Flydubai has announced reduced fares of up to 50% on select flights, inspiring passengers to further explore its network of up to 90 destinations. The reduced fares are now available on flydubai s website flydubai.com and this offer will run until midnight on 14 March, for travel between 10 March 2016 and 25 March 2017. This is the first time that flydubai has gone on sale for an extended travel period. Passengers who plan their travels further in advance will enjoy greater discounts. Flydubai s Business Class offers passengers a more comfortable and personalised service from a member of crew dedicated to the Business Class cabin as well as priority services on the ground.
Flydubai offers Economy Class across its fleet of 50 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The onboard offering includes an interactive In-Flight Entertainment System for every seat with a choice of more than 1,200 hours of entertainment in Arabic, English, Hindi and Russian.
Flydubai recently launched its new website, redesigned to offer customised content based on customers location and previous interaction with the site. In addition, new destination guides and travel tips provide inspiration for planning the perfect trip, holiday or last-minute getaway to some of flydubai s hidden gems, such as Baku, Kathmandu, Sarajevo, Sofia or Zanzibar.
Etihad Airways has welcomed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) determination to reauthorise its alliance with Virgin Australia for a further five years. The ruling will enable the airlines to continue their cooperative services on the Australia-Abu Dhabi route and beyond until 30 December 2020.
Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer, James Hogan, said the announcement was great news for the airlines and a real win for Australian travellers.
In the first five years of the alliance, we ve shaken up the competitive landscape by delivering more destinations, more capacity and an unrivalled guest experience through new, state-of-the-art aircraft and major investments in product and service innovations.
We are two best-in-class airlines, working together to offer a superior level of comfort and service; like-minded brands committed to putting the air traveller first through innovation and a shared passion for excellence.
Over the next five years, our focus will be on new areas of commercial cooperation with Virgin Australia and opportunities for increased public benefit. Hogan also expressed Etihad Airways gratitude to the stakeholders who had lodged submissions in favour of extending the alliance.
Our business partners in Australia are critical to our success and I would like to thank them for their continuing support.
Geneva The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that air cargo volumes measured by freight tonne kilometers rose just 0.5% in October compared to a year ago. Year-over-year expansion fell back from September s faster growth rate, and total cargo volumes in October stand 1.1% lower than the peak of the uptrend at the end of 2014.
European carriers have driven recent improvements in air cargo growth, but they ran out of steam in October with a rise of just 0.2%. Other regions also underlined the weak October trend. The most significant decline in cargo activity was experienced by North American carriers, who reported a 2.4% fall in volumes. Latin America (-8.1%) and Africa (-1.1%) are smaller markets and also declined. Asia-Pacific was up, little more than Europe with a rise of 0.3%. Growth in the Middle East, although a robust 8.3%, was some 4.3 percentage points down on the average performance for the year to date.
The outlook for air cargo continues to be very difficult. While there was some optimism from third quarter growth it has all but disappeared as the industry basically flat-lined. Cargo capacity has grown largely in lock-step with the continued robust demand for passenger travel. As a result, freight load factors have sunk to the 44% range a level not seen since 2009. Early signs of improvement in export orders may bode well for trade and air cargo but this is unlikely to prevent air cargo finishing 2015 on a low note, said Tony Tyler, IATA s Director General and CEO.
Oct 2015 vs. Oct 2014 FTK Growth AFTK Growth FLF International 0.5% 6.0% 48.0 Domestic 0.4% 4.2% 31.2 Total Market 0.5% 5.7% 44.8 YTD 2015 vs. YTD 2014 FTK Growth AFTK Growth FLF International 3.0% 6.6% 47.3 Domestic 0.2% 2.6% 29.9 Total Market 2.6% 5.8% 44.0
Regional analysis in detail
Asia-Pacific carriers saw a slight rise in FTKs of 0.3% in October compared to October 2014, and capacity expanded 2.9%. Trade growth in China and other key export economies remains disappointing. Chinese export orders, however, spiked in October, which could result in better demand for air freight in the next 2-3 months.
European carriers reported a rise in demand in October of just 0.2% compared to a year ago and capacity rose 5.6%. Although this is a weaker performance than in recent months, improvements in the Eurozone are expected to continue, especially trade activity to/from Central and Eastern Europe.
North American airlines experienced a decline of 2.4% year-on-year and capacity grew 6.0%. There are mixed signals from this market. Recent month-to-month results appeared to indicate a return to growth, but the latest manufacturing and export reports are poor. Strong demand for air freight in the coming months appears unlikely.
Middle Eastern carriers saw demand expand by 8.3%, and capacity rise 11.6%. Recent air cargo growth in the region continues to trend well below the rates seen for the first half of the year. Saudi Arabia and the UAE, among others in the region, have seen slowdowns in non-oil sectors, but growth rates remain robust enough to sustain solid demand for air cargo.
Latin American airlines reported a decline in demand of 8.1% year-on-year, and capacity expanded 5.0%. Year-to-date performance for Latin American air cargo is the worst of any region by some margin, contracting by 5.9%. Air cargo demand appears to be mirroring weakening consumer sentiment in key regional economies.
African carriers experienced a fall in demand of 1.1%, and capacity rose by 6.9%. Despite the October result, Africa is still the second fastest growing air cargo market for the year-to-date. Demand is holding up despite the underperformance of Nigeria and South Africa.
Press release IATA
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