeys

Emirates customers can look forward to an easier and hassle-free airport experience with contactless check-in, its biometric path and enhanced digital verification of Covid-19 medical information. The airline has sharpened its focus on technologies and services that optimise passenger processing to minimise queues, for a fast-tracked experience that prioritises safety and efficiency.

Significantly reducing wait times, Emirates’ contactless kiosks are completely controlled by personal mobile devices without the need to touch the screens; providing another way passengers can enjoy a safe and efficient pre-boarding experience. Along with check-in, customers can choose seats on board, drop off their bags, and even pay for ancillary products like extra baggage.**

Customers can also utilise Emirates’ biometric path for a contactless journey via 18 check-in desks and 7 biometric boarding gates, with virtually no document checks and less queuing.

Emirates is also leading the way in providing more ways for its customers to fulfil their pre-departure health requirements through digital verification. Customers flying between Dubai and London, Barcelona, Madrid, Istanbul, New York JFK, Moscow, Frankfurt, Charles De Gaulle, and Amsterdam can also now use the IATA Travel Pass to manage their COVID-19 travel documentation, including vaccination and latest PCR test results. The airline is progressing on plans to roll-out the IATA Travel Pass solution across its global network this summer.

In July, Emirates will also connect the Alhosn app with its check-in systems, in addition to its existing integration with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). Customers will have the advantage of digital retrieval and verification of COVID-19 medical records for a paperless experience regardless of where in the UAE they had completed their vaccination, or COVID-19 PCR and antigen tests.

Emirates will also be reopening its dedicated First Class Lounge in Concourse B for its customers on 1 July to cater to the surge in passenger demand, particularly in the premium classes. With a seating capacity for 540 customers and more space between seating and dining areas, the First Class Lounge will offer a luxurious retreat before departure.

*Except for flights to the USA

**The contactless kiosk service is available to all destinations except to the US, Canada, China, India and Hong Kong due to additional requirements from these destinations.

Three Airbus A320neo aircraft to join the Brussels Airlines fleet in 2023

Brussels Airlines made this announcement:

On June 29, the Lufthansa Group Executive Board and the Board of Directors of SN Airholding have authorized the allocation of three Airbus A320neo to Brussels Airlines.

With these new state-of-the-art aircraft, Belgium’s home carrier makes an essential step in the further modernization of the airline’s fleet and herewith significantly lowers the CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network. It’s the very first time in the history of Brussels Airlines, that the company will phase in brand new aircraft, coming right from the manufacturer.  

Investing in the current crisis in new aircraft, underlines the importance for the Lufthansa Group carriers to continue working towards the group’s sustainability target of reducing its CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030 compared to 2019 and to become CO2-neutral by 2050.

In comparison to the to be phased out A319 aircraft, the Airbus A320neo burns in average 11% less fuel and reduces noise emissions by 50%. Thanks to a significantly higher seating capacity (+27%), the fuel use per seat reduces by 30%. Compared to an A320ceo (current engine option), the brand new model uses 16% less fuel for the same seating capacity and thus reduces the CO2 emissions by 16%.

Brussels Airlines counts currently 38 aircraft in its overall fleet, of which eight long-haul aircraft of the type Airbus A330 and 30 medium-haul aircraft (16 A320 and 14 A319).

KLM’s Africa network restored to 2019 levels

KLM made this announcement:

A global network of destinations is at the heart of KLM’s strategy for emerging stronger and more competitive from the COVID-19 pandemic. With 11 destinations, KLM’s Africa network is now restored to its 2019 level. In winter 2021, Mombasa (Kenya) will become the latest destination in the KLM network.

Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, KLM has endeavored to maintain its network as much as possible, including in Africa. This enabled customers to make (necessary) journeys and facilitated the transportation of cargo, such as medical supplies. This strategy makes it easier for KLM to scale up frequencies and load factors once COVID-19 control measures are relaxed.

Strict travel restrictions are still in place for many countries in Africa, which means only necessary travel is permitted.

Important network changes compared to 2019:

  • Summer 2021, KLM is operating services to 11 destinations in Africa, just as it did in 2019.
  • Winter 2021, Mombasa (Kenya) will be added as a new destination.
  • The decision to suspend services to Luanda (Angola) and Windhoek (Namibia), due to a fall in customer demand, was taken before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic; Zanzibar (Tanzania) and Cairo (Egypt) were added to the network in 2020.


Lufthansa to start Munich – Dubai service

Lufthansa is taking off from Munich directly to Dubai. From October 1 to April 23 – the end of the Bavarian Easter holidays – an Airbus A350-900 will fly three times a week to the Persian Gulf. LH 638 starts with ideal flight times: Departure from Munich is at 10:30 p.m., arrival in Dubai at 6:40 a.m. the following day. The return flight departs at 8:30 a.m. and arrives in Munich at 12:50 p.m.

Alaska Airlines launches new codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways

"Fly with Pride", unveiled on June 15, 2021

Alaska Airlines has made this announcement:

As Alaska Airlines expands its global reach with our oneworld partners, we proudly announced today the launch of a codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways, a fellow member of the alliance, that further strengthens the partnership between the two airlines and provides travelers with exciting and convenient options.

Beginning July 1, the agreement allows passengers on Qatar Airways to book travel and easily connect to more than 150 routes throughout Alaska’s network. On the West Coast, Qatar Airways has nonstop service connecting its main hub in Doha to three of Alaska’s primary gateway cities – Los Angeles with twice daily flights, and daily flights at San Francisco and Seattle – allowing for seamless connectivity.

Alaska launched its partnership with Qatar Airways on Dec. 15, 2020, with the ability for our Mileage Plan members to earn miles on Qatar Airways flights. On March 31, 2021, Alaska officially joined oneworld and expanded its partnership with Qatar Airways to provide elite benefits reciprocally, including preferred seat selection; priority check-in, security and boarding; lounge access and extra baggage allowance. Qatar Airways has been a member of oneworld since 2013.

In the coming months, Alaska’s guests will be able to book travel on Qatar Airways flights between the U.S. and Qatar and beyond to their favorite destinations in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Airbus A320-214 N854VA (msn 5058) (Fly with Pride) SEA (Nick Dean). Image: 954265.

Jazeera Airways launches a new route to Tashkent

Jazeera Airways on June 28 launched a new route linking Kuwait City and Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

This is the first route between the two countries by the airline

A formal ceremony was conducted to celebrate the launch.

The new route will operate twice-weekly.

Previously the airline also launched a new route to Sarajevo on June 26.

The airline was established in April 2004, Jazeera Airways is the first non-government owned airline in the Middle East, continuing to be one of the few Middle East-based private airlines to this day.

Jazeera Airways serves to 30 destinations operating a reliable fleet of Airbus A320 and A320neo aircraft – all fitted with our signature leather seats and two or three class cabins. In June 2018, Jazeera was the first airline in the Middle East to introduce the A320neo into its fleet.

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Southern Airways Express launches Essential Air Service to Dulles International Airport

MWAA issued this statement:

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority on Monday celebrated the launch of Southern Airways Express’ new Essential Air Service providing flights to Dulles International Airport (IAD) from four Mid-Atlantic Region communities.

The Pompano Beach, Florida-based scheduled service commuter airline, which serves more than 30 cities across the country, will operate up to 12 daily flights to Dulles International from Bradford Regional Airport (BFD), DuBois Regional Airport (DUJ) and Lancaster Airport (LNS) in Pennsylvania, as well as Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW) in West Virginia, under an Essential Air Service agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Now with multiple daily nonstop flights to the leading international airport in the National Capital Region, residents in these Pennsylvania and West Virginia communities will have one-stop access to more than 150 destinations both stateside and across the globe.

The airline will operate nine-seat Cessna Caravan aircraft on all Dulles International routes.

Allegiant announces 23 new nonstop routes

"Winter the Dolphin", promotional 2018 livery for  Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Allegiant Air today announces 23 new nonstop routes for fall vacation and holiday travel to destinations across the country, including 10 routes to four new cities: Melbourne, Fla.; Amarillo, Texas; Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis.

The new routes to Austin, Texas via Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) include:

  1. Amarillo, Texas via Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (AMA) – beginning Nov. 18, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $39.*
  2. Louisville, Kentucky via Louisville International Airport (SDF) – beginning Nov. 18, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $39.*
  3. Orange County, California via John Wayne Airport (SNA) – beginning Nov. 18, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $39.*
  4. Provo, Utah via Provo Airport (PVU) – beginning Nov. 18, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $39.*
  5. Sioux Falls, South Dakota via Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD) – beginning Nov. 18, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $39.*
  6. Springfield, Missouri via Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF) – beginning Nov. 18, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $39.*
  7. Tulsa, Oklahoma via Tulsa International Airport (TUL) – beginning Nov. 18, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $39.*

The new nonstop routes to Amarillo, Texas via Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (AMA) include:

  1. Las Vegas, Nevada via McCarran International Airport (LAS) – beginning Oct. 14, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $39.*
  2. Austin, Texas via Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) – beginning Nov. 18, 2021 with fares as low as $39.*

The new nonstop routes to Washington, D.C. via Dulles International Airport (IAD) include:

  1. Jacksonville, Florida via Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) – beginning Nov. 19, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $39.*
  2. Sarasota, Florida via Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) –  beginning Dec. 18, 2021 with fares as low as $39.*

The new nonstop routes to Melbourne, Fla. via Melbourne Orlando International Airport (MLB) include:

  1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania via Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) – beginning Nov. 11, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $49.*
  2. Nashville, Tennessee via Nashville International Airport (BNA) – beginning Nov. 18, 2021 with fares as low as $39.*
  3. Concord, North Carolina via Concord-Padgett Airport (USA) – beginning Nov. 18, 2021 with fares as low as $39.*

The new nonstop routes to Minneapolis, Minn. via Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) include:

  1. Asheville, North Carolina via Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) – beginning Oct. 7, 2021 with fares as low as $49.*
  2. Punta Gorda, Florida via Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) – beginning Oct. 8, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $49.*
  3. Palm Beach, Florida via Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) – beginning Oct. 7, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $49.*

The new nonstop routes to Punta Gorda, Fla. via Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) include:

  1. Minneapolis, Minnesota via Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) – beginning Oct. 8, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $49.*
  2. Springfield, Missouri via Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF) – beginning Nov. 19, 2021 with fares as low as $49.*

The new nonstop routes to Orange County, Calif. via John Wayne Airport (SNA) include:

  1. Eugene, Oregon via Eugene Airport (EUG) – beginning Oct. 8, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $39.*
  2. Austin, Texas via Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) – beginning Nov. 18, 2021 with fares as low as $39.*

The new routes to Nashville, Tenn. via Nashville International Airport (BNA) include:

  1. Palm Springs, California via Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) – beginning Nov. 17, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $49.*
  2. Melbourne, Florida via Melbourne Orlando International Airport (MLB) – beginning Nov. 18, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $39.*
  3. Jacksonville, Florida via Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) – beginning Nov. 18, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $39.*

The new nonstop routes to Jacksonville, Fla. via Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) include:

  1. Nashville, Tennessee via Nashville International Airport (BNA) – beginning Nov. 18, 2021 with fares as low as $39.*
  2. Dulles, Virginia via Dulles International Airport (IAD) – beginning Nov. 19, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $39.*

The new nonstop route to Las Vegas via McCarran International Airport (LAS) from Amarillo, Texas via Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (AMA) begins Oct. 14, 2021 with fares as low as $39.*

The new nonstop route from Houston, Texas via William P. Lobby Airport to Bentonville, Ark. via Bentonville Municipal Airport (XNA) begins Nov.19, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $39.*

The new nonstop route from Des Moines, Iowa via Des Moines International Airport (DSM) to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. via Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) begins Oct. 6, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $69.*

The new nonstop route from Wichita, Kansas via Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) to St. Petersburg, Fla. via St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) begins Nov. 19, 2021 with one-way fares as low as $49.*

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N271NV (msn 2932) (Winter the Dolphin) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 954240.

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