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Author: Adam Jobbins

Flight disruptions as fuel pipeline cut to Auckland Airport

Please see our community forums for the current list of known impacted services. Dozens of flights departing from Auckland Airport (AKL) have been impacted by a damaged fuel pipeline that supplies jet and other fuel from the Marsden Point refinery to tanks in South Auckland. The 168 kilometer pipeline is expected to take up to 2 weeks to repair, with flight disruptions across a number of airlines likely until the pipeline is fully repaired. Several airlines, including Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Virgin Australia have already cancelled flights and more flights across a number of airlines are likely to...

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Lounge Review – Air NZ Melbourne

If you've visited Air New Zealand's international lounges in Auckland, Brisbane or Sydney recently the new Air New Zealand lounge at Melbourne's Tullamarine airport will feel very familiar. A welcome upgrade to the former NZ lounge that once occupied the same space, and light years ahead of the cozy (perhaps too cozy) temporary lounge Air New Zealand staged in the former United Airlines space for nearly a year while renovations took place. But for those of you (this author included) who might have found the temporary lounge at MEL not quite as comfortable as Air NZ has let us...

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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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