The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-03T00:55:21Z AirAsia launches new group booking system for travel agents 2017-04-03T00:55:21Z airasia-launches-new-group-booking-system-for-travel-agents AirAsia launches new group booking system for travel agents 03 April 2017 – Leading low-cost carrier AirAsia has today launched an enhanced group booking system for travel agents using the AirAsia SkyAgent and Corporate Account trade portals. The new, automated group booking system enables agents to check and book fares and ancillary add-ons for up to 50 passengers, as well as manage customer details and payment options. Agents registered for the AirAsia SkyAgent portal can also contact a dedicated support email address or their account manager for queries regarding bookings made via the SkyAgent portal. AirAsia is Asia's leading low-cost carrier, with an extensive network of more than 120 destinations in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and the US. It’s also the only airline to fly direct to all 10 ASEAN countries, including some 60 unique routes in the region. AirAsia was named World's Best Low-Cost Airline for the eighth year in a row at the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards and the World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth straight year at the 2016 World Travel Awards. Keep up-to-date with AirAsia's latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). ***ENDS*** For media enquiries, please contact: Angely Cullerne PR & Communications Mobile: +61449169997 angelygrecia@airasia.com About the AirAsia Group AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with over 120 destinations. Within 15 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 330 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 170. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and India, servicing a network stretching across Asia Pacific. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for eight consecutive years from 2009 to 2016. AirAsia is the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement the I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. Advances in Digital Agriculture to Take Centre Stage at International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney 2017-03-22T23:59:02Z advances-in-digital-agriculture-to-take-centre-stage-at-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-in-sydney Sydney, Australia – 23 March 2017 – Advances in spatial technology that enable digital agriculture, including a next-generation national positioning system and real-time monitoring of soil moisture levels from space, will take centre stage at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April. A new national positioning system accurate to between 2cm and 10cm – as opposed to 5 metres with today’s satellite-based GPS – will boost Australia’s economy by $73 billion or more over the next 20 years, much of it in agriculture, says Dr Peter Woodgate, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). “To adopt techniques like precision agriculture and controlled traffic farming, farmers need to be able to position equipment and sensors with about 5cm accuracy. The conference will showcase space-based augmentation systems – including Australia and New Zealand’s joint initiative – which, subject to testing, are well on the way to achieving that,” said Woodgate. “Leveraging other regional efforts, such as a Japanese satellite-based system recently trialled in Queensland, it will even be possible to remotely control unmanned autonomous vehicles like driverless tractors from space.” Australia’s investments in positioning systems will not only pay off in higher agricultural exports but will create export business opportunities and new jobs in digital agriculture to aid the transition from sectors of the economy impacted by digital disruption. Woodgate and fellow Working Group Co-Chair, Glenn Cockerton, Managing Director of Spatial Vision, will make the first public presentation of the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda at Digital Earth & Locate17, outlining 30 transformative initiatives for Australia. In another highlight of the event, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will hold a special session to promote capacity building and use of data from its Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Observatory. SMAP products, which provide frequent global measurements of soil moisture from space at high spatial resolution, are freely available (http://nsidc.org/data/smap), with one of the first validation experiments carried out in Yanco, NSW. According to Phil Tickle, Program and Business Development Manager (Ag, NRM & Climate Change) at CRCSI, NASA’s SMAP data will complement data from a range of sensors used in digital agriculture, including soil moisture probes, weather stations, and animal tracking devices. Tickle is presenting the benefits of an online farm monitoring solution for the grazing industry at Digital Earth & Locate17. Called the NRM Spatial Hub, this provides access to 30 years of 30 metre resolution satellite data and tools for mapping, assessing and monitoring property infrastructure, land resources and ground cover. It is currently being commercialised by the CRCSI in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia. Tickle said the conference was an opportunity for farmers and land managers to learn about the spatial technologies transforming their industry, as well as to discuss potential issues, such as the ownership of agricultural big data. “We are seeing enormous development in digital agriculture capabilities and often farmers don’t have control of their own data,” said Tickle. “When you have sensors on farms feeding into data warehouses and generating broader benefits, why shouldn’t the farmer get a cut? And what does a farmer do if they want to change providers and their data is locked up in a proprietary system?” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Lufthansa Technik selects OneStrand AIR – an Australian S1000D technical authoring platform 2017-03-16T02:42:28Z lufthansa-technik-selects-onestrand-air-an-australian-s1000d-technical-authoring-platform Absolute Data Group (ADG) continues to soar in 2017 with Lufthansa Technik announcing this week it is embracing OneStrand AIR for authoring technical documents to the ASD S1000D Specification (see announcement). OneStrand AIR is the first and only flexible cloud-based S1000D Common Source Database available globally. It utilises ADG’s R4i S1000D software as its platform for delivery to customers around the world. Lufthansa Technik will utilise OneStrand AIR to author technical manuals for its inflight entertainment and cabin management system nice®, with more projects to follow. The announcement comes hot on the heels of Virgin Galactic purchasing the R4i S1000D Software Suite for installation and use in-house (see announcement). Virgin Galactic is utilising the technology to create, manage and leverage technical information vital to the operation and maintenance of their human spaceflight systems. S1000D is the international specification for technical publications utilising a common source database. Developed over the past 20 years, S1000D has become a highly-regarded specification used globally across several sectors including defence, aerospace, transport and manufacturing. With an increase in the number of civilian and defence air component manufacturers requiring software that is S1000D compliant, ADG is reaping the benefits with more and more air programs selecting their joint venture company, OneStrand LLC, as their go to team. According to ADG CEO Tammy Halter, their ability to provide S1000D software in a flexible, hosted environment is positioning them as the industry leader, hence attracting high profile clients like Lufthansa Technik. “In an industry first, we are making access to S1000D solutions cheaper and easier with our new hosted platform OneStrand AIR,” said Ms Halter. “It is the first modular S1000D publishing suite offered as an online subscription service, enabling organisations to create, manage and deliver S1000D compliant technical information without the need to purchase software and infrastructure. “This enables individuals or teams to access and distribute content regardless of location while being supported by S1000D consultants, trainers and technicians. Other software suppliers can no longer hide behind exorbitant pricing often associated with working with S1000D data.” ADG plans to continue expanding in other verticals such as civilian shipping and rail manufacturing, where the S1000D specification is being increasingly used due to the benefits of data re-use; from design and engineering, through to training, maintenance, operations and parts management through-life. About Absolute Data Group (ADG) ADG is headquartered in Brisbane and was founded in 1997 as an SGML consulting business. Today ADG is recognised worldwide for its innovative and user-friendly S1000D software suite. About OneStrand ADG is a joint venture partner of OneStrand LLC, a full-service company offering hosted and installed S1000D software, authoring services and support to best manage critical technical content in the aerospace, defence and transport industries.    Embraer Phenom 300 Heading to Archerfield 2017-03-15T03:35:19Z embraer-phenom-300-heading-to-archerfield YOURJET Australia in conjunction with Embraer Executive Jets has confirmed that the Phenom 300 light jet will be stopping at Archerfield Airport on the 21st March as part of it’s Australian demonstration tour. This is the first time a factory Phenom 300 has been in Australia since 2010 and will be the first time the type has operated from Brisbane’s second airport. Launched in 2016, YOURJET Australia offers fractional shares in a fully managed ownership program and has selected the Phenom 300 for their fleet. The business model gives owners the ability to utilise any aircraft in the fleet, increasing their access to flights whilst keeping the cost of jet ownership affordable. The combination of low operating costs, exceptional performance and class leading interiors makes the Phenom 300 a perfect choice for fractional ownership. The Phenom 300 has been the standout success story for Embraer in recent years with the aircraft topping the business jet sales figures for the last four straight years. With over 300 aircraft now in service the Phenom 300 has proven its reliability and is a clear winner with light jet owners. Embraer and YOURJET Australia will be hosting private tours of the aircraft with people who are considering a jet purchase and want to see for themselves why the Phenom 300 is so successful. Anyone interested in viewing the aircraft should contact YOURJET Australia on 1300 598 538 by 14:00 17 March to arrange a time. Spatial Startup Companies to Share the Latest Innovations at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 2017-03-14T01:00:19Z spatial-startup-companies-to-share-the-latest-innovations-at-the-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17 Sydney, Australia – 14 March 2017 – Virtual reality, drones and multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems are among the innovations to be showcased in the Startup Hub at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17, taking place from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Startup Hub is designed to bring innovators and providers of the latest spatial technologies to the attention of scientists, surveyors, businesses and government. It will be located in the exhibition hall throughout the conference, including the free Market Day on Tuesday 4th April. All exhibition visitors are invited to try out the new technologies and the new opportunities they provide. Virtual reality to reimagine the world Forum8 is demonstrating its custom 3D visualisation and virtual reality (VR) software. Complete with an Oculus VR headset, the demonstration will showcase the future of 3D experiences. Forum8’s VR-Design Studio is specifically focused on 3D VR/visualisation of urban spaces, roads and traffic, and rail. It provides a full environment for visualising a concept, including Australian terrain (DEM) and road design-type tools, vehicles and traffic settings. It is also possible to import data from a range of sources, including point cloud, road design tools and traffic simulations. The software is also used with driving simulators in engineering studies and human factors research. Rapid-fire spatial data capture Spatial Technologies Pty Ltd will showcase ground breaking technologies that are the results of research and development completed in 2016. This includes new and existing technologies like 3D laser scanning, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) point clouds and light sensors. A number of projects utilising a combination of these will be showcased, including rapid tree inspections, street light management and asset management. Multi-satellite solutions SURVEY SOLUTIONS will use the Startup Hub for its Australian launch following successful sales of its SOUTH GNSS multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems receiver in New Zealand. The receiver uses the latest GNSS boards to receive the full constellation of satellites available, weighs less than 1kg and is affordably priced compared with competing products. Giving meaning to spatial data Professional spatial problem solvers, Anditi, will also be on hand to show how spatial analytics can solve everything from energy sources to safety. The company is showcasing its next generation platform for high-precision spatial analytics and its application in a range of industries such as solar, property, roads and infrastructure, mining, and environment. It has been designed and built in Australia to revolutionise the management, processing and visualisation of spatial big data such as high-resolution LiDAR. Anditi will also be highlighting use cases across natural and built environments where its application is benefiting clients with lower costs and higher quality outcomes. The Startup Hub will be held in the exhibition halls of the Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, the event provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 to Boost Collaboration in Intelligent Transport and Smart Cities 2017-03-07T02:29:34Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-to-boost-collaboration-in-intelligent-transport-and-smart-cities Sydney, Australia – 7 March 2017 – With driverless vehicles and drones poised for mass adoption, the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April provides a forum for government, industry and start-ups to collaborate and become players in the emerging global Smart Cities industry. “Mobility as a Service is transforming our cities and the spatial industry and technology start-ups are key parts of that,” says Susan Harris, CEO of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia. Harris – the keynote speaker for the Digital Earth & Locate17 conference’s Intelligent Transport stream – will outline the latest global developments and the pathways for Australia to leverage connected and automated vehicles, big data and positioning technologies. “We need to be ready in Australia. We are well placed to be part of the global Smart Cities technology industry, creating business opportunities and ensuring that our cities remain as liveable as they can be,” says Harris. “But technology is moving very quickly and early collaboration is vital.” The capture and exchange of rich 2D and 3D spatial information will increasingly underpin transport networks and cities. Driverless vehicles, for example, will constantly survey road conditions – sharing information about potholes, ice and other hazards – so other driverless vehicles, and human drivers, can avoid them. Even minor road damage like cracks will be captured and shared so authorities can schedule repairs and prevent further deterioration. Drones will also play an increasing role in the capture of 3D data, and later as a new layer of autonomous transport. “How does that spatial information get captured, managed and shared back out in ways that are reliable, safe, and commercially viable?” says Harris. “Australia is strong in both positioning technologies and big data, but we need to develop further skills and industry collaboration, including information sharing arrangements.” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). AIRASIA X records first full year net profit since IPO of RM 230.5mil 2017-02-22T12:06:46Z airasia-x-records-first-full-year-net-profit-since-ipo-of-rm-230-5mil ​​ ​ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AIRASIA X RECORDS FIRST FULL YEAR NET PROFIT SINCE IPO OF RM 230.5mil 4Q16 MALAYSIA AIRASIA X FULL YEAR 2016 MALAYSIA AIRASIA X Revenue up 39% YoY Revenue up 31% vs FY2015 Passengers carried up 40% YoY Passengers carried up 30% vs FY2015 Capacity up 43% YoY Capacity up 22% Load Factor at 81% (down 2ppts) Load Factor up 4ppts YoY to 79% CASK down 11% YoY Operating Profit at RM276.0 million EBITDAR up 2% YoY Net Operating Profit at RM250.9 million Operating Profit up 14% Net Operating Profit up 34% Net Profit After Tax at RM230.5 million SEPANG, 22 FEBRUARY 2017 – AirAsia X Berhad (“AAX” or “the Company”) today reported its financial results for the Fourth Quarter (“4Q16”) and Full Financial Year ended 31 December 2016. AAX posted a quarterly revenue of RM1.17 billion, up 39% from the same quarter last year. The strong revenue recorded was on the back of a 40% year-on-year (“YoY”) growth in the number of passengers carried to 1.38 million which was in line with the 44% Available Seat per Kilometer (“ASK”) capacity growth, allowing the Company to record a load factor of 81%. Average base fare was down by 4% to RM565 mainly attributed to increased frequencies to Australia and promotional fares offered on new routes. Revenue per Available Seat Kilometer (“RASK”) was down 3% YoY from 14.27 sen to 13.83 sen during the quarter under review. The marginal drop in RASK was due to the expected increase in capacity on core existing routes to grow market share, putting downward pressure on yields. However, the Company’s cost, measured in terms of Cost per Available Seat Kilometer (“CASK”), was significantly reduced to 12.88 sen from 14.50 sen during the same period last year, representing a drop of 11% YoY. The decrease in CASK was due to the Company benefiting from a lower average fuel price environment and improved utilisation of aircraft. During the quarter under review, the Company posted a robust operating profit of RM100.1 million (up 14% YoY) and net operating profit of RM100.7 million (up 34% YoY). Net Profit after Tax (PAT) stood at 39.0 million, down 80% YoY, due to an unrealised foreign exchange loss of RM93.2 million, owing to unfavourable foreign currency movements in 4Q16. AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, “I am happy to announce the result of our continuous turnaround effort, contributing significantly to operational performance. We began 2017 on a positive note, with our first full year profit since IPO as we strengthen our business in core markets, especially China and Australia. It was a record-breaking year; we registered a strong operating profit of RM276.0 million and an exceptional net profit of RM230.5 million for the full financial year 2016, demonstrating a strategy that is working and which lays a solid foundation for sustainable growth going forward. We have the opportunity now to build on recent successes and accelerate our momentum in 2017.” “Malaysia AirAsia X (“MAAX”) has seen great capacity being injected in the fourth quarter to cater to rising demand for year-end holiday travel, as we seized the opportunity to invest substantial capacity to strengthen our leadership position in core markets. We believe will reap the benefits of this newly introduced capacity when it matures. Australasia routes continue to be MAAX’s highest revenue contributor at 36%, with 45% growth YoY on the back of higher passenger traffic due to increased frequencies into Australia; followed by China sectors.” “Thailand AirAsia X (“TAAX”) recorded lower operating performance mainly due to the short term impact on the tourism sector from the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the Thai government's crackdown on zero-dollar tours from China. Nonetheless, the outlook for TAAX in 2017 remains positive as Thailand is a natural tourist hub with traditionally strong inbound and outbound track record. Meanwhile, Indonesia AirAsia X (“IAAX”) A330 services remain temporarily suspended as part of a network restructuring aimed at improving operational efficiencies at IAAX.” “Overall, 2016 has been a great year for AirAsia X despite the challenging environment, demonstrating the commercial viability of the long-haul low-cost model.” Malaysia AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail added, “It was a very good quarter and a great 2016 for AirAsia X. We made a significant statement with our first full-year profit since listing on the stock exchange.” “Revenue for the fourth quarter crossed the RM1 billion mark, up 39% YoY, as scheduled flights revenue increased by 35% YoY. Ancillary revenue increased by 37% YoY to RM188.1 million boosted by new ancillary products such as the Premium Red Lounge in KLIA2 and our refreshed Xcite inflight entertainment offering, on top of higher baggage and seat fees.” “Cost remains the Company’s priority. CASK was reported at 12.88 sen, a reduction of 11% YoY, while CASK ex-fuel stood at 8.68 sen, representing a 16% drop YoY. Other than higher staff costs due to an increase in compulsory operational staff headcount required to accommodate the large capacity injection, and higher aircraft fuel expenses in line with higher fuel consumption, other cost items remain within expectation.” On the balance sheet, Benyamin highlighted, “We ended the year with a stronger cash position, up 36% YoY, to RM422.0 million in cash and bank balances. As we have previously mentioned, the management monitors the Company’s net gearing level closely to ensure that is constantly at a healthy and comfortable level. As at end 4Q16, the Company’s total borrowings has reduced to RM1.16 billion, lowering the Company’s net gearing ratio to 0.69 times due to lower total debt and an increase in cash.” Commenting on the Company’s outlook, Benyamin said, “Operationally, we have been able to execute most of our turnaround initiatives which have contributed positively to our 2016 financial results. Moving forward into 2017, we will focus on strengthening our market leadership through a number of strategies, including further stretching our aircraft utilisation rate with more incremental frequencies on high-yield routes and new routes. As we foresee the industry’s challenging environment persisting owing to currency volatility, the Management will continue to look for avenues to mitigate forex risk via hedging. In addition, we look to reduce the impact of foreign exchange rates by intensifying sales from stronger currency markets such as the AUD to offset USD bills. We have also set targets to ensure the Company remains lean through various cost initiatives and to maximise the operational synergies between AirAsia and AirAsia X. With this, we have built a recognised brand, exceptional practices, extensive network and we believe AirAsia X is in the right position to fly even higher in 2017.” ***ENDS*** About AirAsia X AirAsia X is the long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that serves 23 destinations across Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. AirAsia X operates a core fleet of 30 A330-300s with a seat configuration of 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 economy seats. The airline has carried over 19 million guests since commencing operations in 2007. AirAsia X was awarded the World's Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin and Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for four consecutive years from 2013 to 2016.​ For further information please contact: Investor Relations: Hanif Idrose Ivan Alias Direct Line: (603) 8775 4549 Direct Line: (603) 8660 4600 Email: hanifidrose@airasia.com Email: ivanalias@airasia.com Communications: Mohd Fairuz Bin Abd Majid Direct Line: (603) 8660 4614 E-mail: mohdfairuzabdmajid@airasia.com For further information on AirAsia X, please visit the Company’s website:www.airasiax.com Statements included herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Such forward looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time. In the event such risks or uncertainties materialize, AirAsia X’s results could be materially affected. The risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the inherent uncertainty of airline travel, seasonality issues, volatile jet fuel prices, world terrorism, perceived safe destination for travel, Government regulation changes and approval, including but not limited to the expected landing rights into new destinations. AirAsia X says 'Aloha' to Hawaii! 2017-02-11T06:59:07Z airasia-x-says-aloha-to-hawaii AIRASIA X SAYS 'ALOHA' TO HAWAII! Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Honolulu from as low as AUD$156* AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun (middle) and AirAsia X Berhad CEO Benyamin Ismail(5th from right) jointly launched the airline's latest route to Hawaii in the presence of Representative Director and Co-CEO of Kansai Airports Emmanuel Menanteau (4th from right), Hawaii Tourism Japan Vice PresidentMitsue Varley (4th from left) and the incumbent Miss Hawaii Allison Chu (5th from left). OSAKA, 10 February 2017 – AirAsia X continues to lead the way with the launch today of its Hawaii route, the airline's maiden service to the US. The long-haul low-cost pioneer will operate a four times weekly service from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Honolulu, Hawaii via Osaka, Japan starting 28 June 2017. To celebrate the launch, AirAsia X will be offering fares from as low as AUD$156* from 11 to 26 February 2017 for travel from 28 June 2017 to 6 February 2018. During this offer period, guests wanting to travel in greater comfort can experience AirAsia X's award-winning Premium Flatbed from AUD$849*. From Australia, AirAsia X operates flights to Kuala Lumpur from Melbourne (18 flights per week), Sydney (17 flights per week), Perth (14 flights per week) and Gold Coast (11 flights per week). Find these special introductory fares on airasia.com. Offer not available on AirAsia mobile app. AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, "This is the game-changing destination we have all been waiting for. By connecting Asean and North Asia to the US with our world-class low fares offering, we will make it possible for those who could only dream of a vacation across the Pacific to take that trip.” "We wish to thank all relevant authorities and governments for their support. Their vote of confidence made today's unique route launch possible and we will continue to work closely with all parties to ensure we can connect more people through this flagship intercontinental route." Also present at the press conference today were AirAsia X Berhad CEO Benyamin Ismail,Representative Director and Co-CEO of Kansai Airports Emmanuel Menanteau, Hawaii Tourism Japan Vice President Mitsue Varley and the incumbent Miss Hawaii Allison Chu. Guests transiting in Osaka do not require a Japanese visa during the two-hour stopover, and can return to their seats on the flight after clearing security with any carry-on luggage or belongings. Guests can also make use of AirAsia's Fly-Thru service to connect seamlessly to Honolulu from other cities within AirAsia and AirAsia X’s extensive flight network with just one additional stop. Alternatively, guests who want greater flexibility in travel planning can opt for the Multi-City option, which allows them to spend a few days in Osaka (Japanese visa required) before travelling onwards to Honolulu. Hawaii, nicknamed the Paradise of the Pacific, is formed by eight islands located right at the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Famed for its stunning natural beauty and unique indigenous culture, this tropical paradise is the only US state located in the Oceania. Honolulu, the capital city, located on the most populous island O'ahu, is a modern city that boasts island charms, including the world-renowned Waikiki Beach, once the site of vacation homes for the kings and queens of Hawaii. Keep up-to-date with AirAsia's latest promotions and activities via Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia) and Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia). *One-way fares from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) inclusive of taxes and fees. Terms and conditions apply.​ Subject to Japanese government approval. Flight Schedule for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) to Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL) via Osaka, Japan (KIX) Flight No. From To Departure Arrival Flight Schedule D7 001 KUL KIX 1400 hrs 2125 hrs Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat D7 001 KIX HNL 2325 hrs 1230 hrs Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat D7 002 HNL KIX 1600 hrs 2025 hrs Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat D7 002 KIX KUL 2200 hrs 0400 hrs Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun Note: All times listed are local unless otherwise stated. ***ENDS*** About the AirAsia X Group AirAsia X is the long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that serves 22 destinations across Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. AirAsia X operates a core fleet of 30 A330-300s with a seat configuration of 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 economy seats. The airline has carried over 19 million guests since commencing operations in 2007. AirAsia X was awarded the World's Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin and Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for four consecutive years from 2013 to 2016.​ For media enquiries, please contact: Angely Cullerne PR & Communications Mobile: +61449169997 angelygrecia@airasia.com Aussies Spread their Wings and Opt to Fly Long Haul 2017-02-07T06:41:35Z aussies-spread-their-wings-and-opt-to-fly-long-haul Australians are staying in the air longer with 80 per cent of travellers looking for international destinations that are a six or more-hour flight away, according to the latest data from Cheapflights.com.au.   In the last six months, almost four million locals searched overseas getaways, and this number is set to increase as over two million Australians are already looking for international flights in 2017 – 82 per cent selecting long haul destinations over short haul travel (18 per cent).   Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “Long haul travel is no longer the bucket list adventure it used to be, with more and more deals now available and making it easier for Aussies to explore the world.   “This is largely driven by new airlines entering the market with aggressive pricing strategies aimed at gaining quick market share, forcing the opposition to also adjust their fares to compete.”   Despite ‘The Trump Factor’, the US consistently ranks as a top three long haul destination for locals, with return flights as low as $959.89 – making it a relatively affordable option. The findings also reveal long haul favourites like India and China are seeing a surge in popularity.   With the number of Aussies whizzing through time zones increasing, Cheapflights.com.au has collated its top tips for fighting the travellers’ curse – jet lag – pre, during and post-flight.   Before: 1.       West is best - According to experts, by travelling in this direction, you’re extending your day, rather than shortening it (and losing time). It’s easier to stay up later than get to sleep when your body is not ready to rest, so think about your route to maximise your experience. 2.       Choose your flight times - Taking flights during quieter times such as midweek, early morning or late at night (and avoiding school holidays) could help. Depending on the route and class of airline, you’ll have more air and space to stretch out. 3.       Are you a good sleeper? - Can you sleep on a plane or do you find it impossible to nod off – distracted by fellow passengers, in-flight entertainment and the constant drone of an aircraft cabin? It’s the disruption of your natural rhythm that leads to jet lag, so if you are a sleeper then take a night flight so you can maintain your normal routine. If not, fly during the day. 4.       Get the best seat you can afford - Clearly, business or first class with lie-flat beds, capsules or pods will give you a better chance of rest than the smaller seats in economy. Could you upgrade one way, or perhaps buy a seat with extra legroom or get a bulkhead seat? 5.       Have a stopover - On a long-haul flight, a stopover will be necessary. This is a good chance to stretch your legs, get some rest and acclimatise. Dubai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong are popular and provide great jumping-off points for mini adventures too! 6.       Reset your clocks - A few days before you fly, and try to reschedule your bedtime by an hour or two.   7.       Hydrate - Drink lots of water before you fly to avoid dehydration and lay off the alcohol the night before. Experts also recommend about a litre per hour you spend in the air on top of drinks with meals. 8.       Check out the meal options - Choose carbs for a night flight if you’re planning on sleeping, or proteins to keep you awake and alert.   During: 9.       Reset yourself - As soon as you are on board, set your clock or smart phone to the time zone you are flying to. Start thinking as you would if you were already on holiday. It’ll help get you into the local mindset.   10.   Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz - If you’re going to sleep, eyeshades, earplugs, a pillow and warm blanket will all help. Maintain as much of your bedtime routine as you can, even changing your clothes. Tell your seat mate and the cabin crew that you’re going to try to catch 40 winks so you’re not disturbed.   After: 11.   Sleep - Have a power nap when you land. Try to keep it to 20 minutes so you don’t ruin your night time sleep. 12.   Stay hydrated - Drink water and avoid alcohol – again! 13.   Eat well - Refuel sensibly with lean proteins, a little fat and dark green leafy veg. 14.   Try to stay on schedule - If you’ve flown long haul for just a few days, stick with your home routines. If you’re on a longer trip, live as the locals do. 15.   Caffeine? Melatonin? Exercise? - A cup of coffee always helps to give a boost of energy! So does exercise, although don’t do it too close to bedtime. Many travellers swear by melatonin too, a sleep hormone that your body releases in the evening, letting you know that it’s time to rest.   For more information or to search for your next holiday, visit Cheapflights.com.au.  AirAsia announces 20% discount for all destinations 2017-02-07T01:50:22Z airasia-announces-20-discount-for-all-destinations Sydney, Australia - 7 February 2017 - AirAsia is offering a 20% discount for all destinations for travel from February through to July. Book now until 12 February 2017 for travel between 7 February 2017 and 31 July 2017 for low fares to all destinations such as Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, China, Indonesia and many more. The discount applies to all bookings made through airasia.com, the AirAsia mobile app and AirAsiaGo. AirAsia BIG Members can also take advantage of the sale by redeeming flights using their AirAsia BIG Points. AirAsia Group Chief Commercial Officer Siegtraund Teh said, "This offer is 20% off fares across both our short-haul and long-haul network - even for Premium Flatbed seats on AirAsia X. Through our low fares, more Aussies and Kiwis can now travel to exciting destinations within our extensive flight network, many of which are exclusively operated by AirAsia and AirAsia X. We hope this helps our guests shake off those January blues as they look forward to a spring getaway." Guests are encouraged to pre-book their meals to ensure availability and to get the best - hot meals including one complimentary drink are available online from only $5.00. AirAsia is Asia's leading low-cost carrier, with an extensive network of more than 120 destinations in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and Africa. It is also the only airline to fly direct to all 10 Asean countries, including some 60 unique routes in the region. AirAsia was named World's Best Low-Cost Airline for the eighth year in a row at the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards and the World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth straight year at the 2016 World Travel Awards. Keep up-to-date with AirAsia's latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). * Applicable only to base fare. Promotional fares not available during peak periods. Terms and conditions apply.​ ***ENDS*** For media enquiries, please contact: Angely Cullerne PR & Communications Mobile: +61449169997 angelygrecia@airasia.com About the AirAsia Group AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with over 100 destinations. Within 15 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 330 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 170. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across all Asean countries and beyond. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for eight consecutive years from 2009 to 2016. AirAsia is the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement the I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 Showcases Geospatial’s Enabling Role in Digital Transformation 2017-02-01T05:50:00Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-showcases-geospatial-s-enabling-role-in-digital-transformation Sydney, Australia – 1 February 2017 – Geospatial data’s enabling role in digital transformation will be on show at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April, combining one of the world’s most prestigious symposiums with Australia’s premier geospatial conference.   Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, chair & convenor of the Locate17 and Digital Earth Symposium Organising Committee, says attendees will come away with the knowledge to transform business practices in industries as diverse as agriculture, transport, construction and medicine.   “Both government and the private sector will be able to identify opportunities based on what is happening around the world,” he says. “Geospatial data underpins many disruptive and innovative organisations. Without it, companies like Uber would not be in business.”   According to Dr Mohamed-Ghouse, who is also director for NSW & International Relations of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), the event comes as governments around Australia open up access to geospatial data to promote innovation.   Australia’s now freely available Geo-coded National Address File is used online to validate people’s addresses. The biggest Australian subscriber group for the Global Navigation Satellite System is not transport or surveyors, but the agricultural industry.   With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data.   The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy.   Some of the symposium’s highlights include: Susan Moran from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive Science Team presents a special session on remote sensing and applications of global soil moisture monitoring Trisha Moriarty, Geological Survey of NSW delivers a keynote on the application of open data policy in the Earth Sciences across government, scientific and industry Singapore Land Authority & AAM presents, ‘Singapore Smart Nation: Measuring from the ground up’ David Wortley, Gamification and Enabling Technologies Strategic Solutions, delivers, ‘The role of Digital Earth technologies in digital medicine’.  The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney.  About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth.   ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards.  About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). AirAsia X announces low fares to Wuhan, China 2017-02-01T04:56:06Z airasia-x-announces-low-fares-to-wuhan-china Sydney, Australia – 1 February 2017. AirAsia X, the four-time winner of the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin and Premium Seat by Skytrax has launched daily flights from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Wuhan, China. Yellow Crane Tower, Wuhan The new route utilises the Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a capacity of 377 seats inclusive of 12 award-winning Premium Flatbeds. From Australia, AirAsia X operates flights to Kuala Lumpur from Melbourne (18 flights per week), Sydney (17 flights per week), Perth (14 flights per week) and Gold Coast (11 flights per week). Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X Berhad said, “I am thrilled to announce flights connecting Kuala Lumpur to Wuhan, which is exclusively operated by AirAsia X Berhad. Together with our short-haul affiliate AirAsia, we are the largest foreign carriers into China, and Wuhan will soon be a virtual hub for the AirAsia and AirAsia X Groups as it is set to receive 32 weekly flights coming from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok and Phuket. “China is a segment that continues to record encouraging progressive performance every year and will remain to be the focus in AirAsia X’s network expansion strategy. We are committed to maintaining the positive growth in this core market as well as developing innovative products and services to meet the discerning needs of our guests. We wish to express and to put on record our sincere gratitude to Malaysian and Chinese governments, tourism bodies and airport authorities who have rendered us tremendous support in facilitating our continuous growth in this key market.” Fares start from AUD$199* one-way for standard seats, and from AUD$563* one-way for the award-winning Premium Flatbeds, and they are available for booking now until 5 February 2017 at airasia.com for the travel period of 22 March to 28 October 2017. The AirAsia Group currently operates 409 weekly flights across 45 routes to 17 different destinations in China from various Asean cities. In just 2015 alone the airline groups have carried over 5 million guests in and out of China, making the airline groups the largest foreign carriers in China. AirAsia X’s short haul affiliate AirAsia Berhad (flight code AK) is currently operating a daily flight service to Wuhan from Kota Kinabalu, while Thai AirAsia operates double daily flights from Bangkok and daily flights from Phuket to Wuhan, total weekly flights to Wuhan currently amount to 28. Wuhan is the capital city of the Hubei province and the most populous city in Central China. This sprawling city is the gateway to many historical sites such as the Ancient Chibi Battlefield, also known as the Red Cliffs which was depicted the epic war during The Three Kingdoms dynasty; Enshi Grand Canyon, a natural site with unparalleled views; and the Yandi Shennong Mountain, one of the best preserved primeval forest zones in China. In the city itself, visitors can also marvel at the Yellow Crane Tower, an ancient tower which has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times but still maintains its old world charm; stroll along Wuchang lake - the largest lake within a city in China, or sample delicious Hubei cuisines for a complete Wuhan adventure. Keep up to date with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). Flight Schedule for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) to Wuhan, China (WUH) Flight No. From To Departure Arrival Flight Schedule D7 878 KUL WUH 1810 hrs 2320 hrs Daily D7 879 WUH KUL 0035 hrs 0535 hrs Daily *Fares quoted are for one-way travel only inclusive of taxes and fees. Terms and conditions apply. ENDS For media enquiries, please contact: Angely Cullerne PR & Communications Mobile: +61449169997 angelygrecia@airasia.com About the AirAsia X Group AirAsia X is the long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that currently flies to destinations in the Asia Pacific region. The airline currently serves 22 destinations across Asia (Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Xian, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Wuhan, New Delhi and Kathmandu), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast), New Zealand (Auckland), the Middle East (Jeddah, Tehran) and Africa (Mauritius). AirAsia X operates a core fleet of 30 A330-300s, each with a seat configuration of 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 Economy seats. The airline has carried over 19 million guests since it commenced long-haul service in 2007. AirAsia X was awarded the "World's Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin" and "Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat" at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for four consecutive years from 2013 - 2016. AirAsia group is the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement the ICheckit system to screen the passports of all its prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. AirAsia X cleared to fly to the US 2017-01-24T19:08:33Z airasia-x-cleared-to-fly-to-the-us ​ ​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ​​ AIRASIA X CLEARED TO FLY TO THE US A tribute to Anaz Ahmad Tajuddin: First Asian LCC to successfully secure US FAA approval SEPANG, 25 January 2017 - AirAsia X has received clearance from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to fly to the US. The airline is the first Asian low-cost carrier to secure approval to operate scheduled passenger flights to the US. The approval allows AirAsia's long-haul, low-cost sister airline to operate services to any destination within the US. AirAsia X is currently considering flights to several US states including Hawaii as part of its route expansion plans. AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, "This is a major milestone for AirAsia X. Our expansion up until now has concentrated on Asia, Australasia and the Middle East, and we are excited about our first foray into an entirely new market as we look beyond Asia Pacific." "I'm confident travellers will respond well to our award-winning service and the kind of connectivity we can offer with our Fly-Thru product. As part of our expansion plans, we are also looking to resume our very popular London route, and are working towards securing the necessary approvals." He added: "None of this would be possible without our Allstars, especially Group Chief Operating Officer Anaz Ahmad Tajuddin, who sadly passed away two weeks ago. We wouldn't be where we are today if he had not laid the foundations with his blood, sweat and tears, and his bravery in the face of cancer showed us the true meaning of strength. This is for you, Anaz." A pioneer in travel and technology, AirAsia offers a wide range of innovative products such as mobile app, extensive self-service options, inflight wifi, inflight entertainment, premium coffee, online duty-free shopping, Premium Flex and Fly-Thru. Fly-Thru allows guests to seamlessly connect to anywhere within AirAsia's wide network with just one stop at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Asia's No. 1 low-cost carrier hub - and other convenient transit hubs in Thailand and Indonesia, without having to pass through immigration and with their baggage checked through to the final destination. AirAsia Group boasts an extensive route network to over 120 destinations in Asia Pacific, including some 60 unique routes within the Asean region, and unmatched flight frequencies. AirAsia X introduces new Xcite Inflight Entertainment 2017-01-20T04:27:31Z airasia-x-introduces-new-xcite-inflight-entertainment AirAsia X introduces new Xcite Inflight Entertainment Pre-book the Xcite tab now via airasia.com KUALA LUMPUR, 19 January 2017 – Guests travelling on board AirAsia X (flight code D7) flights* will now enjoy an enhanced inflight experience with the introduction of the latest Xcite Inflight Entertainment tab which offers hours of entertainment with a wide range of content, high resolution touch screen device and an advanced audio technology right at the comfort of their seats. The Xcite Inflight Entertainment tab, which supports five languages (English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese) is complimentary for all Premium Flatbed seats, while guests travelling on Economy seats will be able to pre-book the tab viaairasia.com for only RM49, or request for it while onboard at RM60. Benyamin Ismail, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X Berhad said, “We are continuously looking for ways to give our guests an enhanced travelling experience with AirAsia X. The all-new Xcite Inflight Entertainment which offers a wider range of content and an improved viewing device for a seamless viewing experience will definitely give our guests value for their money. The content will also be regularly updated to ensure our guests are getting the best quality entertainment when they travel with us.” Guests will be able to view popular Hollywood blockbusters, as well as other international and local movies, apart from TV shows; and listen to music, play games, browse magazines, and even shop while they fly as the AirAsia BIG Duty Free catalogue is also included in the tab. Visit airasia.com to view the complete and updated entertainment program list. The Xcite tab is a Huawei Mediapad 2 that comes with a 10.1” Full HD widescreen display, Harman Kardon audio technology for a richer acoustic experience and headset. To find out more and to keep updated with the latest AirAsia news, activities and promotions, follow AirAsia on Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). *The Xcite Inflight Entertainment will not be available for flights to/from Auckland, Jeddah and Kathmandu. ***END*** Xcite Inflight Entertainment Premium Flatbed Guests Complimentary Standard Seats (including Quiet Zone) Pre-book at RM49 only Onboard at RM60 (limited quantities available, so pre-book is encouraged) Australians Map Route to China 2017-01-19T00:53:16Z australians-map-route-to-china Droves of Australians are jetting off to the East with searches for travel to China more than doubling (52 per cent) in the last year, according to new data from Cheapflights.com.au.     Propelled by stronger tourism ties between Australia and China – with new routes[1] and the arrival of more Chinese airlines to Australian terminals[2] – Aussies are most likely (22 per cent) to spend half their annual leave (14 days) exploring this unique region.      Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said, “Since the announcement of a new service between Adelaide and Guangzhou, we’ve seen the city surpass Shanghai as Australia’s favourite Chinese destination.   “National searches to this sprawling metropolis have surged by 269 per cent year-on-year, with departures from South Australia increasing by 17 per cent.”   The growing access between the countries has also sparked greater competition, driving airfares down. For example, exploring the capital, Beijing, will cost Aussies 37 per cent less than in 2015. Sydney is the most affordable airport to depart from with return airfares from just $643, followed by Brisbane ($700) and Melbourne ($795).   “Getting to China will be more convenient and budget-friendly for Aussies in 2017. The new tourism partnerships also mean that the same is true in reverse – and we expect to see a steady increase in reciprocal travel numbers throughout the year.   “China is already Australia’s most valuable inbound tourism market, set to be worth $13 billion by 2020. And with the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, designating 2017 as the Australia-China Year of Tourism, the number of travellers and in turn, the economic benefit to the country, is set to skyrocket,” said Nathan Graham.   For more information about visiting China, visit Cheapflights.com.au.   ENDS    [1] 2016, Tourism Australia, Aviation (Tourism Statistics): http://www.tourism.australia.com/statistics/aviation.aspx [2] 2016, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Australia and China agree open aviation market: http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2016/December/dc209_2016.aspx