Qantas and LATAM Brazil announced (02-Jun-2017) a new codeshare agreement, providing more opportunities for each carrier's customers to earn and redeem points. From 05-Jun-2017, Qantas will add its code to a number of LATAM Brazil’s nonstop services for Santiago-Sao Paulo and Santiago-Rio de Janeiro. The new services are in addition to Qantas’ existing codeshare arrangements on LATAM Chile service Santiago-Sao Paulo. Qantas currently operates four nonstop frequencies per week between Sydney-Santiago. [more - original PR]
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dnata Australia announced (31-May-2017) it invested AUD1.5 million (USD1.1 million) to install five new x-ray machines in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. This is in keeping with the mandated Piece Level Screening requirements for cargo consignments to the US. The new technology is now live at all Australian airports dnata operates in time for the 01-Jul-2017 deadline. All cargo that passes through dnata’s facilities across Australia which travels to the US either on a direct service or via another airport will be subject to the screening requirements. [more - original PR]
American Airlines adjusted operational equipment for Los Angeles–Auckland service, originally scheduled with Boeing 787-9 aircraft (Routes Online, 30-May-2017). Daily service will instead operate with 787-8 aircraft from 25-Mar-2018 to 03-May-2018.
Airbus Group Australia Pacific acting VP for fixed wing Martin Ball confirmed (29-May-2017) New Zealand and Australia based MRO organisation Safe Air will be renamed as Airbus New Zealand Limited from Jul-2017. The company's contracts and agreements and its operations in Blenheim, Ohakea, Auckland and Melbourne (Australia) will remain unaffected by the change. Safe Air was acquired by Airbus Group Australia Pacific from Air New Zealand in Jun-2015. [more - original PR]
IATA Asia-Pacific regional VP Conrad Clifford reported (26-May-2017) Asia Pacific carriers are lagging behind North American carriers in terms of profitability. IATA forecasts for 2017 that Asia Pacific carriers will achieve an average 2.9% profit margin, against a profit margin of 8.5% in North America. Mr Clifford said the reason Asia Pacific carriers are not as profitable "is because they are adding big chunks of capacity to cater to growth". [more - original PR]
Pacific Air Express issued (26-May-2017) a request to Australia's International Air Services Commission seeking an allocation of unlimited freight capacity on the Brisbane-Guangzhou route. The proposed service will operate on Boeing 757-200F aircraft with 32 tonnes of freight capacity. [more - original PR]
Virgin Australia announced (25-May-2017) it will begin selling codeshare services on Air Canada between Los Angeles and three major Canadian cities, increasing connections between Australia and Canada. The announcement represents the implementation of the first phase of the strategic cooperation agreement between the carriers, following an MoU in Dec-2016. The codeshare includes allowing customers travelling on Virgin Australia's 18 times weekly Australia-Los Angeles services to book travel on Air Canada’s services between Los Angeles and Toronto, Calgary and Montreal. Virgin Australia group executive John Thomas stated: "This codeshare agreement will make it easier for Australians to visit Canada and for Canadians to explore more of Australia. Canada is an important inbound tourism market for Australia, with visitors spending AUD800 million (USD595.4 million) in 2016 and visitor arrivals increasing in 2016 by seven per cent year on year". [more - original PR]
Samoa's Minister of Finance Sili Epa Tuioti believes Polynesian Airlines must have a very solid business case for the Government to revive its international operations (Samoa Observer, 26-May-2017). Mr Sili stated: "The government is trying to make sure that we leverage other people resources, more services by Fiji Airways, more services by Air New Zealand, more services from Australia and we are looking at that. We appreciate that there is Fiji Airways flight that comes to us from Honolulu, maybe there's an opportunity for an additional flight or we invite Hawaiian Airlines to fly directly instead of us going to Pago".
Qantas issued (24-May-2017) a request to Australia's International Air Services Commission (IASC) seeking to renew Determination  IASC 103 on the US route. The renewal of this allocation includes unlimited passenger and cargo capacity for a period of 10 years and includes the following conditions:
- The capacity may be utilised by Qantas or another Australian carrier which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas;
- The capacity may be used by Qantas to provide joint services with any wholly-owned subsidiary and by any wholly-owned subsidiary of the Qantas Group to provide joint services with Qantas;
- The capacity may be used by Qantas to provide services jointly with American Airlines. [more - original PR]
Australia's Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester announced (24-May-2017) a bilateral agreement on air services between Australia and Peru. The agreement will facilitate opportunities for new services between the countries, supporting tourism, encouraging investment and improving cultural and people-to-people links. Mr Chester stated: "Both Australian and Peruvian airlines will be able to provide air services between countries either using their own aircraft or via codeshare arrangements with other airlines. Australia and Peru have enjoyed a strong tourism, trade and investment relationship which has continued to grow. In 2015, there were 3500 short-term arrivals to Australia from Peru, an increase of 12.7% year on year, while nearly 40,000 Australians visited Peru". [more - original PR]