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    Lao Central Plans International Growth with Sukhoi Superjets

    Southeast Asian carrier Lao Central Airlines will become the second operator of the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 in the region when it takes delivery of the initial of up to nine aircraft it has on order. The first aircraft for the carrier was recently painted in its full corporate livery at the Ulyanvosk, facility of the designer in Russia. It has a firm commitment for three aircraft and options for six more and type certification for the SSJ100 has already been granted by the Laos Civil Aviation Authority.

    Although relatively unknown outside of the region, the carrier holds the position of being the first private airline in the Laos People’s Democratic Republic. It was founded in 2010 as Phongsavanh Airlines, part of the wider business interests of Lao company Phongsavanh Group, which is involved in international trading activities as diverse as timber, hospitality, telecommunications, banking and security services.

    A later rebranding took place in August 2011 to raise awareness of the airline as a Lao-based venture in international markets. “We decided to change the name to make us more recognisable locally and abroad. The new name will ensure that people know that we are a Lao company, operating out of Laos,” said Thongsay Inthisane, a senior adviser to the venture.

    Lao Central Airlines hopes to expand business rapidly in what is a growing aviation market. It is mainly offering flights in domestic skies with links between Luang Prabang, Pakse and Vietiane, which operates alongside an international service between Wattay International Airport in Vietiane and the Thai capital Bangkok. However, it has ambitions to grow and serve destinations across Vietnam, China and Cambodia, before expanding further in the ASEAN region.

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    Korean Air expands fleet, adds A380 frequencies

    Korean Air said it will introduce nine additional next-generation aircraft to its fleet this year. The aircraft will comprise two Airbus A380s, one A330-200, two Boeing 777-300ERs, two 737-900ERs, one 747-8F and one 777F.

    Korean Air will take delivery of two A380s in July and October, bringing the number of aircraft to seven out of an order for 10 of the type. The A380s will be mostly used on long-haul flights, including New York and Los Angeles, Calif.

    This month, the airline has doubled the A380 frequency between Incheon and New York from seven to 14X a week. It has increased A380 service between Incheon and Los Angeles from seven to 12X weekly.

    On Feb. 1, the carrier will resume the A380 Incheon-Frankfurt service and will begin its A380 Incheon-Atlanta service in August.

    Korean Air introduced 30 aircraft during 2011 and 2012; 16 in 2011 and 14 last year. The carrier plans to take delivery of 53 aircraft—including five 747-8Is, 10 787-9s and10 Bombardier CS300s—by 2018. It has 148 aircraft in its fleet and plans to have 200 by 2019.

    http://atwonline.com/international-a...fication-0117?

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    Ryanair announces two new bases in Morocco in 2013

    Ryanair announced it would open two new bases in Morocco in 2013, at Fez (No 56) and Marrakech (No 57) with a total of three based-aircraft, as Ryanair invests over $210 million in Morocco. Ryanair also announced two new Moroccan airports, at Essaouira and Rabat as it grows its operations in Morocco in 2013 to 60 routes and 8 airports, which will deliver up to 2.5m passenger p.a. and support 2,500 “on-site” jobs in Morocco.

    Ryanair will grow in Morocco in 2013 as follows:
    Fez (new base): 1 based aircraft
    15 routes
    4 new routes: Lille, Nantes, Nimes & St Etienne
    600,000 pax p.a
    600 “on site” jobs

    Marrakech (new base): 2 based aircraft
    22 routes
    7 new routes: Baden, Bergerac, Cuneo (Italy), Dole (France), Munich, Paris (Vatry) & Tours
    1m pax p.a
    1,000 “on site” jobs

    Essaouira (new airport): 2 routes: Brussels & Marseille
    Rabat (new airport): 3 routes: Brussels, Paris & Marseille

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    http://www.traveldailynews.com/news/...two-new-bases?

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    WIZZ AIR'S LOW FARES ARRIVE IN MALTA

    Wizz Air, the largest low-cost, low-fare airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today announced its new Budapest-Malta route which will initially operate two times per week from 17th May 2013.

    Wizz Air commenced its pan-European low-cost operations in 2004 and has since grown to offer over 250 low-fare routes across 30 countries connecting 84 destinations. The company’s aim is to make flying on the West-East axis more affordable, as well as to provide a new travel experience to all travelers in Europe. Wizz Air deploys the latest technology to ensure that the “Wizz Air experience” is outstanding in terms of service and value for money.

    Wizz Air’s arrival in Malta is great news for the people of Malta and the tourism industry as for the first time travellers between Malta and Budapest will enjoy really low fares paired with Wizz Air’s great service. Malta flights to and from Hungary’s capital city are now available for booking with fares from just € 27.99 each way on wizzair.com.

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    http://www.independent.com.mt/articl...ta-745766915/?

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    Norwegian has revealed Base in Gatwick

    Nordic budget carrier Norwegian has revealed a major expansion of its activities in the Spanish and UK markets with new operating bases due to be opened in Alicante and London Gatwick from spring 2013. The airline says it “sees a major passenger potential in London” and will introduce new links to several Mediterranean destinations and the Nordic region from the UK capital. The Alicante base will complement its existing operations at Malaga and Las Palmas.

    Norwegian first started serving London in June 2003 when it inaugurated flights from Oslo. It originally served Stansted Airport, but in October 2007 made its debut at Gatwick with the introduction of the airport’s own Oslo link. It has subsequently increased its presence at Gatwick and now serves it from ten separate destinations across the Nordic and Scandinavian regions with almost 150 weekly frequencies. It is now the most popular destination outside its home market, says the airline.
    Interestingly, according to Norwegian this network growth will “allow it to better meet the head-on competition from Asian and European carriers in the long-haul market,” ahead of the launch of its own flights to Asia and the USA, although it confirms it has no immediate plans to launch such flights from outside of its home market.

    “By establishing a new base in London, Norwegian will be positioned to meet the future competition on short-haul routes within Europe as well as long-haul routes globally. Growth and volumes are necessary to stay competitive in the airline industry,” said Bjørn Kjos, Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian. It will initially base three Boeing 737-800s at London Gatwick but will add a fourth aircraft by the end of 2013.

    Norwegian currently has bases of operations in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Spain, while a new base for the company’s long-haul subsidiary is being established in Bangkok. The airline currently operates 64 aircraft on 294 routes to more than 114 destinations and handles just under 16 million passengers in 2011 ranking it as one of Europe’s top low-cost ventures.

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    http://www.routesonline.com/news/29/...gatwick-base/?

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    Malaysia Airlines’ Airbus A380 comes to Paris

    SUBANG- Malaysia Airlines will commence A380 services on its Kuala Lumpur-Paris route beginning 1 March 2013. The French capital is the second European destination after London in the national flag carrier’s long haul network to be operated by the superjumbo. The 494-seater Airbus 380 daily services to Paris will be rolled out to replace the current 282 seat B777 operations, increasing daily seat capacity by 75% effective 1 March 2013.

    In conjunction with the A380 operations, Malaysia Airlines is offering attractive promotional fares from now till 11 February 2013, valid for travel from 1 March 2013 till 30 September 2013. Economy class travel on the state-of-art A380 is now possible at all inclusive return airfares starting from RM2899. A ‘Golden Ticket’ campaign during this offer period, allows economy class customers a chance to be upgraded to business class when travelling between 1 March 2013 and 30 Sept 2013. Winners of ‘Golden Tickets’ will be randomly chosen by seat number on flights between Kuala Lumpur and Paris.

    Meanwhile, the all-inclusive promotional return fares for Business Class from Kuala Lumpur to Paris starts from only RM11969, while return First Class fares start from RM 31465.

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    Airport starting flights to Denmark

    AIRPORT bosses are welcoming a third attempt to run flights between Newcastle Airport and Copenhagen in Denmark to bring new business and tourism opportunities to the region.

    The route operated by Scandinavian Airlines will operate once a day between Monday and Friday and start on February 4.

    This is the third time an airline has attempted to run a direct flight between Copenhagen and Newcastle after easyJet withdrew its service in 2004 and Cimber Sterling in 2011.

    However regular fliers to Denmark fear ticket prices will still make it more cost effective for families to travel on a budget airline from another regional airport.

    Chris Sanders, aviation development director for Newcastle International Airport, said: “We expect the flights to be popular with the Danish community in the North East and for people visiting friends and family in Denmark.

    “The link will help support the region’s thriving oil and gas and renewable energy sectors, information technology, general manufacturing and business support services.”

    He added: “The route timings allow business travellers to get a full day’s work done in the office before flying which is great news.”

    Travellers will also be able to make connections to Stockholm in Sweden, the Norwegian capital Oslo, Warsaw and Poznan in Poland, Palanga in Lithuania and Billund in Denmark.

    NECC chief executive, James Ramsbotham, said: “A flight to Copenhagen will help our businesses open up another potentially lucrative market and will be particularly welcomed by our oil and gas engineering firms looking to strengthen links with Scandinavia.

    “Copenhagen’s rich cultural offer will no doubt also attract tourists. Likewise the North East’s burgeoning reputation as a tourist destination will bring people to the region providing a boost to our visitor economy.”

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    http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/business...140-32709317/?

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    New UK-Norway flights open

    From 25th April, Norway premium start-up carrier airline Flynonstop will fly London City to Kristiansand’s Kjevik Airport five times a week.

    Kristiansand, Norway’s fifth-largest city is a major business hub for the shipbuilding, oil and gas industries.

    It is also a popular holiday destination, known for its white wooden houses, pleasant summer temperatures and entertainment, including Risør’s annual chamber music festival.

    Moreover, those interested in outdoor activities and boating can take advantage of the area’s rugged coast and small rocky reefs and islands through the year.

    A brand new 100-seat Embraer E-190 jet will operate on the route, with each seat having its own iPad.

    “We are delighted that Flynonstop has chosen London City Airport as its UK base, opening up Norway and the wider Nordic region as a new destination for our passengers,” says Bernard Lavelle, Sales Director at London City Airport.

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    http://theforeigner.no/pages/news/ne...-flights-open/

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