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Emirates Airline and Batik Air announce codeshare agreement

24 October, 2023

Emirates Airline and Batik Air (Malaysia) announced (23-Oct-2023) a new codeshare agreement, providing Emirates passengers with access to eight southeast Asian destinations using a single ticket and one baggage policy. Effective immediately, Emirates will codeshare on the following services operated by Batik Air Malaysia:

  • Kuala Lumpur-Penang;
  • Kuala Lumpur-Kota Kinabalu;
  • Kuala Lumpur-Kuching;
  • Kuala Lumpur-Langkawi;
  • Kuala Lumpur-Johor Bahru;
  • Kuala Lumpur-Denpasar;
  • Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta;
  • Kuala Lumpur-Singapore.

Malaysia's Minister of Transport YB Tuan Anthony Loke stated: "We are pleased with the partnership, which has the potential to strengthen Malaysia's role as a prime gateway to the region. We hope to see an increase in KLIA traffic, especially to facilitate connectivity to regional destinations". Emirates currently operates three times daily Dubai-Kuala Lumpur service. [more - original PR - Emirates] [more - original PR - Batik]

Cathay Pacific extends suspension of Hong Kong-Tel Aviv service until 31-Dec-2023

23 October, 2023

Cathay Pacific extended (22-Oct-2023) its suspension of three times weekly Hong Kong-Tel Aviv service until 31-Dec-2023. The airline is the sole scheduled operator on the route, according to OAG. [more - original PR]

Qantas Group expands Neighbour Free programme to select international routes

23 October, 2023

Qantas Group expanded a trial of its Neighbour Free programme to the following international routes (Travel News Asia/Business Traveller, 19/20-Oct-2023):

  • Singapore-Brisbane;
  • Singapore-Melbourne;
  • Singapore-Perth;
  • Brisbane-Auckland;
  • Brisbane-Christchurch;
  • Brisbane-Los Angeles;
  • Brisbane-Wellington from 29-Oct-2023;
  • Melbourne-Auckland;
  • Melbourne-Christchurch;
  • Melbourne-Dallas;
  • Melbourne-Los Angeles;
  • Melbourne-Wellington;
  • Sydney-Auckland;
  • Sydney-Christchurch;
  • Sydney-Dallas;
  • Sydney-Honolulu;
  • Sydney-Los Angeles;
  • Sydney-San Francisco;
  • Sydney-Wellington.

The programme enables passengers to reserve the seat next to them when travelling economy. The option will start from AUD45 (USD28.43) on trans-Tasman flights, AUD100 (USD63.18) between Australia and Singapore, and AUD225 (USD142.15) between Australia and the US. Chief customer and digital officer Catriona Larritt stated: "We've had a really positive reaction from customers who've opted to travel Neighbour Free on our domestic network and customers have told us they want the option on our international flights too". Ms Larritt added: "The data shows its most popular with customers on our longer flights between the east and west coasts, so rolling it out to our international flights makes a lot of sense".

AirAsia, Batik, ANA, VietJet, Scoot, JAL, Malaysia Airlines, Beond, HKIA to speak at CAPA KL Summit

17 October, 2023

CAPA - Centre for Aviation confirmed (17-Oct-2023) AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat, AirAsia Group chief revenue & network officer Paul Carroll, AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail, All Nippon Airways EVP GM Asia & Oceania & Singapore Shinya Kanda, Atlas Air SVP sales & marketing Asia Pacific Alvin Tay, Batik Air group strategy director Chandran Rama Muthy, Beond CEO & chairman Tero Taskila, Capital A Digital president investments & ventures Aireen Omar, Japan Airlines senior research fellow, industry-academia research and cooperations Yoguchi Akihide, Malaysia Airlines Group MD Izham Ismail, Malaysia Airlines head group sustainability Rahimah Ali, Scoot CEO Leslie Thng, Teleport CEO Pete Chareonwongsak, Turkish Airlines SVP cargo marketing Fatih Cığal, VietJet Air member of board of directors Chu Viet Cuong, Air Control Tower managing director Neil Glynn, Airbus Malaysia head of technology Kan-Ern Liew, Airbus head of marketing APAC Bence Szabo, Air Transport World editor in chief Karen Walker, APAC Network chief strategy officer Oriel Morrison, Aviation Week senior air transport editor Adrian Schofield, Aviation Week Network MD Asia Paul Burton, CAE head of sales (Asia) Vivian Dsouza, Envest executive director David Wills, FLYR general manager APAC Clayton Grant, Hitit technical sales director Cemil Agagil, Hong Kong International Airport COO Vivian Cheung, IBS Software SVP for APAC & Middle East Gautam Shekar, Malaysia Airports chairman Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Datuk Zainun Ali, Malaysia Airports COO Gordon Stewart, Malaysia's Minister of Transport the Honourable Loke Siew Fook, Oliver Wyman partner, head of transportation & services Asia Pacific region Douglas Carlucci, SITA vice president airports, borders, communications & data exchange Sanjeev K, Skyscanner vice president strategic relations & development Hugh Aitken and Textron Aviation director Lachlan Cullen as speakers at the CAPA Asia Aviation Summit & Sustainability Awards in Kuala Lumpur on 02/03-Nov-2023.

MYAirline suspends operations until further notice

12 October, 2023

MYAirline announced (12-Oct-2023) the suspension of its operations, effective immediately until further notice. The LCC stated the decision was made due to "significant financial pressures", pending a shareholder restructuring and recapitalisation of the company. The carrier stated: "We have worked tirelessly to explore various partnership and capital raising options to prevent this suspension". It added: "Unfortunately, the constraints of time have left us with no alternative but to take this decision". [more - original PR]

South Australian Tourism Commission, Adelaide Airport welcome addition of Ho Chi Minh City service

11 October, 2023

South Australian Tourism Commission welcomed (10-Oct-2023) VietJet Air plans to launch five times weekly Ho Chi Minh City-Perth-Adelaide service on 21-Nov-2023, stating it is the "first time any Vietnamese airline has included Adelaide as a regular destination". Vietnam is South Australia's 11th largest export destination, with exports having increased by over 30% in the last 12 months. Adelaide Airport MD Brenton Cox added: "If the service attracts strong passenger numbers, we'll be keen to have further discussions with VietJet with a view to turning this into a nonstop service between the two cities". [more - original PR]

China Eastern Airlines to launch Hangzhou services to Sydney, Auckland from Nov-2023

10 October, 2023

China Eastern Airlines is scheduled to launch the following services, as per a 09-Oct-2023 GDS inventory and timetable display:

  • Hangzhou-Auckland-Sydney-Hangzhou: Twice weekly from 05-Nov-2023;
  • Hangzhou-Sydney-Auckland-Hangzhou: Twice weekly from 07-Nov-2023.

The services will be operated using A330-200 equipment. According to OAG, no other carriers are scheduled to operate the routes

Mexico to introduce visa requirement for transit travellers

5 October, 2023

Mexico's Government announced (03-Oct-2023) plans to introduce visa requirements for travellers transiting through the country's international airports. Permanent residents of Canada, US, Japan, UK and countries belonging to the Schengen Area or Pacific Alliance will be exempt from the requirement. [more - original PR - Spanish]

Korean Air to increase frequency from Seoul to 13 destinations from Oct/Nov-2023

5 October, 2023

Korean Air announced (04-Oct-2023) plans to increase frequency on the following services from Seoul Incheon from Oct/Nov-2023:

  • Beijing Capital: From daily to 18 times weekly;
  • Xian: Four times weekly to daily;
  • Shenzhen: Four times weekly to daily;
  • Hong Kong: Twice to four times daily;
  • Tokyo Narita: Twice to four times daily;
  • Osaka Kansai: Three to four times daily;
  • Fukuoka: Three to four times daily;
  • Nagoya Chubu Centrair: Twice daily to 17 times weekly;
  • Chiang Mai: Daily to twice daily;
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi: Three to five times daily;
  • Manila: Twice to three times daily;
  • Delhi: Three to four times weekly;
  • Kathmandu: Three to four times weekly. [more - original PR]

VietJet Air to commence Ho Chi Minh City-Perth-Adelaide service in Nov-2023

1 October, 2023

VietJet Air announced (30-Sep-2023) plans to commence five times weekly Ho Chi Minh City-Perth-Adelaide service on 21-Nov-2023. The LCC also confirmed plans to increase Ho Chi Minh City-Sydney and Ho Chi Minh City-Melbourne Tullamarine frequency to daily and Ho Chi Minh City-Brisbane frequency to three times weekly, commencing Dec-2023. [more - original PR]

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