Qantas Frequent Flyer is expected to be Qantas Group’s biggest contributor to profit, according to a Bank of America report (Bloomberg, 12-May-2017). The programme's 3Q2017 profit margin of 24% makes it more than three times as profitable as Qantas' international aviation business and almost twice as lucrative as the domestic division.
News for South Pacific
Air New Zealand plans to introduce a new Boeing 787-9 configuration for Auckland-Houston service during the peak season from Dec-2017 (Routes Online, 11-May-2017). The 787-9 configuration will include 27 business class, 33 premium economy and 215 in economy, rather than the current 787-9 configuration of 18/21/263. The 787-9 will replace the current 777-200ER.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) welcomed (11-May-2017) the New Zealand Government’s new planned Tourism Infrastructure Fund, believing it is a step in the right direction. Tourism Industry Aotearoa CEO Chris Roberts said the Government had correctly recognised that regions with small populations and growing tourism demand needed a helping hand to provide some of the basic infrastructure to support the growth of tourism in their area. [more - original PR]
Fiji Airways appointed (11-May-2017) Marc Cavaliere as CMO. Mr Cavaliere is responsible for the dedicated global airline alliances and partnerships, as well as all sales channels, marketing activities, and related commercial functions. Fiji Airways MD and CEO Andre Viljoen stated: "We are delighted to have a seasoned executive like Marc Cavaliere join our team as we take Fiji Airways to even greater heights. The world of airline marketing is an ever-evolving arena in the global marketplace, and having someone like Marc, with his global knowledge and experience, will give Fiji Airways an enhanced level of capability in the these functions". [more - original PR]
Regional Express (Rex) announced (11-May-2017) the graduation of the first group of Vietnamese cadets trained at its pilot academy, the Australian Airline Pilot Academy (AAPA). The training at AAPA is the result of a partnership with Viet Flight Training, a company of Vietnam Airlines. As AAPA is accredited with the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam as well as Vietnam Airlines, the graduates will now be eligible for admission into Vietnam Airlines as airline pilots after their aircraft type endorsements. [more - original PR]
Air China announced (11-May-2017) plans to launch three times weekly nonstop Shenzhen-Melbourne Tullamarine service with A330-200 aircraft from 20-Jun-2017, marking the first nonstop service between the cities – see Route Changes Table for more information. The aircraft is configured with 30 lie-flat bed business class seats and 207 economy class seats with a seat pitch of 32 inches. Air China operates three times weekly service from Melbourne to Beijing and four times weekly service between Melbourne and Shanghai, making Air China the only carrier to provide direct services from Melbourne to three out of four of the top cities in China. [more - original PR]
Air New Zealand is reviewing options for nonstop service to Brazil from Auckland (Aeroin, 09-May-2017). Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport airline business chief João Pita indicated the carrier is planning to operate to Brazil but still needs to define the appropriate aircraft.
Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand announced (10-May-2017) a marketing partnership worth up to NZD20 million (USD13.6 million) to promote New Zealand in key offshore markets, with a focus on growing international visitation throughout New Zealand and during off-peak periods. The organisations intend to invest up to NZD10 million (USD6.8 million) each over 12 months for joint activity in Australia, China, North and South America, Japan, Singapore, the UK and Europe. Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon stated the partnership aligns with the carrier's commitment to growing tourism. Tourism New Zealand CEO Stephen England-Hall stated the decision to commit to a further year of joint investment reflects the success the two organisations have achieved together. [more - original PR]
Australia's Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) released (11-May-2017) the Domestic Air Fare Index for May-2017 which showed the 'Best Discount Fare' Index (Jul-2003 = 100) for domestic travel increased 9.5% year-on-year to 64.6 in May-2017. 'Restricted economy' was up 1.2% year-on-year and 'Business class' was up 1.5% year-on-year. [more - original PR]
Australian Airports Association (AAA) welcomed (09-May-2017) the government's financial commitment in developing Western Sydney Airport. AAA CEO Caroline Wilkie stated the airport: "will be an important part of our national aviation infrastructure, and contribute to the growth and efficiency of Australia’s aviation network". [more - original PR]