Air New Zealand announced (11-Aug-2022) it is taking measures to protect the travel plans of its customers as sickness levels continue to cause disruption. Over the next six months, the carrier will operate a reduced schedule of 1.5% fewer seats than originally planned. Most customers who experience a service change will be transferred to another flight on the same day for domestic travel, and for international travel, on the same day or a day either side of their original booking. Where customers cannot be accommodated within these timeframes, they may change their booking online, opt into credit or request a refund. Customers with changes will start to see them from 11-Aug-2022 and will be automatically transferred to another service. Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran stated: "We're pulling out all the stops to minimise disruption and provide surety for our customers over the next six months. We have rehired or brought on more than 2000 pilots, airport staff, cabin crew, contact centre and engineers, and we're going as fast as we can with recruitment and training". Mr Foran added: "We're also exploring options to lease a crewed widebody aircraft for the busy summer period… at the moment we're stretched to capacity and making sure our customers are able to travel is our top priority. The lease of an additional crewed aircraft may help us achieve that". Air New Zealand's domestic and international schedule will be operating at 90% of pre-Covid capacity for the next six months. [more - original PR]
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The CAPA Americas Aviation & LCC Summit was recently held in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, focussing on a range of topics facing the industry at the moment. Global airline leaders shared their insights and perspectives on the role of governments in a post COVID-19 world, the achievable goals towards an environmentally sustainable future and the impact of technology on recovery. They also shared their thoughts on how two of the industry’s largest stakeholders - airports and airlines can work together to create a seamless travel experience with little or no confusion.
- Frontier Airlines, President & CEO, Barry Biffle
- Viva Air, President & CEO, Felix Antelo
- Spirit Airlines, EVP & CCO, Matt Klein
- Azul, Chief Revenue Officer, Abhi Shah
- American Airlines, Head of ESG, Jill Blickstein
- Arajet, Executive Officer & Founder, Victor Pacheco
- Silver Airways, CEO, Steve Rossum
- Transat, V.P. Network, Revenue Management and Pricing, Michèle Barre
CAPA Events are hosted in key markets around the world and attract the highest calibre of thought leaders and decision makers in the aviation and travel industry. Delegates are provided with unprecedented access to the latest data, insights and trends from our global team, in addition to valuable networking opportunities with executives across all sectors of the aviation and travel industry. Review CAPA’s full events calendar here.
Air New Zealand announced (09-Aug-2022) it is bringing its first Victorville based Boeing 777-300 aircraft out of the desert, after 696 days in deep storage. In 2020, the airline sent four 777-300s to the Victorville storage facility in the Mojave Desert due to the impacts of coronavirus, limiting the airline's flying schedule to the bare minimum. The first Boeing 777-300 aircraft, registration ZK-OKP, is due to leave Victorville in late Aug-2022 for Auckland where it will have scheduled maintenance before re-joining the Boeing 777-300 operating fleet from late Sep-2022. ZK-OKP is the first of four Victorville based Boeing 777-300 aircraft to be reanimated and the airline is working through a programme to bring back the three remaining aircraft over the next year. The airline also has three Boeing 777-300 aircraft that were stored in Auckland for the last two years. Two of these aircraft are back in service, with Boeing 777-300 ZK-OKO due to re-enter service in the coming weeks. [more - original PR]
EUROCONTROL director general Eamonn Brennan, via his official Twitter account, reported (08-Aug-2022) the following European network traffic highlights, for the period between 25-Jul-2022 and 31-Jul-2022:
- The top 20 operators, based on the average number of daily flights:
- Ryanair: 3011 flights, unchanged week to week;
- easyJet: 1640, +3%;
- Turkish Airlines: 1506, unchanged week to week;
- Lufthansa: 1202, +18%, recovering from the strike in the week prior;
- Air France: 1065, -3%;
- Wizz Air: 814, +2%;
- KLM: 783, +1%;
- Vueling: 717: +2%;
- British Airways: 698, +2%;
- TUI Group: 563, +1%
- SAS Group: 559, -1%;
- Eurowings: 546, +2%;
- Pegasus Airlines: 507, unchanged week to week;
- Norwegian Group: 421, unchanged week to week;
- Aegean Airlines Group: 412, +1%;
- SWISS: 408, +1%;
- Jet2.com: 391, unchanged week to week;
- Iberia: 352, -2%;
- TAP Group: 338, -1%;
- ITA Airways: 333, -3%.
Hong Kong's Government announced (08-Aug-2022) inbound travellers will be subject to quarantine under the '3+4' model, effective 12-Aug-2022. The model involves compulsory quarantine in designated quarantine hotels for three days, followed by medical surveillance at home for four days. The new regime will be a reduction from the current seven day hotel quarantine. [more - original PR]
Avianca submitted (08-Aug-2022) a request to Colombia Aerocivil to integrate Viva into the Abra Group. The carriers stated the integration request is due to Viva's "complex financial situation that requires immediate intervention". Avianca CEO Adrian Neuhauser said: "The integration request with Viva seeks to fight for its survival in the market, as well as to maintain the competitiveness it has built during 10 years of operation... Avianca has a solid financial position... which would allow it to achieve synergies and take advantage of economies of scale with Viva, provide financial support and participate in its management". As previously reported by CAPA, Avianca and GOL created the Abra Group holding company in May-2022, with the organisation initially proposing a non-controlling 100% economic interest in Viva's operations in Colombia and Peru. [more - original PR]
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