Air Vanuatu orders four 133 seat Airbus aircraft

Air Vanuatu CEO Derek Nice and Vanuatu‘s Minister for Finance Gaetan Pikeoune signed a purchase agreement for four new 133 seat Airbus family aircraft on 15-Feb-2019, reportedly valued at VUV3 billion (USD263.6 million)…..

Visitor arrivals to Australia up 5% to 9.2m in 2018, led by arrivals from China

Tourism Australia reported (19-Feb-2019) visitor arrivals to Australia for Dec-2018 and the year ending Dec-2018. Details include: Dec-2018: Visitor arrivals: 1.1 million, +4.2% year-on-year; New…..

Virgin Australia sees opportunities for growth with upcoming A330, 737 MAX deliveries

Virgin Australia GM network and revenue management Russell Shaw said the carrier sees further opportunities in the region to deploy another one to two A330s (Routes Online, 15-Feb-2019)……

Virgin Australia extends wet lease with Alliance Airlines until 2021

Virgin Australia Group extended (18-Feb-2019) its wet lease agreement with Alliance Airlines, allowing Alliance to continue to operate regional services with Fokker equipment on behalf of Virgin Australia until the end of 2021……

Malindo Air announces KL-Taipei-Sapporo service

Malindo Air announced (18-Feb-2019) plans to launch three times weekly Kuala Lumpur-Taiwan Taoyuan-Sapporo Chitose with Boeing 737-800 aircraft from 23-Mar-2019, marking the carrier’s first destination…..

Samoa Airways to deploy 737 MAX 9 on Pacific services from Apr-2019

Samoa Airways plans to deploy Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft on the following services in Apr-2019 (Routes Online, 18-Feb-2019): Apia-Auckland: Daily, effective 02-Apr-2019; Apia-Brisbane: Twice weekly, effective 03-Apr-2019; Apia-Sydney:…..

Auckland International Airport pax up 2.4% in Dec-2018; 20.9m pax in 2018

Auckland International Airport reported (19-Feb-2019) the following traffic highlights: Dec-2018: Passengers: 2.0 million, +2.4% year-on-year; Domestic: 839,530, +2.0%; International: 1.1 million, +2.7%; Aircraft movements: 16,321,…..

Air Tahiti to resume Papeete-Tureia sector from early May-2019

Air Tahiti plans to resume Papeete-Tureia oneway nonstop sector from 06-May-2019, according to the CAPA Route Changes Database, previously suspended in 2017 (Routes Online, 15-Feb-2019). The…..

QantasLink undergoing upgrade to turboprop fleet cabin interiors

Qantas announced (15-Feb-2019) QantasLink is currently upgrading turboprop fleet cabin interiors with new ergonomic seat cushioning, leather upholstery and new floor coverings. As previously reported by CAPA, QantasLink…..

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand up 4% in 2018

Statistics New Zealand reported (15-Feb-2019) international visitor arrivals to New Zealand for Dec-2018 and 2018. Details include: Dec-2018: Total international visitor arrivals: 529,255, +3.1% year-on-year;…..