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Friday, May 27, 2011

Japan Airlines to Launch Nonstop Service between Tokyo and Boston in 2012 with the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Japan Airlines to Launch Nonstop Service between Tokyo and Boston in 2012

New route scheduled to be operated with the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced today that it will launch a brand new route between Tokyo's Narita International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport starting April 22, 2012. The airline also announced its plans to operate the highly-anticipated Boeing 787-8 configured with business and economy class cabins on this route, making Boston the first destination named by JAL to utilize the Dreamliner.

787 Dreamliner in JAL Livery

JAL will become the only carrier to directly link Asia and Boston, one of the largest U.S. metropolitan cities, with nonstop service that will be available four times a week initially and later increased to once daily from June 1, 2012. This route will facilitate travel to and from cities throughout the New England region as well as add greater convenience for business and leisure travelers connecting to and from key Asian cities through JAL's extensive international network at Narita.

American Airlines (American) will also codeshare on this flight. JAL and American entered into a joint business agreement last month and began jointly offering customers greater benefits and travel options over the Pacific. The oneworld® Alliance partners now coordinate sales efforts on flights between Japan, Asia and North America, which will include and significantly support the viability of the new Tokyo=Boston route. Reservations and ticket sales will be available through both airlines. Customers can make bookings at JAL beginning May 28, 2011* (10am JST/ May 27, 9pm EST) and at American from the middle of June this year via their respective websites and call centers (see end of release).

In addition to its relationship with American, JAL has also begun discussions to strengthen its U.S. network structure with JetBlue Airways, utilizing the carrier's hub operations in Boston to provide customers more options and smoother connections to and from major destinations in the East Coast.

"I am pleased to announce the addition of Boston to our international network - our first new gateway in North America in 13 years," said Masaru Onishi, President of Japan Airlines. "By making full use of the efficiencies of the revolutionary 787 as well as capitalizing on our closer relationship with American Airlines, we are confident this new route will prove to be another valuable link for commercial and cultural exchanges between both regions, and more significantly, the onset of JAL's growth strategies going forward."

JAL North American Network

"This new flight further demonstrates the benefits of our joint business agreement and will strengthen our relationship with Japan Airlines even more," said Tom Horton, President - American Airlines. "The Boston=Narita service is one of the many new customer benefits of our increased cooperation between North America and Asia with our long-standing and valued partner."

"I am thrilled that Japan Airlines has agreed to begin nonstop service between Tokyo and Boston, and I applaud them for choosing Massachusetts as a destination," said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. "I also want to commend Massport for their efforts to make this a reality. Our counterparts in Tokyo understand the value of a direct flight that will connect them to our growing health care, biotechnology, telecommunications, and advance technologies industries, and to our prestigious colleges and research universities. This is an invaluable economic partnership for the Commonwealth, and we look forward to the increased tourism, commerce, and economic development with Japan that it will bring."

"This new service will connect New England and Asia as never before,'' said Thomas J. Kinton Jr., Massport's CEO & Executive Director. "Asia is a priority for Governor Patrick's administration to further enhance the economic competitiveness of the Commonwealth and nonstop flights to Asia are the number one service target among the Boston-area's business, academic and tourism communities. We are thrilled with the route and thankful that the work of our Asia Task Force with Boston business leaders helped clinch the deal.''

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States boasting a rich history. It is the capital and largest city of Massachusetts and a center for higher education, economics, bio-tech research and culture on the East Coast. Boston will become the fifth continental U.S. gateway served by JAL on top of the airline's current daily operations between Tokyo and New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Tokyo (Narita) = Boston Flight Schedule

Flight Number

Route

Dep. Time

Arr. Time

Days of Operation

Aircraft

Remarks

JL008
AA5922

Narita - Boston

11:30

11:20

Daily

787-8

Operating 4 times a week on Mo, We, Fr, Su until
May 31, 2012

JL007
AA5921

Boston - Narita

13:20

16:00 + 1

Daily

787-8

The above flight and fleet schedule is subject to government approval and change.
All timings shown are local.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

JetBlue begins daily nonstop service from LAX to Ft. Lauderdale today

JetBlue Airways is launching its 'Hollywood to Hollywood' flight today with daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International (LAX) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) airports. JetBlue is offering a special $149 fare each way, for travel between May 25 and June 25, 2011 at www.jetblue.com/new. Customers traveling into Fort Lauderdale can find seamless connecting service onwards to Nassau, Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

JetBlue's schedule between LAX and FLL, beginning today:

LAX to FLL:

FLL to LAX:

Depart - Arrive

Depart - Arrive

10:24 p.m. - 6:15 a.m.+1

6:55 p.m. - 9:29 p.m.

- Flights operate daily effective today-

JetBlue's Hollywood to Hollywood service will be operated with the airline's Airbus A320, which offers roomy, all-leather seating for 150 customers, including the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (b).

Monday, May 09, 2011

Bing Travel Summer Forecast: Airfares Rise Nearly 15 Percent, Hotels Up 7 Percent


Bing Travel Summer Forecast: Airfares Rise Nearly 15 Percent, Hotels Up 7 Percent

Fareologists offer insight for how travelers can save money during a tough travel season.

REDMOND, Wash. — May 4, 2011 — Today the Fareologists at Bing Travel (http://www.bing.com/travel) issued their forecast for the 2011 summer travel season, predicting airfare and hotel costs will continue to swell. Compared with last year, airfare is expected to be up 15 percent, with tickets averaging $561, up from $485 last summer. Summer hotel costs will rise by more than 7 percent, with average costs at $242, versus $227 last year.

“Airlines are making deeper cuts in capacity, and surcharges are burgeoning,” said Krista Pappas, Global Travel Industry Director at Bing. “With oil prices on the rise, travelers can expect fares to continue to climb to offset fuel costs. Airlines also will continue to charge fees for their services, such as more leg room, premium boarding, baggage fees, Wi-Fi, food and entertainment.”

Flexibility is the key for summer travelers looking to find a deal. For those who are willing to let deals lead them to new travel destinations, there are still some cheaper options for exploring new places:

· Off-peak dates save travelers money. The cheapest week to travel this summer is May 30 to June 5, with domestic airfare averaging $518 for a round-trip ticket, and the most expensive week is June 27 to July 3, averaging about $595.

· Travel away from the crowds. Among the cheapest destinations is Orlando, Fla., with average airfare coming in at $300 and average hotel prices at $107. There are also deals to be had on flights to Boston, which average $307, and Denver, which average $316.

· Follow the heat to save. Travelers might not make any money at the casinos, but Las Vegas has some of the lowest rates on three-star accommodations, with an average hotel price of less than $100. There are even deals on flights to Vegas, including flights from Dallas, which have decreased by 39 percent, and flights from Los Angeles, which can be found for $132.

Traveling internationally continues to be the most expensive summer travel choice, with overseas airfare costing about $1,250 per ticket, compared with $1,100 last year. Hotel rates in London are up 23 percent, but travelers who can afford to make their way to Rome, a city among travel experts’ top recommended destinations, will find affordable three-star hotel options at an average of $209 per night.

“I would suggest booking summer flights as soon as you can,” Pappas said. “Travelers who are planning to wait out the rising fares in hopes of finding a deal will likely be disappointed. Your best bet is to plan ahead for the best fares — and, if you can, apply flexibility and avoid peak travel dates.”

Bing Travel Empowers Consumers With Travel Science and Tools

Bing Travel has the tools and tips — like Bing travel alerts — that travelers need to save time and money. Bing Travel helps online travel shoppers make smart travel decisions with Price Predictor, an airfare prediction tool that shows whether the lowest fares appear to be rising or dropping and provides recommendations on whether to buy immediately or wait.

The Bing Travel Hotel Rate Indicator helps consumers know at a glance if the offered rate for a hotel is a good deal, based on historical rates. Rate Indicator is available for more than 5,000 hotels in

30 major cities across the country, for reservations up to 90 days in the future.

Travelers can also use the Bing Travel Wish List Facebook app (http://apps.facebook.com/bingtravellist ) to help fuel their travel dreams and start the planning process. The app allows people to track, share and compare travel ideas with friends through their personal Wish List on Facebook and simultaneously get information and images through Bing Travel.

About Bing

Bing, the decision engine from Microsoft Corp., represents a new generation of search. Bing was developed to deliver results in a visually stunning way that makes it easy for users to find the information they need. People today expect more than 10 blue links on a page, and Bing is Microsoft’s first step in a broader effort to evolve search into a more refined tool that helps people cut through Internet clutter. Designed with today’s searchers in mind, Bing provides intelligent tools to simplify tasks and help people make fast decisions.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

How Hidden Airline Fees Can Increase Managed Travel Cost


How Hidden Airline Fees Can Increase Managed Travel Cost

By Kevin Mitchell

Some 60% of consumers, and virtually all managed travel programs, purchase their air tickets through the travel agency and TMC (travel management company) sales channel where airlines participate but yet do not share their optional services fees. Corporate senior management often ask travel managers how the hidden airline fees that they read about in the press impact their managed travel programs. Below are 5 implications all of which have the potential to significantly increase the cost of travel for corporations.

1. Airline Prices & TMC Transaction Fees. Corporations are paying higher prices in the short term because other lower all-in offerings may have been chosen by the traveler were fees disclosed upfront; travelers cannot compare the full cost of air travel across carriers. Longer-term, fees will remain inflated because they are not being disciplined in the marketplace by comparison shopping. What’s more, extra efforts by TMCs to find, explain and purchase these optional services leads to higher transaction fees for corporations.

2. Travel Program Support. Corporations no longer have access to a growing portion of content (fees), including rebundled packages aimed at business travelers. Fragmented content undermines the integrity and cost effectiveness of managed travel programs as well as traveler support.

3. Policy Compliance. With hidden fees - mostly untrackable - travelers have opportunities to spend money outside of corporate travel policy parameters increasing costs for their employers.

4. Data Reporting. The overall hidden fee problem leaves corporate travel departments with incomplete data to prove they have met airline contractual obligations and to effectively negotiate new agreements; this can lead to higher fares-paid.

5. Airline Cost Transfer. Some airlines apparently seek to use required marketplace access to fee information as a lever to flip the economic model wherein TMCs pay airlines for this content and corporate travel programs reimburse TMCs for this cost. In effect, virtually all airlines’ product merchandising and distribution cost could be borne by the customer, with the corporate travel departments having little control over the drivers of these costs.

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Founded in 1994, Business Travel Coalition empowers corporate travel managers to influence issues of strategic importance to their organizations. Mitchell is the organization’s chairman.

NOTE: Republished with permission from Business Travel Coalition.