Lufthansa City Center (LCC) reported (22-Sep-2022) its business travel segment is "recovering faster than expected", and forecasts the pre-pandemic level could be reached by the end of 2023 "if the development continues". Following "very strong recent bookings", the company expects to achieve 80% of the 2019 levels of turnover in 2022. Managing director Markus Orth stated LCC is currently detaching itself from the general development in the market with its strong recovery, highlighting the company "benefits greatly from its focus on medium-sized companies". Mr Orth said employees of medium-sized companies are currently going on much more frequent business trips compared to large corporations, while "a large number of high-revenue new customers were gained who were specifically looking for a TMC with a high level of consulting expertise". Mr Orth expects a "push in Asia" for 4Q2022, with demand for trips to China high and customers willing to pay the currently high prices. LCC also expects travel to Hong Kong and Singapore to continue to increase, while the "important North American business is also continuing to do well". [more - original PR - German]
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Xiamen Airlines plans to operate the following 19 international services in Oct-2022 (Carnoc.com, 20-Sep-2022):
- Xiamen-Los Angeles: Twice weekly;
- Xiamen-Vancouver: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Amsterdam: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Sydney: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Melbourne: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Seoul: Three times weekly;
- Xiamen-Phnom Penh: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Manila: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Kuala Lumpur: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Singapore: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Bangkok: Twice weekly;
- Fuzhou-Tokyo: Weekly;
- Fuzhou-Jakarta: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Hong Kong: Four times weekly;
- Xiamen-Taiwan Taoyuan: Daily;
- Xiamen-Taipei Songshan: Three times weekly;
- Hangzhou-Hong Kong: Weekly;
- Fuzhou-Hong Kong: Four times weekly;
- Tianjin-Hong Kong: Twice weekly.
American Airlines announced (20-Sep-2022) plans to unveil new Flagship Suite premium seating onboard its upcoming A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 fleets. The suites will be installed on all A321XLR and 787-9 deliveries beginning in 2024, featuring privacy doors, chaise lounge seats and more personal storage space. The carrier also announced plans to refresh its Boeing 777-300ER fleet of 20 aircraft with Flagship Suite premium seating and new interiors designed by Teague. As a result of the announcement, premium seating across American's long haul fleet is set to grow by over 45% by 2026. [more - original PR
Singapore Changi Airport, via its official website, reported (20-Sep-2022) the following traffic highlights for Aug-2022:
- Passengers: 3.3 million, -44% compared to Aug-2019;
- Cargo: 153,000 tonnes, -9%;
- Aircraft movements: 20,400, -37%.
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian reported business travel has recovered to 80% of pre-pandemic levels (The Detroit News, 16-Sep-2022). Mr Bastian noted business is conducted differently now compared to before COVID-19, which will affect the segment's recovery.
Air Canada CEO Michael Rousseau stated the carrier is operating at 80% of pre-pandemic levels, with business travel continuing on an upward trend since Labour Day (Bloomberg, 16-Sep-2022).
Southwest Airlines forecast (15-Sep-2022) 3Q2022 managed business travel revenues at down 26% to 28% from 3Q2019 levels, compared to previous guidance of down 17% to 21%. The carrier noted Aug-2022 business travel revenues were down 32% from Aug-2019 levels, adding business travel continues to recover slower compared to leisure travel demand. [more - original PR]
Air New Zealand launched (17-Sep-2022) three times weekly Auckland-New York JFK service on 17-Sep-2022 with Boeing 787-9 aircraft. The carrier now serves seven destinations in North America, along with Chicago from 31-Oct-2022, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver. [more - original PR]
StarLux Airlines stated (13-Sep-2022) its A350-900 fleet is scheduled to enter service on Asia routes in 1Q2023 and commence Taipei-Los Angeles service from Apr-2023. [more - original PR - Chinese]
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport announced (15-Sep-2022) United Airlines scheduled to increase San Francisco-Melbourne frequency from three times weekly to daily from 28-Oct-2022. According to OAG, the service is operated using Boeing 787-9 equipment. No other carriers are scheduled to operate the route. [more - original PR]