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Wellington Airport to complete stage one of capital investment programme

12 May, 2017

Wellington Airport reported (11-May-2017) stage one of its NZD300 million (USD205 million) capital investment programme is "almost completed". Upcoming projects under the programme include:

  • Development of a multi-level transportation hub;
  • Refurbishment of existing terminal space to improve retail, food and beverage options;
  • Expanding the international terminal;
  • Development of the four star Rydges Hotel, scheduled to complete in late 2018. [more - original PR]

Alliance Airlines to replace Virgin Australia on select regional Australia services

12 May, 2017

Virgin Australia stated Alliance Airlines will take over Brisbane-Port Macquarie, Brisbane-Bundaberg, Brisbane-Gladstone and Brisbane-Moranbah services from 16-Jul-2017 (Port Macquarie News, 11-May-2017). Virgin Australia stated the decision was in line with the carrier reducing its ATR fleet, as reported by CAPA on 01-May-2017. Alliance Airlines stated it will commence operations on the routes utilising Fokker 70 equipment. The partnership between Virgin Australia and Alliance Airlines includes ticket sales via Virgin Australia for Alliance services and velocity frequent flyer members earning points and status credits on Alliance services.

New Labasa/Vanua Levu International Airport must be able to accommodate 737s

12 May, 2017

Fiji Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the proposed New Labasa/Vanua Levu International Airport must be able to accommodate up to Boeing 737 aircraft type to be economically viable (Fiji Times, 12-May-2017). Mr Sayed-Khaiyum explained despite growing demand, the current Labasa Airport can only handle up to ATR sized aircraft, resulting in high airfares due to low yield.

Qantas Frequent Flyer biggest contributor to group profit by 2020

11 May, 2017

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.

Air New Zealand adds new Boeing 787 configuration from Dec-2017

11 May, 2017

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.

TIA: NZ Government tourism support package a step in right direction

11 May, 2017

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 appoints new CMO

11 May, 2017

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]

Rex and AAPA celebrate graduation of first group of Vietnamese cadet pilots

11 May, 2017

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 announces Shenzhen-Melbourne service

11 May, 2017

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 eyes Brazil for next international service

11 May, 2017

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.

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