Helsinki gets Lucky with new link to China

Finavia senior vice president Joni Sundelin, speaking at World Routes, revealed (24-Sep-2017) that Chinese carrier Lucky Air will introduce a twice weekly link between Kunming, Chengdu and Helsinki. The first regular flight…..

El Al Israel Airlines to deploy 777-200ER to Beijing for summer 2018

El Al Israel Airlines plans to replace Boeing 767-300ER aircraft currently deployed on three times weekly Tel Aviv–Beijing route with 777-200ER aircraft from 30-Jun-2018 (Routes Online, 24-Sep-2017). As previously reported…..

Qantas to take delivery of first 787-9 in mid-Oct-2017

Qantas, via its official Twitter account, announced (21-Sep-2017) the delivery flight for its first Boeing 787-9 will occur in mid-Oct-2017. The aircraft will initially be deployed on…..

Australian domestic trips up 2% for year to Jun-2017

Tourism Research Australia provided (20-Sep-2017) a breakdown of domestic overnight travel for the year to Jun-2017: Domestic overnight holiday trips increased 2% year-on-year to 37.7 million;…..

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand up 6% in Aug-2017, departures up 7%

Statistics New Zealand reported (21-Sep-2017) international visitor arrivals to New Zealand for Aug-2017. Details include: Total international visitor arrivals: 233,991, +5.8% year-on-year; Oceania: 122,400, +4.3%; Australia: 111,312, +4.9%;…..

Queensland launches new tourism experiences marketing programme

Queensland State Government launched (21-Sep-2017) a new marketing initiative – the ‘Best of Queensland Experiences Program’ – to highlight the state’s best tourism experiences. The programme…..

Australia reviews curfew regulations for Melbourne Essendon Airport to allow quieter jets

Australia Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development proposed (20-Sep-2017) to amend the air navigation regulations for Melbourne Essendon Airport to reduce aircraft noise during curfew hours by limiting…..

Gold Coast Airport apron expansion well underway, to complete Mar-2018

Gold Coast Airport reported (21-Sep-2017) the apron expansion project to create approximately 20,000sqm of additional capacity is well underway and due for completion in Mar-2018. The…..

Alitalia extends binding bid period until 16-Oct-2017

Alitalia and Alitalia Cityliner extended (21-Sep-2017) the binding bid period related the the group’s insolvency proceedings from 02-Oct-2017 to 16-Oct-2017. 05-Nov-2017 remains unchanged for the “completion of the next…..

La Compagnie orders two all business class A321neos

La Compagnie ordered (21-Sep-2017) two A321neos from Airbus, due for delivery in 2019. The aircraft will operate an all business class configuration, complete with WiFi and full flat…..

KLM partners with GetYourGuide

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines entered (21-Sep-2017) a new partnership with GetYourGuide, an online booking platform for tours and activities. The partnership means KLM customers can book over 30,000…..