Airline & Airport News.
Singapore Airlines increases frequency to ANZ
From 1 May 2018, Singapore Airlines will commence a daily Singapore–Sydney–Canberra service, operating on a Boeing 777-300ER featuring 48 seats in Business Class. The airline will also start a Singapore–Melbourne–Wellington service from 3 May 2018, operating four-times-weekly on Boeing 777-200. The new routes will replace the existing Singapore–Canberra–Wellington service, and come in response to increased demand for international travel to and from Canberra and Wellington.
Air NZ to boost CHC-SYD
From 25 March 2018, Air New Zealand will increase frequency on its Christchurch–Sydney service. The current six-times-weekly service will operate up to 12 flights per week.
VA’s next-generation 737s
Virgin Australia is counting down to the delivery of its new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The first of the next-generation jets are due at the end of 2019, with a total of 40 on order. The MAX 8 jets are the same size as the Boeing 737-800, and feature an eye-catching wingtip which has been designed for aerodynamic purposes and greater fuel efficiency.
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VA adds podcasts to IFE
Virgin Australia has partnered with Australian audio on demand company, Whooshkaa, to offer podcasts as part of its in-flight entertainment system. Selected podcasts including Business Insider, Meshel Laurie’s Australian True Crime, myBody+Soul’s Healthy-ish and Rachel Corbett’s You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere, became available to passengers on 1 February 2018.
Qatar Super Wi-Fi
Qatar Airways is currently undergoing testing for a new high-speed internet system, Super Wi-Fi, to be offered for Boeing 777-300ER Qsuite passengers. The service uses the Inmarsat satellite network in partnership with Qatari telco Ooordeoo, and is currently offered for free.
Cathay Pacific to close The Cabin lounge at HKG
Cathay Pacific’s The Cabin lounge at Hong Kong airport will shut its doors in April 2018, following the opening of The Deck business lounge scheduled for March. The Cabin first opened in October 2010, and features floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views over the tarmac.
EY closes Style & Shave
Etihad Airways has closed its Style & Shave facilities at the airline’s business and first-class lounges at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The salons offered wet shaves, haircuts, beard trims, shoe shines, blow-drys and nail treatments for passengers, but have been closed as part of cost-cutting measures.
Expansion plans for Cordis
Hong Kong-based Langham Hospitality Group is planning to expand the newly refurbished Cordis Hotel in Auckland, making it the largest hotel in New Zealand. Once completed, the hotel will offer 650 guest rooms and suites, with a new event space and restaurant expansion also on the cards. The expansion is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020, in time for the America’s Cup and Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC).
Sunshine Coast Event Funding
If you were considering the Sunshine Coast for your next conference, meeting or incentive, now is the perfect time to book! The Business Events Assistance Program is offering funding support for eligible business events on the Sunshine Coast. For more information about whether your event is eligible, contact Event Travel Management (ETM) at 1300 040 934. Applications close 1 March 2018.