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Finnair discontinues in-flight and pre-order retail sales

Finnair discontinues in-flight and pre-order retail sales

Finnair is discontinuing its in-flight and pre-order retail sales of cosmetics, accessories, gifts, and other retail goods this spring. Customers can still place advance orders for meals and purchase snacks and beverages while travelling. In the same way as before, Finnair Plus members can still purchase from the Finnair Shop things that are available for home delivery as well as rewards.

Lufthansa offers New Onboard Delights: Pre-order your favorite meal and enjoy it on board(Opens in a new browser tab)

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In-flight sales will end on all flights on 28 February 2023, but pre-orders are delivered for flights until 18 April 2023. Onboard and pre-order shopping has become a less important service among customers”, says Valtteri Helve, Head of Product Offering at Finnair. Already in spring 2020, we announced that we discontinue in-flight sales on our flights within EU as part of our goal to reduce the overall weight of the aircraft, and now it is time to take the next step. Food and beverage sales on flights will continue, of course, and we will continue to develop our service.”

Finnair modifies ten of its A350s to carry more customers and cargo(Opens in a new browser tab)

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During the final discount campaign, which launches 1 February 2023, customers can buy products onboard or pre-order items with a significant -40% discount. In-flight shopping is available on long-haul flights, and flights to the Canary Islands, Dubai, Egypt, Iceland, Israel, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom. Customers can pre-order products for all flights with a duration of over 2 hours. Travel retail is not available on Doha route.

“Together with partners, we have been able to offer a wide range of products, and many Finnish brands have also been well represented on our flights”, says Tiina Tissari, Vice President Customer Experience and Products at Finnair.

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British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy opens for new applications

British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy opens for new applications

On Tuesday, April 16, 2024, the airline will start the application window for its fully financed Speedbird Pilot Academy cadet programme, which will run for second year. 

This comes after an extraordinary response to its first year intake, where more than 20,000 applications were received for just 100 places. Aiming to level the playing field and remove the previously prohibitive cost barrier of individuals having to pay for their own training, the Speedbird Pilot Academy initiative is part of the airline’s £7 billion investment across the business.

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Simon Cheadle, Director of Flight Operations at British Airways, stated: “We’re quite proud to be able to give more people access to a career in aviation through this programme.”

“We are glad to provide this opportunity to many talented individuals who simply need a little assistance to fulfil their dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot. We know this from the tremendous response and high calibre of applications we had in the first year of Speedbird Pilot Academy.

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“Our investment in this programme will help to ensure our future generation of pilots for years to come. We want to continue attracting the best flying talent.” Candidates will be able to apply for up to 100 places on the programme – that will see the approximate £100,000 cost of their training covered entirely by the airline – through the British Airways careers site from April 16, 2024.

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Air India collaborates with BIAL to boost Bengaluru as aviation hub

Air India collaborates with BIAL to boost Bengaluru as aviation hub

In an effort to establish Bengaluru as a key aviation hub for southern India and increase air travel connectivity to and from India over the next years, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) and Air India, the country’s top international carrier, have entered into an agreement.

An important turning point in the Indian aviation sector has been reached with this agreement. For the next five years, Air India, BIAL, and the other Tata Group airlines, Vistara and AIX, will work together to improve international connectivity, operational effectiveness, and the traveller experience.

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This entails creating a specialised domestic lounge for elite and regular passengers of Tata Group airlines Air India and Vistara as well as bolstering the group’s presence at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB or BLR airport) through an improved network.

air india airlines and the Karnataka government have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop extensive Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facilities at BLR airport as part of this effort. This demonstrates Air India‘s resolve to fortify its position in Bengaluru and gradually broaden its worldwide reach in order to satisfy the increasing demand for direct long-haul flights that start in Southern India.

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This collaboration will boost the MRO ecosystem and is expected to create more than 1,200 new jobs in the state for highly qualified workers. “Airline-airport synergy is key to elevated customer experience and efficient operations,” stated Campbell Wilson, Managing Director and CEO of Air India. airindia flights “Bengaluru is highly attractive as an origin and destination market as well as a connecting hub.”

As a result, we are happy to be enhancing our partnership with BIAL in order to establish a larger presence at the airport, increase air connectivity, and construct a sizable MRO centre. An important turning point in Air India’s continuous development has been reached with this collaboration arrangement.

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Spirit Airlines to Cut 260 Pilot Jobs as Part of Financial Restructuring Strategy

Spirit Airlines to Cut 260 Pilot Jobs as Part of Financial Restructuring Strategy

Today, Spirit Airlines, Inc. stated that it has achieved a deal with Airbus to push back all order aircraft from the second quarter of 2025 through the end of 2026 to 2030–2031.

The direct-lease aircraft, one for each of the second and third quarters of 2025, that are slated for delivery during that time are not included in these deferrals. Over the next two years, Spirit’s cash situation will strengthen by about $340 million through the agreement with Airbus.

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The aircraft that are currently being ordered from Airbus and slated for delivery in 2027–2029 have not changed. Spirit revealed that it will be furloughing about 260 pilots as of September 1, 2024, as a result of aircraft grounded due to Pratt & Whitney GTF engine availability issues as well as the aircraft deferrals for 2025 and 2026.

Spirit and Pratt & Whitney recently stated that they have reached a compensation deal over Spirit’s GTF engines. Over the course of the agreement, spirit airlines furlough is expected to have improved liquidity by $150 million to $200 million. In the upcoming months, Spirit will also keep an eye on how best to use its present base of financeable assets to add further liquidity.

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Additionally, Spirit’s purchase agreement’s optional aircraft had their exercise dates postponed by two years due to the Airbus change. The total number of aircraft ordered remains unchanged, nor do Spirit’s options for more aircraft.The Company has been and will keep implementing sensible measures to guarantee the stability of its balance sheet and continuing business operations. These measures include evaluating potential refinancing options for bonds and upcoming debt maturities.

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