What we’re reading: BA gets first Boeing 787, Air Canada rouge ready to launch, Air Pacific becomes Fiji Airways
Boeing delivers British Airways’ first 787 Dreamliner
The first British Airways 787 departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., on June 26 and arrived in London at 12:10 pm local time.
British Airways has announced that the airline will operate the 787 from Heathrow to Toronto from Sept. 1 and Heathrow to Newark from Oct. 1.
“The delivery of the first of BA’s 787s is an exciting milestone for Boeing and British Airways,” said Todd Nelp, Vice President of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
What we’re reading: TAs may get compensation from airlines for ancillary sales, Americans plan to hit the road, FBI probes missing cash
Margins have airlines selling more ancillaries through agents
Travel agents are increasingly able to sell ancillary products, so now some airlines are thinking about giving them compensation.
Sabre is currently booking ancillary services for nine airlines, with three more soon to be online and 21 more in the pipeline.
Travelport’s Agencia product enables retailers to sell all of Air Canada’s products, including its fare families. Travelport offers ancillary products from four carriers, with more in the pipeline.
What we’re reading: Airlines with the best economy cabin, what we no longer see on airplanes, Hertz takes top spot in survey
Top 10: Airlines with the best economy class cabins in 2013
Jonny Clark, founder of thedesignair.net, shares his top 10 economy class cabins.
Porter is an airline that knows how to deliver. A boutique short-haul airline that lives its tagline, ‘Flying Refined’. The airline offers stylish cream leather seats, free food and drink, including tipples from local micro breweries, and free lounge access for all its passengers.
What we’re reading: US Airways to keep Charlotte hub, Unruly passenger taken off US Airways plane, Dreamliner faces image concerns
US Airways defends future of Charlotte hub
Despite a report from the Government Accountability Office that Miami would be a better hub than Charlotte, US Airways is intent on keeping the hub.
US Airways told its employees in a newsletter that the GAO report did not “provide anything to support its assertions about closing hubs.” In an interview Friday, the airline said that a key factor in keeping Charlotte a large hub in a newly merged airline is geography.