News for South Pacific

Chicago Department of Aviation: Air New Zealand resumes Chicago O’Hare-Auckland service

31 October, 2022

Chicago Department of Aviation stated (28-Oct-2022) Air New Zealand resumed Chicago O'Hare-Auckland service on 30-Oct-2022. The service is set to operate three times weekly and is estimated to generate approximately USD75 million in annual economic activity for the region. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]

Queenstown Airport: Virgin Australia to resume services to Queenstown from Sydney and Brisbane

31 October, 2022

Queenstown Airport stated (31-Oct-2022) Virgin Australia's service from Sydney is set to land at 14:50 on 02-Nov-2022, marking the return of Virgin Australia to New Zealand for the first time in 950 days. Virgin Australia's Brisbane-Queenstown service is set to land at 16:00 on 02-Nov-2022. Queenstown Airport CEO Glen Sowry said: "It will be great to see Virgin Australia fly into Queenstown again on Wednesday afternoon. The return of Virgin is an important milestone, as all four airlines that operated here pre-COVID will again be flying in and out of Queenstown". [more - original PR]

Sunshine Coast Airport CEO: 2022 achieves 'record-breaking passenger numbers'

31 October, 2022

Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Andrew Brodie stated (29-Oct-2022) "2022 has seen record-breaking passenger numbers with YTD achieving 119% of pre-COVID levels". Mr Brodie said the airport is "spearheading the region's recovery with 17 destinations connected to the Sunshine Coast when Bonza takes flight, up from three pre-COVID, boosting us from 10th to the 2nd most domestically connected airport in Queensland". As a gateway airport for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Sunshine Coast Airport has plans to invest up to AUD1 billion (USD641.3 million) in infrastructure to boost the regional economy, jobs growth, and support the 2032 Olympics. [more - original PR]

United Airlines launches three times weekly San Francisco-Brisbane service

31 October, 2022

Brisbane Airport announced (30-Oct-2022) United Airlines launched three times weekly San Francisco-Brisbane service using Boeing 787-9 equipment on 28-Oct-2022. The service was funded by Queensland's AUD200 million (USD128.25 million) Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, and is expected to contribute AUD27 million (USD17.31 million) to the state's international travel economy. The service is also set to provide Queensland with an additional 60,000kg of weekly cargo capacity. According to OAG, no other carriers operate the route. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]

Qantas to operate Perth-Johannesburg between 01-Nov-2022 and 25-Mar-2023

27 October, 2022

Qantas Airways plans to operate three times weekly Perth-Johannesburg service between 01-Nov-2022 and 25-Mar-2023, as per a 25-Oct-2022 GDS inventory and timetable display. The service will be operated with A330-200 equipment. 

Virgin Australia 'very focused on our 737 aircraft footprint': CEO

27 October, 2022

Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said the carrier is "very focused on our 737 aircraft footprint", adding "The total market demand right now feels about what it should be if the music hadn't stopped" (Australian Aviation/Australian Financial Review, 20-Oct-2022). Ms Hrdlicka said leisure demand will "remain very strong", with "Small and medium-sized business is back well over where it was in 2019", however, with larger businesses, "the amount of money that is being spent is there", with a fewer trips. 

T'way Air to commence Seoul-Sydney service in Dec-2022

26 October, 2022

T'way Air confirmed (24-Oct-2022) plans to commence four times weekly Seoul Incheon-Sydney service on 23-Dec-2022, operated with A330-300 equipment. This will be the LCC's first long haul international service. Korean Air and Asiana Airlines also operate the route, according to OAG. [more - original PR - Korean]

Regional Express (Rex) and Delta Air Lines enter interline service agreement

25 October, 2022

Regional Express (Rex) entered (25-Oct-2022) an interline service agreement with Delta Air Lines, which will create streamlined travel for passengers between Australia and mainland US. Delta passengers travelling from the US, Canada and Mexico will access an expanded network of Rex's domestic connections to capital cities and across Rex's regional network to 58 destinations throughout all states in Australia. The agreement will enable Rex passengers travelling to the US simpler access to 40 cities. Passengers are able to book all flights, including connecting flights, under the one booking, with a single baggage drop where permitted. [more - original PR]

BITRE: Australia on time performance rate at 67.7% in Sep-2022

24 October, 2022

Australia's Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reported (24-Oct-2022) the following domestic on time performance highlights for Sep-2022:

  • On time departures: 67.7%;
    • Regional Express: 75.1%;
    • QantasLink: 71.9%;
    • Virgin Australia Regional Airlines: 67.6%;
    • Virgin Australia: 66.7%;
    • Qantas Airways: 65.1%;
    • Jetstar Airways: 57.5%;
  • On time arrivals: 68.3%;
    • Regional Express: 73.3%;
    • QantasLink: 71.5%;
    • Virgin Australia Regional Airlines: 69.7%;
    • Virgin Australia: 68.1%;
    • Qantas Airways: 66.1%;
    • Jetstar Airways: 60.4%;
  • Cancellations: 3.4%;
    • Jetstar Airways: 9.5%;
    • Virgin Australia Regional Airlines: 4.6%;
    • Qantas Airways: 2.5%;
    • Qantas Link: 2.4%;
    • Regional Express: 2.3%;
    • Virgin Australia: 1.9%. [more - original PR]

Cathay Pacific announces personnel changes

21 October, 2022

Cathay Pacific announced (20-Oct-2022) the following personnel changes, effective from 24-Oct-2022:

  • Acting head for South West Pacific Richard Jones appointed as regional head of marketing & sales for the Americas (Canada and the US);
  • Regional head of airports Sandeep Pillay appointed as acting head for South West Pacific, replacing Mr Jones. Mr Pillay will serve continue as regional head of airports;
  • Head of business development for South West Pacific Tom Kennedy appointed as regional head of marketing & sales for South West Pacific. [more - original PR]
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