Cathay Pacific expects to resume 70% of pre-COVID pax capacity by end 2023, 100% by end 2024

14 November, 2022

Cathay Pacific Group announced (14-Nov-2022) it aims to restore its passenger capacity to 70% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2023 and to reach pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2024. Since the Hong Kong SAR Government's adjustments to anti-pandemic measures for inbound travellers and aircrew entering Hong Kong in late Sep-2022/early Oct-2022, Cathay has announced the addition of around 3000 frequencies from Oct-2022 until the end of Dec-2022, reaching one third of its pre-pandemic passenger capacity. CEO Augustus Tang reiterated the group have sufficient pilots, cabin crew and operational employees to support its current flight schedules, adding the "short-term bottlenecks lie in the recertification of pilots who have not been flying regularly for a long period of time and the reactivation of aircraft". [more - original PR]

Batik Air (Malaysia) to resume daily Bali-Sydney service from Dec-2022

14 November, 2022

Batik Air (Malaysia) plans to resume daily Bali-Sydney service from 12-Dec-2022, operating with Boeing 737-800, according to OAG and the CAPA Route Changes Database. Garuda Indonesia, Virgin Australia, Qantas Airways and Jetstar Airways also operate the route.

Doha Hamad Airport launches expansion project, Phase B to commence in early 2023

11 November, 2022

Doha Hamad International Airport launched (10-Nov-2022) its expansion project and announced the 'ORCHARD' garden located at the centre of the terminal expansion. Details include:

  • The expansion is designed to improve passenger transfers between terminal areas;
  • A second airport hotel in the transfer area. The 100 room Oryx Garden Hotel is located in the north plaza;
  • Four new lounges;
  • Retail features include the first Dior boutique at the airport, the only FIFA shop in the world, the only Thom Brown store in an airport and the largest Ray-Ban airport store;
  • The 'ORCHARD' indoor garden includes a water feature, more than 300 trees and 25,000 plants;
  • Four of the expansion projects achieved a four star rating under the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development's Global Sustainability Assessment System.

Phase B of the expansion is scheduled to commence in early 2023 and will increase capacity to more than 70 million passengers p/a. [more - original PR]

Emirates continues focus on restoring passenger network in H1FY2023

11 November, 2022

Emirates Airline reported (10-Nov-2022) it continued to focus on restoring its passenger network and connections through Dubai in H1FY2023, ended 30-Sep-2022. The carrier resumed services and added frequencies to meet customer demand. Details include:

  • Revenue, including other operating income, increased 131% year-on-year to AED50.1 billion (USD13.6 billion), driven by strong passenger demand for international travel;
  • Operating costs increased 73%, mainly due to a substantial increase in fuel costs, which more than tripled year-on-year. Fuel uplift increased 65%, in line with increased flight operations, and average oil prices doubled. Fuel accounted for 38% of operating costs, compared to 20% in H1FY2022;
  • Total capacity in ATKs increased 40% due to an expanded flight programme as more countries eased travel restrictions;
  • Passenger numbers increased 228% to 20 million and cargo volumes decreased 14% to 936,000 tonnes as the airline shifted capacity from 'mini-freighters' back to passenger operations;
  • Commenced Tel Aviv service in Jun-2022;
  • Launched codeshare and interline agreements with Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, airBaltic, Airlink (South Africa), Bamboo Airways, Batik Air, Finnair, Royal Air Maroc, Sky Express, Sun Country Airlines and United Airlines;
  • Took delivery of two new Boeing 777F aircraft and returned one older freighter;
  • Introduced new inflight menus in all cabin classes and launched a new hospitality programme;
  • Launched its full premium economy service to London, Paris and Sydney in Aug-2022. Emirates plans to introduce premium economy on five more routes before the end of FY2023;
  • Emirates operated passenger and cargo service to 140 airports as of 30-Sep-2022, using its entire 777 fleet and 73 A380 aircraft;
  • Emirates commenced a cabin retrofit programme for 120 aircraft in Nov-2022 and expects to receive new passenger aircraft from 2024. [more - original PR]

Qantas Group launches Sustainable Aviation Fuel coalition

11 November, 2022

Qantas Group launched (10-Nov-2022) the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) coalition programme, with Australia Post, Boston Consulting Group, KPMG Australia, Macquarie Group and Woodside Energy signing on as foundation members. Members will pay a premium to reduce around 900 tonnes of their air carbon emissions p/a by contributing to the incremental cost of SAF rather than using traditional carbon offsets. The coalition will initially contribute to the incremental cost of up to 10 million litres of SAF sourced by Qantas at London Heathrow Airport, which represents around 15% of the fuel Qantas ordinarily consumes on flights out of London, and from 2025 to a further 20 million litres each year sourced out of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Qantas is currently in negotiations with a number of offshore suppliers to source additional supplies of SAF, which is in high demand globally and which the national carrier would prefer to source domestically. The foundation members will also receive enhanced reporting on the emissions from their flying activity and employees will get fast-tracked access to Qantas Frequent Flyer's Green Tier programme. Qantas will continue discussions with a number of other companies looking to join the coalition. The SAF coalition will extend Qantas' existing corporate offsetting programme, Future Planet, which enables companies to offset emissions through certified, high quality projects in Australia and overseas. [more - original PR

Bamboo Airways and Air Canada partner for passenger benefits

10 November, 2022

Bamboo Airways announced (09-Nov-2022) cooperation with Air Canada for the optimisation of passenger benefits. The cooperation will allow passengers to earn reward points when travelling with Bamboo Airways and Air Canada. [more - original PR]

Gold Coast Airport opens international expansion

10 November, 2022

Gold Coast Airport, via its official Facebook account, announced (10-Nov-2022) its international terminal expansion opened on 10-Nov-2022. 

United Airlines resumes Los Angeles-Melbourne service

9 November, 2022

Los Angeles International Airport, via its official Twitter account, announced (08-Nov-2022) United Airlines resumed three times daily Los Angeles-Melbourne service using Boeing 787-9 equipment on 28-Oct-2022. The carrier plans to increase frequency on the service to daily from 01-Dec-2022. According to OAG, United last operated the service in Mar-2020. Qantas Airways also operates the route.

RwandAir commences nonstop Kigali-London service

8 November, 2022

RwandAir, via its official Facebook and Twitter accounts, announced (07-Nov-2022) it commenced Kigali-London Heathrow service with A330 equipment. As previously reported by CAPA, the airline will operate the service four times weekly, replacing Kigali-Brussels-London service.

United Airlines confirms opening of new 'United Club Fly' lounge at Denver International Airport

8 November, 2022

United Airlines confirmed (07-Nov-2022) the opening of its new 'United Club Fly' grab-and-go lounge at Denver International Airport, enabling busy travellers to enjoy snacks, light food options, and beverages to-go. The new lounge concept can seat up to 16 travellers with standing room for an additional eight people. United Club members, international premium cabin travellers, and United Club one-time pass holders may access the lounge. [more - original PR]

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