Airline Updates

EY commences Abu Dhabi and Rome

Etihad Airways has commenced daily non-stop service between Abu Dhabi and Rome Fiumicino Airport, operating an Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration, featuring 22 fully-flat beds in Business Class and 240 seats in Economy Class.

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New AKL schedule for Aircalin

Effective October 28, 2014 Aircalin is increasing its services from two, to three, flights per week between Auckland and Noumea.

The schedule will be Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, operated by the A320 fleet, departing Auckland at 1415, arrive Noumea 1510 and departing Noumea 0800, arrive Auckland 1240

The current A330 Thursday flight will be withdrawn at that time.

The new schedule increases the capacity and continues Aircalin’s investment in the outbound market from New Zealand to New Caledonia.

Aircalin aircraft are configured with both economy and business class cabins are a full-service carrier.

The codeshare flights on Wednesday and Saturday are in addition to the new services, which equate to five flights per week to New Caledonia from October 28.

Details are in the GDS.

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Extra services on Aircalin

In addition to Aircalin's thrice-weekly services between Auckland and Noumea, the carrier will operate supplementary flights every Thursday from December 18, 2014 to February 12, 2015.
Additional flights details are:
SB411 Auckland to Noumea 1415/1510
SB410 Noumea to Auckland  0800/1240

With the supplementary Thursday flights, and the additional codeshare flights on a Monday from 15 Dec to 02 Feb, SB can offer daily flights to New Caledonia 15 Dec-15Feb (only one exception: no flight 09Feb15)
Details are already in the GDS. Click here for details on the current SB schedule

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China Airlines to increase flights to AKL

China Airlines is increasing flights on its Taipei – Brisbane – Auckland route from three to four times per week for the peak period of December 2014 to March 2015.

During this period, all four services will be upgraded from an A330-300 to a Boeing 747-400.

Auckland Airport has welcomed the decision, which will add an extra 15,000 seats on the route.


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New livery for Aircalin

Aircalin has announced an update of its livery design with the introduction of a new A320 aircraft.

The new aircraft will arrive in Noumea in early August, flaunting a livery of emblematic New Caledonian colours.

Aircalin’s two A330 aircraft will be repainted when they go for scheduled maintenance checks between August and October, 2014, and the second A320 in early 2015.

With 22 international flights per week to 10 destinations in Japan and the Pacific, Air Calin hopes sporting the new livery will help promote the image of New Caledonia in the international marketplace.

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Etihad Airways' inaugural flight to Rome

Etihad Airways has commenced its daily non-stop service between Abu Dhabi and Rome Fiumicino Airport.

Guests onboard the inaugural flight were presented with special commemorative certificates to mark the occasion, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at Rome Airport.

Etihad Airways’ daily service to Rome is operated using Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration.

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Cathay takes out World’s Best Airline

Cathay Pacific Airways has once again been named 'World’s Best Airline' in the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. This is the fourth time Cathay Pacific has received the honour - the only airline to achieve such a feat. The carrier also took the title in 2003, 2005 and 2009.

The awards are based on a survey of 18.85 million airline passengers from around the world who voted between August 2013 and May 2014.

Cathay Pacific chief executive Ivan Chu collected the award on behalf of the airline at a ceremony staged by Skytrax at the Farnborough International Air Show in the UK. Commenting on the award, he says he was 'extremely proud, for both Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong' to receive this honour.

Brian Tsoi, country manager for New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, says the airline industry was becoming more competitive by the day, even in a small country like New Zealand where Cathay Pacific competes against some 20 other international airlines.

'The Skytrax World’s Best Airline demonstrates we have been doing the right things, but we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. We will continue working to provide a superior travel experience for all our local and international passengers.'

Chu added that Cathay Pacific will continue investing for the future and working to ensure that passengers can enjoy a more comfortable and convenient travel experience. The airline will continue to improve its lounges within its international network, including the reopening of The Pier First Class Lounge in 2015 and Business Class Lounge in 2016 with a brand-new design. The next generation of seats and inflight entertainment products will be introduced with the arrival of the A350 aircraft in early 2016. Network development will also remain a key focus for the airline, with flights to Manchester launching in December this year and a new service to Zurich beginning in March 2015.

Ivan Chu collecting the Skytrax award

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747-400 for peak season on CI

China Airlines will replace the A330 with the 747-400 on its Auckland-Brisbane-Taipei route for the peak season of December 2 2014 to March 1, 2015.

The extra 82 seats per flight will enable CI to cater to the heavy demand for travel both to Queensland and to Asia during the Christmas holiday and Chinese New Year period.

The seat configuration on the 747-400 varies from the A330, offering 3-4-3 in economy class, 2-3-2 on the business class lower deck and 2-2 on the business class upper deck.

The airline will also be adding a fourth weekly Auckland-Brisbane-Taipei service to operate outbound on Saturdays, for the same peak season. This will bring total flights for CI during this period to eight times weekly ex-Auckland. Fares are published and bookable via GDS.

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