Airline & Airport News.
Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia end trans-Tasman alliance
From 28 October 2018, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia 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.
New direct US route for Air NZ
Air New Zealand has announced a new, thrice-weekly direct service from Auckland to Chicago. The new service will begin 30 November 2018 and will operate with partners United Airlines on a Boeing 787-9.
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 double-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.
Etihad trials VR
Etihad has announced a trial of virtual reality technology in its 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.
Wellington Airport prepares for long haul operations
New Zealand’s third busiest airport, Wellington International is promising a transformative 2018 with several infrastructures and new projects in the works. The airport is seeing an increased amount of international traffic and its single runway is recording a major traffic growth for the third year in a row.
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.
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. It will make its debut in May, with its routes to Osaka, Japan and to Perth.
Auckland tram project
Auckland’s big city-tram project is set to start in two years. The plan has drawn in bids from China and France, especially with Sydney’s A$2.1 billion light rail project due to open next year drawing in a French business homing in on Auckland’s Wynyard-airport light rail plans.
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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.