Monday, 11 November 2019

New routes for Indonesia's Citilink

Citilink, the low-cost carrier from Indonesia has launched two new key routes for its international network.  The airline has introduced flights between Denpasar and Perth, Australia with an Airbus A320.  These aircraft can accommodate 180 passengers and will depart Denpasar at 01:00 local time and arrives in Perth at 04:40 local time. The return departs Perth at 09:00 to land back at Denpasar around 13:30.   

The airline has also started flights between Denpasar and Kuala Lumpur which will leave at 14:45 to arrive in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur at 17:40. The return sector departs 18:35 and arrives Denpasar 22:05 local time.

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Look who is going to base two aircraft at Des Moines International Airport (DSM)

It was celebration day at Des Moines International Airport (DSM) last week as State and local officials joined executives from the US budget carrier Allegiant as the company announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at the airport.

Des Moines International Airport (DSM) will become the leisure airline's 20th base of operations, representing a $50 million investment as it will base two Airbus A320 aircraft there. The plan will bring 66 new, high-wage jobs to the community when the base opens on May 14, 2020.

"For Allegiant to select Des Moines International Airport as a base of operations is a historic day for Des Moines, our airport and the two-and-a-half million passengers who fly through our City each year," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie. "The financial investment and well-paying jobs this brings to our community is significant and most appreciated. And to those flight crews and ground personnel who will be our new neighbours, we say thank you for flying Allegiant and welcome to Des Moines."

Qantas seek to cut carbon emissions

The Qantas Group will reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 in a major expansion of the airline’s commitment to a more sustainable aviation industry.
With actions starting from today, the national carrier will:
  • Immediately double the number of flights being offset
  • Cap net emissions from 2020 onwards
  • Invest $50 million over 10 years to help develop a sustainable aviation fuel industry
                                    The announcement means that Qantas is the only airline group to commit to cap its net emissions at 2020 levels, and the second to commit to net zero emissions by 2050.
In total, these commitments are the most ambitious carbon emissions targets of any airline group globally.
Qantas, Jetstar*, QantasLink and Qantas Freight will offset all growth in emissions from domestic and international operations from 2020.
This includes offsetting all net emissions from Project Sunrise, the carrier’s plan to operate non-stop flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York, should the project proceed. This will also extend to domestic flying, meaning that growth on key routes like Melbourne-Sydney will be carbon neutral.
The aviation industry, which contributes around 2 per cent of global CO2 emissions, has committed to halving emissions by 2050 compared to 2005 levels. It was the first industry to make such commitments. Qantas had signed up to those commitments but will now exceed them.
Qantas will work with industry, research institutions and governments to develop long-term solutions to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry over the next three decades.

$206 Million half year profits for Singapore Airlines.

Net profit for the second quarter rose 68 per cent to $94 million
Strong passenger traffic growth continues to support operating performance
Cargo demand remains weak amid trade uncertainties
Vistara accelerates expansion and commences international operations 

The SIA Group achieved a net profit of $206 million in the first half of this financial year, $10 million (+5.1%) higher than last year, the airline has reported.  It said revenue rose $418 million (+5.3%), primarily from strong growth in passenger flown revenue, partially offset by a reduction in cargo flown revenue, while higher expenditure (+$431 million or 5.8%) reflected enlarged operations. Accordingly, operating profit for the Group was $413 million, down $13 million or 3.1% compared to the same period last year.

 The Group recorded a reduction in share of losses from associated companies (+$36 million), mostly from Virgin Australia, and a higher share of profits from joint venture companies (+$19 million). These were offset by increased net finance charges (-$54 million) due to the recognition of interest expense arising from lease liabilities following the adoption of IFRS 16 Leases and additional financing for fleet renewal and expansion. 

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Banjul, the Capital of The Gambia becomes another new destination for TAP

The national carrier of Portugal, TAP has now started flying to Banjul, capital of The Gambia, introducing a regular service operating up to three times a week from its Lisbon hub.

Flights between Lisbon and Banjul will use Airbus A320 aircraft, departing from Lisbon at 8:55 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and arriving in Banjul at 12:10 a.m. the next day. The flights will then leave Banjul at 1:05 a.m. (on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays), landing at Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado airport at 6:05 a.m. (all times local).

The beach, nature and adventure supply classic Banjul imagery, giving this African city a true artist’s palette of colours: markets full of life and colour contrast with the beaches’ white sand and the lush natural green that characterises Banjul. On a cruise along the Gambia River, which crosses the country, hippos, monkeys and more than 500 bird species may be observed.   

Etihad's latest aircraft livery

Etihad Airways recently unveiled the stunning aircraft, which features specially designed Manchester City livery. The stunning design adorning the Boeing 787 features five different shades of blue and is likely to turn heads at every airport it visits.

“It doesn’t matter what sport you follow or which team you support, you can’t resist getting a little bit fanatical about how good the plane looks,” says Martijn Dieben, Regional Sales Manager for AkzoNobel’s Aerospace Coatings business. “We take great pride in supplying world-class products that deliver exactly to our customer’s specifications and this plane is a fantastic flying showcase for what we can deliver.”

Saturday, 9 November 2019

SHV Energy joins KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme

SHV Energy has joined the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme (KCBP). In so doing, SHV Energy will reduce its headquarters’ CO2 emissions by 50%. Additionally, the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) has extended its participation in KCBP for a further two-year period. TU Delft first joined the programme on 1 July 2017.

"Participation in the KLM Corporate Biofuel Programme underscores SHV Energy’s strategic decision to actively contribute to the development and production of sustainable energy products. Within that context we are also investing in the first European facility for sustainable aviation fuel and bioLPG in Delfzijl, jointly announced with SkyNRG and KLM earlier this year." Bram Gräber, CEO SHV Energy.

"TU Delft is steadfastly committed to finding sustainable solutions for aviation, largely in cooperation with KLM in different fields from sustainable aviation fuel to aircraft design. By participating in the KLM Corporate Biofuel Programme, we can contribute towards making it possible to use sustainable innovations in practice. In 2018, our contribution effectively reduced CO2 emissions for our flights by 19%. In this manner, we are proud to be building a sustainable future, arm in arm with KLM and SkyNRG." Rob Mudde, Vice Rector Magnificus/Vice Chairman TU Delft

Finnair's October traffic results

Strong traffic performance in October, passenger load factor increasing 2.8% year-on-year resulting in a record number of October passengers

In October, Finnair carried 1,266,000 passengers, 10.9% more than in the corresponding period of 2018. The overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) increased in October by 10.1%. Finnair's traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs) increased by 14.1%, and the Passenger Load Factor (PLF) increased year-on-year by 2.8% points to 82.3%.  

Finnair’s long-haul capacity increased year-on-year with three new A350 aircraft that entered the service after the comparison period. The ASK growth in Asian traffic was 12.5%, mainly due to the doubling of frequencies to Hong Kong and increased frequencies to Osaka. The North American capacity increased by 27.5% following the opening of the new Los Angeles route in March.  

Tourism leading the way in advancing gender equality........according to new report

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with UN Women, The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), World Bank Group and Amadeus, has launched the long-awaited second edition of the Global Report on Women in Tourism. The publication highlights the progress the global tourism sector has made in advancing gender equality, with key case studies and statistics gathered from around the world.

The key findings show that:

The majority of the tourism workforce worldwide is female: 54% of people employed in tourism are women compared to 39% in the broader economy
The wage-gap is smaller in the tourism sector: Women in tourism earn 14.7% less than men compared to 16.8% in the broader economy
Tourism offers women more opportunities for leadership roles: 23% of tourism Ministers are female compared to 20.7% of Ministers overall
The report also highlights how more and more women are challenging gender stereotypes in the sector.

yatt Place Peña Station/Denver Airport Celebrates Official Opening

Hyatt Hotels announced this week that Hyatt Place Peña Station/Denver Airport is officially open. The new hotel features unexpected and experiential elements, including a curated Colorado-centric art program; a lively bar showcasing top local beers, wine and spirits; a resident Golden Retriever puppy named Denver greeting guests at check-in; and an ultra-convenient location just one stop away from Denver International Airport (DIA) on the RTD University of Colorado A-line train.

A collaboration between McWHINNEY – a Colorado-based real estate investor and developer with expertise in hospitality, mixed-use, commercial, multi-family and residential assets – and Sage Hospitality, the hotel's operator, this is the first hotel to open in Denver’s Peña Station NEXT, a community, transit-oriented development offering multi-family housing, offices, retail, health and wellness, along with hotels, restaurants and more.

The 20th base for US budget carrier Allegiant will be Des Moines International Airport

The Las Vegas-based budget airline has announced that Des Moines International Airport (DSM) will become its 20th aircraft base next year.

To celebrate the news executives from the airline were joined by State and local officials on Friday at the announcement. 

Des Moines International Airport (DSM) will become the leisure airline's 20th base of operations, representing a $50 million investment as it will base two Airbus A320 aircraft there. The plan will bring 66 new, high-wage jobs to the community when the base opens on May 14, 2020.

"For Allegiant to select Des Moines International Airport as a base of operations is a historic day for Des Moines, our airport and the two-and-a-half million passengers who fly through our City each year," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie. "The financial investment and well-paying jobs this brings to our community is significant and most appreciated. And to those flight crews and ground personnel who will be our new neighbours, we say thank you for flying Allegiant and welcome to Des Moines."

IHG increases its visibility in Vietnam with two hotels on the Ho Tram Strip

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, signed agreements with Ho Tram Project Company Limited (HTP) to rebrand The Grand Ho Tram at the Ho Tram Strip integrated resort to InterContinental Grand Ho Tram within a year after refurbishments. A new-build Holiday Inn Resort Ho Tram Beach will also open in 2020. The signing reinforces IHG’s growth in resort locations in Vietnam, and strengthens its presence in the region. 

Serena Lim, Vice President, Development for IHG South East Asia & Korea, commented: “This signing marks a new milestone in our growth in Vietnam, as we welcome our first Holiday Inn Resort in the country and continue to expand our InterContinental brand. As international and domestic travel continues to grow, the expansion of the property and facilities puts us in a great position to provide different experiences for a diverse group of guests.”

Shiju Thomas appointed Chief Information Officer of Air Italy

Air Italy has released news that Shiju Thomas has been appointed its Chief Information Officer from  November 8th, 2019. Thomas joins the Italian airline with more than 24 years of information technology (IT) experience in the aviation industry.  In the new role, he will be leading the airline’s Digital Transformation and overseeing all IT needs at Air Italy.

Air Italy Chief Operating Officer Rossen Dimitrov said: "With the ever-increasing importance of digital across every sphere of our lives, it is vital that we continue with our own digital transformation across all parts of the business, and I’m very pleased to be able to welcome Shiju to the Air Italy team. “With more than 24 years of IT experience in multiple major airlines, Shiju’s skills, knowledge and rich experience will undoubtedly enable Air Italy to rapidly fast-forward our digital capabilities, as we innovate in all parts of our business both internally and externally.

Lufthansa's 2019 third-quarter result only slightly below 2018, despite economic slowdown and higher fuel costs

In a challenging operating environment, Lufthansa Group achieved an Adjusted EBIT of EUR 1.3 billion for the third quarter of 2019, only slightly below the EUR 1.4 billion of the prior-year period. Against the backdrop of higher fuel costs, which were EUR 171 million above their 2018 level in the third quarter alone, the Group delivered a sound business performance for the period.

“Our airlines were able to translate their premium quality and market strength into solid third-quarter earnings,” confirms Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “At Eurowings, the turnaround measures are showing first results; and at Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo we will be taking tangible corrective action to improve earnings. As Europe’s leading airline group, we are on a sound and stable strategic course.”

The third-quarter earnings were supported by continued strong business on North Atlantic routes. Unit costs were also substantially reduced in the third quarter, particularly at the Network Airlines.

Austrian Airlines suffers significant decline in earnings

Austria’s national carrier,  Austrian Airlines achieved the break-even point after the summer according to its latest figures.  The airline reported adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (adjusted EBIT) of EUR 17 million for the first three quarters of 2019. However, this comprises a drastic decrease in earnings of 85 percent or EUR 93 million compared to the prior-year period (Q1-3 2018: EUR 110 million). Investments in the fleet and service had a positive impact, as reflected in the six percent rise in passenger volume to a total of 11.2 million.

“We succeeded in attracting additional customers despite the competition from low-cost airlines”, states Austrian Airlines CFO Wolfgang Jani. “However, the glut of budget airlines in Vienna and higher jet fuel costs intensify pressure on ticket prices and thus on our earnings”, he adds.