Archive for the ‘Australia, New Zealand etc.’ Category

Qantas staff strike. Flight delays across Australia

September 29th, 2011

The exacerbating dispute between the Australian Qantas and its airport staff has been affecting the carriers passengers for the last couple of days, and lack of progress indicates we can expext further disruptions in the coming days.

With thousands of travellers on their way to the National Rugby League and Australian Football League grand finals, the industrial action could not have happen at a less fortunate moment but the disruption are also causing inconveniences for families setting off on school holidays.

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Airlines, Australia, New Zealand etc., News by Continent, Qantas Airways

Qantas to start two Asian airlines

August 16th, 2011

The competition on the Asian low-cost market is growing healthy to say the least and Qantas Airways newly announced plans to launch two new Asian airlines are just a part of the ever intensifying rivalry.

The recent times have seen a major investment by All Nippon Airways in two low-budget carriers, one of them being a joint-venture with Air Asia and the latter being a new carrier Peach Aviation Ltd. Moreover, AirAsia X opened new routes to Japan as well. Another player present on the Asian market is the Shanghai-based Spring Airlines.

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AirAsia, Asia, Australia, New Zealand etc., Jetstar, News by Continent, Qantas Airways

Monday’s update: New routes and services

February 28th, 2011

Traditionally we start off the week with updates on new routes and services from low-cost airlines as well as traditional carriers. Read thepost and stay updated. Let us begin with the Old Continent.

The Luton-based low-cost carrier easyJet strengthens its position in Edinburgh by setting up three direct routes: Ediburgh – Athens, Ediburgh – Tenerife and Ediburgh – Grenoble. The keywords are city getaways, skiing and sunbathing. The flights will be in operation in September.

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Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Asia, Australia, New Zealand etc., British Airways, easyJet, Europe, Jet2, New Routes, News by Continent, North America, Qatar Airways, V Australia

New Zealand airports in operation after the earthquake

February 25th, 2011

Following the disastrous earthquake in which 113 lost their life (the estimated number of the victims at the time of writing), the air traffic from and to New Zealand has been affected. But now all airports in New Zealand are in operation again. This includes also Christchurch International Airport which is providing free parking to facilitate the travelling.

Still, the situation is somewhat precarious so the travellers are advised to always check with their carrier or/and get confirmation from the airport as to what the current situation is.

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Air New Zealand, Airlines, Australia, New Zealand etc., Christchurch International Airport (CHC), News by Continent, Other

Volcanic ash causes disruptions again

January 28th, 2011


It seems as though mother nature is getting ever more relentless and decided not to cease to cause troubles. This time it is the airlines operating to the popular leisure destination Bali and their passengers that have suffered from the whims of an Indonesian volcano Mount Bromo.

Among the affected airlines which had to cancel a number of flights to Bali are Jetstar, Virgin Blue and Cathay Pacific.

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Airlines, Asia, Australia, New Zealand etc., Cathay Pacific, Jetstar, News by Continent, Tips and hints, Virgin Blue

Tiger Airways: New routes from Sydney

January 28th, 2011


The Singapore-based low-cost airline Tiger Airways which consistently calls itself «Australia’s only true low-fare airline», announced the opening of a new route from Airport Sydney.

The new route will bring yet another opportunity to travel from Sydney to Queensland. The Sydney – Sunshine Coast route will be in operation as of March 27, 2011 but is available for booking already now. The carrier marks the opening of the new route with advantageous low fares starting at AUD 38.95.

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Airfare Deals, Airlines, Airports, Australia, New Zealand etc., Kingsford Smith International (SYD), New Routes, News by Continent, Tiger Airways

5 most luxurious aircraft interiors: aerial megalomania

November 2nd, 2010

The images from the life of high society have always enjoyed an enormous popularity. For some reason many of us feel the urge to take a peep into the world of lavish luxury despite we know that this word is out of our reach. Or maybe precise because of it.

Let us gave in to this temptation and peek at the most luxurious aircraft interiors through the crack of our screens. We arbitrarily chose 5 plane interiors we found interesting and present them in random order.

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Africa, Airlines, Asia, Australia, New Zealand etc., Etihad Airways, Europe, North America, Other, Singapore Airlines, South and Central America

What we all would rather avoid – aircraft evacuation

October 26th, 2010

The subject of aircraft evacuation is not a pleasant one as we all prefer to assume that the flight will proceeded according to the plan. Nevertheless, we believe that a wise traveller is always prepared for the worst, and that is why today’s post will take up this subject.

First of all – the definition of aircraft evacuation for clarity’s sake. By evacuation we mean an urgent abandonment of an aircraft using all available exits. It is essential that evacuation be carried out quickly and in an orderly manner given the risk of injuries and death among the passengers. The formal requirement to be complied with by the aircraft producer is that the passengers should be able to leave to aircraft within 90 seconds using only half of the exits which simulates a situation where e.g. the exits are blocked/damaged.

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Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand etc., Europe, North America, Other, South and Central America

70% of passengers want self-service for more steps of the journey

October 7th, 2010

One of the most comprehensive global survey of passenger use of air transport self-service technology – SITA/Air Transport World Passenger Self-Service Survey – now presents the results.The respondents were interviewd mainly at these airports:  Beijing International (PEK), Frankfurt International (FRA), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (ATL), Mumbai International (BOM), Moscow Domodedovo (DME), Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) and Johannesburg Airport (JNB). The survey shows that passengers now demand mainly non-traditional areas of self-service (through online, kiosk and mobile phone channels).

Not only online booking and check-in are very popular. Passengers want self-service for even more steps of the journey. According to the survey, automated security checks are acceptable to 70% of respondents (in comparison to 58% in 2009) and automatic boarding gates are acceptable to 70% (in comparison to 57% in 2009).

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Africa, Airlines, Airports, Asia, Australia, New Zealand etc., Europe, North America, South and Central America

Virgin Blue Group expands services in Melbourne

August 17th, 2010

Virgin Blue Group announced that it would be expanding services on five their routes from Melbourne Airport. Pacific Blue will increase services from Melbourne to Denpasar from five weekly to daily and from October 31 and will also increase services from Melbourne to Christchurch from four weekly flights to daily

In December, V Australia will operate an additional weekly service from Melbourne to Los Angeles (three times a week), Johannesburg (three times a week) and Phuket (twice a week). This announcement follows the Virgin Blue Group increases in May from Melbourne to Fiji and Denpasar.

If you enjoy travelling across Asia, you may want to try searching for cheap airfares Denpasar to Singaporer or Kuala Lumpur to Phuket.

Airlines, Asia, Australia, New Zealand etc., New Routes, News by Continent, North America, Pacific Blue, V Australia, Virgin Blue