Fiji Airways has today announced an introduction of additional flights to Christchurch in its schedule. The airline currently operates weekly Sunday departure, and will be introducing a Tuesday service for the month of July 2014.
Fiji Airways is the only airline to operate a year-round direct flight service from Christchurch to Fiji and has been flying from Christchurch to Fiji for more than 20 years. In the words of Stefan Pichler, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO, the supplementary service makes it easier for South Island passengers to fly direct to Fiji, and on to the US without an additional domestic New Zealand connection. The new service opens up global network to South Islanders and offering them an additional weekly connection to Los Angeles and Honolulu.
According to Christchurch Airport CEO, Jim Boult, the additional Fiji Airways service reflects the strength in the Canterbury and South Island economies, as well as strong development of tourism in Fiji and North America. This is the first time since 2000 that Fiji Airways has operated so many frequencies from Christchurch to Fiji.
The additional service provides a brilliant opportunity to increase passenger loading from Christchurch. The total market size of South Island residents travelling to Fiji or North America is almost 50,000 in the last 12 months and is growing. Fiji Airways has seen this opportunity and is responded which is a great news for South Island travellers.
Etihad Airways, the leading airline in Gulf has announced to launch daily flights to Perth from July 15.
With the launch of daily Perth flights the number of weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Australia will be increased to 32. Etihad’s alliance partner Virgin Australia operates three other Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights.
Perth will be Etihad’s fourth destination in Australia and airline will serve this route using a 262-seat aircraft with 22 seats in Pearl business class seats and 240 in economy.
The launch of flights to Perth will provide a boost to tourism in Western Australia and increase competition in WA market as Emirates and Qatar Airways are already offering services for Perth.
Besides being useful for Middle East passengers the flights will also be beneficial for passengers of Africa and Europe.
Etihad has also announced the schedule of flights that says the flights will depart Abu Dhabi at 10.10pm and arrive in Perth at 1.10pm the next day. On the return journey the flights will leave Perth at 3.55pm and arrives in Abu Dhabi at 11.25pm.
In addition, Etihad has also plans to launch three flights a week to Dallas from December 3 next year.
Business and leisure travellers from France who wish to travel capital of Japan will have more options from next year as Air France will start flying to Tokyo Haneda Airport next year.
From 30 March 2014, the national carrier of France will commence two daily flights to Haneda from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. This one of the leading carriers of Europe has also announced the schedule of flights. There will be one daytime flight departing Paris at 1055, the night-time flights will depart Paris at 2330. On the return the flight will leave Haneda at 0735 and 2215 respectively.
Air France will operate daytime flights with 309-seat Boeing 777-200 aircraft with three class configuration while the night flight will be served by a four-class, 303-seat, B777-300.
With the launch of the flights Air France will become the only airline to offer night flights between Tokyo Haneda airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle. As Tokyo-Haneda is situated in proximity to the city the airport is highly popular among business travellers.
The soon to be launched flights to Tokyo Haneda airport will be additional to existing daily flights to Tokyo Narita Airport.
Jetstar Airways, an Australian low-cost airline headquartered in Melbourne will launch non-stop flights to Tokyo’s Narita Airport from Melbourne. But at the same time axes its flights to Gold Coast from Osaka in a reshuffle of low-cost airline’s Japanese network. The new Melbourne-Tokyo service will see four flights each week on Jetstar’s Airbus A330 beginning from 29th April 2014. The flight schedules and fares expected to be released before Christmas.
This is first Melbourne to Tokyo flight service offered by Jetstar since 2008 and will feed travellers into the Jetstar Japan network for flights to nine other Japanese cities including Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo. In the words of David Hall, Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO, this is one of the largest un served international markets in Australia and the bookings shows that many Victorian customers are travelling to Tokyo via other ports in the network.
On the other hand Jetstar’s thrice-weekly flights to Gold Coast from Osaka will be dropped from 8th May 2014. Although Gold-Coast-Tokyo flights will remain and at some stage be upgrade from current Airbus A330 to Jetstar’s new Boeing 787.
David Hall further explained that the airline recognized that Gold Coast is a major tourism destination for Japanese visitors, but demand from Osaka was not as strong as that from Tokyo. The suspension of service is part of airline’s response to the current state of Australian aviation market and a rearrangement of Jetstar’s international network.
Malaysia Airlines continues to grow its reach and capacity to a host of destinations across Australasia, following the launch of estimated new route to Darwin, capital of Northern Territory in Australia on 1st November. With more flights to more destinations across the region make Malaysia Airlines as one of the leading carriers servicing Australia and New Zealand from the UK.
UK passengers can now enjoy four times weekly service to Darwin, flying from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur on the double- daily A380 flight. The airline is also increasing frequency from Kuala Lumpur to key Australian destinations. Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney will increase 21 weekly from 5th February 2014 and flights to Melbourne increase to triple daily from 21st November 2013. Flights to Auckland from Kuala Lumpur on A330 aircraft increased from six times weekly to a daily service from 24th November and will be permanent effective from 30th March.
In the words of Weng Chi Lee, Malaysian Airlines’ Area Manager UK & Ireland, Malaysia Airlines is investing in new and existing routes to meet the increased demand for travel to destinations throughout Australasia and is looking forward to welcoming UK and Irish passengers to enjoy their flights. With the inclusion of Darwin, the national carrier now flies to total of seven destinations across Australasia. With flights to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth via a seamless transition onto the A330 aircraft completes the growing group of Australian destinations served by the national carrier.
Malaysian Airlines offers UK passengers some of the best connections to Australia and New Zealand flying on the latest aircraft with 30 Kg generous baggage allowance in economy and service from an award-winning Cabin Crew.
British Airways has announced to introduce A380 on its Washington route. The full service airline will operate Washington flights with A380 aircraft from September 1, 2014.
The airline has already deployed this aircraft on Los Angeles and Hong Kong routes and will introduce it on Johannesburg route in February 2014.
This leading world carrier will introduce 787s on flights to Hyderabad from March 30, Chengdu from May 5, Philadelphia from June 5 and Calgary from July 5, 2014.
The airline has also decided to increase the number of flights to Chengdu from three to five a week from May 5.
British Airways will increase the number of flights to Tokyo Haneda from five-a-week to daily flights from May 6. From April 27, the number of flights to Mexico City will be increased from five to six flights a week.
South African Airways provide charted air-transport services for invited mourners who will attend the funeral of world icon and former president of Nelson Mandela in the Eastern Cape. After consultation with South African Government, SAA has put a special air transport service in order to facilitate the movement of mourners who have been invited to attend the funeral. The service will also be available on the return leg of their travel as well.
The airline indicates that this announcement neither replaces nor it will disrupt its existing daily operations to the Eastern Cape. SAA currently serves the Eastern Cape Province daily to two destinations which is East London and Port Elizabeth. Passengers travelling on normal schedules between Johannesburg and the two Eastern Cape destinations SAA operates to, will continue to be offered the same services.
Qatar Airway, the flag carrier of Qatar has announced to launch flights to Cyprus. This one of the leading Gulf carriers will start flying to Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus from 29 April 2014.
The airline will operate four flights a week to Larnaca. Qatar Airline will serve these flights using an Airbus A320, with two-class configuration that includes 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy Class.
Beautifully situated on the southernmost coast of Cyprus, Larnaca has always been a tourists’ favourite with its beautiful waterfronts, scenic views and scintillating beaches.
Larnaca is the first destination of Qatar Airways in Cyprus.
The airline will fly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays on this route. As scheduled the flights will depart Doha at 0810 hrs to arrive Larnaca at 1200 hrs. The return flights will depart Larnaca at 1410 hrs to arrive Doha at 1745 hrs.
A large number of tourists flock to Larnaca to explore its several attractions that include ancient city of Kition, Larnaca Fort, Larnaca Salt Lake Hala Sultan Tekke (Grand Mosque), Church of Saint Lazarus and Europe Square.
Dubai’s newly built Al Maktoum International Airport saw arrival of Bahrain’s Gulf Air on Sunday as airline launched its first flight to this airport in Dubai.
With the launch of flights to Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC) the airline has become the first full service carrier to start operations to the airport.
On Sunday, Bahrain’s Gulf Air flights GF578 took off from Bahrain International Airport at 9.30am and reached at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport at 11.45am.
The airline has expressed pleasure in strengthening its Gulf Air’s network in Middle East network. The addition of Al Maktoum International Airport to airline’s network will improve convenience and options to passengers.
This service will be additional to the airlines already operational 51 flights per week into Dubai.
Gulf Air will deploy new A320 aircraft to operate flights between Bahrain International Airport and Al Maktoum International.
Qatar Airways, one of the leading Gulf carriers, has announced to extend its services to the USA by announcing non-stop flights to Dallas/Fort worth (DFW). The flights will start from July 1, 2014.
With this announcement Qatar Airways has opened its second route in Texas; the airline is already offerings non-stop daily flights to Houston from Doha.
This announcement will strengthen airlines presence in American market and provide more options to passengers flying between Qatar and United States.
The airline has expressed pleasure on strengthening its presence in the United States and is committed to provide passengers with an exceptional travel experience on its long-haul and short- haul flights. The airline will commence three new American routes in 2014.
Qatar Airways will operate its Doha – Dallas/Fort Worth route by its flagship Boeing 777-200LR aircraft with 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 217 seats Economy Class.