Airline & Airport News.
Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand end trans-Tasman alliance
From 28 October 2018, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand will cease their trans-Tasman union. With the current code sharing, passengers can earn and redeem frequent flyer points and have access to premium perks such as lounge access and priority check-in. After 28 October 2018 these benefits will no longer be available. Any affected customers travelling after this date will be contacted with new flight options and are advised to refrain from amending any bookings prior to being contacted.
Qantas Terminal 8 JFK
On 3 April 2018 Qantas relocated from Terminal 7 to Terminal 8 at New York’s JFK, and now shares a terminal with partner American Airlines. The new terminal will gain Qantas customers access to a new range of food and retail outlets. Eligible customers will also have access to American Airlines’ lounges within the terminal. The Admirals Club lounges are available for Qantas Club members, while Business customers can enjoy the newly renovated Flagship Lounge. American Airlines’ lounges are also available to eligible Qantas Frequent Flyers and oneworld members.
Air New Zealand boosts trans-Tasman flights
Following the recent announcement that Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia will be ceasing their trans-Tasman alliance in October this year, the New Zealand-based carrier has unveiled a new schedule to follow. Two new routes from Brisbane to Queenstown and Wellington are on the map, plus twice-daily flights between Christchurch and Brisbane and Melbourne on peak days. Christchurch to Sydney will operate twice daily Monday-Friday, with the overall increase to Christchurch services representing about 35,000 extra seats annually. There will also be 125,000 additional trans-Tasman seats from Auckland including a new morning flight to Melbourne, more evening flights to Brisbane and a new midday Sydney service.
QF automated Check-in at SYD International
Qantas has partnered up with Sydney Airport’s T1 International Terminal to launch more self-service check-in and baggage drop facilities, similar to those already used at Sydney’s T3. With the kiosks now open, passengers will be able to collect their boarding pass and go directly to the security gates through to the lounges.
VA’s SYD-HKG now on sale
Virgin Australia has released tickets for its inaugural flight from Sydney to Hong Kong on an Airbus A330-300. The flight is on 2 July 2018 with business class fares starting at $2679.
QF eyes off Brisbane-Chicago direct
Following the launch of their direct Perth-London service, Qantas is now looking into further direct routes for the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Announcing the consideration of Brisbane to America, the Dreamliner could be flying direct through to Chicago. Qantas’ newly announced Melbourne to San Francisco flights commence from September 2018.
First 787-10 handed over
The first Boeing 787-10 has been delivered to Singapore Airlines. The newest and largest member of the Dreamliner family has longer fuselage and can carry 40 more passengers than its cousins. The new Dreamliner will make its debut in May, with routes to Osaka, Japan and to Perth.
BA upgrades business class to SYD and SIN
British Airway’s new Club World business class ‘sleep experience’ will make its way to Sydney and Singapore in the third quarter of 2018, with a new menu implemented by the end of the year. This is a part of the $700 million refurbishment of BA’s business class, which will lead into their new Club World seat in 2019. The White Company will supply bedding for the daily BA11/BA12 and BA15/BA16 flights.
Qantas new Perth Airport T3 int’l terminal
With the launch of the non-stop Perth – London service in March, Qantas has opened its upgraded T3 international terminal at Perth Airport. The non-stop service, as well as Singapore and Auckland services will run from the new international wing with the rest of the terminal being domestic.
QF eyes off non-stop flights to Paris
With the successful launch of their Boeing 787 between Perth and London, Qantas is already looking to extend the reach of their non-stop flights. They are expecting to add Paris to this service by the end of 2019.
QF lounge media
Marketing company oOh! Media has landed a contract with Qantas to supply advertising solutions in key domestic Qantas Club and Business Lounges throughout Australia. Commencing in April, there will be tasting bars, car promotional zones, product placement & Wi-Fi sponsorship and window deals.
Etihad trials VR
Etihad has announced a trial of virtual reality technology in its Abu Dhabi lounges. The technology has been introduced with SkyLights Aero Virtual Reality and is available in the flagship First Class Lounge & Spa and the Business Class Premium Lounge in T3 at AUH.
SQ’s SilverKris lounge makeover
Singapore Airlines is set to upgrade its lounge facilities at Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 3. The upgrade will see the Business and First-Class lounges, and The Private Room redesigned with the focus being ‘home away from home’. The new lounges are predicted to open in 2020.
Delta Airlines Velocity Points
Velocity members can now earn extra Velocity Points when flying in Business or First Class on all Delta Air Lines and Virgin Australia operated flights (DL or VA flight number). Members will earn up to 2 Velocity points per mile flown to the United States compared to previously earning 1.25-2 points per mile. Book via your normal online booking tool or contact CTM today!
Sydney rated Australia’s best airport
Skytrax’s annual report on the world’s best airports has released its results with Sydney Airport coming in at 20, closely followed by Brisbane ranked 22 and Melbourne 27. The awards are presented by air traveller in the largest, annual global customer satisfaction survey. The 2018 Awards were based on 13.73 million questionnaires completed by over 100 different nationalities over a period from August 2017 to February 2018.
Sydney’s Cheapest 24-Hour Airport Carpark Opens ($4 a Day)
Located just 10 minutes from Sydney Airport, Sydney’s new 24-hour carpark in Mascot has opened with an introductory rate of $4 per day. This rate also includes a free shuttle bus to your terminal. The new carpark has 1600-plus spaces. Bookings can be made ahead of time online, there’s even the additional option of having your car washed! However, the $4 fee is for a limited time only, from May the price with increase to $8 per day.
Biometric collection deal
Australia’s Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has signed a contract with global IT company Unisys Australia to provide a new state of the art biometrics service, which will used at the boarders, aimed at preventing potential security threats. Named the EBIS (Enterprise Biometric Identification Services) system, it will enable DHA to “more accurately process and more efficiently analyse biometric data” of all travellers, the Turnbull Government said.
SYD int’l traffic up
Sydney Airport has reported that its overseas passenger traffic has jumped to 7.4% year-on-year in February to 1.31 million visitors. Domestic passengers also increased by 3.8% to 2.14 million. The Airport has claimed that this is due to a 6.4% increase in capacity and 0.7% boost of airline load factors.
Mantra Albury opening
Opening in early 2018, Mantra’s Albury Hotel features 146 studio rooms and suites. Located in the CBD the hotel features a restaurant and bar, executive lounge, fully equipped gym and large conference spaces. There is also access to 24-hour reception and Wi-Fi.
Indigo for Sydney
Intercontinental Hotels Group has revealed that Sydney will be the next location for its next Indigo brand hotel. Hotel Indigo Sydney Central with open it 168-rooms in 2021 in the CBD opposite Capitol Square. The hotel will feature a restaurant, café and bar, along with five suites, a roof top terrace and a gym.
Sage Wollongong CTM Winter Special
Sage Wollongong is currently offering a winter special for its CTM clients. Receive a Complimentary Full Buffet Breakfast for 1 person for bookings made on Rate Access Code – CTM. Offer ends 30 June 2018.
Mantra Group – Travelling in April?
Mantra Group have an array of hotels in various key locations ready for your business travels in April. Mantra have a range of hotels with different price points and room types. Book via your normal online booking tool or contact CTM today!
Avani Central Melbourne
The Minor Group have recently opened a new property in the heart of Melbourne. The Avani Central Melbourne, located on A’Beckett Street is host to 54 stories of one and two bedroom fully furnished suites. To celebrate the opening, they are offering a special on one-bedroom suites from just $165pn.
IHG acquires 51% of Regent
IHG is set to acquire 51% stake in Regent Hotels and Resorts for $39 million. IHG is focused on growing their brand from six hotels to over 40 hotels in key global locations.