Air Canada and Virgin Australia codeshare. Part 1: the partnership is good news for consumers – but competition is mounting

From early 2017 Air Canada and Virgin Australia introduce a tidy new partnership. Virgin Australia receives improved access to Canada – a market its existing JV partner Delta can’t sufficiently cover from their shared Los Angeles…..

Gulf carrier growth in Australia/NZ. Part 2: Qatar Airways becomes the growth engine

Further Gulf-Australia/NZ growth hinges on Qatar Airways, and reactions to it. Qatar added more capacity to Australia/NZ in 2016 than Emirates or Etihad, and this…..

Tigerair’s regulatory headache; Indonesia’s ill-timed blooper

International aviation is little more than a highly regulated and commercially complex mishmash of a business – as approximately 2,000 passengers, affected by the forced…..

LCCs out to attract business travellers. Part 3: International and Long haul low cost

In the third and final article in this series, the Blue Swan Daily looks at long haul vs short haul LCCs. Is the feasibility of…..

Air New Zealand gets a reprieve as United cuts back on seasonal Auckland service. But record capacity is good news for tourism – and tourists

In early Jan-2017 United Airlines announced plans to cut back its daily San Francisco-Auckland 787-8 service to operate only seasonally. It will suspend the service…..

Gulf carrier growth in Australia/NZ. Part 1: 2017 to be the largest ever capacity increase

As Qatar Airways prepares to launch direct services from Doha to Auckland, in competition with Emirates’ existing Dubai – Auckland service, the Blue Swan Daily…..

LCCs out to attract business travellers. Part 2: Looking behind the online fare

In Part 2 of Blue Swan Daily’s three part series on the increasing use of Low Cost Carriers by the business and corporate market, we…..

LCCs out to attract business travellers. Part 1: How Qantas, Virgin and Air New Zealand have evolved

In a series of three articles, the Blue Swan Daily examines the increasing use of low cost carriers by corporate travellers and travel management companies……

Ministerial travel again under scrutiny

Ministerial travel entitlements have again come under public scrutiny: Health Minister Sussan Ley has faced calls to resign when it was revealed she had bought…..

Technology advancements top the list of what passengers want in 2017

As we move into another year of travel, IATA’s 2016 Global Passenger Survey reveals that passengers are, more than ever, looking towards technology to make…..

2017 set to become the ‘Chinese Year of the Tourist’

According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. But with promises of grand concerts promoting China’s finest musicians and food…..