News for The Americas

Fiji Airways commences Nadi-Vancouver service

28 November, 2022

Fiji Airways commenced (25-Nov-2022) twice weekly Nadi-Vancouver service on 25-Nov-2022, using A330-200 aircraft equipped with 273 seats. Vancouver International Airport stated the year round service is expected to generate CAD12.2 million (USD9.08 million) in tourism dollars and an additional 86 jobs at the airport and British Columbia's hotel, restaurants and tourist attractions. According to OAG, Fiji Airways is the sole scheduled operator of the route. [more - original PR]

Brazil reinstates mask wearing requirements for airports and aircraft

25 November, 2022

Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency announced (23-Nov-2022) the reinstatement of mandatory mask wearing requirements at airports and on aircraft, effective 25-Nov-2022. The measure is due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. [more - original PR]

SAS to launch Copenhagen-New York JFK service from Feb-2023

24 November, 2022

SAS announced (24-Nov-2022) plans to launch five times weekly Copenhagen-New York JFK service on 09-Feb-2023. The carrier will operate into terminal 7 at New York JFK, and plans to increase the frequency to daily during summer 2023. SAS currently operates Copenhagen-New York Newark service, and will offer nine services from Copenhagen to the US and Canada in 2023. EVP and CCO network and revenue management Erik Westman commented: "The US is a strategic market for SAS, and we will continue to develop new routes and destinations whenever the right opportunity presents itself". [more - original PR] [more - original PR - Danish]

Singapore Changi Airport handles 3.7m pax in Oct-2022

24 November, 2022

Singapore Changi Airport, via its official website, reported (23-Nov-2022) the following traffic Oct-2022:

  • Passengers: 3.7 million, -35% compared to Oct-2019;
  • Cargo: 152,000 tonnes, -11%;
  • Aircraft movements: 21,800, -32%.

HSBC Australia and Star Alliance launch HSBC Star Alliance Credit Card

15 November, 2022

HSBC Australia and Star Alliance launched (15-Nov-2022) the HSBC Star Alliance Credit Card in Australia. Australian customers can earn Star Alliance Points on eligible credit card purchases that can be converted to miles/points with Air Canada, Air New Zealand, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Thai Airways and United Airlines. HSBC and Star Alliance stated the card is the world's first credit card created with an airline alliance and will be issued exclusively on Visa credit. [more - original PR]

Emirates continues focus on restoring passenger network in H1FY2023

11 November, 2022

Emirates Airline reported (10-Nov-2022) it continued to focus on restoring its passenger network and connections through Dubai in H1FY2023, ended 30-Sep-2022. The carrier resumed services and added frequencies to meet customer demand. Details include:

  • Revenue, including other operating income, increased 131% year-on-year to AED50.1 billion (USD13.6 billion), driven by strong passenger demand for international travel;
  • Operating costs increased 73%, mainly due to a substantial increase in fuel costs, which more than tripled year-on-year. Fuel uplift increased 65%, in line with increased flight operations, and average oil prices doubled. Fuel accounted for 38% of operating costs, compared to 20% in H1FY2022;
  • Total capacity in ATKs increased 40% due to an expanded flight programme as more countries eased travel restrictions;
  • Passenger numbers increased 228% to 20 million and cargo volumes decreased 14% to 936,000 tonnes as the airline shifted capacity from 'mini-freighters' back to passenger operations;
  • Commenced Tel Aviv service in Jun-2022;
  • Launched codeshare and interline agreements with Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, airBaltic, Airlink (South Africa), Bamboo Airways, Batik Air, Finnair, Royal Air Maroc, Sky Express, Sun Country Airlines and United Airlines;
  • Took delivery of two new Boeing 777F aircraft and returned one older freighter;
  • Introduced new inflight menus in all cabin classes and launched a new hospitality programme;
  • Launched its full premium economy service to London, Paris and Sydney in Aug-2022. Emirates plans to introduce premium economy on five more routes before the end of FY2023;
  • Emirates operated passenger and cargo service to 140 airports as of 30-Sep-2022, using its entire 777 fleet and 73 A380 aircraft;
  • Emirates commenced a cabin retrofit programme for 120 aircraft in Nov-2022 and expects to receive new passenger aircraft from 2024. [more - original PR]

Bamboo Airways and Air Canada partner for passenger benefits

10 November, 2022

Bamboo Airways announced (09-Nov-2022) cooperation with Air Canada for the optimisation of passenger benefits. The cooperation will allow passengers to earn reward points when travelling with Bamboo Airways and Air Canada. [more - original PR]

United Airlines resumes Los Angeles-Melbourne service

9 November, 2022

Los Angeles International Airport, via its official Twitter account, announced (08-Nov-2022) United Airlines resumed three times daily Los Angeles-Melbourne service using Boeing 787-9 equipment on 28-Oct-2022. The carrier plans to increase frequency on the service to daily from 01-Dec-2022. According to OAG, United last operated the service in Mar-2020. Qantas Airways also operates the route.

United Airlines confirms opening of new 'United Club Fly' lounge at Denver International Airport

8 November, 2022

United Airlines confirmed (07-Nov-2022) the opening of its new 'United Club Fly' grab-and-go lounge at Denver International Airport, enabling busy travellers to enjoy snacks, light food options, and beverages to-go. The new lounge concept can seat up to 16 travellers with standing room for an additional eight people. United Club members, international premium cabin travellers, and United Club one-time pass holders may access the lounge. [more - original PR]

Air Canada launches seasonal daily Vancouver-London Heathrow-Mumbai service

8 November, 2022

Air Canada launched seasonal daily Vancouver-London Heathrow-Mumbai service using Boeing 787-9 equipment on 30-Oct-2022, according to OAG. The service will operate through 24-Mar-2023. No other carriers operate the route.

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