News in Brief: Wednesday February 12

News in Brief: Wednesday February 12
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AirAsia X will axe its service to Male, Maldives from March 1 due to "challenging business conditions".

The suspension aims to improve operating cost efficiencies and increase focus on the key markets of Australia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Nepal and Sri Lanka.


The $45 million International Terminal redevelopment from Brisbane Airport Corporation begins this week, to be undertaken in several stages to reduce interference to passengers and operations.

The project is expected to finish mid- 2015.


Airberlin will double its daily flights between Berlin and Abu Dhabi from October 26, offering 8,344 seats each week between the two capital cities.


Luxperience has appointed new staff and board members ahead of the 2014 events.

Meeko Tien has been appointed buyer program manager and Bronwyn Towers as customer relations executive while Teree George, director of global sales at Jumeirah Group, will join the Luxperience Advisory Board.

Luxperience 2014 will take place from August 31 to September 3 in Sydney.


Holland America Line has announced that Australian Chef Mark Best, will join its Culinary Council.

Mark joins HAL’s master chef and council chairman Rudi Sodamin, and prominent international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner and Jacques Torres on the Culinary Council.


Boeing has appointed Maureen Dougherty as its new leader for Australia and South Pacific, effective late March.

Dougherty succeeds Ian Thomas, who was named president of Boeing China last month. Based in Sydney, Dougherty will coordinate all Boeing activities and lead the company’s government relations across the Oceania region. 


Garuda Indonesia transported 25 million passengers in 2013, up 22.3 % on 2012 figures.

Operating income decreased by 66.4%, amounting to US$56.4 million. Income for 2013 also declined from US$11.8 million in 2012 to US$11.2 million.

Garuda Indonesia’s financial performance in 2013 has been influenced by the decline of the rupiah against the US dollar, as well as funding for new airplanes.

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