Reduced capacity helped boost load factors in September, figures show

Domestic capacity fell in September. (Seth Jaworski)

Australia’s domestic carriers flew fuller aircraft in September as capacity cuts helped boost load factors, latest figures show. The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) said capacity, as measured by available seat kilometres, on regular public transport (RPT) services fell 0.8 per cent in September, compared with the prior corresponding … [Read more...]

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 find out if it will be given the right to fly with access to … [Read more...]

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 Jetstar … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Jetstar’s new cabin baggage officers to start on Oct 13

Jetstar has lowered the cost of checking in a bag at the airport as it prepares to introduce cabin baggage officers at the departure gate. The six-month trial at Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and Gold Coast airports starts on Monday October 13, with the dedicated crew to monitor passengers’ carry-on luggage to ensure they are within weight and size limits. The … [Read more...]