SAS announced (24-Nov-2022) plans to launch five times weekly Copenhagen-New York JFK service on 09-Feb-2023. The carrier will operate into terminal 7 at New York JFK, and plans to increase the frequency to daily during summer 2023. SAS currently operates Copenhagen-New York Newark service, and will offer nine services from Copenhagen to the US and Canada in 2023. EVP and CCO network and revenue management Erik Westman commented: "The US is a strategic market for SAS, and we will continue to develop new routes and destinations whenever the right opportunity presents itself". [more - original PR] [more - original PR - Danish]
Malaysia Airlines announced (24-Nov-2022) plans to suspend Kuala Lumpur-Brisbane service from 27-Mar-2023 as part of a "route rationalisation exercise". The carrier added customers travelling to Brisbane can leverage on its codeshare and oneworld partner, Qantas Airways, and connect from Sydney and Melbourne to Brisbane after the suspension of the nonstop flight. Operations on nonstop flights between Kuala Lumpur to Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne will continue without change, providing up to 43 nonstop services per week between Australia and Malaysia. Group CEO Izham Ismail stated: "After a thorough business review, we have made a difficult decision to suspend our operations into Brisbane to ensure we operate and utilise our fleet at an optimum level, as well as maximising revenue on every route we fly to". Mr Izham added forward booking to the other Australian cities is "very encouraging", with strong demand up to and beyond 1Q2023, with forward bookings "significantly" ahead of the same period in 2019. To date, the carrier has deployed capacities at 76% year-to-date, and anticipates ending 2022 with 82% capacity of pre-pandemic level networkwide. Excluding the suspension of Brisbane, Malaysia Airlines' Australia network will be at 98% capacity of pre-pandemic levels by Mar-2023. [more - original PR]
Singapore Changi Airport, via its official website, reported (23-Nov-2022) the following traffic Oct-2022:
- Passengers: 3.7 million, -35% compared to Oct-2019;
- Cargo: 152,000 tonnes, -11%;
- Aircraft movements: 21,800, -32%.
Germany's Association of German Travel Management (VDR) received (22-Nov-2022) funding from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) for its pilot study aiming to reduce the CO2 share of business travel. VDR aims to develop an end-to-end process covering aspects including avoidance, intelligent booking, transparent billing, compensation of CO2 emissions, sustainable purchasing and communication with the process stakeholders. The project is being carried out in partnership with Intelligent Business Concepts (IBC), with a pilot project planned for the beginning of 2023. [more - original PR - German]
Corporate Travel Management ESG and sustainability global head John Nicholls, speaking at the CTC Australasia Corporate Travel Summit & Sustainability Awards, stated (23-Nov-2022) "the cost equation is going out the window". Mr Nicholls said it is no longer about cost if clients want to make a difference. Mr Nicholls added the way of moving forward is having a multi methodology tool.
Qantas Airways executive manager global sales & distribution Igor Kwiatkowski, speaking at the CTC Australasia Corporate Travel Summit & Sustainability Awards, stated (22-Nov-2022) "Predicting what will happen in the future is extremely hard", adding during the COVID-19 pandemic the carrier had to "hunker down and change the way we interact with our customers". Mr Kwiatkowski said: "There's a lot of empathy that came through during COVID as we were all dealing with the same thing, which rarely happens". He noted mental health became a "real topic of conversation", leading to a "genuine engagement in people's wellbeing".
CAPA - Centre for Aviation head of research Simon Elsegood, speaking at the CTC Australasia Corporate Travel Summit & Sustainability Awards, stated (22-Nov-2022) global capacity is currently at 90 million seats, noting airline schedules have "stabilised". Mr Elsegood said the outlook is for capacity growth to resume during 1Q2023, heading towards 100 million seats. He noted airlines are displaying capacity discipline.
Singapore Airlines announced (22-Nov-2022) plans to redeploy A380 aircraft on one of four daily Singapore-Melbourne frequencies from 16-May-2023 to 28-Oct-2023. The A380 will replace Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Singapore Airlines regional VP South West Pacific Louis Arul stated the A380's return will see the carrier exceed pre-COVID seat capacity to Melbourne, operating at 110% compared to Jan-2020 operations. [more - original PR]
Singapore Airlines announced (22-Nov-2022) plans to deploy A380 equipment on a second of four daily Singapore-Sydney frequencies from 17-May-2023, replacing A350-900 aircraft. The return of the second A380 frequency will take SIA to 98% of its pre-COVID seat capacity and will see Suites or first class offered on three of the four daily frequencies between Singapore and Sydney. [more - original PR]
NARTA International head of procurement and sustainable solutions Jen Barclay, speaking at the CTC Australasia Corporate Travel Summit & Sustainability Awards, stated (23-Nov-2022) sustainability and ESG is "critical to our business" and all businesses within its buying group. Ms Barclay said sourcing sustainability information from travel management companies (TMC) is "the best way", adding: "relying on the TMC is something that's really critical for us".