New Nepalese airline flies to Southeast Asia

Himalaya Airlines, the new Nepalese airline, will launch its first flights to Southeast Asia next month. Commencing on 10 February 2017, the Kathmandu-based carrier will operate five weekly flights to Kuala Lumpur. And then on 24 February it will start operating twice weekly flights to Yangon. These new routes will be enabled by the delivery of Himalaya Airlines’ second aircraft, a 158-seat, two-class Airbus A320, which is due to arrive on 20 January. The airline currently operates flights from Kathmandu to Doha and Colombo. Himalaya Airlines is a joint venture…

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NZ: new airline route connects Wellington to Asia

The route, which will begin in September this year, will be the first flight without transfers from Wellington to Asia, cutting the current travelling time, as well as providing a route to Australia’s capital. In addition to opening up the region for more trade and tourism, this new route also carries benefits for international education in the region, according to Chris Whelan, chief executive of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency. “We believe Wellington is currently underperforming in international education attraction” “We’ve made no secret of the fact that we believe Wellington…

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British TMCs say distribution fee has hurt Lufthansa, airline disagrees

Lufthansa lost GDS market share on bookings from the U.K. to Germany following the imposition of a controversial 16-euro surcharge in September, according to trade group the Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC). Lufthansa counters that the fee has not harmed its bookings companywide. The data, based upon a sample of 12,000 bookings made by GTMC members in the three months before and after the surcharge went into effect, shows that Lufthansa’s market share declined 8.5%. Those numbers suggest “that TMCs have switched business away from the airline group to…

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