Wanaka development path defined


In May the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) facilitated a number of seminars to ascertain what the users of Wanaka Airport and the Upper Clutha community wanted to happen over the next 27 years. The top four themes of what they wanted clearly emerged and will drive the development of the airport:

• A vibrant, innovative aero and business hub with diverse user types and facilities and high wage employment that supports Wanaka as a thriving destination to live and do business in.

• Proactive, well planned and co-ordinated partnerships around regional infrastructure with local and central government to ensure infrastructure and transport connectivity keeps up with the visitor and population growth.

• The GA community is protected, enhanced and the airport’s history respected, offering financially viable options to maintain and nurture recreational flying and grassroots users, operating in harmony with scheduled services and other offerings.

• A world-class example of airport development which is sustainable, architecturally-designed, carbon neutral, innovative and technologically advanced to ensure future proofing both for future technological advances and capacity (growth).

Wanaka Airport communications advisor Naomi Lindsay says, “We encourage all members of the community to have their say on the themes that came out of the community workshops. While this is very much phase one, this is a very important part of the process and we’re interested in hearing what the community thinks about growth.

“We are working together with all stakeholders on what the future and success looks like at Wanaka. So jump online now and put your ideas, thoughts and comments in writing.”


Partners to the west

Fiji Airways has further boosted its presence in Asia by establishing a codeshare partnership with Singapore Airlines and its full-service regional subsidiary SilkAir. The two airlines will be Fiji’s third and fourth codeshare partner in Singapore after Jetstar Asia and Jet Airways.

Fiji Airways says partnerships are critical in Singapore as Fiji–Singapore is a relatively small local market. It has added a third frequency to Singapore recently and could add more capacity to Singapore if the new codeshare with SIA is successful. Fiji Airways launched two weekly flights to Singapore in 2016 and in April introduced a seasonal third frequency.

Messaging and tracking in one

announced an agreement to deliver global airborne messaging using OzRunways EFB (electronic flight bag) and TracPlus’ portable RockAIR tracker.

Under this agreement, OzRunways users will be able to send and receive text messages globally using the Iridium satellite network and cellular networks.

Seeking ever greater efficiency

Airbus and Rolls-Royce have signed a collaboration agreement for the integration of Rolls-Royce’s UltraFan demonstrator for flight testing. The demonstration will be co-funded by Clean Sky 2, the European Union research programme focused on developing technology to reduce emissions.

UltraFan is a scalable jet engine design suitable for both widebody and single-aisle airliners and is said to offer a 25 percent fuel efficiency improvement over the first generation of Rolls-Royce Trent engine.

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