News for South Pacific

Qantas Airways launches Qantas Distribution Platform in UK, US and South Africa

4 May, 2022

Qantas Airways stated (03-May-2022) the Qantas Distribution Platform is now available in the UK, US and South Africa and will be progressively rolled out to other markets in the coming months. The Qantas Distribution Platform is already available in Australia and New Zealand. The content and new features of the Qantas Distributed Platform can be accessed via Qantas' network of technology partners, already delivering Qantas NDC to agents in Australia and New Zealand. [more - original PR]

Qantas Group domestic market share increases in Q3FY2022, expected to reach 70%

3 May, 2022

Qantas Group reported (02-May-2022) the following highlights for Q3FY2022:

  • Leisure demand is very strong, with Qantas and Jetstar operating at approximately 110% of pre-COVID-19 capacity over the Easter school holidays;
  • Small business travel is now above pre-coronavirus levels and corporate travel is at 85%;
  • Group overall domestic market share has increased and is expected to be 70% between the two main competitors;
  • Bookings for markets including London, Los Angeles, South Africa and Bali are all above pre-coronavirus levels and Jetstar has resumed more than 60% of its international routes as more leisure destinations in Asia have reopened;
  • Higher domestic freight volumes are expected to be largely maintained given the structural shift in Australia's e-commerce activity. Some softening of international yields is anticipated as more passenger flights return in the months ahead;
  • Qantas Loyalty's underlying EBIT is expected to approximately double from Q3FY2022 to Q4FY2022. [more - original PR]

United Airlines to resume San Francisco-Melbourne service from Jun-2022

3 May, 2022

United Airlines announced (02-May-2022) plans to resume three times weekly San Francisco-Melbourne service from Jun-2022. United Airlines SVP of international network and alliances Patrick Quayle stated the airline sees "a bright future ahead for United, for Melbourne and for US-Australia travel". According to OAG, the service will resume on 06-Jun-2022 and will be operated using Boeing 787-9 equipment. United Airlines last operated the service in Mar-2020, and will be the sole scheduled operator on the route. [more - original PR]

New Zealand Government welcomes visitors from approximately 60 visa waiver countries

2 May, 2022

New Zealand's Tourism Minister Stuart Nash and Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi announced (02-May-2022) visitors from approximately 60 visa waiver countries may travel to New Zealand from 02-May-2022. Mr Nash stated: "Thousands of passengers are touching down today on around 25 flights at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch international airports as New Zealand opens up further for business". Services arriving on 02-May-2022 are departing from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Australia, Nadi and Rarotonga. Mr Nash added: "We are currently seeing around 33,000 arrivals per week and we know today's changes will further boost arrivals as interest in travel to New Zealand remains high. International flight searches to NZ are running 19 per cent higher than pre-COVID (March-April 2019)". [more - original PR]

FCM Travel releases carbon emission calculation tool

2 May, 2022

FCM Travel released (May-2022) a new online booking tool (OBT) functionality to enable organisations to easily calculate carbon emissions, offset emissions and report on offsetting results. FCM's OBT is designed to help businesses increase the sustainability of their corporate travel programmes and deliver a meaningful reduction to their environmental impact. [more - original PR]

Qantas to order 12 A350-1000s for 'Project Sunrise'

2 May, 2022

Qantas Airways announced (02-May-2022) plans to order 12 A350-1000s to operate non-stop 'Project Sunrise' flights from Australia to cities including New York and London. The 238 seat aircraft will feature first class suites with a separate bed, recliner lounge chair and personal wardrobe, a 'next generation' business class suite, a new premium economy seat pitched at 40 inches, a new economy seat pitched at 33 inches and a 'wellbeing zone' designed for movement, stretching and hydration. The aircraft will have the smallest seat count of any A350-1000 currently in service. Qantas stated travellers can expect more direct routes to Australia and significantly reduced point-to-point travel time. The cabin interior and service design were influenced by medical and scientific research carried out on three Project Sunrise research flights from New York and London to Sydney in 2019. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce stated: "The first Project Sunrise flights will be from New York and London, but the aircraft will also be able to operate non-stop flights to Australia from destinations such as Paris and Frankfurt". [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]

'New Zealand is open for business': Prime Minister

2 May, 2022

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced (02-May-2022) "New Zealand is open for business", adding: "Our border has reopened". Ms Ardern stated travellers from visa waiver countries, including the US, may enter New Zealand from 02-May-2022, noting: "The movement of people is scaling up, and the exports that are the deep and solid roots of our economy, even throughout the pandemic which shut so many other doors, are growing further still". [more - original PR]

Rex and Delta Air Lines to enter partnership from late 2022

2 May, 2022

Regional Express (Rex), via its official LinkedIn account, stated (02-May-2022) it entered a partnership with Delta Air Lines. Scheduled to commence in late 2022, Rex passengers will be able to connect with Delta's Los Angeles-Sydney service to nearly 50 destinations in the US and Latin America. The final agreement will see Rex and Delta providing reciprocal interline ticketing and baggage services to each other commencing during the third quarter in 2022. [more - original PR]

Air Niugini: Inbound arrivals from Australia no longer required coronavirus test

28 April, 2022

Air Niugini, via its official Facebook account, announced (27-Apr-2022) inbound arrivals from Australia no longer require a coronavirus test on arrival in Port Moresby, effective 28-Apr-2022. Passengers arriving from Singapore, Philippines, China and Hong Kong are required to undergo a coronavirus test at reduced fee. Passengers from Asia are required to download the "LooK PASS" mobile application.

Swissport launches lounge partnership with Luxury Escapes

28 April, 2022

Swissport entered (27-Apr-2022) a new partnership between its airport lounges and Luxury Escapes, further strengthening its offering to travellers and airline partners at Australia's four largest airports. The partnership means international lounge passes will be offered as part of Luxury Escapes' deals or as an optional extra to members. The lounges will be co-branded 'Luxury Escapes' and cater to the more than 1.1 million travellers expected to book with the online retailer in the next year alone. Swissport Australia and New Zealand MD Brad Moore said he expected lounges to be a key feature for travellers in 2022. In 2021, Swissport acquired the No1 Lounges' Australian business, which included 'The House' premium lounges at Sydney and Melbourne airports, and 'My Lounge' at Brisbane Airport. It also opened two new lounges under its global Aspire brand at Perth Airport's Terminal 1 and 2. [more - original PR]

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