Air New Zealand first A321neo to enter service in Nov-2018

Air New Zealand confirmed (26-Sep-2018) its first A321neo will enter commercial service in mid-Nov-2018. The aircraft is the first of 13 A320neo family aircraft (seven…..

Air Niugini opens upcoming Port Moresby-Shanghai Pudong service for booking

Air Niugini CEO Tahawar Durrani announced the carrier has opened its Port Moresby-Shanghai Pudong route for reservations (NBC News/Xinhua, 25-Sep-2018). The carrier is due to…..

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand up 5% in Aug-2018, visitors from Australia up 3%

Statistics New Zealand reported (25-Sep-2018) international visitor arrivals to New Zealand for Aug-2018. Details include: Total international visitor arrivals: 246,682, +5.4% year-on-year; Oceania: 127,360, +4.1%;…..

Air Vanuatu planning domestic and international capacity expansion, looking at new markets

Air Vanuatu CEO Derek Nice reported the airline plans to increase international capacity and will “also be working on the growth and development of our…..

AirAsia X to operate 18 additional services between Kuala Lumpur and Gold Coast over Christmas

AirAsia announced (25-Sep-2018) AirAsia X plans to operate an additional 18 return services between Kuala Lumpur and the Gold Coast in summer 2018/19, delivering more than…..

Aircalin to add SITAONAIR inflight connectivity to fleet

Aircalin announced (24-Sep-2018) a partnership with SITAONAIR to add the Internet ONAIR solution to its fleet. Aircalin CEO Didier Tappero noted: “Our passengers are increasingly demanding…..

FCM Travel Solutions provides Air New Zealand fare update

FCM Travel Solutions stated (24-Sep-2018) Air New Zealand has made the following fare amendments on select domestic and Australia services from 28-Sep-2018: Domestic New Zealand:…..

Virgin Australia offers bonus FFP points for Tasman services

Virgin Australia stated it would provide members of its Velocity Programme a “mega-bonus” for services to/from New Zealand (NZ Herald, 24-Sep-2018). There will be 6000 bonus…..

Construction starts at WSA, Qantas and Virgin to operate domestic services from 2026

Australia‘s Prime Minister Scott Morrison turned the first sod at Western Sydney Airport (WSA), officially commencing the airport’s construction (2GB/9 NEWS, 24-Sep-2018). Minister for Citizenship…..

Visitor arrivals to Fiji up 8% in Aug-2018, visitor arrivals from Japan almost double

Fiji Bureau of Statistic reported (23-Sep-2018) total visitor arrivals to Fiji for Aug-2018. Details include: Visitor arrivals: 88,693, +7.7% year-on-year; Australia: 34,641, +5.3%; New Zealand:…..