News for South Pacific

Adelaide Parafield Airport achieves Level 3 Optimisation Airport Carbon Accreditation

26 April, 2017

Adelaide Parafield Airport received (26-Apr-2017) 'Level 3 Optimisation' Airport Carbon Accreditation by Airports Council International. This accreditation is the third of four levels, Level 4 being the highest achievement whereby an airport is able to absorb the same amount of carbon dioxide as it produces over an entire year. [more - original PR]

Sydney Airport welcomes second daily Etihad A380 service

26 April, 2017

Sydney Airport welcomed (26-Apr-2017) Etihad Airways' announcement it will upgauge its second daily Abu Dhabi-Sydney service to the A380 from Oct-2017. Sydney Airport MD and CEO Kerrie Mather stated "We’ve continued to invest in airport improvements to increase capacity in order to support these larger aircraft, and we’re thrilled that Sydney Airport will finish the year as the fourth largest A380 hub in the world". Sydney Airport will be Etihad’s third A380-only operation globally and add 123,000 seats per year and see 14 weekly A380 frequencies on the route. [more - original PR]

Warren Entsch MP: Cairns Airport should try to attract widebody services

26 April, 2017

Australia Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch believes Cairns Airport should target to attract widebody services to enhance the region's agricultural industry, commenting: "I’m confident we will fill the belly of those aircraft up" (Cairns Post, 26-Apr-2017). Mr Entsch agreed with the airport's decision to postpone terminal expansion plans to focus on developing its business. The Minister hopes to attract airlines like Emirates which operates a majority fleet of widebodies.

Townsville Airport to proceed with minor terminal upgrades amidst ongoing negotiations with Qantas

26 April, 2017

Townsville Airport COO Kevin Gill said minor terminal upgrades will commence in May-2017 as part of a major AUD40 million (USD30 million) major redevelopment project (Townsville Bulletin, 26-Apr-2017). Mr Gill said the major redevelopment project is still pending confirmation as negotiations with Qantas regarding the proposed AUD3 (USD2.3) increase in passenger charges to fund the project is ongoing. Mr Gill added: "We believe we made a reasonable offer which would deliver a new lounge for them…it’s a charge to airport users…not a charge to the airlines… We know people are prepared to pay".

Etihad reduces capacity Abu Dhabi-Melbourne

25 April, 2017

Etihad Airways plans to reduce Abu Dhabi–Melbourne capacity in winter 2017/18, effective 29-Oct-2017 (Routes Online, 24-Apr-2017). Both Melbourne frequencies will be downgauged including:

  • EY460/461: Boeing 777-300ER replaces A380;
  • EY462/463: Boeing two class 787-9 replaces 777-300ER.

The carrier operates daily on the route.

Air New Zealand named most reputable company in Australia

25 April, 2017

Air New Zealand was named the most reputable company in Australia in the annual Reputation Index produced by research group AMR and the Reputation Institute (The Australian, 26-Apr-2017). Air New Zealand increased five places from 2016's sixth-placed ranking, beating other carriers Qantas and Virgin Australia who also made the top 30 list.  

Emirates SkyCargo handles 20,000 tonnes of New Zealand export freight in 2016

25 April, 2017

New Zealand's Minister for Economic Development, Transport, Communications & Associate Finance Simon Bridges, via his official Twitter account, stated (23-Apr-2017) the Emirates SkyCargo facility handled 20,000 tonnes of New Zealand export freight in 2016, which has grown by 18% in the past year alone.

Air New Zealand launches #BetterWaytoFly to South America

25 April, 2017

Air New Zealand, via its official YouTube account, posted (23-Apr-2017) its latest South America campaign, based on its 'Better Way to Fly' campaign. The one minute TVC features Dave the Goose exploring Buenos Aries’ culture, food and wine. [more - TVC]

Air New Zealand CEO 'strongly committed' to Air New Zealand amid reports of Etihad approach

24 April, 2017

Air New Zealand stated CEO Christopher Luxon remains "strongly committed to Air New Zealand", following reports that he had been approached to potentially replace James Hogan as CEO of Etihad Airways Group (The Australian, 25-Apr-2017). Korn Ferry, Etihad's global recruiter, has also reportedly approached some key executives at Qantas Airways. Etihad is also looking to appoint a group CFO to replace James ­Rigney, who like Mr Hogan is Australian. 

IASC to enable codeshare services between Air Canada and Virgin Australia on New Zealand route

24 April, 2017

Australia's International Air Services Commission (IASC) varied (19-Apr-2017) Determination [2007] IASC 118 to permit the capacity entitlements on the New Zealand route to be used for codeshare services between Air Canada and Virgin Australia. IASC added the following conditions:

  • The capacity may be used by Virgin Australia for code share services with Air Canada to be conducted in accordance with Australia's air services arrangements with New Zealand and the codeshare agreement between Virgin Australia and Air Canada dated 01-Apr2017;
  • Virgin Australia must apply to the Commission for approval of the use of the capacity if there are variations to the codeshare arrangement which would change the relevant commercial aspects of the codeshare arrangement from a freesale codeshare arrangement to a block space, or viceversa, or if Virgin Australia proposes to add third country routes on which the airlines will codeshare where Australian capacity will be used for services on the route;
  • To the extent that the capacity is used to provide codeshare services on the route, the airlines must take all reasonable steps to ensure that passengers are informed, at the time of booking, of the carrier actually operating the flight. Nothing in this determination exempts  the  airlines from complying with the Australian Consumer Law.

Under the Australia-New Zealand air services arrangements, there is unlimited capacity for Australian carriers to operate scheduled passenger and freight services between Australia and New Zealand, via and beyond to third countries.  [more - original PR]

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