Industry News April 2014

28 Apr 2014

Badgerys Creek site for second Sydney airport

Badgerys Creek has officially been chosen as the location for a second Sydney airport. The decision from the Federal Government will see the project move to the planning and design stage with supporting infrastructure also to be considered. Construction on the new airport is expected to begin in 2016.

New United USA route

United Airlines will add new US domestic route between Houston, Texas and Boise, Idaho from 19 August.

United ups green credentials

United Airlines' latest green initiative will enable members of its Mileage Plus loyalty program to redeem miles to offset their air travel carbon emissions. Mileage Plus members can choose from a list of United Eco-Skies partners including forest conservation and wind power. Other initiatives include the introduction of new insulated coffee cups made with up to 50% recycled materials.

Vietnam visa portal

The Vietnamese Government has launched a new online portal containing for visa information. The portal includes an online visa application that can be completed before printing and lodging at your nearest Vietnamese consulate or embassy. The site can be found at

Waldorf Astoria for Los Angeles 

Hilton Worldwide is continuing the expansion of its Waldorf Astoria brand with the announcement of a 170-room Beverly Hills Waldorf Astoria hotel. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2017 and will feature an upscale restaurant, spa and rooftop pool.

Langham Middle East debut

The Langham Hospitality Group will open its first property in Dubai in 2015. The Langham Palm Jumeirah Resort will be located on the crescent of the Palm Jumeirahin Dubai, facing the Arabian Gulf. The property will feature 323 rooms and a choice of restaurants as well as a spa, gym and swimming pool.

Qantas network expansion

Qantas will operate two weekly seasonal flights between Perth and Auckland from 5 December 2014 to 26 April 2015. The carrier will also codeshare with China Southern on direct services from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to Guangzhou from 1 May 2014.

United Dreamliner

United Airlines has taken delivery of its first B787-9 Dreamliner. The new aircraft will be used on its Los Angeles-Melbourne route from October this year.

SQ A380 India bound

Singapore Airlines will operate A380 aircraft on select services to Mumbai and New Delhi. Services on the new aircraft will commence late next month, replacing one of the two daily B777 flights to each city.

Cathay revamps fare structure

Cathay Pacific has reduced its number of fare rules from eight to three. Year round fares now have no minimum and a 12-month maximum stay with stopovers permitted in Hong Kong. Passengers can also mix classes, travelling in one cabin on their outbound flight and another on the return journey. Open-jaw sectors can be booked in three worldwide regions with surface sectors to Hong Kong also allowed. Sale fares will be subject to different rules depending on the promotion.