JetBlue launches daily New York JFK-Vancouver service

10 June, 2022

JetBlue Airways launched (09-Jun-2022) daily New York JFK-Vancouver service using A320 equipment. Vancouver is JetBlue's first Canadian destination. Destination Vancouver president and CEO Royce Chwin stated: "JetBlue's new direct service to JFK means easier access from an important east coast market and is another significant step for Vancouver towards rebuilding our visitor economy. Nonstop air service from key North American cities makes our city an even more appealing destination for business events and for leisure travellers". According to OAG, the carrier is the sole scheduled operator on the route. [more - original PR]

Air New Zealand reports strong bookings, business travel at 90% of pre-coronavirus levels

10 June, 2022

Air New Zealand stated (10-Jun-2022) it continues to record strong passenger booking activity on short haul and international services following the opening of New Zealand's border. Domestic demand improved in recent weeks with business related demand returning to approximately 90% of pre-coronavirus levels. [more - original PR]

Visitor arrival to Croatia recovers to 69% of Apr-2019 levels in Apr-2022

9 June, 2022

Croatian Bureau of Statistics reported (07-Jun-2022) the following tourism highlights for Apr-2022:

  • Tourist arrivals: 641,916, -31% compared to Apr-2019;
    • Slovenia: 139,261, +33%;
    • Germany: 105,144, -23%;
    • Austria: 73,825, -10%;
    • Italy: 37,508, -49%;
    • UK: 34,899, -11%;
    • France: 27,885, -26%;
    • US: 19,290, -48%;
    • Poland: 18,944, -52%;
    • Serbia: 15,317, +20%;
    • Hungary: 14,826, -14%;
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: 14,534, -31%. [more - original PR]

Alaska Airlines set to record profit for 2022 despite rising jet fuel costs: CEO

9 June, 2022

Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci stated the carrier is on track to record a profit in 2022, despite record fuel prices and labour market constraints (Bloomberg, 08-Jun-2022). Mr Minicucci added demand is "amazingly strong" with "no abatement", while business travel is recovering at almost 80% of pre pandemic levels. 

ACCC: Qantas reports demand for business travel is recovering faster than expected

9 June, 2022

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), in its 'Airline Competition in Australia' report, stated (08-Jun-2022) Virgin Australia, Qantas Airways and Jetstar Airways reported that they expect to be operating at or above pre-pandemic levels in the coming months. Qantas also stated that demand for business travel is recovering faster than expected, with small business demand above pre-pandemic levels and larger corporate traffic at 85% in May-2022. ACCC commissioner Anna Brakey stated: "A sustained recovery over the coming years will improve the financial health of the domestic airline industry and help secure the additional competition we're seeing from new and expanding airlines". [more - original PR]

Singapore Airlines to launch SAF credits in Jul-2022

9 June, 2022

Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced (08-Jun-2022) plans to launch sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) credits in Jul-2022, in partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Temasek Holdings. 1000 SAF credits will be available for sale, generated from 1000 tonnes of neat SAF which is blended, delivered and uplifted from Singapore Changi Airport. SIA's corporate customers and freight forwarders can purchase SAF credits directly from SIA, mitigating carbon emissions related to their flights. Freight forwarders can also sell credits to their downstream clients to reduce carbon emissions from their business operations. From 4Q2022, all SIA customers will be able to purchase a mix of SAF credits and carbon offsets as part of the SIA Group Voluntary Carbon Offset Programme. SIA will also partner with Climate Impact X to introduce a bundled portfolio consisting of SAF credits and carbon credits. [more - original PR]

Air New Zealand introduces new business premier menu

9 June, 2022

Air New Zealand unveiled (08-Jun-2022) its new business premier menu, scheduled to officially roll out on long haul services from Oct-2022. To welcome customers to their dining experience, the airline also introduced a 'Koha from the Kitchen' to be served after take off. The new menu includes a "build your own component" and vegetarian meals. Air New Zealand adjusts the menu three times each year for long haul flights, with more frequent changes for Australia and Pacific Island routes. [more - original PR]

Business Events Australia launches second phase of international brand campaign

8 June, 2022

Tourism Australia, via its official 'Essentials' newsletter, announced (01-Jun-2022) Business Events Australia launched the second phase of its international brand campaign, building on the first phase of 'There's Nothing Like Australia'. The second phase forms part of a strategy to drive demand for Australia as a business events destination among incentive and association customers in key global markets.

United Airlines to launch San Francisco-Brisbane service from Oct-2022

8 June, 2022

Brisbane Airport announced (08-Jun-2022) United Airlines plans to launch three times weekly San Francisco-Brisbane service from 28-Oct-2022 with Boeing 787-9 equipment. The service was secured with funding from the Queensland Government's AUD200 million (USD144.42 million) Attracting Aviation Investment Fund. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the United Airlines deal would inject AUD73 million (USD52.7 million) into the local economy. United Airlines SVP of international network and alliances Patrick Quayle noted United will be the first US airline to add a new transpacific destination to its network since the start of the pandemic. [more - original PR]

ITA Airways and Kuwait Airways enter codeshare agreement

7 June, 2022

Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA Airways) signed (06-Jun-2022) a codeshare agreement with Kuwait Airways, applying to services from 06-Jun-2022. Under the agreement, ITA will codeshare on Kuwait Airways' services between Kuwait and Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa. Kuwait Airways will codeshare on ITA's domestic services to Palermo, Catania, Florence, Brindisi, Bari, Venice, Turin, Genoa, Trieste, Bologna, Naples and Lamezia Terme, as well as ITA's international services from Rome to Athens and Nice. Both carriers issued a joint statement outlining they have "agreed to explore additional possibilities of cooperation in the future with frequent flyer programme and expansion of codeshares". [more - original PR - English/Italian]

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