Daily News Briefs

Virgin Australia becomes major partner of Carlton Football Club

Virgin Australia announced (25-Aug-2017) a five year partnership with Carlton Football Club, becoming the club’s co-major partner and official airline partner through to at least the

Air New Zealand to deploy Boeing 787 to Samoa from Nov-2017

Air New Zealand announced (25-Aug-2017) plans to deploy Boeing 787-9 aircraft to Samoa. The carrier will operate three weekly 787-9 frequencies from Auckland to Apia from Nov-2017 and Mar-2018,

Qantas makes major changes to executive management, new CEOs for more operational units

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce announced (28-Aug-2017) a reorganisation of its executive leadership team. The changes among the direct reports to Mr Joyce are: Jon Scriven

Vule Airways to serve more than 20 destinations with six aircraft

Vule Airways MD Robert Mwesigwa Nviiri said the airline intends to commence operations with six aircraft and aims to serve more than 20 destinations from its Entebbe hub,

Qatar Airways: ‘India is a big market…we will definitely start operations there’

Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker stated the carrier is firm on plans to launch an airline in India despite facing business challenges because of sanctions imposed on Qatar by

Thai AirAsia X looks at secondary Eastern European markets as door opens to European flights

Thai AirAsia X plans to add three or four A330-300 aircraft and expand services in Asia and Eastern Europe in 2018, following the expected removal of the ICAO ‘red flag’

Wizz Air launches five new Kiev routes and adds second aircraft to base

Wizz Air launched (28-Aug-2017) five new routes from Kiev Zhuliany and added a second A320 aircraft to the base. New routes include: Kiev Zhuliany–Copenhagen: Three times weekly; Kiev

Ireland West Airport Knock three year transformation programme to commence in winter 2017/2018

Ireland West Airport Knock announced (28-Aug-2017) the airport’s EUR15 million three year transformation programme will commence in winter 2017/2018. Upgrades include new passenger facilities and infrastructural

Kam Air renews licence, hopes to commence Europe services

Kam Air renewed its operating licence and received approval from the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) to operate Europeservices (TOLOnews, 28-Aug-2017). ACAA is working to have Afghanistan‘s airlines removed from

Visitor arrivals to Cook Island stable at 16,408 in Jul-2017

Cook Islands Ministry of Finance & Economic Management reported (27-Aug-2017) visitor arrivals to Cook Islands for Jul-2017. Details include: Visitor arrivals: 16,406, -0.4% year-on-year; New Zealand: 11,882, -5.4%; Australia:

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