• New Zealand will axe departure cards in November 2018

    New Zealand will follow Australia's lead in scrapping departure cards for outbound travellers. The white and orange paper slips will be phased out in November this year, the NZ Government announced over the weekend, although inbound passengers will still need to complete an arrival card. The mo...

    POSTED 27 Aug, 2018 16 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to launch Newcastle-Auckland flights

    Virgin Australia will begin flying from Newcastle to Auckland from November this year, with the new seasonal route tapping into demand over the summer period. A Boeing 737 with eight business class seats, 30 Economy X seats and 138 standard economy seats will make the three hour trip every Tuesd...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2018 30 Comments

  • Qantas is looking at 'buy on board' for meals, inflight movies

    EXCLUSIVE | Qantas could begin charging passengers for meals, movies and even a single piece of checked luggage under a new pricing model being considered by the airline. The scheme would be partnered to a 'basic economy' fare similar to those recently introduced by British Airways, Virgin Atlan...

    POSTED 24 May, 2018 66 Comments

  • Three ways Virgin Australia intends to win against Air New Zealand

    TALKING POINT | The messy break-up between Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand is not reading from the familiar script. None of this "we have come to a mutual decision, we still love each other and will always respect one another" stuff. Instead, the airlines have gone from partners to pug...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2018 38 Comments

  • Virgin Australia launches Queenstown, Wellington flights

    Virgin Australia will launch new routes between Sydney and Wellington and between Melbourne and Queenstown from October this year, as the airline prepares to end its partnership with Air New Zealand – with extra flights also being added to Auckland from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Howe...

    POSTED 16 Apr, 2018 21 Comments

  • Air New Zealand adds trans-Tasman flights

    Less than a week after announcing the end of its alliance with Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand has fired the first volley in a trans-Tasman war which will see the former partners become rivals. The Kiwi carrier says it will "introduce additional services" on the Sydney-Auckland, Melbourne-Auck...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2018 24 Comments

  • Flying trans-Tasman with Virgin, AirNZ: what happens now?

    Travelling trans-Tasman with Virgin Australia or Air New Zealand over the coming year, and wondering what’ll happen to your booking and flight experience now that the two airlines are breaking up? You’re not alone – and while the airlines’ entire game plan isn’t on ...

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2018 46 Comments

  • Canberra eyes Qantas flights to Wellington, AirNZ to Auckland

    With flights to Singapore and Doha already taking wing, Canberra Airport is now looking to add New Zealand to its network map. Managing Director of Canberra Airport, Stephen Byron, considers trans-Tasman travel as “the piece that's missing” – or will be missing from May 1, when...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2018 31 Comments

  • Virgin Australia: WiFi on trans-Tasman flights from early 2018

    EXCLUSIVE | Virgin Australia will serve up inflight Internet on flights between Australia and New Zealand from early 2018 as it rushes to leapfrog Qantas in rolling out WiFi on international routes. Virgin's flights between Australia and Los Angeles will also begin offering WiFi from December, f...

    POSTED 27 Nov, 2017 5 Comments

  • Here is Qantas' new trans-Tasman flight schedule to Auckland

    Qantas is rejigging its trans-Tasman timetable for flights between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland, following the decision by partner Emirates to pull the plug on all Airbus A380 flights between Australia and Auckland from March 25, 2018. Read: Emirates axes more trans-Tasman flights as...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2017 20 Comments

  • Emirates: no plans to axe more trans-Tasman Airbus A380 flights

    Emirates says it has no plans to drop trans-Tasman Airbus A380 flights from Melbourne and Brisbane in the wake of a decision to shutter the daily superjumbo service between Sydney and Auckland. From July 13 2017, Emirates will no longer send its A380 – complete with first class suites, lie...

    POSTED 14 Jun, 2017 9 Comments

  • AirNZ CEO: Emirates' trans-Tasman A380 flights 'not a big threat'

    Air New Zealand is confident of holding onto its half of the trans-Tasman travel pie, despite the presence of Emirates' Airbus A380 superjumbos – replete with business class seats and first class suites – darting daily from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland and back. "The Ta...

    POSTED 18 May, 2017 14 Comments

  • Qantas wants travel to NZ to be just like travel within Australia

    Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has renewed the push for 'seamless' travel between Australia and New Zealand which would make crossing the Tasman no different to crossing into another Aussie state. No passports, no immigration or customs checks – just zip across the ditch for a day or two of busines...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2017 26 Comments

  • Auckland Airport now offers a fast-lane for many frequent flyers

    Getting through Auckland Airport should be quicker and easier for inbound Australian flyers thanks to a newly-opened biosecurity lane at the international terminal. The lane is available for Australian and New Zealand  passport holders who don't have any food "or other biosecurity risk item...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2016 6 Comments

  • The best business class seats on trans-Tasman flights

    Flying between Australia and New Zealand presents no shortage of business class options with nine airlines offering better-than-economy seats and service to high flying travellers. Among them: local choices in Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand, alongside Asian carriers Singapore Airli...

    POSTED 24 Nov, 2016 6 Comments

  • The best business class seats on Brisbane-Auckland flights

    Flying from Brisbane to Auckland in business class? You may be surprised to learn that not two, but five airlines compete for your high flying dollar on this busy trans-Tasman route. That list includes Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand, along with Emirates and even Taiwan-based China ...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2016 13 Comments

  • The best business class seats on Melbourne-Auckland flights

    New Zealand remains the most popular international destination for Australian travellers, and Melbourne residents have no shortage of options for getting there in style. Qantas, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand and even Emirates all offer business class flights across the pond – but which...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2016 15 Comments

  • The best business class seats flying between Sydney and Auckland

    Travellers are spoiled for choice when flying from Sydney to Auckland and back again with no fewer than six airlines offering business class seats and service at the pointy end. That list includes Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand, along with more far-flung carriers in Emirates, LATAM...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Air New Zealand CEO: Virgin Australia alliance is business as usual

    Air New Zealand CEO Chris Luxon has moved to re-assure travellers that the trans-Tasman alliance between Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand will remain in place despite a messy boardroom bust-up between the two airlines. “We have a multifaceted relationship with Virgin, and the sharehold...

    POSTED 7 Jun, 2016 7 Comments

  • Trans-Tasman traffic is a welcome bonus for LAN's Boeing 787

    South American airline LAN didn't set out to win a chunk of the competitive trans-Tasman business travel market, but there's no denying that its Auckland stop-over en route from Sydney to Santiago has won over many passengers. The combination of keenly-priced fares and a smooth-riding Boeing 787...

    POSTED 10 Sep, 2015 16 Comments

  • Air New Zealand nixes lounge access for Works Deluxe passengers

    Passengers travelling on Air New Zealand's Works Deluxe economy fares will no longer enjoy free access to the airline’s network of airport lounges. The exclusion applies to tickets booked from June 17 2015, although guests who had already purchased a Works Deluxe fare prior to this date &n...

    POSTED 17 Jun, 2015 5 Comments

  • Air New Zealand to launch trans-Tasman premium economy

    Virgin Australia partner and Star Alliance member Air New Zealand will launch premium economy on flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from later this year. Already available between Perth and Auckland, that's extended to every trans-Tasman service operated by Boeing 777s and Boeing 787s fro...

    POSTED 17 Jun, 2015 31 Comments

  • Air New Zealand not committed to business class on A321neo

    Air New Zealand is yet to decide if its Airbus A321neo aircraft will sport business class on flights across the Tasman or whether they’ll follow the lead of the incumbent A320s in an all-economy layout. With the airline’s first A321neo due in late 2017, we asked Air NZ Chief Sales an...

    POSTED 2 Jun, 2015 10 Comments

  • Virgin Australia on track for trans-Tasman business class rollout

    Virgin Australia says it's on track to launch business class on all Australia-New Zealand flights by the end of this month as the challenger takes on Qantas for a larger share of the trans-Tasman market. From March 31, all Virgin Australia services from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the G...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2015 10 Comments

  • LAN looks for growth with Boeing 787 on Sydney-Santiago flights

    South American airline and Qantas partner LAN is gearing up for growth on its Sydney-Santiago route, driven in part by next month's launch of a Boeing 787-8 on the 16 hour flight. Although LAN has not set a date for the upgrade from its ageing and fuel-guzzling Airbus A340 to the ...

    POSTED 24 Feb, 2015 12 Comments

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