Airline Updates

Air Tahiti Nui early bird deals

Air Tahiti Nui has released its 2015 early bird deals to gateways Tahiti, the United States and France.

On sale until November 25, the airline’s specials include return flights from Auckland to Papeete from $925 economy and $2420 business.

Return flights from Auckland to Los Angeles are reduced by up to $350 with economy fares starting $1350, with the child discount rate extended to children up to 15 years.

For the airline’s French connection to Paris, return economy fares start from $2020.

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SQ extra flights ex CHC

Singapore Airlines will add five additional flights to Christchurch over the summer period, on top of the 18 supplementary flights already announced for the season. The flights will depart Christchurch on December 19 and 21, with three more flights departing February 16, 17 and 23.

Singapore Airlines has added the flights in response to continued high seasonal demand for business and leisure travel into and out of the South Island, due to people visiting friends and family over the busy summer holidays, as well as increased tourism driven by major sporting events such as the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Edwin Chiang, general manager, Singapore Airlines, New Zealand says Christchurch remains an important long-term market for SQ. 'We have already had a strong customer response to the additional 18 flights we announced, because customers from around the South Island and the provinces find it extremely convenient to depart from Christchurch with the ease of single terminal transfer to their final destination, be it the key markets in Europe and Asia or anywhere across our global network of 63 destinations in 35 countries.

'The additional 28% boost in supplementary flights at the height of seasonal demand gives travellers better flight options, as well as extra frequency and additional cargo capacity for exporters.  It is our pleasure to support the Christchurch recovery in this way.'

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Suspension of flights ex Singapore

Ethiopian Airlines will suspend flights from October 5, 2014 until March 30, 2015, (ET627/626) between SIN-ADD.

Ticketed bookings will be re-protected on:
1.    SIN-BKK codeshare flights operated by SQ & onwards BKK - ADD – BKK on ET flights.
2.    Agents may re-route passengers from New Zealand to ET online points (BKK/HKG) on :

Economy Class              RBD to be used
AKL – CX – HKG vv             S, V
AKL – NZ – HKG vv          L, T, W
AKL – TG – BKK vv          S, K, T

Business Class              RBD to be used
AKL – CX – HKG vv               I
AKL – NZ – HKG vv              Z

The RBD on ET flights remain unchanged or first available booking class in the same cabin, in case of re-routing.  Tickets must be reissued due invol reroute.

Ph 64 9 300 4514 Email:  Ethiopian This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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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

For further information phone 09 379 3743 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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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.

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