News for Asia

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]

Australia Trade and Tourism Minister meets with JTB, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways

20 April, 2017

Tourism Australia, via its weekly newsletter, stated (19-Apr-2017) Australia's Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo MP is leading a business delegation to Japan during the week of 17-Apr-2017 to pursue new commercial opportunities, promote 'brand Australia' and forge new business partnerships. During his visit Minister Ciobo met with tour operator JTB, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways and hosted an event for Tourism Australia's partners. Japan is Australia’s sixth largest market for visitor arrivals with 417,000 for the year ending Feb-2017, up 19% year-on-year.

Flight attendants and pilots among the professions impacted by changes to 457 visa policy

19 April, 2017

Australia's carriers responded to the removal of flight attendants and pilots from the list of professions under changes to the 457 visa policy (, 18-Apr-2017). Qantas spokesman Stephen Moynihan stated the carrier has only a handful of staff working on 457 visas out of 30,000 and it would have little affect on their business. Virgin Australia also advised it would not be affected by the changes, while Tigerair was still considering the impact the announcement would have.

Tourism NZ aims at agents to boost tourism from the Philippines

18 April, 2017

Tourism New Zealand announced (18-Apr-2017) plans to target travel agents in the Philippines to boost tourism to New Zealand. Tourism New Zealand regional manager, South and South East Asia Steven Dixon stated: "We have delivered training to over 350 travel agents in the Philippines over the past year, it’s an important way of bringing the local industry up to speed on how to sell New Zealand holidays". 21,152 people from the Philippines visited New Zealand in the year ending Feb-2017, a 44.8% increase on the previous year. [more - original PR]

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