French Blue to rebrand as French Bee

Groupe Dubreuil announced (30-Jan-2018) plans to rebrand French Blue as French Bee. Groupe Dubreuil stated in light of plans to launch Paris Orly–San Francisco–Papeete service, objections were raised by an…..

US and Qatar delegations reach agreement addressing concerns on subsidised competition, transparency

US and Qatar delegations reached (30-Jan-2018) a set of understandings to address concerns raised by US carriers regarding subsidised competition and an alleged lack of transparency. Under the agreement, Qatari and…..

Google Flights adds delay reporting and prediction, information on ‘Basic Economy’ fares

Google, via its official blog, announced (31-Jan-2018) it is adding new features to Google Flights that will help to predict flight delays and provide information on…..

American Airlines to offer premium economy across most of widebody fleet by 2019

American Airlines stated (25-Jan-2018) it expects to offer premium economy on most of its widebody fleet by the spring of 2019. Currently 64 widebody aircraft offer the…..

Copa Airlines plans to launch Fortaleza and Salvador services in Jul-2018

Copa Airlines plans to launch twice weekly Panama City services to Fortaleza and Salvador with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, effective from 18-Jul-2018 and 24-Jul-2018 respectively, as per 30-Jan-2018 GDS display. According to OAG, the…..

Expedia joins UATP, giving more options for purchase of corporate airfares in the US

UATP announced (30-Jan-2018) it has joined with Expedia to accept UATP for airline ticket payments purchased in the US, along with Travelocity and Orbitz. With Expedia as a merchant, UATP’s subscribers that…..

LATAM Brazil CEO: WiFi service offering ‘becomes a differential’

LATAM Brazil CEO Jerome Cardier confirmed the LATAM Group“consciously deferred the implementation” of onboard WiFi (AirlineGeeks, 24-Jan-2018). “We did not see that it was a positive business case, because of the…..

Copa Airlines recognises potential for alliance with Air China

Copa Airlines CEO Pedro Heilbron acknowledged the potential for establishing the connections of the airline with the new direct service scheduled for Mar-2018 by Air China on the China–Panama route…..

TAP Portugal in discussions with Argentine government over possibility of Lisbon-Buenos Aires route

TAP Portugal is deliberating with the Argentine Government over the possibility of a direct service between Lisbon and Buenos Aires (Journal de Negocios/Aeroin, 26-Jan-2018). Minister for Tourism Gustavo Santos stated he…..

Brazil bets on eVisa to lure US travellers

Brazil‘s travel agency association (ABAV) estimated (30-Jan-2018) the implementation of eVisa for US tourists will inject BRL600 million (USD188.6 million) into the Brazilian economy. US is the…..

JetBlue reports latest key developments in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Caribbean and New York

JetBlue Airways EVP of commercial and planning Marty St George reported (25-Jan-2018) the latest key developments in the following markets: Boston: Market is driving superior margins with low fares…..