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Bamboo Airways confirms launch of Hanoi-London service

2 November, 2022

Bamboo Airways confirmed (01-Nov-2022) the launch of weekly Hanoi-London Gatwick service on 30-Oct-2022, operating with Boeing 787-9. The carrier plans to inaugurate Ho Chi Minh City-London Gatwick from 07-Dec-2022. [more - original PR]

Air Canada and Emirates Airline launch codeshare partnership

2 November, 2022

Air Canada and Emirates Airline launched (01-Nov-2022) a codeshare partnership, providing customers access to 46 destinations across the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Codeshare tickets are currently available for sale to 35 markets for travel effective 01-Dec-2022, with 11 additional markets to be added pending final regulatory approval. The carriers also plan to introduce a reciprocal frequent flyer offering, allowing eligible Aeroplan and Emirates Skywards members to earn and redeem points and gain lounge access when flying with either airline. The partnership was initially announced in Jul-2022. Air Canada president and CEO Michael Rosseau stated the codeshare partnership "will allow us to draw more connecting traffic through our Toronto global hub and expand our presence in these dynamic regions where demand for global travel is expected to grow". [more - original PR]

Iberia updates Avios accumulation method

1 November, 2022

Iberia announced (31-Oct-2022) plans to update its 'Iberia Plus' loyalty programme to enable customers to accumulate Avios points for every EUR spent rather than the distance travelled. As a result, customers will now also be able to accumulate points when spending on extra services including additional baggage and seat selection. The change is scheduled to take place from the end of Nov-2022. British Airways head of sales and customer relations management Ian Romanis said the airline would join Iberia in making the change in 2023, with further details to be announced shortly. [more - original PR - Spanish]

Qantas announces new Frequent Flyer partnership with Bangkok Airways

1 November, 2022

Qantas Airways stated (01-Nov-2022) Qantas Frequent Flyers can now book Classic Flight Reward seats to more than 20 destinations across Thailand and South East Asia as a new partnership with Bangkok Airways launched on 01-Nov-2022. Travellers can access Bangkok Airways services via Bangkok, Phuket and Singapore. The Qantas Group operates more than 50 return weekly frequencies between these cities and Australia. The partnership expands on a codeshare agreement that was introduced in 2014 allowing Qantas customers to book commercial seats on Bangkok Airways flights. [more - original PR]

Qatar Airways to increase frequency on 12 services for winter 2022/2023 season

1 November, 2022

Qatar Airways announced (31-Oct-2022) the following frequency adjustments for the winter 2022/2023 season:

  • Doha-Abu Dhabi: Increase from three to four times daily from 21-Dec-2022;
  • Doha-Adelaide-Auckland: Increase from five times weekly to daily from 22-Jan-2023;
  • Doha-Almaty: increase from four times weekly to daily from 01-Jan-2023;
  • Doha-Amsterdam: Increase from daily to 10 times weekly from 21-Dec-2022;
  • Doha-Bali: Increase from daily to twice daily from 06-Dec-2022;
  • Doha-Cape Town: Increase from 10 times weekly to twice daily from 06-Jan-2023;
  • Doha-Dublin: Increase from 11 to 12 times weekly from 03-Jan-2023;
  • Doha-Hanoi: Increase from daily to 10 times weekly from 20-Jan-2023;
  • Doha-Ho Chi Minh City: Increase from daily to 10 times weekly from 20-Jan-2023;
  • Doha-Hong Kong: Increase from daily to 11 times weekly from 16-Jan-2023;
  • Doha-Lusaka-Harare: Increase from five times weekly to daily from 17-Jan-2023;
  • Doha-Singapore: Increase from twice to three times daily from 30-Oct-2022.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker stated: "This increase will provide even greater choice to our business and leisure passengers, who can connect seamlessly [via Doha] to more than 150 global destinations". [more - original PR]

Sabre and BCD Travel announce long term technology partnership

1 November, 2022

Sabre Corporation and BCD Travel announced (31-Oct-2022) a long term technology partnership focused on corporate travel. BCD expects to increase its booking levels with Sabre and the companies will invest and collaborate on new solutions for corporate travel. BCD CEO and president John Snyder said the company expects to "streamline our distribution technology footprint and simplify our operational, technical and future development infrastructure". Mr Snyder said new functionalities will improve the planning and booking experience for travellers, including implementing New Distribution Capability. [more - original PR]

LIFT commences Johannesburg-Durban service

31 October, 2022

LIFT Airline, via its official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, announced (26-Oct-2022) it commenced Johannesburg-Durban service on 26-Oct-2022. The airline operates the service 20 times weekly, according to its website.

Chicago Department of Aviation: Air New Zealand resumes Chicago O’Hare-Auckland service

31 October, 2022

Chicago Department of Aviation stated (28-Oct-2022) Air New Zealand resumed Chicago O'Hare-Auckland service on 30-Oct-2022. The service is set to operate three times weekly and is estimated to generate approximately USD75 million in annual economic activity for the region. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]

Queenstown Airport: Virgin Australia to resume services to Queenstown from Sydney and Brisbane

31 October, 2022

Queenstown Airport stated (31-Oct-2022) Virgin Australia's service from Sydney is set to land at 14:50 on 02-Nov-2022, marking the return of Virgin Australia to New Zealand for the first time in 950 days. Virgin Australia's Brisbane-Queenstown service is set to land at 16:00 on 02-Nov-2022. Queenstown Airport CEO Glen Sowry said: "It will be great to see Virgin Australia fly into Queenstown again on Wednesday afternoon. The return of Virgin is an important milestone, as all four airlines that operated here pre-COVID will again be flying in and out of Queenstown". [more - original PR]

Sunshine Coast Airport CEO: 2022 achieves 'record-breaking passenger numbers'

31 October, 2022

Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Andrew Brodie stated (29-Oct-2022) "2022 has seen record-breaking passenger numbers with YTD achieving 119% of pre-COVID levels". Mr Brodie said the airport is "spearheading the region's recovery with 17 destinations connected to the Sunshine Coast when Bonza takes flight, up from three pre-COVID, boosting us from 10th to the 2nd most domestically connected airport in Queensland". As a gateway airport for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Sunshine Coast Airport has plans to invest up to AUD1 billion (USD641.3 million) in infrastructure to boost the regional economy, jobs growth, and support the 2032 Olympics. [more - original PR]

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