Aeroflot once again tops global punctuality rating

Courtesy: Aeroflot.

Courtesy: Aeroflot.

Aeroflot was recognized as the world’s most punctual airline once again in November 2014, according to FlightStats, a US-based flight statistics agency. According to the November 2014 survey, 93.22% of Aeroflot flights arrived on time, putting Aeroflot ahead of renowned global peers like SAS, KLM, Lufthansa, British Airways and Emirates.

“The first key to success for any company in the transportation sector is to provide high quality transport services. This is especially true for airlines because we face more stringent requirements, and the air transport sector is extremely competitive,” said Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev.
FlightStats is a global leader in the analysis of flight data, covering more than 86% of flights globally in real time. This enables the company to track even slight delays of 15 minutes.

Source: Aeroflot.

Airbus receives over 500 ideas for Fly Your Ideas student challenge

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

Round One of Airbus’ global competition Fly Your Ideas has attracted worldwide entries on how the next generation will tackle the future challenges of aviation. Over 50 Airbus experts and innovators are now reviewing the more than 500 ideas submitted. Their mission is to select the 100 teams who merit a place in Round Two of the competition.

Ian Lane, Airbus Senior Expert and Fly Your Ideas assessor commented: “We passionately debate and review each idea. It is an absolute privilege and inspiration to see such imaginative, unrestrained thinking from the student teams.” He adds: “As aviation professionals, we have insight into which developments are already in the pipeline, so the idea has to be genuinely new. It could be something very simple, used in a new context or combined with an element in a way we haven’t seen before.”

Whether selected for the next round or not, Airbus will give feedback to every team on their submission, thus nurturing the spirit of innovation in the next generation.

The 100 selected teams will be announced in January 2015. Just the top five teams will make it to the final and present their ideas at a live event in June 2015. The winning team will receive a €30,000 prize.

What sets Fly Your Ideas apart from other global student competitions is the deep and company-wide engagement of the Airbus teams. The assessors were drawn from right across the business, and include non-technical professionals as well as engineers and aviation experts. The multidisciplinary, multicultural teams reflect the way Airbus people work inside the company, and the firm belief that diversity is a driver of innovation.

Source: Airbus.

Swiss tem promoção de passagens aéreas para a Europa durante toda a temporada de inverno

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A SWISS está com uma promoção de passagens aéreas para quem quer viajar para a Europa durante toda a temporada de inverno. Até 31 de março, é possível viajar para vários destinos na Europa, pagando apenas US$ 949 pelo bilhete de ida e volta em classe econômica. Para destinos no Oriente Médio, os preços começam em US$ 1.149, e para destinos na Ásia, US$ 1.549. Valores para saídas de São Paulo.

Passageiros que embarcam em outras cidades como Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Florianópolis, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte e Brasília encontram passagens para a Europa com preços a partir de US$ 1.074. Para o Oriente Médio, os valores começam em US$ 1274 e para a Ásia, US$ 1674.

A promoção é válida somente para compra até o dia 22 de dezembro, diretamente em www.swiss.com ou através de uma agência de viagem. Os valores podem ser parcelados em até cinco vezes no cartão de crédito.

A SWISS oferece 11 voos semanais entre o Brasil e a Europa até 28 de março, depois desta data, voltará a oferece um voo por dia entre São Paulo e Zurique, na Suíça. Mais informações e reservas em www.swiss.com.

Fonte: Swiss.

Escape to the sun with Lufthansa

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Lufthansa is continuing to expand its route network with new and attractive destinations. In the future, the airline will offer direct flights to popular holiday destinations in Mexico, the Maldives and Mauritius. During the winter months, between 8 December 2015 and 11 April 2016, passengers will be able to choose between two weekly flights each from Frankfurt to Cancún, Malé or Mauritius. Flying with an Airbus A340-300 from the Lufthansa hub, passengers will be able to reach sandy beaches and exotic landscapes in comfort.

On board across a total of 298 seats in Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class, passengers can expect the usual high level of Lufthansa comfort with the latest cabin layout across all classes: at the touch of a button, the seats in the new Business Class can be transformed into a comfortable bed with a horizontal lying surface of 1.98 m in length, while increased legroom and a greater seat pitch await those in the recently introduced Premium Economy Class. With the individual in-flight entertainment system, there is a wide range of entertainment on offer for passengers in all travel classes, as well as FlyNet, the wireless broadband Internet.

The flight times of LH 514, LH 704 and LH 708 have been specially selected so as to allow passengers from Germany and Europe, in particular, to benefit from smooth connectionss.

Return flights to Cancún can already be booked from EUR 919, to Malé from EUR 629 and to Mauritius from EUR 799. Further information and flight booking services with Lufthansa can be found on the internet at LH.com or by calling the Lufthansa Service Center on +49 (0)69 86 799 799 (landline rate). Flights can also be booked with Lufthansa’s travel agency partners and at the Lufthansa ticket desks in airports. At www.lufthansaholidays.com, Lufthansa also offers attractive travel packages including flights and hotel for all new holiday destinations.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa to offer new helicopter service from Munich

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa customers will be able to reach the ski slopes even faster this winter. A new helicopter service from Munich will commence on 1 January 2015. Lufthansa’s hub in southern Germany is the perfect departure point to reach the nearby ski resorts as quickly as possible. Whether it’s Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Zillertal, Kitzbühel, SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental or other resorts in the Alps – as long as there is a helipad on site, customers will be able to choose their own destination. The service can be booked now and will operate until the end of April.

In Munich, Lufthansa customers will be collected directly from their aircraft and looked after by Munich Airport’s VIP service. The company HTM Helicopter Travel Munich GmbH will then take them to their desired holiday destination.

First Class passengers can book this exclusive transfer with the service hotlines 0800 627 0508 and +49 69 86 799 444, while Business Class passengers can call HTM at +49 89 21547172. Alternatively, passengers can make a reservation by emailing lufthansa@helitravel.de.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Finnair’s first A350 XWB takes shape

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

The first A350-900 for Finnair is taking shape in the Roger Béteille Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. Finnair will be the first European airline to fly the A350 XWB and the third operator in the world. Scheduled for delivery in autumn 2015 the aircraft is now in the fuselage section joining phase.

Following this, the aircraft will move to wing junction, cabin installation and first power-on, all achieved in one single station. Once these phases are completed, the aircraft will undergo system tests, cabin completion, painting and engine installation before starting the delivery process, including flight testing.

Finnair has a total of 19 A350 XWB on order. The aircraft will be deployed on Finnair’s long-haul routes to Asia and America.

The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) will bring a step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category, using 25 per cent less fuel and providing an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions. To date, the A350 XWB has already won 778 firm orders from 41 customers worldwide.

Source: Airbus.

Delta é eleita a melhor companhia aérea pelos leitores da Business Travel News pelo quarto ano consecutivo

Courtesy: Delta Air Lines.

Courtesy: Delta Air Lines.

Gestores de viagens corporativas elegeram pelo quarto ano seguido a Delta Air Lines como a empresa aérea número um na pesquisa Business Travel News. A premiação deste ano conta com uma marca inédita. Esta é a primeira vez que uma companhia aérea lidera o ranking em quatro edições consecutivas.

O primeiro lugar no levantamento anual promovido pela BTN confirma mais uma vez o sucesso da abordagem da Delta em superar as expectativas dos clientes por meio da sua confiabilidade operacional líder da indústria e com as contínuas atualizações de seus produtos e serviços.

“O reconhecimento vindo dos gestores de viagens corporativas para o trabalho duro e comprometimento da equipe de mais de 80 mil colaboradores da Delta em todo o mundo é uma confirmação importante de que nós continuamos a liderar a indústria para nossos clientes,” disse Ed Bastian, presidente da Delta. “A cultura de hospitalidade, as melhorias contínuas e a dedicação inabalável da Delta na tentativa de melhorar a experiência de viagem repercute nos passageiros que viajam a negócios e que dependem de nós para continuar desempenhando suas atividades em alto nível”.

A companhia foi primeira colocada em todas as dez categorias, com ganhos anuais significativos em cada uma delas e se destacando em áreas-chave da pesquisa, entre elas: ‘Valor do Relacionamento com Gerentes de Contas e Representantes de Vendas’; ‘Qualidade de Atendimento ao Cliente’, ‘Redes’ e ‘Parcerias com Companhias Aéreas’ e ‘Frequências’.

“Felicitamos a Delta pela conquista histórica de ser selecionada quatro anos seguidos pelos assinantes da Business Travel News para receber nossa maior homenagem da Pesquisa Anual de Linhas Aéreas,” afirmou Louis Magliaro, editor do Grupo BTN. “A Delta é a primeira companhia aérea a alcançar, nos 17 anos de nossa pesquisa, o primeiro lugar das premiações em quatro anos consecutivos, o que demonstra claramente os esforços da equipe da empresa em ser reconhecida pelos profissionais da indústria, em todas as categorias da pesquisa”.

A pesquisa da BTN é realizada entre os gestores de viagens corporativas, que são os principais influenciadores das decisões de viagens de negócios. Participaram também da pesquisa as companhias aéreas American, Southwest, United e US Airways.

Fonte: Delta Air Lines.