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Air Vanuatu to fly to Melbourne, Australia

Air Vanuatu Boeing 737-8Q8 WL YJ-AV1 (msn 30734) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 901990.

Air Vanuatu has made this announcement:

Air Vanuatu, Vanuatu’s national carrier, has announced the launch of a new nonstop service between Melbourne, Australia and Port Vila. Commencing on June 17, 2019, the new flight will be the only direct service between the two cities, expanding the airline’s offering in Australia and providing greater access to Vanuatu.

Air Vanuatu is also increasing flights to and from Auckland, New Zealand from three to six services a week. Linking Auckland to Port-Vila on Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays during peak season, these additional services will provide more flexibility for New Zealanders and increase connecting flight options for long-haul travellers.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Air Vanuatu Boeing 737-8Q8 WL YJ-AV1 (msn 30734) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 901990.

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Virgin Australia unveils plans for a comprehensive redevelopment of its domestic terminal at Melbourne Airport

 

Virgin Australia on December 4, 2017 unveiled plans for a comprehensive redevelopment of its domestic terminal at Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 3 (‘T3’) over the next three years.

As seen in concept designs released today, Virgin Australia guests travelling through Melbourne will enjoy a significantly enhanced and streamlined experience from arrival at the airport to taking off from the tarmac.

By mid-2019, the redeveloped domestic terminal will offer an automated check-in process in the T3 check-in hall for Virgin Australia guests, including:

  • Automated bag drop facilities;
  • Enhanced self-service kiosks, which will enable guests to check-in, print boarding passes, add bags and print baggage tags;
  • Service pods where Virgin Australia ground crew can assist guests with check-in; and
  • A service desk to assist with traditional check-in and general enquires.

The introduction of these automated check-in features will significantly reduce the time taken to check-in and check luggage.

 

Once construction has been completed, T3 will also feature:

  • A dedicated Premium Entry for Virgin Australia’s Business Class guests and Platinum and Gold Velocity Frequent Flyers, including dedicated check-in, bag drop and security screening features and direct access to the Virgin Australia Lounge;
  • Construction of a new internal ramp between Terminals 3 and 4 that will enable the repositioning of the general T3 security screening facilities. This will reduce passenger congestion in T3, create a more spacious area for T3 security screening and offer better access to the new retail offering in Terminal 4;
  • Virgin Australia Lounge guests will enjoy a seamless transition to their gates, with all of T3’s repositioned security screening facilities to be located before the Lounge entry; and
  • The addition of two baggage carousels in the T3 arrivals hall.

The unveiling of these concept designs follows the domestic terminal agreement that was signed in Junebetween Virgin Australia and Melbourne Airport, which included key commercial terms to support the redevelopment of T3.

Virgin Australia and Melbourne Airport are working together to finalise the design process, with the works anticipated to begin in 2018.

The Group Executive for Virgin Australia Airlines, Rob Sharp, said the proposed upgrades were a part of Virgin Australia’s commitment to creating the world’s most rewarding travel experience.

“The airport experience is an important part of our guest’s overall travel experience. Virgin Australia runs a major operation at Melbourne Airport, operating up to 100 return flights each day. The redeveloped terminal will see Virgin Australia provide guests with a world class experience on the ground, to match the unrivalled service we provide on-board” said Mr Sharp.

“We were the first airline in Australia to introduce the kerbside Premium Entry product at Sydney Airport and we are thrilled to be able to offer this to our customers travelling through Melbourne,” he said.

 

Melbourne Airport CEO, Lyell Strambi, has also welcomed the proposed redevelopment plans, saying it is a boost for the city of Melbourne.

“Around two thirds of all passengers travelling through Melbourne Airport are flying on a domestic service, so we welcome Virgin Australia’s vision for the traveller experience and commitment to Melbourne. We are excited to continue working closely with Virgin Australia to bring this wonderful vision to life,” he said.

The refurbished T3 Terminal will also be instrumental in supporting the city on the whole, with current projections predicting that Melbourne will overtake Sydney as Australia’s largest city as early as 2029.

In other news, Virgin Australia issued this statement concerning volcanic activity at Mount Agung in Bali:

We continue to closely monitor the volcanic activity at Mt Agung in Denpasar. As flying conditions have improved, our team of safety experts have declared it safe to continue operations. Therefore, Virgin Australia plans to operate today’s scheduled services from Denpasar.

For full details, please visit our Travel Alerts page: virg.in/travelalerts

Subject to conditions remaining favorable, Virgin Australia plans to resume normal operations between Australia and Denpasar from tomorrow, Tuesday December 5, 2017.

Today’s flights (Monday, December 4) from Australia to Denpasar remain cancelled, however guests booked to travel to Denpasar from Australia on Tuesday December 5, 2017 should proceed to the airport tomorrow, unless otherwise advised. As this situation remains unpredictable flights may be cancelled at short notice if conditions deteriorate.

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Images: Virgin Australia and Wood Bagot.

Air Canada inaugurates the only nonstop flights from Canada to Melbourne, Australia

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FRSR (msn 37178) SCL (Alvaro Romero). Image: 938302.

Air Canada’s inaugural flight, AC037 Boeing 787 Dreamliner service, departed Vancouver December 1, 2017 in the late evening, and arrived Sunday morning, December 3, 2017 to a water cannon welcome salute at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport. This arrival marks the only nonstop service linking Canada and Melbourne, Air Canada’s third destination served in Australia. Seasonal service now operates four times weekly between Vancouver and Melbourne until February 4, 2018 and year-round service begins June 1, 2018.

Air Canada’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft features 30 International Business Class lie-flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy and 247 Economy Class seats with upgraded, and personalized in-flight entertainment at every seat throughout the aircraft.

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Days of Operation

Depart

Arrive

AC037

Vancouver (YVR)

Melbourne (MEL)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat

10:45 p.m.

09:45 a.m. +2 days

AC038

Melbourne (MEL)

Vancouver (YVR)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

11:40 a.m.

07:30 a.m.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FRSR (msn 37178) SCL (Alvaro Romero). Image: 938302.

 

Porter Airlines to arrive in Florida tomorrow

Porter Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQN (msn 4254) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 930687.

Porter Airlines (Toronto-Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport) tomorrow (December 19) will arrive in Florida. The regional carrier will launch a new route to Melbourne (near Orlando) on the East Coast.

The seasonal Porter flights depart Toronto (Billy Bishop) at 10:20 a.m. and depart from Central Florida at 3:45 p.m.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQN (msn 4254) exits the runway at Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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Porter Airlines to fly seasonally to Melbourne, Florida

Porter Airlines (Toronto-Billy Bishop Airport) has announced it has selected Melbourne International Airport (MLB) as its first entry into the Florida market.

The weekly seasonal flights will commence December 19 from Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ), located on an island in the heart of Toronto.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) C-GLQP (msn 4271) arrives at Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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Air China and Air New Zealand announce proposed alliance details, Air China to start Beijing-Melbourne service and will increase Boeing 777-300 ER flights to Los Angeles

Air China (Beijing) and Air New Zealand (Auckland) have released details of a proposed alliance on services between China and New Zealand.

The alliance, subject to regulatory approvals, would see Air China introduce a daily nonstop service between Beijing and Auckland.

The Chinese flag carrier would also continue to codeshare on Air New Zealand’s daily Shanghai – Auckland service which will be operated exclusively by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from August 24.

The proposed alliance would further open up Beijing as a new market to and from New Zealand and the airlines aim to almost double sustainable capacity between China and New Zealand while delivering a range of other benefits to travellers including greater frequency and network connections.

Subject to regulatory approvals, alliance services could commence as early as December 2015.

In other news, Air China will start Beijing-Melbourne four-times weekly nonstop service from June 1, 2015, becoming the only carrier that offers Beijing-Melbourne nonstop service. At the same time, the carrier will continue its Shanghai-Melbourne nonstop service.

The four-times weekly flights CA 165/6 will be offered on Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday. The service is slated to increase to daily from October 25, 2015. The outbound flight departs from Beijing at 02:00 and arrives in Melbourne at 15:30 local time; the return flight departs from Melbourne at 20:40 local time and arrives in Beijing at 06:30. The flights will be operated with Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Finally, Air China will add flights to its Beijing-Los Angeles route from May 2015, further strengthening its presence on the North American market.

The new flight numbers are CA 887/8. From May 2 to June 30, 2015, four flights will be offered per week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. From July 1 to October 24, the flights will be increased to daily. The outbound flight departs from Beijing at 12:00 and arrives in Los Angeles at 09:00 local time. The return flight departs from Los Angeles at 11:30 and arrives in Beijing at 15:10 local time. Boeing 777-300 ER, an aircraft type quite popular with the world’s business travelers, features full-flat seats in First Class/Business Class as well as Central Bar, personal AVODs and power outlets in all classes of service, accessible toilet and mood lighting system which can mimic wonderful moments from sunrise to sunset.

From 2013 to 2014, Air China started three nonstop routes: Beijing-Houston, Beijing-Hawaii and Beijing-Washington. Currently, Air China serves 7 destinations in North America, including New York, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco, Washington, Vancouver and Hawaii, spanning the southern, western and eastern parts of the United States. It offers 104 flights per week operated with the Boeing 777-300 ER. On January 7, 2015, Air China’s first Boeing 747-8, a new member of Boeing 747 family, made its maiden flight on its long-range route: Beijing-New York.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-39L ER B-2039 (msn 38675) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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QANTAS Airways introduces its upgraded international Airbus A330 cabin, also introduces the Orton amenity kit

QANTAS Airways’ (Sydney) first upgraded international Airbus A330 cabin was introduced on January 16 on the Melbourne-Singapore route.

Passengers on flight QF 35 from Melbourne to Singapore were the first QANTAS customers to fly on the reconfigured international aircraft (see video below). It follows the introduction of the first domestic Airbus A330 last month, now operating on east-west services and key domestic routes.

The new A330 experience offers lie-flat Business Suites, designed in collaboration with Marc Newson, with a unique feature that allows customers to recline in their seat from take-off through to landing. A next-generation model of the award-winning Recaro seat has been introduced in Economy, and customers in all cabins will enjoy the latest inflight entertainment technology.

More than half of QANTAS’ 28 A330 aircraft are expected to be refurbished by the end of December 2015, with the project to be completed by the end of 2016.

Customers in Economy will enjoy QANTAS’ new inflight dining experience, launched on Singapore flights earlier this week, offering more choice, larger meals and improved service.

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In other news, QANTAS has welcomed Oroton onboard as the latest designer brand to create the airline’s coveted Business amenity kit (above).

The limited edition Business Sleep Collection amenity kit features a signature Oroton styled bag paired with exclusive ASPAR products by Aurora Spa.

The unisex amenity kit has been designed to hold QANTAS’ signature Business pyjamas, eye mask, socks, toothbrush, toothpaste and earplugs comfortably inside.

QANTAS International Head of Customer Experience & Creative Development Kylie Morris said the limited edition Oroton amenity kit was timed to celebrate the inaugural flight of the upgraded international A330 from Singapore to Melbourne.

The QANTAS Business Sleep Collection will be offered to customers travelling in the Business cabin from today on select Qantas international flights from Asia operated by the refurbished A330 aircraft.

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Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by QANTAS). Airbus A330-201 VH-EBA (msn 508) in the old CityFlyer markings arrives at the Sydney hub.

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Video: QANTAS. A sneak peek of QF’s domestic A330 aircraft which gets reconfigured with its lie-flat Business Suites, designed in collaboration with Marc Newson, and next generation model of the award-winning Recaro seat in Economy.