AirAsia takes off from Avalon Airport

Pictured are: Master of Ceremonies Catriona Rowntree, Executive Chairman, Avalon Airport David Fox, AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail, the Hon. Ben Carroll MP, AirAsia Group CEO and AirAsia X Co-Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings, Sarah Henderson MP, the Hon. John Eren MP, the Hon. Richard Marles MP and AirAsia cabin crew.

CIA Services Group congratulates Avalon Airport and AirAsia with the announcement that the airline will move its Melbourne operations to Avalon Airport from Melbourne Airport, effective later this year.

AirAsia X Malaysia will operate twice daily flights as the first international carrier at the airport, making long-haul flying affordable for Melbourne and the Victorian region, and improving access to more than 130 destinations in Asia and beyond.

A total of 500,000 international passengers are projected to move through Avalon Airport in the first year of operations.

At the official announcement on Sunday 4th February, Avalon Airport CEO, Justin Giddings was warmly acknowledged by Executive Chairman Linfox Airports, David Fox among other dignitaries for his unwavering commitment to the common goal of achieving international status for the airport and in securing a partnership with an international carrier.

Justin Giddings said: “This is a 10-year agreement structured to accommodate AirAsia X’s significant growth. It is the first such deal in Australia, and provides a unique low-cost opportunity for people and businesses to access over 130 destinations throughout Asia. Avalon Airport is easily accessible from Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat and surrounds. Low-cost flights combined with an easy airport experience makes for the perfect partnership. We’re extremely pleased to welcome AirAsia to Avalon Airport.”

AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail added, “We are proud to be the first airline to operate international flights at Avalon Airport, connecting Melbourne and the Victorian region with Kuala Lumpur, Asia’s number one LCC hub. Melbourne and Victoria are important markets to us and this new service will provide a significant boost to business and tourism, including to such attractions as the Great Ocean Road. We wish to thank the relevant authorities for their tremendous support in making our move to Avalon Airport possible.”

Completing the new terminal and set up in readiness for the first international flights later in the year will be a driving focus for all stakeholders and CIA Services Group are primed to assist across our breadth of services.

Cause for celebration. From left: Avalon Airport CEO, Justin Giddings, AirAsia Group CEO and AirAsia X Co-Group CEO Tony Fernandes with Founder and Chairman of Linfox, Lindsay Fox.

Finders Keepers, CIA sweepers


Event: SS /17 The Finders Keeper Market
Venue: Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne
Dates: 21 – 22 October 2017

The Finders Keepers Market has been steadily growing since 2010. It is a massive three day event, featuring over 250 independent art and design stalls in the world renowned Royal Exhibition Building in the Carlton Gardens. Shoppers and lovers of design can expect to find artisan products from local makers, as well as talented favourites from all around Australia.

The Finders Keepers team carefully curates each market to provide a unique offering that feature exciting new talent and debut stalls at every event. With dedicated food and beverage stalls, live music, two bars, three stations serving fresh coffee and Melbourne’s favourite Food Trucks, it is a bustling environment with something for everyone to enjoy!

CIA have been on hand to provide the cleaning services since 2014, and it is certainly one our favourite events to work for as the CIA team enjoy the atmosphere and working with the lovely organizers to ensure the incredible REB venue is kept clean throughout. Finders Keepers National Events Manager, Lindsay Pepper worked with our Customer Service team, including our own Lindsey, to plan and oversee our service while the brilliant front line team, headed by Darren, Bill and Lucky executed with their usual excellence and good nature.

There is a great sense of satisfaction when clients acknowledge our teams’ efforts and we thank Lindsay for her generous appraisal; “The CIA team were an absolute pleasure to work with over the weekend of our Finders Keepers Design Market event at the Royal Exhibition Building. No job too big or errand too small. The team blends in seamlessly with our event and help to make it run efficiently and effectively from a frontline perspective. Providing a clean, tidy and professional event to our tens of thousands of audiences is so critical to us here at Finders Keepers Market and CIA help us deliver on this quality.”

Period perfection for Pre-sale Presentation.

Scope of work: Extensive repair and maintenance inside and out, new colour palette for both interior and exterior, new carpets, replacement kitchen floor vinyl with tiles, window furnishings and light fittings. Existing contents edit, new furniture and styling.

Result: Sold for nearly $300k above reserve, and was over 4 x ROI.

Client testimonial: “Mum and Dad’s house looks amazing after the care and attention to detail from the CIA team. Richard and Marcus coordinated the project from beginning to end with very tight deadlines. Richard listened to what we wanted and guided us to find a solution that suited the market. Marcus was able to find a solution to all problems as they arose. They were the dream team to work with. We are so pleased with the auction result.”

Upon entering for the first time this Camberwell home, situated in a picturesque period streetscape, one was almost overwhelmed by the richness of the antique and art filled interior. The strategy for this pre-sale presentation was to retain some of the welcoming splendor while updating the interior and exterior to appeal to both an older empty nester and a younger buyer ready to create their family home. From the first consultation where the project scope was decided, the editing process began so that the vendor family could commence the task of removing furniture and decor items that would not be retained in the final styling.

A mixture of classic and more contemporary furniture was brought in to complement the elegant antiques and period pieces. Completing the works in a five week period, in the middle of a cold, rainy Melbourne winter is not an easy task and requires tight project management and the reliance of an excellent team of professionals to get the job done.

This elegant family home is highlighted by beautiful and lush gardens delivering an instantly appealing living environment of the highest quality. Combining visual impact with immaculate presentation following the total refurbishing has created a lasting impression.

Watch the stunning video Marshall White created to showcase the property.