Virgin Australia is about to reintroduce business-class flights at Mackay Airport, where Jetstar has already begun streamlining its check-in service with self-service kiosks. "It really endorses clientele that travel through Mackay and the majority of them are business travelers," said Terry Simpson, general manager at Mackay Airport.
Singapore Airlines is rolling out a no-frills carrier to cash in on a growing market for low-budget fares and to compete with established players like AirAsia X. Singapore expects its new subsidiary to be up and running within a year. "We are seeing a new market segment being created, and this will provide another growth opportunity for the SIA Group," said the airline's CEO, Goh Choon Phong.
In the wake of Virgin America offering new service at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, United and American airlines have announced new flights and new deals for Windy City travelers. "We've had to fight our way into Chicago," a boxing glove-wearing Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson said at Wednesday's launch. United and American have joined the fight for passengers by offering an extra-miles promotion and new routes.
Recaro Aircraft Seating feted its suppliers at the Aircraft Seating Supplier Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, and singled out the German company Jung for special honors with the 2011 Supplier Award. "Jung consistently sets benchmark standards with outstanding flexibility and adherence to delivery dates," said Mark Hiller, Recaro's chief operations officer of research and development, purchasing, production and quality. Read the Recaro news release.
Japan's newest budget airline has renamed itself Peach and will paint its planes pink and fuchsia to invoke a youthful, energetic and generous image. Shinichi Inoue, CEO of Peach Aviation Ltd., revealed the new name and look Tuesday. Peach will launch service in March from its base at Kansai International Airport.