Cake of the Week: Air Australia’s Brisbane to
Damien Vasta, Air Australia’s CCO, and Cam Macphee, Brisbane Airport’s GM Aviation Business Development, cut the cake celebrating Air Australia’s new route to Honolulu – the first time the two airports are connected non-stop since Qantas and Continental dropped its services in 1992.
In Melbourne, Vasta was joined by the inaugural Honolulu flight’s crew and Heather Jeffery, the airline’s PR & Communications Director. In Honolulu, the new route was celebrated with champagne by Air Australia’s Lee Schofield, Group Executive Corporate & General Counsel; Aleks Kowalewski, Marketing Officer; Olivia Cole, In Flight Services Manager; and Michael James, CEO. Thrilled about the new service were also Michael Story, Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Tourism Brand and Sports Manager, and Rebecca Wall, Hawaii Tourism Australia.
- Air Australia, which is the new name for Strategic Airlines, launched three new routes in the last week; two international and one domestic. On 14 December, the airline started to serve Honolulu (HNL) in Hawaii from both Brisbane (BNE) and Melbourne (MEL). Each route operates twice weekly (scheduled BNE-HNL-MEL-HNL-BNE) with the airline’s 274-seat A330-200. The following day, the airline connected its two bases by entering the domestic trunk route between Brisbane and Melbourne, operating its 152-seat A320s 12 times weekly – twice daily on weekdays and daily on weekends. Competition comes from Qantas’ 91, Virgin Australia’s 80, Jetstar’s 21 and Tiger Airways Australia’s also 21 flights a week. Michael James, Air Australia’s CEO, commented: “We believe Queenslanders and Victorians wanted a direct route to Honolulu so that is what we are delivering. Now they will also have a new domestic airline choice between Brisbane and Melbourne.”