Brisbane Airport announced (30-Oct-2022) United Airlines launched three times weekly San Francisco-Brisbane service using Boeing 787-9 equipment on 28-Oct-2022. The service was funded by Queensland's AUD200 million (USD128.25 million) Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, and is expected to contribute AUD27 million (USD17.31 million) to the state's international travel economy. The service is also set to provide Queensland with an additional 60,000kg of weekly cargo capacity. According to OAG, no other carriers operate the route. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]
STARLUX Airlines received (29-Oct-2022) its first A350-900 (B-58501) on 29-Oct-2022. The A350-900 is configured with 306 seats across four classes, comprising four first class, 26 business class, 36 premium economy and 240 economy seats. It is the first of 18 A350-900s to be delivered to the airline, with the second scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2022. STARLUX Airlines chairman K W Chang stated: "The A350-900 is our first large widebody aircraft, which will allow STARLUX to open markets for longer routes", adding "With the addition of the A350-900, the STARLUX fleet now can cover short, mid, and long range flights, providing service to passengers outside Asia". [more - original PR]
Singapore Changi Airport, via its official website, reported (28-Oct-2022) the following traffic highlights:
- Passengers: 3.4 million, -37.4% compared to Sep-2019;
- Cargo: 154,000 tonnes, -9.4%;
- Aircraft movements: 20,400, -34.4%;
- Passengers: 10.0 million, -41.9% compared to 2019;
- Cargo: 470,000 tonnes, -8%;
- Aircraft movements: 61,100, -36.3%. [more - original PR]
Qantas Airways plans to operate three times weekly Perth-Johannesburg service between 01-Nov-2022 and 25-Mar-2023, as per a 25-Oct-2022 GDS inventory and timetable display. The service will be operated with A330-200 equipment.
Norwegian CEO Geir Karlsen stated the group is taking market shares in the business travel segment, having observed a "a fairly drastic development over the past months" (check-in.dk, 26-Oct-2022). Mr Karlsen noted that passengers on its most important business travel destinations are now higher than 2019 levels. Moving forward Mr Karlsen said the carrier will be "much more focused on business travellers", with plans to update its product range which will be presented before Christmas 2022.
Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said the carrier is "very focused on our 737 aircraft footprint", adding "The total market demand right now feels about what it should be if the music hadn't stopped" (Australian Aviation/Australian Financial Review, 20-Oct-2022). Ms Hrdlicka said leisure demand will "remain very strong", with "Small and medium-sized business is back well over where it was in 2019", however, with larger businesses, "the amount of money that is being spent is there", with a fewer trips.
T'way Air confirmed (24-Oct-2022) plans to commence four times weekly Seoul Incheon-Sydney service on 23-Dec-2022, operated with A330-300 equipment. This will be the LCC's first long haul international service. Korean Air and Asiana Airlines also operate the route, according to OAG. [more - original PR - Korean]
Zurich Airport announced (25-Oct-2022) SWISS plans to resume five times weekly Zurich-Hong Kong service in winter 2022/2023. According to OAG, the carrier currently operates the route weekly and is scheduled to increase the frequency from Nov-2022. [more - original PR - German]
Zurich Airport announced (25-Oct-2022) SWISS plans to increase frequencies to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangkok to daily during the winter 2022/2023 schedule. In addition, carrier's frequency to Singapore will be increase from five to six times weekly. According to OAG, the carrier currently operates to Delhi and Mumbai five times weekly, and to Bangkok six times weekly. [more - original PR - German]
Etihad Airways and ITA Airways to migrate distribution systems, temporarily close codeshare bookings
Etihad Airways announced (20-Oct-2022) it will temporarily close its GDS for ITA Airways codeshare tickets from 15-Feb-2023 to 12-Mar-2023 as the carriers migrate their distribution systems from Sabre to Amadeus' Altea PSS system. Existing bookings for the time period will be accommodated by each airline. Travel agents are to update and re-issue tickets once notification messages are received through the GDS. [more - original PR]