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Hawaiian adjusts BNE timings; Emirates plans withdrawal

September 18, 2019 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Brisbane Airport may be doing some schedule juggling shortly, with Hawaiian Airlines adjusting the timing of its departures from the Queensland capital and Emirates likely to withdraw completely from the Singapore-Brisbane route that it currently operates in conjunction with Qantas.

Emirates has applied to Singapore’s competition watchdog to withdraw from the route, saying overcapacity, declining revenues and rising costs have resulted in substantial losses.

Airline seat capacity between Brisbane and Singapore is likely to drop by about 16% if Emirates goes ahead and pulls out.

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) is now inviting public feedback on Emirates’ application to vary the undertaking it made following its pact with Qantas. The CCCS is probing “the effects Emirates’ proposed withdrawal from the Singapore-Brisbane route might have on air passenger services and air freight services between Singapore and Brisbane and/or other Australian routes”, according to a CCCS document.  The deadline for feedback is next Tuesday, 24 September 2019.

Qantas and Emirates in 2013 voluntarily undertook to maintain (and under certain circumstances, increase) seat capacity on the flights they operated on two overlapping routes, Singapore-Brisbane and Singapore-Melbourne, the Business Times has reported in Singapore.

Emirates B777

Emirates committed to 4956 seats per week for both inbound and outbound flights for the Singapore-Brisbane route and Qantas committed to 3290 seats.

Three airlines currently between Singapore and Brisbane: Emirates and Qantas each operate a daily flight, and Singapore Airlines operates four daily flights. This adds up to 42 flights in each direction each week, the CCCS said.

It added that Qantas would remain subject to the capacity commitments and would continue supplying at least 3290 weekly seats, regardless of the outcome of Emirates’ application.

MEANWHILE, IN A SEPARATE MOVE, HAWAIIAN AIRLINES departures from Brisbane International Airport (BNE) to Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) will be retimed to improve connections for guests flying from Brisbane to the airline’s 13 US Mainland cities.

Hawaiian says Aussie travellers will also benefit from round trip connectivity to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle and San Francisco – Australia’s most in-demand markets from the carrier’s North America network.

In Hawaiian’s revised schedule, flights out of BNE will be adjusted from the current 9.45pm departure to 8.25pm, arriving into HNL at 9.50am. Flights out of HNL will be adjusted from the current 1.35pm departure to 12.35pm, arriving into BNE at 6.25pm the following day.

“We are pleased with the strong demand from the Queensland market for our flights from Brisbane to Honolulu and onward to the US Mainland, and wanted to provide our guests with improved access and connectivity so they can make the most out of their North American vacation,” said Andrew Stanbury, Regional Director of Australia and New Zealand at Hawaiian Airlines.

The adjusted schedule will also increase connectivity to partner Virgin Australia’s domestic network, offering guests more convenient options through the carriers’ expanded codeshare.

“Similarly, the new southbound schedule will provide a more streamlined homeward journey for guests flying onwards with Virgin Australia beyond Brisbane to other Australian cities,” Stanbury said.


Hawaiian Airlines B787-9 Dreamliner

From Australia, Hawaiian offers service to flights Boston, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Angeles, New York City (JFK), Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle, via Honolulu, along with 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands.

Fares from Australia include one of the industry’s most generous checked baggage allowances of 64kg per person (2x32kg bags), complimentary in-flight entertainment, and island-inspired meals crafted by Hawaiian Airlines Executive Chef Lee Anne Wong.

Written by Peter Needham

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