Airline & Airport News.
Air NZ amends theworks fares on NZ7000
Air New Zealand has made the decision to stop selling The Works fares on NZ7000 series flights operated by Virgin Australia, as of 27 January. Seat and Seat + Bag fares are now the only fares offered on the VA trans-Tasman service. Customers who have booked and ticketed The Works prior to 27 January, will continue to receive theworks on their Virgin Australia operated service.
Christchurch International welcomes first driverless shuttle
The trial of New Zealand’s first ever driverless shuttles will soon begin, with Christchurch International Airport welcoming the first of the autonomous vehicles earlier this month. The 15-person shuttles will be trialled on private airport grounds, with an aim to move to public roads in the near future. The trial will be overseen by the Ministry of Transport, researchers and developers from the University of Canterbury, as well as the New Zealand Transport Agency.
United Airlines’ AKL-SFO route to become seasonal
UA’s Auckland to San Francisco route will change to a seasonal operation, with flights to be suspended over the Winter period. Passengers who are booked on this service between April and October will be transferred to flights operated by Air New Zealand.
Self-service check-in kiosk installed at Auckland Airport
In preparation for record numbers of passengers this summer, Auckland Airport has installed 45 mobile self-service check-in kiosks, allowing passengers to check-in, print boarding passes and baggage tags. Cathay Pacific and American Airlines passengers will be the first to use the new kiosks, with other airlines coming online later this year.
JFK to get $10 billion transformation business travel
Plans for a US$10 billion transformation of JFK International Airport have just been unveiled by New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo. The redevelopment aims to create easier access for passengers, and position JFK as a world-class airport in line with London and Dubai. The plan looks at expanding roads to the airport, increasing the AirTrain from two cars to four, and linking the terminals to create an internal passage making business travel much more seamless.
Cathay Pacific opens new lounges in Hong Kong and Singapore
Later this year Cathay Pacific will commence its roll out of two new airport lounges at Hong Kong International Airport and Singapore’s Changi Airport. Hong Kong’s Gate 16 lounge (currently branded as Dragonair), will be re-branded as Cathay Pacific when it reopens at the end of Q2 2017. The newly-built Terminal 4 at Changi Airport will home the airport’s first Cathay Pacific business class lounge, opening in Q3 2017.
Launch date confirmed for Qatar’s super business class
Qatar Airways has finally confirmed a launch date for its highly anticipated ‘super business class’ seating. The proprietary designed business suites will be unveiled at this year’s ITB Berlin travel trade show on 8 March 2017. Although many details of the new design have been kept secretive, certain hints have been dropped such as middle seats to feature a double bed.
Expansion for Dubai’s Al Maktoum International
Al Maktoum International Airport may soon become the world’s largest passenger and cargo hub, with expansion plans likely to be approved this week. An increased capacity would allow 220 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo to pass through the airport each year. Once approved, the $35 billion project would take up to 12 years to complete.
Economy passengers allowed EK DXB lounge access… for a price
Emirates’ Dubai International Airport lounges are opening their doors for Economy class Skyward Blue members, for the first time. For a price of US$100, passengers get up to 4 hours of Emirates Lounge or Business Class Lounge access. The First Class lounge can also be accessed for a price of US$200 for 4 hours.
MH expands codeshare with AA
Malaysia Airlines’ codeshare pact with American Airlines has expanded, with additional routes now showing the MH code. The expanded codeshare covers services to and from AA’s Charlotte, LAX and Philadelphia hubs
Cathay’s Hong Kong–Toronto goes double daily
From 24 June, Cathay Pacific will commence double daily flights on its Hong Kong to Toronto route. The extra services will continue through the summer until 4 September, operating on a Boeing 777-300ER.
Changi Airport announces $50 million technology programme
Singapore’s Changi Airport will be working with a variety of start-ups as a part of its new five-year incubator programme aiming to find new solutions for airport efficiency. The Living Lab will operate within the airport, and focus on a number of different areas including; automation, data analytics, Internet of Things, security technologies and smart infrastructure management.
New baggage rules for EY passengers with connecting flights
From 1 February, Etihad Airways’ passengers who make separate bookings for each leg of their journey must re-check their baggage before boarding connecting flights. Passengers who book under one reservation for the entire journey will have their baggage checked through to their final destination as usual.
EK Dubai – Rome three-times daily
Emirates is expanding its capacity on is Dubai-Rome route by adding a third daily flight. Once launched on 26 March, the new flight will bring capacity up to 1,237 seats on offer daily.
Emirates increases capacity on Dubai-Sao Paulo
Effective 26 March, EK will be offering an extra 959 seats per week in each direction on its Dubai-Sao Paulo route. The airline will be replacing the current Boeing 777-300ERs with Airbus A380s, increasing the capacity and offering 76 Business class seats.
Wellington Art Hotel renamed to QT Museum Wellington Hotel
Wellington’s quirky Art Hotel will soon be known as QT Museum Wellington Hotel, following its acquisition by Sydney-based Amalgamated Holdings. The new owner has committed to maintaining the hotel’s creative edge, while updating the furniture and finishing the refurbishment of the guest rooms. The name change will come into effect on 23rd January and refurbishments to be completed in nine months’ time.