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One More Airline Will Offer In-Flight WiFi for Free

June 26, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the world’s best airlines—based on livery appearance alone—is getting even better, as Nok Air is adding some switches, wires, and electronic doodads to improve the flying experience.

WiFi is scheduled to arrive is set to arrive at Nok Air sooner than later, and it sounds like Thaicom are the folks behind the in-flight Ku-band technology. Installations are moving quickly, and the system could be up and running as soon as this July or August. The plans are to start with six planes as soon as possible, and after that they’ll move into installations for 30 more.

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Say So Long to Tigerair Mandala of Indonesia

Where: Indonesia
June 26, 2014 at 6:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s many flavors of Tiger Airways from which to choose, as the low cost airline offers up a few different options while holding down headquarters over in Singapore. However, now there’s one less option, as over in Indonesia the carrier known as Tigerair Mandala will no longer be climbing to cruising altitude as of July 1.

Apparently the cash and fare funds weren’t exactly pouring in, and after thinking things over it was decided that it would be best to just shut things down. In a statement they provided the following reasoning and rationale, as to why things would no longer be heading up in the air. “Mandala wouldn't be able to sustain its operations and the airlines key shareholders decided to cease funding the carrier."

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New Airline Alert: V Air Aims to Make Taiwan Travel Very Affordable

Where: Taiwan
April 1, 2014 at 1:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’re not really experts when it comes to the aviation scene over in Taiwan, but we do know we’re always interested in the latest and greatest in low cost carriers. The country’s first cheapo carrier is still very much on the drawing board, but it sounds like things are quickly moving off paper and into practice.

TransAsia Airways does its thing in and around the region with a home base over in Taipei, and apparently they’re interested in spinning off a subsidiary. That’s where V Air comes into the picture, as it’s the name of the new budget arm of the airline. The carrier has a name and even a logo, as the airline is planning to use a smiling bear—it’s a Formosan black bear technically—as a logo and mascot.

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New Airline Alert: Thai Lion Air Makes a Home in Bangkok

Where: Thailand
December 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s a new airline taking to the skies just in time for the busy holiday season, but this one is a little far from home, so you might just need to take a flight to catch a flight aboard this new carrier.

Thai Lion Air started its operations last week with a route between Bangkok and Chiang Mai with flights that run back and forth twice daily. You can expect the usual low-cost carrier service as it focuses on keeping fares reasonable.

The airline is already looking to expand beyond these initial options, though, as it sound like it's getting ready to head over to Kuala Lumpur as well as Jakarta as soon as December 18.

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And the Next Airline to Bring In-Flight WiFi to the Skies is...

Where: Spain
November 19, 2013 at 8:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we think of budget carriers, low cost carriers, and other cheap ways to travel the friendly skies amenities don’t usually come to mind. However, that’s not the case with Vueling, as they’re about to add something pretty darn awesome to the in-flight cabin.

Some of Vueling’s planes are heading into the hangar for an upgrade, as the carrier has plans to add in-flight WiFi to their fleet. Details are pretty limited at this point, as it sounds like even the company doing the wiring and whatnot is unknown. However, things could launch as soon as next month, so keep your WiFi settings updated and search for a signal.

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Cheap Flights from Hawaii to Tokyo is One Goal of AirAsia Japan

Where: Japan
August 6, 2013 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s some moving and shaking in the world of low cost carriers this week, as AirAsia Japan is going under the knife for a little bit of work. They’ll still be around to whisk you off to here and there and, depending on where you want to go, their new destinations may even be more appealing than their former spots.

All Nippon Airways—ANA to their friends—are getting ready to try something new with AirAsia Japan. The new focus will be on warm and sunny destinations, as the carrier wants to do a little more travel to resort and leisure locations. Spots like Guam and Hawaii have been mentioned, but that's just the beginning of the possibilities.

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New Airline Alert: Aeroflot Dreams Up a Budget Buddy in 'Loukostera'

July 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like pretty much each and every airline is considering—or at least has or had—a low-cost carrier sibling. Competition is pretty strong out there, so if you’re able to offer up a cheaper alternative it’s probably a good idea.

The latest carrier to throw their hat into the budget ring just might be Aeroflot, as there are rumors that the Russian carrier is thinking of launching an LCC beginning at some point in 2014.

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Ryanair's Out to Make Another Buck by Using Planes as Billboards

July 22, 2013 at 8:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Talking about what Ryanair charges for—and might charge for—gets kind of old, but their latest advertising initiative is a little more unique. They’re taking things outside of the cabin and away from the airport, as Ryanair is offering up the opportunity to slap your slogan, logo, or name right along the outside of one of their planes.

We’re not totally sold that this is going to happen, because after all this is the carrier that is constantly promising—or threatening—to add a pay-to-pee in-flight lavatory.

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PEOPLExpress Still Plans On Flying, Maybe As Soon As This Summer

January 17, 2013 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

There hasn’t been a lot of recent news kicking around regarding PEOPLExpress and their plans to finally hit the skies. It sounds like they’re still quite a bit away from flying to here and there, but they’re still hard at work arranging the moo-lah, planes, and people to get things moving.

Down in Newport News, Virginia there’s some cash on the way for the airline as the regional airport committee recently gave the go ahead to get the ball rolling on a $500,000 loan to help bring the new carrier to the area. This would help PEOPLExpress acquire the necessary charter services and five airplanes, and finally get the show on the road.

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Lufthansa Does a Little Brand Reshuffling to Prep for a New LCC

September 25, 2012 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

The world won’t be complete until each and every major carrier spins off its very own low cost carrier, and honestly that’s fine with us. Sometimes we don’t need handholding through each step of the booking and boarding process, and getting there with a cheapo carrier is something half the fun—kind of. Anyway, it looks like Lufthansa is the latest to focus on the discount model, and they’ve got all kinds of plans ready to go.

We haven’t had a chance to check out the PowerPoint, but it sounds like the mission involves merging their European and domestic options into a new carrier in hopes of shaving costs and improving efficiencies. These flights will be blended into the Germanwings brand as of January 1, as the carrier looks to fend off the competition in the region. Flights doing their thing with the Lufthansa livery out of spots like Frankfurt and Munich will continue to do so, as the plan doesn’t involve mixing things up at these two hubs.

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Lion Air Plans Their Own Low-Cost Carrier to Stick It to AirAsia

Where: Malaysia
September 20, 2012 at 11:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Lion Air isn’t exactly a pricey carrier if you’re looking to bop around Asia, but it looks like they might just be getting a little bit cheaper. Clearly they’re sensing a little bit of unwelcome competition from other carriers, so they’re doing what everyone else is doing—they’re starting up their very own low cost carrier.

The plan will be to go up against AirAsia in Malaysia, as Lion Air will look to compete for your hard earned money. The new airline will take to the skies around May of next year, and it’ll be known as Malindo Airways. Obviously they’ll start small, but they’re already looking big with hopes of reaching around 100 planes within a decade or so.

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More Bad News from PEOPLExpress Points to a 2013 Launch

July 23, 2012 at 10:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are no planes as of yet, but once again PEOPLExpress is already running into a little bit of difficulty. The last we heard from them was bad news based on government issued fines, and this latest update doesn’t sound that great either.

The folks over at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette are reporting that the airline is delayed once again. There’s been no contract, agreement, or anything else related to securing some new airplanes—we’re thinking those are, like, step one in building an airline. Also, it sounds like the carrier isn’t exactly flying through the certification process, nor are they completing all the required paperwork in a timely manner.

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