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United Airlines Announces Major Asia-Pacific Expansion, Including New Routes

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The largest U.S. airline operating between the Atlantic and Pacific seas already, United today increases its service to the Asia-Pacific region by introducing extra non-stop flights to Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Taipei as well as a new direct flight from the continental U.S. to Manila. These brand-new routes will launch in October.

This winter, the airline will operate long-haul flights across the Pacific to a total of 15 different foreign locations. United’s transpacific network will be 50% bigger than the combined network of all other U.S. carriers, excluding flights to mainland China.

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United will start operating flights between San Francisco and Manila on October 29. The airline already provides nonstop service to Manila from Guam and Palau, and it will soon be the only one to do so from the mainland United States. In addition, United will begin additional service between Los Angeles and Hong Kong on October 28. This will expand on the company’s current flights from San Francisco.

In addition to its current service between Los Angeles and Tokyo-Haneda, United will resume non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Tokyo/Narita in Tokyo. Additionally, the airline will add a second daily flight from San Francisco to Taipei year-round, giving passengers fresh time options to travel between the two cities.

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San Francisco – Manila, Philippines*

With the commencement of its service between San Francisco and Manila on October 29, United will become the only U.S. airline with non-stop transpacific flights to the Philippines. The new route, which will fly daily on the airline’s largest aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, will complement the company’s already-existing service to Manila from Guam and Palau.

Los Angeles – Hong Kong*

With a new, direct daily trip from Los Angeles beginning on October 28, United, the only U.S. airline that flies non-stop to Hong Kong, will expand its service. Every day the flight will fly aboard a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. This winter, United will offer three daily flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Hong Kong.

Los Angeles – Tokyo/Narita

On October 28, United will begin daily, direct service on a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner between Los Angeles and Tokyo/Narita. United will now provide a connection from Los Angeles to both of Tokyo’s international airports using its current service between Los Angeles and Tokyo/Haneda.

Australia & New Zealand Expansion

Earlier this year, United announced the largest South Pacific network expansion ever to and from the continental U.S. This upcoming northern winter, United will operate 66 flights between the U.S. and Australia/New Zealand every week. Highlights include:

  • Becoming the only airline to offer non-stop service to Christchurch, New Zealand with new service from San Francisco*
  • Building on its position as the largest U.S. airline to Auckland by adding four weekly flights from Los Angeles*
  • Serving as the largest carrier between the U.S. and Brisbane with a new route from Los Angeles*
  • Offering daily flights between San Francisco and Brisbane and Melbourne and twice daily flights between San Francisco and Sydney

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Turkish Airlines Expands U.S Network to 20 Destinations

Turkish Airlines Expands U.S Network to 20 Destinations

Turkish Airlines, renowned for its expansive global network, currently flies to more countries than any other carrier worldwide.

Recently, the airline has expanded its reach in the United States, bringing the total number of destinations served to 14. With the recent addition of Denver and Dallas, the airline is now setting its sights on further expansion.

In a recent interview, Turkish Airlines Chairman telegraphed the next four U.S. cities that are in their crosshairs: Philadelphia, Charlotte, Orlando, and Minneapolis. These additions will join an already impressive roster that includes Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York JFK, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington Dulles.

As of now, Turkish Airlines operates flights to 14 destinations across the United States. The confirmed destinations include Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Denver (DEN), Detroit (DTW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington (IAD).

Bolat, in his interview, indicated that Turkish Airlines plans to eventually serve 20 destinations in the United States. The proposed new routes to Philadelphia, Charlotte, Orlando, and Minneapolis would bring the total to 18, suggesting there are two additional cities potentially on the horizon.

However, it’s important to note that flights from Minneapolis and Orlando directly to Istanbul are not imminent, as the airline has not yet made any official announcements, and ticket sales have not commenced. Additionally, representatives from Minneapolis airport have not commented on the possibility of nonstop service to Istanbul.

The airline’s ambitious expansion plans are supported by the acquisition of numerous additional widebody planes over the next few years, necessitating new destinations to deploy these aircraft. Turkish Airlines’ strategy appears to be targeting major American Airlines hubs, ensuring a strong presence across key U.S. cities.

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Singapore Airlines Offers $25,000 to Compensation Those Affected by Turbulence

Singapore Airlines Offers $25,000 to Compensation Those Affected by Turbulence

On Tuesday, Singapore Airlines announced a compensation package for passengers who sustained injuries during a turbulent flight last month. Flight SQ321, traveling from London to Singapore, encountered severe turbulence on May 20, 2024, resulting in a traumatic experience for those on board.

In a statement, Singapore Airlines (SIA) extended its deepest apologies to the passengers affected by the incident. The airline confirmed that compensation offers were sent out on June 10, 2024. For passengers who suffered minor injuries, SIA has offered $10,000 in compensation. Those with more serious injuries have been invited to discuss personalized compensation packages tailored to their specific needs once they feel ready.

A particularly tragic outcome of the turbulence was the death of a 73-year-old British man. Other passengers and crew members sustained serious injuries, including skull, brain, and spine injuries. For passengers requiring long-term medical care, SIA is offering an advance payment of $25,000 to address their immediate needs. This amount will be included in the final compensation package.

In addition to financial compensation, SIA is offering a full refund of the airfare to all passengers who were on flight SQ321, regardless of whether they were injured. Passengers will also receive compensation for the delay in accordance with European Union and United Kingdom regulations. To help with immediate expenses, each passenger was provided with S$1,000 upon arrival in Bangkok, where the flight was diverted. The airline has also covered medical expenses and arranged for family members of the injured to travel to Bangkok.

Affected passengers have received emails detailing their compensation offers and the process for claiming them. Singapore Airlines urges passengers to contact them for any inquiries or further assistance, promising prompt responses.

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Severe Hailstorm Damages Nose and Cockpit Windows of Austrian Airlines Flight

Severe Hailstorm Damages Nose and Cockpit Windows of Austrian Airlines Flight

An Austrian Airlines flight from Palma de Mallorca, Spain to Vienna, Austria (flight OS434) encountered a severe hailstorm during its approach to Vienna-Schwechat Airport on Sunday, sustaining significant damage.

The airline reported that the aircraft was struck by a severe thunderstorm cell that was not visible on the weather radar, resulting in extensive damage to the cockpit windows, exterior coverings, and notably, the nose cone.

The cockpit crew, caught off guard by the invisible storm cell, made a mayday distress call as the plane was battered by hail. The impact damaged the two front cockpit windows, stripped coverings off the aircraft’s nose, and caused other external damage. Photos shared on social media vividly displayed the severe damage to the front of the plane.

Passenger Emmeley Oakley, who was on board during the chaotic flight, recounted the harrowing experience to ABC News. She mentioned that they were about 20 minutes from landing when the plane entered a cloud of hail and thunderstorm, leading to powerful turbulence.

“We could definitely feel the hail coming down on the plane and it was quite loud and… super rocky for a minute,” Oakley described in a text message to the station. She estimated that the plane took about two minutes or less to fly through the hailstorm, during which “phones and cups” were thrown around the cabin, causing some passengers to panic and scream.

Oakley praised the cabin crew for their swift and effective response in calming the distressed passengers, ensuring safety and order within the cabin. austrian airlines hail

Despite the turbulent and alarming approach, the flight landed safely at Vienna-Schwechat Airport, with no injuries reported among the passengers or crew. Austrian Airlines confirmed the safe landing and stated that their technical team is currently inspecting the aircraft to assess the extent of the damage.

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