Star Alliance carriers Singapore Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines are expanding their existing codeshare agreement with effect from December 3.

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Hawaiian Airlines will begin three-times-weekly non-stop service between Honolulu and Brisbane on Tuesday, November 27.

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Singapore Airlines currently serves five Australian cities: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. By putting its ‘SQ’ flight-designator code on Virgin Australia-operated flights, SIA is adding 20 more cities to its codeshare network.

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Singapore Airlines is adjusting service frequencies to various destinations during its northern summer operating season from March 25 to October 27, in order to match capacity to prevailing demand for travel.

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The low-cost carrier – renamed from Strategic Airlines – will enter the highly competitive Australian trunk route on December 15 with A$69 one-way fares, including taxes.

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The inaugural flight of Virgin Australia’s first turboprop – and Australia ’s first ATR 72 – was also the airline’s first flight from Brisbane to the regional industrial city of Gladstone in Queensland. Virgin Australia flight DJ1711 departed Brisbane at 10.30 a.m. local time on October 17.

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Qantas Airways will grow its DFW service incrementally, initially expanding to six flights a week from January 12 and with the airline planning to add a seventh weekly flight by July 12.

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Delta Air Lines and Virgin Australia Airlines are beginning their planned transpacific codeshare agreement on flights between the United States and Australia on November 6, and have arranged to make customer connections easier at Los Angeles.

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Strategic Airlines confirms it will launch non-stop services from Brisbane and Melbourne to Honolulu on December 14 and 15, 2011, respectively.

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Australian carrier Skywest Airlines has taken delivery of the first of at least eight new ATR 72s, the aircraft becoming the first ATR 72 to operate in Australia. Skywest will operate its new ATR fleet on behalf of Virgin Australia to create a regional-airline network for the larger carrier.

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Strategic Airlines will operate two daily return flights from Monday to Friday linking Gladstone and Brisbane using an Airbus A320 with eight business-class seats and 144 economy seats.

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted authorization for an alliance between Etihad Airways and the Virgin Blue Group of Airlines for five years. The authorization allows the airlines to cooperate on joint pricing and scheduling of services across their respective networks.

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Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways have agreed to extend their existing codeshare deal to allow JAL to codeshare on flights operated by Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore to destinations in Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe.

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The expanded codesharing agreement with oneworld partner Qantas Airways allows JAL to retain Brisbane in its international network as it suspends its direct flights between Tokyo Narita and Brisbane from September 30, after 22 years of flying to the Australian city.

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The Australian-owned international carrier will operate Brisbane-Townsville-Denpasar services twice a week, adding to the weekly Brisbane-Port Hedland-Denpasar service it began on August 3.

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The 10 Australian vacation packages start from $1,399 per person including airfare and accommodation (based on double occupancy). The sale ends September 30 and the package offers are good for travel between October 11 to November 23 and from January 30, 2011 to March 22, 2011, with the option to travel until March 31, 2011.

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Virgin Blue Holdings and Etihad Airways are establishing a commercial partnership which will enable Virgin Blue’s international arm, V Australia, to launch direct services to Abu Dhabi in 2011 and which will allow the two airlines to offer a joint network of more than 100 destinations from October 1 this year.

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Tourism Australia’s ‘One Week Walkabout’ program is offering one-week vacations to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane starting at $1,299 for bookings by November 30 and travel during the period May 5-June 8, 2010.

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