Malaysia Airlines launched (14-Aug-2022) twice weekly Kuala Lumpur-Tokyo Haneda service with 290 seat A330-300 aircraft. The route will complement the carrier's existing service to Tokyo Narita Airport. [more - original PR]
Emirates Airline announced (15-Aug-2022) plans to deploy 515 seat A380 equipment on daily Dubai-Perth service from 01-Dec-2022. According to OAG, the service is currently operated using 367 seat Boeing 777-300ER equipment. The upgauge is set to increase capacity on the service by 40%. Emirates is the sole scheduled operator on the route. [more - original PR]
Emirates Airline launched (15-Aug-2022) a codeshare partnership with Aegean Airlines, allowing travellers to connect to eight domestic Greek locations via Athens on a single ticket. Emirates will codeshare on Aegean-operated flights to Kerkyra, Chania, Heraklion, Mykonos, Thira, Rhodes, Thessaloniki and Alexandropoulos, while Aegean will codeshare on Emirates-operated flights between Dubai and Athens. From Oct-2022, the carriers will further expand the partnership, with Emirates set to codeshare on eight additional Aegean services operating via Athens, including Bucharest, Belgrade, and Naples, while Aegean will codeshare on Emirates' Athens-New York Newark and Milan-New York JFK services. The additional codeshare routes are subject to regulatory approval. [more - original PR]
London Heathrow Airport extended (15-Aug-2022) its capacity limits until 29-Oct-2022 following consultations with airlines. The airport stated passenger journeys have "improved with fewer last minute cancellations, better punctuality and shorter wait times for bags" since the introduction of a daily passenger cap of 100,000 in Jul-2022. Capacity limits will be kept under regular review and could be lifted earlier "should there be a sustained picture of better resilience and a material increase in resourcing levels". Chief commercial officer Ross Baker said: "We want to remove the cap as soon as possible, but we can only do so when we are confident that everyone operating at the airport has the resources to deliver the service our passengers deserve". [more - original PR]
Southwest Airlines announced (15-Aug-2022) plans to launch Southwest Business Assist, a new self-service travel portal enabling corporate travel customers and travel management companies to better manage Southwest business itineraries. The platform will initially offer the following features:
- Travel funds management;
- Enhanced insight into contractual benefits, account performance, and dashboards;
- Expanded sustainability reporting;
- Increased automation with real-time capabilities and service.
The carrier plans to add more features as the platform expands, including duty of care reporting, flight credit management, and additional automated functions. Southwest Business Assist is expected to launch to current Southwest Business Partners from 24-Aug-2022. [more - original PR]
Corporate Aircraft Association (CAA) appointed (15-Jul-2022) David Scobey as president and CEO. CAA also appointed acting president P J Clark as COO. Both appointments are effective immediately. [more - original PR]
Tourism Authority Kiribati, via its official newsletter, stated (05-Aug-2022) Kiribati handled its first commercial service on 04-Aug-2022, two and a half years after Kiribati's border lockdown. Fiji Airways operated a service to Tarawa Bonriki Airport with more than 100 passengers.
CWT and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) published (10-Aug-2022) their 2023 Global Business Travel Forecast. Key projections include:
- Airfares will increase an estimated 48.5% in 2022 and 8.5% in 2023;
- Prices are expected to remain below 2019 pre-pandemic levels until 2023;
- Premium class tickets made up 6.2% of all tickets purchased in 1H2022. A rising share of premium class tickets will result in higher average fares as the average ticket price comprises economy and premium;
- International and cross border bookings are recovering across most regions, which will result in a higher share of international bookings and a corresponding higher average ticket price. Business travellers are likely to be willing to spend more on tickets, especially as availability reduces due to labour shortages.
The report stated the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, inflationary pressures and the risk of further COVID-19 outbreaks are the main forces exerting pressure on the business travel industry. CWT CEO Patrick Andersen stated: "Demand for business travel and meetings is back with a vengeance, of that there is absolutely no doubt. Labour shortages across the travel and hospitality industry, rising raw material prices and greater awareness for responsible travel are all having an impact on services, but predicted pricing is, on the whole, on par with 2019". [more - original PR]
Alaska Airlines announced (11-Aug-2022) Deloitte joined its corporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programme. Deloitte is expected to reduce the CO2 emissions of its business travel with Alaska by approximately 1050 tonnes. Alaska Airlines and Deloitte will also collaborate on the purchase of SAF certificates, which provide an accounting framework to expand the commercialisation of SAF and capture emissions reduction value for corporate purchasers. [more - original PR]
United Airlines announced (11-Aug-2022) plans to launch United for Business Blueprint, a new platform allowing corporate customers to design travel programmes to include valued offerings such as United Corporate Preferred status and discounts on leisure travel for employees. Customers will be able to collaborate with a United sales representative to customise a programme for their business travel needs. The carrier plans to launch the new platform in late 2022. [more - original PR]