Airline & Airport News.
Air New Zealand’s A321neo could bump up trans-Tasman by 25%
Air New Zealand has announced it is looking into configuring its new A321neo fleet to accommodate 214 seats for trans-Tasman flights. The airline’s existing A320ceo aircraft currently offers 171 seats, which would see an increase on the route by 25%. The carrier’s new A320 and A321neo aircraft are due to be operational from late 2018.
New powder requirements for all flights leaving Australia from 30 June 2018
As of 30 June 2018, all international flights leaving Australia are subject to new restrictions to powders in carry-on luggage. These new restrictions for carry-on powders are as follows: There is no Australian Government limit on organic powders, such as food and powdered baby formula; There are quantity restrictions on the amount of inorganic powder that can be carried, such as salt, talcum powder and sand; Inorganic powders must be in containers of 350 millilitres (volume), 350 grams (weight) or less. For flights entering the US this restriction is 340 grams (12oz); The total volume of inorganic powders must not exceed 350 millilitres, 350 grams per person. For flights entering the US this restriction is 340 grams (12oz); Passengers cannot tip powders out to fall under the 350ml threshold as the restriction is calculated on total container volume. For a comprehensive guide to these new Australian Government restrictions and a list of organic and inorganic powders examples please click here.
Emirates commences daily Dubai-Bali-Auckland service
On 14 June 2018 Emirates commenced its daily Dubai-Auckland via Bali service, operating on a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The route offers eight seats in first-class, 42 in business class and 304 in economy and complements Emirates’ existing nonstop daily service between Dubai and Auckland.
Air New Zealand resumes third year of Auckland-Ho Chi Minh seasonal service
Air New Zealand resumed Auckland-Ho Chi Minh City year-round service from 28 June, operating twice weekly with Boeing 787-9 equipment. The carrier has operated the route as a winter seasonal service for the past three years, operating between June and October.
Fly to work in Auckland with Uber Air
Uber is considering Auckland as one of the first cities in the world to test the ridesharing company’s first electric helicopter-like aircraft, which will be created in partnership with Boeing. The service could reduce trips from the CBD to the Airport at peak time from one hour by car, to just eight minutes by air. Trials for Uber Air flights are expected to start in 2020, with potential to launch to flying taxi service in 2023.
Thai Airways to deploy 787-9 to Auckland
Thai Airways has announced it plans to deploy a Boeing 787-9 aircraft on its daily Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Auckland service from 1 August 2018. The airline currently operates the service with a 777 aircraft and previously planned to deploy 787-9 equipment in July 2018.
Qantas shifts to digital lounge and Qantas Club passes
Eligible passengers will no longer need to carry physical Qantas Club and business lounge passes, as the airline and all its credit card partners are now shifting towards digital copies. The digital lounge invitations are stored in your online Qantas Frequent Flyer account and can be shared with fellow frequent flyers by transferring the invite to their QFF account. Qantas has been issuing digital passes to its Silver-tier Frequent Flyers and Qantas Credit card holders for a while now, however the complete transition to digital across its credit card partner network is now in place.
Cathay launches in-flight Wi-Fi on 777s
Cathay Pacific is rolling out in-flight Wi-Fi across its Boeing 777-300ER fleet this month. The first of the jets to be fitted will be deployed from the end of June, with the entire international fleet to be fitted by the end of 2020. CX is charging the same pricing as the airline’s Airbus A350s (US$10 – 1 hour, US$13 – six hours, $US20 – entire flight), however the 777s are said to offer a much faster connection for passengers.
New TSA security policy on powders
Because of new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements for flights to the United States, which became effective June 30, 2018, American Airlines encourages customers to place powder-like substances over 12 oz. / 350 mL in their checked bags. Powders in carry-on bags may require secondary screening, and if the powder cannot be cleared by security officials, they will be prohibited from the cabin of the aircraft.
Vancouver Airport multi-billion-dollar expansion
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has announced it will invest C$9.2 billion expanding the airport over the next 20 years. The plan will see 75 major projects completed over the period, including terminal expansions, as well as the construction of new parking and car rental facilities.
15% off SKYCITY Auckland with CTM for July
For the month of July, CTM customers who book and stay with SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre for two nights or more will receive 15% off the best available rate! Only valid for bookings made via CTM through your usual booking procedures. Offer ends 31 July 2018.
IHG launches new upscale hotel brand
InterContinental Hotels Group has announced a brand-new hotel brand to launch from late 2018. The hotel group plans to open more than 200 properties under the ‘voco’ brand over the next 10 years, with Watermark Hotel & Spa Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise one of the first to reopen under the new brand.
IHG opens 1000th hotel in EMEA
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) has reached a global milestone with the opening of their 1000th hotel across the Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa (EMEAA) region. InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort in Vietnam offers 459 luxurious beachfront rooms, suites and villas, with state-of-the-art meeting facilities and six restaurants and bars.