Singapore Airlines launches A380 services to Auckland

Aug 11, 2014 No Comments by

As part of the recently approved Singapore Airlines-Air New Zealand alliance, the Singaporean carrier will inaugurate A380 services for the first time from Singapore Changi to Auckland. Singapore Airlines operates twice daily services to Auckland using 777s. The SQ285 and SQ286 service will change from 777-300ER to A380 from 27 October 2014. Air New Zealand […]

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Virgin Australia cuts Melbourne-LAX

Jul 23, 2014 No Comments by

Virgin Australia is set to cut its thrice weekly Boeing 777-300ER Melbourne-Los Angeles effective 26 October 2014. The carrier will instead increase frequency on its Brisbane – Los Angeles 777 service from four times weekly to daily also from 26 October 2014. The carrier, in a memo to staff, states this move is as a […]

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Emirates adds Budapest to its network

Jul 15, 2014 No Comments by

Emirates will inaugurate non-stop daily service from Dubai to Budapest from 27 October 2014. The service to the Hungarian capital will be operated by two class A330-200 aircraft. Budapest will be Emirates’ 38th European destination. Flight timings – EK111 departs Dubai at 08:20 hrs and arrives in Budapest at 11:35 hrs the same day EK112 departs Budapest at […]

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QANTAS targets cabin crew in latest round of cuts

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments

QANTAS’ latest rounds of cuts as part of its “transformation” to save $800 million and reduce its debt by $1 billion by June 2015 involve its international long haul cabin crew. The initiatives involve a reduction of 15% to the allowances crew receive for meals whilst they are away from home and flying. The carrier […]

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Japan Airlines again postpones 787 service to Sydney

Jun 18, 2014 No Comments

In a press release to the Australian travel industry issued 18 June 2014, Japan Airlines “confirms it will maintain current Boeing 777 with a three class configuration of Business class,Premium Economy class and Economy class service route until further.” This will be the second time Japan Airlines has postponed 787 service from Tokyo Narita to […]

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Virgin Australia and QANTAS have a twitter exchange

Jun 11, 2014 No Comments

Virgin Australia’s tweet on 10 June 2014 to announce they had landed in Longreach, Queensland for the first time elicited a rather cheeky tweet from QANTAS. Virgin Australia’s tweet  ”We landed at Longreach, the birthplace of Australian aviation, for the 1st time today on a flight chartered by the QLD State of Origin team” prompted […]

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Travel to Europe? QANTAS suggests you go via London

Jun 04, 2014 No Comments

“As the world’s largest international airline, with a network that perfectly complements our own, Emirates will help us give our customers across Australia a dramatically expanded range of travel options… Together with Emirates, Qantas will provide a unique ‘one stop’ hub.” – Alan Joyce, QANTAS Group CEO, 06 September 2012. Back in 2012 it was […]

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QANTAS set to close its Brisbane and Melbourne Call Centres

May 28, 2014 No Comments

QANTAS is set to close down its Melbourne and Brisbane Telephone Sales/Reservations departments. The only remaining Australian based called centre to remain for the carrier will be Hobart. The closure for Melbourne and Brisbane is expected to take place sometime in 2015 and 2016 respectively. QANTAS already has an established off-shore call centre based in […]

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Cathay Pacific adds Zurich to its network

May 20, 2014 No Comments

Cathay Pacific further expands its European network with the addition of Zurich, Switzerland. This will be the second new European station after Manchester which was announced earlier on. The carrier will operate non-stop daily four class Boeing 777-300ER from Hong Kong to Zurich effective 29 March 2015. Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Ivan Chu said: “We […]

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787 declared a 777 variant by EASA for crew licensing

May 20, 2014 No Comments

On Friday, 16 May 2014, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) declared the Boeing 787 to be a 777 variant for crew licensing purposes.  The EASA Operational Evaluation Board recently met to discuss this 787/777 issue and agreed the 787 can be classified as a variant of the 777. For carriers like British Airways which […]

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