It is time for our weekly update on what is going on in the world of budget airlines and traditional carriers.
With start off with Germanwings which is extending its domestic network from Airport Cologne. From now on travellers from Cologne can fly cheap to such destinations as Catania, Rijeka, Tunis and Nador.
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The biggest Scandinavian low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle faces the threat of strike action following a dispute with the Swedish labour union Unionen over working hours.
The Irish Ryanair, a low-budget airline that enjoys notoriety for its marketing style, did not squander the opportunity to get the air of publicity. Ryanair sent a bunch of flowers to Unionen to express its gratitude for putting stumbling blocks in its competitor’s way.
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Hi there aviation enthusiasts. In today’s post we are going to bring you the latest news from the world of aviation – read about new routes and services from both low-cost airlines and traditional carriers. We start off with two renowned Middle-Eastern carriers.
Etihad launched recently two new routes from Abu Dhabi. From this month on this classy airline operates flights Abu Dhabi – Male and Abu Dhabi Seychelles.
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What would a Monday be without the latest updates. Here you are: new routes and services as well as other news from the low-cost airlines as well as traditional carriers. We begin in Europe.
The national carrier of the UK, British Airways announced it would launch new routes to leisure spots from London City. It concerns both increasing frequency to e.g. Nice, Ibiza or Palma and new routes London City – Faro (as of June 7, 2011) and London City – Malaga (June 8, 2011).
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Hi travellers, this time we’d like to investigate into how much stuff you can pack in your bags when flying with the greatest competitor of SAS on the Scandinavian market – Norwegian Air Shuttle.
This carrier allow one item of hand luggage per person. Maximum weight is 10 kg. Maximum dimensions are 55x40x23cm. Each passenger is allowed to bring a maximum of one litre of liquid/cream/gel. Each item cannot be larger than 100 ml and each item must be must be placed in a transparent sealable plastic bag which must be presented for inspection at the security checkpoint.
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Some months ago we reported about the ambitions on the part of Norwegian Air Shuttle to enter the long-haul market. This Norwegian carrier has reached the next stage of the process – namely the choice of aircraft.
It has been announced that Norwegian decided to lease 2 new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners for the period of 12 years starting from 2012. The decision was taken for a number of reasons, such as lower fuel consumption and a high standard of passenger comfort.
Incidentally, we wonder if the choice was affected by the fact that Airbus aircraft suffer somewhat tarnished reputation these days following the technical problems which make headlines (e.g. the engine explosion on an Airbus SAS A380 belonging to Qantas Airways).
Regardless of the motivation for this decision, affordable flights connecting e.g. Airport Oslo with the USA are one step closer to reality.
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Low cost airline Ryanair, known mainly thanks to its low fares and many weird fees proposals, grows steadily. The airline transported 7.68 million passengers in August. This means this low cost carrier transported more passengers than Air France – KLM.
Europe’s largest low-cost airline (in millions of people transported in 2009) are Ryanair with 66.5, easyJet with 45.2, Air Berlin 27.9, Norwegian 10.7, Vueling 8.2, WizzAir 7.8 and GermanWings 7.2.
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As the summer is wearing on towards the end and the days are getting colder, it is not easy to resist the temptation to set a course southwards and if there is one region we automatically associate with everlasting sunshine, it is undoubtedly the Mediterranean.
Norwegian brings this week a tasty offer. From NOK 299 one can get away from the ever colder Northern Europe to the place whose name alone warms one’s heart – Coast of the Sun. To be more precise the offer is all about Malaga. At the time of writing the most advantageous fares are for the Trondheim – Malaga route. Other than that one can fly from Bergen, Stavanger and Oslo.
Have we put temptation in your way? Give in to it and book your escape to Malaga here.
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SAS Scandinavian Airlines was Europe’s most punctual airline in 2009, and this summer SAS is once again Europe’s most punctual airline. In July, SAS was even the world’s most punctual airline amongst all major airlines. For May, June and July, SAS’ punctuality was superior to any other major airline in Europe.
In July, SAS’ punctuality was 90.35%, resulting in 14,312 of 15,840 flights being on time. In June the punctuality was 90.62% and in May 91.30%. SAS’ punctuality was thereby superior amongst all Europe’s major airlines. Second most punctual major airline in July was KLM with 84.50%. Other airlines included Norwegian (83.25%), Air Berlin (72.58%), Ryanair (69.18%), easyJet (52.45%) or Iberia (45.92%). These on-time performance reports for worldwide carriers and airports are generated from FlightStats Analytics.
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As the Scandinavian press reports, we can expect a new player on the long haul flight market to emerge within 3-4 years. The new carrier will initially offer flights from Scandinavia to e.g. the United States and gradually widen its route network and thus challenge the position SAS has enjoyed when it comes to long flights from Scandinavia. Behind this daring project is Bjørn Kjos, the CEO of Norwegian Air Shuttle
„I cannot see why we should not be able to offer air fares starting at NOK 2000” he says and adds that we cannot expect all the airfares to be in this price category. „What we need is differentiation. Look at Air Asia, they tried offer flight without business class but it did not work”, he adds and suggests dividing the cabin into classes, a solution that Norwegian has been trying to avoid so far.
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