All Nippon Airways and Skymark Airlines will commence a code-share agreement in late March, according to one source. Skymark previously requested the code-share with ANA for domestic flights in and out of Tokyo's Haneda Airport.
United Airlines reported its best January operational performance in a decade. The carrier achieved an 82.8% on-time arrival rate for domestic flights, and an 80.5% on-time arrival rate for international flights. CEO Jeff Smisek said in a statement that United "will continue to invest in the tools, training, equipment, inventory and procedures that will allow us to deliver consistent performance for the entire year." United plans to reward many of its front-line employees with a $100 bonus for the month.
Despite a 21% surge in ancillary income over the past year, budget and premium airlines in Asia are still looking for ways to increase such revenue. For discount carriers such as AirAsia X, the recent move to offer child-free quiet zones -- and charge extra to sit in them -- is another way to boost income while keeping flight ticket prices competitive.
Several airlines have announced code-share deals. US Airways has begun code-shares with South African Airways and is near implementing one with Avianca; American Airlines has deals with TAM Airlines and LAN Colombia; Alaska Airlines will begin an arrangement with AeroMexico next year; and Virgin America has teamed with Singapore Airlines.
With the approval of government officials, US Airways and South African Airways have finalized a code-share agreement. "US Airways' new codeshare agreement with its first codeshare partner in South Africa creates a seamless travel experience for our customers traveling to various destinations on the African continent," said Andrew Nocella, US Airways' senior vice president for marketing and planning, in a statement. South African Airways customers will also be able to fly to U.S. destinations through US Airways hubs.