Airlines

Trade on hand as WLG welcomes SQ’s A350

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 01:29

Travel agents were amongst the 100-strong reception committee for Singapore Airlines’ inaugural A350 service into Wellington on Friday.

AA announces LAX-CHC

Thursday, 31 October 2019 01:49

American Airlines will offer a direct service to the US from the South Island when it launches LAX-CHC next October.

NZ: NYC direct to replace LAX-LHR

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 18:29

Air New Zealand will launch a non-stop service between Auckland and New York using its 787-9 Dreamliner in October 2020. But it will come at a cost to NZ's daily Los Angeles-London service which will cease from October 2020.   

NZ's acting chief executive officer Jeff McDowall says while it’s hard to farewell such an iconic route, the airline must remain focused on markets with the greatest opportunity for long-term profitable growth.

LATAM’s Santiago to Brasilia

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 02:27

LATAM has launched its new service to the capital of Brazil, reducing travel time by four hours between Santiago and Brasilia.

NZ's Wallace: Legacy carriers set to challenge LCCs more

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 22:16

Air New Zealand and other legacy airlines are increasingly looking at 'micro-segmentation' in their cabins and taking price sensitive customers more seriously, says Air New Zealand's chief revenue officer, Cam Wallace.
Speaking at today's CAPA NZ Aviation and Corporate Travel Summit, Wallace pointed out that when the airline introduces its new Economy Stretch option it will have five distinct products aimed at specific market segments (along with Business Premium, Premium Economy, Skycouch and standard economy).

New jet for GCH

Monday, 14 October 2019 01:22

A 10 seater private jet joining the GCH Aviation fleet early next year will change the face of private luxury air charter in New Zealand, says the company’s group marketing manager Caroline Blanchfield.

May the Force be with LATAM

Monday, 23 September 2019 23:09

LATAM Airlines Group has unveiled the first image of its Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge-inspired aircraft, following the recent opening of Star Wars Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Second AKL-NLK service planned

Monday, 16 September 2019 23:24

Air Chathams is already aiming for a second service to Norfolk Island following the launch of its weekly flight on Friday.

‘Historic data from when other airlines operated the route (including Air New Zealand) indicates that is very possible,’ says Air Chathams general manager Duane Emeny who draws parallels with the airline’s Chatham Island services.‘We have been

Port Vila’s airport extends reach

Thursday, 05 September 2019 01:08

Aircraft from Asia and America could soon be landing at Port Vila’s Bauerfield Airport with the completion of recent upgrades.

Figures exceed for AC service

Sunday, 18 August 2019 22:46

Air Canada’s sales from this market, in advance of the coming direct service between Auckland and Vancouver mid December, have already exceeded expectations, says the airline’s general manager Australia and New Zealand Vic Naughton.

SQ rebuilds its app

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 00:40

A ground-up rebuild of the Singapore Airlines mobile app has resulted in enhanced booking and check-in flows, improving transaction time by up to 60%.

TN: New roles soon

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 03:28

Air Tahiti Nui will soon be advertising for three new roles, following the announcement late last week that the carrier will take on the full, solus management of its New Zealand and Australian distribution, sales and marketing activities later this year.

Qantas' ‘quirks’ programme

Thursday, 18 July 2019 23:47

Qantas has new perks for customers travelling to Australia, offering discounts on local experiences.

NF advises of Nauru lease

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 02:10

Air Vanuatu (NF) is updating trade on its flights that are using a Nauru Airlines aircraft from Auckland to Vanuatu and vice versa.

FJ – four stars & best staff

Thursday, 20 June 2019 22:52

Fiji Airways has been awarded the coveted Skytrax four-star rating at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards in Paris, joining a select group of airlines in this category.

Massive upgrade for HLZ

Friday, 07 June 2019 01:34

Hamilton Airport is to undergo a multi-million dollar upgrade to its terminal buildings and carpark.

UA shows off Premium Plus

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 01:49

Having a premium economy product on the AKL-SFO route now puts United Airlines on a par with joint venture partner Air New Zealand, says Julie Reid, director Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti sales for UA.
‘Most airlines have premium economy and people are prepared to pay a bit more for a good middle ground product,’ she says. ‘It is already proving popular on the AKL-SFO route.’

SQ’s destination of the month

Thursday, 02 May 2019 22:59

Singapore Airlines’ destination of the month is South Africa.

Aircalin’s Easter specials

Tuesday, 09 April 2019 22:39

Aircalin has special fares starting from $249 one-way AKL-NOU, including taxes, for sale until 26 April 2019.

Agents get teeth into JAWS

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 21:23

Strong turn-outs in the provinces, with a particularly pleasing attendance from brokers, mean the JAWS (Joint Airline Workshops) format is alive and well after some 25 years, organisers say.

SA: Challenges but steady

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 02:18

The number of New Zealanders travelling to South Africa has held up better than may have been expected with the visa woes and difficulties in the past year, according to Tim Clyde-Smith, country manager Australasia with South African Airways.

Macao mascot takes to air

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 01:48

Macao’s mascot, Mak Mak, has taken to the skies with her image painted on the livery of one of Air Macau’s new aircraft.

AC's key messages to trade

Friday, 08 March 2019 19:31

The ease and convenience of using Vancouver Airport as a gateway to other points in North America (either in transit or combined with a stopover) is being emphasised to the New Zealand trade from Air Canada as the airline prepares for the introduction of direct AKL-YVR seasonal service later this year.

SQ extends agent incentive

Friday, 08 March 2019 01:22

Singapore Airlines has extended its HighFlyer Agent Incentive that gives agents a chance to win a return trip to Southeast Asia.

Air Asia to fly DMK-BNE

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 05:10

AirAsia will start services from Bangkok to Brisbane from 25 June 2019. Operated by its Thai affiliate, Thai AirAsia X, the service will fly from Bangkok’s low cost hub, Don Muang International Airport.
Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) secured the services with Queensland Government support under the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF), along with partners Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing.
AirAsia X will fly four times-a-week and expects to attract close to 25,000 visitors every year. Thailand is one of Queensland’s emerging markets – 19,000 Thais visited over the last year and spent A$44m.

Plants power Etihad flight

Friday, 18 January 2019 01:13

Etihad Airways has operated the world’s first commercial flight using locally produced sustainable fuel.

PAL to launch new services

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 22:50

Philippine Airlines will launch new non-stop services between Manila and Delhi, India; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

SQ’s CHC A350 promo

Thursday, 25 October 2018 22:03

Singapore Airlines hosted 100 Christchurch travel agents to an A350 promotional evening this week, held at the South Bar, Christchurch Airport.

 

QF-NZ arrangement

Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:39

There is some confusion around the new relationship between Air New Zealand and Qantas that follows the cessation of the current NZ-VA partnership, says Cam Wallace, chief revenue officer with Air New Zealand.

 

Taking hurdles down at AKL

Monday, 15 October 2018 21:15

The airport is not the destination – it is actually an obstacle between the customer and where he or she wants to go, the TAANZ Summit hosted by Air New Zealand heard last week.

 

NZ's spatial computing travel

Thursday, 11 October 2018 22:04

Air New Zealand has unveiled an initial-concept multiplayer spatial computing gaming experience in Los Angeles at the first L.E.A.P. conference.

 

Engine disruptions...

Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:24

Can agents expect any compensation for the time and effort they have put into solving issues for clients who have been affected by the 787 Rolls Royce engine issues?

 

SQ gives CHC taste of A350

Friday, 05 October 2018 02:00

Singapore Airlines has launched its A350 premium economy and business class seat display at Christchurch International Airport, running until Sunday 14 October, with the chance to win flights for two in premium economy class.

 

The United Airlines quiz

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 00:07

UA’s Trivia roadshow kicked off last Tuesday in Christchurch with the city’s agents updating their knowledge on United, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Cruising in the USA, Memphis & Alamo car hire.

 

Macao added to HX network

Monday, 24 September 2018 22:08

Hong Kong Airlines will add Macao to its network from tomorrow, following the signing of a codeshare agreement with ferry services company, TurboJET.

‘Beer on tap’ on Lufthansa

Saturday, 22 September 2018 03:12

Lufthansa crews have taken off in traditional Bavarian costume, in time for Munich’s Oktoberfest.

 

VA accelerate in NZ

Monday, 17 September 2018 22:43

Virgin Australia accelerate is now available to New Zealand registered businesses.

 

CX monitoring Super Typhoon

Friday, 14 September 2018 00:34

Cathay Pacific is closely monitoring approaching Super Typhoon Mangkhut which is expected to make landfall on Sunday.

AA’s VP in Auckland

Monday, 10 September 2018 21:48

The resumption of the seasonal service from Auckland to Los Angeles on 30 October, as well as the recent announcement of a short term increase in base commission to 10% were among the key messages to trade from American Airlines’ vice president Asia Pacific Sales, Shane Hodges when he visited New Zealand last week.

Emirates Earlybird

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 23:15

Emirates is bringing an early Hogmanay treat for New Zealanders heading to Scotland next year with a $1599 return fare to Edinburgh, among other earlybird fare offers covering its Europe network.

Sabre – HX tailored offers

Friday, 31 August 2018 03:20

Sabre Corporation has recently implemented Sabre Branded Fares for Hong Kong Airlines, now giving agencies the ability to create tailored offers for travellers.

Free transit tours with CZ

Monday, 20 August 2018 22:02

China Southern Airlines was reminding independent agents that it will be flying the 787-900 on one of its two daily services from the end of October to end of March.

Thai’s Dreamliner on AKL route

Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:41

Thai Airways’ 787-9 Dreamliners have now returned to service on its AKL BKK AKL sector. The Dreamliners are equipped with wi and live TV through all cabins.

Samoa Airways sees traction through GDS

Thursday, 16 August 2018 22:10

Samoa Airways has quickly seen the positive impact of being on GDS and is gaining traction with the trade through the development, says Dwayne Bentley, the carrier’s marketing and communications specialist.

Emirates premium revamp

Monday, 13 August 2018 21:49

Emirates has refreshed its premium offering with products for Kiwis travelling in first and business class.

Saudi Arabia’s modernisation

Thursday, 09 August 2018 23:10

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has selected SITA to support the modernisation of the country’s biggest airports, implementing a transformation of airport and communication technology across 26 airports.

 

The technology will improve passenger experience while preparing the airports for an expected surge in passenger numbers over the next few years. Passenger traffic across all Saudi airports climbed to 92-million in 2017, a 7.7% increase compared with the previous year. SITA is implementing its AirportConnect® Open platform which allows airlines to work seamlessly at airports while delivering a smooth self-service from check-in to boarding. In addition, SITA is providing GACA with a baggage management solution, enabling GACA airports to meet the baggage tracking requirements of IATA’s Resolution 753.

FJ – AS extend codeshares

Monday, 06 August 2018 22:31

Fiji Airways and Alaska Airlines have strengthened their codeshare partnership, adding a number of destinations to the Fijian carrier’s network via its San Francisco hub.

Meaty moves by Virgin Australia

Thursday, 02 August 2018 22:47

In October, Virgin Australia will launch two new Trans-Tasman routes between Wellington-Sydney and Queenstown-Melbourne, and seasonal services to Newcastle from Auckland.

FJ’s new Boeing to hit WLG first

Monday, 30 July 2018 21:35

Wellington Airport passengers will be the first in New Zealand to experience Fiji Airways’ new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft when it launches on the Wellington to Nadi service from December 2018.

Qatar Airways to Gothenburg

Thursday, 26 July 2018 23:06

Qatar Airways will launch direct five-times weekly flights to Gothenburg, Sweden starting 12 December, making it the airline’s second Swedish gateway after Stockholm.

Gol’s 737 Max 8 ready to go

Monday, 23 July 2018 21:09

Gol Linhas Aéreas (G3) received the first of its Boeing 737 Max 8s recently, part of the order of 120 aircraft that it closed with the US manufacturer.

IATA: Address delays in Europe

Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:11

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on the governments and air navigation service providers of Europe to address the region’s airspace bottlenecks, as new data reveals that delays so far this year have more than doubled compared to 2017.

PAL’s intro offer to LHR

Monday, 16 July 2018 21:11

An introductory premium economy airfare from Auckland to London of $3439 return (includes applicable taxes) is now available to coincide with the launch of the Philippine Airlines' A350 on the Manila to London/Heathrow route.

CZ to put 787-9 on CHC route

Thursday, 12 July 2018 21:37

The successful China Southern Airlines direct service between Guangzhou and Christchurch is about to record another first.

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