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British Airways’ new Chinese Route

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British Airways is one of the leading airlines in the world carrying passengers, freight, mail and courier traffic to 200 destinations in more than 80 countries.British Airways is the largest airline based in the United Kingdom in terms of fleet size, international flights, and international destinations. British Airways holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating License; it is permitted to carry passengers, cargo, and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.

British Airways will launch a new route to Chengdu in Western China from London’s Heathrow airport in September 2013. The airline, part of International Airlines Group (ICAG.L), will run the thrice-weekly flight from September 2013. British Airways, which already flies to Beijing Shanghai, also began services to South Korean capital Seoul earlier in December 2012.

British Airways will be the only UK carrier to offer a direct service between Chengdu Shuangliu international airport and Heathrow with three flights a week from September 22, 2013. The route will be served by a four-class Boeing 777. The announcement comes just weeks after the airline started flights to Seoul in South Korea.

To celebrate the launch and reflecting the Chinese belief that eight is an auspicious number, British Airways  are offering flights to Chengdu from £508 if they are booked between today and the 16th January, 2013. The flight number for the inbound service is BA88 and BA89 for the London outbound flight.

Chengdu, the prosperous capital of Sichuan province, is one of China’s largest cities and one of the most important economic, transportation, and communication centers in Western China.

A long-running row over airport capacity expansion in Britain has centred on the need to improve links to major Chinese cities served by other European hubs such as Paris and Frankfurt.

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The World’s Biggest Airlines

Ever wondered about which airlines are the biggest? American Airlines which is one of the major airlines of the United States is the largest airline of the world in terms of passenger fleet size and passenger miles transported. American Airways was developed from a conglomeration of 82 small airlines through acquisitions in 1930 and now it has became the World’s Largest Airlines.

American Airlines is a major U.S. airline and a subsidiary of AMR Corporation and has two affiliates: American Eagle, which is a 100% regional subsidiary, and American Connection, which is the code-share regional brand.

With almost 88,000 full-time and part-time employees worldwide, American Airlines understand that its responsibility as a global citizen begins with its people and extends to communities around the world.

The American Airlines’ sustained investment in responsible business practices takes many forms—from ethical governance to its commitment to diversity and inclusion, to its focus on safety, the environment, and giving back to its communities. American Airlines continuously strive to make a positive impact in the lives of its customers, employees, shareholders, and in the communities and environments where we live, work and play.

American Airlines, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas is the largest airlines in the world providing service to 260 airport destinations in more than 50 countries and territories. American Airlines is also one of the largest scheduled air freight carriers in the world, providing a wide range of freight and mail services to shippers throughout its system onboard American’s passenger fleet.

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World’s Most Improved Airport

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Delhi International Airport has been named as the World’s Most Improved Airport in 2012, at the World Airport Awards held at the Passenger Terminal EXPO in Vienna.

“Coinciding with the opening of the new Terminal 3, there has been a significant improvement in product standards for passengers travelling into Delhi International Airport. The enhanced airside transit service, and better shopping and dining options has really improved the passenger experience and Delhi International Airport now provides a most competitive international standard” said Edward Plaisted, Chairman of SKYTRAX.

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Located in New Delhi, Delhi International Airport is a major gateway to India. This airport serves as a vital link between India and the rest of the world. This International Airport in New Delhi is regarded as one of the busiest airports in South Asia in terms of traffic movements.

Over 60 airlines serve the Delhi International Airport. This airport is the home to airlines like Air India, Air India Regional, GoAir, Indian Airlines, IndiGo, Kingfisher Airlines and so on.

This Airport is the second best Airport, the 30th busiest by passengers and 8th largest in size in the world, serving over 16.5 million people annually. It has two terminals, Terminal 1 for domestic travelers and the recently built Terminal 3 for international travelers.

Located 22 kilometers from Delhi, travelers can use the Delhi Airport Metro Express train line from Terminal 3 or take a bus or taxi on the 8-lane Delhi Gurgaon Expressway to get to downtown. The airport provides play areas for families along with complementary strollers for small travelers in Terminal 1D. The Eaton Smart Transit Hotel is located on the fifth floor of Terminal 3.

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Flying Blue programme

KLM Airlines is a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance offers a frequent flyer programme called Flying Blue. Whether you’re travelling to discover new places, to enjoy a family weekend, or to do business, it’s essential to make the most of every moment. With Flying Blue, you enter a world that’s all about you.

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As a member of Flying Blue, you become one of KLM Airlines most valued customers and enjoy the benefits of a generous global network. Founded by AIR FRANCE and KLM.

With a network of over 900 destinations, more than 18,000 daily flights and over 100 partners worldwide, Flying Blue makes it easy to earn Miles wherever you go. The Miles that you earn are credited to your online account, and you can spend them on award tickets to a destination of your choice, as well as a host of other great offers. You can also buy Miles as a gift for a friend, or to top up your account so that you can afford the trip of your dreams.

The more you travel, the higher you go. There are four membership levels, starting with Ivory  then moving up to three Elite and Elite Plus levels: Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each level offers its own benefits and privileges, and of course you get more advantages the higher you go.

Basics of Flying Blue are very easy to understand. You earn Award Miles on flights taken by you personally and these Miles are credited to your Flying Blue account. You can then spend the Award Miles you have earned on awards, either for your own personal use or for someone else.

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World’s Safest Airlines

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With no fatal accidents since 1976, and a staggering six million flights since then, British Airways is a clear winner in The Air Transport Rating Agency (ATRA) safety stakes. Having celebrated its 93rd anniversary in 2012, British Airways is among the very oldest airlines still in operation, and also one of the very largest, flying to hundreds of destinations and carrying in excess of 30 to 40 million passengers every year.

The Holistic Safety Rating studies are released on a yearly basis, and take a wide variety of factors into account to determine criteria that leads to a safety rating—how many passengers each plane holds, the number of employees and cabin crew, overall condition of aircraft in use by the airlines, the number of aircraft considered to be at risk, and the number of accidents over the last ten years, among other factors.

At British Airways the safety and security of customers and staff is the airways’ highest priority. For many years, British Airways has been a leader in the aviation industry on security matters, and you can be reassured that they have in place some of the most stringent security measures in the industry.

British Airways continuously works closely with governments and relevant authorities around the world to monitor and implement the security measures it has in place, and its policy is in full compliance with all regulatory requirements.

As one of the world’s largest international airlines, British Airways spends more than £100 million a year on security measures, which include screening of flying crew and ground staff, participation with government and airport screening of passengers and cabin baggage, extra hand baggage and customer searches at the gate, CCTV systems on all of the aircraft so the pilot can see who is outside the cabin door and many other security measures.

Air Asia new 2013 Destinations and Routes

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AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of Asia’s biggest low-cost carrier, is starting direct flights between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Shanghai Pudong on February 19.

The service will initially be six times a week, increasing to daily from May 1 onwards. The route will be operated by an A330-300 aircraft with 12 premium flatbed seats and 365 economy seats.

The airline’s expanding network is also raising KLIA’s status as a transit hub. Passengers of the new flight will be able to make use of Air Asia’s Fly-Thru service to connect between Shanghai and Australia (Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Gold Coast), Indonesia (Medan, Surabaya, Bali, Jakarta), Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi,) Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City), as well as Singapore.

AirAsia X is planning to further increase frequencies on a number of routes in the Asia-Pacific region from July next year but a representative of AirAsia X explained that they had not yet finalized any other new routes to Chinese cities in 2013.

AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandez stated: “You can’t be a global airline if you don’t come to America,” adding that New York is the logical first USdestination, and California and Hawaii are also attractive. Mr Fernandes said US destinations have been delayed by the multiple agreements necessary to commence services.

Also, AirAsia X cannot operate direct services to the US until it receives delivery of A350 aircraft, and its current fleet would need to stop in Europe on the way, adding additional issues. He said the carrier would expand its fleet from 11 widebody aircraft to 38 by 2020 and was finalising engine purchase for the remaining 27.

Ten of the 27 on order are A350 aircraft. AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani expects the carrier to secure US destinations either in 2013 or 2014, though approval to stop in the US is “not even halfway there”.

Royal Orchid Plus

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Royal Orchid Plus is the loyalty reward program for Thai Airways. Members of the Royal Orchid Plus program can earn miles on flights with Thai Airways and their Star Alliance airline partners, as well as with a variety of hotel, car rental and communications partners.

Royal Orchid Plus miles can be redeemed for flights, upgrades, magazines, and hotel stays, among other rewards. There are three levels of membership within the Royal Orchid Plus program (Member, Silver, and Gold), each providing unique benefits when travelling with THAI and Star Alliance airlines.

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The Royal Orchid Plus program is open to any person 2 years of age or older who has a mailing address in any country which has not prohibited participation in frequent flyer programs. Only one person may be enrolled per Royal Orchid Plus account. Membership will be listed under the participant’s full name in English including title (Mr., Mrs., etc.).

You can redeem Award travel across the entire Thai Airways network, use your miles for an Upgrade Award on Thai Airways, and with Star Alliance Awards travel to almost any destination on the planet.

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Qualifying Miles that you earn with THAI and Star Alliance airlines determine your Royal Orchid Plus membership status. Each membership level, Member, Silver, Gold has unique benefits when traveling with THAI and Star Alliance airlines.

If your account does not contain sufficient mileage for the Award you intend to request, up to a maximum of 30 000 miles per award can be purchased. Simply contact Thai Airways office and request the amount of miles you wish to purchase, with payment by credit card or cash. 3 working days required for purchase miles to be credited to accounts.

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