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New president at United; Dragonair adds flights; Jetsar eases ticket buying

New president at United

United Continental Holdings, Inc. named Scott Kirby as the president of United Airlines on Aug. 29. In this newly created role, Kirby will assume responsibility for United’s operations, marketing, sales, alliances, network planning and revenue management.

Kirby joins United from American Airlines, where he served as president following the merger of American and US Airways in 2013.

“Scott is a proven leader, whose deep airline experience and expertise will further accelerate our efforts to build the best airline in the industry,” said CEO Oscar Munoz.

Kirby is a well-known industry veteran, with a broad and accomplished 30-year career with senior leadership roles at America West and US Airways, where he was named president in 2006.

“I see real opportunity to build on the airline’s vast global network and, along with my 86,000 United teammates, create the world’s best airline for employees, customers, and shareholders,” said Kirby.

Dragonair adds flights

Dragonair announced on Aug. 23 that it will operate four daily flights between Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur from early next year, further strengthening the airline’s regional network.

The new flights will be introduced progressively between March and May. Kuala Lumpur will become Dragonair’s third destination in Malaysia, in addition to 11 weekly flights to Penang and five weekly flights to Kota Kinabalu. With the new Kuala Lumpur flights, Dragonair will be operating 44 weekly flights to Malaysia.

Cathay Pacific will cease its four daily flights to Kuala Lumpur upon the launch of the new Dragonair service.

Paul Loo, Director of Corporate Development IT of the Cathay Pacific Group, said: “This is part of our overall growth strategy for the group. The aircraft transfer will also help to optimize the group’s training abilities. We continually review the expansion and growth plans for both Cathay Pacific and Dragonair, the latter of which will be renamed Cathay Dragon in November.”

Jetsar offers e-payments

Jetstar Japan, KDDI and Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company announced that customers can use au Kantan Kessai (au easy payment) when purchasing domestic flight tickets run by Jetstar Japan.

The service allows users to pay for their digital shopping purchased via their au phone or online together with their monthly phone charges.

With this latest collaboration, customers can purchase tickets and check in from the Jetstar Japan website using their smartphones. This benefits those who do not have credit cards and makes it easier for them to securely purchase Jetstar Japan tickets.

To commemorate this new service, Jetstar Japan and over 2,500 au shops have collaborated to launch a campaign through Oct. 31. One thousand customers will have a chance to win 1,000 Wallet Points each when they purchase a Jetstar Japan ticket using their au smartphone.

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