10 year passports for NZ are back
10-year passports are set to return towards the end of 2015. New Zealand moved to five-year passports in 2005 in response to security concerns sparked by the 2001 terrorist attacks in the US. The expectation was that other countries would do the same but Australia and the US still only require their citizens to renew their travel documents once a decade.
Concerns of passport fraud and counterfeiting have been alleviated due to developments in biometric technology. Due to their rapidly changing appearance, passports for children remain valid for 5 years.
SmartSTAY just got a whole lot more savvy!
Shangri-la Hotels and Resorts have joined our SmartSTAY program with 14 hotels coming on-board. The hotels chosen, represent all of Shangri-la's brands and cover locations in; Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. All the hotels include complimentary Wi-Fi access plus a choice of two other inclusions such as room upgrades, laundry, parking and hotel credits. Talk to your Travel Manager today for more information on how you can take advantage of FCm's SmartSTAY offering.
Authority tightens cockpit rules
New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority has tightened cockpit rules in the aftermath of the Germanwings crash in France. All large jet aircraft operators in New Zealand have now been required to have a minimum of two people in the cockpit at any given time, CAA acting director John Kay says. This rule applies to both domestic and international flights.
New Plaza Premium Lounge opens in London Heathrow
The first independent lounge has opened at London's Heathrow airport. For GBP35 per person you can enjoy two hours in the lounge with access to an extensive choice of refreshments, free Wi-Fi and showers. The lounge can be found in Heathrow's departure terminal 4. For more information ask your FCm Travel Manager today.
Air NZ cancels seasonal Christchurch - Tokyo flights
Air NZ announced that it will no longer operate a seasonal Tokyo to Christchurch service this northern winter. Instead, there will be a focus on the current year round Tokyo to Auckland service, which is timed to enable same day connections from Christchurch and beyond and is operated exclusively by the airline's new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from the end of August.