Munich Airport provides kids’ care
FOR dire situations where families need diapers, baby food or snacks quickly, the new Kids‘ Care Station in Terminal 2 near Gate G32 of Munich Airport now offers a convenient, 24/7 solution. The innovative vending station in the secure area offers an assortment of items to save the day when travelling with little ones. The concept is presented by foodji, a Munich-based start-up known for its pick-up stations providing healthy meals from regional suppliers. Three foodji stations are already located in Terminal 2 (at Gates G06 and G34) and the satellite building (Gate K09), offering passengers’ easy access to fresh snacks such as salads and smoothies.
Turkish Airlines adds Strasbourg again
TURKISH Airlines, flying to more countries than any other airline in the world, has launched direct flights again to the French city of Strasbourg, as four weekly flights between Istanbul Airport and Strasbourg Entzheim Airport. It now covers 124 countries of the world.
Strasbourg is the seventh destination of Turkish Airlines in France and it became the third international destination added to the flight network of the flag carrier this year after Sharjah in United Arab Emirates and Marrakech in Morocco. Turkish Airlines’ Southern Europe vice president for sales, Ömer Faruk Sönmez attended the inauguration ceremony held in Strasbourg.
Sri Lankan Airlines focuses on bouncing back
SRI LANKAN Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and member of the oneworld alliance, is trying to recover from the recent setbacks and has set out a turnaround plan that will return the airline to profit and transform it into a major hub-and-spoke operator.
This was announced by Sri Lankan Airlines' CEO, Vipula Gunatilleka during his recent visit to Dubai, where the airline reiterated its focus on expanding its Middle East market share and reinforcing its offerings for the luxury and business traveller.
Future plans include transforming the airline into a major hub-and-spoke network operator with a streamlined and efficient hub in Colombo, servicing its own and alliance partner flights from and to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania.
The airline envisages an increase in fleet numbers as it boosts services on lucrative routes and launches new routes in line with consumer demands and business opportunities. The airline is also in the process of installing premium economy seating across its widebody fleet and plans to add four new Airbus aircraft over the next five years to enhance passenger and freight carrying capacity, eventually building up to a fleet strength of 34 by 2025.
Hitit celebrates its 25th anniversary
HITIT recently celebrated its 25th anniversary in Cappadocia, a place of significant cultural heritage for Turkey, with major airline partner executives from more than 20 countries around the world. During the aviation conference, it shared its next generation technology road map and innovative airline solutions that will be released in the second half of the year.
Established in 1994 as a local Turkish IT provider, today Hitit is one of the leading providers of airline and travel IT systems. Being one of the top 5 PSS suppliers worldwide Hitit has recently been granted the NDC 4 level by IATA.
Hitit’s loyalty management solution Crane FF software, became the most widely used loyalty solution in 2012, chosen by 40 airlines including industry giants such as Etihad Airways, Thai and Turkish Airlines. In parallel to the progress of the loyalty management services, Hitit began developing a new software package designed to meet all the operational and sales requirements of an airline.
Crane PAX, the core reservation system, was first utilised by Pegasus Airlines and gained great importance particularly for the Turkish transportation and travel industry, by providing a competitive alternative from the dominating systems developed abroad. Constantly improving with additional products such as internet and mobile sales channels, accounting solutions, and fleet and team planning systems, the Crane software package today is used by 25 international partners on five continents.
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