News for South Pacific

United Airlines to increase San Francisco-Sydney frequency to twice daily from 28-Oct-2023

17 January, 2023

United Airlines scheduled to increase San Francisco-Sydney frequency from 10 times weekly to twice daily from 28-Oct-2023, as per a 16-Jan-2023 GDS inventory and timetable display. The additional frequencies will also be operated using Boeing 777-300ER equipment. 

Air Mauritius and Virgin Australia sign codeshare agreement

13 January, 2023

Air Mauritius stated (12-Jan-2023) it recently signed a codeshare agreement with Virgin Australia for connections via Perth. Air Mauritius operates twice weekly Mauritius-Perth service, according to OAG. [more - original PR - French]

Bonza receives regulatory approval

12 January, 2023

Bonza announced (12-Jan-2023) it has been granted its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). The airline is now finalising its preparations to go on sale with its first wave of flights out of the airline's home base on the Sunshine Coast. Bonza has been working collaboratively with the regulator as it works towards connecting communities by gradually introducing its initial route map of 17 destinations and 27 routes, 93% of which are not currently served by any other airline and 96% of which currently have no LCC. [more - original PR]

China Eastern Airlines to commence Shanghai-Melbourne service, increase Sydney frequency

12 January, 2023

China Eastern Airlines, via its official WeChat account, announced (10-Jan-2023) plans to commence three times weekly Shanghai Pudong-Melbourne service from 23-Jan-2023. The carrier also plans to increase Shanghai Pudong-Sydney frequency to three times weekly from 19-Jan-2023. 

China Eastern Airlines to increase Shanghai-Auckland frequency in late Jan-2023

12 January, 2023

China Eastern Airlines, via its official WeChat account, announced (10-Jan-2023) plans to increase Shanghai Pudong-Auckland frequency to three times weekly from 22-Jan-2023. 

Air China to resume Beijing-Sydney/Melbourne services in early Feb-2023

12 January, 2023

Air China plans to resume three times weekly Beijing Capital-Melbourne service from 01-Feb-2023, followed by three times weekly Beijing Capital-Sydney service from 03-Feb-2023, as per a 11-Jan-2023 GDS display and inventory. Both services will operate with A330-300 equipment.

Xiamen Airlines to resume Fuzhou-Sydney service in late Jan-2023

11 January, 2023

Xiamen Airlines, via its official WeChat account, announced (09-Jan-2023) plans to resume weekly Fuzhou-Sydney service from 27-Jan-2023, increasing to twice weekly from 04-Feb-2023 to 27-Feb-2023. 

VietJet Air to launch Ho Chi Minh City-Melbourne service from Apr-2023

11 January, 2023

Victoria's Government announced (11-Jan-2023) VietJet Air plans to launch three times weekly Ho Chi Minh City-Melbourne service from Apr-2023. The carrier will increase frequency to daily by Dec-2024. The flights are expected to add over 136,000 seats to Melbourne per year and deliver an AUD97 million (USD66.91 million) annual boost to the state's economy once fully operational. They will also add 3500 tonnes of air freight to Victoria per year. VietJet will be the second Vietnamese airline to establish services to Melbourne since the pandemic after Bamboo Airways commenced flights in Apr-2022. [more - original PR]

United Airlines to temporarily reduce San Francisco-Auckland frequency from 26-Mar-2023

10 January, 2023

United Airlines scheduled to reduce San Francisco-Auckland frequency from daily to three times weekly from 26-Mar-2023 through 21-Jun-2023, as per a 09-Jan-2023 GDS inventory and timetable display. According to OAG, Air New Zealand also operates the route.

Sichuan Airlines to resume Chengdu-Melbourne service in late Jan-2023

10 January, 2023

Sichuan Airlines, via its official Weibo account, announced (09-Jan-2023) plans to resume Chengdu Shuangliu-Melbourne service from 31-Jan-2023. The service will operate once every two weeks, increasing to three times weekly from 21-Feb-2023. 

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