Japan Airlines introduces new amenity kits for int’l First and Business Classes

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Amenity kits are designed by “ETRO” and “Tatsumura Textile” in Kyoto.
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(From Japan Airlines)

TOKYO — Japan Airlines (JAL) will introduce new amenity kits for customers in international First Class and long-haul Business Class from late-February 2018.

The kits designed by ETRO will be featured in First Class for flights departing and arriving in Japan, as well as in Business Class on flights departing from Japan.

ETRO is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will be the world`s first airline amenity kit produced by the Italian luxury brand company.

The Business Class amenity kit featured on flights to Japan was designed by Tatsumura Textile, a famous manufacturer in Kyoto making key contributions to the development of modern textile in Japan.

The outer surface of the pouch is made with an original fabric woven with a traditional Kikko pattern and ornamented with an elegant Setsugekka textile design with JAL’s tsuru (crane) motif. The color of the fabric will change every three months to depict the four seasons in Japan (Spring – Blue / Summer – Red / Autumn – White / Winter – Black).

This kit embodies JAL’s brand values of “Tradition, Innovation, Spirit of Japan” to evoke feelings for the cultural characteristics of Japan. (Full Story Here)

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ANA bares “Seven Allergen-Free Child Meal”

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Automated ticketing and check-in machines at All Nippon Airways’ check-in counter in Hakodate Airport.
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(From All Nippon Airways)

TOKYO — All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s only 5-Star airline, will start providing a “Seven Allergen-Free Child Meal” from March 1, 2018.

The special meal is designed for children with allergies and is made without the use of seven common allergens (wheat, buckwheat, dairy products, eggs, peanuts, shrimp, and crab.)

Currently, ANA has a “Seven Allergen-Free Meal” and a “27 Allergen-Free Meal” for adults, and a “27 Allergen-Free Baby Meal,” which is for infants aged under two.

In response to the increasing number of passengers with food allergies, especially children, ANA decided to introduce a new meal dedicated for those children.

Elementary school meal advisors, as well as people with food allergies, were consulted to compose a special meal that appeals to children both in appearance and taste.

ANA will continue to enhance its customer service and provide a safe and pleasant journey to all passengers onboard. (Full Story Here)

Southwest Airlines partners with Nintendo

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(From Southwest Airlines)

Southwest Airlines Co. is celebrating upcoming adventures of spring and summer travel with a giveaway like no other.

Now through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on March 16, 2018, eligible residents of the United States who visit Southwest.com/Nintendo may enter to win one of 30 Nintendo Switch prize packs and one grand prize including roundtrip air travel for four (does not include taxes and fees of at least $5.60 one-way).

The Southwest Odyssey Sweepstakes is an opportunity for gamers and Southwest Customers alike to celebrate the adventures of Super Mario Odyssey.

Just as Mario journeys to new worlds in Super Mario Odyssey, Southwest encourages Customers to book a getaway and explore the 100 destinations the carrier serves. (Full Story Here)

A proposal of a lifetime

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British Airways helps a Royal Navy hero pull off the proposal of a lifetime.
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(From the British Airways)

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner British Airways helped a Royal Navy hero pull off the proposal of a lifetime. Lieutenant Lee Colthart popped the question to his girlfriend, Lydia Ayto, in the Caribbean.

The 29-year-old Navy officer wrote in to the airline to share his story and said he wanted to propose to his girlfriend of seven years in the Caribbean after he was deployed there last year to help with the relief effort following Hurricane Irma.

Lee, who is originally from Fife in Scotland, said he was desperate to take his girlfriend, who is a navigator in the Navy, back to paradise to ask her to be his wife.

The airline stepped in to help surprise Lydia with a whirlwind tour of three beautiful islands, and a cocktail of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, ending with a very special question for Lydia to answer. (Full Story Here)

ANA giving chocolates on Valentine’s Day

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ANA handing out exclusive chocolates to passengers on board.
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(From ANA)

TOKYO — On Valentine’s Day, ANA will be handing out ANA exclusively designed chocolates to passengers on its flight.

In order to show its appreciation to its passengers, from 2014 ANA has been handing out chocolates onboard.

This will be the fifth year and ANA is wishing that all its passengers will have an unforgettable heartwarming experience on Valentine’s Day. (Full Story Here)

A romantic touch from British Airways

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(From the British Airways)

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, British Airways is adding a romantic touch to its inflight entertainment with the introduction of a new category – Love is in the Air.

Running until the end of February, the category plays host to a collection of films, TV shows and audio programs, all with a romantic theme.

This includes classics like When Harry Met Sally, Chocolat and Love Me Tender, as well as more recent releases like Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

As part of its extensive range of TV shows, British Airways is also adding some love-themed episodes from famous series, including Friends – The One with Candy Hearts, Modern Family – Do You Believe in Magic, and select episodes of Sex and the City. (Full Story Here)

Emirates’ services to Santiago de Chile via Sao Paulo begin July 5

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Santiago City, Chile
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(By Emirates)

DUBAI — Emirates, the world’s best airline according to TripAdvisor 2017, announced its plan to launch a new, five times a week, service from Dubai to Santiago International Airport (SCL), via the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, starting on July 5, 2018.

The new service will see Emirates fly an additional five times a week to Sao Paulo, complementing the airline’s existing daily A380 flight between Dubai and Sao Paulo.

In total, Emirates will now fly 12 times a week to Sao Paulo. Emirates’ Santiago flight will be a linked service with Sao Paulo, meaning that customers in South America can now travel between the two cities in unprecedented style and comfort.

Citizens from both Brazil and Chile only need ID cards to travel to either country. (Full Story Here)

Air Canada Vacations unveils European destinations

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MONTREAL (CNW Telbec) – Air Canada Vacations is proud to unveil its 2018 Europe Your Way Collection.

Featuring 122 vacation packages and 50 cruises, possibilities for short and long stays, additional guided tour options and a newly added destination of Croatia, the collection brings you closer than ever to creating your perfect vacation in Europe.

“It’s never too early to start planning your next European adventure. Europe is all about discovering vibrant cultures, cuisines, art and architecture through vacations that are tailored to each destination. Air Canada Vacations is pleased to provide more options, add-ons and partnerships that will bring customers flawless experiences no matter their travel style,” said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director at Air Canada Vacations.

The Collection focuses on vacations in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Iceland, Croatia, and Central Europe. In addition to providing vacation packages to Croatia, new routes to Porto, Lisbon, Dublin, Shannon and Bucharest will also be offered with service through Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge, giving travelers more possibilities to discover Europe.

Air Canada Vacations has also partnered with Trafalgar and Contiki to offer additional curated tours.

The exclusive partnership allows travelers to choose among 16 Trafalgar Guided Vacations which include insider experiences such as enjoying an authentic meal with the Calistri family at their borgo in Italy, or six Contiki Guided Trips designed exclusively for travelers aged 18 to 35 with many No Regrets experiences, such as a “Paris by night” sightseeing tour with champagne and escargot. (Full Story Here)

JAL receives on-time performance award

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(By Japan Airlines)

Japan Airlines (JAL) has been named the best on-time Asia-Pacific Major Airline for six consecutive years and eighth in total for its domestic and international flights operated in calendar year 2017 by FlightStats Inc., a US flight status tracking company that analyzes on-time arrival rates for global airlines.

JAL also took second place overall in the Major International Airlines category.

Under this category, flights operated by Japan Airlines achieved an on-time arrival rate of 85.60% for its domestic and international flights and the JAL Group achieved an on-time arrival rate of 86.09% in the Network category.

As a result, JAL was named the best on-time Asia-Pacific Major Airline in both Mainline and Network categories by FlightStats.

JAL Group regards punctuality as an essential service quality of the airline and understands that these awards were made possible through the cooperation of our valued customers and efforts made by all staff to ensure on-time operations. (Full Story Here)

Qantas’ new Sydney-Osaka direct flights start

(By Qantas)

SYDNEY — Qantas’ direct flights between Sydney and Osaka has started on Thursday, providing passengers with another gateway into Japan following strong growth in travel between the two countries.

Qantas’ fourth route between Australia and Japan begins as the airline celebrates 70 years of flying between the two countries.

The year-round direct flights will operate three times per week with Qantas’ upgraded two-class Airbus A330 aircraft and will be the only direct service linking Sydney and Osaka.

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Osaka, Japan
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The service adds to the airline’s popular Sydney-Tokyo (Haneda), Brisbane-Tokyo (Narita) and Melbourne-Tokyo (Narita) services and complements Jetstar’s Cairns-Osaka service.

With Jetstar’s flights from Cairns and the Gold Coast to Tokyo (Narita), customers will have even more options when travelling between Australia and Japan.

Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said it was an exciting time to be launching the new service with travel between the two countries booming.

“We initially announced the route as a seasonal service but quickly extended it to year-round to meet customer demand,” she said.

“Australia has seen a 23 per cent increase in the number of Japanese travelers visiting the country on the last year with many staying longer and spending more while they’re here,” she added. (Full Story Here)