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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Air New Zealand is ripping the interiors of eight of its widebody Boeing

Air New Zealand is ripping the interiors of eight of its widebody Boeing



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Air New Zealand is ripping the interiors out of eight of its widebody Boeing 777-200s and refitting them with new seats, new cabin furniture and the very latest inFlight entertainment systems.

The work, which will cost around $100 million, is aimed at bringing the older planes up to the standard of newer ones and has given more than 100 engineers who faced being laid off work for up to 18 months.

The project is a combination of Kiwi can do relying on company design expertise and modifying some of the seats and furniture that's stripped out of the planes to buying in United States built seats that come ready loaded with seat back entertainment systems.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Tigerair Australia Signs New Support Contract

Tigerair Australia Signs New Support Contract



Tigerair Australia has inked a long term partnership with AJW Aviation for delivering support services on its fleet of 13 Airbus A320 Aircraft.

The contract will include complete inventory Technical management for components, major assemblies, wheels and brakes, auxiliary power units, thrust reversers and consumables, Tigerair and AJW said in a joint statement on Monday.

The tie up with Tiger air was AJW’s First major contract in Australia and comes on top of the company’s strategic supplier relationship with Air New Zealand that was forged in 2013.

AJW said Tigerair would also benefit from the specialist capabilities provided by Air NZ’s TechOps repair stations in Auckland and Christchurch.

Tigerair chief executive Rob Sharp said the Airline was focused on building a more efficient operating platform as part of its three year transformation program.

Tigerair is not only committed to sustaining affordable air travel for our customers throughout Australia, but also to ensuring we have a seamless travel experience that they enjoy,Sharp said.
This new partnership with AJW enables us to build on our progress to date as an efficient and reliable carrier that brings strong competition to the budget air carrier MARKET.
AJW chief executive Boris Wolstenholme said Tigerair would be supported by the company’s Singapore office.
The chief technical officer of AJW Group Deepak Sharma said the company had more than 500 aircraft under power-by-the-hour contracts, as well as 20 million flight hours of fleet and component reliability data.
Separately, BAE Systems recently marked the one-year anniversary of providing base and line maintenance for the Tigerair fleet.
BAE, whose maintenance team has grown to more than 65 employees, started work on Tigerair A320s at Melbourne’s Tullamarine in October 2013 and expanded to the low-cost carrier’s Brisbane and Sydney bases in March 2014.
Tigerair head of engineering, Robin Furber said the airline was pleased with the efficiencies delivered through the aircraft maintenance partnership with BAE.
BAE Systems has used its proven military experience to work with us to provide an enhanced focus on operational excellence as we remain committed to delivering the best in terms of safe, affordable and reliable air travel, which our customers demand, Furber said.

The five year partnership with Tigerair was BAE’s the first non military engineering support contract in Australia.
Virgin Australia owns 60 per cent of Tigerair and has moved to purchase the remaining 40 per cent stake that it does not own from Singapore based Tiger Holdings for $1.





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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Zealand SAS Training Of Iraqi Forces Possible John Key May Follow Tony Abbot

New Zealand SAS Training Of Iraqi Forces Possible John Key May Follow Tony Abbot


According to reports, Bishop had travelled to Baghdad, Iraq's capital city, to finalise the agreement on Australia's role to advise and assist Iraqi troops and strengthen their defences.Mr Key, who has long been hounded by speculative reports of his impending decision to send troops, said training is definitely an option.

3News reports that the prime minister has yet to announce New Zealand's Official decision concerning the deployment of Kiwi troops. He has reportedly discussed the situation in Iraq with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott over the phone last Oct.

Mr Key told media that Mr Abbott neither encouraged nor discouraged New Zealand from its plans. However, Mr Key said Australia would "welcome" any kind of action taken by New Zealand. He has quelled reports of SAS being sent to combat against ISIS on the ground but considers following Australia in deploying troops to Iraq. Mr Key reiterated that training was a potential option as U.S. President Barack Obama has always said there is a need to develop Iraqi forces.

In Afghanistan, the SAS was on an official training role. Two soldiers were killed in combat as SAS also mentored the frontline. Greens co-leader Russel Norman was opposed to sending ground troops since he believes they will end up getting killed.

Mr Key has been calling for support from all parties before deciding on involvement in the Iraq crisis. However, two of the Labour party's leadership contenders, Andrew Little and Grant Robertson, had already expressed their disapproval for SAS training.






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Monday, October 20, 2014

More Flight Options At Changi For TRAVELLERS

More Flight Options At Changi For TRAVELLERS

TRAVELLERS at Changi Airport will have more Flight options in the coming weeks with existing carriers boosting services and new Airlines landing.

Direct Flights will be available for the first time to Phu Quoc,Vietnam's largest island.

More seats will be added to Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, Colombo in Sri Lanka, London, and Auckland in New Zealand, with plans by carriers to either add Flights or use bigger planes.


This should be a boon for travellers, said Aviation analysts, as the increase is expected to bring fares down on these routes.

The enhancements, part of an overall network review that carriers typically do biannually, will add 100 new Flights and more than 20,000 seats a week to Changi's network, Changi Airport Group told The Straits Times.

The new services will be added starting from the end of this month and operate until the next big review is done at the end of March. It will bring the total number of weekly flights at Changi to more than 6,500, giving the airport an important boost against rivals in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Hong Kong, among other cities.

Changi is still the region's most connected air hub but the competition is stiff, industry experts said. Kuala Lumpur International Airport, for example, has benefited greatly from close collaboration between budget carrier AirAsia and the group's long-haul arm, AirAsia X.

By working together, the two carriers have grown the number of connecting passengers flying through Kuala Lumpur.

Mr Brendan Sobie, a Singapore based analyst for the aviation think-tank Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, noted in a recent report that transit traffic through the Airport accounted for 43 per cent of AirAsia X's total passenger haul last year, up from just 25 per cent in 2011.

Changi will continue to work with Airlines to add even more services, said Changi Airport Group's senior vice president market development, Mr Lim Ching Kiat. We see good potential in aviation across the Asia-Pacific,he said.

In June, the Airport announced a one year $100 million aid package for Airlines, comprising discounts of 50 per cent on Aircraft parking and 15 per cent on Aerobridge charges, as well as financial support for marketing campaigns to promote flights to Singapore.

Travellers ultimately benefit if such perks lure new Airlines here and encourage existing carriers to add services, and they have.

Next Monday, Changi Airport will welcome for the first time Vietnam's Jetstar Pacific a subsidiary of the low cost Jetstar group which will offer F
lights to and from Ho Chi Minh City.

Services to the Vietnamese city will be further boosted when Singapore Airlines launches six additional weekly Flights from Dec 19.

Next month, new budget carrier Malindo Air will start flying from its home base in Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, and, in January, Air New Zealand will return to Changi Airport after more than seven years, with flights to and from Auckland.

Businessman Adrian Wong, 49, who travels at least twice a month within the region, said The cost of travel has fallen quite a bit the last few years with new airlines and more flights being added, which has been good for business, so I look forward to the new additions.


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Australia vs New Zealand

Australia vs New Zealand 

All Blacks secure last gasp victory 



New Zealand scored and converted a last gasp try to seal a dramatic 29 victory over Australia in Brisbane on Saturday in the final Bledisloe Cup clash of 2014.

The Wallabies led 28-22 as the game at Suncorp Stadium entered the 80th minute, but Malakai Fekitoa crashed over with three seconds left on the clock and Colin Slade coolly added the crucial extras after the siren.

The win secured the All Blacks a 2-0 series triumph, following the 12-12 draw in Sydney and a 51-20 rout in Auckland.

Australia coach Ewen McKenzie immediately announced his resignation after the match, just a year away from the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He confirmed that he had handed in his letter of resignation to the Australian Rugby Union on Saturday morning before the match, but had only informed the players after the game.

New Zealand celebrate Malakai Fekitoa's try New Zealand celebrate Malakai Fekitoa's try Spearheaded by the incisive running and uncompromising defence of Tevita Kuridrani and breakdown work of Scott Fardy, the hosts led from start to - almost - finish with tries to Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley and Adam Ashley-Cooper - on the occasion of his 100th cap - while Foley kicked 10 points from the tee.

Cory Jane and Dane Coles touched down for the visitors in the first half and Aaron Smith's score 11 minutes from time kept them within touching distance before Fekitoa's late heroics. Beauden Barrett added two conversions and a penalty.

It was a high-paced and entertaining encounter, much like the corresponding match in Dunedin last year, but featured its fair SHARE of handling errors and missed tackles. The All Blacks especially were off the mark with plenty of handling errors, only 37 per cent possession and 19 missed tackles in the first half alone.

Christian Leali'ifano ran a great line to set up the Wallabies' opening try, scored by half-back Phipps from the base of a ruck on the tryline in the 12th minute.

The good work from the fast start was swiftly undone by a brilliant New Zealand restart, claimed by Conrad Smith and shifted to Jane for a clinical finish in the right corner.

Barrett's sideline conversion levelled the scores as the All Blacks earned the ire of referee Craig Joubert with a succession of penalties.

Foley slotted three points before All Blacks hooker Coles dummied to Julian Savea, stepped the defence and put the visitors ahead for the first time in the match.

Australia gained the edge just before the break with Foley sniping over in the left corner to go 15 12 up.



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Economy at a premium Lufthansa, Singapore join comfy class cadre

Economy at a premium Lufthansa, Singapore join comfy class cadre


With huge business Class Cabins and more long haul International Aircraft outfitted with first class than any other Airline, Lufthansa has always zealously guarded its reputation as a premium carrier for business travelers.

Which makes it so peculiar that the German Airline waited until last week to launch premium economy, the fastest growing upscale cabin in the global skies.
Lufthansa hasn't been alone in slow walking its way to premium economy, however. Singapore Airlines, another carrier with a global reputation for top-notch service, doesn't launch its version of the service until next year.

But now that Singapore Air is committed and Lufthansa is all in more than 100 of its Aircraft will have the better than coach service by next summer the rise of International premium economy is nearly complete.After starting as a curiosity 20 years ago,then becoming a niche product, premium economy now has an undeniable place in the international travel firmament.
Business travelers who can not justify or are not allowed by corporate policy to book business class will pay the premium over traditional coach for more spacious and comfortable seats, better meals and on the ground perks.
 
There is also an identifiable core of leisure fliers who'll pony up for premium economy rather than squeeze into the today's dreary coach cabins.
What's surprising is how surprised the Airline industry has been by the rise of premium economy. They apparently forgot that business class started the same way 40 years ago. Disillusioned by the high price of first class, business travelers headed to coach only to be lured back up front by the initial business classes, then a service that looked a lot like today's premium economy cabins. As business classes became more lavish and essentially replaced first class, the gap between business fares and coach prices grew so enormous that fliers once again yearned for a comfortable and comfortably priced middle ground.




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Air New Zealand Boosts Flight Capacity To Fiji

Air New Zealand Boosts Flight Capacity To Fiji



AIR New Zealand will increase its Flight capacity to Fiji by 12 per cent beginning next year.

This was confirmed by Tourism Fiji Acting CEO Ken Freer in Nadi today.

Mr Freer said the increase in Air New Zealands Flights to Fiji will mean that more tourists are expected to arrive from New Zealand.

He said the Airline would also provide a MARKETING opportunity for Fiji.





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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Air NZ and SQ alliance takes Flight

Air NZ and SQ alliance takes Flight



Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines will launch their alliance on January 6, 2015, with codeshare Flights now on sale for both Airlines’ services between New Zealand and Singapore.

As reported by ETN, London, Manchester, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Moscow, Munich, Rome and Zurich are the 11 cities customers can enjoy codeshare connectivity to and from the UK and Europe.

The Star Alliance carriers will now be operating one return service each per day on the Singapore ,Auckland route and Singapore Airlines operating a daily return service between Singapore and Christchurch, New Zealand. 

Through their new alliance, New Zealand and Singapore Airlines goal is to increase their existing capacity between New Zealand and Singapore by up to 30% year round over time, while delivering enhanced benefits to their customers.

Air New Zealand will now operate a newly refurbished Boeing 777-200 Aircraft on the Auckland Singapore route featuring Business Premier, Premium Economy, Economy Skycouch and Economy seating.

Singapore Airlines will continue to operate retrofitted Boeing 777-200ER aircraft on the Christchurch,Singapore route.

Airbus A380s will be used on the Auckland Singapore route during the Northern Winter operating season, reverting to Boeing 777-300ERs during Northern Summer.







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Coober Pedy gets runway upgrade, keeps Rex service

Coober Pedy gets runway upgrade, keeps Rex service



Construction on widening the runway at Coober Pedy Airport will commence in November after the project secured state FUNDING,in a move that ensures Regional Express (Rex) will be able to maintain services from Adelaide using Saab 340 Aircraft.

The South Australian government has backed $1.3 million project to widen the runway to 30 metres, from 18 metres currently, so it will meet international regulations.
Coober Pedy district council mayor Steve Baines said the council was ready to begin work once the paperwork was settled.

The threat to our vital Air service has been lifted,Cr Baines said in a statement.

Losing the Rex Flights would have killed off the tourism industry and had major impact on the residents of Coober Pedy and surrounding areas. Council and I are delighted that this has been resolved.

Figures from the SA government showed 75 per cent of passengers on Flights to Coober Pedy were visitors to the town.

SA transport and infrastructure minister Stephen Mulligan said the runway upgrade would allow regular passengers services to continue unrestricted to Coober Pedy.
The prospect of losing commercial Flights to Coober Pedy was unacceptable to the South Australian Government, Mulligan said.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said on September 4 aspects of the current arrangements for Rex to operate to Coober Pedy did not provide the appropriate continued management of safety on an 18 metre sealed runway with gravel edges.

CASA believes it is in the best interests of the travelling public to introduce new safety standards for all narrow runway operations across Australia, including Coober Pedy,CASA said.

CASA said Rex would be permitted to operate into Coober Pedy while the runway widening work was carried out.
It should be noted that leading Aviation nations such as the United States, Europe and New Zealand do not allow narrow runway operations under the arrangements that have been in place in Australia,CASA said.
However, CASA believes it is in the interests of the Coober Pedy community to allow these Flights to continue in the short term because any restrictions could cause social and economic disruption.




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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Love Is In The Air For Kiwi Stars

Love Is In The Air For Kiwi Stars



Temperature's not the only thing heating up this Spring  the love lives of some of our favourite celebrities are also sizzling.

TV One's Greg Boyed will be pleased his long distance love affair is over he is brought his new bride, gorgeous Swiss singer songwriter Caroline Chevin, home to live.

Boyed, an accomplished muso, surprised his TVNZ colleagues by secretly marrying Chevin in Switzerland earlier this year.

The new Mrs Boyed is delighted to be here, telling: Me and my suitcase full of Toblerone have just hit New Zealand ground and I am really excited to start my new life Downunder.

I want to discover more of this beautiful country, learn about Kiwi culture and hopefully get inspired to make more music." We hope the pair enjoy a long, hot summer.

There is plenty of other talk around town about actors, politicians and sports stars hooking up, though many of them were not keen to share their romantic good fortune with Spy.



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