August Corporate News
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Airport Security Update
Qantas is advising that the Australian Government has moderated some of the additional aviation security measures introduced on 30 July, which should reduce the time it takes to move through domestic and international airports around the country. “We ask that passengers please ensure they arrive with plenty of time ahead of their flight,” Qantas said. Source: Travel Daily
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Air China Plans – Beijing to Brisbane
Brisbane Airport is set to receive additional passenger uplift to/from China’s capital, Beijing, with two new routes winning approval from Chinese authorities. Air China has been granted authority to fly between Beijing and Brisbane, potentially making it the first Chinese carrier to offer non-stop services linking the two cities.
Air China already operates nonstop flights to Beijing Capital from both Sydney and Melbourne. Chinese authorities have also given Hainan Airlines the nod to begin its own Beijing-Brisbane service, however, the start date, frequency and aircraft to be used by it and Air China have not been indicated as yet. Beijing-Brisbane will be a second route to the Queensland capital operated by Hainan Airlines which is preparing to launch flights from Shenzhen to Brisbane next month. Hainan Airlines, which is part of the HNA Group that is seeking an Alliance Framework Agreement with Virgin Australia on flights between Australia and China (and Hong Kong), has also been authorized to commence new non-stop flights between Haikou in the Hainan province to Sydney.
Source: Travel Daily
Hawaiian Airlines Expands Popular Business Class Auction Upgrade
Effective this month, passengers flying Economy class with Hawaiian Airlines can barter their way to an upgrade to Business class on flights between Australia and Hawaii, and onto North America. HA’s Bid Up by Hawaiian Airlines is an auction upgrade service that will be made available to eligible guests via email, approximately 10 days prior to departure. Successful bidders are notified 48hrs before departure. Source: Travel Daily.
Emirates & flydubai Join Forces, Announce Extensive Partnership Agreement
Emirates and flydubai unveiled an extensive partnership which will see the two Dubai-based airlines join forces to offer customers unmatched travel options. Both airlines will continue to be managed independently but will leverage each other’s network to scale up their operations and accelerate growth.
The innovative partnership goes beyond code-sharing and includes integrated network collaboration with coordinated scheduling. The new model will give flydubai customers seamless connectivity to Emirates’ worldwide destinations spanning six continents. For Emirates’ customers, it opens up flydubai’s robust regional network. The partnership will be rolled out over the coming months, with the first enhanced code-sharing arrangements starting in the last quarter of 2017. Further details will be communicated as they become available. Source: etravelnews
Gatwick Airport will invest £1.15 billion over the next five years to facilitate more growth, improve efficiency and maintain record levels of passengers satisfaction. A total of £240 million planned for 2017/18 alone includes building a new hangar in partnership with Boeing, adding a new domestic arrivals facility in South Terminal and more. Source: Travel Daily.
PNG DFAT Update
Smartraveller has advised election-related protests in Papua New Guinea’s Mt Hagen have eased & services are expected to return to normal in coming days. Some tensions remain across PNG and may cause disruption of flight and transport schedules. Source: Travel Daily