Air Canada launches seasonal daily Vancouver-London Heathrow-Mumbai service

8 November, 2022

Air Canada launched seasonal daily Vancouver-London Heathrow-Mumbai service using Boeing 787-9 equipment on 30-Oct-2022, according to OAG. The service will operate through 24-Mar-2023. No other carriers operate the route.

Qantas Group CEO: Leisure travel reaches 130% of pre-coronavirus levels

8 November, 2022

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce stated (04-Nov-2022) restructuring the Qantas Group business "is a key driver of the turnaround we're now seeing", noting in the long term, it will make the company more competitive. Mr Joyce said a key factor in recovery is the rebound in travel demand on both an international and domestic level. Leisure travel bookings have reached more than 130% of pre coronavirus levels and business travel has reached more than 100%. Mr Joyce said: "The third factor in our accelerated recovery has been an increase in market share, domestically and particularly in corporate, SME and international". [more - original PR]

flydubai expands network to 113 destinations in 53 countries

7 November, 2022

flydubai announced (04-Nov-2022) plans to launch the following services:

  • Dubai-Pattaya: Daily from 20-Jan-2023; 
  • Dubai-Krabi: Daily from 20-Jan-2023;
  • Dubai-Milan Bergamo: Five times weekly from 10-Mar-2023;
  • Dubai-Cagliari: Three times weekly from 22-Jun-2023 (seasonal service);
  • Dubai-Corfu: Twice weekly from 24-Jun-2023 (seasonal service).

Emirates Airline is set to codeshare on each service. The services will expand flydubai's network to 113 destinations in 53 countries. According to OAG, no other carriers are scheduled to operate the routes. [more - original PR]

Eurowings Discover enables free seat reservations for package travellers

4 November, 2022

Eurowings Discover enhanced (03-Nov-2022) its offer for package travellers to enable passengers and travel agents to make a free seat reservation shortly after booking a trip. Seat reservation had previously only been available for package travellers after the ticket had been issued, shortly before the flight. The new service applies to all trips booked with Alltours, DER Touristik, FTI, Olimar, Schauinsland Reisen and Tui, as well as the respective subsidiaries. The carrier aims to expand the process to enable passengers to book further seat categories and services. [more - original PR - German]

Jetstar Airways launches Sydney-Seoul service

4 November, 2022

Jetstar Airways launched (03-Nov-2022) Sydney-Seoul service on 03-Nov-2022. Jetstar will operate three times weekly with Boeing 787 equipment, carrying up to 100,000 travellers p/a between the two cities. The service has been made possible with the support of NSW Government and Destination NSW. [more - original PR]

Air Mauritius resumes Kuala Lumpur service, reactivating partnership with Malaysia Airlines

3 November, 2022

Air Mauritius resumed (01-Nov-2022) twice weekly Mauritius-Kuala Lumpur service with 288 seat A330-900 equipment on 01-Nov-2022. The airline last served the route in Mar-2019. Air Mauritius CCO Laurent Recoura stated the airline is "in the process of reactivating its collaboration with Malaysia Airlines" to offer connections to destinations in Asia and Australia. [more - original PR]

Amadeus: Innovation needed in online booking tools

3 November, 2022

Amadeus commercial director resellers and corporations Ingrid Picard, speaking at the CAPA Asia Aviation Summit & Awards for Excellence, stated (03-Nov-2022) online booking tools are "boring" and needed to be innovated. She noted Amadeus used the downturn during COVID-19 to invest in moving systems to the cloud. She also noted Amadeus' partnership with Microsoft to co-develop an online booking tool to drive online adoption and duty of care by bringing corporate travel booking to one place.

Air Mauritius resumes Mauritius-Perth service

3 November, 2022

Air Mauritius commenced (02-Nov-2022) twice weekly Mauritius-Perth service with A330-900 on 02-Nov-2022, marking the resumption of the airline's operations to Australia. The airline had suspended the service for more than two years. Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown noted international traffic remains down 44% compared to pre-pandemic levels and said the airport will continue to work with airlines and the Western Australia Government to increase services. [more - original PR]

Air India acquires 100% stake in AirAsia India, to integrate with Air India Express into single LCC

3 November, 2022

Air India signed (02-Nov-2022) an agreement with AirAsia Group to acquire the entire equity share capital of AirAsia India through the purchase of the latter's remaining 16.33% stake in AirAsia India, increasing Air India's stake in the LCC from 83.67% to 100%. Air India plans to integrate AirAsia India with fellow TATA Group LCC subsidiary Air India Express into a single low cost carrier under the Air India Express brand. The airline expects the integration and merger process to "take approximately 12 months, with network and other synergies to be realised progressively during that period", likely concluding by the end of 2023. Air India CEO and MD Campbell Wilson stated: "We are excited to initiate the creation of a single Air India Group low cost carrier", adding: "This is a key step in the rationalisation and transformation of the Group". [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]

Vietnam Airlines receives approval to operate US service

2 November, 2022

Vietnam Airlines received (01-Nov-2022) approval from US TSA to operate scheduled, commercial, nonstop US services, becoming the first Vietnamese airlines to obtain the approval. The carrier is to operate Ho Chi Minh-San Francisco. Vietnam Airlines will become the first airline in Vietnam to operate a scheduled nonstop US service. [more - original PR - Vietnamese]

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