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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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)

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)

Philippines, New Zealand ink deal on direct flights

(By Camille Diola, philstar.com)

MANILA, Philippines — Newly installed New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern officiated on Tuesday the signing of a new cooperation agreement allowing nonstop direct flights from Manila to Auckland.

The 37-year-old Ardern, who is in Manila to attend the East Asia Summit, said the nonstop flights will inject NZD 13.6 million (P477 million) annually into the New Zealand economy.

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She said the flights, which will commence in December, will also “further enable our people and our commercial links,” citing the 23,000 visitors from the Philippines annually. The Philippines, meanwhile, welcomes around 29,000 visitors from New Zealand.

She also noted that the Filipino student population of more than 4,000 in New Zealand is also among the largest.

Jaime Bautista, president of Philippine Airlines, signed the memorandum of understanding with Tourism New Zealand CEO Stephen England-Hall at a breakfast meeting.

Bautista said the high demand for direct flights to the south Pacific island nation warranted a shortened route.

The flights will reduce travel time from Manila to Auckland to 10 hours, while seat capacity is increased by 60 percent. The current route from the Philippines to New Zealand includes a stopover in Cairns, Australia and would normally take 12 hours.

The flag carrier will also utilize dual class, 254-seater Airbus A340s for the service.

The MNL-AKL service will operate thrice weekly on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays starting on December 6.

Besides the tourism MOU, Ardern also witnessed the signing of an agreement allowing the sharing of data and technology between the two state weather bureaus. Metservice CEO Peter Lennox and PAGASA’s Deputy Administrator Flaviana Hilario inked the agreement. (Full Story Here)

Southwest Airlines now operates Turks and Caicos Islands route

(By Southwest Airlines)

Furthering its reach, Southwest Airlines Co. has started operating new service daily from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to Providenciales International Airport (PLS) in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the carrier’s 11th country served.

In addition, Southwest initiated new service between its South Florida gateway at FLL and both San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ), giving Customers nonstop access from Fort Lauderdale to 10 destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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View of the southwestern beach at Grand Turk Island.
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“Three new routes bring Southwest’s needed value for Floridians hoping to hit the beach in Provo’s world-famous Grace Bay, hike up the crater at Poas volcano near Costa Rica’s capital city, or have a carefree weekend in a resort in Punta Cana,” said Steve Goldberg, Southwest’s Senior Vice President of Operations and Hospitality who also serves as the carrier’s Executive Sponsor of Florida.

“With convenient connections for Orlando, Tampa, and dozens of cities across our domestic network, these international destinations are now reachable on Southwest where there are no change fees and bags fly free,” he added.

In a partnership with Broward County, Southwest continues work to transform and expand Terminal 1 at FLL into a vastly improved facility with additional gates, security screening, concessions, and border processing capacity.

Southwest launched additional international service from FLL in June 2017.

Southwest recently extended its bookable flight schedule through early August 2018 bringing new, international service on Saturdays next summer betweenHouston and Grand Cayman.

In addition, service between Cancun and both Pittsburgh and Raleigh-Durham will operate nonstop on Saturdays beginning June 9, 2018, subject to governmental approvals. (Full Story Here)

Japan Airlines, Kyodo collaborate to promote travel in Japan

(By Japan Airlines)

TOKYO — Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (JAL) and Kyodo News Digital Co., Ltd. (KND) are partnering on an online project to help foreigners overcome cultural and language barriers during trips to Japan, in order to make their travel experiences more pleasant and enjoyable.

According to the Japan Tourism Agency, the most troublesome aspect of travel in Japan for a foreigner is “communication” where culture and language present barriers.

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Japanese tourism industry receives a big boost as Japan Airlines and Kyodo join forces to promote travel in the country.
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With this in mind, JAL and KND are implementing a new online project utilizing the voices of foreigners currently residing in Japan.

The project will encourage the sharing of knowledge and experience on communication in a culture like Japan, and how foreign travelers can make their trips more enjoyable. (Full Story Here)

Delta A350 takes inaugural flight from Detroit to Tokyo-Narita

(By Morgan Durrant, Delta Air Lines)

DETROIT – The Airbus A350 is now a reality for Delta Air Lines customers and employees.

Years of hard work and planning across virtually every workgroup at Delta culminated Monday afternoon as Flight 275 pushed back from Gate A40 shortly after 1:40 p.m.

A350 The inaugural flight of Delta’s new international flagship aircraft was heralded with a customer event dubbed the First Flyers Club, complete with a champagne toast, gifts for each passenger and a multimedia installation where customers could take photos marking the occasion and share them in social media. Customers were encouraged to keep sharing images of their flight via the hashtag: #A350FirstFlyersClub

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“On behalf of our more than 6,000 employees based here in Detroit – and more than 80,000 worldwide – it’s our pleasure to have all of you today as customers of our inaugural flight on the Delta Airbus A350 heading to Tokyo-Narita today,” said Hussein Berry, Delta’s V.P. – Detroit Hub.

“You’re going to be flying today on a state-of-the-art aircraft and Delta has been hard at work over the last few years to make it a very enjoyable experience,” Berry added. (Full Story Here)

Japan airport’s ‘Cathedral’s Bell’ lights up the sky

(By Shin Toyohira, The Asahi Shimbun)

TOKONAME, Aichi Prefecture — Chubu Centrair International Airport became a destination for lights as well as flights from the night of October 27 when its winter illuminations are officially switched on.

The lights will brighten up the airport’s sky deck, where passengers and plane fans can observe the runways.

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The name of this year’s elaborate display is “Cathedral’s Bell,” forming the shape of a great cathedral with a six-meter diameter dome in lights that change colors set to music, and 10 panels forming an arch.

Visitors can enter the “cathedral” and ring the bell in its center. Families and other visitors rang the bell immediately during a test run on Oct. 26. (Full Story Here)

More winter flights to northeast China

(By China Daily)

BEIJING — The airport in Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin province, will see more flights in the coming winter and spring season to meet the rising demand from tourists.

The winter flight schedule runs from Oct 29 to March 24.

During the period, Changchun Longjia International Airport is expected to have 1,764 flights every week, up 12.8 percent year on year, the airport said Saturday.

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Snow in Jilin City
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Many airlines, including China Southern, China Eastern and Xiamen airlines, will open routes to cities such as Chengdu, Shantou, Guiyang, Hangzhou and Nanchang, with more passengers expected to visit the province known for winter tourism. (Full Story Here)

Promo seats from AirAsia for Manila to Bali and Jakarta

(By AirAsia)

MANILA — Staying true to its commitment as a truly Asean airline, AirAsia today announced it is offering promo fares for its newest flights from Manila to Bali and Jakarta in Indonesia.

To celebrate the expansion of AirAsia’s ASEAN connectivity, all-in promo fares are available from as low as P1,990 starting October 24 to November 6, 2017 for travel period on 9 January – 24 March 2018 for Manila-Jakarta and 19 January – 24 March 2018 for Manila- Bali.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “We are thrilled to offer our signature low fares to mark our first two direct flights to Indonesia starting January next year.

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Bali, Indonesia
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AirAsia will continue to bring the Philippines closer to our neighboring cities within the Asean region and beyond via inter-Asean connectivity and massive network.”

AirAsia is the only airline that directly services all ten Asean countries with established operations in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

“The AirAsia Group carried 13.4 million people within ASEAN last year and we aim to continue delivering only the best service and widest connectivity.” Comendador added.

AirAsia’s Manila – Denpasar/Bali (IATA CODE: DPS) and Manila – Jakarta (IATA CODE: CGK) will operate daily starting January next year while the airline is also set to start Manila – Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon (IATA CODE: SGN) on 17 November with flights every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. (Full Story Here)