Finnair plans new Asian expansion strategy

Finnair have announced that it will fly the Airbus A350 to Asia as part of its plan to expand its Asian traffic, according to Finnair’s latest market release. Finnair have also announced that it intends to “double Asian traffic by 2020 from the 2010 level”. This is no mean feat.

Qatar Airways announces three new U.S destinations

In an aggressive push into the North American market, Qatar Airways have announced daily service to three new destinations: Los Angeles, Boston, and Atlanta in 2016 – along with an additional daily service to New York-JFK. This will bring Qatar’s total number of U.S destinations to ten. Given its desire to compete with other Gulf carriers and the delivery of new fuel efficient planes such as the Airbus A350-900, this is not a surprising move.

Virgin Australia furthers loyalty partnership with South African Airways

From April 30th, Virgin Australia Velocity members can now earn points and status credits on South African Airways (SA) marketed and operated flights. Previously this was only available on SA flights that were marketed, or sold by Virgin Australia under their codeshare agreement. Redeeming miles for South African Airways flights is now also possible. From today, this is what the earning table looks like for South African Airways marketed and operated flights:

Air New Zealand handing out top tier status for a credit card sign-up (in New Zealand, targeted)

Online bulletin boards have recently been lit up by discussion of Air New Zealand making targeted offers to its frequent flyers. But is it going too far to be offering a year of top-tier airline status for signing up for a credit card? Air New Zealand has this year announced it is parting ways with its Bank of New Zealand (a subsidiary of National Australia Bank) for its co-branded globalplus credit card (which will become a cash-back credit card), effective 1 May 2015. Instead, Air New Zealand will offer a new suite of card products in conjunction with Westpac. To…

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