News for Asia

Jetstar inaugural service Melbourne to Vietnam

10 May, 2017

Jetstar launched (10-May-2017) a Vietnam service, becoming the only low cost carrier to fly nonstop to Vietnam. The services to Ho Chi Minh City operate three times a week from Melbourne and four times a week from Sydney on Boeing 787 aircraft, with a capacity of 335 passengers, including 21 business seats. Jetstar CEO Australia & New Zealand Dean Salter stated the new flights are a major milestone for the carrier as Vietnam is one of the fastest growing holiday destinations in South East Asia, and until now has been the largest country in the region without a low cost direct link to Australia. [more - original PR]

CAPA: Asia Pacific aviation market will be where the main traffic growth is for the next decade

10 May, 2017

CAPA - Centre for Aviation chairman Peter Harbison commented (10-May-2017) on the Asia Pacific aviation market stating it will be where the main traffic growth is for the next decade, at least. Mr Harbison believes the US and Europe will remain hard to grow due to US majors protecting their own traffic flows, and competition in Europe from sixth freedom airlines, stating: "Despite coming off an increasingly larger base, double digit growth is continuing in some Asian markets, as new layers of economically enabled travellers emerge. China is the leader in this due to its massive scale, however there are several other Asian countries that will blossom in coming years".

Fiji Government: Regionalism key to boosting tourism

9 May, 2017

Fiji Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said boosting tourism for the country requires partnering with its neighbours to attract more development (Fiji Times Online, 09-May-2017). Mr Sayed-Khaiyum stated: "There is a very big case for regionalism in tourism and we need to make a concerted effort in this area". Partnerships with organisations such as Fiji Airways, to develop the Singapore route, plus a new codesharing arrangement with India's Jet Airways opened up new markets for visitors who would not only visit Fiji but other island nations.

Air China applies to operate Beijing-Brisbane service

8 May, 2017

Air China filed (05-May-2017) an application with CAAC to launch three times weekly Beijing-Brisbane service with A330-200 aircraft from Oct-2017. [more - original PR - Chinese]

Jetstar Group: Jetstar Japan well placed to capture growth and be larger than Jetstar Australia

7 May, 2017

Jetstar Group announced (05-May-2017) Jetstar Japan is well placed to capture growth and could ultimately be larger than Jetstar Australia. Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka stated reinvested profits could allow Jetstar Japan to grow and maintain market leadership, with 28 aircraft by FY2019. Jetstar Japan is the largest domestic LCC in Japan with more than 50% market share supported by 10 years of brand presence. [more - original PR]

Tourism New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand announce JV for India market

5 May, 2017

Tourism New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand announced a new JV for the India market to operate between May-2017 and Apr-2018 (Travel Biz Monitor, 04-May-2017). India travellers to New Zealand increased 14.9% year-on-year for Mar-2017. The campaign, which is designed to further increase the number of Indian visitors to New Zealand through special promotional fares, supports the Air New Zealand–Singapore Airlines partnership. Air New Zealand regional GM Scott Carr said India is one of Air New Zealand’s fastest growing and emerging markets and there is great potential for this campaign to reach more Indian travellers. Singapore Airlines GM India David Lim confirmed both carriers would provide a vast network to all major destinations in New Zealand and India.

Air New Zealand opens reservations for Christchurch-Hong Kong

5 May, 2017

Air New Zealand opened reservations for codeshare service on Christchurch-Hong Kong route, operated by Cathay Pacific from 01-Dec-2017 (Airline Route, 04-May-2017). Cathay Pacific is the only operator on the route, operating seasonally, according to OAG.

Qantas Airways Group pax up 1% at 13.0m with 80% load factor in Q3FY2017

4 May, 2017

Qantas Airways Group passenger numbers up 1% – traffic highlights for 3QFY2017:

  • Passenger numbers: 13.0 million, +0.8% year-on-year;
    • Qantas Domestic: 5.2 million, -1.9%;
    • Qantas International: 1.8 million, +6.8%;
    • Jetstar Domestic: 3.4 million, +1.4%;
    • Jetstar International: 1.6 million, +3.5%;
    • Jetstar Asia: 1.1 million, -1.5%;
  • Passenger load factor: 80.1%, +0.8ppt;
    • Qantas Domestic: 75.0%, +1.7ppts;
    • Qantas International: 80.6%, -0.6ppt;
    • Jetstar Domestic: 83.5%, +1.1ppts;
    • Jetstar International: 83.3%, +2.6ppts;
    • Jetstar Asia: 81.8%, +0.8ppt. [more - original PR]

New Zealand aims for Chinese market with cover feature on National Geographic Traveler

2 May, 2017

Tourism New Zealand secured (02-May-2017) the cover story of the Chinese edition of National Geographic Traveler for May-2017. The 16 page feature story called Green Pass New Zealand showcases wildlife of the lower South Island, as well as images of Dunedin, Southland coasts and Rakiura/Stewart Island. Tourism New Zealand GM Asia David Craig stated the feature story showed there is significant interest in New Zealand beyond the well known tourist areas and "having New Zealand on the cover of such a prestigious and well read publication is really important. The readers are the perfect target market – high-value free independent travellers who will get out into the lesser-visited areas like Southland and Dunedin". [more - original PR]

Qantas and UnionPay International sign MoU to expand cooperation

30 April, 2017

Qantas Airways announced (28-Apr-2017) it is the first Australian airline to sign a MoU with UnionPay International, China’s largest payment network provider, to expand the acceptance of UnionPay cards for payment across all Qantas customer touchpoints. The signing of the MoU was witnessed by Qantas International and Freight CEO Gareth Evans and UnionPay International CEO Cai Jianbo. Mr Evans said that the wider acceptance of UnionPay cards will improve the customer payment experience globally. [more - original PR]

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