STR monitors Asia Pacific hotel trends

February 24, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 24 February 2017: Hotels in the Asia Pacific region reported a moderate occupancy decline, but a strong rate growth in January 2017, according to the latest  data from STR.

Based on US dollar constant currency, year-over-year comparisons, for the Asia Pacific region, the average daily rate increased 4.6% to USD108.10.

Occupancy across the region declined 0.8% to 64.8% Read more

Low fares hurt Qantas

February 24, 2017 by  
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SYDNEY, 24 February 2017: Australian carrier Qantas Airways posted Thursday a 7.5% hit to first-half earnings, impacted by lower fares, greater competition and empty seats.

Underlying profit before tax fell to AUD852 million (USD656 million) for the six months ending 31 December, but just beat the airline’s own guidance.

This compares to AUD921 million in the same period of 2015. Read more

Air NZ sees profit topple

February 24, 2017 by  
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WELLINGTON, 24 February 2017: Air New Zealand reported a 24% fall in interim net profit, Thursday, amid increased competition in the domestic aviation market.

New Zealand’s flag carrier said net profit for the six months to 31 December was NZD256 million (USD184 million), compared to a record NZD338 million for the corresponding period a year previously.

“The last six months saw unprecedented levels of international carriers adding new services to New Zealand,” it said. Read more

Qantas flies super fast Wi-Fi

February 16, 2017 by  
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SYDNEY, 16 February 2017: Qantas passengers on Wi-Fi enabled domestic flights will be able to watch their favourite shows, avoid missing out on live sport and listen to almost any song they like, with Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify coming on-board to provide content in 2017.

The new service will switch on its first aircraft in late February. The rest of the airline’s fleet of domestic Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 aircraft will follow from mid-2017 onwards.

The super fast connection speeds – which enable streaming – are made possible through the nbn Sky Muster satellite service and represents a significant upgrade over older satellite technology accessed by most airlines around the world. Read more

Tourist charged over jetski death

February 10, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 10 February 2017: Thai police charged an Australian man, Thursday, with recklessly causing the death of his girlfriend when two jetskis they were riding smashed into each other.

Emily Jayne Collie, a 20-year-old Australian, died Sunday in a horrific collision off the coast of Phuket island.

Her boyfriend Thomas Keating, also in his twenties, was on the other jetski. Read more

Qatar breaks flight record

February 6, 2017 by  
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AUCKLAND, 6 February 2017: The world’s longest commercial flight landed in New Zealand Monday with the arrival of Qatar Airways’ 14,535 kilometres (9,032 miles) Doha-Auckland service, the airline announced.

“We’ve officially landed in Auckland,” the airline tweeted as flight QR920 landed at 0725 (1825 GMT Sunday), five minutes ahead of schedule after a 16 hour 23 minute flight.

The long-range Boeing 777-200LR crossed 10 time zones on its marathon flight. Read more

Plaza Premium expands in Australia

February 3, 2017 by  
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SYDNEY, 3 February 2017: Plaza Premium Group has opened a new airport restaurant, Terrace Chinese Kitchen, at Sydney International Airport.

Terrace Chinese Kitchen  hails from the award-winning Chinese restaurant The Terrace at Hong Kong International Airport.

Located at International Departures of Pier B, Terminal 1 (near Gate 30), the 1500 square-feet Terrace Chinese Kitchen showcases popular and traditional Chinese dishes. Read more

MH370 search could resume

January 18, 2017 by  
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MELBOURNE, 18 January 2017: Australia’s transport minister, Wednesday, defended the suspension of the undersea search for MH370, after relatives of passengers slammed the decision, and added that it could resume if “credible new evidence” emerges.

Australia, Malaysia and China — where most of the 239 on board the missing Malaysia Airlines jet resided — on Tuesday pulled the plug on the massive operation in the southern Indian Ocean almost three years since the plane vanished, 8 March 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Transport Minister Darren Chester said the investigation’s high cost — about AUD200 million (USD150 million) — was not a factor in the decision. It came after the search of the remote 120,000 square-kilometre zone (46,000 square miles) was completed without success. Read more

Tianjin flies to Auckland

December 23, 2016 by  
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AUCKLAND, 23 December 2016: Chinese carrier Tianjin Airlines launched, Thursday, a new nonstop service from two major Chinese cities, Chongqing and Tianjin, to Auckland in New Zealand.

The Auckland-Chongqing-Tianjin route operates three times weekly using a 260-seat Airbus A330 aircraft. This is the first flight from Auckland to Chongqing and Tianjin.

“We’re delighted to welcome Tianjin Airlines to Auckland Airport and New Zealand. This new service will add 83,000 seats to the China-Auckland route every year and deliver an estimated USD102 million boost to the New Zealand tourism industry,” said Auckland Airport’s acting general manager — aeronautical-commercial, Scott Tasker. Read more

Final sweep for MH370

December 15, 2016 by  
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SYDNEY, 15 December 2016: The last vessel searching for missing MH370 has left on its final sweep across the southern Indian Ocean, Australia said, Wednesday, as the transport minister cautioned the airliner might not be found in coming weeks.

Fugro Equator sailed from Fremantle port on Australia’s western coast on Monday for the 120,000 square-kilometre (46,000-square-mile) zone where investigators believe the Malaysian Airlines jet disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March, 2014, carrying 239 passengers and crew.

No trace has been found in the massive undersea hunt off Australia but investigators have confirmed that three pieces of debris recovered on western Indian Ocean shorelines came from MH370. Read more

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