Qantas Airways stated (09-May-2022) Qantas Frequent Flyers may use Qantas Points to book any seat on any flight for travel in Aug-2022 across more than 30 domestic routes. The Points Planes will be available between Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane into more than 20 regional destinations. Seats on these services can also be purchased with cash. In addition, frequent flyers will need 30% fewer points to book economy Classic Flight Reward seats on these routes, for travel from 01-Jun-2022 to 30-Nov-2022. This includes the month of Points Planes in Aug-2022. Frequent Flyers can book these seats using points from 00:01 on 09-May-2022 until 15-May-2022. [more - original PR]
News for South Pacific
Qantas Airways plans to launch twice weekly Perth-Gold Coast service from 25-Jun-2022 with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, as per a 05-May-2022 GDS inventory and timetable display.
Royal Brunei Airlines plans to increase Bandar Seri Begawan-Melbourne frequency from three to five times weekly from 01-Jul-2022, as per a 05-May-2022 GDS inventory and timetable display.
Air Tahiti Nui resumed (05-May-2022) weekly Papeete-Auckland service on 05-May-2022 after a two year suspension. The carrier will increase frequency to three times weekly during the high season from 03-Jul-2022 to 09-Aug-2022. [more - original PR]t
Flight Centre announced (05-May-2022) plans to launch 'Link Travel Group', a new invitation-only travel agency group in partnership with Goldman Travel Corporation and Spencer Group of Companies. The JV will be 60% owned by Flight Centre, which will provide members with services including access to its product and distribution capabilities. The remainder will be owned by Goldman and Spencer, with Anthony Goldman and Penny Spencer to sit on the board of directors alongside Flight Centre's Danielle Galloway and other yet to be appointed directors. The JV appointed Scott Darlow to oversee day-to-day operations of the new business. [more - original PR]
Qantas Airways reached (05-May-2022) an agreement to fully acquire Alliance Aviation Services Limited, subject to a vote from Alliance shareholders and competition clearance. Details include:
- The acquisition would see Alliance become a wholly owned part of the Qantas Group, with no change to Qantas' arrangements with Alliance;
- Required approvals would take a minimum of several months to secure;
- Qantas purchased under 20% of Alliance in Feb-2019 and at the time flagged an interest in acquiring 100% of the airline. The ACCC investigated the minority holding for three years and made no findings that it lessened competition;
- Under the agreement, the remaining 80% would be acquired through a scheme of arrangement where Alliance shareholders receive Qantas shares worth AUD4.75 (USD3.44) for each Alliance share they hold, representing a 32% premium to Alliance's volume weighted average price for the past three months. Qantas would issue new shares valued at approximately AUD614 million (USD445.2 million) in a transaction that is expected to be EPS accretive for Qantas shareholders, before synergies;
- Qantas has advised the ACCC of the announcement and will continue to update the market on expected completion timing as the competition clearance and Alliance shareholder vote processes progress.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce stated Alliance's fleet of Fokker aircraft will be "perfect for efficiently serving resources customers in WA and Queensland". Mr Joyce added the aircraft also have a "big inventory of spare parts that would significantly extend the practical life of a combined fleet of around almost 70 Fokkers". He added: "We plan to extend our programme of guaranteed lower fares for residents in those few communities where Alliance operates its own passenger services, as well as access to our Frequent Flyer programme". [more - original PR]
Perth Airport announced (04-May-2022) Qantas Airways plans to resume Melbourne-Perth-London service earlier than planned, from 23-May-2022. [more - original PR]
Qantas Airways stated (03-May-2022) the Qantas Distribution Platform is now available in the UK, US and South Africa and will be progressively rolled out to other markets in the coming months. The Qantas Distribution Platform is already available in Australia and New Zealand. The content and new features of the Qantas Distributed Platform can be accessed via Qantas' network of technology partners, already delivering Qantas NDC to agents in Australia and New Zealand. [more - original PR]
Qantas Group reported (02-May-2022) the following highlights for Q3FY2022:
- Leisure demand is very strong, with Qantas and Jetstar operating at approximately 110% of pre-COVID-19 capacity over the Easter school holidays;
- Small business travel is now above pre-coronavirus levels and corporate travel is at 85%;
- Group overall domestic market share has increased and is expected to be 70% between the two main competitors;
- Bookings for markets including London, Los Angeles, South Africa and Bali are all above pre-coronavirus levels and Jetstar has resumed more than 60% of its international routes as more leisure destinations in Asia have reopened;
- Higher domestic freight volumes are expected to be largely maintained given the structural shift in Australia's e-commerce activity. Some softening of international yields is anticipated as more passenger flights return in the months ahead;
- Qantas Loyalty's underlying EBIT is expected to approximately double from Q3FY2022 to Q4FY2022. [more - original PR]
United Airlines announced (02-May-2022) plans to resume three times weekly San Francisco-Melbourne service from Jun-2022. United Airlines SVP of international network and alliances Patrick Quayle stated the airline sees "a bright future ahead for United, for Melbourne and for US-Australia travel". According to OAG, the service will resume on 06-Jun-2022 and will be operated using Boeing 787-9 equipment. United Airlines last operated the service in Mar-2020, and will be the sole scheduled operator on the route. [more - original PR]