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Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines Announce Comprehensive New Partnership

Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines Announce Comprehensive New Partnership

Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines

HONOLULU – Two of the most popular airlines between Hawai’i and Japan today signed a comprehensive new partnership agreement that will greatly enhance the ease and comfort of travel for passengers traveling between the two island chains. The agreement between Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines, signed at a ceremony in Tokyo, takes effect March 25, 2018 (subject to government approval). The agreement provides for extensive code sharing, lounge access and frequent flyer program reciprocity.

“We are delighted to partner with Japan Airlines for our long-term future in Japan,” said Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Mark Dunkerley. “Japan Airlines embodies the welcoming culture of Japan and is renowned for the quality of its services. Our partnership will greatly increase travel choices for those in Japan looking to travel to Hawaii as well as for those in Hawaii looking to travel to Japan.”

“Hawaiian Airlines is well known among Japanese travelers for its warm hospitality and its excellent record for punctuality and safety,” said Japan Airlines President Yoshiharu Ueki. “We look forward to providing our passengers with additional options of exceptional service and comfortable travel to and throughout the Hawaiian Islands.”

As part of this comprehensive partnership, the two carriers also intend to establish a joint venture designed to provide even more choices, convenience and enhancements to the traveling public to/from Japan and beyond to multiple Asian markets.

In the near-term:

• JAL guests will have unlimited access to Hawaiian’s vast neighbor island and Japan-Hawai’i network, including non-stop flights between Sapporo and Honolulu.

• Hawaiian Airlines will have full access to JAL’s domestic network, which includes Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sendai and Aomori.

• Hawaiian’s Japan-to-Hawai’i flights will be offered as new options within Japan Airlines’ wholly owned subsidiary, JALPAK, a highly reputable package tour operator in Japan.

• JAL Mileage Bank and HawaiianMiles members will be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights. Further opportunities for accrual and redemption of mileage will be expanded at a later date.

• Guests will have access to both airlines’ lounges, and when Hawaiian has completed its planned relocation to Terminal 2 at Tokyo Narita Airport, guests of each airline will be able to seamlessly transfer between each carrier’s networks.

About Japan Airlines 
Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded in 1951 and became the first international airline in Japan. A member of the oneworld® alliance, the airline now reaches more than 344 airports in 56 countries and regions together with its codeshare partners with a modern fleet of more than 227 aircraft. JAL Mileage Bank (JMB), the airline's loyalty program, has reached over 31 million members worldwide. Awarded one of the most punctual major international airlines, JAL is committed to providing customers with the highest levels of flight safety and supreme quality in every aspect of its service, and aims to become the most preferred airline in the world.

For more information, please visit www.jal.com/en/outline/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JapanAirlinesWorldwide/

Follow JAL on Instagram at @japanairlines_jal

About Hawaiian Airlines          
Hawaiian®, the world’s most punctual airline as reported by OAG, has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 13 years (2004-2016) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have placed Hawaiian the among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.

Now in its 88th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline.

Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 250 daily flights system-wide.            

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow updates on Twitter about Hawaiian (@HawaiianAir) and its special fare offers (@HawaiianFares), and become a fan on its Facebook page.  For career postings and updates, follow Hawaiian’s LinkedIn page.

Source : Hawaiian Airlines Newsroom

New Direct Flight To New Delhi

New Direct Flight To New Delhi

The new Alitalia flights bring you to New Delhi!

Starting from 29 October 2017  thanks to the new direct daily Alitalia flight, you can fly to New Delhi

Start time traveling: walk across the Old Delhi and the New Delhi and experience an explosion of colors and tastes!

Route Departure Arrival Frequency
Rome - New Delhi 14:40 02:40* Daily
 New Delhi - Rome  04:40  09:00  Daily

*following day

Source : Alitalia

Alitalia third most punctual airline in Europe

Alitalia third most punctual airline in Europe

Alitalia has ranked third most punctual airline in Europe and tenth in the world in the first two quarters of 2017, according to the report published by FlightStats (flightstats.com), the US independent data services society specialized in commercial aviation.

According to the chart, 84 per cent of Alitalia flights arrived on schedule from January to June. Flightstats follows the “A14” method, monitoring flights arriving at the gate less than 15 minutes after the scheduled arrival time.

The largest airline in Italy has ranked third in Europe – behind Iberia and Austrian Airlines, with higher scores than the three major European carriers - British Airways (82%), Lufthansa (80%) and Air France (78%) – and the low-cost carrier easyJet (78%). Alitalia has ranked tenth in the world ahead of the main US carriers: Delta Air Lines (82%), American Airlines and United Airlines (80%).

A major improvement compared to the past two years when Alitalia’s arrival performance was 83 per cent in 2016 and 76 per cent in 2015 (the last figure was affected by the incident occurred at Fiumicino on May 7). Considering that Alitalia has operated over 93,000 flights in the first two quarters of 2017, the improvement of one percentage point means that almost 1,000 flights more have arrived on time compared to same period last year. 

Source : Alitalia

Our track record of debt is pretty good: Jet Airways CEO

Our track record of debt is pretty good: Jet Airways CEO

Focus will be to bring down operating costs, reduce debt further, says Vinay Dube

BENGALURU, OCTOBER 4:  An Indian-American Vinay Dube has worked with marquee aviation companies such as Delta Airlines, Sabre Inc and American Airlines before taking up the job of the Chief Executive Officer of Jet Airways a couple of months ago. In an interview with BusinessLine, Dube shares the airline’s future plans and his views on the industry. Excerpts:

A few years ago, Jet Airways had made Brussels its European hub. But it gave it up after some time. Now the airline has made Amsterdam as its European hub. So, how is the foray into Europe panning out for Jet given the fact that the airline seems to be more focussed on international routes.

We now fly to Paris, London, and Amsterdam and we have some strong partners there. To me, it is a good formula for stability and success. The ratio between international and domestic routes is 55: 45. The quality of our domestic flights is second to none. If you want to compare it with our competition, I am not going to accept any angle or element of inferiority whatsoever. Having said that, the ratio between international and domestic operations could change. One of the wonders of the aviation industry is that the assets are mobile. So, we are not wedded to any formula at all.

During the first quarter, there has been an increase of over 50 per cent in other income. Isn’t that a bit worrisome for you as half of your income comes not from operations but from other activities?

I don’t think we want to have a financial focus that is linked to either reduction or increase in other income. Perhaps the more pertinent point is our focus related to increased operating income. Because the other income is the other income. Time to time there will be special items (other income) that will come in at the appropriate time and go at the appropriate time. Our focus is to run an airline through our operating cash.

Then there is the issue of high operating cost and one of the main reasons is high fuel costs. With the increase in ATF prices, it might become more difficult to tackle it.

It is simple and it is to attack every element of the operating cost. Whether it is fuel costs, being able to fly more efficiently, increasing labour productivity, or focus on consumption of every single element we have. We are going to be extremely vigilant and focused on that. As far as ATF prices are concerned, it is one of the elements. But it is the same for every airline. If fuel prices go up, it does affect our bottomline. If costs of goods go up, you will be able to recover some of that in terms of the revenue side and we will try and do that. We would want to reduce the cost of borrowing as well. I personally don’t lose sleep over fuel because we don’t control it. Fuel will do what fuel does. There is very little an airline CEO can do to influence the cost of fuel that is an input to us. But there are lots we can do to influence other elements of the cost and that’s what I lose sleep over.

How different or same are the developed aviation markets across the world?

There are nuances which play out from one part of the world to the other. At a base level, it is not different from aviation here from what I have seen during the 60 days I have been here. There are some parts of the world where aviation had a head start. India will learn how to live in a regulated, deregulated industry. It is the same world over.

At some point in time will the KLM-Air France strategic alliance lead to an equity partnership?

My view is that everybody should be open to it under the right circumstances and I will say the same for us. Under the right circumstances, why wouldn’t anyone be open to picking up stake? But we haven't even got to that equation. So, you are getting a generalised response.

How do you plan to reduce the huge debt that is sitting on your P & L?

My view is that the reduction of debt can be done by throwing off cash from operations and thereby bring down debt. Or, strategically borrow with lower interest rates. But borrowing is a question of interest rate. The bigger one is to throw off cash and that's what we have been doing. Our debt has come down by close to a $1 billion in the last 12 months. If you look at our track record of debt, it is pretty good. My view is we want to continue down that path. Regarding raising funds, it is an option but not the only option. Without throwing off cash from operations and restructure the debt, anything else seems temporary.

What is the status of expat pilots in the airline?

We have to constantly look at every element of our operational efficiencies which is exactly our core piece of our strategy. When it comes to flight operations, there is a big element of safety involved. But we have to continue to focus on driving efficiencies and reduce costs with expat pilots being an element of it.

But we are dogmatic about we have to do this and in what time frame. We have to run safe, reliable operations and you have to balance that with costs.

Source : The Hindu Business Line

Aeroflot Enhances Fleet with Two Medium-Range Aircraft

Aeroflot Enhances Fleet with Two Medium-Range Aircraft

6 September 2017, Moscow. — Aeroflot has taken delivery of Airbus A321 and Boeing B737-800 in another leg of continuous fleet enhancement.

The Airbus A321 airliner is named after Sergey Rachmaninoff, an outstanding Russian pianist, composer, and conductor of the late-Romantic period. The aircraft is designed in a two class composition with 16 seats in business and 170 in economy. Aeroflot operates А321 aircraft across its European and domestic routes network. A321 airplanes satisfy the highest reliability, safety and comfort standards and are considered among the best for mid-range flights.

The new Boeing B737-800 bears the name of Muslim Magomayev, an iconoc baritone operatic pop singer. Aeroflot’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft are equipped with aerodynamic wing-tips known as Sharklets. The airliner has two-class composition with 20 seats in business class and 138 seats in economy class. The Business class salon is equipped with monitors for viewing media content. Boeing 737 is one of the world’s most popular single-aisle jet airliners providing high level of comfort on medium-haul routes.

About Aeroflot
Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and a proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,074 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. In 2016, Aeroflot carried 29 million passengers (43.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries).

Aeroflot became the first Russian airline to be awarded Four Star Airline status by Skytrax in recognition of the high-quality of its customer service. In 2017, Aeroflot was named Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the sixth time at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.

In 2017, Aeroflot was named the most powerful brand in Russia and the world’s strongest airline brand by leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance. Aeroflot was also named Best Major Airline in Europe by TripAdvisor travellers and recognised as the Favourite International Airline in China at the Flyer Award Ceremony 2017.

Aeroflot operates one of the youngest fleets in the world with 202 aircraft. Aeroflot is based in Moscow, at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety, with a European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, the main globally recognized safety parameter, comparable to global peers.

The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the seventh time in 2017, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2004 compliant.

Source : Aeroflot