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)

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A romantic touch from British Airways

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Boeing 787-9 New First Class
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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)

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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Beijing, 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)

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)

Philippine Airlines to fly nonstop to Brisbane

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(By Philippine Airlines)

MANILA — Philippine Airlines will begin operating direct nonstop flights between Manila and Brisbane from March 27, giving passengers the convenience of a shorter flying time of less than seven hours, compared to the current one-stop service of 9 hours 20 minutes with a stopover in Darwin.

The Manila – Brisbane nonstop flights will operate four times weekly, utilizing the 254-seater Airbus A340 aircraft initially, and PAL’s brand new Airbus A321 NEOs aircraft later in the first half of 2018.

The A321 NEO is the longer-range version of the popular A321, outfitted with full-flat business class seats and entertainment systems.

PR 221 leaves Manila at 11:30PM every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and arrives in Brisbane at 9:20AM local time the following day, every Thursday, Saturday Sunday.

Return flight PR 222 departs Brisbane at 11AM local time (Th/Sa/Su) and touches down in Manila at 5PM on the same day.

Effective May 1, PAL will operate the fourth weekly frequency every Tuesday. PR221 leaves Manila at 12:55AM (Tue) and arrives in Brisbane at 10:45AM local time on the same day. Return flight PR222 departs Brisbane at 12NN local time (Tue) and touches down in Manila at 6PM on the same day.

The nonstop service is expected to boost travel and tourism on the increasingly popular route that links the Philippines with the commercial center of Queensland and gateway to the spectacular beaches, theme parks and lush rain forests of the Gold Coast.

Queensland is also home to a growing number of migrant and expatriate Filipinos. Flying direct to Manila will help encourage Queensland-based Australians to consider holiday trips to the Philippines.

This is the latest move of PAL to convert one-stop flights to nonstop services for the convenience of the traveling public. (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)

Gulf Air gets high ranking on punctuality in 2017

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(By Gulf Air)

MANAMA, Kingdom of Bahrain — Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has been independently ranked by UK aviation analysts OAG the third most punctual airline in 2017, among Middle East and African airlines, with an average on-time performance (OTP) of 80.22 percent.

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko commented, “Punctuality is a critical element for travelers and we are delighted to be recognized yet again as a leading global player in OTP. Gulf Air is committed to delivering on its promise to get passengers to their destinations in a timely manner. We are gearing up to welcome our incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft of which a total of 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320Neos will have entered Gulf Air’s fleet by end-2018. With this development, passengers can soon enjoy not only Gulf Air’s punctuality and trademark Arabian hospitality, but also remarkable product and service enhancements alongside network growth.”
Gulf Air has held the top spot in recent years for OTP, ranking as the most punctual airline in 2016, among GCC airlines.

Gulf Air also ranked first among major airlines from the Middle East and Africa for the 5th Annual Airline On-time Performance Service Awards in 2013. Its network currently serves 42 cities in 25 countries.

The airline operates double daily flights or more to select destinations across the GCC, MENA region, Indian Subcontinent and Europe. (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)