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Air New Zealand resumes Queenstown-Sydney service

28 June, 2022

Air New Zealand resumed Queenstown-Sydney service on 25-Jun-2022, scheduled to operate nine times weekly (aviacionline.com, 27-Jun-2022). According to OAG, Jetstar Airways and Qantas Airways also operate the route. 

Shell, Accenture and Amex GBT launch Avelia SAF book and claim solution for business travel

27 June, 2022

Shell, Accenture and American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT) launched (20-Jun-2022) the Avelia sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) book and claim solution for business travel. The companies stated the system is "the largest SAF book-and-claim pilot at launch", offering approximately one million gallons of SAF. The pilot phase of the programme aims to demonstrate the book and claim model, using blockchain technology to ensure allocation of environmental attributes to companies and airlines after the SAF has been delivered into the fuel network. Avelia was developed by Shell and Accenture with the support of the Energy Web Foundation and includes Amex GBT's travel management services to aggregate global business demand for SAF. Shell, Accenture and Amex GBT are the platform's first customers. Shell has committed to purchasing the environmental attributes equivalent to 100,000 gallons of SAF over the pilot phase. Shell will increase its commitment as soon as more SAF is available and aims to abate 45% of its corporate travel emissions through SAF by 2030. Shell Aviation president Jan Toschka stated: "Avelia will help trigger demand for SAF at scale, providing confidence to suppliers like us to further increase investment in production, and in turn helping to lower the price point for these fuels". [more - original PR]

Solomon Airlines welcomes Solomon Islands reopening with new schedule

27 June, 2022

Solomon Airlines welcomed (24-Jun-2022) news that mandatory quarantine requirements for inbound visitors will be reduced shortly and has published a new international schedule effective from 01-Aug-2022, reintroducing regular services between Solomon Islands and Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati, and connections to partner airline services from New Zealand, Asia and the US. Until the complete lifting of mandatory quarantine, international visitors to Solomon Islands must continue to follow the updated health protocols while accommodated at one of the approved 'Tourism Bubble' operators. The airline has also adjusted timings on selected domestic flights to Munda, Gizo, Seghe and Suavanao to allow for direct connections from international services on the Brisbane-Honiara route. Highlights of the new schedule include:

  • Honiara-Brisbane twice weekly;
  • Tarawa-Brisbane-Honiara-Tarawa to operate every fortnight;
  • Honiara-Port Vila-Nadi-Honiara weekly frequency;
  • Direct connection on Wednesdays from Munda onto the Honiara-Brisbane service;
  • Lomlom gains a second weekly frequency to and from Honiara via Santa Cruz on Tuesdays and Thursdays;
  • Honiara-Auki-Honiara service will operate twice daily on Monday. [more - original PR]

Royal Brunei Airlines operating from Heathrow T4

27 June, 2022

Royal Brunei Airlines announced (16-Jun-2022) its service to and from London Heathrow Airport will operate from Terminal 4, effective 16-Jun-2022. [more - original PR]

Rex announces multiple new agency partnership agreements

24 June, 2022

Regional Express (Rex) signed (24-Jun-2022) multiple agreements with Flight Centre, Helloworld, Webjet, Consolidated Travel and Corporate Travel Management. Rex's agreement with Flight Centre is for a period of 10 years. All agreements will be in effect from Jul-2022. The agreements are expected to result in more than doubling Rex's annual domestic jet revenues in FY2023, compared to its annualised domestic jet revenues with no increased fleet size. Revenue on the airline's regional network is also expected to be improved. [more - original PR]

JetBlue Airways partners with BLADE Urban Air Mobility to provide helicopter airport transfers

24 June, 2022

JetBlue Airways partnered (23-Jun-2022) with BLADE Urban Air Mobility to offer airport transfer options to TrueBlue loyalty members. TrueBlue Mosaic+ members now receive credits redeemable for complimentary seats on Blade airport helicopter transfers connecting from Midtown, Manhattan to New York John F Kennedy International Airport and New York Newark Liberty International Airport. Effective 01-Jul-2022, Mosaic members will receive 25% off their first Blade airport helicopter transfer, while TrueBlue members will receive 10% off. [more - original PR]

Advanced Air and Eurowings Discover join TSA PreCheck programme

24 June, 2022

US TSA announced (22-Jun-2022) the expansion of the TSA PreCheck programme with the addition of Advanced Air and Eurowings Discover. Passengers travelling with the carriers will have access to expedited screening and processing for services departing from eligible US airports, including connections on domestic flights after returning to the US. [more - original PR]

Air France-KLM partners Brim Financial to launch Canadian credit card product

24 June, 2022

Air France-KLM entered (23-Jun-2022) a partnership with Brim Financial to launch a credit card product for Fly Blue loyalty programme members in Canada. Flying Blue will leverage Brim's technology platform, featuring instant approvals, embedded buy-now-pay-later, interactive spend monitoring, mobile wallet functionality and loyalty rewards. The partnership aims to offer more targeted rewards to Flying Blue customers and enhance Air France-KLM's customer and digital strategy in Canada. [more - original PR]

London City Airport survey shows business leaders eager to return to air travel

23 June, 2022

London City Airport commissioned (15-Jun-2022) a survey of more than 1000 business leaders across the UK, with 73% of respondents saying their company will use air travel in the next two years. Other findings included:

  • 47% of businesses which did not use air travel pre-pandemic are "likely" to over the next two years;
  • 67% of respondents said they would lose clients or contracts if their team was unable to fly;
  • Half or more of leaders in Scotland (54%), Northern Ireland (64%) and Wales (48%) said flying is essential to conduct business face to face.

The polling is part of a report published by WPI Economics, which suggests that a "speedy" return to business travel will boost the UK economy by GBP17.5 billion between 2022 and 2030. [more - original PR]

ACI EUROPE: Air connectivity across European airport network at 2009 recession levels

23 June, 2022

ACI EUROPE published (22-Jun-2022) its Airport Industry Connectivity Report for 2022, with data showing total air connectivity across the European airport network remains 29% below pre-pandemic levels, or equivalent to figures from the 2009 recession. The report's findings include:

  • Greece is the only country to have achieved a full recovery, with Turkey down 3% on 2019 levels;
  • The best performing EU+ markets are Spain (-23%), UK (-28%), Italy (-32%) and France (-34%);
  • Direct connectivity is 15% below pre-pandemic levels, with indirect connectivity down 36% and hub connectivity down 34%;
  • Direct connectivity between Europe and Asia Pacific is down 52% compared to 2019;
  • LCCs account for 40% of direct air connectivity, compared to 27% in 2019;
  • Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (-10%) held the top spot for direct connectivity in absolute terms, followed by Istanbul Airport (-5%) and London Heathrow Airport (-13%).

ACI EUROPE Olivier Jankovec said the figures "point to the importance of ensuring that slot allocation rules reflect the connectivity needs of airport communities, while ensuring fair and open market opportunities". [more - original PR]

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