Airline & Airport News.
Changes to EK SYD-AKL
From 13 July 2017, Emirates will suspend its daily EK418 and EK419 Airbus A380 flights between Sydney and Auckland. Instead, the flights will be replaced by Qantas’ Airbus A330 services, which will depart each hub twice-daily and accommodate any passengers previously booked on the ceased Emirates services.
QF launches mobile check-in for trans-Tasman flights
Qantas’ mobile check-in and digital boarding passes have launched for international travel between Australia and New Zealand. The new technology speeds up the check-in process by eliminating the need for passengers to queue up for printed boarding passes, as they can now move straight through to their boarding gates. The digital check-in capability can be accessed via QF’s website and will be available on the Qantas app in June.
Upgraded Boeing 777-300ER introduced on five AKL services
A newly refurbished Boeing 777-300ER has taken over five Air New Zealand services from Auckland, including Brisbane and Melbourne. The 777-300ER began operation on 1 June 2017, and will run during New Zealand’s peak season through to 5 September 2017. The refurbishment includes 44 refreshed Business Premier seats and 54 luxury leather seats in premium economy.
Air NZ ups regional flights ahead of rugby season
At least 46 extra domestic flights within New Zealand will operate by Air New Zealand during the 2017 rugby season. Over the next five weeks, 3500 additional seats will be added on flights to destinations including Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, Rotorua, Whangarei, Blenheim, Dunedin, Tauranga and Gisborne.
EK to offer free, unlimited Wi-Fi for business travellers
Free, unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi will soon be offered to Emirates’ business class and first class passengers. From 14 June 2017, members of Emirates Skywards frequent flyer program flying business or first class can access the unlimited Wi-Fi by entering their membership number at the login screen on their device.
ZQN’s Park and Ride to open this month
Queenstown Airport’s new 150-space Park and Ride facility will officially open this month, offering a regular shuttle bus transportation service directly to the airport. The Go Bus run every half-hour, seating 11 passengers with a luggage trailer on the back.
Air NZ opens revamped PMR lounge
Air NZ’s Palmerston North Airport lounge now offers guests double the space of its predecessor. With capacity for 100 guests, the lounge includes a business zone and quiet space. The PMR lounge follows recent openings and revamps at airports including AKL, SYD, BNE, MEL and WLG.
Air NZ boosts IAH
From December 2017, Air New Zealand will boost capacity on its service to Houston by deploying a 787-9 Dreamliner on the route. The current five-times-weekly service will move to a daily year-round operation, offering more Premium Economy and Business Class seating.
Liquid ban on international flights could end with new airport scanners
International travellers may soon be able to pass through security without having to give up laptops, tablets or liquids, with newly advanced security scanners under devolvement. Four major manufacturers of airport security equipment have announced that the new scanners are much better at detecting explosives and have a lower false-alarm rate, meaning that passengers could leave laptops and other items in their bags. Two of the new devices have been tested by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and will be installed in airports for further testing later this year.
Priority Pass Sleep Pods at DXB
Priority Pass members can now nap comfortably between flights at Dubai International Airport, with new ‘Sleep ‘n Fly’ pods joining the program. Each pod is equipped with a flatbed, foldable table, power socket, USB charger and storage compartment for luggage. Simply present your Priority Pass card to staff at the Igloo Sleep Pods located at Terminal 3, Concourse A.
New Pullman for Rotorua
AccorHotels has revealed plans for its first international 5-star hotel, to be opened in Rotorua in early 2019. Pullman Rotorua will be located in Rotorua’s CBD on Arawa Street, and will offer 130 rooms.
Christchurch Centre under construction
A new convention centre in Christchurch is now under construction, with architectural designs of the venue recently revealed to the public. Managed by AccorHotels, the Christchurch Centre will be able to cater for events with up to 2000 attendees, offering a tiered auditorium, exhibition hall, public circulation space and dedicated offices for professional conference organisers. The venue is scheduled for completion in late 2019.