In Brief

flyadeal receives brand new A320neo

FLYADEAL, the low-cost Jeddah-based airline owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines, has taken delivery of a brand new A320neo, the first out of 30 to be delivered in the next 3 years.

The aircraft is the first out of 65 A320neo family aircraft ordered by Saudi Arabian Airline at the Paris Airshow 2019, and will join flyadeal’s all Airbus fleet.

flyadeal’s A320neo is configured with 186 seats in a comfortable all economy class layout. Passengers onboard the aircraft will benefit from the widest cabin of any single-aisle aircraft in the sky, as well as the latest cabin feature offering optimum passenger comfort.

The A320neo is the ideal aircraft for flyadeal to grow and expand its domestic and regional network. Demonstrating the operational flexibility of the A320neo, the aircraft will allow the airline to efficiently enhance its operations to additional networks and foster closer links with countries across the region and beyond.

The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines, Sharklets and aerodynamics, which together deliver 20 per cent in fuel savings and CO2 reduction compared to previous generation Airbus aircraft.


Hahn Air welcomes new partners

HAHN AIR announces the addition of 15 new partners in the first half of 2021. The airlines trust the leading ticketing and distribution specialist to expand their indirect sales to secondary markets and increase their ticket sales with up to 100,000 travel agencies in more than 190 markets. They also benefit from being part of the largest network of interline partners in the world.

In 2021 Hahn Air welcomed HR -169 partners - Air Leap (FL), Sweden; Calm Air (MO), Canada; Nordica (ND), Estonia; PAL Airlines (PB), Canada; Starlux Airlines (JX), Taiwan; Uganda National Airlines (UR), Uganda; Viva Colombia (VH), Colombia; Viva Peru (VV), Peru; and Vipper (VG), the Netherlands etc.


Travelport agencies avoid Emirates surcharge

WORLDWIDE leader in travel retail, Travelport, and one of the world's largest international airlines, Emirates, announced they have reached a commercial agreement that will allow Travelport-connected travel agencies to avoid the airline's surcharge on bookings via Global Distribution Systems (GDS) that will be introduced from July 1, 2021. Furthermore, the companies announced a new long-term agreement to enable the distribution of Emirates NDC content via Travelport's next-generation platform, Travelport+, and an extension to its longstanding IT agreement.

Jason Clarke, Chief Commercial Officer, Travel Partners at Travelport, said: "This series of agreements highlights the determination of both Travelport and Emirates to re-invent travel retailing and push the boundaries of what's possible. With a shared vision for the future, our long-standing collaboration will continue to go from strength-to-strength. Together, we look forward to giving the many travellers returning to the skies this summer and beyond the best possible offers and experiences."


Qatar Airways named Airline of the Year

QATAR Airways has been named Airline of the Year 2021 by AirlineRatings. The airline has also clinched the Best Middle East Airline, Best Catering, and the Best Business Class awards. This marks the third year in a row Qatar Airways has achieved the Best Business Class accolade, recognising its patented Qsuite product.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “Over the past 16 months, the aviation industry has witnessed some of its darkest days, but Qatar Airways has continued to operate and stand by our passengers despite many other airlines halting operations due the pandemic. Qatar Airways continues to reach new heights and set industry standards that deliver unrivalled passenger experience because it is in our DNA to do everything with excellence. Our commitment is to provide the highest possible level of health and safety standards both on the ground and in the air, with 5-star service at the core of our business.”