Airline Updates

Take-off & landing OK for PEDs on JQ

From August 30, Jetstar customers will be able to use their personal electronic devices throughout all stages of flight following regulatory approval from CASA.

The new policy will be in place on every JQ operated sector including domestic New Zealand and Australia and trans-Tasman.

All devices will need to be switched to flight mode once the aircraft doors are closed and customers will need to secure their devices during take-off and landing by holding them or placing them in the seat pocket.

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KE fare changes

Korean Air has changed its published fares from NZ to Korea/USA/Canada effective 01 September 2014.
AKL to SEL new oneway H class: fare $1080 (low) $1140 (high), via SYD/BNE/NAN $1300 (low) $1360 (high).
AKL to USA/Canada, E class return fares are cancelled. Refer to GDS.

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Qantas adds to summer

Qantas has published 11 return supplementary services to operate between Australia and New Zealand to cater for strong demand over the peak summer holiday period. This follows recent changes to its trans-Tasman schedule to deliver a better mix of premium and budget services to customers and better reflect seasonal peaks. QF has moved to a more dynamic scheduling across low season, shoulder periods and peak seasons on the Tasman. This has seen it take advantage of seasonal opportunities, like the Perth to Auckland service which will continue again this summer from 5 December 2014 through to 26 April 2015.

The services will be operated by B737 aircraft between 17 and 27 December 2014.

-  Five supplementary return Sydney-Auckland services (QF180/189)

-  Two supplementary return Melbourne-Auckland services (QF157/158)

-  One supplementary return Brisbane-Auckland service (QF119/120)

-  Three supplementary return Sydney-Christchurch services (QF136/137).

Qantas will also upgrade two return Sydney-Auckland services (QF143/146) on 20 and 26 December 2014 from a B737 to an A330 aircraft.

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Malaysia Airlines commission 11%

Malaysia Airlines has introduced 11% commission on all classes, effective August 15 to September 15 2014, for all fares issued on New Zealand BSP ticket stock.

·         This offer applies to tickets issued on Published Gross Fares, irrespective of departure dates ex New Zealand
·         11% BSP commission will be assigned to all VFRs & WHS fares
·         11% BSP commission NOT applicable to all TMCs/MCTs Corporate Fares

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Air travel for horses with SkyStable

Etihad Cargo, the freight division of Etihad Airways, has unveiled a new Equine service called SkyStables, targeted at customers around the world wishing to transport horses and other similar species by air.

Supervised by expert managers, SkyStables offers owners, breeders and equestrian organisations bespoke global transport arrangements on Etihad Cargo’s fleet of 10 Airbus and Boeing wide-body freighters.

The service is being rolled-out across Etihad Cargo’s scheduled network of 44 freighter destinations with personalised charter services to other cities also available.

Horses travel in dedicated stalls equipped with anti-slip floors, which are then loaded in temperature controlled sections of the aircraft.

Throughout the flight, the animals can be attended to by their grooms, ensuring arrival at their destination fit and healthy.

Airline Updates

One-stop Christchurch to Tokyo on JQ

From 26 October 2014 Jetstar is retiming its Christchurch-Gold Coast service from the afternoon to the morning enabling a straight through connection for passengers to travel onto Tokyo (NRT). The retimed service will depart Christchurch at 8.05am TUE, THU, SAT, arriving in the Gold Coast at 8.40am local time. The OOL-NRT flight departs at 10.50am on the same day, arriving into NRT at 18.55pm.

The return service from NRT departs MON, WED, SAT at 8.25pm, arriving into OOL at 6.25am+1, departing OOL at 9.25am, arriving CHC at 3.55pm.

Tasman flights are operated using Airbus A320 aircraft; Gold Coast-Tokyo services are on Jetstar’s new Boeing Dreamliner aircraft. Prices for the new connecting services start from less than $680 one-way from Christchurch to Tokyo (no checked baggage). Business class fares are also available with the business class service offered on Gold Coast and Tokyo.

Grant Kerr, Jetstar head of New Zealand says the service has initially been put on sale for five months over the New Zealand summer season with a view to making it a permanent part of our schedule. 'Our new one-stop connection between Christchurch and Tokyo offers a low-cost, long-haul option for visitors from Japan to easily access the South Island or for South Islanders to travel to Japan.'

Airline Updates

CI flights ex CHC

China Airlines will commence direct flights from Christchurch to Taipei via Sydney from December 2, 2014 to March 1, 2015. Flights will depart Taipei on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, and depart Christchurch Tuesday, Friday and Sunday with CI operating 11 weekly flights ex New Zealand over this period, including its additional Saturday Auckland-Brisbane-Taipei service recently announced.

Using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft, flight CI56 will depart CHC at 7.15pm, arriving at 8.30pm in Sydney time and Taipei at 4.30am the following morning. Inbound flight CI55 will inaugurate on December 1 with schedule departing Taipei at 11.00pm, arriving Sydney 11.20am the next morning, and depart Sydney at 12.40pm, arriving in Christchurch at 5.45pm local time.

Competitive fares for the Trans-Tasman route, as well as China Airlines’ Asian network will be on sale from August 14, 2014. Contact CI on 09 977 2288.

Airline Updates

NZ new Hobbit safety video

Air New Zealand's next inflight safety video will celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The yet to be titled safety video was shooting this in Central Otago, under the direction of Taika Waititi of Boy and What we do in the Shadows fame and will feature cameo appearances from director Sir Peter Jackson, Weta Workshop co-founder Sir Richard Taylor and cast members of the films.

Air New Zealand chief marketing and customer officer Mike Tod says the video will be a real celebration of Middle-earth and all that it has to offer.

'Air New Zealand has been the official airline of Middle-earth for more than a decade and we want to mark the final film in The Hobbit Trilogy in a very special way. This video brings together iconic New Zealand film locations with some of the famous faces and Taika Waititi’s signature directing style. 

Air New Zealand has invested several million dollars into global marketing campaigns and initiatives to celebrate the Hobbit films and attract visitors to New Zealand including branding two Boeing 777-300 long haul aircraft with Hobbit imagery.

The airline’s latest safety video follows on from the highly successful An Unexpected Briefing released in 2012 which has become a global hit, with more than 12 million views online.

The new safety video is expected to be rolled out across the airline’s fleet from late October.

An Orc tests out Air New Zealand’s new Premium Economy seat

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