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Malaysia Airlines joins oneworld, seals new codeshare agreement Fort Worth, Texas, February 4, 2013
MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) officially joined the ranks of the oneworld alliance last week, and has started getting cosy with fellow alliance member American Airlines through a new codeshare agreement.

Etihad pads up Singapore-Brisbane flights to daily Brisbane, February 4, 2013
ETIHAD Airways has launched new daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Brisbane via Singapore, a booster shot for its thrice-weekly Brisbane-Singapore connections which have been in operation since 2007.

Tricky dance between OTAs and hotels continues Gracia Chiang, reporting from Travel Distribution World Asia, Singapore, February 1, 2013
WARY of escalating commission rates that OTAs command, hoteliers are aggressively building their own direct platforms, with many of them noting phenomenal year-on-year gains in online sales.

Tune Hotels challenges new frontiers Hannah Koh, reporting from Travel Distribution World Asia, Singapore, February 1, 2013
TUNE Hotels is pushing into new territory with a new brand look, an upcoming F&B brand of its own and 70 hotels in the pipeline until 2015.

PATA's Crisis Rapid Recovery Taskforce goes into ready mode Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Bangkok, February 1, 2013
AFTER setting up a Rapid Recovery Task Force (PRRT) in 2011 (TTG Asia e-Daily, May 12, 2011), PATA is now ready to deploy the initiative should a crisis take place in Asia-Pacific.

Flight paucity restricts Indian outbound to Malaysia Shekhar Niyogi, Kolkata, February 1, 2013
MALAYSIA is losing out on the growing outbound traffic from India due to the lack of flights between the two countries.

Airline bankruptcy renews ticketing companies' call for protective law Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta, February 1, 2013
THE Association of Ticketing Companies in Indonesia (ASTINDO) has expressed regrets over the bankruptcy of Batavia Air and urged the Ministry of Transportation to develop a policy that will protect airline ticketing companies.

A rosy 2012 for Singapore hotels but slower growth momentum ahead Singapore, February 1, 2013
SINGAPORE hotels delivered a stellar performance last year, boosted by a record 10.7 million tourist arrivals to the country in the first three quarters of 2012 as well as the debut of several attractions, according to the latest CBRE Hotels MarketView.

Bankrupt Batavia Air ceases operation Sim Kok Chwee and Mimi Hudoyo, Singapore and Jakarta, January 31, 2013
INDONESIA's Batavia Air has stopped operations as of midnight on Janaury 31 following a successful bankruptcy petition by aircraft leasing company International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) in the Central Jakarta Commercial Court.

AirAsia not proceeding with flights from Singapore to India, China Shekhar Niyogi, Kolkata, January 31, 2013
FOLLOWING a strategic review of its operations (TTG Asia e-Daily, January 28, 2013), AirAsia has decided not to launch flights from Singapore to India and China.

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