Lion Air is looking to expand across Asia and Australia after placing more than $45 billion worth of orders over the past two years with Airbus and Boeing. With a backlog for 559 narrow-body aircraft, the carrier says it wants to have 1,000 planes in its fleet over the next decade. Malindo Air, Lion's Malaysian budget business arm, is set to challenge AirAsia with flights starting this year.
Passengers on Virgin Atlantic's economy, premium economy and Little Red flights will now be able to carry more in their handbags. The carrier has increased the hand baggage allowance from 6 kilograms to 10 kilograms, or about 22 pounds.
Travelers passing through Stansted Airport will be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi connectivity for 60 minutes. "As part of our drive to improve services for passengers we're delighted to offer one hour free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal, enabling customers to get those last-minute emails, conference calls and social media updates done before taking flight," said Neil Banks, terminal manager.
By the end of the second quarter, Allegiant Systems' new FlyDesk Buy-on-Board application will be on all of its planes. The system is the first iPad-based solution that lets airlines process in-flight food and drink transactions immediately while the plane is in the air.
Flights with Cathay Pacific's new regional business class will begin Tuesday, with the first flight headed to Beijing. The airline will retrofit the new seats on its regional fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 planes by 2014.