Airline Update

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From Australia to Germany, make sure your clients embark on smooth travels with these latest airline updates.

South Pacific This past spring, Qantas Airways’ Boeing 747 aircraft touched down in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport on the first flight of its new route between DFW and Sydney, Australia.

Qantas’ Sydney-DFW service operates four times per week, with the DFW-Sydney return service stopping in Brisbane, opening up Australia’s world-class tourism attractions to a new audience in the U.S. For more information, visit qantas.com.

Over in French Polynesia, Air Tahiti Nui has announced plans to renovate the interior of its aircraft by 2013 with cabin and in-flight entertainment upgrades. The Poerava Business class will include 32 new 160-degree reclining shell seats, while the airline’s Moana Class (coach) section, will have new lighter seats in the 264-seat cabin. Both classes will have a chance to enjoy an enhanced Audio-Video on Demand (AVOD) system that will offer a selection of first-run movies, music and games.

In addition to an increased cabin experience, passengers will also benefit in lower fuel surcharges as the new seats will lighten each aircraft by approximately 3.5 tons, amounting to a decrease of fuel that will reflect an estimated annual savings of $2 million, and reduce the carbon footprint of guests aboard all Air Tahiti Nui flights. For more information, visit airtahitinui.com.

Latin America TAM Airlines will operate new daily service between Orlando and Sao Paulo, Brazil, as of Aug. 2, doubling the frequency of the route. The aim of the new flight is to meet the rising demand of passengers between both cities. Currently, TAM is the only carrier to fly nonstop and daily between Orlando and Brazil.

TAM Airbus A330 flying the Orlando-Sao Paulo route will offer 221 seats, including a  4-seat first class cabin, 34 seats in business class and 183 in economy class. Flight JJ 8111 will depart daily at 10:50 a.m. from Orlando and arrive in Sao Paulo at 8:20 p.m. (local time). From Sao Paulo, flights will depart at 12:55 a.m. (local time) and land in Orlando at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.tamairlines.com.

Europe airberlin and American Airlines have expanded their codeshare relationship to include selected flights within the U.S. domestic route network. Passengers can now book additional flight connections via New York, Los Angeles, and Miami to Germany.

Under this extended agreement, airberlin passengers can now enjoy connecting flights via New York from the additional gateways of Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis.  Additional gateways also included in the expanded agreement are Key West and Jacksonville as connecting flights via Miami. The airline now offers departures from a total of six cities in Florida (which already include Miami, Fort Myers, Orlando, and Tampa).

airberlin has been co-operating with American Airlines since November 2010. The two codeshare partners now offer a total of 33 destinations within the U.S, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas with shared flight numbers. For more information, visit airberlin.com.