Auckland Airport’s Operations Centre team is keeping the airport running smoothly in the face of COVID-19 by bringing in staff from other departments who have the right experience, and by splitting into three groups separated by drop-down dividers.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reacted to the Court of Appeal’s decision to block Heathrow expansion on the grounds of incompatibility with the Paris Climate Agreement.
Air New Zealand has unveiled a new lie-flat prototype sleep product for economy class travellers. The Economy Skynest is the result of three years of Air New Zealand research and development, with the input of more than 200 customers at its Hangar 22 innovation centre in Auckland. The airline has filed patent and trademark applications for the Economy Skynest which provides six full length lie-flat sleep pods.
The ‘terrible circumstances’ leading to the suspension of flights in and out of China has meant more marketing dollars for the new American Airlines flight between Christchurch and Los Angeles, a Canterbury audience heard late last week.
American Airlines last night treated Christchurch trade partners and colleagues to an all-American classic car convoy as it gears up to fly non-stop between the South Island and the USA.
Agents who sell a Singapore Airlines ticket and book a Singapore Stopover Holiday in the same itinerary will be into win return Premium Economy Class flights for two to Singapore, with accommodation and Singapore Explorer Plus passes.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says just released global passenger traffic data for October 2019 shows that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) climbed 3.4% compared to the same period a year ago.
One of the most popular multi-supplier travel trade road shows in New Zealand has announced its dates, venues and participants for 2020.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.