JAL’s Melbourne to Tokyo Flights to carry The Tree of Senbazuru Campaign

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Japan Airlines’ Boeing 777-200 (JA8984) taking off from Osaka International Airport.
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(From Japan Airlines)

To celebrate the launch of daily direct flights on Japan Airlines (JAL) between Melbourne and Tokyo Narita, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and Japan Airlines have teamed up to launch an exciting consumer campaign called ‘The Tree of Senbazuru’ to raise awareness of the new service and grant two lucky winners round trip flights for two from Melbourne to Tokyo.

Senbazuru is the ancient art of folding and stringing together a thousand origami paper cranes.

The Tree of Senbazuru is a special cherry blossom tree of a thousand paper cranes with the power to make one lucky person’s travel wish come true.

The campaign will be held in two phases. During phase 1, The Tree of Senbazuru will be placed at Melbourne Central shopping centre on 24-25 February 2018.

Visitors can pluck an origami paper crane from the cherry blossom tree, visit the online campaign site, and enter their unique code to go into the draw to win return economy class flights for two from Melbourne to Tokyo flying with Japan Airlines.

Visitors to Melbourne Central during the two-day event will be able to see and experience Japan Airlines’ award-winning business class seats and meet cabin attendants.

Other giveaways up for grabs from Japan Airlines include travel pouches, happi coats, uchiwa fans, pens and clear files. (Full Story Here)

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Emirates bares second daily service to Lisbon

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(From Emirates)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Emirates announced it will resume a second daily service to Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, from 1 June 2018.

The flight will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class, and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class.

Portugal boasts a warm temperate climate and a long coastline of beaches, scenic villages and a rich culture and history, attracting visitors from all over the world.

According to Turismo de Portugal, a record 21 million people visited the country in 2017, an increase of 10 percent when compared to the previous year, while Lisbon recorded a 16 percent increase. (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)

Osaka, Japan first route for Singapore Airlines’ First Boeing 787-10

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Central Osaka, Japan
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(From Singapore Airlines)

Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced that Osaka will be the first scheduled destination for its new Boeing 787-10 fleet, with services expected to begin in May 2018.

SIA will be the world’s first airline to operate the 787-10. SIA has 49 Boeing 787-10s on firm order, with the first aircraft due for delivery from Boeing’s North Charleston, South Carolina production facility in March 2018.

Prior to the introduction of regular services to Osaka, the 787-10s will be operated on selected Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur flights for crew training purposes.

SIA will also debut its highly-anticipated new regional cabin products on its 787-10s, fitted with 337 seats in two classes, with 36 seats in Business Class and 301 seats in Economy Class. More details will be revealed at a later date. (Full Story Here)

Qantas’ Melbourne-Bali service to start in June

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Boeing 737-800 (VH-XZP) retrojet seen at Sydney Airport.
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(By Qantas)

SYDNEY — Qantas has announced it will begin a new daily Melbourne – Denpasar (Bali) in Indonesia service from June 23, 2018 with fares now available for sale.

Operated by a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the new Qantas route comes as Jetstar increases its Melbourne-Bali flights from ten per week to twice daily.

Today’s announcement complements Qantas’ year round daily Sydney – Denpasar service and reflects strong demand from customers who want a full-service experience traveling to one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations.

Qantas’ Melbourne – Denpasar service will be operated by a two-class Boeing 737 aircraft, with a checked baggage allowance, inflight entertainment and food and drinks all included as part of the fare. (Full Story Here)

Philippine Airline intensifies presence in China

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(By Philippine Airlines)

MANILA — In support of the Philippine government’s campaign targeting two million annual Chinese tourist arrivals, flag carrier Philippine Airlines is ramping up operations to China by increasing flight frequency on existing routes and opening up new destinations in mainland China.

On March 25, PAL will increase its flights between the Philippines and Greater China from the current 99 times weekly to 103 times weekly.

The spike is due to the shift to DAILY Manila – Jinjiang and Manila – Guangzhou (Canton) services from the current five times weekly on each route.

The daily Manila – Jinjiang service – PR356 – leaves Manila at 11AM and arrives in Jinjiang at 1:40PM; flight PR357 departs Jinjiang at 2:30PM and touches down in Manila at 4:40PM.

The daily Manila -Guangzhou service – PR382 – departs Manila at 2:30AM and touches down in Guangzhou at 5AM ; PR383 leaves Guangzhou at 6:30AM and arrives in Manila at 8:30AM.

PAL’s multiple flights from various Chinese cities were a major factor in the huge 43.33 percent increase in the Philippines’ tourist arrivals from mainland China, a final total of 968,447 visitors for 2017.

Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan together contributed several hundred thousand more tourists, for a combined total of 1.33 million tourists hailing from the Greater China region. (Full Story Here)

AirAsia takes two int’l inaugural flights into Sarawak

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(By AirAsia)

AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost airline, flew in two international inaugural flights into Sarawak, Malaysia; from Shenzhen in China to Kuching and Singapore to Bintulu.

The inaugural Shenzhen-Kuching flight which landed at Kuching International Airport at 7.50 a.m. on January 27 was greeted with a water cannon upon parking at the bay.

A Sarawak traditional welcoming ceremony for passengers was led by the Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, YB Datuk Lee Kim Shin; Chairman of the Sarawak Tourism Board, Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz; Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Board, Mary Wan Mering and the Director of Government Relations, AirAsia Berhad, Zamani Bin Mohd Rafique. (Full Story Here)

Emirates’ new non-stop Dubai-Newark service to start in June

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Emirates will introduce a new non-stop service between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Dubai from June 1, 2018.
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(By Emirates)

New York, USA – Emirates will introduce a new non-stop service between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Dubai from June 1, 2018, adding to its existing daily flight which operates with a stop in Athens, Greece.

The new non-stop service will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER, offering 8 suites in First Class, 42 seats in Business, 306 in Economy Class, and 19 tons of belly-hold cargo capacity. Flight EK223 will depart Dubai at 0300am and arrive in Newark at 0900am.

The return flight EK224 departs Newark at 1150am, arriving in Dubai at 0820am the next day.

This new timing complements the existing Emirates service, as it provides travelers with a new option of a morning arrival in Newark, and a morning departure.

The morning arrival in Dubai also means east-bound travelers can conveniently explore one of the world’s most dynamic cities on a stopover day tour, before taking an evening connection to another destination on Emirates’ global network.

Enhanced connectivity

Emirates’ non-stop service to Newark will offer travelers in northern New Jersey enhanced global connectivity, particularly those heading to Africa, the Far East, and the Indian sub-continent.

This is a boon for ethnic communities such as the nearly 700,000 Indian Americans residing in the greater New York area, who will have one-stop access to nine Indian cities on Emirates’ global network.

Changes at JFK

From March 25, Emirates will stop operating flight EK207/208, thereby reducing its services between Dubai and New York JFK to three daily flights. From JFK, Emirates will retain two non-stop flights a day to Dubai, and one flight a day via Milan, Italy.

With these operating updates at Newark and JFK, the total number of Emirates flights serving the New York metropolitan area will remain unchanged at five daily services from 1 June. (Full Story Here)

SIA bares sew service to Australia, New Zealand

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(By Singapore Airlines)

Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced that it will introduce a new service that will connect Singapore and Melbourne to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington.

The new service will be introduced as part of a restructuring of existing Singapore-Canberra-Wellington flights, which will see the Canberra-Wellington flights de-linked and Canberra served on a daily basis, up from the existing four times per week.

The new Singapore-Melbourne-Wellington service will be operated four times per week as SQ247 starting 3 May 2018. Return services will be operated as SQ248 on a Wellington-Melbourne-Singapore routing.

Flights will be operated with 266-seat Boeing 777-200s fitted with 38 Business Class seats and 228 Economy Class seats.

Also on 1 May 2018, SIA will launch a new daily service to Australia’s capital city, Canberra, via Sydney. Flights will be operated as SQ288 on a Singapore-Sydney-Canberra routing.

Return services will be operated as SQ288 on a Canberra-Singapore routing.

The Airline will operate services to Canberra via Sydney using its 264-seat Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with four First Class seats, 48 Business Class seats, 28 Premium Economy Class seats and 184 Economy Class seats.

SIA first launched services from Singapore to Canberra and Wellington in September 2016.

It also became the first airline to operate regularly scheduled international flights to and from Australia’s capital city. (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)