April 10, 2021| 352 0

American Airlines Crew Grounded In Sydney With COVID Symptoms

Following a positive test for COVID-19 among one of the flight attendants of an American Airlines flight between Sydney and Los Angeles, the operation was postponed. American’s flight 72 was due to depart Sydney at 9 am local time this Friday. It left nearly 25 hours later. What happened? The New South Wales health officials issued a statement saying …

February 15, 2021| 220 0

Refreshed Business Class Coming To Virgin Australia Next Month

Virgin Australia’s long-awaited reboot of its inflight service is just around the corner. While the airline has never stopped flying, the inflight service offering was pared back to the bone last year. But now Virgin Australia is preparing to unveil what creature comforts it will offer its passengers. New Virgin Australia inflight service offering u …

February 15, 2021| 271 0

Air New Zealand Adjusts Services As Auckland Goes On Lockdown

New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland, is in the middle of a three-day lockdown after three locally acquired cases of COVID-19 popped up over the weekend. And that’s had the local airline, Air New Zealand, scrambling to adjust its services and stay in the air. “While the country is at elevated Alert Levels, Air New Zealand will be taking extra preca …

February 11, 2021| 214 0

Cathay Pacific Slashes Australia Schedule Only Keeping Sydney

Hong-Kong’s Cathay Pacific has slashed its flights to cities in Australia, retaining only Sydney as its sole destination. This comes amid increasingly tight restrictions on travel, which now mean crew would have to quarantine for 14 days on return to Hong Kong. Several other international routes have also been cut. Cathay drops Australia The new rule …

February 9, 2021| 223 0

Will Vaccines Mean No Quarantine When Entering Australia?

With the Australian Government set to roll out its COVID-19 vaccination program, there’s hope inbound and outbound travel restrictions will slowly unwind. There’s a widespread expectation that proof of negative COVID-19 status will be needed to travel. That rule won’t just be mandated at the government level but also the airline level under a no-ja …

February 8, 2021| 228 0

Qantas Looks At South Africa Again For Post-Crisis Route

Qantas is taking another look at South Africa and eyeing a potential second route into the country, talking up possible flights between Perth and Johannesburg. It isn’t a new plan, having had several public airings over the last few years but failing to get off the ground. However, with Qantas scouting new network opportunities once international f …

February 8, 2021| 199 0

Qantas Expands Inflight Coach Service In A Bid For Competitive Advantage

In a long-overdue move, Qantas is giving its domestic coach passengers some love. The airline is substantially upgrading its catering offer and overhauling the menu. Qantas will re-introduce hot meals. Best of all, beer and wine will be complimentary for all coach class passengers across Qantas domestic and regional flights. Qantas acknowledged infl …

January 28, 2021| 221 0

New Zealand Could Pull Australia Travel Bubble

There’s more uncertainty for airlines flying across the Tasman Sea. The long-awaited two-way travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand is potentially under a cloud. The uncertainty is caused by a cocktail of internal border issues within Australia, a small COVID-19 outbreak (now contained) in Sydney over the New Year period, and a New Zealand …

January 20, 2021| 196 0

Air New Zealand Outlines Network Plan Until July

Air New Zealand is extending its current pared-back international timetable until the middle of 2021. Despite ongoing travel restrictions and low passenger demand, Air New Zealand is keeping air links open on vital passenger and cargo corridors. But on many routes, there will be just one return service a week. “We understand these are very uncertain …

January 18, 2021| 202 0

6,000 Slots For Tigerair Australia At Sydney Airport

Defunct airline Tigerair Australia still has thousands of slots at Sydney’s normally busy Kingsford Smith Airport. The airline went out of business last year when its owner, Virgin Australia, discontinued the struggling brand. Despite having no aircraft and no employees, Virgin Australia has retained its air operator’s certificate. But along with t …

January 16, 2021| 257 0

Emirates Slashes Services To Australia For Operational Reasons

Emirates is suspending the majority of its Australia service for “operational reasons” and will see its final services operating to Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane in the coming days. This sudden stop in service follows the country’s Prime Minister reducing permitted arrivals by 50% until February 15th due to the discovery of the new UK strain in B …

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