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New faces will help lead India's airlines out of the pandemic period. Kind of interesting that IndiGo (an LCC) gets an expat CEO from a full-service carrier, while Air India (an FSC) gets an expat CEO from an LCC
What a fantastic idea... Glen had such a passion for aviation, and Oshkosh in particular twitter.com/hi11e1/status/…
I think this will make Air India the largest airline ever run by a New Zealander as CEO (I could be wrong, but none others spring to mind right now... let me know if I'm missing someone!)
Air India names SIA veteran Campbell Wilson as its next CEO. Wilson is currently CEO of SIA's LCC subsidiary Scoot, and he will be succeeded at Scoot by Leslie Thng (another SIA veteran)
Here's the planned cabin configuration for Qantas' A350-1000s for Project Sunrise. Note the "well-being zone" for stretching, hydration etc. Qantas says it will have the lowest seat count of any A350-1000s in service
Qantas has finally confirmed its order for 12 A350-1000s for Project Sunrise. It was all set to confirm order just before COVID-19 hit, but had to put it on hold. It also confirmed its Airbus narrowbody orders, with numbers same as previously announced (20 A321XLRs, 20 A220s)
Big move for Australia's Rex... signs interline partnership LOI with Delta. Gives Delta more Australian domestic feed after its partnership with Virgin Australia ended, and Rex can connect to Delta's Sydney-LA route rex.com.au/BlobViewer/Blo…
Also, Air NZ plans to restart its new hangar project this year (it was delayed due to COVID). Completion of this (Hangar 4) is targeted for mid-2024. Will be able to accommodate one 787 and two A320s at once. Hangar 2 will become an apron area, and the other hangars retained
Air NZ has announced plans to relocate its downtown Auckland (Fanshawe St) HQ out to the airport, using a refurbished office building co-located with its jet base and main engineering facility. Move to happen in 2024. Here's concept art of new HQ...
Qantas Group sets target of using 10% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in group fleet by 2030, and 60% by 2050. Already has deals for SAF uplift in some overseas airports, and pushing for SAF industry to be developed in Australia
.FlyAirNZ also estimates fiscal year 2022 loss at less than NZ$800M (versus previous estimate of more than NZ$800M)
.@FlyAirNZ announces NZ$2.2 billion recapitalisation plan. The NZ govt has committed to participating in order to maintain its 51% shareholding in the airline
.@FlyAirNZ confirms it will add New York (JFK) as its 6th U.S. gateway from Sept. 17. It has been planning this for years - direct flights should help build this market. It will use 787-9s, over 16 hr northbound, 17.5 hr southbound. 3x per week, year round
Qantas and Jetstar will boost trans-Tasman services to 30 return flights/week after NZ opens border to Aussies from Apr. 13. They are currently only operating two return flights/week between these countries. Before pandemic they operated more than 170/week in this market
ATSB (@atsbgovau) final report examines chain of events that led to an MH A330 taking off with pitot tube covers still on - and therefore no airspeed indication. ATSB says this was "one of its most substantive and complex investigations in recent years" atsb.gov.au/media/news-ite…
.@AKL_Airport CEO notes it will take time for intl passenger flows to recover following NZ border openings announced today. But this provides the certainty airlines need to plan schedules etc. There are now 13 intl airlines flying into NZ, down from 29 before pandemic
.@FlyAirNZ says it will adjust capacity to meet demand following border reopenings for international travelers. Currently has 50 flights per week on 15 international routes. Cites good demand from Australia for Easter holidays, and from Nth America around July holiday period
NZ govt confirms border reopenings will be accelerated. Vaxxed Australian travelers can enter without quarantine/isolation from April 13, and those from visa-waiver countries from May 2. Target for remaining (non visa waiver) countries is Oct, but will probably be brought forward
Korean Air joins other airlines in rerouting flights to avoid Russian airspace. This means its Wstn Europe flights will instead go over China, Kazakhstan and Turkey, and its U.S. East Coast flights will be rerouted eastbound over the Pacific and Alaska. Russia flights suspended.
Cathay also reported impairment charges in 2021 for 12 a/c that are unlikely to return to economic service before retirement or return to lessor. There were 34 a/c impaired for the same reason in 2020
Cathay says 37% of its passenger fleet is still parked up outside HK. Deliveries continue however - it expects 10 new a/c in 2022 (7 A321neos and 3 A350-1000s). Eight aircraft have expiring operating leases this year. HK Express subsidiary has one delivery and one lease return
Cathay Pacific Group reports 2021 full-year loss of HK$5.5B, which is down 75% from 2020 loss. The group managed a profit of HK$2B for the second half of 2021. Results obviously boosted by cargo (particularly in second-half peak season). Cathay's second half is typically stronger
India announces broader resumption of international flights from March 27. Currently, only limited flights are allowed under "travel bubble" bilateral agreements with 37 countries twitter.com/JM_Scindia/sta…
ANA has revealed brand details about its proposed new subsidiary carrier... will be called AirJapan, operating 787s on medium- and long-haul routes. ANA says it won't be LCC or FSC, so presumably the "value carrier" approach. Launch target is second half of FY2023
All Nippon Airways confirms that its London, Paris and some Frankfurt flights will remain canceled through March 10. However, ANA's Brussels flights and some of its Frankfurt flights will still operate, rerouted over Central Asia instead of using Russian airspace
JAL's alternative routing to avoid Russian airspace... the carrier estimates it will be 2 hr 55 longer eastbound, then 4 hr 30 longer on return. An extra two movies then? JAL also said it couldn't do its other Europe flights like this due to crew duty time constraints twitter.com/flightradar24/…
Very pleased to have this arrive by courier today - almost makes up for not being at the event in person!
This is definitely one of the things Air India's new owners need to address at some point. No current orders, and some of its widebodies are getting relatively old. Already has 787s in its fleet twitter.com/anuragkotoky/s…
SIA reports net profit of S$85M for the December quarter - first quarterly profit since pandemic began. Passenger capacity reached 45% of pre-COVID levels by end of Dec, projected to reach 51% by March
Air NZ's current plan for the upcoming winter season is to operate around 50-60% of pre-COVID capacity for Australia and Pacific Islands, and in the 15-20% range for long-haul. There is still uncertainty about demand after border reopens due to isolation requirement
Air NZ (@FlyAirNZ) says domestic demand is softening in the early stages of the omicron wave, and the near-term outlook remains uncertain. Expects to operate 65-70% of pre-COVD domestic capacity over next three months
Qantas hopes to finalize business case for Project Sunrise by mid-year, says CEO Joyce. If they do place the order for A350-1000s then, it could mean the flights start mid-2025 (two years later than the plan pre-COVID)
Joyce further predicts domestic capacity in July-Sept quarter (fiscal FY23 Q1) will be over 100% of pre-COVID levels, with Jetstar at around 120% since leisure recovers quicker
Qantas expects domestic capacity to be 68% of pre-COVID levels in fiscal Q3 (Jan-March), rising to 90-100% in Q4. Domestic capacity had recovered to 92% last June before Delta wave hit and reversed the gains. International capacity to be 22% in Q3, and 44% in Q4.
Very pleased to have won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Asia-Pacific aerospace media awards last night. I couldn't be in Singapore, but @AirFlottau was on hand to accept the trophy for me. Congrats also to Matt Driskill, who won the other Outstanding Achievement award
Australia's Bonza announces its launch network, which it will serve with its first five 737 MAXs. Targeting mid-year for first flights, tickets to go on sale within two months
Qantas says it will continue using Darwin as its London stopover instead of Perth until at least June (was to revert to Perth in April). The extension is because the WA govt is yet to confirm a date for state border reopening, the airline says qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases…
Leadership changes at ANA Holdings - Koji Shibata takes over as president & CEO. He replaces Shinya Katanozaka, who moves into chairman's role. In turn, current chairman Shinichiro Ito (also former CEO) becomes a senior advisor to ANA HD.
NZ’s first-ever winter olympic gold!!! Well done Zoi, what a final run that was
This is a notable bit in NZ govt statement: “Isolation requirements will be kept under constant review, and we do expect them to reduce. The reopening to visa-free tourists is also likely to be brought forward, with July being the latest date we anticipate this happening."
NZ Airports Assn is calling for govt to reconsider self-isolation requirement when borders reopen. Says if this remains in place, visitors from Australia will only be at about 7% of pre-COVID levels
NZ govt releases latest version of border reopening plan. Vaxxed NZers can return from Australia from Feb 28, and from rest of world from March 14. Non-NZers from Aussie and visa-waiver countries allowed in by July. 10-day self-isolation still required beehive.govt.nz/release/border…
Also, @HawaiianAir confirms that its first 787 deliveries are now not expected until first half of 2023 at the earliest (previously due in late 2022)
.@HawaiianAir says the omicron wave set back it’s international recovery estimates by about two months. Now expects its Japan ramp up to occur in second quarter
Singapore Airlines Group is still projecting it will hit 47% of pre-COVID capacity in January, unchanged from its projection a month ago despite new restrictions on vaccinated travel lanes introduced by the govt. SIA also predicts 45% capacity in February singaporeair.com/saar5/pdf/Inve…
NZ govt says yesterday's P-3 surveillance flight to Tonga showed ashfall on the Nuku’alofa airport runway that must be cleared before aid flights can land. RNZAF C-130 standing by to deliver humanitarian aid and disaster relief stores once runway cleared beehive.govt.nz/release/new-ze…
It has to be said, Emirates certainly knows how to make some spectacular ads... twitter.com/emirates/statu…
... and Australia is sending a P-8 surveillance flight to Tonga foreignminister.gov.au/minister/maris…
NZ is sending a P-3 to survey volcano/tsunami damage in Tonga this morning nzdf.mil.nz/nzdf/significa…
On top of everything else Asia-Pac airlines are contending with, the volcanic ash cloud issue is back. Latest Fiji Airways advisory cancels flight schedule for Monday fijiairways.com/manage/travel-…
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