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Iberia boosts its flight offer in Latin America and United states

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Iberia boosts its flight offer in Latin America and United states

Iberia will consolidate its post-pandemic recovery in the summer of 2023, focusing on its long-haul markets: Latin America and the United States.

For the airline industry, the summer season begins on March 25th and runs until October 28th, six months in which Iberia’s main focus will be on Latin America. Following the recovery of its entire network of destinations, the airline has programmed capacity increases in its most strategic markets in this region, as well as deploying marketing campaigns and other communication, public relations and sponsorship actions to increase its brand awareness in the 16 Latin American countries where it flies.

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In the summer season, Iberia will recover its full range of pre-pandemic flights and even increase its operations by 2% compared to 2019 levels, which will be 5% for the year as a whole. Specifically, it will offer around 280 weekly flights to 18 destinations in 16 Latin American countries:

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Bogotá: it has grown from 10 to 14 frequencies; from June, it will operate 18 frequencies and the company’s aim is to offer 21 frequencies – three daily flights – from November.

Buenos Aires: Consolidation of two daily flights to Argentina’s capital.

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Lima: Iberia goes from seven to 10 frequencies from June until the end of the year, with the intention of reaching two daily flights.

Montevideo: From January, Iberia offers up to seven weekly frequencies, which will be maintained for most of the year.

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Rio de Janeiro: Continuation of the operation with three weekly frequencies, in addition to another seven with Sao Paulo.

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In Central America, the increase to a daily flight on the Guatemala-El Salvador route, which took place in December, was consolidated, as was the increase to a daily flight on the San José route in Costa Rica. Panama will have between five and seven weekly frequencies throughout the summer, and daily flights from November onwards.

In the Caribbean, Havana will have five frequencies from September, Santo Domingo will consolidate its pre-pandemic operation with a daily flight, and Puerto Rico will reach six weekly frequencies in July and August.

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In the US, Iberia will recover its summer routes to Washington DC and San Francisco. In addition, from June, it will increase its daily flights to Dallas. In total, it has scheduled nearly 20% more flights to the US than in 2019: up to 124 weekly flights between Spain and eight destinations in the United States. Specifically:

New York: Twice daily flights from March, continuing beyond the summer season until the end of the year.

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Miami: Twice-daily flights will be maintained throughout the year.

Chicago: Daily flights from March through December

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Boston: Daily flights from April to October

Dallas: Iberia operated this route throughout the winter -it was initially launched as seasonal last June with four weekly frequencies- and from April it will increase to five frequencies, to six in May, and will reach a daily flight from June to October.

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Los Angeles: This route will have four frequencies in April, increasing to five from May to October, and Iberia will operate it with its largest aircraft, the Airbus A350s, with a capacity for 359 passengers.

Washington DC: Iberia will operate this route again from April to October with four weekly frequencies.

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San Francisco: This seasonal route returns from May to October with three weekly frequencies.

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Etihad Airways Soars to New Heights with Three New Destinations

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Etihad Airways Soars to New Heights with Three New Destinations

Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, has begun flights to three key destinations, fulfilling its promise of development and increased connectivity. Services to Dusseldorf, Germany (DUS) began on September 28, followed by Copenhagen, Denmark (CPH) the next day, and Osaka, Japan (KIX) on October 1.

Meanwhile, the airline announced increased frequency to popular destinations Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Colombo (CMB).

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The flights are part of a package of new routes and higher frequencies aimed to accommodate consumer demand for more ways to visit Abu Dhabi while also providing even greater access to Etihad’s expanding global network.

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Expanded Frequencies: Increased regularity to Chennai (MAA), Colombo (CMB) Islamabad (ISB), Kochi (COK), Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Madrid (MAD), Milan (MXP), Munich (MUC), Rome (FCO), and Phuket (HKT) offer travelers more choice while improving travel options and connectivity.

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  • Cairo (CAI): An additional 5 flights per week to make triple daily operations to Cairo, effective from 1 Jan, strengthening the link between Abu Dhabi and the Egyptian capital.
  • Colombo (CMB): 7 direct flights per week with 3 flights effective from 1 Dec and 4 flights effective from 1 Jan,increasing to 10 per week from May 2024, further enhancing travel options to this destination.
  • Kuala Lumpur (KUL): Double daily from 15 Jan, 2024
  • Maldives (MLE): An additional 7 flights per week, with 3 flights effective from 1 Dec and 4 flights effective from 1 Jan
DestinationsChangeTotal FrequencyStart Date
DusseldorfNew route3 per week28 September 2023
CopenhagenNew route4 per week29 September 2023
OsakaNew route5 per week1 October 2023
LisbonExtended year-round3 per week29 October 2023
St PetersburgNew route3 per week29 October 2023
KozhikodeNew route7 per week1 January 2024
ThiruvananthapuramNew route7 per week1 January 2024
BostonNew route4 per week31 March 2024
Chennai+7 per week21 per week15 September 2023
Frankfurt+4 per week11 per week29 October 2023
Rome+4 per week11 per week4 November 2023
AmsterdamRetimed7 per week21 November 2023
Kochi+8 per week21 per week21 November 2023
Madrid+3 per week10 per week21 November 2023
Milan+3 per week10 per week21 November 2023
Munich+3 per week10 per week21 November 2023
Phuket+7 per week14 per week21 November 2023
MoscowRetimed7 per week1 December 2023
Cairo+5 per week21 per week1 January 2024
Colombo7 direct per week10 direct per week7 per week10 per week1 January 2024May 2024
Islamabad+2 per week14 per week1 January 2024
Maldives (Male)+7 per week14 per week1 January 2024
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Indian Pilots Could Soon Be Banned on Wearing Perfume

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Indian Pilots Could Soon Be Banned on Wearing Perfume

According to new regulations being reviewed by the nation’s civil aviation regulator, perfume could soon be banned for pilots throughout India.

The prospective ban on perfume is being considered because many fragrances include alcohol, which could generate a false-positive breathalyzer test result. This is not because perfume could distract pilots or even give them headaches.

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation intends to add a provision to the current safety regulations that prohibits crew members from consuming any alcoholic beverage, including mouthwash, tooth gel, and perfume.

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Pilots and cabin staff are routinely subjected to pre-flight breathalyzer tests, which are among the most stringent alcohol regulations for aircrew in the world. An instant three-month license suspension is possible for even the smallest amount of alcohol, which is seen as a favorable result.

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The proposed perfume ban is intended to address the possibility of falsely positive breathalyser results and guarantee the greatest level of aviation safety. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation seeks to avoid any compromise to the sobriety standards necessary for pilots and crew members by forbidding the use of items that contain alcohol. This action is in line with their dedication to following strict laws and the highest standards of safety in the aviation sector.

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Japan Airlines Unveils New Airbus A350-1000 Cabin Interiors

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Japan Airlines Unveils New Airbus A350-1000 Cabin Interiors

Japan Airlines revealed details about its new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft and cabin furnishings, which will become the airline’s new worldwide flagship after nearly 20 years. Customers may expect an even better degree of comfort aboard the aircraft, as well as a uniquely personalized overall journey.

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Due to a supply chain disruption affecting component delivery, the airline’s launch of the A350-1000 aircraft, which was initially scheduled for late November 2023 on the Tokyo (Haneda) – New York (JFK) route, is expected to begin before the end of the year.

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Cabin Interior: The entire aircraft cabin has been created to take passengers in tranquility and immerse them in Japanese aesthetic elegance, creating a peaceful environment that captures the beauty of Japan. The newest interior represents a consistency of JAL’s famous service that continues over its domestic fleet (A350-900 and 787-8 aircraft) and also aims to give a high-quality experience for customers.

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Seatings: Completely redesigned seats have been installed in all classes to provide JAL’s most relaxing and comfortable experience to date. First Class and Business Class offer spacious, yet fully-private environments, and Premium Economy Class provides enhanced privacy and comfort. Economy Class has been designed for enhanced relaxation and well-being, featuring spacious seating and ample legroom.

Inflight Meal Service: New services that cater to customers’ various interests and values will be provided progressively. To lessen the environmental impact and address social issues, JAL will encourage the use of non-petroleum derived plastics for cutlery and dishes. By working with passengers, the airline hopes to promote a sustainable future.

1. Cabin Interior and Seat Specifications:

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1.1 First Class

The new seating arrangement features just six (6) suites to create a unique and exclusive cabin environment. Seats are designed to provide even greater comfort and the addition of individual doors, for the first time by JAL, increases privacy while also creating a more open individual atmosphere with the elimination of overhead storage compartments.

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2. Business Class

Despite the increase in seat capacity to 54 from the current international flagship configuration, ample spacing has been prioritized to ensure a comfortable and individual inflight experience. Notably, in Business Class, doors have been introduced for the first time to ensure privacy, and overhead storage compartments are exclusively positioned on the window side to create an open atmosphere.

3. Premium Economy Class

In pursuit of the utmost comfort in its class, the cabin features large partitions to significantly improve privacy. It is also the first Premium Economy Class in the world to introduce electrically operated reclining functionality.

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4. Economy Class

Having won the “Best Economy Class Airline Seat” by SKYTRAX for five consecutive terms, JAL has further enhanced the spacious legroom and improved the seating for enhanced comfort.

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