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Airline travelers choose favorites in 14 categories

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2011 Passenger Choice Awards. Results were tabulated from a survey that asked airline travelers to share their opinions on every aspect of their airline journey: overall passenger experience; inflight publication; inflight entertainment; connectivity; cabin ambiance and ground experience.

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The Passenger Choice Awards winners are determined based solely on the votes of travelers – with the Nielsen Company, a global leader in consumer information and measurement, tracking the voting. The award program is entirely independent of any commercial influence, ensuring its neutrality and establishing it as a benchmark for excellence in the travel industry. The survey is growing in importance with air travelers as well, participation increased by more than 100 percent over 2010. Continue Reading

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Southwest Airlines Promotion : Save on your next airfare purchase!

Are you planing your next vacation and considering Southwest Airlines as your airline of choice?

Southwest Airlines is offering complete vacation packages and airfare discounts to destinations across the United States with flight service available from every scheduled Southwest Airlines departure city. There are numerous ways to save on your next trip and one of those is by using savings travel coupons.

By searching online, you can buy discounted airline tickets by booking with online hotel and airline reservation sites and use promotional codes which will allow you to save more money for your next trip.

Some sites like have the lists of valid Southwest airlines promo code that you can use for your airline ticket purchase. Just make sure that Promo codes are not yet expired so you can enjoy the great discounts. As is often the case with their some promo codes, this one allows you to save 10% or more on select US flights. You can save on routes between Denver and Portland, Houston and Seattle, Chicago and Vancouver, Boise and Los Angeles, and many more.

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Expert Tips on How To Fly this Holiday Season, Without the Stress

  1. Plan your trip as far ahead of time as possible – Book NOW. As the holiday season gets closer, the prices will inevitably go up – If possible, try to purchase the tickets for your flight as far in advance as possible.
  2. Try to fly during the week – If at all possible, book your flight sometime in the middle of the week. Normally, weekend departures have a much higher demand than mid week flights, and often times the best prices can be found during the week.
  3. Check for hotel/airfare deals – Many airlines offer packages and discounts on hotels, as well as combination air/car rental packages, depending on the airline and destination. Call the airline or check out the airline’s website for deals as many of these combinations are very competitively priced. Continue Reading

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Zest Air starts Daily Hong Kong Flights at Diosdado Macapagal International Airport

Zest Air has started last Saturday its international daily flight via Clark-Hong Kong at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) here.

Clark International Airport Corp (CIAC) president and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano, Chairman Nestor Mangio, Zest Air President and CEO Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao and Subic Secretary of Clark Alliance for Development Council (SCADC) Edgardo Pamintuan led the inaugural flight of Zest Air, the second budget carrier to operate internationally at DMIA.

A simple send-off ceremony was held at the DMIA VIP Lounge at terminal 1 last Saturday afternoon. Continue Reading

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Cebu Pacific offers P899 ‘Go Lite’ seat sale to any Philippine destination

Cebu Pacific (CEB), one of the Philippine’s leading domestic carrier, is offering P899 ‘Go Lite’ seats to any domestic destination from Sept. 17-18, 2009, for travel from Oct. 1-31, 2009.

Passengers with check-in luggage just need to add P100 upon booking.

CEB has 50 routes in 32 domestic destinations, making it the airline with the most number of flights in the country.

The airline recently started flying to Cauayan (Isabela), Calbayog and Catarman in Samar and Virac, Catanduanes.

CEB also maintains its monopoly routes such as Cebu-Siargao, Cebu-Legazpi, Davao-Iloilo and Davao-Cagayan de Oro, among others.

“We expect more Filipinos to travel this October because of the semestral break and proximity of the travel period to All Saints and All Souls Day. This seat sale will allow travelers to bring their families and friends to new destinations, and to fly home more often — both of which are our goals as an airline company,” said CEB vice president for marketing and product Candice Iyog.

Passengers can avail of this seat sale through the recently launched CEB payment center facility. Continue Reading

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British Airways offers First Class Upgrade Promotion

Until the end of September, travellers who book British Airways’Club World business class can enjoy a free upgrade to First class on one leg of their journey to Europe.

Customers must book before midnight on 30 September 2009 and travel before 31 March 2010 to take advantage of the free upgrade offer.

“This is a great opportunity for our customers in Hong Kong to truly travel in style and enjoy the very best of premium travel to and from Europe,” said Kevin McQuillan, British Airways Regional General Manager, Far East.

british_airways-promotions“British Airways has always been at the forefront of innovation, and both of our award-winning premium cabins are testament to this.”

In addition to electronically operated seats that can be converted into fully flat beds, the recently refreshed First experience also includes a turndown service, soft cotton sleeper suits, brand new Anya Hindmarch-designed washbags, a-la-carte dining and access to the exclusive and luxurious Galleries First lounges at London Heathrow Terminal 5.

British Airways’ revolutionary new Club World business class was launched on the Hong Kong route in 2007 and features wider seats, increased privacy, Club Kitchen and a new, six-foot-six “Z” bed position, moulding your body to the position it naturally assumes in zero gravity.

The new Club World is available on all Boeing 747s on British Airways’ Hong Kong–London Heathrow route and is currently being embodied on its fleet of Boeing 777s.

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Cebu Pacific offers Osaka Seat Sale

Cebu Pacific is now offering P2,499 seat sale for the Manila-Osaka route starting now until September 21, 2009.

This Cebu Pacific Osaka discounted ticket promotions is valid for travel from October 15 to December 15, 2009.

The travel period for the seat sale coincides with the fall season of the Kansai area, which covers Osaka and Kyoto.

Kyoto is half an hour away from Osaka by special service train.

Don’t miss out on Kyoto’s fall foliage spots such as Arashiyama, Kiyomizu-dera Temple and the Kyoto Imperial Palace from mid-October to early December.

Book now at!

CEB flies from Manila to Osaka every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The service departs Manila at 2:00pm, and departs Osaka at 7:20pm.

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Cebu Pacific ranks 4th in Asia’s top 10 budget airline list

Cebu Pacific (CEB) now ranks 4th among Asia’s top low-cost carriers.

This was stated by Smart Travel Asia’s Top 10 Budget Airlines of 2009 poll., Asia’s leading online travel magazine with one million readers worldwide, revealed the results of their May to July 2009 Best in Travel survey recently.

Low cost carriers were rated based on ticket prices, schedule reliability, quality of service, route network and access.

Smart Travel Asia also polled their readers in top destinations, hotels and resorts.

“We are happy that the website’s worldwide audience appreciated CEB’s great value fares and flights and voted.

Our growth and expansion in the Asian and domestic markets are very exciting, and we are glad that people have noticed,” said CEB Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing and distribution.

“This year, we started flying to 11 new routes. We also expect delivery of two ATR-7200 aircraft by the end of the year, which will surely provide our passengers with convenient air travel, low fares, and more flights, frequencies and destinations,” she said.

In 2009, CEB began services from Manila to Catarman, Virac, Cauayan, Calbayog and Ozamiz; from Cebu to Cotabato, Legazpi, Dumaguete, Siargao and Roxas; and from Davao to Cagayan de Oro. Continue Reading

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Amadeus Now Distributing AirAsia Flights

Amadeus has formed a partnership with AirAsia, which for the first time, will enable Amadeus-subscribing travel agencies worldwide to book AirAsia flights in the same way they would for a full-service carrier.

More than 102,200 travel agencies worldwide using the Amadeus Global Distribution System (GDS) for reservations will now be able to book flights for travellers on AirAsia and all its subsidiaries – Indonesia AirAsia, Thai AirAsia and its long-haul low-fare affiliate, AirAsia X.

This has been achieved through the implementation of a unique Amadeus technology solution for low-cost ‘ticketless’ airlines, named Amadeus Ticketless Access.

Kathleen Tan, Regional Head of Commercial, AirAsia Group said, “AirAsia is already an established leader in Asia Pacific’s aviation industry evolving to be a global brand player.

Our growth strategy is to aggressively expand AirAsia footprint globally through a broader channel distribution, making our amazing low fares inventory more accessible.

This collaboration with Amadeus will enable us to tap into a broader mix of new market segment of international customers to complement our commercial strategy, especially for AirAsia X as we make long haul travel more affordable. Since the implementation of this agreement, we have seen positive interest from overseas markets, in particular Europe. Continue Reading

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First Raiders’ Touchdown of the Season Goes to AirAsia

Partnership with Oakland Raiders brings flight, from Kuala Lumpur to Oakland in Celebration of Raiders’ Season Opener Against the San Diego Chargers on September 14, 2009

For one day only, AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost carrier is bringing its Raider’s branded A340 aircraft to US soil. The aircraft is named ‘Xcellence’, to match the Oakland Raiders’ motto ‘Commitment to Excellence’.

AirAsia and the Oakland Raiders have partnered to expand the Raider’s fan base in Asia and to promote the AirAsia brand in the United States, creating excitement for future entry into the US market.

AirAsia has formed an alliance with iconic NFL team to deliver the significant exposure in the U.S.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “This is a very proud moment for us. We are excited to associate ourselves with an iconic team like the Oakland Raiders as they reflect our own endeavor for excellence. This partnership would greatly enhance our efforts to boost our brand globally.” Continue Reading

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AirAsia launches discounted Fares Promotion

AirAsia has launched a new promotion with flights from Melbourne, Perth and the Gold Coast of Australia to Malaysia available from just A$119 one way.

From there, or for those already in Asia, the low cost airline is offering an assortment of Chinese destinations from Kuala Lumpur including one way fares to Hong Kong from A$37, Macau from A$29, Chegdu from A$62, Shenzhen from A$37 and Guangzhou from A$37.

Perth to Bali fares are also on sale, available from A$119.

AirAsia’s sale specials are available online until 6 September 2009 for travel between 11 January and 30 April, 2010. Terms and conditions may apply.

“With the increased frequency of flights out of the Gold Coast (6 weekly flights) and Melbourne (11 weekly flights) the ability to make your own connections to destinations beyond Kuala Lumpur has never been easier.” said AirAsia general manager Australia Darren Wright.

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Etihad Airways launches Chicago Flights

Etihad Airways has launched flights from its Abu Dhabi home-base to the American city of Chicago.

Flight EY151 took-off on Wednesday 2 September, landing 14 hours later at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

For the inaugural flight, Etihad operated its Airbus A340-600 aircraft in the iconic Formula 1 livery, with O’Hare airport fire trucks providing the traditional ‘water arch’ for the plane on the runway before it docked at terminal five.

etihad airwaysJames Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said, “We are delighted to start services to Chicago which is our third major destination in North America.

Chicago is set to become a key part of our global flight programme with strong traffic expected from cities across our Middle East and Indian Sub-Continent network.”

With the launch of the three weekly flights to Chicago, Etihad Airways now flies to North America 13 times a week: daily to New York (JFK) and three times weekly to Toronto in Canada.

This will increase to 16 flights a week when the Chicago service goes to six per week at the end of October.

In July, Etihad and American Airlines announced a wide ranging codeshare agreement. The ‘EY’ code can now be seen on selected domestic and international services operated by American, and the ‘AA’ code has been placed on Etihad services to North America and Europe.

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