Here are some news and updates on various airlines and airports that we didn’t post last week:
El Al websites hit by hackers
Hackers disrupted online access to El Al Airlines, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and three banks on Monday in what the government described as a cyber-offensive against Israel. El Al flights operated normally despite the disruption, which occurred as Israeli media reported that pro-Palestinian hackers had threatened at the weekend to shut down the TASE stock exchange and airline web sites. El Al said it had taken precautions to protect the company site and warned of possible disruptions to its online activity.
AirBerlin and Etihad Airways start direct Berlin-Abu Dhabi services
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, in conjunction with AirBerlin, Europe’s sixth biggest carrier, has begun direct services from Berlin to Abu Dhabi with the first flight to the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arriving this morning. Currently, Etihad Airways operates flights from Abu Dhabi to Berlin on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Garuda Indonesia launches Tokyo-Bali service
Garuda Indonesia, has announced a new flight service from Tokyo – Haneda Airport to Bali – Denpasar Airport effective 28 Aril 2012, details:
Route Flight DEP ARR Air Craft DAY STOP
HND-DPS GA887 01:00 07:00 AB330-300 Daily 0
DPS-HND GA886 15:30 23:30 AB319-300 Daily 0
Singapore Airlines A380 now serving New York
The Singapore Airlines A380 is now serving New York’s JFK Airport, with the inaugural flight departing JFK, January 16th at 8:10 p.m. The world’s largest commercial aircraft introduces the industry’s only Double Suites – a private cabin equipped with a double bed for two passengers, as well as a host of enhanced seating, entertainment and dining options in every class, to travelers from the New York area. The Singapore Airlines A380 will operate daily flights between Singapore and New York JFK (via Frankfurt) following the inaugural service. The schedule is as follows: (All times stated are local)
Flight SQ26 – departs SIN 11:55 p.m., arrived FRA 6:10 a.m., departs FRA 8:20 a.m., arrives JFK 11:10 a.m.
Flight SQ25 – departs JFK 8:10 p.m., arrives FRA 10:00 a.m., departs FRA 11:50 a.m., arrives SIN 6:50 a.m.
Qatar Airways switches terminals in Madrid
Travelers to Spain have been notified that Qatar Airways will be switching terminals at Madrid’s Baraja International Airport, from presently Terminal 1 to their new location in Terminal 4. The move will be effective Monday, January 16 and is aimed to improve service levels. Ground handling for the flights will also shift to Iberia Airport Services, again for the purpose of optimizing handling performance in Madrid. The terminal also directly connects the Spanish capital’s public transport system using buses, metro and rail. Additionally can passengers with onward connections to a final destination in Spain connect to Iberia flights in the same terminal, eliminating any need to change terminals.