Jan 18, 2018 - Hawaiian Airlines and Jetstar Group have launched a new interline partnership offering travellers from cities in New Zealand convenient flight connections to Hawai'i and the USA mainland.
Jan 16, 2018 - Airbus has strengthened its position following a record year for jet sales, extending an order lead over rival manufacturers such as Boeing. The European company booked contracts for 1,109 airliners in 2017, Airbus announced, widening its margin over its US competitor to 197.
Jan 16, 2018 - New Zealand travellers’ connections to Istanbul will improve from June 8 when Emirates resumes flights between Dubai and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport. The resumption of services on the route will allow customers two airport options when travelling Emirates to Istanbul.
Jan 16, 2018 - Two additional hybrid models have just bolstered the New Zealand fleet of Avis Car Rental making theirs the largest fleet of hybrid rental vehicles available in New Zealand. The luxury BMW X5 XDrive40e plug in electric Hybrid SUV and Toyota Corolla Hybrid Hatch will sit alongside the existing Toyota Camry Hybrid.
Jan 12, 2018 -Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, completed a year of strong growth in 2017. The air cargo carrier’s robust performance, set against the backdrop of a resurgent global air cargo market, was underlined by the introduction of specialised customer focused air transportation solutions across a number of industry verticals and by continued investment in infrastructure.
jan 12, 2018 - A Belgian air passenger has been forced to leave New Zealand after attempting to smuggle three sausages into Auckland. Ministry for Primary Industries staff intercepted the sausages on Sunday after the passenger attempted to conceal them in a backpack when passing through biosecurity checks at Auckland Airport.
“One of our x-ray operators spotted the risk items. They turned out to be pork and salami sausages, both of which could have carried diseases with the potential to cause major harm to New Zealand agriculture,” says Craig Hughes, MPI North Passenger Manager.
The passenger was refused entry to New Zealand after the man admitted he intended to hide the sausages from biosecurity officials.
He was returning to New Zealand on a work visa and confessed he was aware of New Zealand’s strict biosecurity requirements, says Mr Hughes.
“Working closely with Immigration New Zealand, we take a very hard line on international travellers that deliberately ignore our biosecurity rules.
“It is loud and clear that every arriving passenger is required to declare or dispose items that could pose biosecurity risk to New Zealand.”
Jan 12, 2018 - Panasonic Avionics Corporation has unveiled a major evolution of its satellite connectivity service with the launch of its third-generation communications network at CES 2018. Panasonic Avionics’ third-generation network is built to meet the growing connectivity demands of airlines and their passengers. Throughout the first quarter of 2018, aircraft from a number of airlines will be transitioned to Panasonic Avionics’ new network. In addition, Panasonic subsidiary, ITC Global, will leverage the new broadband network to deliver connectivity to its energy, maritime and enterprise customers.
Jan 12, 2018 - Statistics reveal the number of passengers through the terminal was the highest number for any month on record. Chief Aeronautical and Commercial Officer Justin Watson says 638,043 passengers used the terminal during December, up 4.8% on the previous December. "This equates to more than the entire population of Canterbury and the West Coast through the terminal during the past month alone," he says.
Jan 11, 2018 - With the holiday season in full swing and tourists pouring in through the country's gateways if your thoughts have turned toward getting into the motel business and fancy yourself as a minehost then the Motel Operators Handbook 2017 published by Hospitality New Zealand should be on your reading list.
The guides contents include:
Buying a Motel Looking for a Motel An Introduction to Purchasing or Leasing a Motel Repairs and Maintenance Responsibilities in the law Land Transfer Registration The Accounts and Financial Planning Valuations Financing and Due Diligence Financial Security Setting up your motel Running your motel
Jan 9, 2018 - Thats right IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac has come out swinging with accusations that the global aviation industry is in a crisis writes Hannah Edensor for TravelWeekly. The major player in aviation claimed, in his latest IATA blog post, that “we are headed for an infrastructure crisis”, in which airports are over-committed and under-resourced.
“Many of the world’s airports are operating at or beyond their design capacity,” he wrote.
“The provision of air navigation services in major markets like the United States, Europe and China is struggling to keep pace with the technical capabilities to manage demand at optimum efficiency.”
According to de Juniac, the world’s airports need to undergo reform, despite it seeming like a bit of a long shot.
“We don’t see governments preparing to make the investments today that will be needed to cope with future growth—especially as major infrastructure planning cycles are now measured in decades,” de Juniac claimed.
“THERE IS ALSO A CRISIS IN THE COST OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND EUROPE, UNFORTUNATELY, PROVIDES THE EXAMPLE.
“Over the last decade, passenger charges on the average one-way ticket have more than doubled—from €16 ($19) to €33 ($39). Over the same period the airfare portion of the average ticket price fell.
“Why these divergent courses? The bluntest explanation rests on pure market forces,” de Juniac asserted.
“Airlines are subjected to intense competition. So they are in a constant search for the efficiencies needed to make a more compelling price offering to their customers.
“Airports, on the other hand, are not subjected to the same competitive pressures. With very few exceptions, there is no choice of airports.
“If you want to fly to Amsterdam, for example, Schiphol is your only choice. And when it looks like there might be competition as in Paris, you find that Orly and Charles de Gaulle have the same owner.
“AIRPORTS ARE CRITICAL PARTNERS FOR AIRLINES. WITHOUT THEM, AIRLINES WOULD LITERALLY HAVE NO PLACE TO TAKE THEIR PASSENGERS.
“And we are working in partnership with airports to make improvements in key areas such as security, the environment, and the passenger experience.
“But when it comes to charges, the market power of airports is dominant. And that is reflected by European airports, which, despite a light-handed airport charges directive trying to promote efficiency, still managed to double their passenger charges.
“The good news is that the European Union (EU) is set to consider reviewing its airport charges directive. And airlines (the main customer of the airports) are asking, in no uncertain terms, that it be substantially strengthened.
“STRENGTHENED REGULATION WILL, IN THE FIRST INSTANCE, PROTECT PASSENGERS. HAD EUROPEAN CHARGES REMAINED AT 2006 LEVELS WE ESTIMATE THAT 50 MILLION MORE PEOPLE WOULD BE FLYING IN EUROPE TODAY.
“And that would pay big dividends by creating some 238,000 jobs and adding €50 billion to the continent’s GDP.
“Those are figures that EU regulators should find hard to ignore. Our goal is to find a regulatory regime that fairly balances the interests of airports, passengers, airlines, citizens and the economy.
“If we can achieve that, it will be a hot export commodity. Other regions would have to take note.
“Because the challenges of high airport charges are in no way limited to what we see in Europe!”