Airline News - Asia / Pacific.


Jan 28, 2008

Air Austral

Air Austral will become a new player in the Europe-Australia market. The Reunion-based carrier will launch Paris Charles de Gaulle-Saint Denis-Sydney service in addition to flights to Noumea and New Caledonia in its 2009 summer schedule. It will lease two Boeing 777-300ERs from ILFC for eight years with delivery in February and March 2009. It currently operates three 777-200ERs and three 737 Classics. Jan 24, 2008

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand said on Friday it would reduce its domestic fares by up to 30 percent to stimulate local travel, and as it faces tougher competition. Australian competitors Virgin Blue and Qantas Airways have both been expanding their domestic services in New Zealand. The airline said its Smart Saver fares would be cut on some routes by between 9 percent and 27 percent, while top-end fares would be reduced by between 15 and 30 percent. Jan 27, 2008

All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways is making significant changes in the domestic market. During 2008-09 it will suspend six daily and one double-daily flight and reduce frequency on six additional services while increasing frequency on five routes. It plans to retrofit its Boeing 777-200s/-300s, 737-500s, 767-300s and 747-400s with premium class seating to facilitate the speedier introduction of its latest domestic premium product offering, which enters service in April. Jan 24, 2008

Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines will offer first class on two of its 18 daily Tokyo Haneda-Fukuoka flights from April 1. JAL said it will be the first time that first class will be available on a domestic flight. Jan 27, 2008

Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines placed its code on China Eastern Airlines' twice-weekly Tokyo Narita-Nanjing service. It will introduce its new premium economy service on NRT-Frankfurt flights beginning Feb. 3. Jan 24, 2008

Pacific Blue Airlines, Virgin Blue

Pacific Blue Airlines, a subsidiary of Virgin Blue, began flying New Zealand's main domestic routes from November, offering a range of cut-price fares. Air New Zealand responded by cutting its fares and reconfiguring its domestic services into premium and budget classes. Jan 27, 2008

Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways announced an overhaul of its New Zealand domestic services in October, introducing a service between the capital...

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