Saturday October 25, 2014

Qantas says yields and passenger numbers up in September

Qantas has reported improving passenger numbers and yields for the three months to September amid ongoing weak consumer sentiment. The latest monthly operating statistics released on Friday showed Qantas domestic (including QantasLink) reported a 1.6 per cent lift in passengers for September, compared with the same month a year ago. The rise in passengers, coupled with […]

Joyce points to early 2015 hearing for Jetstar Hong Kong

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says he expects the proposed Jetstar Hong Kong franchise will be granted a hearing by the local government in early 2015. Jetstar Hong Kong, which was launched in 2012, is yet to secure an operating licence and has been forced to sell aircraft and park others while it waits to […]

Qantas CEO says airline on track for first half underlying profit

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says the airline group is on track to post an underlying profit before tax for the first half of 2014/15. The updated guidance, delivered to shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting in Melbourne on Friday, was unchanged from the outlook the airline presented at its 2013/14 full year results […]

Jetstar supports Little Athletics with special A320 livery

Jetstar has applied a special livery on one of its Airbus A320 aircraft to kick off a sponsorship deal with Little Athletics Australia. As part of the two-year naming rights partnership, decals featuring the image of two Little Athletics participants – Sean Phillips and Gemma Casaceli – have been applied on the fuselage of A320 VH-VFL along […]

Air NZ says newest safety video “most epic” ever made

Air New Zealand will conclude a three-year association with The Hobbit movie trilogy with what it labels “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made”. From an airline that has given the traveling public fitness guru Richard Simmons, nude cabin crew covered only in body paint, Sports Illustrated swimsuit models, television veteran Betty White and extreme […]

American Airlines to codeshare on Jetstar Japan services

American Airlines has expanded its Japanese network through a series of new codeshares with Jetstar Japan. The Dallas-based carrier will place its AA code on Jetstar Japan’s services from Tokyo Narita to Fukuoka, Matsuyama, Okinawa, Osaka and Sapporo from October 26, American said in a statement on Wednesday. American has a joint business agreement with two of […]

Virgin completes partial sale of Velocity, pockets $336 million

Virgin Australia has received a $336 million boost to its balance sheet after completing the partial sale of its Velocity Frequent Flyer program. The deal to sell a 35 per cent stake in Velocity to investment firm and fund manager Affinity Equity Partners that was announced in August has been concluded, Virgin said in a […]

Cairns farewells the Qantas 767

Cairns has joined the list of ports to say goodbye to Qantas Boeing 767-300ER services. The last Qantas 767 flight from Cairns left the North Queensland tourist spot on Tuesday October 21 when QF925 operated by VH-OGI departed for Sydney at 1206 local time. Cairns-based ARFF fire trucks gave VH-OGI, which was delivered to Qantas in August 1991, […]

Rex and Qantas claim on-time honours for September

Despite a strong improvement in on-time performance from Virgin Australia, Qantas and Regional Express (Rex) have maintained their position as the nation’s most punctual airlines. Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) showed Rex led all Australian airlines for on-time departures in September, with 90.4 per cent of its flights pushing […]

Archerfield Airport opens new student accommodation facility

Archerfield Airport in Brisbane’s south-west has opened a new $4 million student accommodation facility. The airport, which is about 11km from Brisbane’s CBD and caters for general aviation and flying schools, has about 10 providers of pilot training and aviation-related courses. The two-storey Aviation Student Accommodation Complex (ASAC), which was leased and managed by Basair […]

Expansion work begins at Queenstown Airport

As the ski season ends and summer approaches, work has begun on Queenstown Airport’s new international terminal. The project is expected to increase terminal space at the airport’s southern end by a third, adding 4,080 square metres of extra floor space and allowing Queenstown to double its international operations. The outer shell was expected to […]

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