As of today the airline Air Lituanica launches flights to Hamburg, this being the third direct Air Lituanica flight to Germany. Air Lituanica will operate more direct flights than any other airline company from Vilnius Airport to Germany - as many as 16 flights in three directions during the summer season.
"We are delighted to expand out flight geography from Lithuania to Germany. After opening this third route of the airline Air Lituanica to Germany we will have excellent direct connection to this country. This will further boost cooperation in all areas", says Deividas Matulionis, Lithuanian Ambassador to Germany.
German directions of Air Lituanica, which has accelerated in 2014 - Berlin and Munich - especially improved incoming tourism, thus Hamburg will also contribute to the growing flow of tourists. The plan for the summer season is to carry at least 8 thousand passengers, 5 thousand of whom should be Germans arriving in Vilnius for tourism and business.
Germany's second largest city Hamburg is the economic and cultural centre of Northern Germany, with the population of 1.7 million, and if taking into account the entire geographical region, it has as many as 3.5 million inhabitants. This city is the capital of shopping, entertainment and other cultural events. The key economic factor of the city is undoubtedly the port - the second largest port in Europe. Hamburg is the eighth largest city in the European Union and the EU's largest city that is not a capital.
Hamburg is distinguished for its abundance of bridges and canals, for example, there are approximately 2.5 thousand bridges and that is more than in Amsterdam and Venice combined. Hamburg, like Vilnius, is a very green city - the green spaces account for even 14% of the city area.
Flights to Hamburg will be conducted three times a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Flight duration from Vilnius is 1 hour 45 minutes and 1 hour 55 min back to Vilnius.
Source: Air Lituanica
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0305h UTC May 07, 2015
CALGARY /CNW/ - WestJet today announced improvements to its Plus product, enhancing the airline's offering for value-oriented business travellers and comfort-seeking vacationers. This option is available for booking starting May 6, 2015, for travel beginning September 14, 2015.
"The evolution of Plus is primarily targeted to business travellers who look for more comfort, flexibility and convenience," said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Guest Experience. "With our growing network of nearly 100 destinations, ever-improving flight schedule and loyalty benefits offered to WestJet Rewards members, we are well positioned to meet the needs of travellers who are always on the go."
Guests in WestJet's Plus seating will enjoy more personal space and comfort. Middle seats in Plus on WestJet's Boeing Next Generation 737s will be outfitted with a new tray table between the aisle and window seat, giving guests a guaranteed empty middle seat for more space to work or relax during their flight. Seats in Plus on WestJet's Boeing 767 aircraft will be wider than the airline's current seats, arranged in a two-two-two configuration, with an aisle separating each set of two seats.
WestJet is upgrading meal options for guests in Plus to include a premium boxed meal on longer 737 flights and premium hot meals served on 767 flights, both with complimentary alcoholic beverages.
"I encourage travellers to compare Plus fares against business class fares on other airlines," continued Bob Cummings. "Guests will find Plus fares are up to 75 per cent lower than what you might pay elsewhere, and represents exceptional value for business and leisure travellers."
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0255h UTC May 07, 2015
Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, and Jet Airways, India's premier international airline, today unveiled a codeshare agreement that offers travellers enhanced connections on their respective networks.
The agreement heralds an era of closer cooperation between the two airlines which, in subsequent months, will include reciprocal frequent flyer programmes, cargo handling, and expansion of codeshare arrangements.
Air Seychelles will place its "HM" code on Jet Airways' domestic services from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kochi, and Thiruvananthapuram, and also on Jet Airways' international services between Abu Dhabi and Mumbai.
In turn, Jet Airways will place its "9W" code on Air Seychelles' four per week flights between Mumbai and Mahé, as well as the carrier's flights to Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg*. Manoj Papa, Air Seychelles' Chief Executive Officer, said: "Mumbai has, in a short space of time, proven to be very popular with our guests.
"This agreement with Jet Airways will enhance our travel proposition by offering Air Seychelles' guests simple and convenient travel options within India. "Thanks to our growing commercial ties with Jet Airways, we will be able to build our presence in India and provide Air Seychelles access to millions of potential Indian guests wishing to travel to the Seychelles, or beyond to Africa.
"Closer cooperation with cargo will further enable trade in the region and is in line with our business strategy."
Mumbai is one of five destinations served by Air Seychelles in the Indian Ocean and Africa. The airline also flies to Dar Es Salaam, Johannesburg, Madagascar and Mauritius, which are available as additional connection opportunities for guests of Jet Airways, along with other islands in the Seychelles archipelago, including Bird, Denis, Frégate, and Praslin. Cramer Ball, Jet Airways' Chief Executive Officer, said: "We are pleased to sign this codeshare agreement with Air Seychelles, which reflects our growing ambitions in the region.
"The agreement makes Seychelles more accessible to our guests, and opens up other key destinations and multiple travel options that we constantly endeavour to offer our guests.
"The Seychelles archipelago, with its 115 scenic islands, has great appeal to business and leisure travellers and we are committed to working with Air Seychelles and the Seychelles tourism industry to continue developing air connectivity."
Joël Morgan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Transport and Chairman of Air Seychelles, said: "We are pleased to sign this codeshare agreement, which I am confident will strengthen the close ties between our two countries. "As the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi clearly demonstrated, Seychelles and India enjoy excellent and long-standing bilateral relations, and enhancing air connectivity is essential to developing them further." Air Seychelles launched services to Mumbai in December 2014 with an A320 aircraft in a two-class configuration, offering 16 business class seats and 120 economy class seats.
*Subject to regulatory approvals.
Source: Air Seychelles
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0253h UTC May 07, 2015
CALGARY /CNW/ - WestJet today announced April 2015 traffic results with a load factor of 80.2 per cent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 3.1 per cent year-over-year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 5.8 per cent over the same period. The airline flew 1.7 million guests in April, a year-over-year increase of 1.6 per cent or approximately 27,000 additional guests, and achieved an on-time performance rate of 91.2 per cent, a year-over-year improvement of 8.5 percentage points.
"We are pleased with our continued traffic growth as we welcomed a record number of guests on board in April even as Easter shifted to overlap spring break this year, creating one holiday period as compared to two in 2014," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "We continued to improve our operational efficiency in April and I want to thank our more than 10,000 WestJetters for their dedication to safely performing on time."
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0252h UTC May 07, 2015