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Free IFE with Delta

Delta Air Lines will begin offering free entertainment options on all of its domestic aircraft and two-cabin regional jets beginning August 1, 2014.

Delta Studio will provide passengers with hit movies, popular television shows, music and video games for free.

All Delta customers, in every class of service on flights longer than one and a half hours, will have access to a selection of free entertainment options, either at their seat or through their laptops, mobile and tablet devices. Free entertainment options are available on flights with seat-back entertainment systems or on demand video streaming onboard Delta's Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft.

BusinessElite, First Class and Economy Comfort will have free access to IFE on all international and domestic flights.

Additional premium content will be available for purchase in economy including the latest movie titles. Delta's full entertainment line-up for the month of August is available in Sky magazine.

Seat-back In-flight Entertainment
Delta offers 18 channels of live satellite TV on select aircraft and up to 250 movies, hundreds of TV shows, 2,300 songs and a selection of games on aircraft with seat-back entertainment systems. Delta is the only U.S. carrier to offer personal, on-demand entertainment at every seat on all long-haul international flights.

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BI returns to SGN

Royal Brunei Airlines plans to resume flights to Ho Chi Minh City with the frequency of four times a week starting Saturday, October, 17 2014.
The service will be operated by an Airbus A319 for flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays while on Sundays the flight will be operated by an Airbus A320.

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AirAsia to implement Light ticketing

AirAsia is the first airline in Asia Pacific to implement new Amadeus technology for travel agencies. ‘Light ticketing’ is an evolution of the ticketless access level offered to low-cost and hybrid carriers to help standardise the travel agency work flow via the introduction of a virtual ticket number.

For the first time, traditional shopping, booking and back-office flows will be combined with real-time dynamic fares provided through AirAsia’s XML connection with Amadeus. Amadeus connected travel agencies can view and compare AirAsia fares in the same screen as full-service carriers, something not previously possible.

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Emirates adds A380 to Mumbai

Emirates has commenced its first scheduled Airbus A380 service to India with flights daily between Dubai and Mumbai.

The A380 offers passengers travelling to and from Mumbai a choice of 14 first class suites, 76 lie flat business class seats on the upper deck, and 399 economy class seats in four sections on the main deck.

To mark the first flights, passengers on board EK500 and EK501 from Dubai to Mumbai were given a commemorative certificate and gift, as well as a specially commissioned piece of artwork created by local Mumbai artists.

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EY commences Abu Dhabi and Rome

Etihad Airways has commenced daily non-stop service between Abu Dhabi and Rome Fiumicino Airport, operating an Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration, featuring 22 fully-flat beds in Business Class and 240 seats in Economy Class.

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New AKL schedule for Aircalin

Effective October 28, 2014 Aircalin is increasing its services from two, to three, flights per week between Auckland and Noumea.

The schedule will be Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, operated by the A320 fleet, departing Auckland at 1415, arrive Noumea 1510 and departing Noumea 0800, arrive Auckland 1240

The current A330 Thursday flight will be withdrawn at that time.

The new schedule increases the capacity and continues Aircalin’s investment in the outbound market from New Zealand to New Caledonia.

Aircalin aircraft are configured with both economy and business class cabins are a full-service carrier.

The codeshare flights on Wednesday and Saturday are in addition to the new services, which equate to five flights per week to New Caledonia from October 28.

Details are in the GDS.

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Extra services on Aircalin

In addition to Aircalin's thrice-weekly services between Auckland and Noumea, the carrier will operate supplementary flights every Thursday from December 18, 2014 to February 12, 2015.
Additional flights details are:
SB411 Auckland to Noumea 1415/1510
SB410 Noumea to Auckland  0800/1240

With the supplementary Thursday flights, and the additional codeshare flights on a Monday from 15 Dec to 02 Feb, SB can offer daily flights to New Caledonia 15 Dec-15Feb (only one exception: no flight 09Feb15)
Details are already in the GDS. Click here for details on the current SB schedule

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China Airlines to increase flights to AKL

China Airlines is increasing flights on its Taipei – Brisbane – Auckland route from three to four times per week for the peak period of December 2014 to March 2015.

During this period, all four services will be upgraded from an A330-300 to a Boeing 747-400.

Auckland Airport has welcomed the decision, which will add an extra 15,000 seats on the route.

 

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