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January 10, 2019

New Payment Method for Air Tickets Successfully Demonstrated

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the successful completion of the first “IATA Pay” ticket purchase transaction in a live test environment. The transaction was conducted in partnership with ipagoo, a UK-based fintech company.

IATA Pay is an industry-supported initiative to develop a new payment option for consumers when purchasing a ticket directly from an airline website. It is made possible by the European Commission’s second Payment Services Directive (PSD2), and the UK’s Open Banking regulation. These regulations encourage use of so-called direct debit transactions in which payments are made from the customer’s bank account [...]

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January 3, 2019

Ready for take-off: Lufthansa Group is looking to hire more than 5000 new employees in 2019

Approximately 5500 new employees will be cleared for takeoff with a career in Lufthansa Group this year – in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium alone, the home markets of the aviation group. The company is looking to hire over 1300 flight attendants – primarily at the Munich hub and at SWISS in Zürich. For the core Lufthansa brand, around 1200 new hires are planned at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs, in all business areas. Lufthansa Group is also hiring a large number of additional employees worldwide. In addition, up to 500 future pilots are to begin their training as flight students with Lufthansa Aviation Training at the European Flight Academy in 2019. In order to [...]

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January 2, 2019

Solid passenger traffic growth and moderate air cargo demand in 2018

Preliminary figures released by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) show a total of 4.3 billion passengers were carried by air transport on scheduled services in 2018. This indicates a 6.1 per cent increase over 2017. The number of departures rose to approximately 38 million globally, and world passenger traffic, expressed in terms of total scheduled revenue passenger-kilometres (RPKs), grew solidly at 6.7 per cent and reached approximately 8.2 trillion RPKs performed. This growth is a slowdown from the 7.9 per cent achieved in 2017. 

Over half of the world’s 1.4 billion tourists who travelled across international borders last year were transported by [...]

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December 28, 2018

Emirates Exclusively Charters a Flight for UAE Government Employees to Perform Umrah

Organised under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the chartered flight carried more than 400 passengers to Jeddah

Government of Dubai Media Office – 27 December 2018: Under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Emirates has exclusively chartered an aircraft for UAE government employees to travel to Jeddah, to perform Umrah in the holy city of Mecca.

Emirates flight EK 2819, a Boeing 777-300ER adorned with the special “Year of Zayed” livery, carried a full flight of 428 passengers to King Abdulaziz International Airport earlier today. [...]

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