2017 February

InterContinental Sydney plans AUD200 million renovation as demand in the Sydney accommodation market remains solid.

InterContinental Hotel Group and Mulpha Australia Ltd have recently announced (22-Feb-2017) a proposed major renovation of the InterContinental Sydney hotel which is expected to exceed

Qantas unveils its new 787-9 premium economy seat: a high quality sensible upgrade if not that revolutionary.

Qantas has unveiled its new premium economy seat, which will debut on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 787-9 aircraft from Oct-2017. Premium Economy on the 787-9 Dreamliner will

Forecasting growth at Badgerys Creek, the airport that everybody needs and (almost) nobody wants

Sydney’s second airport is notable for being probably the only topic on which there has been multi-party agreement for nearly five decades – that is,

Australia’s domestic on time performance and cancellations improve in Jan-2017

Australia’s BITRE reports domestic on time performance in Jan-2017 Australia’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reported (21-Feb-2017) overall domestic on time performance in Jan-2017

Jetstar wins NZ government travel contract, but will still have to battle Air NZ

Jetstar has been included in New Zealand’s All-of-Government Air Travel Services panel for the first time, and hopes to pick up a slice of the

Cathay Pacific to Christchurch: contentious Air New Zealand JV as Cathay seeks greater “agility”

As Cathay Pacific is being forced to undergo a competitive metamorphosis, it is exploring all options. The latest example is an expected announcement of a

TTF urges removal of operating restrictions at Sydney Airport to allow for growth

Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) has stated (17-Feb-2017) that the “continued cap on aircraft movements at Sydney Airport is fast becoming a cap on international visitor arrivals at Australia’s

Air New Zealand: Jan-2017 results show passenger traffic increase but drop in revenue

Air New Zealand pax up 4% to 1.2m with 83% load factor in Jan-2017 Traffic highlights for Jan-2017: Passenger numbers: 1.2 million, +3.9% year-on-year; ◦          Short-haul:

Virgin Australia announces direct services to Hong Kong (and China) for 2017

Virgin Australia today announced plans to commence services to Hong Kong and mainland China by mid-2017. The services will operate under a proposed alliance agreement

Virgin Australia Holdings revenue and profit falls in 1HFY2017, but international business improves

Virgin Australia Holdings today reported a decline in revenue of 1% for 1HFY2017. Financial highlights for the six months ended 31-Dec-2016: Revenue: AUD2634 million (USD1984 million),

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