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NOVOAIR offers Cox’s Bazar, Kolkata holiday packages

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Bangladesh’s private airlines  NOVOAIR is offering attractive two nights three days holiday package for Cox’s Bazar.
Package starts from Tk 9,777 per person which includes air fare and hotel accommodation. These package is offered along with six months’ interest-free EMI facility.
To facilitate valued tourists, NOVOAIR has partnered with eighteen leading private banks and eight luxurious hotels at Cox’s Bazar.
According to the agreement, valued card members of those banks can enjoy this package with 0 per cent interest which is payable in six equal monthly installments.
The partner hotels are: Royal Tulip Sea Pearl Beach Resort, Sayeman Beach Resort, Long Beach Hotel, Seagull Hotel, Hotel The Cox Today, Windy Terrace, Praasad Paradise Hotel, and Neeshorgo Hotel and Resort.
NOVOAIR also offers attractive two nights three days holiday package for Kolkata. Package starts from Tk 16,888 per person, which includes air fare and hotel accommodation.

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Bangladesh’s private airlines  NOVOAIR is offering attractive two nights three days holiday package for Cox’s Bazar.
Package starts from Tk 9,777 per person which includes air fare and hotel accommodation. These package is offered along with six months’ interest-free EMI facility.
To facilitate valued tourists, NOVOAIR has partnered with eighteen leading private banks and eight luxurious hotels at Cox’s Bazar.
According to the agreement, valued card members of those banks can enjoy this package with 0 per cent interest which is payable in six equal monthly installments.
The partner hotels are: Royal Tulip Sea Pearl Beach Resort, Sayeman Beach Resort, Long Beach Hotel, Seagull Hotel, Hotel The Cox Today, Windy Terrace, Praasad Paradise Hotel, and Neeshorgo Hotel and Resort.
NOVOAIR also offers attractive two nights three days holiday package for Kolkata. Package starts from Tk 16,888 per person, which includes air fare and hotel accommodation.

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India’s Zoom Air mulls flights to Bangladesh, Myanmar

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India’s leading domestic carrier, Zoom Air, is planning to launch its maiden international services connecting Kolkata Int’l and Guwahati in India’s North-East with each of Chittagong in Bangladesh and Yangon in Myanmar.
The routes could be launched following the addition of the fifth CRJ-200ER to the carrier’s fleet.
“We will be able to introduce international flights from Kolkata because from now on, we will park two aircraft in the city at night,” Zoom Air, CEO, Koustav Dhar has said.
The carrier will most likely use Guwahati as an intermediate stop on the services out of Kolkata.
According to the ch-aviation capacity module, Kolkata is currently connected to Chittagong by Regent Airways, US-Bangla Airlines, and Myanmar National Airways, while the route to Yangon is operated by MAI - Myanmar Airways and Air India. For its part, Guwahati currently does not receive services to either of the cities as its international network is limited to routes to each of Bangkok Suvarnabhumiand Paro.
Zoom Air’s international ambitions would require government approval as India generally requires airlines to operate at least 20 aircraft domestically before venturing abroad.

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India’s leading domestic carrier, Zoom Air, is planning to launch its maiden international services connecting Kolkata Int’l and Guwahati in India’s North-East with each of Chittagong in Bangladesh and Yangon in Myanmar.
The routes could be launched following the addition of the fifth CRJ-200ER to the carrier’s fleet.
“We will be able to introduce international flights from Kolkata because from now on, we will park two aircraft in the city at night,” Zoom Air, CEO, Koustav Dhar has said.
The carrier will most likely use Guwahati as an intermediate stop on the services out of Kolkata.
According to the ch-aviation capacity module, Kolkata is currently connected to Chittagong by Regent Airways, US-Bangla Airlines, and Myanmar National Airways, while the route to Yangon is operated by MAI - Myanmar Airways and Air India. For its part, Guwahati currently does not receive services to either of the cities as its international network is limited to routes to each of Bangkok Suvarnabhumiand Paro.
Zoom Air’s international ambitions would require government approval as India generally requires airlines to operate at least 20 aircraft domestically before venturing abroad.

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Boeing could deal another blow to airbus

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Boeing (BA) is expected to beat out European rival Airbus (EADSY) for a widebody jet order from United Airlines (UAL), according to reports, potentially marking another win in that category for the U.S. aerospace giant.
United is reportedly looking at 787 Dreamliners or A330neos to replace up to 50 of its aging 767s. Airbus had hoped a deal with the carrier would help fill in an order gap for the A330neos.
“Airbus doesn’t have United,” a source told Reuters Friday, added that Boeing has the upper hand because United already flies the 787 and has an option for more.
But that doesn’t completely leave Airbus out in the cold. Other sources said Airbus could compete again for another order.
Boeing stock rose 2.1% to 351.23 on the stock market last week, clearing a 348.67 cup-with-handle base, but in below-average volume. Airbus dipped 0.9%, and United lost 1.5%.
The European aerospace company already lost out on A330 orders in favor of the 787 with American Airlines (AAL) and Hawaiian Airlines (HA).
The American Airlines order was especially tough for Airbus, as the carrier also canceled an Airbus order that US Airways placed before it was bought by American.
Instead, Boeing got an order for 47 787 Dreamliners, worth $12.3 billion at list prices.
Meanwhile, Airbus has only sold 214 A330neos to 13 customers and President Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal puts the sale of nearly 30 of the jets to Iran Air in jeopardy.

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Boeing (BA) is expected to beat out European rival Airbus (EADSY) for a widebody jet order from United Airlines (UAL), according to reports, potentially marking another win in that category for the U.S. aerospace giant.
United is reportedly looking at 787 Dreamliners or A330neos to replace up to 50 of its aging 767s. Airbus had hoped a deal with the carrier would help fill in an order gap for the A330neos.
“Airbus doesn’t have United,” a source told Reuters Friday, added that Boeing has the upper hand because United already flies the 787 and has an option for more.
But that doesn’t completely leave Airbus out in the cold. Other sources said Airbus could compete again for another order.
Boeing stock rose 2.1% to 351.23 on the stock market last week, clearing a 348.67 cup-with-handle base, but in below-average volume. Airbus dipped 0.9%, and United lost 1.5%.
The European aerospace company already lost out on A330 orders in favor of the 787 with American Airlines (AAL) and Hawaiian Airlines (HA).
The American Airlines order was especially tough for Airbus, as the carrier also canceled an Airbus order that US Airways placed before it was bought by American.
Instead, Boeing got an order for 47 787 Dreamliners, worth $12.3 billion at list prices.
Meanwhile, Airbus has only sold 214 A330neos to 13 customers and President Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal puts the sale of nearly 30 of the jets to Iran Air in jeopardy.

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Legislation proposed to stop airlines harassment

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After a survey that found widespread sexual harassment on commercial airlines, US federal lawmakers have proposed legislation requiring airlines and other transit operations to adopt policies to crack down on harassment and abuse.
The bill by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) calls on airlines, bus companies, railroads and commuter lines to adopt  anti-harassment policies within 90 days of the bill’s passage. DeFazio’s staff is not sure when the bill might be brought up for a vote.
A new policy could allow the airlines and transportation companies to permanently ban any passengers who commit sexual assault or harassment on that transportation line, according to the legislation introduced Thursday. It was co-sponsored by 26 other Democratic lawmakers and supported by several employee unions.
The co-sponsors do not include members of the GOP, who outnumber Democrats in the House of Representatives.
The legislation also calls for airlines and others to create a system that lets employees report assaults and harassment. The bill amends the current law to say that sexual assaults and harassment are considered interference with the crew of a flight or transit trip. The civil penalty for interfering with a flight crew would be increased under this law to $35,000 from $25,000.
“On our international flights, we have special problems reporting incidents to authorities abroad, where the laws and enforcement of those laws can be very complex,” said Abby Alconcher, an employee assistance program specialist for the Assn. of Professional Flight Attendants. “These new guidelines and federal requirements are much needed and will help make the skies safer.”
The legislation comes about a week after another flight attendants union released a survey of more than 3,500 flight attendants from 29 airlines in the U.S. It found that 35% of flight attendants say they have experienced verbal harassment, with 18% saying they have been physically abused by passengers over the last year.

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After a survey that found widespread sexual harassment on commercial airlines, US federal lawmakers have proposed legislation requiring airlines and other transit operations to adopt policies to crack down on harassment and abuse.
The bill by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) calls on airlines, bus companies, railroads and commuter lines to adopt  anti-harassment policies within 90 days of the bill’s passage. DeFazio’s staff is not sure when the bill might be brought up for a vote.
A new policy could allow the airlines and transportation companies to permanently ban any passengers who commit sexual assault or harassment on that transportation line, according to the legislation introduced Thursday. It was co-sponsored by 26 other Democratic lawmakers and supported by several employee unions.
The co-sponsors do not include members of the GOP, who outnumber Democrats in the House of Representatives.
The legislation also calls for airlines and others to create a system that lets employees report assaults and harassment. The bill amends the current law to say that sexual assaults and harassment are considered interference with the crew of a flight or transit trip. The civil penalty for interfering with a flight crew would be increased under this law to $35,000 from $25,000.
“On our international flights, we have special problems reporting incidents to authorities abroad, where the laws and enforcement of those laws can be very complex,” said Abby Alconcher, an employee assistance program specialist for the Assn. of Professional Flight Attendants. “These new guidelines and federal requirements are much needed and will help make the skies safer.”
The legislation comes about a week after another flight attendants union released a survey of more than 3,500 flight attendants from 29 airlines in the U.S. It found that 35% of flight attendants say they have experienced verbal harassment, with 18% saying they have been physically abused by passengers over the last year.

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Himalayan Travel Mart slated to open in June

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Himalayan Travel Mart 2018 is scheduled to start June 1 in Kathmandu with the aim of redefining adventure tourism and establishing Nepal as a gateway to the Himalaya, the organizer announced recently. 
The three-day event is expected to bring 225 delegates from 53 countries. There will be more than 100 travel bloggers and media delegates from various tourist generating countries.
A day-long conference will be held on the sidelines of the mart on June 1 on key topics related to hospitality and tourism, aviation and management with international speakers.
On June 2, there will be an international bloggers’ conference. Influencers and bloggers will share and discuss new ideas, the latest trends and contemporary practices in digital marketing, branding and business promotion. Other topics that will be discussed are importance of blogging and different dynamics of marketing and development of travel and tourism.
The organizer said that a buyers and sellers meet will be held from June 2-3 where there will be 74 international buyers and 50 sellers from Nepal. The event is coordinated by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) Nepal Chapter in partnership with the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), PATA International, Nepal’s travel industry and other stakeholders. “This is a platform to create business opportunities where buyers and sellers from various countries will take part in the event,” said Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of the NTB.
The mart will play a vital role in achieving the target of ‘Vision 5 million’, a campaign that aims to host 5 million tourists in Nepal by 2030, Pata said. “We believe that the event will pave the way by building the foundation in achieving the government envisaged target of Vision 2020 that aims to host 1.5 million tourists.”
The first Himalayan International Travel Mart was organised by the Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Natta) in 2005, attracting more than 200 tour operators from South and Southeast Asia. However, it failed to give continuity to the mart after controversies arose over the NTB. It was relaunched last year under the initiative of Pata.
Tourist arrivals to Nepal hit a new record in 2017 but remained short of the much ballyhooed target of 1 million individuals as national elections in November and December resulted in weaker-than-expected growth. The country received 940,218 tourists last year, up 24.86 percent from 2016.

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Himalayan Travel Mart 2018 is scheduled to start June 1 in Kathmandu with the aim of redefining adventure tourism and establishing Nepal as a gateway to the Himalaya, the organizer announced recently. 
The three-day event is expected to bring 225 delegates from 53 countries. There will be more than 100 travel bloggers and media delegates from various tourist generating countries.
A day-long conference will be held on the sidelines of the mart on June 1 on key topics related to hospitality and tourism, aviation and management with international speakers.
On June 2, there will be an international bloggers’ conference. Influencers and bloggers will share and discuss new ideas, the latest trends and contemporary practices in digital marketing, branding and business promotion. Other topics that will be discussed are importance of blogging and different dynamics of marketing and development of travel and tourism.
The organizer said that a buyers and sellers meet will be held from June 2-3 where there will be 74 international buyers and 50 sellers from Nepal. The event is coordinated by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) Nepal Chapter in partnership with the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), PATA International, Nepal’s travel industry and other stakeholders. “This is a platform to create business opportunities where buyers and sellers from various countries will take part in the event,” said Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of the NTB.
The mart will play a vital role in achieving the target of ‘Vision 5 million’, a campaign that aims to host 5 million tourists in Nepal by 2030, Pata said. “We believe that the event will pave the way by building the foundation in achieving the government envisaged target of Vision 2020 that aims to host 1.5 million tourists.”
The first Himalayan International Travel Mart was organised by the Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Natta) in 2005, attracting more than 200 tour operators from South and Southeast Asia. However, it failed to give continuity to the mart after controversies arose over the NTB. It was relaunched last year under the initiative of Pata.
Tourist arrivals to Nepal hit a new record in 2017 but remained short of the much ballyhooed target of 1 million individuals as national elections in November and December resulted in weaker-than-expected growth. The country received 940,218 tourists last year, up 24.86 percent from 2016.

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Hawaii volcano continues to impact the travel industry
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As new fissures tear through the ground near Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, officials are considering additional evacuations that could impact travel to the popular tourist attraction.
One of the fissures opened up around 25 miles east of Kilauea’s summit and could result in the closure of an important exit route, Highway 132. There are an estimated 2,000 residents in the southeast area of Hawaii’s Big Island who would be potentially trapped by the closure.
Another possible route closure that could cause mass evacuations would be Highway 137, which Hawaii National Guard spokesman Jeff Hickman told Reuters would be a worst-case scenario.
Nearly 2,000 residents have evacuated the lower Puna district of the Big Island already, and the combination of noxious gas and lava on the ground has continued to create concerns about the safety of locals and tourists visiting the region.
Airlines serving Hawaii started waiving change fees for those scheduled to fly in or out of Hilo International and Kona International airports last week, but the dates for impacted flights continue to change.
Carriers such as American, Hawaiian and Unitedare working closely with passengers and officials in Hawaii to accommodate for the ongoing eruption and have extended the waiver through May 20.
As for the cruise industry, a Norwegian Cruise Line representative told TravelPulse that its Pride of America ship will not call in Hilo on Tuesday and instead spend the day at sea. In addition, the vessel will not call in Kona on Wednesday, but instead, add an additional day in Maui and call in Lahaina.
“At Norwegian Cruise Line, the safety and security of our guests and crew is our top priority,” the cruise company said in a statement. “We have been closely monitoring the adverse conditions impacting the Big Island of Hawaii and are modifying the itinerary of Pride of America to ensure our guests have the best vacation experience possible.”
Last week, the eruption also caused Royal Caribbean to alter one of its scheduled sailings.
The tourism industry is feeling the impact of the volcano as well, with cancellations from May through July hitting at least $5 million, according to a statement from the island’s tourism board executive director Ross Birch.

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As new fissures tear through the ground near Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, officials are considering additional evacuations that could impact travel to the popular tourist attraction.
One of the fissures opened up around 25 miles east of Kilauea’s summit and could result in the closure of an important exit route, Highway 132. There are an estimated 2,000 residents in the southeast area of Hawaii’s Big Island who would be potentially trapped by the closure.
Another possible route closure that could cause mass evacuations would be Highway 137, which Hawaii National Guard spokesman Jeff Hickman told Reuters would be a worst-case scenario.
Nearly 2,000 residents have evacuated the lower Puna district of the Big Island already, and the combination of noxious gas and lava on the ground has continued to create concerns about the safety of locals and tourists visiting the region.
Airlines serving Hawaii started waiving change fees for those scheduled to fly in or out of Hilo International and Kona International airports last week, but the dates for impacted flights continue to change.
Carriers such as American, Hawaiian and Unitedare working closely with passengers and officials in Hawaii to accommodate for the ongoing eruption and have extended the waiver through May 20.
As for the cruise industry, a Norwegian Cruise Line representative told TravelPulse that its Pride of America ship will not call in Hilo on Tuesday and instead spend the day at sea. In addition, the vessel will not call in Kona on Wednesday, but instead, add an additional day in Maui and call in Lahaina.
“At Norwegian Cruise Line, the safety and security of our guests and crew is our top priority,” the cruise company said in a statement. “We have been closely monitoring the adverse conditions impacting the Big Island of Hawaii and are modifying the itinerary of Pride of America to ensure our guests have the best vacation experience possible.”
Last week, the eruption also caused Royal Caribbean to alter one of its scheduled sailings.
The tourism industry is feeling the impact of the volcano as well, with cancellations from May through July hitting at least $5 million, according to a statement from the island’s tourism board executive director Ross Birch.

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Surprise proposal to girlfriend on flight
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Most of the time, cellphone footage taken from airplanes doesn’t end well.
You typically see travelers adopt the righteous “paying customer” role and argue in circles with flight security staff — or each other, about Donald Trump — until eventually they’re thrown – or dragged – off the plane under questionable circumstances that cost the airline a lot of money.
Wouldn’t it be nice if one of these videos was uplifting, for once?
Yardley resident Joey Illiano fulfilled that wish last week.
While traveling out of Philadelphia with his girlfriend, Levittown native Jaclyn McMonigle, Illiano got down on his knee and popped the question in the aisle of an American Airlines flight, according to CBS3.
“Shut up!” McMonigle said. “Are you kidding me?”
The flight staff and fellow passengers were reportedly in on the proposal and offered a hearty cheer when McMonigle said yes. 
She and Illiano were flying to Miami on May 12 to celebrate their four-year anniversary.
This was reportedly McMonigle’s first-ever flight. At least those were tears of joy, and thank God she said.

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Most of the time, cellphone footage taken from airplanes doesn’t end well.
You typically see travelers adopt the righteous “paying customer” role and argue in circles with flight security staff — or each other, about Donald Trump — until eventually they’re thrown – or dragged – off the plane under questionable circumstances that cost the airline a lot of money.
Wouldn’t it be nice if one of these videos was uplifting, for once?
Yardley resident Joey Illiano fulfilled that wish last week.
While traveling out of Philadelphia with his girlfriend, Levittown native Jaclyn McMonigle, Illiano got down on his knee and popped the question in the aisle of an American Airlines flight, according to CBS3.
“Shut up!” McMonigle said. “Are you kidding me?”
The flight staff and fellow passengers were reportedly in on the proposal and offered a hearty cheer when McMonigle said yes. 
She and Illiano were flying to Miami on May 12 to celebrate their four-year anniversary.
This was reportedly McMonigle’s first-ever flight. At least those were tears of joy, and thank God she said.

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