Thai Airways could lease aircraft and outsource cabin crew as part of turnaround

Thailand‘s Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob reported Thai Airways may consider leasing aircraft and outsourcing cabin attendants as part of fleet and service improvement options (Bangkok…..

Western Sydney Airport enters agreement with dnata and Toll Group for freight precinct design

Western Sydney Airport entered (23-Jan-2020) agreements with dnata and Toll Group to collaborate on the design of its freight precinct. Western Sydney Airport CEO Graham…..

Air New Zealand commences trial of Assaia Apron AI technology

Air New Zealand and Assaia entered (23-Jan-2020) a partnership, alongside Auckland Airport, for the carrier to trial artificial intelligence (AI) in efforts to improve aircraft…..

TTNQ: Canada visitation up 10%, New Zealand visitation down 15%

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) CEO Mark Olsen announced (22-Jan-2020) the tourism industry has shown strong growth, following three years of activities by TTNQ and…..

United Airlines expects to offer Polaris seats on 90% of widebody aircraft by YE2020

United Airlines EVP and chief commercial officer (CCO) Andrew Nocella reported (22-Jan-2020) the carrier expects approximately 90% of its widebody aircraft to have Polaris seats installed…..

Peru works towards a 10% increase in tourists in 2020

Peru‘s Minister of Trade and Tourism Edgar Vasquez stated the country is expecting a 10% year-on-year increase in international arrivals in 2020, driven by the…..

US economy loses USD65bn in 2018 due to workers failing to use vacation days

US Travel Association reported (22-Jan-2020) more than USD65 billion was lost in benefits in 2018, up 9% year-on-year, due to American workers failing to use their vacation days. More than USD151 billion in…..

Antofagasta becomes JetSMART’s second base of operations

JetSMART CEO Estuardo Ortiz, via his personal LinkedIn account, announced (22-Jan-2020) Antofagasta Airport became JetSMART‘s second base of operations. Mr Ortiz stated: “This way we materialise our commitment to…..

BER to be a ‘job engine’ for Berlin and Brandenburg in the coming years

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (FBB) stated (22-Jan-2020) “thousands of new jobs” will be created in the region around Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) in the coming years. The operator estimated…..

Transavia France transitions to plastic-free onboard operations

Transavia France, via its official YouTube and Twitter and accounts, announced (21/22-Jan-2020) it successfully transitioned to plastic-free operations onboard its aircraft. Plastic products have been…..

Iberia Express ‘Express Club’ membership up 20% in 2019

Iberia Express reported (15-Jan-2020) Express Club membership increased 20% year-on-year to 2.8 million members in 2019. [more – original PR – Spanish]