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SAA and Etihad forge partnership

Posted on 7 May 2013 by Travelinfo

SAA and Etihad Airways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) allowing the two airlines to introduce a range of codeshare and interline air services as well as explore synergy and efficiency opportunities.

Initially, SAA will place its ‘SA’ code on flights to 12 Etihad Airways destinations from Abu Dhabi, particularly to the Middle East, Asia and India. In return Etihad Airways will place its ‘EY’ code on flights from Johannesburg to 10 SAA destinations across South Africa, Africa and South America.

The agreement also makes provision for passengers to earn and redeem miles through the airlines’ frequent flyer programmes.

Secondary phases of the co-operation agreement will explore codesharing to more cities, closer synergies and efficiencies in the key commercial areas of procurement, ground handling as well as training.

SA Express gets bail-out

Posted on 6 May 2013 by Travelinfo

Financially troubled SA Express has obtained a bail-out of R539m from government.

The news has strengthened arguments for the immediate integration of SA Express with sister airlines, Mango and SAA, after SAX released its results, reporting a massive R187m loss in the 2011 financial year. A merger would allow the airlines to collapse their assets into a single holding company.

In a presentation to parliament on Tuesday, April 30, SAX said it would post a nett loss for 2011 of R186,9m compared with the pre-tax profit of R51m the airline had initially posted for the 2011 financial year.

The unexpected losses prompted SAX to turn to government for a possible bailout. SAX ceo, Inati Ntshanga, explains: “The materiality of the audit adjustments led to a decline in our equity balance. The current state was that SA Express obtained funding on the strength of its own balance sheet and all debt was unsecured with a debt covenant. The decreased equity balance led to a potential breach of this covenant and therefore SA Express approached the shareholder for support. To this end, we have obtained a guarantee from the shareholder for R539 million. We are not at liberty to disclose the details of this as the relevant inter-ministerial discussions are yet to be finalised. The breakdown of the guarantee has been presented.”

AF urges pax to check in early

Posted on 6 May 2013 by Travelinfo

Air France is advising passengers to arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure and to present their itinerary receipt or proof of reservation at check-in. Check-in may take longer than usual.

On May 2 the airline experienced an inventory technical problem that has affected the availability display for several flights from CDG to African destinations, including Johannesburg.

Airlines slam CAA proposal

Posted on 3 May 2013 by Travelinfo

Despite the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s proposals for the economic regulation of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports, airlines say the proposals fail to address the situation.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, British Airways’ parent company said: “Heathrow airport is over-priced, over-rewarded and inefficient and these proposals, which will result in an increase in prices, fail to address this situation.

“In the past the CAA has rewarded Heathrow for inefficiency and it is now the most expensive hub airport in the world. Its charges have tripled in the last 11 years with inflation-busting increases year-on-year.

“The Gatwick proposals, which will result in a significant increase in charges, are completely unjustifiable, totally unacceptable and directly contravene the CAA’s new remit to represent customers’ interests.

Tony Tyler, Iata director general and ceo, added his voice, saying that “The CAA’s recommendation for a price cap of RPI -1.3% for the next five years is like prescribing a placebo to treat a very serious illness. Everybody recognises the enormous potential to reduce costs to rebuild the competitiveness of Heathrow and London’s other airports. But with such a weak price cap, we are missing an opportunity to do something meaningful. Over the last decade, airlines continuously cut costs to survive, while the regulator allowed Heathrow charges to triple.

“Today’s proposal does not even begin to address Heathrow’s cost problems seriously,” said Tony.

Kenya Airways to fly to Blantyre

Posted on 2 May 2013 by Travelinfo

Kenya Airways has received approval from the government of Malawi to begin flying into Chileka Airport in Blantyre from June 3.

The airline was also given approval to resume 5th Freedom Traffic Rights on the Lilongwe-Lusaka sector. With 5th Freedom Rights, Kenya Airways can pick up passengers in Lusaka and drop them in Lilongwe and vice versa.

This follows the signing of an MOU between the two countries in 2008 that allows collaborative arrangements between designated carriers of both countries for their mutual benefit. Currently, as Malawi has no national carrier, Kenya Airways will be the sole operator in the meantime.

Kenya Airways group managing director and ceo, Dr Titus Naikuni, thanked both the Kenyan and Malawian governments for facilitating the approvals. “We are delighted to get these approvals, which will enable us to enhance our presence in the Southern African country whilst supporting the development of the region through provision of efficient air transport services.”

The airline flies 10 times a week to Lilongwe and will soon announce its schedule into Blantyre.

Europcar offers emergency assistance

Posted on 9 Apr 2013 by Travelinfo

Europcar customers now have access to emergency medical transportation through the introduction of its emergency medical assistance product. With this new product offering, customers have access to emergency medical transportation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in the event of a medical emergency when using Europcar’s rental vehicles.

The emergency medical assistance, provided by Europ Assistance, gives customers access to an independent national network of about 5 000 emergency medical personnel ready to respond to a call.

At just R20 a day, the cover includes the following benefits: 24-hour emergency advice and assistance call centre; immediate dispatch of emergency medical services in order to provide life-saving assistance; emergency transportation by air or road ambulance; following an accident, the customer’s children are transported to a place of safety and return of mortal remains in the event of a death as a result of a medical emergency.

This cover is valid for travel in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho.

New electronic US Customs process

Posted on 9 Apr 2013 by Travelinfo

From 30 April, foreign visitors to the US who need to prove their legal visitor status to employers, schools/universities or government agencies, will be able to access their US Customs and Border Protection arrival or departure information online.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will no longer require international non-immigrant arrivals to fill out a paper Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record on arrival to the US by air or sea. The agency will gather travellers’ arrival or departure information automatically from their electronic travel records. This automation will streamline the entry process for travellers, facilitate security and reduce federal costs.

CBP will phase-in the Form I-94 automation at air and sea ports of entry through April and May. Foreign visitors will continue to receive the paper Form I-94 until the automated process arrives at their port of entry.

SW announces cancellations

Posted on 8 Apr 2013 by Travelinfo

Air Namibia has advised that it will not operate flights on its Windhoek to Accra route on April 12, 14 and 17. This is as a result of the planned cessation of the route effective April 11, which has since been reversed.

The airline, however, confirmed that flight operations after these dates will continue uninterrupted on the route. Normal flight operations will resume on April 19, maintaining the current frequency levels of three rotations per week on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Visa news – Senegal and Australia

Posted on 8 Apr 2013 by Corporate Traveller

As of the 1st of July South African passport holders will require a visa for Senegal. Please speak to your dedicated travel manager for more information and visa application procedures.

The Australian Embassy has released new visa forms. With immediate effect the old visa forms will no longer be accepted by the embassy. Please speak to your travel manager to obtain the updated visa forms.

Air Botswana reinstates Cape Town-Maun flights

Posted on 5 Apr 2013 by Travelinfo

Air Botswana has reinstated flights between Cape Town and Maun after cancelling the service at the end of March. The airline has also announced the reintroduction of flights between Maun and Kasane.

The Cape Town-Maun service will now operate on Thursdays and Sundays, departing Cape Town at 10h00, arriving in Maun at 12h40. The return service departs Maun at 14h00, arriving in Cape Town at 16h40. Tuesday and Friday direct services have been cancelled.

Airlink announces additional Upington flights

Posted on 7 Mar 2013 by Travelinfo

Airlink has confirmed that it will introduce an additional flight between Johannesburg and Upington from Monday to Thursday from May 6.

The flight specifically targets the business travel segment, according to the airline. It will benefit travellers looking for a same-day return travel option or early-morning travellers from Upington looking to make earlier onward connections with the domestic, regional and international networks from OR Tambo International.

The new flight will depart Johannesburg at 07h10 and arrive in Upington at 09h05. It departs Upington at 09h25, arriving back in Johannesburg at 11h25.

TSA eases carry-on baggage rules

Posted on 7 Mar 2013 by Travelinfo

Small pocketknives and an array of sporting equipment -- banned from aircraft cabins since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks -- will once again be allowed on board US planes, the head of the Transportation Security Administration said on March 5.

Knives with blades that are six centimetres or shorter and less than a 1,3cm wide will be permitted on US airline flights as long as the blade is not fixed or does not lock into place. Razor blades and box cutters are still not permitted.

Two golf clubs, toy bats or other sports sticks -- such as ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks or pool cues -- will also be allowed in carry-on luggage. Transportation Security Administration head, John Pistole, said the changes would take effect on April 25 and would bring the United States in line with international rules.

`Mega’ hotel to open in KZN in May

Posted on 7 Mar 2013 by Travelinfo

Southern Sun Hotels has announced that the Southern Sun Elangeni and the Southern Sun North Beach will be combined to become the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, making it the largest hotel in KwaZulu Natal.

Reconstruction on the new ‘mega’ hotel has begun and it is expected to launch on May 10. Work takes place from 08h00 until 16h00 and the affected areas are limited to the pool deck, lobby area, port-cochère, and the painting of the exterior of the building. All other areas and facilities are operational.

The new hotel will feature 734 rooms, two breakfast venues, two gyms, three swimming pools, 17 conference rooms, nine restaurants and bars.

“We will make every effort to ensure that the experience of our guests will not be unduly affected during this period. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused to you and your clients,” said a statement by Tsogo Sun Hotels.

Livingstone Airport is not sinking

Posted on 6 Mar 2013 by Travelinfo

Reports in local newspapers that Livingstone Airport is slowly sinking, with cracks showing in the runway, have been taken out of context says Prince Chintimbwe, director airport services National Airports Corporation Limited (NACL).

He told eTNW the airport was not sinking but admitted that isolated structural blemishes in the form of cracks had been identified at the airport. Chintimbwe says a programme to fix the cracks has been put in place as part of normal remedial works that are part of the airport maintenance. “Preventive measures have also been put in place to maintain the structural integrity of the facility.”

According to Chintimbwe, NACL will start the repairs of the isolated cracks in the current terminal as soon as the new international passenger terminal has been completed. Construction of the new international terminal building started in 2010 and is set to be completed by July this year.

The construction comprises a new terminal building concourse, an administration wing, a departure and arrival lounge and all core commercial areas and access roads. Upon completion of the whole project, the current terminal building will become the domestic terminal. Chintimbwe says: “The structural integrity of this new facility is not in any way in doubt and the facility will be open for use at the end of July.”

BA confirms A380 launch plans

Posted on 6 Mar 2013 by Travelinfo

British Airways has confirmed that its first A380 will fly on the ‘Red Carpet Route’ to Los Angeles – the first A380 to be operated by a UK airline – with ticket sales opening on March 5.

The double-decker superjumbo is due to be delivered to the airline in July and seats are now on sale for flights from October 15.

The second A380 route will be to Hong Kong, and customers can book flights now for travel from November 15.

The A380 will be the largest aircraft in British Airways’ fleet, accommodating 469 customers across four cabins. Customers in first class will be seated at the front of the main deck. The cabin will offer 14 seats and is evolved from the current first class. Club World (business class) has 44 seats on the main deck, or 53 seats on the upper deck. The upper deck seats will feature a new 2:3:2 configuration across the cabin. The 55 World Traveller Plus (premier economy) seats will be located on the upper deck while World Traveller (economy) is on both the main and upper deck. Both cabins will feature the airline’s new interior, which is already in service on its new B777-300ER fleet.

Kulula changes cancellation and refund rules

Posted on 11 Feb 2013 by Corporate Traveller

Domestic low cost airline Kulula has announced a new fare rule structure with effect from the 1st of February. Instead of all fares being non-refundable the airline is now allowing for full refunds in the higher fare classes (less an administration fee of R150 ex VAT) whether this is before or after departure.

For lower fare classes 50% to 75% cancellation fees are applicable before departure but these fares remain non-refundable after departure. The lowest fare classes continue to be non-refundable at all times.

Kulula have also made amendments to their booking change fees and standby rules. Please speak to your travel manager for full details.

SAA increases Nairobi fares

Posted on 11 Feb 2013 by Travelinfo

SAA has confirmed that it will be increasing certain of its current published fares from Johannesburg to Nairobi, effective for all sales on or after April 1. All tickets that are issued on/before March 31 will be honoured at the current fare.

It is expected that more airlines will announce fare increases in the wake of the annual IATA increase which takes place on the 1st of April.

Dreamliner results ‘weeks away’

Posted on 11 Feb 2013 by Travelinfo

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has revealed that the results of the B787 Dreamliner investigation are still weeks

At a media briefing, Deborah Hersman, NTSB chair, said: "We're probably weeks away from being able to tell people what happened and what needs to be changed." She said investigators were proceeding with a lot of care in investigation the JAL 787 fire on January 7. She said the most concerning issues uncovered in the probe were short circuits and thermal runaway and that these issues were not what the NTSB expected to see in a new battery.

Meanwhile, the US Federal Aviation Administration has granted a one-time permit to ferry a Dreamliner aircraft from Washington to Texas. The flight will not carry passengers and the only people on board will be the operating crew.

Airports confirm no operations for FlyGoAir

Posted on 11 Feb 2013 by Travelinfo

So far, it is a no-go for FlyGoAir. The airline said it would begin operations in time for the festive season last year, but has yet to commence operations following its inaugural flight in December.

In a statement issued by Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport’s (KMIA), management said it had “distanced” itself from any of FlyGoAir’s operations after the airline failed to communicate its reasons for not operating services as planned.

FlyGoAir could not be reached for comment.

Cathay Pacific completes first-class lounge renovations

Posted on 11 Feb 2013 by Travelinfo

Cathay Pacific Airways has reopened its first-class lounge in The Wing, the airline’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, following an extensive renovation.

The dining area has been expanded to more than double its original capacity and features an expanded buffet counter that offers an extensive range of appetisers, Asian and Western dishes, and desserts. A reinvented à la carte menu is complemented by recommended wine pairings.

A full-service bar is a newly created space where passengers have a view of the airport runway over pre-meal drinks. Also new to The Wing is The Champagne Bar, where passengers will be greeted with a welcome drink on arrival in the lounge. The bar offers a free flow of champagne selections throughout the day.

The Cabana, one of the classic features of The Wing, has also been refurbished to provide a new level of comfort. Each of the five cabanas now features a spacious shower, a full-sized bath and a day bed. There are also 12 luxury shower suites for passengers who wish to freshen up before departure.

The Wing’s first-class lounge is open to first-class passengers, Diamond Marco Polo Club members and Emerald oneworld members. Opening hours are from 05h30 until the last departure

Kruger hotel in final phase of refurbishment

Posted on 11 Feb 2013 by Travelinfo

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, which is located 100 metres from the Paul Kruger entrance to the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, will complete the final phase of its renovations between February 3 and May 15.

The final 58 rooms will receive an elegant makeover, with a major focus on guest comfort. The beds are being replaced with luxurious extra-length bed sets and all the room furnishings are being refurbished or replaced. The rooms will also boast comfortable multipurpose L-shaped daybeds that can double as children’s beds, and new insect-resistant window screens.

When the refurbishment is complete the hotel will have 57 rooms with king or twin beds, eight inter-leading rooms and 33 family rooms.

“The rooms are spread out across the hotel grounds and therefore there will be no disruption to our in-house guests during the renovation process,” said a statement by Protea.

So far, the refurbishment has encompassed several rooms, elevated walkways, conference facilities and energy-saving water and electricity devices to reduce the property’s carbon footprint. The hotel’s restaurant has also had its own facelift, as has the lapa outdoor dining area.

Protea Hospitality Group Director of Sales Marketing and Revenue, Danny Bryer, said the new facilities and the room revamps were extremely impressive and in keeping with the Protea Hospitality Group’s high service and brand standards.

Fastjet agreement stalled

Posted on 14 Jan 2013 by Travelinfo

Although fastjet has concluded an option agreement to buy 1time’s shares and expressed its hopes to operate domestic flights early this year, the Department of Transport says it may take a lot longer before 1time’s flights are reinstated.

DoT deputy director: licensing and permits, Andries Ntjane, says, contrary to what fastjet would have the public believe, 1time will not be operating in the “near future at all”, adding that a “lengthy process” still has to be followed before approval can be granted. He explains that 1time’s AOC (air operator certificate) was suspended when it filed for liquidation, and before flights can be resumed the Civil Aviation Authority has to check and inspect the whole operation.

Further, he says: “From the [Air Services Licensing] Council’s point of view, 1time’s demise was due to funds. We still have to look at the issue of liquidity before we look at anything further. Regardless of any deals they are concluding, we operate according to the law.”

Philile Christmas party

Posted on 14 Jan 2013 by Corporate Traveller

Corporate Traveller spread the festive cheer by hosting a Christmas party at Philile in December. Corporate Traveller has been a sponsor of the Philile Foundation since 2008 and through our partnership with the management and staff we are proud to watch them grow. The festivities took place at the Diepsloot school and included an appearance by Santa who handed out gifts for each child.

Philile aspires not only to provide quality education, but to see the physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual and social development of children addressed, alongside employing and training teachers from the local community.

Singapore Airlines upgrades B777-200 cabins

Posted on 11 Jan 2013 by Travelinfo

Singapore Airlines is to invest in a multimillion-dollar project to refit 10 B777-200ER aircraft, including the aircraft used on its South African route. The refit will feature new long-haul cabin products to give customers more space and comfort. The upgrade will provide greater product consistency across the airline’s long-haul fleet, with business-class seats that convert into fully flat beds and larger in-flight entertainment screens for both business class and economy class.

The first refitted B777-200ER will operate between Singapore and Amsterdam from January 13. The upgraded aircraft will gradually be deployed to more destinations in Europe and to points in India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand as refitting is completed.

In business class, the upholstered leather seats recline up to 125 degrees and unfold into 193cm fully flat beds. Also featured on the airline’s Airbus A340- 500, A380 and B777-300ER fleets, the forward-facing, 1-2-1 configuration gives all customers direct access to the aisle.

The KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system also features a 39cm LCD monitor and an extensive selection of audio and video programmes. In economy class, personal LCD monitors will be upgraded to feature larger screens.

Eco-friendly Cape Town hotel to open in May

Posted on 10 Jan 2013 by Travelinfo

BON Hotels, the recently established hotel management and marketing group, has announced that the new, eco-friendly Hotel Verde will open at Cape Town International Airport in May. The hotel has been dubbed Africa’s greenest hotel and is the group’s first management and marketing contract.

Construction began over a year ago and the hotel will offer 145 rooms, conference facilities, a restaurant and fitness centre. It is being constructed and will operate according to the standards of the US Green Building Council. The eco-friendly systems in place will include green landscaping, a grey water recycling plant, a vegetated roof, electric shuttles, a regenerative drive on elevators as well as wind turbines.

The hotel plans to incentivise guests with credit notes and bar tabs for those who use towels more than once, for example, or don’t use the air-conditioning, according to owner, Mario Delicio. “It’s about getting customers involved and making them a part of the whole green thinking philosophy,” he explains.

Emirates to operate twice-daily A380 services to JFK and CDG

Posted on 10 Jan 2013 by Travelinfo

Emirates has added capacity on flights to New York John F. Kennedy and Paris-Charles de Gaulle with twice-daily A380 services from Dubai.

Increasing capacity to New York by 1 848 seats per week, flights EK203 and EK204 will now be operated by the Airbus A380-800. EK203 departs Dubai at 02h25, arriving at JFK at 07h45. The return flight, EK204, leaves JFK at 10h40, arriving in Dubai at 08h10 next day. This flight was previously serviced with a Boeing 777-300ER.

An additional 2 198 seats per week will be added to Paris. This route was serviced by the A380 and B777-300ER aircraft, and the B777 will now be replaced by an A380 with more seats in economy class. EK075 leaves Dubai at 15h00 and arrives in Paris at 19h30. The return flight, EK076, departs Paris at 21h10 and arrives in Dubai at 06h40 next day.

Etihad Airways increases economy baggage allowance to 30kg

Posted on 05 Nov 2012 by Etihad Airways

Going forward passengers travelling on Etihad Airways will enjoy a 30kg baggage allowance in Coral Economy. This is welcome news ahead of the busy festive season.

This is in addition to Etihad’s existing generous allowances of 40kg in Pearl Business Class, and 50kg in Diamond First Class. More good news is that travellers’ can now also check-in their golf clubs and Scuba equipment in addition to their usual baggage allowance, at no extra cost

1Time suspends operations

Posted on 02 Nov 2012 by Travelinfo

Low cost carrier 1time Airline announced on November 2 that it has suspended operations and that all of its planes have been grounded with immediate effect.

"Our business rescue practitioner has advised that there are no reasonable prospects of survival as a potential financier notified us this afternoon that they are no longer able to invest in our airline. It is therefore with regret, disappointment and heartfelt disbelief that we have to terminate the business rescue and file for liquidation, which means the end of a dream and an era for all of us," said Blacky Komani, ceo of 1time Airline.

1time's Business Rescue practitioner has sent out a notice to all creditors and will finalise all outstanding matters in the weeks to come.

High-speed Wi-Fi in Qantas Club lounges

Posted on 02 Nov 2012 by Travelinfo

International and domestic travellers on Qantas can now enjoy free wireless Internet connectivity at 40 Qantas lounges nationally, following the completion of the roll-out of a new Optus Wi-Fi solution.

The Optus Wi-Fi service is available to all Qantas Club and Qantas first and business lounge customers at domestic and international terminals at 20 capital city and regional airports, including Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Travellers can also connect to the Wi-Fi service at major regional ports, including Alice Springs, Broome, Coffs Harbour, Cairns, Karratha, Kalgoorlie, Launceston, Mackay, Port Headland, Townsville and Rockhampton.

The Wi-Fi roll-out commenced in November last year, with Sydney Airport T3 Domestic the first terminal to switch on the new service, and finished this month at Canberra Airport.

Kenya Airways ups Johannesburg flights

Posted on 31 Oct 2012 by Travelinfo

Kenya Airways has announced that it will increase its flights between Johannesburg and Nairobi with the introduction of four additional flights per week, starting December 1. The introduction of the new flights will increase capacity on the route by 384 seats.

Commenting on the announcement, Rosemary Adogo, Kenya Airways regional manager for Southern and East Africa said that the decision was made as a result of feedback from customers seeking more flexibility with connecting flights to other parts of Africa, the Far East and Europe.

The additional frequencies between Johannesburg and Nairobi have been made possible by the recent acquisitions of Embraer E190 jets that will service the route. The aircraft offers a two-class service, offering 84 seats in economy class and 12 business class seats.

The additional flights will depart from Nairobi every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 12h10 and arrive at OR Tambo International Airport at 16h15. The return flights will depart on the same days at 16h10, arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 20h15.

Malaysia Airlines to join oneworld on February 1

Posted on 31 Oct 2012 by Travelinfo

Malaysia Airlines will become a full member of oneworld® with effect from February 1, 2013. The airline received clearance to board oneworld after successfully completing a thorough review of its readiness conducted by Qantas, which is sponsoring its entry into the alliance, with the oneworld central team.

Malaysia Airlines will start offering oneworld's full range of services and benefits from February 1, 2013 - becoming the alliance's second airline operating the A380, after its oneworld sponsor Qantas. From then, the members of Malaysia Airlines' Enrich loyalty programme will, in effect, have their frequent flyer privileges extended to whenever they fly with any oneworld member airline - airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and some 25 affiliated airlines. This includes earning and redeeming mileage awards and earning tier status points when flying with all these airlines.

Qatar to join Oneworld Alliance

Posted on 10 Oct 2012 by Travelinfo

Qatar Airways has confirmed that it is to join the oneworld Alliance, with implementation of the airline into the alliance expected to take between 12 and 18 months.

Fifteen of its destinations and three countries - Iran, Rwanda and the Seychelles - will be new to the oneworld map. More significantly, Qatar Airways will substantially strengthen oneworld’s customer offering by providing superior routing alternatives across many hundreds of city pairs. For example, passengers flying between Asia and Southern Europe or between Asia and Africa will now have convenient one-stop connections not previously available within the oneworld network.

Qatar Airways’ network serves 120 destinations in 70 countries in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Australasia, including oneworld hubs Amman, Berlin Tegel, Buenos Aires Ezeiza, Hong Kong, London Heathrow, Madrid, Melbourne, Moscow Domodedovo, New York JFK, Osaka Kansai, Sydney, Tokyo Narita, and the Kuala Lumpur home of oneworld member elect Malaysia Airlines.

SAA joins carbon offset programme

Posted on 09 Oct 2012 by Travelinfo

SAA announced it has joined the world’s first internationally benchmarked carbon offset programme. The programme will allow SAA passengers an opportunity to make voluntary contributions to offset the effects of climate change. Passengers can purchase carbon offset credits together with their air tickets on

The credits generated through the programme will fund projects which will assist communities to limit their impact on the environment, slowing the pace of climate change. These internationally accredited projects are identified and administered by the International Air Transport Association (Iata), which also arranges carbon credit purchases and provides CO₂ offset tracking for airlines. Customers have full visibility of their journey’s impact and the effect of their offset contribution in combating climate change.

SAA has selected projects that follow strict auditing rules and are monitored by independent third parties and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

1time calls for industry-wide subsidisation

Posted on 08 Oct 2012 by Travelinfo

1time, has denied media reports that it has asked government for a bailout. The airline’s ceo, Blacky Komani told eTNW that the airline has approached government not for a bailout, but to ask for a subsidisation for the airline industry as whole.

“This is a general request for help from the government. We are looking at this as an industry wide thing. The industry is under pressure, and these are the possible options that the government can look at to save the industry,” said Komani.

Komani said that on September 19, Johan Bierman, Acting Deputy Director-General in the civil aviation branch of the Department of Transport, said they want to nurture LCC’s. “In response to this, these are short-term things that the government can do to alleviate the pressure that the industry is under,” continued Komani.

“This is not a 1time thing. We are not asking for a bailout for 1time we are already in business rescue. What we are trying to avoid is more airlines getting into business rescue.”

KQ increases lounge capacity

Posted on 05 Oct 2012 by Travelinfo

The Kenya Airways’ lounge at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has been expanded. Under the brand name Simba lounge, there will now be two lounges to seat over 200 passengers. The older Simba lounge can seat over 50 passengers and the newly expanded Simba Lounge on the second floor of the airport can seat up to 150 passengers.

The expanded facility complements the already popular Simba Lounge which will offer similar services, with passengers getting an option to choose which of the two lounges to use while waiting to depart. Business class passengers, Flying Blue Elite Plus and SkyTeam Elite Plus passengers will be able to make use of the lounges.

The lounges will have complimentary food, snacks and drinks on offer, a hot shower facility, high speed Wi-Fi, cable TV and international newspapers.

Fire & Ice brand headed for Pretoria

Posted on 04 Oct 2012 by Travelinfo

The Protea Hotel Group has announced that the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice in Menlyn Park, Pretoria will open in the first quarter of 2014.

“Contractors have already broken ground in Summit Place, opposite the Menlyn Park Mall, the site for the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Pretoria,” said Protea Hospitality Group CEO Arthur Gillis.

Summit Place is a new commercial precinct that is being developed opposite the popular Pretoria shopping mecca and the hotel will be the flagship property in the development. The hotel will have 178 rooms, a restaurant, bar and lifestyle spaces, conference centre, swimming pool, and approximately 220 underground parking bays. It will boast 10 suites and 40 inter-leading rooms