News from above : Air France, Jet Airways, Turkish Airlines, Twin Jet, Singapore Airlines, etc.

The representative pilot unions at Air France met with management on Monday to start negotiations on working conditions and pay, a few weeks after the validation in the company of a pay increase agreement for all categories of staff.
The SNPL Air France and Spaf, respectively number one and number two in the French airline’s cockpits, presented their demands during a meeting in the morning at Roissy airport. Negotiations are scheduled to continue tomorrow, Thursday.
After the pilots, management is scheduled to meet today Wednesday with the unions representing cabin crew (hostesses and stewards) for negotiations mainly on work organization.

Since October 2018, Turkish Airlines has increased its flights from 33 to 40 from Paris Charles de Gaulle and from 12 to 14 from Lyon LYS to Istanbul.
Turkish Airlines announces the increase of these flights from Paris CDG and Lyon LYS to its Istanbul hub, which serves the largest network of international destinations and countries in the world.

A Airbus A330-800, the latest member of Airbus’ A330 wide-body family to compete with the Boeing 787, successfully completed its first flight in the southwest yesterday, Tuesday. The aircraft, equipped with the latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, took off at 10:30 am from Toulouse Blagnac, where it returned to land after a flight of 4 hours and 4 minutes. The development program for this aircraft includes some 300 flight hours and must «  lead to certification next year » of the aircraft, said Guillaume Faury, President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

Finnair will introduce a new Premium Economy class on its long-haul flights in 2021 and will completely renew the cabin of its ATR aircraft. These investments demonstrate Finnair’s commitment to always offer a higher level of comfort to its passengers.
Finnair will offer this new cabin, Premium Economy, on its entire long-haul fleet from 2021 with a Nordic design offering more space and comfort as well as an overall improvement in the service offer.
The deployment of Economy Premium class on the long-haul fleet will start in the fourth quarter of 2020 and should be completed by the end of 2022. Detailed planning of the cabin design, service offer and marketing is underway.

Jet Airways announces the launch of two new routes for the winter season and an increase in frequencies. The company will be the first Indian airline to operate direct flights between Mumbai and Manchester, the third largest city in the United Kingdom. It will also be the first to connect the Indian city of Pune directly to Singapore. In addition, the company will increase its frequencies from Delhi to Singapore and Dubai.
Since October 28, 2018, Jet Airways has been improving its connections from Vadodara by offering a daily direct flight to Delhi and a new frequency between Vadodara and Bengaluru. At the same time, the airline launched a new daily direct flight between Delhi and Coimbatore to increase connections between the north and south of the country.
Thanks to these new features, leisure and business travellers will also be able to benefit from a wider choice of connections in the Delhi and Bengaluru hubs.
On the same day, Jet Airways also launched its new direct daily flight from Delhi to Coimbatore. Coimbatore, one of the country’s fastest growing major emerging cities, is home to more than 25,000 small, medium and large companies, mainly in the engineering and textile sectors. The company’s new daily route will promote trade and increase commercial and economic activity in the region, while connecting the Tamil Nadu manufacturing centre to the Indian capital. In addition, this flight now connects popular destinations such as Ootacamund and Pollachi.

Since October 28, the company has also operated its third daily flight between Pune and Bangalore. In addition, Jet Airways has also introduced its second direct daily flight between the capital, Delhi and Bagdogra, while the flight between Mumbai and Patna, previously operated twice a week, will now operate daily.
Since Sunday, October 28, 2018, Jet Airways has been strengthening its connection with Dubai on its international network, with the addition of a fourth daily frequency between the Indian capital and Dubai, a very popular destination for leisure and business travellers.

The agreements signed between the Air France group and Twin Jet open up many travel opportunities for all our customers.
Twin Jet now offers 126 new destinations via Paris Orly, including
– 21 from Limoges
– 21 from Le Puy en Velay
– 21 from Mende
– 3 from Marseille
– 3 from Toulouse
– 3 from Lyon
– 3 from Nice
– 3 from Pau.

Singapore Airlines is launching next year on Seattle, now its 5th destination in the United States. The first flight is scheduled for September 3, 2019, with three flights per week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) and four flights per week from October (Sunday). Singapore Airlines will fly with the Airbus A350-900 on this new route and will offer its passengers 42 seats in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy and 187 in Economy.

easyJet published its traffic statistics for October 2018, revealing a 14.1% increase in passenger numbers compared to the previous 12 months. This strong growth is mainly due to the integration of operations from/to Berlin Tegel since September.
The airline recorded a 16.5% increase in capacity in October and a load factor of 92.7%.
easyJet operated approximately 55,100 flights in October 2018, with an average of 1,780 flights and 277,000 passengers carried each day.
City breaks in Italy, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom, as well as beach breaks in the Balearic Islands and Amsterdam, were again in demand this month.
During the month, easyJet announced many new routes, such as Bordeaux – Essaouira, Bordeaux – Manchester, Toulouse – Marrakech, Toulouse – Liverpool, Toulouse – Tenerife or Rennes – Geneva.

Customers of Cathay Pacific will soon benefit from enhanced and more convenient access to seven major ports in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) of Guangdong Province (formerly Canton) in China, through a code-share agreement with Chu Kong Passenger Transport Co. (CKS).
As of November 7, 2018, this partnership will allow the Hong Kong airline to enter its code « CX » on CKS’s high-speed ferry links between Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and the following ports in the GBA region: Humen, Lianhuashan, Nansha, Shekou, Fuyong (for Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport), Zhongshan and Zhuhai.

Moscow Domodedovo Airport and S7 Airlines have implemented SITA’s Scan&Fly technology, which offers passengers a faster and more efficient process for checking in their own luggage. The process takes less than a minute.
The technology was developed by SITA, a global player in IT and telecommunications solutions for air transport. The autonomous baggage check-in solution has been tested at S7 check-in counters since early September and more than 1,000 passengers who used the service have expressed positive feedback.

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