Airline Updates

Asiana 2015 fares

World Aviation advises that Asiana fares for travel to 31 October 2015 remain unchanged.

The carrier’s competitive business class fares from New Zealand to Vladivostok in Russia start from $5305 incl tax return.

Contact preferred consolidator or World Aviation Systems.



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Bangkok Airways and Garuda codeshare

Bangkok Airways and Garuda Indonesia have commenced a codeshare agreement on Bangkok Airways’ selected flights in Thailand.

The new partnership will enable Garuda passengers a smooth transit in Bangkok to connect to Samui, Lampang, Phuket, Udon Thani, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phnom Penh, Luang Prabang and Dhaka in Thailand.

Whereas, Bangkok Airways passengers will be able to make reservation on Garuda Indonesia’s network which include: Bangkok- Jakarta, Singapore- Jakarta, Jakarta-Denpasar Bali, Jakarta- Yogyakarta, Jakarta- Semarang, Jakarta- Surabaya and Jakarta- Ujung Pandang.


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Emirates A380 service for Perth

Emirates has announced it will upscale one of its three daily flights between Perth and Dubai to the Emirates Airbus A380 from 1 May 2015.

The change from a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will see an increase in capacity of 131 seats per flight and 1,834 seats per week.

Emirates’ Perth A380 service will operate daily as EK420 departing Dubai at 2.55am and arriving at Perth International Airport at 5.35pm the same day.

The return flight, EK421, will depart Perth at 10.10pm and arrives in Dubai the following day at 5.25am, a flying time of 11 hours 15 minutes.


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Gatwick’s new Amadeus system

London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is the first to implement Amadeus’ cloud-based Airport-Collaborative Decision Making Portal (A-CDM) to improve collaborative decision-making processes.

Gatwick is now one of a group of airports to join the European-wide A-CDM standard, with airports such as Munich, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Madrid and Zurich.

Gatwick opted for Amadeus’ cloud technology to speed up the implementation time of A-CDM, rolling out the Amadeus portal to 300 users in just eight weeks.

Assisted by the Amadeus portal, LGW will handle 55 flights per hour from the world’s busiest runway and estimates up to 2 million additional passengers.

The aim of the A-CDM standard is to bring the entire airport ecosystem (airport operators, airlines, ground handlers and air traffic management) together to operate more efficiently and transparently, sharing accurate information in a timely manner.

This results in better air traffic management with fewer delays and increased capacity, as well as an improved passenger experience thanks to an integrated approach to operations.

The Amadeus A-CDM Portal provides aggregated views of the status of airport operational activities based on real-time flight, passenger and other operational data.

It can predict future flight problems over a three-to-four hour period, identifying which flights might be delayed and how they can be turned around faster to make sure they leave Gatwick on time, even if they arrived late.

With accurate data at their disposal, airport stakeholders can make cooperative decisions to rapidly deal with operational issues.



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JQ: Wellington - Melbourne

Jetstar will more than double its international Wellington services when it begins new flights to the capital from Melbourne in March 2015.

Last week the airline marked its first international services to Wellington when its inaugural flight from the Gold Coast touched down in the capital on Friday afternoon.

Grant Kerr, Jetstar head of New Zealand, says the popularity of that three times a week service prompted the airline to move quickly to add another trans-Tasman destination.

‘We’ll be offering four flights a week on the new route with the first Wellington-Melbourne service scheduled for 30 March 2015, ahead of the Easter school holiday break.’

Kerr says the service will bring benefits on both sides of the Tasman.

‘We’re sure a low fares option will appeal to Wellingtonians keen to visit friends and family in Melbourne or spend a few days at leisure enjoying the shows, galleries, shopping and food scene for which the city is renowned.’

Since the start of last year the airline has added more than 20,000 seats to its Tasman network with increased services from Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown.

‘With the New Zealand dollar predicted to stay at strong levels against the Aussie dollar over the next 12 months we’re confident more Kiwis than ever will be looking to take a trans-Tasman break in 2015,’ Mr Kerr adds.


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Jetstar new OOL services to NZ

Jetstar has linked the capital to the Gold Coast with the airline’s first international Wellington service. The inaugural Gold Coast-Wellington flight, on December 12, marked the first time in more than 10 years that a new airline has started year-round international services to the capital.

The airline will operate three flights a week between Wellington and the Gold Coast on Friday, Sunday and Wednesday.

Jetstar has also just launched another new trans-Tasman service between the Gold Coast and Queenstown. With the new services Jetstar will have more flights from New Zealand to the Gold Coast than any other trans-Tasman airline, with up to 18 flights a week from four New Zealand destinations.

Flights on both new Tasman routes will be operated by 180-seat Airbus A320 aircraft in a single class.

Water arch arrival into Wellington Airport 

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Delta opens LHR arrivals lounge

Delta Air Lines has opened its exclusive Delta Arrivals Lounge, at the arrivals hall of London Heathrow Terminal 3. All of Delta's BusinessElite passengers and SkyMiles Diamond and Platinum Medallion members arriving from the United States have complimentary access into the new facility.

The arrivals lounge offers eleven private showers featuring amenities by New York's Malin+Goetz and on-site butler services including clothes press and shoe shine. Breakfast offerings are available including Starbucks Coffee, fresh fruit, pastries, yogurt and cereals and prepared to order a la carte items. Wifi is available plus a business centre and a selection of the day's newspapers.

The lounge will be open daily from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

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Dining and retail developments at LAX

Eighteen new dining and retail destinations – including 11 Los Angeles area concepts and 13 new concepts – are coming to Terminal 6 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Westfield, in partnership with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) says it is transforming the traveller experience at LAX through luxury retail, sophisticated dining, and world class design and amenities at Terminals 1, 2, 3, 6 and Tom Bradley International Terminal.

‘Much like Los Angeles is a collection of diverse neighbourhoods woven together by boulevards, Terminal 6 will unite three disjointed buildings intoa seamless experience for travellers through the best in dining, retail, design and amenities,’ says Dominic Lowe, executive vice president, Westfield.

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