Airline & Airport News.
Air NZ’s premium Dreamliner boosts business class
Air New Zealand’s newest Boeing 787-9 fleet will increase the number of business class and premium economy seats by more than 50% compared to the airline’s current 787s jets. The first ‘premium-ised’ Dreamliner will offer 27 business premier and 33 premium economy seats, operating on the daily Auckland-Houston service from 8 December 2017.
Air NZ upgrades Auckland – Denpasar
Air New Zealand will upgrade its seasonal service between Auckland and Denpasar by deploying a 787-9 Dreamliner on the route. Offering Business Premier for the first time, the Dreamliner will increase capacity on the thrice-weekly service, which will operate between June and October this year.
Qantas daily to ZQN
Qantas will offer a daily direct service between Sydney and Queenstown from October this year. The route will operate using Boeing 737s, and supports QF’s winter service to ZQN in July & August.
Jetstar adds seats on New Zealand-Australia routes
Jetstar will be adding six more seats to its A320 aircraft, which regularly operates the carrier’s trans-Tasman service. Forty-three A320s will be reconfigured to fit 186 seats instead of its current 180, with LED lighting and new carpets also included in the plans. Jetstar has confirmed that leg-room will not be compromised.
Air New Zealand opens MEL lounge
Air NZ has completed its trans-Tasman lounge network, with the airlines brand new Melbourne Airport lounge opening on May 9 2017. The lounge mimics the sleek design of the Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland sister lounges, with a bar and live cooking station.
CX Dine on Demand
Cathay Pacific’s new ‘dine on demand’ service will start trials next month, allowing business travellers more flexibility to eat what they want, when they want. The service commenced trials on 1 May 2017, on CX’s London Gatwick route CX343/CX344, and will later commence on Chicago flights CX806/CX807 from 1 June 2017. The full roll out will take place gradually from late Q3 2017, and will be offered on the airline’s international routes.
Singapore visa validity
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued an advisory on its Smartraveller platform regarding passport validity in Singapore. The update advises that Singapore authorities require all travellers (including those transiting) to have at least six months’ validity remaining on their passports (entry and exit).
SYD releases indoor Google Maps
Sydney Airport has released an indoor Google Maps feature that enables passengers to navigate their way through the airport via their mobile device. The app delivers up-to-date terminal location information for both T1 International and T2 Domestic terminals and incorporates Google’s intuitive search capabilities. Read more: https://goo.gl/PA07TK
BA launches in-flight W-Fi
British Airways is now offering in-flight Wi-Fi on select international flights, with one Boeing 747 having completed its fit-out and another scheduled for July. Prices for the service range from £4.99 (approx. $8.74 AUD) for 1 hour, to £23.99 (approx. $42.01 AUD) for a full flight pass of high-speed internet.
Avani Hotels to launch in Auckland
Avani Hotels & Resorts has announced the NZ$11 million acquisition of Metro Suites in Auckland. The 40-storey luxury tower will undergo a major refurbishment and rebrand to Metropolis Avani, before opening its doors in October 2017.
Hertz Christchurch accepting bookings
Hertz New Zealand is excited to announce that it is now accepting bookings for its new Christchurch City location. From August 2017, customers will be able to rent from the new store, marking a significant return for Hertz – six years after the Canterbury earthquakes.