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Nepal Airlines Cuts Charter Rates In Line With Lower Fuel Costs

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In the market for a cut-price rate for your next airline charter? Nepal Airlines may be your go-to airline. Following a reduction in the oil price, the Kathmandu-based airline is cutting the hourly charter rates for both its narrowbody and widebody Airbus jets.

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Nepal Airlines is reducing the cost of charters after jet fuel prices dropped. Photo: Airbus

Nepal Airlines discount charter rates for its Airbus jets

Typically, if you wanted to charter one of Nepal Airlines’ two Airbus A330-200s, you’d pay US$15,520 per hour. Now, their A330s are available at the discounted rate of $13,460 per hour. If that’s still a little hot and heavy for your Mastercard, Nepal Airlines’ A320-200s are available for just $6,580 per hour, down from $7,710 per hour.

Nepal Airlines notes these are price reductions of 13% and 15%, respectively. The cut in charter rates is attributed to a 20% decrease in jet fuel prices in Nepal. The state-owned Nepal Oil Corporation controls the supply of jet fuel in Nepal. Nepal has the dubious reputation of having the world’s most expensive jet fuel. Jet fuel comprises a very substantial portion of a flight’s operating costs. Consequently, jetting around Nepal isn’t the cheapest experience.

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Hiring this Nepal Airlines A320 will now cost you US$6,580 per hour. Photo: Airbus

State-owned jet fuel supplier moves to support the Nepalese airline industry

On the weekend, in an effort to prop up the local aviation industry, Nepal Oil Corporation reduced jet fuel price – apparently an unusual event. Nepal Airlines followed suit with the cut in their charter rates. However, the 13% and 15% price reductions don’t match the 20% cut in the jet fuel price. If hiring an entire plane is a bit beyond your budget or tastes, Nepal Airlines is also offering a 15% fare discount for all Nepalese government and public service employees and their families.

The drop in jet fuel prices is a small break for Nepal Airlines, and you can’t begrudge the airline for not passing on the full savings to customers because the past year has proved seriously problematic for them.

State-owned Nepal Airlines does not publish transparent financial data. But the airline is widely reported to be severely debt-burdened. Nepalese media reported Nepal’s airline industry losing over US$1.5 billion in 2020, a lot of money for a small developing nation.

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All airlines based in Nepal remain banned from EU airports. Photo: Airbus

Slimmed-down schedules for Nepal Airlines

Midway through 2021, three of Nepal Airlines’ four jets remain parked. The airline is flying a single Airbus A320-200. Domestic flights are occurring, using a pair of De Havilland DHC 3-600 aircraft. But international services remain restricted, in line with Nepali Government policy. Nepal Airlines is currently operating a Wednesday flight to New Delhi (DEL) and a Monday flight to Doha (DOH).

If that seems like a slight schedule, it is more than double what the three international airlines currently allowed to fly into Nepal can operate. Air India is allowed to fly into Nepal once a week, on Fridays. Turkish Airlines flies in once a week on Thursday, and Qatar Airways flies in on Mondays.

Meanwhile, if you are eyeing one of those discount charters, don’t plan a flight to or from Europe. Last week, Europe’s aviation safety regulator, EASA, extended its ban on any Nepalese airline flying into EU airports. That long-running ban has been in place since 2013. One of the consequences of that ban is many other countries outside the EU are also unenthused about Nepalese planes flying into their airports. Unfortunately, that limits the opportunity for your next charter using the discounted Nepal Airlines rate.

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Air Belgium gears up for Airbus A330neo deliveries, A340-300 replacement

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Launched in 2018, Air Belgium made headlines after it expanded into new and somewhat untouched markets, notably from its homebase in Brussels-Charleroi Airport; a primarily low-cost airport and a significant base for Ireland’s Ryanair. Air Belgium became the first to offer scheduled long-haul flights to Hong Kong from the low-cost hub – a move that surprised many. Not only was the airline competing against Cathay Pacific, who operated to the more convenient Brussels-Zaventem Airport, but it also utilised four-engined Airbus A340-300s – which remain in the carrier’s core fleet to this date.

Air Belgium currently operates a fleet of Airbus A340-300s for its passenger operations. Photo by Anselm Ranta | AeroNewsX.

That is set to change however. Although yet to be communicated officially, two Airbus A330neos are undergoing preparation in Toulouse destined for none other than Air Belgium. The aircraft will equip the airline with a competitive advantage against the likes of Brussels Airlines and TUI Airlines Belgium – the country’s two largest airlines.

The two Airbus A330-900s sitting at Toulouse were originally destined for the now defunct Air Berlin. At the hands of Air Lease Corporation, Rwandair revealed interest in leasing the two and the aircraft were painted in the carrier’s livery. Eventually the agreement fell through and the planes were left without an operator.

F-WWCJ, the Airbus A330-900 that will soon be registered OO-ABF and painted in Air Belgium colours. Photo by Olivier Hoarau | AeroNewsX.

A sticker with the Air Belgium branding on it has been spotted on an Airbus A330-900neo in Toulouse, registered MSN1844. The aircraft will, upon delivery, be re-registered OO-ABF. The other aircraft is registered MSN1861. According to sources for French aviation news site, actu-aero,fr, Air Belgium could likely take delivery of at least one of its Airbus A330neos this summer. The aircraft are due to be painted with the entire Air Belgium livery shortly, as well as be fitted with an Air Belgium-selected interior.

At the CaribAvia conference that took place today, Air Belgium Chief Commercial Officer, Philippe Wilmart detailed plans to replace two of the airline’s Airbus A340-300s with a new aircraft type by the end of this year.

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Air Belgium gears up for Airbus A330neo deliveries, A340-300 replacement

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Launched in 2018, Air Belgium made headlines after it expanded into new and somewhat untouched markets, notably from its homebase in Brussels-Charleroi Airport; a primarily low-cost airport and a significant base for Ireland’s Ryanair. Air Belgium became the first to offer scheduled long-haul flights to Hong Kong from the low-cost hub – a move that surprised many. Not only was the airline competing against Cathay Pacific, who operated to the more convenient Brussels-Zaventem Airport, but it also utilised four-engined Airbus A340-300s – which remain in the carrier’s core fleet to this date.

Air Belgium currently operates a fleet of Airbus A340-300s for its passenger operations. Photo by Anselm Ranta | AeroNewsX.

That is set to change however. Although yet to be communicated officially, two Airbus A330neos are undergoing preparation in Toulouse destined for none other than Air Belgium. The aircraft will equip the airline with a competitive advantage against the likes of Brussels Airlines and TUI Airlines Belgium – the country’s two largest airlines.

The two Airbus A330-900s sitting at Toulouse were originally destined for the now defunct Air Berlin. At the hands of Air Lease Corporation, Rwandair revealed interest in leasing the two and the aircraft were painted in the carrier’s livery. Eventually the agreement fell through and the planes were left without an operator.

F-WWCJ, the Airbus A330-900 that will soon be registered OO-ABF and painted in Air Belgium colours. Photo by Olivier Hoarau | AeroNewsX.

A sticker with the Air Belgium branding on it has been spotted on an Airbus A330-900neo in Toulouse, registered MSN1844. The aircraft will, upon delivery, be re-registered OO-ABF. The other aircraft is registered MSN1861. According to sources for French aviation news site, actu-aero,fr, Air Belgium could likely take delivery of at least one of its Airbus A330neos this summer. The aircraft are due to be painted with the entire Air Belgium livery shortly, as well as be fitted with an Air Belgium-selected interior.

At the CaribAvia conference that took place today, Air Belgium Chief Commercial Officer, Philippe Wilmart detailed plans to replace two of the airline’s Airbus A340-300s with a new aircraft type by the end of this year.

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Air Belgium gears up for Airbus A330neo deliveries, A340-300 replacement

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Launched in 2018, Air Belgium made headlines after it expanded into new and somewhat untouched markets, notably from its homebase in Brussels-Charleroi Airport; a primarily low-cost airport and a significant base for Ireland’s Ryanair. Air Belgium became the first to offer scheduled long-haul flights to Hong Kong from the low-cost hub – a move that surprised many. Not only was the airline competing against Cathay Pacific, who operated to the more convenient Brussels-Zaventem Airport, but it also utilised four-engined Airbus A340-300s – which remain in the carrier’s core fleet to this date.

Air Belgium currently operates a fleet of Airbus A340-300s for its passenger operations. Photo by Anselm Ranta | AeroNewsX.

That is set to change however. Although yet to be communicated officially, two Airbus A330neos are undergoing preparation in Toulouse destined for none other than Air Belgium. The aircraft will equip the airline with a competitive advantage against the likes of Brussels Airlines and TUI Airlines Belgium – the country’s two largest airlines.

The two Airbus A330-900s sitting at Toulouse were originally destined for the now defunct Air Berlin. At the hands of Air Lease Corporation, Rwandair revealed interest in leasing the two and the aircraft were painted in the carrier’s livery. Eventually the agreement fell through and the planes were left without an operator.

F-WWCJ, the Airbus A330-900 that will soon be registered OO-ABF and painted in Air Belgium colours. Photo by Olivier Hoarau | AeroNewsX.

A sticker with the Air Belgium branding on it has been spotted on an Airbus A330-900neo in Toulouse, registered MSN1844. The aircraft will, upon delivery, be re-registered OO-ABF. The other aircraft is registered MSN1861. According to sources for French aviation news site, actu-aero,fr, Air Belgium could likely take delivery of at least one of its Airbus A330neos this summer. The aircraft are due to be painted with the entire Air Belgium livery shortly, as well as be fitted with an Air Belgium-selected interior.

At the CaribAvia conference that took place today, Air Belgium Chief Commercial Officer, Philippe Wilmart detailed plans to replace two of the airline’s Airbus A340-300s with a new aircraft type by the end of this year.

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LATAM And Aeromexico Introduce The IATA Travel Pass On International Routes

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This week, both LATAM and Aeromexico announced the launch of trial flights using the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass. LATAM already operates this app on international flights, while Aeromexico is set to introduce it next week. Let’s investigate further.

LATAM introduced yesterday the IATA Travel Pass on four international routes. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

LATAM’s routes

LATAM launched the IATA Travel Pass trial on June 14, according to a statement from the company. The airline became the fourth to introduce this app in Latin America. First, Iberia was using it on flights from Madrid to Montevideo (Uruguay) and Panama City; then, there was Copa Airlines and Avianca.

Now LATAM is helping travelers organize their trips in this pandemic-related environment on four different routes. These are:

  1. Lima-Miami
  2. Lima-Santiago de Chile
  3. Santiago de Chile-Lima
  4. Santiago de Chile-Miami.

Paulo Miranda, Vice-president for Clients at LATAM Airlines Group, said,

“This is great news for our passengers that voluntarily want to adhere to the project. Having more automatized and touchless processes is the new reality for everyone, and this pilot test with IATA supports the industry transformation.”

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Aeromexico will launch a trial with IATA’s Travel Pass next week. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

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Aeromexico’s routes

Grupo Aeromexico will also launch the IATA Travel Pass on international routes. Starting on June 21, Aeromexico will test this app on routes connecting Mexico City to Chicago (US) and Madrid (Spain).

Both the US and Spain allow entrance to Mexican travelers, albeit they have to comply with some requirements. For instance, people flying to the US from Mexico must present a negative COVID-19 test, regardless if they’ve been vaccinated against the disease.

Meanwhile, people traveling from Mexico to Spain can only do it if they’ve received the complete COVID-19 immunization. Aeromexico aims to ease the travel experience.

“The trial with IATA is part of our digitalization strategy to keep innovating and offering a safe, agile and trustworthy flight experience,” said Andrés Castañeda, executive vice-president at Aeromexico.

Currently, the Mexican airline is offering over 4,400 weekly seats to Chicago and 4,900 to Madrid.

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IATA Travel Pass allows passengers to meet health requirements, and streamline processes. Photo: LATAM.

What’s the IATA Travel Pass?

The Travel Pass is a digital health passport IATA uses to help the restart of international travel. Peter Cerdá, IATA’s regional vice-president for the Americas, recently said,

“The IATA Travel Pass allows governments to be confident that passengers have met health requirements, streamlines this process, simplifies the traveler experience, and encourages travel.”

Nevertheless, in the last few months, health passports have faced some roadblocks towards success.

The main obstacle towards the worldwide use of health passports such as IATA’s is government bureaucracy. Despite the airline industry lobbying, the world’s governments continue tackling the COVID-19 pandemic independently, slowing progress.

Even among airlines, there’s no common standard. Some are using IATA’s Travel Pass, while others, like Lufthansa, have the Common Pass. While IATA itself has said that there’s no problem in having many private initiatives launching digital health apps, it can become a new nightmare for travelers.

IATA still has to publish results backing up the Travel Pass trials it has undertaken worldwide. More than 20 airlines are using the trade group’s app worldwide, but there’s a lack of information regarding its effectiveness. How many people are using it? How much time did they save with it? Are governments willing to rely permanently on the Travel Pass?

Have you used the IATA Travel Pass? How would you grade the experience? Let us know in the comments.

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Source: https://simpleflying.com/latam-aeromexico-iata-travel-pass/

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