Week In Review: Travel Industry News

Travel News 05 Jun 2017

For week ending 2 June 2017

Qantas takes over as Emirates axes A380 from SYD-AKL

Emirates is axing A380 flights between Sydney and Auckland. The move which comes into effect from 13 July, will see partner carrier Qantas introduce twice-daily A330-200 services on the route to maintain current capacity levels.

 

Air NZ regional boost

Air New Zealand is adding a seasonal boost to its regional services. The carrier is adding 46 extra domestic flights to destinations including Rotorua, Whangarei, Blenheim, Dunedin, Tauranga and Gisborne.

 

JAL direct to Melbourne

Japan Airlines is introducing a new direct flight between Melbourne and Tokyo Narita. Commencing on 2 September, the service will operate on B787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, which feature the carrier’s business class Sky Suite.

 

Perth airport station

Work is underway on Perth Airport Central station. The facility will provide passengers with direct access to Terminals 1 and 2. Due for completion in late 2020, the Forrestfield-Airport Link will provide travellers with a direct rail option to the CBD, with a journey time of just 18 minutes.

 

Hilton adds fitness rooms

Hilton Worldwide has developed a new guest room concept that offers a fully integrated fitness experience. Dubbed ‘Five Feet to Fitness’, the room features 11 different fitness options, including an indoor bike, a Gym Rax training station and a touchscreen Fitness Kiosk that features guided workout routines, including cardio, cycling, endurance and strength sessions. The room also offers a range of protein and hydration drink options and a meditation chair. Currently installed at two locations, Parc 55 San Francisco, a Hilton Hotel and Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, there are plans to add more soon.

 

Qantas Brazil codeshare

Qantas has signed a new codeshare agreement with LATAM Brazil. The move will see the QF code added to flights from Santiago to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Qantas operates four-weekly flights between Sydney and Santiago and codeshares with LATAM Chile on a further seven flights via Auckland.

 

Emirates First class redesign

Emirates plans to introduce a new first class cabin on its B777-300ER aircraft. To be unveiled at the Dubai Air Show in November, the cabin will feature six private suites in a 1-1-1 configuration. The aircraft will also boast a range of new features in its business and economy class cabins.

 

Rydges Wellington Airport

Building work has commenced on the Rydges Wellington Airport Hotel. Due to open in late 2018, the property will feature 134 rooms, a restaurant, bar and conference facilities. It will be built above the international terminal and be fully integrated with the Main Terminal Building.

 

CZ launches MEL/SZX

China Southern has commenced operations between Melbourne and Shenzhen. The carrier is operating three flights per week on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays on an A330-200 aircraft.

 

Emirates adds Croatia

Emirates has launched a new service between Dubai and Zagreb in Croatia. The route is operating on a B777-300ER aircraft.

 

Conrad Guangzhou

Hilton Worldwide has opened a new Conrad-branded hotel in China. The 309-room Conrad Guangzhou is located in the heart of CBD Zhujiang New Town. The hotel features a range of dining options, a bar, spa, fitness centre and swimming pool as well as meeting and event space for up to 1000 guests.

 

EY 787 Europe boost

Etihad Airways is adding more B787-9 Dreamliner services to Europe. The aircraft will operate from Abu-Dhabi to Amsterdam and Madrid from 1 September and 1 October respectively. The carrier is also adding three weekly flights to its Madrid route, raising frequency to a daily service from 1 June.

 

Delta bio screening

Delta Air Lines is testing biometric boarding passes at Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington DC. The scheme allows Delta SkyMiles Members to use their fingerprints to check bags, enter the lounge or board a flight, with no requirement for a boarding pass or printed ID.

 

Hertz adds Sri Lanka

Hertz, is now offering Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty car hire in Colombo, Sri Lanka. All Hertz customers in Sri Lanka will receive a free SIM card.

 

SQ joins PreCheck

Singapore Airlines has been added to the US Transportation Security Administration’s ‘PreCheck’ program. This means that SQ passengers enrolled in the scheme will benefit from expedited security lanes at more than 180 US airports. The carrier is one of only seven currently part of the program.

 

Comfort East Melbourne

Choice Hotels has added a new Melbourne property to its portfolio. The Comfort Hotel East Melbourne offers 50 apartment-style suites with kitchen facilities just a 15-minute walk from the CBD.

 

Aloft Perth

Marriott’s Aloft brand has made its Australian debut with the opening of the 224-room Aloft Perth. The property, which is located in Rivervale, close to the CBD, features a restaurant and bar plus a range of meeting rooms and a rooftop function room.