Air Canada introduces simplified fares to UK
Air Canada has introduced its simplified fares model for flights to and from the UK. The scheme is likely to be extended to more countries in the future.
Under the scheme, there are four categories of fares. The two which are aimed at the business traveller, the Latitude Plus and Executive First both offer fully flexible and fully refundable fares and advance seat selection.
Executive First also offers Priority check-in, priority baggage handling and priority boarding, seating in the Executive First cabin, lounge entry and extra baggage allowance.
Mayrhuber new AEA chairman
Wolfgang Mayrhuber, chairman and ceo of Lufthansa, is the new chairman of the Association of European Airlines for 2006.
The Association represents 30 major European carriers.
On taking up his post, Mr Mayrhuber said: "We expect important developments in Europe's external aviation relations. It is crucial that our decision-makers act in the best interests of European airlines and their customers.
"The challenges facing our industry are stronger than ever. By the end of 2006 we should know what awaits us in terms of political action on our environmental performance. The decisions taken this year could secure our future, or jeopardise it."
DB trials internet access on trains
German train operator Deutsche Bahn and IT company T-Mobility are trialling broadband internet access on ICE high-speed trains in Germany.
The tests are taking place on the Dortmund-Cologne service and will give passengers internet access and the ability to read and send e-mails.
The trial will run to the end o f March and if successful be extended to other ICE routes.
CSA president resigns
Jaroslav Tvrdik has resigned as president and chairman of CSA Czech Airlines to take up a post as campaign manager for the Czech Social Democratic Party.
Finnair promotes Arle
Henrik Arle, previously executive vp scheduled passenger traffic, has been promoted by Finnair to deputy ceo.
Other appointments include Kaisa Vikkula as senior vp leisure and travel services and Kimmo Soini as senior vp technical services.
MEA appoint Kassir as UK manager
Middle East Airlines has appointed Mrs Naima Kassir as its new manager for the UK and Ireland. Previously Mrs Kassir was Qatar Airways' area manager for Lebanon and Cyprus based in Beirut.