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Air Canada to Offer In-flight Wi-Fi aboard International Flights
Posted by Kawalpreet Wadhwa on 22 March 2016 02:09 AM

Air Canada today announced it will offer satellite connectivity on international flights so customers can email, surf the internet and stream entertainment at broadband speeds while flying anywhere in the world. Already, Air Canada is the only Canadian carrier to offer customers in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity across its entire fleet of narrow-body aircraft in North America.


“Air Canada is pleased to announce it will offer customers the ability to stay connected whenever and wherever they fly by extending in-flight, North American connectivity to its wide-body aircraft flying overseas using satellite technology,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “While business travellers will welcome satellite Wi-Fi service as a productivity tool, it will have widespread appeal for all travellers by allowing them to stay in touch, access the internet and enjoy additional entertainment options throughout their entire journey.”


Under the agreement announced today, Air Canada will begin installing Gogo® 2Ku satellite technology on its wide-body fleet commencing this fall with its Boeing 777 aircraft. At present, Air Canada is the only Canadian carrier to offer customers in-flight Wi-fi across its entire narrow-body fleet of aircraft on flights within North America.



Source: Air Canada

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Armed Kurdish group claims Turkey airport blast
Posted by Kawalpreet Wadhwa on 28 December 2015 01:49 AM

An armed Kurdish group on Saturday claimed an explosion near a plane at Istanbul's second international airport which killed a female cleaner and wounded another.

"We ... claim the attack carried by mortar bombs at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport," on Wednesday, the Freedom Falcons of Kurdistan (TAK) said on its website.

Airport cleaner Zehra Yamac, 30, died of head wounds hours after the blast on the tarmac at the airport on the Asian side of Turkey's largest city. The wounded victim was also a cleaner.

The attack came as Turkey wages an all-out offensive against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which launched an armed insurgency against the Turkish state in 1984, initially fighting for Kurdish independence, then pressing for greater autonomy for the country's largest ethnic minority.

Turkish officials say TAK is a front for PKK attacks on civilian targets and the PKK claims TAK is a splinter group over which it has no control.

On its website, TAK lashed out at what it described as a "war coalition" between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Islamic State group against the Kurds.

It also said the airport attack was a response to the "fascist attacks that turn Kurdish cities into ruins."

The armed group, which had been silent for some time, claimed the attack had inflicted "serious damage" to the airport and that five planes were "heavily" damaged.

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Air India preparing to start direct flight to Washington by 2016.
Posted by Kawalpreet Wadhwa on 18 December 2015 01:15 AM

Air India has begun the process to start its fifth non-stop flight to the US by next year end, making Washington the national carrier’s next destination after successfully launching direct flight to San Francisco.

“We will complete the viability study in next few months and once it’s completed we will move on next step. If everything goes fine, we may start a direct flight to Washington by the end of 2016,” a top Air India official said.

The national carrier now operates non-stop flights to four US cities – Chicago, New York and San Fransisco (From New Delhi) and Newark (from Mumbai). Air India earlier used to fly to Washington via New York, but the service was discontinued a few years ago.

The official said the airline is encouraged by the response to its newly launched direct flight to San Francisco in California. The tickets for next two months have already been sold out and the demand was “huge”, he added.

The San Francisco flight was airline’s first non-stop service connecting America’s West Coast with India and making the Silicon Valley its fourth destination in the US. A large number of Indian IT professionals and students live in the region and a direct flight in the West Coast is a boon for them, making travel easy and convenient.

“A large number of passengers are older people who visit their children to spend some time with them,” another official said, adding that around 70 wheelchair-bound passengers were in the first flight to San Fransisco on December 2 which was booked to its full capacity.

Kandace Bender, Deputy Airport Director, Marketing and Communications, San Francisco International Airport, said that Indians are one of the fastest growing communities in San Francisco after Chinese.

“We have more than 700 passengers to and from India daily and the numbers are increasing,” she said, adding that the travellers include businessmen, tourists, professionals, students and elderly people. She said that Delhi and Bengaluru are among destinations in India. Hyderabad and Chennai are among other destinations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the Silicon Valley in September had announced to connect the city with India through a direct flight. The return flight from San Francisco provides onward connections to cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune and Bhubaneswar.

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Chennai Airport Closure Due To Torrential Rain & Flooding
Posted by Kawalpreet Wadhwa on 02 December 2015 09:07 PM

Due to heavy flooding after torrential rain, Chennai (MAA) airport remains closed until further notice. As such, all Emirates flights to/from Chennai (MAA) have been cancelled up to and including December 4th. All flights to Chennai remain closed until December 6th. Passengers with final destination Chennai (MAA) will not be boarded on their flight from the origin in order to avoid congestion in Dubai.


Please find below the re-booking/cancellation procedures which are applicable for passengers who purchased their tickets on/before December 1st for travel to/from Chennai (MAA) and who wish to alter their travel plans.


Rebooking, re-issue and cancellation charges shall be waived for passengers ticketed to travel up to December 07th, 2015.

Rebooking shall be made onto an available flight to/from the same destination for travel within a 07 day period after the original date of travel in the same booking class. This will be at no additional cost to the passenger and if required, the validity of the ticket may be extended.


Rebooking shall also be permitted to/from HYD/BLR/TRV/COK/DEL/BOM (instead of MAA) within a 07 day period after the original flight date in the same booking class (RBD) and at no additional cost to the passenger provided the max stay requirement of the fare used is maintained. If required the validity of the ticket may be extended. Travel from HYD/BLR/TRV/COK/DEL/BOM to MAA or MAA to HYD/BLR/TRV/COK/DEL/BOM will be at passengers own expense.


Only one free of charge change is permitted.


Passengers who want to cancel their trip:

Fully unused tickets – A full refund may be offered.

Partially used tickets – Refund of the residual amount after deduction of the applicable one-way fare for the utilized portion. Alternatively the residual amount may be converted into an eMD for future travel on Emirates valid for one year from DOI.


We will keep you posted on any further development.



Source:  Emirates

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After San Francisco, Air India plans direct flight to Washington
Posted by Kawalpreet Wadhwa on 02 December 2015 05:16 AM

Air India is considering starting a direct flight to Washington as well as serving new cities in the US soon after it launches its services to San Francisco next month. The national carrier already operates non-stop flights to three US cities — New York, Newark and Chicago.

“I have been informed by Air India that it is considering a direct flight to Washington,” Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju has said.

He was speaking on Friday at a function organised by Air India prior to the launch of its direct flight to San Francisco from December 2. According to a senior official at Air India, apart from direct services to Washington, the carrier would be looking at the feasibility of connecting more number of cities in the US from various places in India.

The official said the launch flight, both to and from San Francisco in California, has already been sold out and the demand was “tremendous”. Air India used to serve Washington via New York, but the service was discontinued a few years ago. The carrier also had flights to Los Angeles in California, which was discontinued before the merger of Indian Airlines with Air India in 2011.

The non-stop Delhi-San Francisco flight, starting services from December 2, will be one of the longest with duration of close to 17 hours. Air India will operate B77-200LR plane to San Francisco — the Silicon Valley hub.

“This new flight will be a boon for the Indian diaspora in the US West Coast, making travel easy and convenient for students,” the carrier said in a release.The flight to San Francisco will leave Delhi on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday while the return service will be on Thursday, Saturday and Monday. With a three-cabin configuration, the flight will have eight seats in first class, 35 in business and 195 in economy.

Passengers from IT hubs of Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Ahmedabad and Pune will have seamless connection to the flight from Delhi, Air India said.

“The return flight from San Francisco will provide onward connections to cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Pune and Bhubaneswar,” the release said.

Air India has flights to 34 international destinations spread across the US, Europe, Far-East and South-East, and the Gulf.

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