Analysis for Asia
It seems members of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government and travel community in Canberra have been working hard to secure additional carriers and routes to the city. The airport has developed an international terminal capable of handling up to one million passengers a year, and key parliamentary members have been out lobbying carriers with gusto.
Batik Air finally ready to begin Australia services with Jun-2017 Bali-Perth launch, are more Australian cities next?
Batik Air has set a 21-Jun-2017 launch date for service from Bali to Perth, the first Australia route for the Indonesian full service airline. Batik, which is part of the Lion Group, will initially operate Bali-Perth with two daily flights using A320s in two class 156-seat configuration.
First 737 MAX enters service with Malaysia’s Malindo; Fiji Airways to launch first MAX route to Australia
Malaysia’s Malindo Air has placed into service Boeing’s first 737 MAX, a new re-engined narrowbody aircraft family that also has been ordered by Virgin Australia and Fiji Airways and is under evaluation by Qantas.
Premium economy continues to be a key opportunity for carriers the world over. More and more airlines have introduced this important class into their aircraft to improve yields and assist with competitive load factors.
Hong Kong continues to block attempts by Australia to negotiate a new air services agreement, which would be a benefit to the Australian economy, consumers and tourism. Cathay Pacific’s average load factor on Australia routes has been nearly 90% the last two years, an indication the market is undersupplied.
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Civil Aviation Safety Authority continues to delay Thai Airways from launching A350 in Australia...why?
Thai Airways has been blocked for nearly a year by Australian authorities from operating its new fleet of A350s to Australia, forcing the airline to continue offering an outdated product in the Melbourne and Sydney markets.
Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) LCC subsidiaries Scoot and Tigerair plan to complete their merger in Jul-2017, leading to the dissolution of the Tigerair brand in Southeast Asia. Tigerair Australia and Tigerair Taiwan will soon be the only Tigerair branded airlines remaining although neither now have any ownership from SIA.
Scoot has implemented a new schedule for three of its weekly Sydney flights, resulting in improved connections to India and its future European destinations.
Scoot has taken delivery of its first 787 configured for long haul flights and is using the aircraft on Australia routes ahead of the Jun-2017 launch of services to Athens, its first true long haul route.