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Fiji Airways welcomes changes to Fiji-Australia air services agreement

8 May, 2017

Fiji Airways welcomed (08-May-2017) plans by the Fiji and Australia Governments to update the countries air services agreement to allow for increased passenger and freight capacity between the two countries. Fiji Airways executive GM corporate affairs Shaenaz Voss stated: "Fiji Airways is committed to expanding its network and growing the number of visitors to Fiji. Australia is a vital destination in our network and this is a significant step forward, providing more travel opportunities for Fijians and Australians". [more - original PR]

Fiji and Australia agree to increased passenger capacity

8 May, 2017

Fiji and Australia governments released (08-May-2017) plans to update the Fiji-Australia air services agreement and increase passenger and freight capacity between the two countries. Fiji Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary Sharvada Sharma stated the governments agreed to an additional entitlement of 500 seats per week for each country, which will provide for an extra 1000 seats per week in the market, and to double the freight capacity from 70 to 140 tonnes per week for each country. Australia's Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development acting executive director Stephen Borthwick stated the discussions built on the close aviation relationship between Fiji and Australia and will provide additional opportunities for carriers to strengthen business and tourism links between the two countries. [more - original PR]

Air China applies to operate Beijing-Brisbane service

8 May, 2017

Air China filed (05-May-2017) an application with CAAC to launch three times weekly Beijing-Brisbane service with A330-200 aircraft from Oct-2017. [more - original PR - Chinese]

Qantas plans to launch seasonal weekly Brisbane-Broome service

8 May, 2017

Qantas plans to launch weekly Brisbane-Broome seasonal service from 11-Jun-2017 to 27-Aug-2017, with the service to operate with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, as per a 04-May-2016 GDS and inventory timetable display.

Rockhampton Airport reportedly considering proposal to manage new airport in Capricorn Coast

8 May, 2017

Rockhampton Regional Council stated a Japanese developer proposed developing a new regional airport in Capricorn Coast, Queensland capable of handling corporate jets and charter services (The Morning Bulletin, 06-May-2017). The investor is reportedly in talks with Rockhampton Airport for it to manage and operate the new airport.

Jetstar Group: Jetstar Japan well placed to capture growth and be larger than Jetstar Australia

7 May, 2017

Jetstar Group announced (05-May-2017) Jetstar Japan is well placed to capture growth and could ultimately be larger than Jetstar Australia. Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka stated reinvested profits could allow Jetstar Japan to grow and maintain market leadership, with 28 aircraft by FY2019. Jetstar Japan is the largest domestic LCC in Japan with more than 50% market share supported by 10 years of brand presence. [more - original PR]

Jetstar introduces new cabin enhancement programme

7 May, 2017

Jetstar announced (05-May-2017) plans to introduce a cabin enhancement programme for its fleet of A320/A321s, set to begin in Aug-2017. Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka stated that the programme, which involves reconfiguring 43 of its aircraft to allow for an increase in six seats per aircraft, would deliver up to a 3% unit cost benefit without the purchase of additional aircraft. [more - original PR]

Qantas announces delivery dates for second phase of 787-9 aircraft

7 May, 2017

Qantas Group announced (05-May-2017) delivery of the second group of four Boeing 787-9 aircraft will be between Jul-2018 and Nov-2018. Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans stated that the carrier had brought the delivery forward by a few months than earlier expected. The announcement, which was made as part of the 2017 Qantas Investor Day, suggested that Qantas would be looking to identify new route opportunities for these aircraft. [more - original PR]

TTF: Time to invest in Australia’s tourism and transport sectors

7 May, 2017

Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) urged (05-May-2017) the Australian Federal Government to recognise the importance of Australia’s tourism and transport sectors and support their growth with continued investment via the Federal Budget, set to be released the week beginning 08-May-2017. TTF CEO Margy Osmond called on Treasurer Scott Morrison to take advantage of the potential of both sectors to turbocharge Australia’s visitor economy by boosting the nation’s marketing budget, investing in critical transport infrastructure, improving visa competitiveness and establishing a bidding fund for international business events. [more - original PR]

Air New Zealand opens new Melbourne lounge

7 May, 2017

Air New Zealand announced (08-May-2017) plans to open its new lounge at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport on 09-May-2017. Located on the ground floor of the terminal, the lounge includes five different spaces for close to 250 guests, a self-service food buffet, two self-service drink stations and a barista station. Air New Zealand GM customer experience Anita Hawthorne said seating has been increased by 50%, with the lounge part of the carrier’s four year programme to develop its network of lounges and follows the opening of new lounges in Sydney and Brisbane as well as in Auckland, Nadi, Wellington, Queenstown, Hamilton and Invercargill. [more - original PR]

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