Stay at Regal Hotels and Earn Extra Points with Hainan Airlines

Posted by - July 20, 2018

Regal Hotels International has launched a strategic partnership with Fortune Wings Club, the frequent flyer programme of Hainan Airlines. From today onwards, Fortune Wings Club members are entitled to earn 800 and 400 Fortune Wings points respectively for each eligible stay at participating Regal Hotels and iclub Hotels with qualifying room rates. Fortune Wings points […]
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Qatar Airways strengthens commitment to JetSuite fleet expansion

Posted by - July 20, 2018

Following the news in April that Qatar Airways had purchased a minority stake in US based private aviation firm JetSuite, the two companies have reaffirmed the relationship by committing to the expansion of both JetSuite and JetSuiteX.
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Strike a northern light: Jet2.com launches Icelandic trips for 2019

Posted by - July 19, 2018

Author WH Auden once said, “Few people take an interest in Iceland, but in those few the interest is passionate.” This may have been true when the doyen of twentieth century literature first published these words in 1937, but since the volcanic island turned its attention to tourism, the “few people interested in Iceland” rose to two million in 2017.
Capitalising on the huge turnabout in fortune, British-based low cost carrier Jet2.com and sister company, Jet2CityBreaks, has announced it will be a selection of Nordic trips dedicated to Iceland and the Northern Lights.
“Abundance of natural wonders… and the ultimate city break”
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “Iceland is a destination that is rapidly growing in popularity thanks to its abundance of natural wonders, such as the Northern Lights, Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon. As well as geothermal spas, geysers, natural parks and the incredible Aurora Borealis, Iceland also offers the ultimate city break destination in stylish Reykjavik, which is the world’s northernmost capital.
“This programme of dedicated trips to Iceland allows independent travel agents to offer even more choice for Winter 2019. The beauty of Iceland, coupled with the fantastic benefits available through Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks, means we are confident of a very successful programme.”
Related Posts Taking in the centre of Icelandic life and capital city Reykjavik; the luminous splendour of the Aurora Borealis; or the geothermal lagoons, found within the Golden Circle, the new trips are available for booking from independent travel agents now for a choice of either a three-night midweek or four-night weekend breaks in February and March, next year.
Hlynur Sigurdsson, director of commercial operations at Keflavik Airport said: “We at Keflavik Airport extend a welcoming hand to Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks. We are happy to help in making these trips to Iceland a success.”
The full programme of flights from UK regional hubs to Keflavík International Airport is as follows:
Glasgow: Four-night weekend trip on 7-11 February 2019 or three-night midweek break on 11-14 February Newcastle: Four-night weekend trip on 14-18 February 2019 or three-night midweek break on 18-21 February Leeds Bradford: Four-night weekend trip on 21-25 February 2019 or three-night midweek break on 25-28 February Manchester: Four-night weekend trip on 28 February-4 March 2019 or three-night midweek break on 4-7 March Birmingham: Four-night weekend trip on 7-11 March 2019 or three-night midweek break on 11-14 March Customers can take their pick from flight-only or package holiday options, with flight-only deals starting from £169 (USD 220) return and package options with Jet2CityBreaks starting from £599*, secured now for a low £60 per person deposit.

VietJet signs for USD12.7 billion of Boeing aircraft

Posted by - July 19, 2018

Vietjet president & CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao and Kevin McAllister, president & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Back in May I reported that VietJet’s fleet expansion had been the significant contributing factor in the company’s successful opening quarter of 2018, when the airline generated USD 60 million in profit. Now VietJet and Boeing have reached agreement for the addition of 100 B737 MAX aircraft worth a whopping US$12.7 billion.
The new order, signed yesterday at the Farnborough International Airshow, comes on the back of a similar extant contract with Boeing, also for 100 B737 MAX, set for delivery between 2019 and 2023.
“Today’s agreement… validates the best-in-class capabilities of the 737 MAX”
“We are honoured to deepen our strong partnership with VietJet as they become our newest 737 MAX 10 customer. Today’s agreement for a repeat order from VietJet validates the best-in-class capabilities of the 737 MAX family of airplanes,” said Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Related Posts The new aircraft will help build VietJet’s network of airline alliances across the APAC region and worldwide and further enhance the airline’s fleet synchronisation, modernisation and fuel efficiency up to 2025. The deal is also expected to increase bilateral trade turnover between Vietnam and the United States, the home of Boeing.
“With this agreement, we take another major step in growing our partnership with VietJet, one that continues to contribute to the trade relationship between Vietnam and the United States. This agreement also grows Boeing’s presence and partnerships across Asia Pacific, developing win-win partnerships in a region with tremendous development potential,” added McAllister.
According to the content of the deal Boeing has agreed to range of partnership drives in Vietnam in order to “develop modern aviation service ecology” which will include maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), training for pilots, technicians, and engineers.
On top of this, Boeing has also committed to a building training programmes focusing on management and automation – which will be available for all Vietnamese airlines and aviation organisations in the country.

Swiss-Belhotel and Citilink to boost Indonesian tourism destinations

Posted by - July 19, 2018

Swiss-Belhotel International has signed a partnership with the low-cost airline, Citilink, to promote Indonesian tourism destinations through both companies’ networks in Indonesia.
Designed to promote tourist destinations across the country and provide a range of benefits for passengers and guests, the partnership will leverage each company’s established reach in the market. Swiss-Belhotel International currently operates 64 hotels in Indonesia alone and around 145 around the world, while Citilink flies to more than 30 cities across the archipelago.
Through the agreement, travellers who book accommodations at Swiss-Belhotel International properties in Indonesia with a Citilink boarding pass will receive a promotional code that entitles them to a special discount of 30% from Best Flexi Rates at swiss-belhotel.com, which is valid through March 2019. The promotion also applies at all Zest Hotels, Swiss-Belhotel’s budget brand.
Citilink passengers can stay at Zest Hotels in Jakarta, Bogor, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Bali and Batam for a discounted price of IDR 550,000/room for 2 nights (USD 38), by using a Citilink promo code and showing the valid boarding pass upon check-in.
Related Posts “We are also expanding into cities where tourism and travel business is only just beginning to flourish”
Swiss-Belhotel International’s chairman and president, Gavin Faull, commented: “Indonesian tourism is developing fast and Swiss-Belhotel International not only has a presence in the main cities, we are also expanding into cities where tourism and travel business is only just beginning to flourish. By partnering with one of the country’s most trusted airlines, we open the opportunity to bring more people to these destinations, whether for business or leisure.”
Aside from this new partnership, other efforts are in place to boost tourism in the country. The Indonesian tourism ministry also revealed plans to reinforce its airports with low-cost terminals as a strategy to boost foreign arrivals. It’s a move to meet a target of 20% growth in tourist arrivals on a yearly basis, expecting 20 million foreign tourists in 2020.

Primera Air includes new US flights from London Stansted for winter 2018

Posted by - July 18, 2018

Back at the beginning of MayTravel Daily reported that low cost Nordic carrier Primera Air had launched its updated schedule for spring 2018 with new flights from London Stansted to New York, Boston, Toronto and Washington DC.
The additional routes have proved so popular, London Stansted – New York in particular, that the airline has now announced the new connections will continue to be part of its winter 2018 coverage.
Primera Air will run the Toronto service three times a week and the New York flight will continue to operate on daily basis. The London Stansted – Washington DC service, slated to begin on 22 August, will fly four times a week. The winter timetable also indicates that Primera Air will resume service on the successful London Stansted – Boston route at the beginning of 2019.
“A huge amount of appetite for low-fare transatlantic flights”
Anastasija Visnakova, Primera Air’s chief commercial officer said: “The demand we’ve seen so far shows there is a lot of interest in the catchment area of London Stansted, including Greater London, Essex and surrounding cities such as Cambridge and Peterborough. There is clearly a huge amount of appetite for low-fare transatlantic flights and we’ve seen more than 70,000 passengers booking flights on our new transatlantic routes.
Related Posts “This gives us a great amount of encouragement to build on the existing routes throughout winter and continue to run a daily operation between London Stansted and New York.”
Mark Souter, London Stansted’s head of aviation, added: “We’re delighted that Primera Air is continuing its popular daily service to New York over the winter period, as well as the existing London Stansted to Toronto route. Primera’s Stansted to Washington route is launching soon, further expanding our ever-growing network of destinations.
“We have seen strong demand from customers on the New York route since its introduction earlier this year and we look forward to continuing to welcome Primera passengers at London Stansted.”
The updated winter schedule includes the following:
London (Stansted) Frequency Winter schedule dates Price from New York (EWR) Daily From October 31 – 30 March 2019 £149 Washington D.C. (IAD) Mon, Wed Fri, Sat From October 31 – 30 March 2019 £199 Toronto (YYZ) Tue, Thu, Sun From October 31 – 30 March 2019 £149

BA hails Holiday Taxis Group to extend passenger transfer contract

Posted by - July 17, 2018

British Airways subsidiary and vacation specialists, British Airways Holidays, and the Holiday Taxis Group has have announced that customers will now be able to book airport transfers from various online locations, or ‘touchpoints’, across the entire British Airways global network.
The exclusive five-year agreement between the companies builds upon a similar existing arrangement which has been in place since 2009.
The API integration has been designed so customers are able to experience an enhanced and smooth process when adding transfers to a reservation or booking from a range of BA’s “touchpoints”, such as the ‘Flight plus Hotel’ booking path on ba.com.
“A quicker and simpler booking journey”
Related Posts Claire Bentley, managing director of British Airways Holidays, said: “We’re very excited about our renewed connectivity partnership with Holiday Taxis. We are now providing our customers with a quicker and simpler booking journey allowing them to add either return or one-way transfers to suit their travel plans. We are also looking forward to working together with Holiday Taxis to provide further future transfer enhancements.
Ian Coyle, CEO at Holiday Taxis Group, added: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to extend our close working relationship with British Airways Holidays, into to a fully integrated exclusivity agreement. We have helped delight so, so many British Airways customers since we first started working together in 2009, we now look forward to the continuation of this over the next 5 years.
“Our continued and unrelenting focus on quality and service delivery aligns well with the values of British Airways Holidays. We remain proud to serve the customers of British Airways Holidays and, wish to thank the whole BA team for their continued vote of confidence in entrusting the care of their customers to the Holiday Taxis Group.”

Chinese carrier Juneyao Airlines unveils new design for Boeing 787

Posted by - July 17, 2018

Chinese carrier Juneyao Airlines is scheduled to receive its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner this September, making it the first Chinese private airline to receive a wide-body, long-haul jet airliner.
Juneyao Airlines’ first Boeing 787 aircraft will be delivered with a livery showing the colourful Chinese peony, the national flower of China. The new design is meant to depict the airline’s hope and expectations for a peaceful, powerful and prosperous country.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Juneyao airline has entered a new era, whereby it is operating with both Boeing and Airbus aircraft. The latest aircraft, together with Juneyao Airlines’ painted fleet of Airbus A320, is representative of China and of promise for the future.
Related Posts In addition, the Chinese Ribbon livery design, which won against other proposals in a public livery competition, will be used on the Boeing 787, demonstrating Juneyao Airlines’ support for the direction that China is taking and its dedication in contributing to the country’s One Belt, One Road initiative.
The plane’s configuration will feature a Business Class section fitted with 180-degree lie-flat Thompson Vantage XL seats, each with a 42-inch pitch and arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration. Economy Class features Recaro CL3710 nine-way adjustable headrests and seats equipped with warm lighting, in-flight HD entertainment systems with 12-inch screens, standalone USB interfaces, and other facilities.
Juneyao expects to take delivery of three painted 787 planes between now and the end of the year. At first, the planes will service some key domestic routes before being transitioned to the airline’s first grouping of long-haul, intercontinental routes.

Thomas Cook Airlines starts summer 2019 early with new Easter flights

Posted by - July 17, 2018

Thomas Cook Airlines has announce it is adding Easter flights to its schedule at Cardiff airport for the first time, in spring 2019, effectively kicking off summer 2019 a month early.
“A brand new Easter programme”
Operating 11 flights a week from 3 April until the end of the month, the airline is bringing a potential total of 15,000 people to Mediterranean locations like Turkey, Majorca, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Cyprus not to mention the brand new service to Enfidha in Tunisia.
Henry Sunley, commercial director at Thomas Cook Airlines, said: “This is a brand new Easter programme from Cardiff with our season traditionally beginning on May 1. It’s great to be able to reward our customers who fly with us from Cardiff airport with even more choice.”
Related Posts “Cardiff Airport now welcomes more than 1.5 million passengers annually”
Spencer Birns, commercial director for Cardiff Airport, added: “It’s excellent to see one of our valued airline partners adding even more choice for our passengers for Spring and Summer next year.
“Cardiff Airport now welcomes more than 1.5 million passengers annually who are often in search of warmer weather and holiday packages that offer value for money, so Thomas Cook Airlines’ announcement of more seats and a new route to Tunisia for next year is great news for customers who choose to fly from their local airport.”
Locations for the month long promotion include Dalaman, in Turkey for £201.99 (USD 267.68); Palma de Majorca from £59.99, Tunisia from £141.99, Cyprus from £118.99, and Tenerife from £146.99.

Qatar Executive unveils Gulfstream G500 at Farnborough

Posted by - July 16, 2018

Qatar Executive, the private jet charter division of Qatar Airways Group, today unveiled its new executive jet, the Gulfstream G500, on the opening day of Farnborough International Airshow.
The G500 jet will be one of the fastest, quietest and most technologically advanced aircraft – including for cabin altitude pressure – in the Qatar Executive fleet when it enters service later this year. The G500 will join Qatar Executive’s fleet by the end of this year, and will mark the beginning of an agreement that was initiated in October 2014, between Qatar Airways and Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
“Unprecedented levels of service”
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are tremendously excited to be unveiling our first Gulfstream G500 jet at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow. With its many advanced features, this ultra-modern aircraft will enable us to offer our global clientele unprecedented levels of service.
“The G500 also demonstrates our commitment to continuing to expand the Qatar Executive fleet, in line with our accelerated growth strategy, enabling us to exceed our clients’ expectations time and time again.”
Related Posts The G500 is powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 engines, optimised for high-altitude, fast and long-range jets. The craft is capable of travelling non-stop from Istanbul to Cape Town; Los Angeles to London; and San Francisco to Tokyo.
The cabin contains high-speed internet, the Oryx One entertainment system, wireless local area network and Gulfstream’s Cabin Management System, which allows passengers to use their own personal electronic devices to control audio, video, lighting, temperature, window shades and other cabin functions.
Gulfstream president Mark Burns added: “We are excited to join Qatar Executive as they showcase their first G500 at Farnborough. The G500 ushers in a new standard of business-jet travel for passengers and pilots, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Qatar Executive as their G500 aircraft enters service later this year.”
Qatar Executive expects to receive eight of the 25 additional new aircraft it has on order between now and the end of 2019. Qatar Executive now operates a fleet of 13 Gulfstream and Bombardier private jets, including five Gulfstream G650ERs, three Bombardier Challenger 605s, four Global 5000s and one Global XRS aircraft.