Air Updates, Offers, Packages and Profit

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Air India Respects its Elders Through Oct. 14, passengers ages 62 and older are eligible for a savings of at least $1,300 pp dbl aboard Air India through the company’s Senior Citizen Companion Fare.

The discount is available for guests meeting the age requirement, who travel in pairs via Executive Class to Delhi or Mumbai. Fares include all taxes, airport and security fees, and fuel surcharges, and are $3,423 pp from JFK or Newark airports, or $3,573 pp from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to Delhi.

Tickets must be booked by Sept. 30 for travel Monday through Thursday in both directions. Commission is available at 4 percent. For more information, call (800) 255-3191 or visit airindia.in.

Earn up to 17 Percent Commission Picasso Travel, an air consolidator providing agencies with flight tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals and additional services, is offering commission specials for Virgin Atlantic air bookings to Europe and Africa. Commission rates are as follows:

• 7 percent for all economy seating

• Up to 11 percent for booking classes W, S and K

• Up to 15 percent for booking classes I and Z

• Up to 17 percent for booking classes J, C and D

For more information, call (800) PICASSO or visit picassotravel.com.

Nature Air Fly-And-Stay Packages Nature Air, the world’s first carbon-neutral airline, has released a selection of sustainable “green” 3-night fly-and-stay packages for your environmentally conscious clients. Agents just define travel dates, then choose the destination and preferred hotel. Sample packages include:

• Three nights in Arenal at Arenal Kioro Hotel, starting at $720 pp through Dec. 30

• Three nights in Manuel Antonio at Arenas del Mar, starting at $673 pp through April 30

• Three nights in Drake Bay at Aguila de Osa, starting at $927 pp through April 30

• Three nights in Granada at Plaza Colon, starting at $429 pp through Dec. 15

All packages include roundtrip airfare from San Jose, Costa Rica; ground transportation from airport to hotel; 3-night accommodations in a deluxe and sustainable property; daily breakfast and applicable taxes. For more information, visit natureair.com.

Air Update Silver Airways is expanding service with the addition of new weekday service between Helena and Billings, MT. Flights will operate twice daily beginning May 1, with introductory fares of $75 one way through the month of May. The standard fare for flights purchased 14 days in advanced is $99 one way. For more information, call (800) 499- 7450 or visit flygia.com.

Beginning April 20, Tanzania’s largest airline, Precision Air, is launching two new routes from Tanzania to Lusaka, Zambia and the Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Routes will fly three times weekly on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. For more information, visit precisionairtz.com.

Avianca and Taca, owned by AviancaTaca Holding SA, have signed a codeshare agreement with Aeromexico. Codeshare operations between Avianca and Aeromexico are scheduled to begin before June, while operations between Taca and Aeromexico will begin later in the year. For more information, visit skyteam.com.