Solomon Airlines has announced the temporary suspension of its Sydney to Honiara service from 22 February to 25 April while the carrier’s flagship Airbus A-320 undergoes maintenance in Singapore.
All passengers affected by the suspension will be flown between Brisbane and Honiara via the airline’s four direct services, which the airline will operate using a Boeing B737-800 aircraft leased from codeshare partner Qantas Airways.
Apologising for inconvenience, Solomon Airlines general manager operations and commercial, Gus Kraus said the airline was ‘extremely grateful’ to Qantas for stepping in to assist the airline.
‘All passengers holding confirmed tickets will be re-routed ex-Sydney to Brisbane to connect with either the airline’s Monday or Wednesday services,’ he says.
‘Passengers holding confirmed tickets ex-Honiara to Sydney will be similarly accommodated.’
During the maintenance period, Solomon Airlines will operate a same day return service between Brisbane and Honiara on Mondays.
Solomon Airlines’ services to Nadi and Port Vila will not be affected by the schedule change.
The Airbus A-320 is expected to return to full operation on 26 April.
Etihad Airways has unveiled plans to fly its Boeing 787s to five more destinations during 2016.
With a phased delivery of five new 787s over a seven-month period, beginning in May 2016, the 299-seat 787 Dreamliners will be deployed as replacements for existing aircraft on daily scheduled services to Düsseldorf, Perth, Shanghai, Istanbul and Johannesburg from the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub.
Etihad Airways currently operates five 787s, serving Brisbane, Washington, Singapore and Zurich from Abu Dhabi.
With 66 more Boeing 787s to be delivered over the next few years, Dreamliners will become the mainstay of the airline’s long-haul aircraft.
Singapore Airlines will add a sixth daily flight to Bangkok in March, up from five daily flights. As part of the northern summer schedule (27 March 2016 – 29 October 2016), there will also be an increase in frequency to Colombo in Sri Lanka and Milan in Italy.
The sixth daily Bangkok service will be introduced with effect from 27 March 2016 to meet growth in demand for travel to and from the Thai capital. An Airbus A330-300 aircraft will be operated, adding nearly 2,000 seats per week on the route, which is popular with both business and leisure travellers.
Frequency to Colombo will meanwhile increase to 10 per week from seven.
Milan services will increase to six per week from the current five, including two that continue to Barcelona in Spain.
To cater to peak-season travel demand, five weekly flights will be operated to the Italian capital Rome from 25 June to 30 July 2016, up from the current three flights per week.
Services to Sydney in Australia will increase to 35 per week between 23 June and 4 September 2016.
In addition, the Indian city of Ahmedabad will be served four times per week between 30 April and 4 June 2016, up from the current three weekly flights, while 18 weekly flights will be operated to Mumbai from 21 April to 6 June 2016, up from the current 17 flights per week.
Delta Air Lines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is launching a codeshare agreement with India’s Jet Airways, that is set to bring new travel options for customers flying from Europe and the United States via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to India and beyond.
Effective 27 March 2016 and subject to government approvals, Delta and KLM customers flying from Europe and the United States to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport will be able to connect onto Jet Airways’ new daily flights to New Delhi and Mumbai, with onward destinations that include Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Goa, Kolkata and Amritsar in India; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Kathmandu, Nepal; and Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The Delta and KLM codeshare on these Jet Airways routes will provide customers with co-ordinated customer service, a single ticket and through-check in of bags to their final destinations.
Delta SkyMiles and KLM Flying Blue members will be eligible to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles on codeshare routes operated by Jet.
In addition, Jet Airways will place its code on flights between Amsterdam and 11 destinations in the United States and Canada operated by Delta and KLM.
Sydney Airport has welcomed the first flight of All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) new daily direct Tokyo Haneda-Sydney service, with livery including Star Wars character R2-D2.
ANA is the largest airline in Japan, with a network of 80 international and 112 domestic routes. Its daily Tokyo Haneda-Sydney service will arrive in Sydney at 9:35am and depart from Sydney at 9:30pm.
‘The launch of services to Sydney marks the opening of our fourth international destination in 2015. The first roundtrip flight was fully book and we’re happy to report that reservations are strong.
‘We’re also excited by the prospect of bringing more Australian travellers to Japan and vice versa,’ ANA president and chief executive Osamu Shinobe says.
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres says in the year ended September 2015, NSW welcomed over 134,000 visitors from Japan who spent more than $278 million.
‘We are confident that this new service will encourage Japanese travellers to book a trip to Sydney and regional NSW,’ he says.