United Kingdom and the US ban laptops, tablets and kindles

The US has banned passengers from carrying electronic devices on direct flights to the US from eight Muslim-majority countries.

The US has banned passengers from carrying electronic devices larger than a smartphone on non-stop flights to the US from the ten airports across eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The banned devices will only be allowed on board in checked baggage.

The nine airlines affected by the new policy are:

Qatar Airways
Etihad Airways
Royal Jordanian
Egypt Air
Turkish Airlines
Saudi Arabian Airlines
Kuwait Airways
Royal Air Maroc
US officials said the airlines had been given 96 hours, beginning at 07:00 GMT on Tuesday, to implement the ban. Currently, the ban has no end date.

Critics have accused the US of another attack on Muslim-majority countries, after the Trump administration have repeatedly attempted to enforce an executive order banning citizens from six Muslim-majority countries entering the US.

Tech experts say the new rules appear to be at odds with basic computer science. They say that if there are concerns about laptops on board being used as explosives, it would work just as well in the cargo hold. Additionally, most modern smartphones, which are not included in the ban, have the same capabilities as larger devices – a smartphone is a computer.

Interestingly, the Federal Aviation Administration have previously raised concerns that the shipment of lithium batteries in aircraft cargo poses a serious fire risk. This ban will increase these concerns.

The Department of Homeland Security said terrorists were constantly seeking “innovative methods” to bring down commercial aircraft. The electronics ban has been under consideration since the US government learned of a threat several weeks ago.

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March Travel and New Routes News

Could the Airbus A380 be the future for no frills long haul flights?

The Airbus A380 could be the missing piece of the budget long jigsaw. If an A380 was stripped out and replaced with only economy class seats then in theory you could have over 85 paying passengers per flight.

However to compete with ordinary airlines the operator would have to be very selective over which routes they will compete for. For instance there might be more passengers per plane but with a ‘frills’ airline you have first, business class who’s fares tend to be 3 to 4 higher than economy. There is also an expectation that when one flies on a budget airline they would expect to pay less than a frills airline own economy budget seats to Valencia

Whether this model will ever work, e.g. long haul flights on budget airways, remains to be seen but there are bound to other airlines who will pick this up in years to come and try and break through and make a successful long haul budget airline.

Budget carrier Jetstar to fly long haul from Chiangi

Jetstar budget airlines have announced plans to fly budget long haul flights from Singapore to destinations in Australia and Europe insurance. Details of exact destinations have not been announced yet but we will bring you the news as soon as they announce plans.

Air Arabia Egypt

A new airline from Egypt is being create called Air Arabia Egypt – the airline is in parntership with travco and will fly from its base within egypt all over the middles east and European destinations too.
Sahara Air
Air Sarah has began chartering flights from Heathrow to New Delhi from an incredible £126 plus taxes and Emirates has revealed that it is considering launching flights from London to Sydney for £280 return including taxes and £140 return to the Big Apple.
Ryan air UK flight to USA coming soon!

Ryan air has announced it plans to create another airline that allows passengers to fly from the U.S. to Europe for very cheap prices.

Chief Executive Officer Michael O’Leary told reporters last week he plans to take advantage of the recent open skies agreement between Europe and the U.S.
More Travel News from Budget Long Haul

Air Asia X who are going to be flying no frills long haul have from Asia to Europe and beyond have announced that they might not be starting the flights until 2008, possibly late as August 2008.

The reason is that they have no planes!

Airlines are charging too much for food

Low cost airlines are hiking up the price of snacks and drinks by more than 1,000% compared with everyday prices, according to research that shows that a 12p cup-a-soup sachet can cost passengers as much as £2.50.

A comparison of six major budget airlines serving the UK market found huge price increases on basic refreshments, with most carriers charging £2.60 for a tea and £1.80 for a 500ml bottle of water.

Ryanair, perceived by most as the airline offering the lowest seat prices, was found to be the most expensive when it came to on-board snacks, charging £2.34 for a bottle of water and £1.56 for a chocolate bar.

Passengers on a Ryanair flight could find themselves paying £1.96 for a 200ml can of cola, and £2.34 for a 160g bag of gummy sweets.

However, Ryanair is by no means alone in charging high prices. The price comparison snapshot, by travel search engine Kayak.co.uk, found airlines routinely charged triple the supermarket price for chocolate bars, compared with supermarket prices.

When buying cheap flights you should also be aware of the offers of travel insurance. If you are flying anywhere out of your home country then is should be assumed you will have cover anyway! Source: holidayinsuranceforseniors.co.uk

Norweigian has issues with budget long haul Dreamliner flights

One of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA’s (NAS.OS) Boeing Dreamliner jets remained grounded in port Fri as a result of technical issues, adding to a variety of recent mishaps with the planes solely days when the Norwegian budget airline Sat down with Boeing BA -0.54% during a crisis meeting to resolve the case. The spokesman said that he hopes everyone has good travel insurance for over 85s the trip on the plane.

The jet ought to have left port for national capital, Sweden, at 5:30 pm civil time with virtually two hundred passengers however had to stay on the bottom as a result of hydraulic ram issues, Norwegian press voice Charlotte Holmbergh Jacobsson told The Wall Street Journal Fri.

Norwegian is voted Europe’s best low-cost airline for the second year running http://t.co/7LEwedogDP pic.twitter.com/arZMlT0qmM
— Norwegian (@Fly_Norwegian) July 15, 2014

The passengers are rebooked on different flights, and a few of them are checked into hotels, Ms. Holmbergh Jacobsson aforesaid. Norwegian continues to be attempting to repair the aircraft’s technical issues, she added.

Norwegian presently operates 2 Dreamliners on long-distance routes from Scandinavia to Asia and therefore the U.S., and aims to introduce six additional over future few years because it ramps up its long-haul service. however it’s had to ground the craft many times in recent weeks as a result of technical problems, together with mechanics issues also as power provide mishaps and brake run-down indications. Others, together with heap Polish Airlines Sturmarbeiteilung, have additionally had to halt flights recently as a result of technical problems with their Dreamliners.

Top managers of Norwegian and Boeing met in national capital weekday on to debate the recent issues.
Could the Airbus A380 be the future for no frills long haul flights?