Airline & Airport News.
QF boosts Sydney-Queenstown route
Qantas has announced that two extra weekly flights between Sydney and Queenstown will operate during July and August this year. The additional flights are a response to higher than expected demand during the ski season, and will take total capacity up to 10 flights per week.
Air NZ introduces 787 to Adelaide
Air New Zealand will soon introduce a Boeing 787-9 aircraft on its Adelaide-Auckland route, increasing current capacity by 23%. The new Dreamliner will operate thrice-weekly from October 2017, on flights NZ191/192, offering Business Premier and Premium Economy seating for the first time.
Expansion of Air NZ and AC codeshare
An expansion of Air New Zealand’s codeshare agreement with Air China, will see several new Chinese cities added to the list. The new routes operated by an Air China aircraft include, Beijing to Lanzhou, Taiyuan and Yantai, as well as Shanghai Pu Dong to Changchun, Harbin, Lanzhou and Xi’an.
UA’s 787-9 on AUK route
United Airline’s new San Francisco-Auckland service will soon operate on a 787-9 Dreamliner instead of its current Boeing 777-300ER. The change will take affect from 29 October 2017.
EK expands paid access to global lounge network
Some exciting news for those travelling on Emirates flights and codeshare flights! Paid access to Emirates’ global lounge network has been expanded to include guests of Gold or Platinum Skywards members. At a cost of $US100, travellers accompanying top tier Skywards members can visit the lounges for a maximum of four hours.
EK boosts Dubai-Bali
From 2 July 2017, Emirates will be adding a second daily flight between Dubai and Bali, in response to growing demand for the service. The flights EK360/361 will operate on Boeing 777-300ERs.
Delta changes terminals at LAX
A terminal reshuffle at LAX will see Delta Airlines moving from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3. The changeover will take place from 14 – 16 May 2017, allowing faster connections to Delta’s partner airlines, less ramp congestion plus access to new restaurants and facilities.
US and UK ban devices from Middle Eastern and African flights
The US and UK have banned large portable devices such as laptops, tablets, and eBook readers, from carry-on luggage on flights from Middle Eastern and African countries. For more information on what countries are affected from the ban click here
Emirates’ offers travellers a solution to laptop ban
In response to the UK and US portable device travel ban, Emirates is offering passengers a laptop handling and collection service pre-boarding. The service allows travellers to use their devices in the terminal until shortly before boarding, where they will be collected by the airline and stored in the hold for the duration of the flight. The collection service gives travellers more time with their devices in the terminal, rather than departing with them when they check-in their luggage.
EK and QT – In-flight solution to device ban
In response to the UK and US devices ban, Emirates and Qatar airlines have introduced electronic loan services to minimise the impact of the ban to business travellers during their flights. The airlines are offering laptops and tablets to use in-flight, equipped with Microsoft Office and USB ports, allowing passengers to download their work to the device and continue working during their journey.
BA introduces biometrics at Heathrow
Travellers flying with British Airways can now fast-track their airport security checks at London Heathrow, with facial recognition technology replacing traditional passport and boarding pass scans. Three gates at the airport’s Terminal 5 are now using the system with another 33 planned to roll-out in the next few months.
BA releases more details about the new Club World business seat
British Airways has revealed more details about its new Club World business seat, which will make its debut in 2019. With fully-lie flat functionality, extra storage compartments and direct aisle access for all, the business seats will be fitted on the carrier’s Airbus A350s and Boeing 787-10s from 2019, and may be fitted on some of BA’s existing fleet later on.
China Southern adds second daily flight to LHR
From 1 June 2017, China Southern will add a second daily service to London Heathrow from Guanghou, as part of its Canton Route service. The new flights will provide further connections to Australia and New Zealand, operating on the new Boeing 787s.
Queenstown to welcome New Zealand’s 2nd Holiday Inn Express
A $60 million Holiday Inn Express will begin construction in Queenstown later this year, becoming the second of its brand to enter New Zealand. The 227-room property will offer guests meeting rooms, laundry facilities and feature a fitness centre when it opens in 2018.
AccorHotels signs new apartment hotel in Auckland
Set to open in Q3 2017, The Sebel Auckland Manukau is AccorHotel’s newest addition. Featuring 152 rooms, conference spaces and a gymnasium, the 4.5-star apartment hotel is an exciting expansion for the Accor brand in New Zealand.
Best Western opens new hotel in Tokyo
Best Western hotels are set to open the Best Western Tokyo Nishikasai Grande on Saturday 1 April 2017. The 105-room hotel is a perfect stop for business travellers, located near the central districts of Marunouchi and Ginza and featuring a 24-hour business centre.