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Khazanah Nasional Managing Director Azman Mokhtar addressed reporters last Friday
Malaysia Airlines announced on Friday that it will lay off 6,000 of its 20,000 employees as part of its restructuring plan, aiming to once again make a profit four years from now. Khazanah Nasional, the investment arm of the Malaysian government and the majority stakeholder in the airline, said it "would carry out the restructuring by creating a new company with a 'right-sized work force and work practices and contracts.'"
As expected, the plan also includes the cutting of routes, although the specifics will probably not be finalized until a new management team takes over next July. In the meantime, Khazanah is giving nearly $2 billion in bailout money to the airline to help it balance the budget during the transition, restructuring, and rebranding.
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Two days is about the correct amount of time before big brands begin experimenting with new social media apps. This has again proved true for Hyperlapse from Instagram, as travel companies race to see how sped-up video can enrich their online presence.
Technically the first airline to dabble in Hyperlapse was Qantas, as they re-grammed a Hyperlapse from one of their travelers, who captured Qantas airplane movements from a lounge at Sydney International Airport before his own flight.
But the first airline to create their own Hyperlapse video using the new app was...
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Practice your sticker skills before heading off to the airport, as one of the country’s largest carriers is going the DIY route when it comes to baggage tagging.
United Airlines just started offering self-service bag tagging over at Chicago-O’Hare in an effort to speed up the check-in process at the airport. The airline’s angle is that it provides more options for customers looking to do things for themselves, and it will free up agents to help out those flyers that have questions or need a little more assistance.
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A few weeks ago, we gave you the scoop on how Malaysia Airlines might rebrand itself given the two unfortunate and unlucky incidents it had this past year. There's no new livery to speak of yet, but the dirty work is about to begin. The airline is reportedly about to launch the first phase of its rival plan, which aims to move it from government/public ownership to one that is privately operated. Unfortunately, it's going to mean the cancellation of routes and the loss of jobs.
The Wall Street Journal wrote yesterday that, according to its sources, "Malaysia Airlines will stop flying to some unprofitable routes in China and other places such as Frankfurt," Australia, and Dubai.
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Air travel is going to cost a little more to send the little ones all on their own, as American Airlines is making some changes to their unaccompanied minor policy.
Previously the fee covered minors between ages five and eleven, but now it looks like they’re going to charge you for tweens as well—up to age fourteen. This is on top of regular fares, so you’ll be looking at $150 extra—and that’s each way—to send the kiddos without supervision.
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Be sure to grab a copy of the in-flight magazine from your seatback pocket on your next American Airlines flight, as it soon might be a bit of a collector’s item. The airline isn’t ditching the in-flight magazine—don’t worry—but they are bringing in a new company to run, write, and produce the periodical through a revamp.
Ink Global will now be in charge of American Way. This isn’t the first in-flight magazine for the folks over at Ink Global; it's their specialty, as they're in charge of periodicals as wide-ranging as United's Hemispheres and EasyJet's Traveller to Eurostar's Metropolitan and Thomas Cook's travel.
Nothing is worse than sniffing an unexpected scent when traveling in the confinement of an airplane’s cabin, but a couple airlines have decided to romance passengers through their noses with a signature cabin scent. They’re not installing some kind of air purification system or planning on cracking a window; this scent is pure eau de airline, and British Airways was the first to experiment with the concept back in 2011.
New for 2014, BA's partner airline Iberia plans to do the same with a brand new customized scent. It’ll be known as Mediterraneo, and will boast accents of lemon, citrus blossoms, vanilla, rose, and jasmine—among other hints.
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Earlier this summer we were finally able to check out FInnair and their up in the air abilities, but now it looks like we’ll have to try them out once again—we know, so difficult. That’s because the carrier is anxiously awaiting some brand new planes from the folks over at Airbus. The planes are some A350-XMBs to be specific, and in advance of their arrival the airline is showing off and sharing some images of the cabin.
The design, look, and feel of things are all thanks to the dSign Vertti Kivi & Co firm over in Helsinki. Travelers can expect a more spacious cabin, but that’s probably more the airplane than the design team—think larger windows, ambient lighting, and an improved air filtration system.
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If we’ve learned one thing about the world in the last few years, it is that Hello Kitty is only gaining in ubiquity. From airport shops and her own Los Angeles convention to kitty-print toilet paper and every accessory under the sun, the cartoon cat missing a mouth has steamrolled beyond Barbie, the X-Men, and more in her quest for world domination.
Since 2005, that success has included airplanes, with Taiwanese carrier EVA Airways debuting Airbus A330s (and, last year, an extra special Boeing 777-300ER) covered tip to tail in Hello Kitty imagery. When we say tip to tail, we mean even the interior; the Hello Kitty flights, of which there are 6 regular routes originating in Taipei (Los Angeles, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Hokkaido), please passengers with Hello Kitty-theme in-flight shopping, in-flight entertainment, and in-flight meals.
Good news from the folks over at Southwest Airlines, as the airline has announced several new routes between the States and Mexico.
The carrier has been adding over the border destinations this year, many to the Caribbean, and now it's flying to a couple new spots down in south of the border. These are all flight paths that have been inherited from its acquisition of AirTran Airways, so rather than totally new routes, they’re kind of like revamped routes.
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When it comes to airline lounges, things here in the U.S. are leaps and bounds behind what’s being offered internationally. However, one major carrier's digs are getting a modest facelift, as Delta Sky Club has launched changes to its services. .
Delta’s airport lounges have always offered up complimentary snacks and beverages—even the alcoholic ones—but the latest upgrade and improvement is focused on the food. Please don’t expect waiter service, entrees, or tasting menus, but just last week the free bits and bites received little bit of an upgrade.
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When American Airlines and U.S. Airways merged, it was promised that the airlines would adopt standard procedures and services that would apply across the two carriers. It started with shared frequent flyer programs, which allowed AAdvantage and Dividend Miles members to enjoy perks on both airlines. The newest idea for collaboration, however, does not have the consumer in mind by any stretch of the imagination.
Announced last week, American Airlines will adopt US Airway's policy and stop serving full meals to First and Business Class passengers on flights shorter than 2 hours 45 minutes. Currently, American Airlines serves full meals on flights longer than 2 hours.