Air New Zealand opened reservations for codeshare service on Christchurch-Hong Kong route, operated by Cathay Pacific from 01-Dec-2017 (Airline Route, 04-May-2017). Cathay Pacific is the only operator on the route, operating seasonally, according to OAG.
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Qantas Airways Group passenger numbers up 1% – traffic highlights for 3QFY2017:
- Passenger numbers: 13.0 million, +0.8% year-on-year;
- Qantas Domestic: 5.2 million, -1.9%;
- Qantas International: 1.8 million, +6.8%;
- Jetstar Domestic: 3.4 million, +1.4%;
- Jetstar International: 1.6 million, +3.5%;
- Jetstar Asia: 1.1 million, -1.5%;
- Passenger load factor: 80.1%, +0.8ppt;
- Qantas Domestic: 75.0%, +1.7ppts;
- Qantas International: 80.6%, -0.6ppt;
- Jetstar Domestic: 83.5%, +1.1ppts;
- Jetstar International: 83.3%, +2.6ppts;
- Jetstar Asia: 81.8%, +0.8ppt. [more - original PR]
Fiji's tourism development plan has been promoted with the launch of the Fijian Tourism 2021 plan which is designed to address key issues for development of tourism in the country (Travel and Tour World, 04-May-2017). Strategies within the plan include marketing of the Fijian brand, investment in infrastructure and related activities, sustainable development, as well as the support of small and medium enterprises.
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]
Fiji Airways plans to upgrade five Boeing 737s to 737 MAX 8 aircraft from 2018 (Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, 04-May-2017). Fiji Airways CEO and MD Andre Viljoen stated by 2019 it will have the youngest aircraft fleet in the world, while confirming "direct flights from Nadi-Adelaide will commence in Jun-2017 and seasonal San Francisco service will become year round".
Qantas Group announced (04-May-2017) 3QFY2017 capacity and unit revenue results as follows:
- Domestic unit revenue increased 4.6% year-on-year;
- Domestic capacity decreased 3.7%, predominantly from the resource sector;
- Resource sector capacity decreased 19%;
- International unit revenue decreased 5.6% year-on-year;
- International capacity increased 2.2% year-on-year;
- Qantas International capacity increased 4.8%;
- Jetstar International capacity decreased 1.8%;
- Group unit revenue decreased by 1.8%. [more - original PR]
Qantas Group announced (04-May-2017) its preliminary trading update for 3QFY2017, reflecting improving performance from domestic operations and a decrease within the international market. Qantas confirmed that it expects to report a full-year underlying profit before tax in the range of AUD1.35 billion (USD1 billion) to AUD1.40 billion (USD1.04 billion), which would represent the second highest result in Qantas’ history. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce stated the Group’s quarterly performance had met expectations and laid the ground for another strong full-year result. A summary of key full year outlook figures is as follows:
- Unit revenue for Group Domestic is expected to continue into 4QFY2017;
- Unit Revenue for Group International is expected to continue moderating in 4QFY2017;
- Qantas Group expects to report an underlying profit before tax in the range of AUD1.35 billion (USD1 billion) to AUD1.40 billion (USD1.04 billion) for FY2017. [more - original PR]
Mainland Air CEO Phil Kean stated the airline would consider resuming regular Dunedin-Alexandra service if it was supported by private investors (Stuff, 03-May-2017). Mr Kean stated: "If it was viable, we would do it... We tried it and it didn't succeed... We're not prepared to put our neck on the line again".
Alexandra Airport commenced a NZD429,000 (USD295,479) upgrade to reseal the tarmac on its apron, develop 700m of taxiways and construct 25 private hangar lots (Stuff, 03-May-2017). The project is scheduled to complete by Nov-2017.
Lord Howe Island Airport secured AUD1.8 million (USD1.3 million) to renovate and replace existing terminal facilities including toilets, flooring, entry way and enhance seating capacity at the departure hall (Port News, 02-May-2017). As previously reported by CAPA, the funds were awarded by New South Wales Government under its Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund. Tender for the project concluded on 22-Mar-2017 and the winner to be announced in May-2017.