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Wheels Up announces new corporate member programme for SME customers

1 November, 2023

Wheels Up announced (31-Oct-2023) its new corporate member programme 'Up for Business', launching 01-Nov-2023. The programme is designed to support SMEs that spend at least USD250,000 in private travel services by providing tailored pricing, discounts and benefits over an 18 month contract term. The programme is available to clients for a US250,000 or USD300,000 deposit, depending on the size of the company, and is expected to enable increased fleet utilisation during low-demand weekdays and improve profitability. Wheels Up EVP of global sales Robert Bourrier stated: "We see an opportunity to deliver a tailored product to members rather than a one-size-fits all offering, while capturing the operational and financial benefits of a balanced fleet utilisation throughout the week". [more - original PR]

South African Airways commences Cape Town-São Paulo service

1 November, 2023

South African Airways (SAA) commenced (31-Oct-2023) twice weekly Cape Town-São Paulo service on 31-Oct-2023. The airline also confirmed plans to commence twice weekly Johannesburg-São Paulo service on 06-Nov-2023. SAA stated the services "will facilitate numerous export and import opportunities and augment existing trade relations" between South Africa and Brazil. Interim CEO John Lamola commented: "The choice of Brazil as our first intercontinental route was informed not only by rigorous economic and market analysis, but also by considerations of the strategic linkages of South Africa in the context of the country's membership of BRICS". [more - original PR]

Etihad Airways issues update on US CBP pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport

1 November, 2023

Etihad Airways announced (31-Oct-2023) the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport will remain available for the carrier's New York JFK and Washington Dulles services departing Terminal A from 15-Nov-2023. Passengers must transfer to the facility from Gate F at least two hours prior to flight departure. [more - original PR]

AFAP: Network Aviation pilots postpone protected action

31 October, 2023

Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) announced (31-Oct-2023) the Network Aviation pilot group postponed plans to carry out a two day work stoppage on 01/02-Nov-2023. The decision was made following a conference convened by the Fair Work Commission. The parties discussed issues currently preventing the conclusion of an agreement which the workforce will support. If necessary, the commission will facilitate further sessions on 08/09/10-Nov-2023. [more - original PR]

PLAY introduces Space seats

31 October, 2023

PLAY, via its official LinkedIn account, announced (30-Oct-2023) it has introduced 'Space' seats, at the front of its aircraft on selected flights. The aisle or window seats offer extra legroom and the benefit of having no neighbouring passengers, with the middle seat blocked with a side table.

Air India to commence Mumbai-Melbourne service in Dec-2023

31 October, 2023

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport announced (31-Oct-2023) Air India plans to commence three times weekly Mumbai-Melbourne service with Boeing 787-8 equipment on 15-Dec-2023. This will be the first nonstop service connecting Mumbai and Melbourne. Melbourne Tullamarine Airport chief of aviation Jim Parashos stated: "Australia and India have an open skies air services agreement which has provided Air India the certainty they need to efficiently announce, put on sale and launch these new flights without the uncertainty associated with bilateral agreements". Mr Parashos also noted: "Melbourne is home to Australia's largest Indian population and shares significant cultural ties", adding: "Our data shows that as India's financial capital, Mumbai is currently Melbourne's largest international market without non-stop flights, so we expect this service to be very popular in both directions". [more - original PR]

Airlink to increase Johannesburg-St Helena frequency, support St Helena-Ascension-Falklands service

31 October, 2023

Saint Helena's Government announced (17/25-Oct-2023) the following air service updates:

  • Airlink (South Africa) plans to increase Johannesburg-Saint Helena frequency from weekly to twice weekly between Nov-2023 and Feb-2024. Discussions are ongoing regarding additional Cape Town-St Helena frequencies for the peak season;
  • New air service between St Helena and the Falkland Islands, via Ascension Island. The connection will combine the South Atlantic Airbridge operation between the Falklands and Ascension and Airlink's Ascension-St Helena service. The launch follows completion of runway refurbishment works at Ascension Island Wideawake Field. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]

Air Mauritius relocates from Heathrow to Gatwick

31 October, 2023

Air Mauritius, via its official Facebook account, announced (30-Oct-2023) it commenced daily Mauritius-London Gatwick service on 30-Oct-2023, replacing five times weekly Mauritius-London Heathrow service. The airline operates the service with A330 and A350 aircraft.

Qatar Airways launches daily Doha-Ho Chi Minh City-Phnom Penh service

31 October, 2023

Qatar Airways launched (29-Oct-2023) daily Doha-Ho Chi Minh City-Phnom Penh service using Boeing 777-300ER equipment. According to OAG, the carrier last operated passenger service to Phnom Penh in Jan-2022. No other carriers operate the Doha-Ho Chi Minh City segment of the route. Cambodia Airports CEO Cyril Girot stated the service is "a very positive sign for Cambodia's leisure industry and the business community". [more - original PR]

Sichuan Airlines resumes Chengdu-Sydney service

31 October, 2023

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport announced (30-Oct-2023) Sichuan Airlines resumed three times weekly Chengdu Tianfu-Sydney service on 30-Oct-2023, following a suspension since Feb-2020. The airline plans to increase frequency to five times weekly from 19-Nov-2023. Sichuan Airlines is the sole scheduled operator on the route, according to OAG. [more - original PR]

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