Woman Searches For Handsome Seatmate From An Air New Zealand Flight

Love was in the air on an Air New Zealand flight between Auckland and Wellington last Monday. At least it was for an Auckland woman, who is on the hunt for the man sitting next to her in seat 17C after she felt some chemistry during their in-flight conversation.

“Everyone loves a love story, and we were hoping this could be the start of a Christmas romance,” -Sister of unnamed woman

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, was flying on NZ441 from Auckland to Wellington last Monday when the well-dressed, handsome stranger occupied the seat next to her. With a flight time of only 50 minutes, it was just long enough to spark some intrigu

Boeing 747 Retirement & Project Sunrise – Qantas Prepares To Enter A New Age

It has been a big year for Qantas. Change is fairly incremental in the aviation industry but Qantas is preparing to move into a new age as it makes decisions about new and old aircraft, adjusting its fleet and wider business in response to market changes.

We’ve reported on Qantas a lot this year in Simple Flying. Two of our regular touchstones have been Project Sunrise and the retirement of the Qantas 747s. As the year draws to a close, it is a good time to recap and summarise what has been going on at Qantas in 2019

Emirates President Tim Clark To Retire

Emirates Airline President Sir Tim Clark will retire at the end of June 2020 after more than 30 years in charge of the state-owned airline.

In an internal memo released to staff on Tuesday by Emirates Chairman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum and seen by CNBC, Sir Tim will step down from his position, yet remain working for the airline as an advisor.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg Resigns

Boeing announced that Dennis Muilenburg resigned from his position as CEO and Board director at Boeing. The current Chairman, David L. Calhoun, will be the next CEO and President of Boeing from January 13, 2020. This development comes after CEO Muilenburg was removed from his position as Chairman of the Board.

This change was, in part, driven by the Board of Directors. Boeing’s Board felt that a leadership change was necessary as the aircraft manufacturer seeks to improve its standing. This year, the 737 MAX crisis has taken a toll on Boeing’s reputation and relationships with both customers and stakeholders.

oneworld Chooses Moscow For Its First Branded Lounge

The oneworld alliance has chosen Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport as the location of its first branded lounge. In February, oneworld’s CEO Rob Gurney announced that the alliance would begin to offer its own branded lounges. However, until now the location has been kept a tight secret.

In February, the oneworld alliance hosted a celebration in London, marking its 20th anniversary. Here CEO’s from across the alliance’s members met alongside a huge cake in the shape of a “20”.

While giving speeches at the event, Rob Gurney, the alliance’s CEO, announced the creation of branded lounges. The intention was that these lounges would be placed in airports where there is a strong alliance presence, however, no airline can feasibly commit to creating a lounge. As a result, Simple Flying believed that Beijing Daxing could be the perfect location.

American Airlines To Extend Some Seasonal Transatlantic Services

American Airlines is looking forward to 2020 with the extension of several popular seasonal transatlantic routes. This announcement comes as American’s joint venture partner, British Airways, announced new service to Portland from London-Heathrow. Overall, this should give travelers plenty of other options and flexibility to see some key destinations in Europe next year.

Transatlantic services are key for airlines. This is because of the significant number of both business and leisure destinations across the pond. It seems now that, in 2020, American is going big when it comes to long-haul routes. Alongside new services to New Zealand, American will extend five key transatlantic routes into the winter season of 2020.

Qatar Airways Announces New Codeshare Alongside More Routes

Qatar Airways has announced a deepening of its codeshare with SriLankan Airlines, which will open up many more Qatar destinations to passengers flying with SriLankan. Qatar passengers will also be happy, as a new Maldives destination has been opened up too. Alongside this announcement, the airline has revealed a huge expansion of some existing routes and the addition of a couple of new ones too.

Qatar Airways has linked up with SriLankan Airlines to expand its existing codeshare dramatically. The agreement will open up numerous new destinations within the Qatar network to passengers of SriLankan Airlines.

SriLankan Airlines and Qatar Airways have been codesharing since 2016. However, this new agreement marks a significant expansion, adding 33 new Qatar Airways destinations to the itineraries of SriLankan Airlines’ passengers. In total, Qatar will operate now 53 destinations under SriLankan Airlines flight numbers.

Hong Kong Airport Posts Largest Decline in Passengers In A Decade

Hong Kong Airport has posted its largest decline in passenger numbers in a decade. The provisional passenger numbers for November 2019 show that just 5,012,000 passengers passed through the airport last month. This represents a 16.2% decline when compared to November 2018 passenger numbers. November was also the fourth month in a row of declining passenger numbers, something not seen since 2008.

A report in The Straits Times yesterday, Sunday, December 15, 2019, draws on data released by Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department. What the data reveals is declines in aircraft movements, passenger numbers, and cargo volumes in Hong Kong since anti-democracy protests broke out earlier this year.

SriLankan Airlines becomes the ‘World’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean’ for the fourth consecutive year

December 04 2019: SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, won the prestigious ‘World’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean’ title once again at the Grand Final Gala Ceremony of World Travel Awards, in Muscat, Oman recently.

The Airline was also nominated for the titles ‘World’s Leading Airline’, ‘World’s Leading Airline – Business Class’, ‘World’s Leading Airline – Economy’ and ‘World’s Leading Cultural Airline

Air Canada’s First Airbus A220 Takes Maiden Flight by

Air Canada‘s first Airbus A220 has taken to the skies on its maiden test flight. This is the first of forty-five additional aircraft to begin delivery in 2020 onwards, Air Canada will be using the aircraft on short-haul domestic routes as well as some operations internationally to the United States.

The aircraft took off from the Bombardier Airbus facility and circled around the region testing various functions of the aircraft. Unlike other A220s that are built by Airbus, because Air Canada is not a US airline they don’t actually need to finish the aircraft down at the Airbus Mobile Facility (this is to class the aircraft product as a domestic product). This will infer that Air Canada will receive the aircraft a little bit faster as it can be finished in Canada and less than an hour flight from their new hub.