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Author: Adam Jobbins

Jetstar temporarily reducing regional flights

Jetstar Airways (JQ) are temporarily reducing the frequency of some regional routes between July and October 2017, according to data available through their reservation system. Starting late July, services between Auckland and New Plymouth are being cut from 20 flights per week to 14, Auckland and Palmerston North from 27 to 22 and Wellington to Nelson sees a reduction from 3 daily services to 2. A spokesperson told TravelTalk that following a review of customer demand Jetstar is reducing regional capacity on a seasonal basis over three months. "Like all airlines, from time to time Jetstar adjusts its schedule...

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Qantas Dreamliner Fleet Names Revealed

Qantas (QF) customers in Australia will take to the skies on Waltzing Matilda, Boomerang and Quokka as the airline today revealed the names for its fleet of eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. More than 60,000 suggestions were put forward and 45,000 votes cast in selecting the names of the aircraft that will fly routes including Perth to London and Melbourne to Los Angeles. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the public response to the challenge of naming the aircraft after things that captured the spirit of Australia was fantastic. “We had so many worthwhile entries, we could have probably renamed...

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Air New Zealand Holds Annual Investor Day (2017)

Air New Zealand held it's annual Investor Day on June 01, 2017, highlighting better than expected results with a positive outlook and plenty of room for growth in terms of financial performance, global network reach and market share. While earnings before taxation are down on 2016's record $663m, the airline has updated their full year guidance for 2017 from between $475-$525m and now forecasts this to exceed $525m for the year. Favourable jet fuel prices were cited as one of the reasons for the improved outlook. The news is good for travellers too, with Air NZ focusing on growth...

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Opinion: Why TripIt is one of my favourite travel apps

I first discovered the TripIt app when I was planning a trip to the US back in 2008, and since then I can't think of a single trip where I haven't used it. When I travel, I like to travel light, but I also like to have a nice easy reference for my travel plans at my fingertips, and I don't want that to be paper. As planning for a trip comes together, I forward all my confirmation emails (airline reservations, hotels, rental cars, activities etc.) off to TripIt, and they automatically collate all the relevant info and add...

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Hotel Review – Auckland Airport Novotel

Location: Outside International Terminal, Auckland International Airport Loyalty Program: AccorHotels Le Club Room: Superior King Room - 722 Rate: NZ$379/night (~US$270) If you're looking for a hotel near Auckland Airport, there is none closer that the Auckland Airport Novotel. Opened in May 2011, the hotel is modern, well equipped and is a few metres walk from the international terminal. Checking In Despite completing 'online check in' after receiving an email the day prior, I still had to sign check in paperwork and hand over my credit card for a pre-authorisation prior to getting my key. I was able to use...

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