Egypt and Russia to resume air services from Feb-2018

Russia‘s Minister of Transport Maksim Sokolov signed (15-Dec-2017) a cooperation agreement with Egypt‘s Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathy. The document establishes the legal basis for…..

Ryanair changes long standing policy of not recognising unions to avoid Christmas disruptions

Ryanair agreed (15-Dec-2017) to recognise pilot unions in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Details include: Ryanair to change its long standing policy of not recognising unions in order to avoid…..

flydubai becomes first UAE carrier to operate direct Kilimanjaro service

flydubai launched (15-Dec-2017) three times weekly Dubai–Kilimanjaro-Dar Es Salaam-Dubai and Dubai-Dar Es Salaam-Kilimanjaro-Dubai services on 15-Dec-2017. flydubai is the first UAEbased carrier to operate direct Kilimanjaro service and Emirates will…..

Aer Lingus to receive two A330 aircraft in 2018

Aer Lingus announced (15-Dec-2017) plans to introduce two additional A330 aircraft for summer 2018 operations. The aircraft will assist plans to develop Dublin Airport into a major trans Atlantic…..

Qantas takes delivery of second 787-9 and prepares for international operations

Qantas confirmed (15-Dec-2017) delivery its second Boeing 787-9, named ‘Waltzing Matilda’. The second aircraft allows the carrier to commence international services with its 787-9s, initially operating Melbourne-Los Angeles…..

Air New Zealand becomes first Australasian airline to add Google Assistant

Air New Zealand announced (15-Dec-2017) it will introduce Google Assistant to offer information about the carrier on a range of topics, including check-in and baggage limits. Google Assistant…..

Air Niugini and Sabre sign distribution partnership

Air Niugini announced (14-Dec-2017) a new agreement with Sabre Corporation to distribute the Sabre GDS in Papua New Guinea. The agreement marks Sabre’s entry into the Papua New Guinea…..

Tourism Australia: International arrivals up 7% for year to Sep-2017

Tourism Australia released (Dec-2017) its International Tourism Snapshot for the year to 30-Sep-2017. Details include: International arrivals: 8.7 million, +7% year-on-year; International visitor spend: AUD41.2 billion…..

Victoria Tourism Industry Council appoints new CEO

Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) appointed (11-Dec-2017) Felicia Mariani as CEO, effective mid Jan-2018. Ms Mariani most recently lead The Good Food Foundation and Jamie’s Ministry…..

Queensland Airports Limited reports busiest November with 698,794 pax

Queensland Airports Ltd reported (14-Dec-2017) its busiest November ever in Nov-2017. Details include: Passengers: 698,794, +4.8% year-on-year; Gold Coast Airport: 544,012, +3.7%; Townsville Airport: 135,321, +8.8%; Mount Isa Airport: 16,895,…..

Norwegian Air Shuttle to launch four Europe-US services in summer 2018

Norwegian Air Shuttle announced (14-Dec-2017) plans to launch the following Europe–US services with Boeing 787-9 aircraft in summer 2018: New York JFK–Madrid Barajas: Three times weekly, effective 18-Jul-2018; New York…..