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IASC approves Virgin Australia capacity changes to US, Italy, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa

13 August, 2017

Australia's International Air Services Commission (IASC) issued (11-Aug-2017) a series of determinations covering capacity allocations for Italy, New Zealand, the US, Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa:

  • [2017] IASC 119 allocating Virgin Australia 300 third country codeshare seats per week to Italy covering codeshare services with Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airways;
  • [2017] IASC 113 allocating to Virgin Australia unlimited passenger and freight capacity in each direction to New Zealand. The determination also permits the use of capacity by Virgin Australia for the provision of codeshare services with Etihad Airways, Delta Air Lines, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Alitalia, airberlin, Air Canada and Hong Kong Airlines;
  • [2017] IASC 114 allocating to Virgin Australia unlimited passenger and freight capacity in each direction to the US with permission to use the capacity for codeshare services with Delta Air Lines;
  • [2017] IASC 115 allocating to Virgin Australia 1260 seats per week in each direction to Fiji;
  • [2017] IASC 116 allocating to Virgin Australia 180 seats per week in each direction to Fiji;
  • [2017] IASC 117 allocating to Virgin Australia 720 seats of capacity per week in each direction to Vanuatu, and permitting the use of the capacity for codeshare with Singapore Airlines;
  • [2017] IASC 121 allocating to Virgin Australia 180 seats of capacity per week in each direction to Vanuatu, and permitting the use of the capacity for codeshare with Singapore Airlines;
  • [2017] IASC 120 allocating to Virgin Australia 880 seats of capacity per week to Samoa. [more - original PR]

Virgin Atlantic Cargo appoints account manager for Melbourne

9 August, 2017

Virgin Atlantic Cargo appointed (09-Aug-2017) Jarrod Paterson as account manager Melbourne to support the launch of new services by Virgin Australia. Virgin Australia commenced Melbourne-Los Angeles service with Boeing 777-300ER equipment in Apr-2017 and Melbourne-Hong Kong service with A330 equipment in Jul-2017. Virgin Atlantic is responsible for all long haul cargo sales and management services for Virgin Australia. [more - original PR]

IASC: Update of Virgin Australia applications

8 August, 2017

Australia's International Air Services Commission (IASC), via its official website, updated (04-Aug-2017) the status of a variety of applications from Virgin Australia. These include:

  • An allocation of 300 third country seats per week, to be used to codeshare with Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airways on the Italy route. The Commission received further information from the applicant nominating Tiger International Number1 Pty Ltd as the wholly-owned subsidiary of Virgin Australia International Airlines;
  • New Zealand determination [2007] IASC 118, which allocates unlimited passenger and freight capacity. The request for the capacity to be utilised by a wholly-owned subsidiary has been withdrawn;
  • US determination [2008] IASC 110, which allocates unlimited passenger and freight capacity. The Commission received further information from the applicant nominating Tiger International Number1 Pty Ltd as the wholly-owned subsidiary of Virgin Australia International Airlines;
  • Fiji determination [2013] IASC 106, which allocates 1260 seats of capacity per week in each direction. The request for the capacity to be utilised by a wholly-owned subsidiary has been withdrawn;
  • Fiji determination [2013] IASC 107, which allocates 360 seats of capacity per week in each direction. The request for the capacity to be utilised by a wholly-owned subsidiary has been withdrawn;
  • Vanuatu determination [2013] IASC 108, which allocates 720 seats of capacity per week in each direction. The request for the capacity to be utilised by a wholly-owned subsidiary has been withdrawn;
  • Vanuatu determination [2013] IASC 109, which allocates 180 seats of capacity per week in each direction. The request for the capacity to be utilised by a wholly-owned subsidiary has been withdrawn;
  • An allocation of 880 seats per week of passenger capacity on the Samoa route. The Commission received further information from the applicant nominating Tiger International Number1 Pty Ltd as the wholly-owned subsidiary of Virgin Australia International Airlines.

CASA appoints independent team to review and benchmark fatigue rules

7 August, 2017

Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) appointed (07-Aug-2017) a team of international specialists to conduct an independent review of new fatigue rules. The team will review results of investigations into fatigue related accidents and incidents and how CASA's philosophy and approach to fatigue regulation compares with that of other transport regulators and high-risk industries. The team will then benchmark the new fatigue regulations against those of other leading aviation countries and regulators including the European Aviation Safety Agency, New Zealand, the US, UK and Canada. [more - original PR]

Etihad Airways notes enhanced security measures at Australian airports

1 August, 2017

Etihad Airways, via its official website, noted (Aug-2017) enhanced security measures at major Australian airports. Etihad stated: "While there is no direct impact on Etihad Airways' operations, guests travelling from Australia are advised to arrive at the airport early and expect a longer process than usual... The safety and security of our guests is our top priority and we will continue to work with the Australian authorities to support the enhanced security measures". Etihad Airways also stated it's aviation security team is "assisting the Australian Federal Police with its investigation" around security (Reuters/AFP/SBS, 01-Aug-2017).

SIA to add Adelaide, Christchurch, Paris, Sapporo and Sydney services for winter 2017/18

28 July, 2017

Singapore Airlines announced (27-Jul-2017) plans to operate seasonal Sapporo service from 02-Dec-2017 to 06-Jan-2018. The airline will also increase Paris frequency from seven to 10 times weekly and increase Adelaide, Christchurch and Sydney frequency to cater for higher demand during the northern winter season between 29-Oct-2017 and 24-Mar-2018. [more - original PR]

Adelaide Airport to welcome Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 service

28 July, 2017

Adelaide Airport, via its official Instagram account, announced (27-Jul-2017) an Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 will arrive at the airport for the first time on 28-Jul-2017. As previously reported by CAPA, Air New Zealand will add the aircraft to its existing A320 service during the peak period from 26-Oct-2017 to 25-Mar-2018. The Boeing 787-9 is expected to operate on the route three times weekly. 

Tourism Queensland: Queensland partners with Flight Centre to market State around the world

26 July, 2017

Flight Centre Travel Group and Queensland Government announced (25-Jul-2017) a new agreement to market the state around the world. Queensland Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones stated: "The AUD6 million (USD4.8 million) deal would build on a previous agreement that delivered a 38% sales increase at travel expos in New Zealand and the UK. This new 2017-2020 partnership will focus on Tourism and Major Events Queensland’s key target markets including New Zealand, UK and Canada and will include a programme of marketing campaigns, consumer promotions, travel agent education and training, product growth and event support, especially around the Commonwealth Games". [more - original PR]

Qatar Airways announces Doha-Sydney-Canberra service effective 12-Feb-2018

23 July, 2017

Qatar Airways plans to launch daily Doha-Sydney-Canberra service, effective from 12-Feb-2018, as per a 22-Jul-2017 GDS and inventory timetable display. The carrier will operate with Boeing 777 equipment. CAPA - Centre for Aviation noted the service will increase Doha-Sydney frequency to twice daily, despite restrictions which limit the carrier to operate a total of seven frequencies per week with any aircraft type between Qatar and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. These restrictions do allow for additional frequencies to either of the four cities provided they route via or continue to a non-major Australian city. Qatar will not be allowed to sell Sydney-Canberra sector.

IASC: Notification of application from Virgin Australia on Italy route

21 July, 2017

Virgin Australia issued (19-Jul-2017) a request to Australia's International Air Services Commission (IASC) seeking a determination allocating 300 third country codeshare seats per week of capacity on the Italy route, to be used to codeshare with Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines. The request comes as a result of the recent conclusion of revised air services arrangement between Australia and Italy. The request includes:

  • The allocation is requested for a period of five years;
  • The capacity will be fully utilised by 31-Jul-2018;
  • The capacity may be utilised by Virgin Australia, a wholly owned subsidiaries;
  • The capacity may be utilised for joint services with Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airways. [more - original PR]
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