News Briefs

    Tigerair to resume services to Indonesia

    Tigerair Australia received (19-Jan-2017) a key approval from the Indonesian Government to operate scheduled flights to/from Bali using its A320 aircraft. The carrier plans to resume its normal Bali flying schedule from 03-Feb-2017, subject to final procedural approvals being secured.

    In the interim, Virgin Australia will continue to transport passengers who were scheduled to travel with Tigerair from Bali to Australia between 20-Jan-2017 and 02-Feb-2017. All Tigerair scheduled services from Bali to Australia are suspended for this period.


    Air New Zealand Queenstown milestone

    Air New Zealand marked (20-Jan-2017) a new milestone of one million domestic passengers to/from Queenstown in 2016. The carrier handled 163,000 more domestic customers into Queenstown in the year to the end, representing close to 20% year-on-year growth.

    Air New Zealand chief revenue officer Cam Wallace noted:

    “A decade ago we were carrying around 375,000 people a year on our Queenstown routes so to break the 1,000,000 barrier is phenomenal”.


    Four Seasons Sydney opens new lounge

    Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has opened its new executive club, Lounge 32. Located on level 32, the lounge includes ‘residential-style’ offerings such as a central open-plan kitchen with open bar, self-service fridges stocked with Australian wines and gourmet, healthy homemade-style dishes. The space has been designed by Australian interior designer Miriam Fanning of Mim Design.

    Lounge 32 is reserved for guests booked in a Club room or Club suite on the top floors of the property.


    eBay bans sale of Qantas lounge passes

    eBay has reportedly banned sales of Qantas Club guest passes, which are currently being traded privately using the online shopping site. The passes, which can attract bids of upwards of AUD50, are offered free to certain members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program as well as credit card companies such as American Express, as an incentive but are not transferable or for sale.


    Air Tahiti Nui new partnership

    Air Tahiti Nui handled 490,000 passengers in 2016, a 3%-4% year-on-year increase (, 19-Jan-2017). The carrier also expects a profit in 4Q2016 with more than a 10% gross margin. Sales increased by 1%.

    The carrier noted that to continue its growth trajectory, it has reinforced its partnership with American Airlines, codesharing on service from Los Angeles to 22 cities in North America, including San Francisco, San Diego and Las Vegas. American Airlines will codeshare on the carrier’s services to Paris and Los Angeles.

    In 2017, the carrier is also scheduled to take delivery of its first Boeing 787, with a further two deliveries in Dec-2018 and two during 2019.


    China Southern Airlines new Auckland service

    China Southern Airlines plans to operate Guangzhou-Auckland service 10 times weekly from 26-Mar-2017 and replace Boeing 787-8 with A330-200 equipment on the route from 01-Jun-2017 (Airline Route, 19-Jan-2017). The airline currently operates the route twice daily with 777-300ER and 787 aircraft, according to OAG.



    Nauru Airlines approved to fly to Guam

    US Department of Transportation awarded (13-Jan-2017) Nauru Airlines a foreign air carrier exemption allowing it to operate scheduled foreign air transport services between Nauru and Guam, via Tarawa, Majuro, and Pohnpei as intermediate points. The company also granted the carrier charter exemption authority. The DoT will tentatively grant Nauru Airlines a foreign air carrier permit for these services.


    Fiji Airways codeshare to Toronto

    American Airlines and Fiji Airways received (19-Jan-2017) approval from the Canadian Transportation Agency to operate a codeshare on services operated by American between Los Angeles and Toronto, for a period of three years beginning 01-Feb-2017.


    Sydney passenger numbers increase

    Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport passenger numbers – traffic highlights:

    Dec-2016 Passenger numbers: 3.8 million, +3.3% year-on-year;

    • Domestic: 2.3 million, +1.0%;
    • International: 1.5 million, +7.1%;


    Top 10 nationalities travelling through Sydney Airport:

      • Australia: +4.7%;
      • China: +8.5%;
      • New Zealand: +2.7%;
      • UK: +2.0%;
      • US: +10.0%;
      • India: +13.4%;
      • Korea: -1.2%;
      • Japan: +29.4%;
      • Malaysia: -3.2%;
      • Indonesia: +45.6%;

    2016 annual results

    • Passenger numbers: 41.9 million, +5.6%;
      • Domestic: 26.9 million, +3.8%;
      • International: 14.9 million, +8.9%.