Friday August 29, 2014

Sydney confirmed as Etihad’s second A380 route

Etihad Airways will add Sydney as the airline’s second Airbus A380 destination when it deploys the double-decker superjumbo to the NSW capital from its Abu Dhabi-hub on June 1 next year. The airline confirmed Sydney as the second A380 route on Wednesday, with London the inaugural city. The daily A380 service, operating as EY454 from […]

Flight Centre says airfares fell 3.5pct over past year

Australia’s largest travel group says the cheapest advertised fares to the top 10 international destinations are down a little over three per cent from a year ago as airlines compete for passengers amid a soft leisure market and weak consumer confidence. Flight Centre’s analysis showed ticket prices to Asia and Europe had fallen over the […]

Air New Zealand upbeat on future after 45 per cent profit rise

Air New Zealand has posted a strong rise in full year net profit and expects to grow capacity and profits in 2014/15. The Kiwi flag carrier reported net profit after tax of $NZ262m ($A235m) for the 12 months to June 30 2014, up 45 per cent from $NZ181 million in the prior corresponding period. It […]

Virgin unveils faster, more streamlined online check-in system

Virgin Australia hopes an improved online check-in system will save passengers time and will be more user-friendly. The airline unveiled a new check-in system for domestic flights on Tuesday for use on smartphones, tablet devices and computers. Virgin says passengers will be able to “check-in faster, with a more streamlined process that reduces the number of steps […]

Auckland Airport reports hefty lift in full year net profit

Auckland International Airport has posted a hefty lift in full year net profit on the back of increased passenger numbers and says new international services should support growth in 2014/15. The company reported net profit of $NZ215.9 million for the 12 months to June 30 2014, up 21.3 per cent from $NZ178 million in the […]

Qantas and China Airlines launch new codeshare partnership

Qantas is again offering direct flights to Taiwan after announcing a deal that will see it place its QF code on China Airlines flights from Brisbane and Sydney to Taipei from October. China Airlines flies four times a week between Sydney and Taipei and operates Brisbane-Taipei three days a week. Qantas said there would be up […]

Jetgo’s first Embraer ERJ-140 due in October

Regional carrier Jetgo’s first Embraer ERJ-140 has emerged from the paintshop sporting the airline’s colours and is undergoing final checks and awaiting the installation of some avionics upgrades before making its way to Australia. The Embraer ERJ-140LR, registration VH-ZJG, is at Republic Airlines’ facility in the US state of Kentucky having completed its paint job and […]

Virgin ready to allow gate-to-gate use of portable electronic devices

Virgin Australia says passengers will soon be able to watch television programs, movies or read e-books from the moment they board their flight until the aircraft arrives at the gate. In a statement released late on Friday afternoon, Virgin Australia said it had applied to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for an exemption to existing […]

Airnorth boosted pilot ranks, changed rosters after 2013 incident: ATSB

Regional airline Airnorth has boosted its pilot ranks and changed its rostering practices following an unintentional navigation error during a flight in January 2013, the aviation safety investigator says. An Australian Transport Safety Board report found two pilots flying an Airnorth Embraer E170 on January 10 2013 from Darwin to the McArthur River Mine in […]

Qantas revamps flight schedules to USA

Qantas has revamped its schedule to the United States and will now offer passengers heading across the Pacific from Sydney the choice of morning, afternoon and early evening flights as well as new three-times-weekly evening services from Melbourne from early 2015. As part of the changes announced on Friday, Melbourne will have 10 flights a week to […]

Emptier flights across Australian skies in June

Australia’s domestic carriers flew emptier aircraft in June as economic conditions and recent capacity increases continue to affect demand for air travel, although analysts say the clouds may slowly be lifting. Load factors on domestic flights fell more than two percentage points in June, to 73.2 per cent from 75.4 per cent in the prior corresponding […]

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