Friday August 22, 2014

Emptier flights across Australian skies in June

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... [Continue reading]

AirAsia X average falls fall by almost a quarter as capacity growth hits fares

AirAsia X average falls fall by almost a quarter as capacity growth hits fares

Average fares at AirAsia X have fallen by almost a quarter as the long-haul budget carrier lowered ticket prices in a bid to fill seats after embarking on a huge expansion program over the past year. That additional capacity, particularly to Australia... [Continue reading]

Air NZ, Virgin to jointly take travel agents on journey through middle earth

Air NZ, Virgin to jointly take travel agents on journey through middle earth

In a sign of their deepening alliance, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand will jointly take about 250 travel agents on what the pair describes as a “journey through Middle Earth”. The travel familiarisation trip in October will be run in... [Continue reading]

Air New Zealand to deploy refurbed 777-200ER on August 23

Air New Zealand to deploy refurbed 777-200ER on August 23

Air New Zealand will start flights with its refurbished Boeing 777-200ER aircraft on Saturday. The first flights with the upgraded aircraft will be NZ135 from Auckland to Brisbane and the return service NZ136 on Saturday, August 23, according to the Airline... [Continue reading]

Webjet expects domestic conditions to stay subdued

Webjet expects domestic conditions to stay subdued

Online travel company Webjet expects the domestic airline market, particularly for leisure travellers, to remain subdued between now and Christmas. Webjet chief executive John Guscic said the Australian domestic market was essentially flat in 2013/14,... [Continue reading]

Philippine Airlines adds extra seats to Darwin, Brisbane over summer

Philippine Airlines adds extra seats to Darwin, Brisbane over summer

Philippine Airlines is adding extra seats to Darwin and Brisbane for the school holiday period through the use of larger aircraft. The airline will replace Airbus A320 aircraft on its thrice weekly Manila-Darwin-Brisbane service with an Airbus A321 between... [Continue reading]

Scoot boss says staff define Scootitude

Scoot boss says staff define Scootitude

Scoot chief executive Campbell Wilson says staff at the airline are encouraged to be themselves rather than stick within prescriptive rules and procedures. When the Singapore-based low-cost airline launched a little over three years ago, it coined the... [Continue reading]

Latest Jetstar 787 delivered to Cairns

Latest Jetstar 787 delivered to Cairns

The latest Boeing 787 for Jetstar has been delivered to Cairns. The Flightaware website shows 787-8 VH-VKH, operating as JQ7878, departing Boeing’s Paine Field, Everett facility on Thursday evening (August 14), arriving into Cairns at 5:48am on... [Continue reading]

Virgin Australia’s first A330 leaves fleet

Virgin Australia’s first A330 leaves fleet

Virgin Australia’s first Airbus A330 appears to have operated its last flight in the airline’s colours and is being returned to its lessor. The ex-Emirates A330-200 aircraft, registration VH-XFA, left Melbourne for Singapore on Sunday, August... [Continue reading]

Domestic carriers improve on-time efforts

Domestic carriers improve on-time efforts

Domestic flyers have been treated to improved punctuality in 2013/14, with all local airlines bar Tigerair Australia posting a lift in on-time performance, new figures show. In the 12 months to June 30 2014, 83.8 per cent of all flights left within 15... [Continue reading]

Domestic discount airfares lower than a year ago

Domestic discount airfares lower than a year ago

Australia’s domestic carriers’ recent pullback of capacity growth appears yet to have an impact on prices, with the cost of the cheapest economy tickets remaining below last year’s levels. The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and... [Continue reading]

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