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Southwest Airlines Launches a Buy One, Get One 50% Off Base Fares

Southwest Airlines Launches a Buy One, Get One 50% Off Base Fares

Southwest Airlines Co. today introduced a promotional deal with buy one, get one 50% off basic rates. Through August 3, 2023, customers can book their forthcoming travel for the months of August and September and even save money on a trip to start the year 2024 with this amazing offer, which is only available for a short period of time.

Southwest Airlines Extends Flight Schedule Through Aug. 14, 2023(Opens in a new browser tab)

To qualify, Rapid Rewards® Members must:1

  1. Register for the promotion and purchase a Southwest® revenue flight (one round trip or two one-ways), starting today through Aug. 3, 2023; and
  2. Travel by Sept. 30, 2023.

To use the promotion code Members must:2

  1. Book new travel using the 50% off promotion code beginning Oct. 17, 2023, through Nov. 23, 2023; and
  2. Travel Jan. 8 2024, through March 6, 2024. (Travel blacked out Feb. 15, 2024, through Feb. 19, 2024; Feb. 23, 2024, through Feb. 25, 2024; and March 3, 2024.)

Register for this promotion, then book one round trip or two one-way qualifying Southwest flights between 8:00 a.m. CDT on Aug. 1, 2023, and 11:59 p.m. CDT on Aug. 3, 2023, for travel from Aug. 1, 2023. to Sept. 30, 2023. (the “Promotion Period”); and fly during the Promotion Period to earn a 50% off promotion code valid for booking between Oct. 17, 2023. and Nov. 23, 2023, for travel between Jan. 8, 2024, and March 6, 2024, with travel blacked out Feb. 15, 2024, through Feb. 19, 2024; Feb. 23, 2024, through Feb. 25, 2024; and March 3, 2024.

Customers must enter their Southwest Rapid RewardsTM account number while registering for this promotion in order to participate. Customers can sign up to become Members by visiting Southwest.com/rapidrewards online if they do not already have a Rapid Rewards account number. Accounts with Rapid Rewards are free. Members who book a qualified Southwest flight between 8:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. CDT on August 1, 2023, for travel during the Promotion Period, and who fly during the Promotion Period, are eligible to participate in this promotion.

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You can find all Rapid Rewards terms and conditions at Southwest.com/rrterms. Southwest reserves the right, at any time and without prior notice, to modify, suspend, or change the Rapid Rewards programme and/or its regulations. The collected points do not become the property of Rapid Rewards Members. The amount of points required for a specific Southwest flight is determined by Southwest and is subject to change at any time until the reservation is confirmed. It varies depending on the location, time, day of travel, demand, fare type, point redemption rate, and other factors.

Travel blacked out Feb. 15, 2024, through Feb. 19, 2024; Feb. 23, 2024, through Feb. 25, 2024; and March 3, 2024.

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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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