While aircraft manufacturers reported billions of dollars worth of sales at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, which took place July 9 to 15, the number of firm deals dipped from last year. This year saw a proliferation of memorandums of understanding and letters of intent as compared with last year’s higher number of firm orders. Richard Aboulafia, a vice president at the consulting firm Teal Group Corp., attributes airline wariness to “a perpetual European crisis, sluggish U.S. numbers and much slower emerging market growth.” Read more here.

by Staff Airlines and Destinations July 16, 2012

Southwest Airlines and subsidiary AirTran Airways have extended their flight schedules, to include services between February 14 and March 8, 2013.

Southwest Airlines unveiled its ‘Florida One’ specially theme-painted Boeing 737 on April 23, 2010

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By BRIAN DOWLING and MARA LEE The Hartford Courant

Publication: The Day

Published 07/12/2012 12:00 AM
An ambitious expansion of Bradley International Airport, with an additional terminal and parking garage, would benefit the region’s economy while making travel smoother for Connecticut residents and visitors, according to a detailed new plan.

The plan – parts of which may not come about until demand materializes, which could take many years – includes a 19-gate terminal at the location of the old Murphy Terminal, which closed in 2010 as the oldest terminal at any major U.S. airport.

A parking garage with consolidated car rental facilities would rise where the surface lot is now located in front of the Murphy Terminal, and the airport would have its own power plant on site. To continue reading click here.


Annual survey ranks Taiwan-based airline as one of world’s best

TAIPEI, TAIWAN (July 9, 2012) – Invited to vote for the world’s best among air carriers, hotels, destinations and more, Travel + Leisure readers have ranked EVA Air among the Top 10 International Airlines in the 17th annual T+L World’s Best Awards survey.  Travel + Leisure asked readers to rate airlines on characteristics that included cabin comfort, in-flight service, customer service and value. Complete results of the prestigious poll will be published in Travel + Leisure’s August 2012 World’s Best Awards issue and are posted now on the magazine’s website at travelandleisure.com.

Emphasizing quality service and safety throughout operations worldwide since it launched its first flight in 1991, EVA has earned previous honors, awards and distinctions for its innovative premium economy cabin, fine wines and more from international business and leisure travelers, industry experts and opinion leaders.  And it has ranked as one of the world’s safest airlines since 2004.

The airline is in the process of transforming all Boeing 777-300ERs it flies to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Paris, Amsterdam and London with luxurious new Royal Laurel Class, a top cabin that has lie-flat seats, stowage space for everything from reading glasses to shoes within easy reach and privacy panels that passengers can use to create cozy cocoons for rest or work.  At the same time, it is updating onboard entertainment systems throughout the aircraft with multi-function AV-input outlets, USB and iPod ports and software such as Media Player, Photo Viewer and PDF Reader for the convenience of passengers traveling with personal electronic devices.  A slideshow of EVA’s new Royal Laurel Class is available at royallaurel.evaair.com.

Along with the warm, friendly service EVA is known for, it is also giving passengers a different kind of in-flight experience with its cheerfully liveried Hello Kitty Jets.  It operates the shorter-haul Hello Kitty Jets on flights between Taipei and both Tokyo airports, Narita and close-in Haneda, Chitose (Sapporo), Fukuoka, Hong Kong, Seoul,  Guam and Shanghai’s close-in Hongqiao International Airport.

EVA links a network of major business and leisure destinations worldwide, including dozens of cities in China and throughout Asia.  From Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver, it offers more trans-Pacific flights from North America to Taipei with more, easy onward connections to major business and leisure centers than any other airline. Travelers can check schedules and book flights at evaair.com.