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Record Snowfall Disrupts Flights in Moscow

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

A record snowfall has hit Moscow, one that has already dumped 12 cm of snow on the region and will bring more as the storm rages through until Friday.  The city hall in the Russian capital says they have not experienced a snowfall as big as this in 50 years and according to the weather forecast service, so far it has brought a third of the total typical snowfall for November in just 24 hours.


The storm is wreaking havoc on the roads and on flights coming into and going out of the area.  Traffic is backed up throughout the capital and roughly 70 flights at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, the city’s largest, were disrupted last night.  However, so far the city’s three airports have been functioning normally throughout Thursday.


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Hawaiian Airlines Launches Flights to Brisbane

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Hawaiian Airlines is continuing their network expansion by launching flights from Honolulu to Brisbane, which is the capital of Queensland, Australia.  This new service makes Hawaiian the only airline to operate flights to Brisbane and passengers of the inaugural flight enjoyed a purely Hawaiian-style send-off, with music, hula dancers, a flower lei, and a traditional Hawaiian blessing by Kahu Richard Kamanu of Kaumakapili Church.


Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, said that Brisbane is their second gateway into Australia and flights to the region will make it even easier for people to enjoy all that Australia has to offer.  Flights will operate three days a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, departing Honolulu at 10:20 am and arriving in Brisbane at 4:00 pm the next day.  Return flights depart Brisbane at 6:35 pm and arrive in Honolulu at 8:05 am the same day.


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Qatar Airways First Dreamliner Flights to London Heathrow

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

December 13 has been announced as the date for the first Qatar Airways long-haul flight from Doha to London Heathrow.  Qatar will be the first airline to operate regularly-scheduled flights to the UK on the new Boeing 787.  In the beginning, only one of the five daily flights will be operated on the Dreamliner.  This will be the flight that departs Doha at 6:25 am and arrives in London at 11:05 pm.  The return flight departs London at 3:05 pm and arrives in Doha at 12:45 am the next day.


Seats on the new Dreamliner flights can now be booked on the airline’s website, allowing passengers to travel on the world’s most sophisticated aircraft.  Qatar Airways had their first Dreamliner delivered to them earlier in November and another will be arriving this coming weekend.  They have ordered 60 in total.  The two Dreamliners they have are being operated on intra-Gulf flights to help the crews get used to the planes before starting long-haul flights.


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Iran Air Hike Prices on International Flights

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Iran Air, the national airline for Iran, is raising the prices of many of their international flights by 90%, nearly doubling the price.  A spokesperson for the airline, Shahrokh Noooshabadi, said that the increase in prices has been the result of the decreasing value of the rial compared to foreign currencies, as well as the increase in prices by the state oil company.  The country is also feeling the effects of international sanctions placed on them due to suspicion that they have a secret nuclear program.  However, Tehran denies that they are making nuclear weapons.


The airline has a total of 54 aircraft that fly to a number of European destinations, including Amsterdam, Paris, and London.  The media in Iran has said that Iran Air is not the only airline in Iran to hike prices and that others have done so.  There was also an increase of 70% on all domestic flights earlier in November.


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Bad Weather Causes Flight Diversions in Singapore

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Four Singapore flights had to be diverted due to bad weather.  The flights were headed to Singapore’s Chango International Airport when they were diverted to Batam’s Hang Nadim International Airport.  Starting at 2:00 pm, they began to fly to Changi International Airport.  Batam Free Trade Zone Authority (BPK-FTZ) spokesman Dwi Djoko Wiwoho, said the flights did eventually all make it to their destination in Singapore.


The four flights that were redirected were a Singapore Cargo flight from Auckland, New Zealand; a Silk Air flight from Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Vietnam Air and Tiger Airways flights, both from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.  Hang Nadim is only 18 miles west of Changi and often serves as a transit airport during certain weather conditions.  The flight between Hang Nadim and Changi is only seven minutes in duration.


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Snowy Weather Causing Flight Disruptions in Calgary

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Wednseday saw the arrival of more winter weather in western Canada and there were 113 reported road accidents in Calgary between midnight and 4:00 pm.  The weather was also affecting flights at Calgary International Airport, where travellers have been warned to expect flight delays and cancellations.  Jody Mosley, a spokesperson for the airport, says that these flight disruptions are the result of many things, such as de-icing the aircraft to clearing snow off the runway.


Environment Canada was predicting 10-20 cm of snow by Thursday morning and then there is another snowfall warning following right behind this one.  Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi even tweeted about it, jokingly saying yes, it’s his fault because he washed his car.  He also warned people to take it easy going home during rush hour and to leave extra time to get home if possible.  Most of Alberta is under a heavy snowfall warning.


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New Zealand Volcano Erupts Ash Causing Flight Disruptions

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

On Wednesday, Mount Tongariro erupted a cloud of ash that has caused major flight disruptions in New Zealand.  This is the second eruption in less than four months, with a dark plume of ash reaching 3 km into the sky.  No significant damage was done and hikers and 100 middle school students and their teachers who were at the base of the mountain were safe from harm.


Authorities have issued a no-fly zone above the mountain on central North Island.  Air New Zealand has issued an advisory to all passengers that there might be some flight delays and cancellations due to the eruption.  A spokesperson with the airline, Brigitte Ransom, said that by mid-afternoon two flights had been cancelled.  Civil defense authorities have advised people in the area to remain indoors and keep windows shut.


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Southwest Adds Flights to Wichita and San Juan

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Southwest Airlines will be providing service to Wichita, Kansas, a route that was previously flown by AirTran Airways.  The new service will begin on June 2, 2013, the after AirTran Service ends, and will operate from Dallas, Chicago, and Las Vegas.  In addition, Southwest will begin offering flights on other routes, including between San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport; Houston’s Hobby Airport and New York’s LaGuardia; Chicago’s Midway Airport and Tulsa, Oklahoma.


The announcement of the new service came on Monday with the release of its new schedule for Southwest and AirTran from now through August 9.  AirTran, which will be absorbed by Southwest over the coming years, will begin service between Tampa, Florida, and both Houston and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, on June 2.


The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Standing Room Only Flights from Ryanair

Monday, November 19th, 2012

According to Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary, seat belts aren’t necessary on flights and he is once again promoting the idea of stand room flights, which would allow passengers to travel to domestic destinations for as little as £1 before taxes and fees.  However, this is the same man that has proposed charging for using the washroom and for toilet paper that he wants embossed with his image.


The only thing getting in the way of standing room flights is European safety regulations that require seatbelts to be worn during takeoff and landing.  Since O’Leary wants to get around this, he is promoting the idea that seat belts don’t matter.  He said seat belt won’t save anyone in an airplane crash and they aren’t required in the London Underground or on trains that travel 120 mph.  Should the regulations ever be changed, then O’Leary would sell plenty of standing room tickets to those looking for bargain prices.


The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

New Cabin Cleaning Company Causes Flight Delays for American

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

American Airlines recently contracted out their cabin cleaning and the result has been hundreds of flight delays over the past few days.  The cleaning was previously done by members of the Transport Workers Union, but has been taken over by AirServe.  The flights delays, more than 300 of them, were at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, where workers from the new company did not have the proper security badges for secured areas of the airport.


The lack of security badges made it so that the new cleaning staff had to enter through the old mail-sorting facility for the airline in order to access the planes.  American, recently claiming bankruptcy protection, said that they would save $29.8 million by outsourcing the cleaning of the aircraft.  The switch to an outsourced cleaning company was agreed to by union members and resulted in the layoff of hundreds of union workers.


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