Just released global passenger traffic results for August show a continuation of the strong growth in air travel demand for both domestic and international traffic, says the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 7.1% compared to the year-ago period. August capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 5.9%, and load factor rose 0.9 percentage points to a record 84.7%.
‘August results continue the trend of strong demand for air travel, despite some softening in global economic growth, particularly in emerging markets,’ says Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and CEO.
Total capacity climbed 5.8% pushing load factor up 1.0 percentage point to 85.2%.
Asia-Pacific airlines’ August traffic surged 7.7% compared to the year-ago period. Capacity rose 5.8% and load factor increased 1.5 percentage points to 82.5%. While emerging Asia has experienced notable declines in trade activity this year as well as slower than expected growth in China, neither factor appears to be impacting international air travel on the region’s carriers.
European carriers saw traffic increase by 5.7% and North American airlines’ traffic rose 4.5% year-over-year.
Emirates launched double daily services from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) late last week.
New Zealand passengers travelling via Dubai to the United States can fly directly to 10 US cities, including Boston. Emirates currently operates three A380 services a day from Auckland to Dubai via Australia and a daily Boeing 777-300 from Christchurch.
The second Boston daily service, flight EK239, departs Dubai at 3:20am and arrives in Boston at 8:55am The return flight, EK240, departs at 11:55 am and arrives in Dubai at 8:15 am the following day. The new service supplements the current EK237 Boeing 777-300ER flight departing Dubai at 8:40am and landing in Boston at 2:15 pm.
The latest earlybird fare offer to the UK and Europe is the biggest to date from Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines.
New routes include travel via Houston, Buenos Aires and Beijing to Europe with new flights being introduced by Austrian Airlines to Shanghai starting in April 2016.
All fares are combinable between the three airlines, with hub via FRA/MUC/ZRH/VIE and no seasonality.
Earlybird fares are on sale until 2 November 2015 and valid for travel between 7 October 2015 and 31 August 2016.
To celebrate the launch of the early bird campaign, all travel agents have the chance to win and earn during the selling period.
There is a triple points offer on eXperts for Lufthansa premium economy class tickets.
Agents can be in to win one of three prize packages that include either an Apple Watch, Nespresso Coffee machine or Fitness Package (each valued at $1000)
Four hundred visa cards to the value of $50 per card will be given away in a special SWISS booking incentive.
Fiji Airways has announced that all business class passengers travelling on flights operated by its fleet will be offered iPads for in-flight entertainment (IFE) with preloaded movies, TV shows and music beginning 1 November 2015.
The new iPad based IFE will offer business class customers a choice of 23 movies, 19 television shows and a range of music.
By March 2016, the onboard entertainment selection on the iPad IFE will increase, offering over 100 hours of inflight entertainment.
The B737 fleet operates on flights between Christchurch, Wellington and Nadi, and some flights between Auckland and Nadi as well as to/from Australia, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.
The iPad based IFE enhancement is part of the Fiji Airways overall upgrade of IFE content across its entire fleet.
The airline has signed an agreement with Global Eagle Entertainment for provision of onboard entertainment content. This includes increased movie and TV show selections on both aircraft types (B737s and A330s) and the ability to offer inflight video advertising.
Solomon Airlines will commence a new direct Honiara-Nadi service effective 4 November 2015.
The national carrier will utilise its flagship Airbus A320 on the route which is scheduled to operate ex-Honiara on Wednesdays and ex-Nadi on Thursdays.
All flight arrival/departure timings are based on Solomon Islands/Fiji Islands local time with Fiji Daylight Savings times applied.