Corporate Traveller

Industry News - April

Qantas free wi-fi activated

Qantas has activated its new in-flight wi-fi on domestic services. Currently available on one B737-800 aircraft, this is the first time the trial has been rolled out for customer use. Trials should be complete by mid-year, after which the technology will be fitted to the carrier’s other B737 and A330 aircraft, with all to be updated by late 2018. Qantas is currently planning to include the service in the price of the fare.

 

Air NZ’s new neo seats

Air New Zealand has released details of its new economy class seat design. Featuring on its A320/ A321neo fleet, the window and aisle seats will be 1cm wider than the its current international Airbus fleet. The middle seat will be 3cm wider, in an effort to make it more appealing to passengers.

 

American Airlines upgrade to Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

American Airlines will upgrade the aircraft operating its service between Auckland (AKL) and Los Angeles (LAX) to the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner beginning 7 October 2017.

This aircraft upgrade will also mark the first time a U.S. carrier will offer travellers to New Zealand American’s brand new Premium Economy class of service.

The Boeing 787-9 will includes Main Cabin Extra, their latest Business Class suite with all-aisle-access and their newest class of service, Premium Economy

 

New Qantas amenity kits

Qantas is introducing new Business class amenity kits. Available from 1 May, the new range of amenity kits (eight types for men and eight for women) will be offered to business class customers on international flights, with two designs launching every few months. The bags feature artwork by Australian artists, photographers and digital influencers, in various styles including pop culture, photography, fine art, abstract landscape, Indigenous art and textile design. The amenity kits include ASPAR products by Aurora Spa (hand cream, lip balm and face moisturiser), a wrap-around eye mask in the same artwork as the kit, toothpaste, toothbrush, earplugs and travel socks.

 

Avis Budget Group re-fleet

Following feedback from TMCs and customers, Avis Budget Group has taken the opportunity to review their fleet categories. As well as enabling customers to be more selective in the vehicles they chose, it also provides Avis Budget Group with an opportunity to align more closely with their Australian fleet.

Notable changes:

  • Avis Budget Group is pleased to advise the introduction of two new vehicle types - Holden Trax or similar (Compact SUV) & Holden Captiva or similar (Standard SUV).
  • Due to significantly reduced demand of compact manual category, Avis Budget Group will be phasing out compact manuals, as such this category has been removed.
  • As a result of direct customer feedback and future limited production of the Holden Commodore, Avis Budget Group has created a new vehicle category to which the Holden Commodore & Ford Falcon will now belong.