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Iberia boosts its flight offer in Latin America and United states

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Chicago: Daily flights from March through December

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.

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.

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


Akasa Air Launches QuietFlights: Enhancing Peaceful Travel

Akasa Air Launches QuietFlights: Enhancing Peaceful Travel

Akasa Air, India’s rapidly growing commercial airline that, has introduced a novel initiative called “QuietFlights” for its passengers.

This unique concept is specifically designed for travelers flying during the early morning and late-night hours, enhancing their inflight experience with added tranquility and comfort.

In a recent press release, Akasa Air announced that flights operating between 10 PM and 6 AM will minimize in-flight announcements to essential safety messages only.

In addition, the airline will adjust cabin lighting to foster a peaceful and calming atmosphere. This initiative underscores Akasa Air’s commitment to offering a restful and comfortable journey for passengers on flights during these hours.

Belson Coutinho, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing & Experience Officer of Akasa Air, highlighted the airline’s dedication to ensuring privacy and peace of mind for its passengers.

He stated that the launch of QuietFlights reaffirms their mission to deliver exceptional experiences, emphasizing a “comfortable, relaxed, and peaceful cabin experience.”

Coutinho elaborated that in today’s fast-paced lifestyle, QuietFlights are thoughtfully designed to help passengers unwind, with reduced announcements and ambient lighting creating a serene inflight environment.

Akasa Air’s network connects 22 domestic destinations and three international destinations, including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Guwahati, Agartala, Pune, Lucknow, Goa, Hyderabad, Varanasi, Bagdogra, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Port Blair, Ayodhya, Gwalior, Srinagar, Prayagraj, Gorakhpur, Doha (Qatar), Jeddah, and Riyadh (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).

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Air India Passenger Discovers Metal Blade in his meal

Air India Passenger Discovers Metal Blade in his meal

In a concerning incident aboard Air India’s AI 175 flight from Bengaluru to San Francisco, a passenger discovered a metal blade in his in-flight meal.

Mathures Paul, a journalist, recounted his alarming experience on social media, sharing that he found the blade while enjoying his roasted sweet potato and fig chaat. Mr. Paul described the moment he felt the piece of metal in his mouth, realizing it was a blade only after chewing for a few seconds. Fortunately, he was not harmed. He posted an image of the bowl showing the metal blade next to the food, expressing his disappointment with Air India’s catering service.

Air India food can cut like a knife. Hiding in its roasted sweet potato and fig chaat was a metal piece that looked like a blade. I got a feel of it only after chewing the grub for a few seconds. Thankfully, no harm was done.

Upon discovering the blade, Mr. Paul immediately alerted the stewardess, who apologized briefly and assured him that the catering team would be informed. She then brought him a bowl of chickpea salad as a replacement.

After landing in San Francisco, Mr. Paul posted about the incident on X (formerly Twitter), but initially received no response from the airline. Later, Air India contacted him, offering a one-way business class ticket valid on any Air India flight for up to one year. Mr. Paul declined the offer, referring to it as a ‘bribe.’

In response to his post, Air India commented, “Dear Mr. Paul, we are sorry to know about this. This does not represent the level of service we aim to provide to our passengers. Please DM us your booking details along with your seat number. We’ll ensure this matter is promptly reviewed and addressed.

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Air India to Open India’s First Self-Operated Pilot Training School

Air India to Open India's First Self-Operated Pilot Training School

Air India is making a significant move to establish a flying school in Maharashtra’s Amravati, a project aimed at training up to 180 pilots annually.

Initially focused on meeting the airline’s internal requirements, the Tata Group-owned carrier envisions expanding to address external needs in the future, according to a report by The Economic Times.

The new academy will welcome aspiring pilots with no prior flying experience, offering a comprehensive full-time training program that prepares them for careers in Air India’s cockpits. To support this initiative, Air India has procured approximately 30 single-engine and four multi-engine aircraft from American manufacturer Piper and European company Diamond.

This strategic step allows Air India to control the supply of new pilots, ensuring a steady pipeline of well-trained talent. Moreover, it addresses the quality gaps in pilot training within India, which often compel students to seek education abroad.

The establishment of the Amravati flying school is part of Air India’s broader strategy to enhance the quality of pilot training in the country. Alongside this, the airline has inaugurated a training center in Gurugram, in collaboration with Airbus and US-based L3 Harris, equipped with six simulators for type-rating and recurrent training.

Other Indian airlines like IndiGo and SpiceJet have similar branded training programs in association with independent flight schools both domestically and internationally. However, Air India’s initiative to set up its own flying school marks a pioneering step in the country, emphasizing its commitment to maintaining high standards in pilot training and meeting the aviation industry’s growing demands.

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