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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In the next few years where will New Plymouth Airport be heading

In the next few years where will New Plymouth Airport be heading

New Plymouth Youth In Politics has this month confirmed to infonews.co.nz that the airport will be getting a new terminal upgrade.
List of changes by 2016

NEW TERMINAL UPGRADE - 2015
EXTRA FLIGHTS TO AUCKLAND,  HAMILTON - HAPPENING NOW
MORE ATR 72 PLANES TO ARRIVE/TAKEOFF - HAPPENING NOW
MORE PASSENGER NUMBERS - HAPPENING NOW
POTENTIAL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - 2016+


TERMINAL UPGRADE -  CONFIRMED

Starting off with the terminal upgrade. Not much has been revealed about the new terminal however what we do know is that the New Plymouth District Council has confirmed that they are designing a new terminal extension for construction in 2015. The airport's terminal building opened in 1964 and was designed for just 60,000 passengers per year.

EXTRA FLIGHTS TO BE ADDED, INCLUIDING HAMILTON FLIGHTS  

Extra Flights are to be added by 2016 in addition to the new terminal, these flights will include flights to Hamilton and Auckland with the pottential for more flights to Christchurch, Wellington and another destination. 

BIGGER AIRCRAFTS TO COME IN AND OUT  

More ATR72 planes are taking off and landing in New Plymouth effective immediately, and is meaning there are six ATR72's coming into the airport daily instead of the earlier two. 

PASSENGER NUMBERS INCREASE  

The number of people flying in and out of New Plymouth Airport rose seven per cent between 2012 and 2013, increasing from 310,943 to 332,178 passengers.

And 2014 has got off to a record start with January’s 24,706 passengers up 20 per cent on last January’s 20,549.

Manager Airport Kevin Hill believes the increase is largely from business passengers.

Generally the passenger mix is 50:50 business and leisure, but January’s 20 per cent rise was because of crew changes on the deep-sea drilling programmed,he says.

“I think we’re seeing the result of Taranaki’s buoyant economy, with the petrochemical industry driving the increase to a certain extent.”

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, WILL IT HAPPEN

New Plymouth Youth In Politics are confirming there is a large potential the airport could become international in the future, and could be design

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Kiwi teen offered spot on Mercedes mixed tape

Kiwi teen offered spot on Mercedes mixed tape


A 17 year old Christchurch schoolgirl has been OFFERED an opportunity that could net her hundreds of thousands of downloads for her first single.   

Maya Payne, who records as Maya, was recently approached by Mercedes Benz representatives in Germany, who want to include a remix of her song Fragile on one of its mix tape compilations.   

The luxury car manufacturer, which has 15 million plus likes on its Facebook page, offers REGISTERED owners of its cars new music every 10 weeks from up and coming artists.   

It came about when she released a remix of Fragile with a young UK teen, Will Gibson who records a Someones Enemy, says Maya's father and manager Matt Power.

First contact was pretty immediate when we put up the track. Some key music blogs in the UK and Australia picked up on Fragile and said good things.
Also, The NZ on Air Audience website here in NZ sent out a headline and link to the track. So,I think they found out about it from one of those.   

Maya was in Auckland recently recording tracks for an EP at Joel Little's Golden Age studio, where Lorde's Pure Heroine was created.   
We have produced the tracks with Kidz in Space's Josh Fountain, the chief engineer and go to producer now at Golden Age Studios,Power says. 

We also bought a producer with us, MCHNCL Kabyn Walley, who is a fresh up and coming producer from Christchurch and currently completing a music degree at Otago.    

The three of them have collaborated to create some real magic we think.    
New Zealand On Air has been quick to recognise Maya's potential awarding her with two $10,000 grants based on the quality of two demos she put forward.  

A video for Fragile is due to be released this week. It was created with the help of Belmont productions in Christchurch, who OFFERED their services at less than cost.   
A lot of people are really getting behind her and her potential in NZ, it is great to see such a supportive music community here,Power says.    

The Spark Foundation, which has been set up to help young New Zealanders achieve their dreams, has OFFERED to support Maya in raising more funds to help her record an EP.
The initiative sees the foundation matching dollar for dollar pledges and donations.    
It is all Maya at the moment,Power says.
It is a rare thing to have the support of a major label these days, so you have to apply the number 8 wire mentality to things and do all you can yourself to raise the MONEY required to create quality recordings and videos




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Monday, September 15, 2014

Airlines Show Off Their New Flying Colours As The Aviation

Airlines Show Off Their New Flying Colours As The Aviation 


Several Aviation firms have embarked on a makeover this week something Airlines usually do once every 20 years.
The first carrier to unveil a new look was Southwest Airlines which revealed an overhaul of the design and colour of its livery.
It replaced the old canyon blue for a darker shade and rethought the stripes on the tail as well as adding new fonts and a yellow, red and blue heart underneath the plane to show it cares.


Both Southwest and Frontier's redesigns were leaked on Twitter ahead of the official announcements.
An Aviation expert suggests that the Airline's new designs signify that they are going through a change in corporate identity.
Both are completing deals Southwest will finalize a takeover of AirTran Airways in the near future and Frontier is attempting to cash in on the budget MARKET by becoming a low cost carrier.


Jonny Clark, an Airline brand specialist and founder of thedesignair.net told CNN that Airline liveries have a shelf life of 20 years or so.
But lately there's been a spate of Aircraft redesigns.
Other Airlines which have decided to rebrand include Air New Zealand, American and Iberia.
Other Airlines on the brink of doing the same are Abu Dhabi Airline Etihad.

In the last couple of years, there's been an influx of new Aircraft into a lot of fleets777s and A380s.

A lot of Airlines have taken advantage of this opportunity to create a point of differentiation,explains Clark.
American and European brands, he notes, tend to follow a similar aesthetic, known as Eurowhite known for its simplicity.
But not all Airlines want to follow the current trend.
Several carriers in the Pacific Rim have liveries reflecting local design culture.

Hawaiian Airlines introduced its regional subsidy, Ohana by Hawaiian, using a local aesthetic when crafting the new livery this year.

The carrier teamed up with father and son design team Sig and Kuha'o Zane to craft a look that honoured the local culture. 



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Friday, September 12, 2014

How To Maximise Your Air Miles,Confessions Of A Frequent Flyer

How To Maximise Your Air Miles,Confessions Of A Frequent Flyer



Many people think they need to travel frequently and great distances before Airline miles really begin to pay off. The truth is, as I recently discovered, that with a little extra effort you can climb loyalty programme levels and see your mileage accrual double. Hallowed lounge access becomes available, and waiting to check in and board the Aircraft is something other people do.

The trick to getting the most out of Airline loyalty programmes is to understand how they work. Sixty two of the world's biggest Airlines belong to one of three alliances: Oneworld, Star Alliance and SkyTeam. This means every single Flight counts, as you can earn points across a network. So, for example, if you're an Air New Zealand Airpoints member, you can still earn points flying Lufthansa as they're both members of Star Alliance. The more you fly, the more you earn; the higher the class of cabin, the more you earn; and don't forget that staying AT HOTELS, hiring cars and using your credit card can also juice your points totals.

Every loyalty programme uses different terminology, and it can seem quite daunting, but the broad methodology is the same. Knowing the difference between ordinary points/miles usually corresponding to the number of miles flown and tier points the points that allow you to move through different status levels is key. If you want to add Jet fuel to your earning potential, checking out online forums such as FlyerTalk will open up a world of possibilities.

After years of passively and inconsistently collecting points, I realised that I was nearing British Airways (BA) Silver status Sapphire status in the Oneworld network. This may not sound as grand as GOLD, platinum or diamond in the precious metal stakes, but the step up for flyers from BA Bronze to Silver is massive in terms of comfort and convenience, including business class lounge access, priority check in and boarding, and extra luggage allowance across the entire One World network.

Nearing my goal of 600 tier points needed for Silver status, my situation was also pressing as my tier point counter was creeping towards its annual reset date tier points are annual accumulations and reset to zero after 12 months, air miles on the other hand, last for years. I turned to FlyerTalk and Altimtr websites, and suddenly the crazy world of mileage runs, travelling purely for the sake of points, opened up to me.

Gabriel Leigh is the founder of Altimtr, a website for frequent flyers, and clocks up 200,000 miles a year. He is also a filmmaker who created the documentary Frequent Flyer, which looks into the phenomenon of elite status chasing. It's easy to get hooked. There's no name for people who do this, not that I know of mileage junkies maybe? though some might feel that's a bit excessive,says Leigh, lamenting that mileage running was better value 10 years ago when fewer people were doing it and the Airlines had lower thresholds.

There are many stories of mileage runners working the system with CHEAP FLIGHTS TO obscure places at curious times to bump themselves up to elite status. Leigh himself has done some outlandish mileage runs by normal standards, but nothing compared to committed mileage junkies. "I've done things like fly New York to Tokyo via Singapore, or from San Francisco to Berlin, Munich and Helsinki on an eight segment ticket over the course of four days,says Leigh, and that's unremarkable among the people who take this seriously.

On FlyerTalk, I looked for posts that fit my specific get-status quick situation using routings that started in Hong Kong before my points' expiry date. FlyerTalk users such as London-based financial investor Nick Fetcham he gave us this pseudonym as he prefers to remain anonymous are invaluable to other flyers around the world, offering tips on SAVING money or maximising points.Over the years, I've learned a lot of tricks, which today are no longer the secrets they once were,says Fetcham, who estimates he travels 150,000 to 225,000 miles per year.FlyerTalk is the best way to learn how to fly for less, in better cabins, and stay in HOTELS FOR far less than many people who just don't care as much about these things.

Fetcham has been a FlyerTalk user for 12 years for a reason. "Sites such as seatguru.com and tripadvisor.com are pretty useless in my opinion, since they are too mass market, and heavily edited and moderated, to be of much specific use.

Emboldened by my research and on the cusp of a new and better status with only days before the Tier Point counter resets to zero, I take the plunge and commit to my first mileage run. My plan is to take a quick trip to Thailand and an even quicker trip to Taipei nothing too dramatic in the mileage run stakes. After the ease of completing the run and my newfound exalted status, Leigh was right it is easy to get hooked.





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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nauru Airlines Begins New Chapter With New Brand And Rapid Growth

Nauru Airlines Begins New Chapter With New Brand And Rapid Growth 


Nauru Airlines is pursuing the fastest growth in the company’s 18 year history, adding three Aircraft during 2014. The government-owned flag carrier also recently completed a rebranding, taking back the Nauru name following an eight year hiatus with the more generic name Our Airline.
The rebranding and growth come as part of an increased focus on its home MARKET. Nauru, the second least populated nation in the world after the Vatican, has a minuscule home MARKET and no tourism.

But Nauru is receiving increased traffic as the island is used by Australia to process asylum seekers offshore. Nauru Airlines also continues to run a niche wet lease and charter business, enabling the carrier to be profitable despite its tiny size and isolated location. In the process it has been able to enhance sub regional air service links on the long, thin inter island routes in the south and central Pacific.

This report also covers the role of the Cook Islands Air Rarotonga.
auru first established a flag carrier back in 1996 with an operator’s certificate from the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). In its heday it operated an ambitious schedule of sixth freedom operations, linking Australia with some of the smaller islands and nations in the central Pacific under the Air Nauru brand.

In 2005 the Airline's sole Aircraft was repossessed as the country whose economy had been based on phosphate mining  went bankrupt. But the Airline quickly rebounded and relaunched in 2006 with a single 737 under the new brand Our Airline and a new business model focusing on wet leases and charters for small South Pacific nations which had no services of their own.

A second 737 was added in 2009 after securing a three year DEAL to operate an Aircraft between the Australian mainland and Norfolk Island on behalf of Norfolk Air, which ceased operations in 2012. Our Airlines’ fleet stayed at two Aircraft until Apr 2014, when a third 737-300 and its first freighter was added.

The Airline added a fourth 737-300, giving it three passenger Aircraft, in Aug 2014 as it rebranded to Nauru Airlines. Nauru Airlines CEO Geoff Bowmaker said at the Aug 2014 CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit that the fleet will grow to five 737-300s by the end of 2014.

The third addition of 2014, a passenger aircraft acquired from Air New Zealand which is also the source of the most recent addition, is expected to be delivered in Nov-2014.




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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Harvard University selects Auckland AIRport for exclusive exhibition

Harvard University selects Auckland AIRport for exclusive exhibition

AUCKLAND CITY

Harvard University Graduate School of Design has selected Auckland AIRport among the best AIRports in the world for an exhibition highlighting excellence in landscape Architecture.

The exhibition titled ‘AIRport Landscape: Urban Ecologies in the Aerial Age’ celebrates the work of landscape architects that highlight the symbiotic relationship between cities and AIRports.

Exhibition curator and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University, Dr. Sonja Dümpelmann, says the success of the Auckland AIRport project is founded in the historical and cultural influences of the landscape design.

We selected Auckland AIRport because it exhibits a design where the AIRport on the landside seeks to foster a regional and national identity, in this case by using local agricultural patterns and planting features characteristic of the cultures of the indigenous and European settlers.

The Auckland AIRport designs exhibited are by renowned New Zealand architect James Lord of Surfacedesign Inc. The San Francisco based firm has had significant input in Auckland AIRport’s programme to transform The District at Auckland AIRport to provide an enhanced experience for visitors, Aucklanders, AIRport employees and the local community.

Peter Alexander, Auckland AIRport’s general manager property, says it is gratifying to have the AIRport promoted Internationally by such a distinguished institution, as well as to see people making use of the new landscaped surrounds at The District.

We gave careful consideration to the designs behind every initiative within our transformation programme and we’re seeing visitors and people who work at The District really starting to enjoy our new facilities. It’s fantastic to have The District recognised and showcased by Harvard University. It is also well deserved recognition for James Lord as the creative mind behind the work, who has been a key partner in this journey.

Since 2008, Auckland AIRport has invested more than $260 million on AIRport commercial development with new facilities opened in 2013 including the Outdoor Gallery and Runway Mountain Bike Park. Further new projects underway include walkways, cycleways, a children’s playground, playing fields and a dramatic landscaped entranceway to the AIRport on George Bolt Memorial Drive.

The exhibition runs until 19 December 2013 at the Piper Auditorium in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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www.Aviation-News-Australia.blogspot.comHarvard University selects Auckland AIRport for exclusive exhibition

AUCKLAND CITY

Harvard University Graduate School of Design has selected Auckland AIRport among the best AIRports in the world for an exhibition highlighting excellence in landscape Architecture.

The exhibition titled ‘AIRport Landscape: Urban Ecologies in the Aerial Age’ celebrates the work of landscape architects that highlight the symbiotic relationship between cities and AIRports.

Exhibition curator and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University, Dr. Sonja Dümpelmann, says the success of the Auckland AIRport project is founded in the historical and cultural influences of the landscape design.

We selected Auckland AIRport because it exhibits a design where the AIRport on the landside seeks to foster a regional and national identity, in this case by using local agricultural patterns and planting features characteristic of the cultures of the indigenous and European settlers.

The Auckland AIRport designs exhibited are by renowned New Zealand architect James Lord of Surfacedesign Inc. The San Francisco based firm has had significant input in Auckland AIRport’s programme to transform The District at Auckland AIRport to provide an enhanced experience for visitors, Aucklanders, AIRport employees and the local community.

Peter Alexander, Auckland AIRport’s general manager property, says it is gratifying to have the AIRport promoted Internationally by such a distinguished institution, as well as to see people making use of the new landscaped surrounds at The District.

We gave careful consideration to the designs behind every initiative within our transformation programme and we’re seeing visitors and people who work at The District really starting to enjoy our new facilities. It’s fantastic to have The District recognised and showcased by Harvard University. It is also well deserved recognition for James Lord as the creative mind behind the work, who has been a key partner in this journey.

Since 2008, Auckland AIRport has invested more than $260 million on AIRport commercial development with new facilities opened in 2013 including the Outdoor Gallery and Runway Mountain Bike Park. Further new projects underway include walkways, cycleways, a children’s playground, playing fields and a dramatic landscaped entranceway to the AIRport on George Bolt Memorial Drive.

The exhibition runs until 19 December 2013 at the Piper Auditorium in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Air NZ Take Off Shows up low altitude Qantas

Air NZ Take Off Shows up low altitude Qantas


Air New Zealand's outstanding profit result on Wednesday was just the curtain raiser Qantas didn't need. 
Where the Kiwi Airline has defied the global problems in the Aviation Industry to post a 45 per cent boost in net profit and return a bumper dividend to its shareholders, Qantas looks set to break a less illustrious record and post a loss north of $1 billion.
The big question is how much further north. It's a white knuckle moment. Analysts' expectations are quite varied – the most optimistic of them are shooting for a $700 million loss, while other industry sources are suggesting it could be as high as $1.5 billion if the company decides to include major impairment charges on items such as aircraft.

Such an outcome would make for sensational headlines but it is the underlying result that will provide investors with some better clarity on how the national carrier is performing.
This is a company whose prospects matter to a wider group of constituents. In addition to shareholders, its performance will be closely watched by the government, staff, competitors, Airline customers and, more particularly, its frequent flyers.
It is a stock that conservative investors have steered clear of but punters love because good or bad news can really move the share price.
Beyond the size of the loss, investors will be focusing on how Qantas boss Alan Joyce is faring with the transformation program that he has already outlined.
If Qantas decides to pursue a split of its International and domestic divisions in response to recent changes in the Qantas Sale Act, then this is the opportunity for Joyce to give the market an update on the board's thinking.

There has been much speculation that such a move is being considered, given the Airline is free from some of the foreign ownership shackles that had limited overseas Airlines and investors from taking a larger stake in the group.
Meanwhile, at an operational level there are $2 billion in costs being stripped out of the airline, 5000 staff being culled, aircraft being retired and unprofitable routes being jettisoned.
There will be intense interest as to whether the Airline has seen any green shoots of improvement in the domestic side of the business since July, when the Airline and its competitor, Virgin,  raised the white flag on a long time capacity and price war.
In addition, investors will be looking to see whether competition on the Asian routes has subsided and whether its budget offshoot Jetstar International is showing any signs of improvement in its performance.
Roughly half the cost cuts are thought to be coming from the international division but the Airline has been light on detail around specific programs.
Based on  speculation over the past month, it appears unlikely there will be any additional International routes cut. To the extent any more asset sales are announced, this would be confined to the possible sale of the Melbourne Terminal. It appears the larger sale of the Sydney terminal is not on the agenda at present.

The bigger question is whether Qantas will announce the part sale of its Frequent Flyer loyalty program, which is currently the company's biggest earning asset. The latest speculation is that there will not be any move to deal in this asset. Whether it is ultimately sold depends on how much Qantas needs to further shore up its balance sheet.
If there are no major additional transformational or structural announcements from Qantas on Thursday, there is likely to be a fair level of disappointment among investors that are keen to see some radical corporate surgery.
They understand how critical the airline's financial position is. Short of some big moves, investors will need to see an outlook statement that provides some sense the cost initiatives are gaining traction or revenues have picked up.
In the first half of the financial year, the Airline lost $252 million before tax on the back of a 4 per cent decline in revenue and a 3 per cent fall in yield.
Qantas domestic earned $57 million before interest and tax against a profit of $218 million in the first half of last year.
But it was Qantas International's ballooning loss that caused most of the red ink. It reported a loss before interest and tax of $262 million, compared with a loss of $91 million in the previous corresponding period.
We know the second half of 2014 has been worse but we don't know how much worse.
But we do know that Air New Zealand does not appear to have been afflicted by international competition or structural issues. It's humming along like a well oiled machine, increasing passengers and capacity rather than shrinking. Air New Zealand's net profit rose from $NZ181 million last year to $NZ262 million in 2014.
And the board is expecting the current year's profit to improve again which would make it the fourth consecutive year of earnings growth for the airline, which is 53 per cent owned by the New Zealand government.


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