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Month: May 2018

SQ goes direct to NYC

SINGAPORE Airlines has revealed plans to operate the world’s longest non-stop commercial flights using the ultra long-range Airbus A350-900ULR. The new aircraft will link Singapore with Newark Liberty International Airport from Oct, flying for 18hrs 45min with a two-class configuration that dispenses with Economy cabins entirely. As the aircraft’s launch customer, Singapore Airlines will operate the service with 67 Business class seats and 95 Premium economy seats, with bookings open from today. The service will initially operate three times a week from 11 Oct, expanding to daily from 18 Oct when the carrier introduces an additional aircraft. At 16,700km,...

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Airlines put heat on NZ

AUSTRALASIAN airlines have turned their attention to New Zealand as they challenge the power of privatised airports, calling for tougher regulation to constrain costs. In a submission to New Zealand’s Commerce Commission, the Airlines for Australia & New Zealand lobby group (A4ANZ) has targeted Auckland International Airport for its “excessive profits”, saying the gateway has set prices that are “not in the long-term interests of consumers”. It follows a similar submission to Australia’s Productivity Commission which is reviewing the powers of privatised airports locally (TD Fri). The group says earnings at New Zealand airports are excessive and in some...

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Swiss-Belhotel growth

SWISS-BELHOTEL International has unveiled plans to double the number of its hotels in Australia from five to 10 in the next three years under a global expansion. The strategy was announced at the company’s general managers’ conference this month & involves the launch of at least 60 new properties over the next few years. The group has pinpointed new openings in Sydney and Melbourne as potential locations for the new additions and has also noted it is seeking opportunities to expand its presence in New Zealand. Swiss-Belhotel Int’l chair and president Gavin Faull said that 2018 would mark the...

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