Virgin Atlantic Airways to recommence London-Mumbai service in Oct-2019

Virgin Atlantic Airways plans to recommence London Heathrow-Mumbai service on 27-Oct-2019, operating daily, as per a 21-May-2019 GDS and inventory timetable display. The airline will…..

American Airlines considers relaunching Beijing and Shanghai services from Chicago

American Airlines is reportedly considering relaunching services from Chicago to Beijing and Shanghai, both suspended in 2018, in response to strong demand for China–US flights (China Daily,…..

China Southern Airlines and Finnair new codeshare to add five new China destinations for Finnair

China Southern Airlines and Finnair agreed (21-May-2019) on a new codeshare partnership, effective 01-Jun-2019. The cooperation includes Finnair’s Helsinki-Guangzhou service, and select China Southern destinations…..

UK Government expands use of eGates to seven additional countries

UK‘s Government extended (20-May-2019) the use of biometric border control gates (eGates) to visitors from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the US holding ePassports. More…..

EU and China sign ‘landmark’ aviation agreements to enhance aviation relations, boost connectivity

EU and China signed (20-May-2019) two “landmark” aviation agreements to strengthen cooperation, boost competitiveness of the EU aeronautical sector and enhance overall EU-China aviation relations. Details include: Bilateral…..

Vistara to delay launch of Delhi-Colombo service

Vistara reportedly plans to delay the launch of Delhi-Colombo Bandaranaike service due to security concerns following the 21-Apr-2019 Easter bombings in Sri Lanka (Economic Times/Aviation Voice…..

AirAsia India to commence international services in Sep/Oct-2019

AirAsia India COO Sanjay Kumar reported the LCC plans to commence international services in Sep/Oct-2019, “subject to regulatory approvals” (Economic Times/Business Standard/Live Mint, 20-May-2019). Mr…..

Cathay Pacific Group pax up 5% in Apr-2019, strong pax traffic growth in Europe market

Cathay Pacific Group reported (20-May-2019) the following combined traffic highlights for Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon for Apr-2019: Passengers: 3.1 million, +4.9% year-on-year; Passenger load…..

China restricts 23.8m air ticket purchases as of end Apr-2019

China‘s National Development and Reform Commission said the Government restricted the purchase of 23.76 million air tickets due to poor social credit, as of the…..

India MoCA to reallocate Jet Airways traffic rights for Bangladesh and Hong Kong

India‘s Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola reported the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) received formal requests from airlines for the temporary reallocation of Jet…..

Japan Airlines first A350 completes maiden flight

Airbus announced (17-May-2019) Japan Airlines‘ first A350-900 aircraft operated its maiden flight. The aircraft will now enter the final phase of production, including cabin completion and…..