Avianca Brasil joined the Star Alliance in ceremonies at São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport Wednesday. Avianca’s membership brings the number of Star airlines to 28. “Today we are setting the future pace of our airline and close a two year process, which saw us move to a new IT platform, review and update our internal processes, and specific training program for our employees to ensure they can provide the best possible service to customers. We are proud to ...
Taipei-based EVA Air has finalized an order for five Boeing 777 freighters, in an order valued at more than $1.5 billion at list prices. The commitment was first announced at the Paris Air Show. These are the first 777Fs to join EVA Air’s fleet, and the first to be delivered to a Taiwanese airline. The aircraft, which will be powered by GE90-115B engines, are scheduled for delivery from 2017. According to GE Aviation, the$750 million engine order includes a 12-year OnPoint solution ...
In Terminal T-1, Vanderlande has operated and maintained the baggage handling facilities since 2009, when it delivered a state-of-the-art TUBTRAX system. The requested service levels in this O&M contract were among the highest in the industry and Vanderlande has managed to meet them successfully over the last six years.
In Terminal T-2, Vanderlande has installed the majority of baggage handling equipment over the last few decades, but the O&M has been carried out by other parties. In launching a tender for the O&M of both terminals, AENA applied the current service levels in place for Terminal T-1 to all baggage handling systems at the airport. Vanderlande was one of several companies to make an initial bid.
Winning the contract means that Vanderlande will continue to be AENA’s preferred partner for O&M, this time for all baggage handling facilities at Barcelona-El Prat Airport.
Freek Wullems, Manager Services at Vanderlande Spain, said: “We are delighted that AENA has chosen Vanderlande to take its baggage handling facilities at Barcelona-El Prat Airport to the next level. It confirms the productive partnership we share with them and highlights the effort our team has invested over the last six years in maintaining a best-in-class O&M performance of the Terminal 1 baggage handling system.”
South African Airways are offering a discount on flights to all delegates travelling to Durban.
As the Official Carrier for World Routes 2015, South African Airways are offering a discount on flights to all delegates travelling to Durban. The discount will range from between 5 – 18% on all flights to Durban and is exclusive to all World Routes 2015 delegates.
You can take advantage of this offer in one of two ways:
1 - Visit the South African Airways website to book your reservation and secure your SAA ticket. Simply enter the promo code ROUTES2015 to receive the discount.
South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 56 destinations, in partnership with SA Express, SA Airlink and its low cost carrier, Mango, within South Africa and across the continent, and nine intercontinental routes from its Johannesburg hub. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance.
Network Planners and other key decision makers from a wide range of carriers will head to Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa for The 21st World Route Development Forum. The event will take place from 19-22 September 2015 and is expected to attract up to 3000 delegates.
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The group’s five year plan initially envisions increasing frequencies to existing destinations, particularly destinations not served daily. Aeromexico also plans to consider new long-haul destinations, particularly in Europe including Barcelona and Rome. Aeromexico suspended service to Barcelona in early 2012.
Passengers on routes to EU countries were the ones that grew most in June, with an increase of 8% over last year; followed by users on intercontinental routes, with an increase of 3.6%. There was a notable increase of 1.2% in the number of passengers on domestic routes.
• LATAM Airlines, the leading airline group in South America, today announced the launch of a new direct flight from Barcelona bound for Sao Paulo, which its airline TAM will begin operating in October three times a week.
• The new route will position Barcelona as one of the first and most important hubs between Europe and South America.
Barcelona, July 13, 2015 - LATAM Airlines Group, the leading airline group in South America, today announced the launch of its new direct flight operated by the airline TAM, which will link Barcelona to Sao Paulo from October with a frequency of three times a week. The presentation was held at Barcelona-El Prat airport and was attended by the Minister of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Santi Vila; the Manager of Employment, Enterprise and Tourism of the Barcelona City Council, Albert de Gregorio; the President of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Miquel Valls; and the Spain Airport Network Manager of AENA, Fernando Echegaray. LATAM Airlines Group was represented by Rodrigo Contreras, Director General for Europe, and Ignacio Blanco, Director of Marketing and External Communications for Europe.
With the addition of this new route, the company enhances the connectivity of the Group in Europe with its main hub at the airport of Guarulhos in São Paulo, one of the largest and most modern in all of South America and gateway to over 115 destinations within this continent. The new route will position Barcelona as one of the key hubs with South America, enabling travellers from all over Europe to link with the flight to São Paulo and vice versa.
More than 175,000 passengers fly annually between Barcelona and Brazil. This means that more than 30% of traffic between Spain and Brazil has its origin or destination in Barcelona. Passenger traffic between Spain and Brazil has increased by 5% on average in the last five years (CAGR 2010-14), while Barcelona has grown 8% annually in the same period, significantly ahead of other Spanish airports. The strength of these figures fully justifies the interest of LATAM Airlines Group in the potential of this direct route between
Barcelona and Sao Paulo.
The flight will operate with a Boeing 767 aircraft that ensures optimum travel experience, combining comfort with a wide range of on board entertainment which provides state-of-the-art individual screens in every seat. Likewise, passengers traveling in Premium Business Class seats will have full flat, reclining 180 degrees, seats with 15% more space.
From now on, flying to Brazil and South America will be easier thanks to LATAM Airlines Group, and passengers will have the option to discover the natural beauties of our 42 destinations within Brazil and/or 115 destinations in South America.
Related to this new route, LATAM Airlines Group has announced it will hold various promotional activities, including the exclusive sponsorship of the LATAM AIRLINES GROUP Brazilian Day Festival, an event that will take place on September 6 at the Forum Barcelona and which will draw Brazilian culture closer to the Catalan public.
Rodrigo Contreras, CEO of LATAM Airlines in Europe commented, "We are very proud to see that Barcelona will participate directly in this enormous opportunity that we believe South America represents to Europe, thanks to this new route linking Barcelona with Brazil and South America. We would like to highlight the invaluable assistance of the Barcelona Air Route Development Committee whose support has been critical to the development of this project".
China will invest 500 billion Yuan ($80 billion) in 193 major domestic aviation projects this year, the country’s aviation regulator said, to meet growing demand from travelers and to bolster growth as the world’s second-largest economy slows.
The announcement comes amid a wider effort by Beijing to increase overall infrastructure spending after economic growth slowed to a six-year low in the first quarter. The country’s state planner has so far in the first six months approved billions of dollars of railway and airport projects.
China’s aviation sector has grown rapidly in recent years, driven by demand from the country’s increasingly wealthy middle class. Outbound passenger volumes rose 39 percent year-on-year over the January-May period, Li said.
He added that Chinese airlines now fly 553 routes to 127 cities in 51 nations, and plan to add 83 more routes over the summer and autumn period. Government planners estimate China’s airports will increase to 240 by 2020 from around 200.
Of the 500 billion yuan investment, 200 billion yuan will be spent on 51 projects in Chinese cities such as Urumqi and Kunming which are along routes marked out in China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, Li said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping launched in 2013 an initiative to increase trade and extend China’s influence with Central, West and South Asia as well as Europe and Africa through a series of projects ranging from oil and gas pipelines to railways.
In line with the strategy, Li also said that the government plans to expand China’s traffic rights with Central, East and West Asian countries “at an appropriate time” which would pave the way for new routes.