SYDNEY - Virgin Atlantic is offering Upper Class return fares from Sydney to Hong Kong from AUD3,188 inclusive of taxes and surcharges until December 5. Special Upper Class fares are also available for departures from Adelaide, Brisbane, Ballina, Coffs Harbour, Canberra, Hobart, Launceston, Maroochydore, Melbourne, Coolangatta and Port Macquarie. Call Virgin Atlantic Sales support on (61 2) 9004- 5535 or visit www.virginatlantic.com (ATI).
TOKYO - Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed its first purchase agreement with Airbus - for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), plus options for a further 25 aircraft. JAL and Airbus aim for entry into service from 2019, with the airline's A350 XWBs replacing its ageing fleet over a six-year period.
BALI - A report by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows that visa facilitation could create up to 2.6 million new jobs, and an additional US$8 billion in international tourism receipts generated by 57 million more tourists in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies by 2016.
BRISBANE - The first Emirates A380 direct service from Dubai to Brisbane, EK434, touched down this morning from Dubai, before continuing its journey to Auckland. The daily A380 service, one of Emirates’ two daily flights to Brisbane, offers an increased capacity of 132 seats per flight, adding an additional 193,000 seats per year in and out of Brisbane. www.emirates.com (ATI).
BOGOTA - LAN Colombia, a company related to LATAM Airlines Group SA (LAN Airlines), has entered the oneworld alliance as an affiliate member. LAN Airlines has been a full member of oneworld since 2000, and all its other passenger airline affiliates have subsequently joined the alliance as affiliate members - LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador, LAN Peru. Another member of LATAM, TAM, will enter oneworld on March 31, 2014, with its Paraguayan affiliate to follow on a date to be confirmed (ATI).
GENEVA - Demand for air travel recorded another solid month of growth in July, with overall revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) up 5.0% compared to July 2012. IATA says all regions were up year-on-year, with emerging markets recording the strongest increases.. Capacity rose 5.5% on the previous July, ahead of demand, and industry load factor dropped 0.4% to 82.4%.