Airbus sells longer-range A321s, sees quick end to Boeing crisis

Airbus sells longer-range A321s, sees quick end to Boeing crisis

The Fiji Times, 20 April 2019 –  TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) – The new sales chief at Europe’s Airbus hinted at orders for an unannounced new version of its A321 jet, while softening market rhetoric and predicting rival Boeing will emerge quickly from a crisis over the grounded 737 MAX.

Airbus is seeing more demand for longer-range versions of roughly 200-seat planes previously…read more

$30k Lost In Water Leakage

$30k Lost In Water Leakage
Fiji Sun, 19 April 2019 – About one million litres of water was being lost every day due to a major leakage on a high pressure raw water pipeline near the Vaturu Dam.
The estimated cost of the water lost due to the leakage on the 711mm MSCL tee along the Vaturu-Nagado high pressure raw water pipeline at Batiri stands at around $30,000 so far.
Works to repair the leakage were expected to start late last night, resulting in a water shutdown to elevated areas in Lautoka from 10pm yesterday until 6am next Tuesday.…read more.

Double Pay For Those Working On Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Monday

Double Pay For Those Working On Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Monday

Fiji Sun, 18 April 2019 – The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar Bala has clarified that a worker who is employed on any of the gazetted public holidays will be entitled for public holiday pay.

The Minister highlighted that Section 67 of the Employment Relations Act (ERA) 2007 states that a worker must be paid in respect of each public holiday for the number of hours which the worker would normally have worked on that day had it not been a public holiday.

“If a worker is employed this Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday, then the worker is entitled to double pay.”…read more.

Parveen Bala: Family Care Leave Misused

Parveen Bala: Family Care Leave Misused
Fiji Sun, 18 April 2019 – All employers in the country will need to develop an internal policy on the Family Care Leave implemented by the Government for all workers says Minister for Employment Parveen Bala.
In order to get the leave, employees will have to provide a certificate to their employers once changes are made.
The Government has given five days Family Care Leave to workers in the country to provide care or support to a member of the immediate family, which is either parents, wife or children.
The worker should have completed more than three months continuous service with the same employer to be entitled to this leave.
Also, the worker has to immediately notify the employer if he/ she is taking Family Care Leave.…read more

Air New Zealand opens reservations for its Auckland-Seoul service as it aims to ride the wave of strong South Korean arrivals

Air New Zealand opens reservations for its Auckland-Seoul service as it aims to ride the wave of strong South Korean arrivals

Blue Swan Daily – 17th April, 2019

Air New Zealand has opened reservations for its Auckland–Seoul route which will resume in Nov-2019. It will operate three weekly flights on the route from 23-Nov-2019, increasing to five times weekly during the peak holiday period from late December to mid-February. It has been over 20 years since it last served the route having suspended its previous link back in the first quarter of 1998.

The airline revealed its plans to return to Seoul in late Mar-2019, influenced by growing travel demand between South Korea and New Zealand, but has been awaiting slot confirmation and regulatory approval prior to opening reservations. It is offering one-way economy fares from NZD649 and from NZD1486 in premium economy and NZD2436 in the premium business cabin. Read more…

China Eastern Airlines and Qantas expand codeshare network

China Eastern Airlines and Qantas expand codeshare network

Blue Swan Daily – 17th April, 2019

China Eastern Airlines and Qantas expanded their codeshare partnership in summer 2019, effective 31-Mar-2019, covering additional domestic routes in Australia and China (Routes Online, 16-Apr-2019).

Additional routes operated by Qantas include from Brisbane to Adelaide, Auckland, Canberra, Christchurch, Mackay, Newcastle and Townsville, Melbourne-Perth, and from Sydney to Hobart, Queenstown and Sunshine Coast.

Additional routes operated by China Eastern includes from Shanghai Pudong to Ningbo, Tianjin and Urumqi.

Check in! – hotel highlights across South Pac

Check in! – hotel highlights across South Pac

Blue Swan Daily – 17th April, 2019.

Tourism Research Australia: Youth visitors account for 45% of visitor spend

Tourism Research Australia released (09-Apr-2019) its 2017/18 state of the industry youth visitation statistics. Key highlights include:

  • Youth markets aged 15 to 29 accounted for 45% of international spend;
    • 19% of youths travelled on a low cost carrier, compared to an 11% average of other age groups;
    • 4% of youths utilised hotel accommodation, compared to 18% of other age groups; Read more…