News for Europe/MEA

Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand sign investment MoU

11 May, 2017

Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand announced (10-May-2017) a marketing partnership worth up to NZD20 million (USD13.6 million) to promote New Zealand in key offshore markets, with a focus on growing international visitation throughout New Zealand and during off-peak periods. The organisations intend to invest up to NZD10 million (USD6.8 million) each over 12 months for joint activity in Australia, China, North and South America, Japan, Singapore, the UK and Europe. Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon stated the partnership aligns with the carrier's commitment to growing tourism. Tourism New Zealand CEO Stephen England-Hall stated the decision to commit to a further year of joint investment reflects the success the two organisations have achieved together. [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".

Qatar Airways celebrates one year of service to Adelaide

4 May, 2017

Qatar Airways celebrated (04-May-2017) the first anniversary of operating nonstop Adelaide-Doha service. Qatar was the first airline to bring an A350 to Australia with its launch into Adelaide. Qatar Airways Australasia senior manager Adam Radwanski said the airline is committed to flying to Adelaide and in Mar-2017 announced that frequency would be increasing to daily from 02-Dec-2017. South Australian Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell advised Qatar services had provided a major boost to the South Australian economy with the daily service expected to bring an annual windfall of AUD41 million (USD30.4 million) to the State. [more - original PR]

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport's SkyBus partners Mastercard to implement Masterpass

3 May, 2017

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport's SkyBus signed (02-May-2017) a partnership with Mastercard to implement the Masterpass digital payment solution across all checkout processes. The Masterpass payment solution allows customers to store their card details in a digital wallet for mobile and online payments. With the SkyBus partnership, customers purchasing tickets online can select the Masterpass button to finalise their purchase, eliminating the need to fill out online checkout forms. [more - original PR]

Hahn Air Systems implements Pelican Airlines

3 May, 2017

Hahn Air Systems announced (03-May-2017) a partnership with Pelican Airlines, making it available for HR-169 ticketing in 10 global distribution systems worldwide, under the H1 code. Travel agents can now book the carrier’s domestic services and issue tickets for Pelican Airlines using their standard reservation and ticketing process. [more - original PR]

Air Niugini names its latest Fokker 70 aircraft 'Kokoda'

1 May, 2017

Air Niugini named (28-Apr-2017) its latest Fokker 70 aircraft "Kokoda", in a ceremony officiated by Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. The name is to commemorate of the 75th anniversary of the World War Two Battle of Kokoda. The aircraft will operate domestic routes, as well as services to Australia and the Pacific. [more - original PR]

Emirates announces an all A380 service from Melbourne

28 April, 2017

Emirates announced (27-Apr-2017) it will provide an all A380 service from Melbourne when it upgrades its third daily frequency to an A380 operation from 25-Mar-2018. The change will add 945 seats per week to the Australian city, representing a 10% increase in capacity and seamless 'A380 to A380' connections via Dubai to the UK and Europe. The additional weekly seats coincides with Qantas’ launch of the Melbourne-Perth-London service, replacing Melbourne-Dubai-London. [more - original PR]

CHOICE releases the results of annual International Airline Survey

28 April, 2017

CHOICE released (27-Apr-2017) the results of its annual International Airline Survey, with LCC Jetstar ranked last out of more than 70 competitors from eight different countries. The international survey collected 11,273 responses from eight countries, and was coordinated by 10 consumer advocacy groups including Euroconsumers, Consumers International and CHOICE. Jetstar responded (28-Apr-2017) to the survey, stating the veracity of the report is questionable. Emirates was ranked in first position with the other major Australian carriers, Qantas and Virgin Australia ranking 36 and 51 respectively. [more - original PR]

Australia signs air services agreement with Saudi Arabia

27 April, 2017

Australia's Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo, via his official Twitter account, announced (27-Apr-2017) the signing of an Australia and Saudi Arabia air services agreement to drive trade, tourism and investment.

NAC purchases, immediately leases back E190 to Virgin Australia

26 April, 2017

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) purchased (26-Apr-2017) and immediately leased back one Embraer 190 (MSN 19000202) to Virgin Australia. The aircraft is the first of six to be delivered under a wider agreement signed earlier in 2017. [more - original PR]

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