Week in Review: Travel Industry News

Travel News 18 Jul 2017
Inside the new Emirates lounge at Boston Logan International Airport (Photo: Emirates)
Emirates Lounge in Boston

For week ending 14 July 2017

Emirates opens Boston lounge

Emirates has opened a new lounge at Boston Logan International Airport. Located on the upper level of Terminal E, the lounge has a capacity of 123 guests and expands the carrier’s dedicated lounge network to 41. The lounge features a dining area offering complimentary hot and cold gourmet buffet and an extensive beverage service as well as shower facilities, a fully equipped business centre and complimentary wi-fi. It is open to Emirates First Class and Business Class travellers as well as Platinum and Gold Skywards members.


Velocity changes

Virgin Australia has made widespread adjustments to its Velocity Frequent Flyer program. The biggest changes will see members no longer able to earn or redeem points or accrue status credits when flying with Air New Zealand. This change comes into effect from 1 November. Prior to that, Velocity Platinum, Gold and Silver members will be able to earn more points when flying on Delta Air Lines or VA-operated Delta codeshare flights from 31 July and from 31 August, they will be able to redeem points for Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Reward Seats, as well as all cabin classes on SQ Reward Seats.


Le Meridien Seoul

Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts will make its Korea debut in September. Le Meridien Seoul will feature 336 rooms, a choice of dining venues, a sauna, spa, fitness centre and indoor swimming pool as well as meeting and event space for up to 800 guests.


VA boosts SA-NT links

Virgin Australia plans to bump up services on its Adelaide-Alice Springs-Darwin route. The carrier will add two additional northbound services on the route from 5 September 2017, on Tuesday and Friday afternoons as well as additional southbound services on Friday and Saturday mornings. The move offers better timings for business travellers and gives the three-city route five return services each week.


China Southern Perth boost

China Southern Airlines plans to up services on its Guangzhou-Perth route. The carrier will add a fifth weekly service from 29 October.


Etihad frequency boosts

Etihad Airways is boosting frequency on its Cairo and Lagos routes. The new services will operate year-round from its hub in Abu Dhabi. From 1 October 2017, the carrier will add a fifth daily service to Cairo, raising frequency to 35 flights per week. Meanwhile, a new Saturday service to Lagos will commence on 2 December 2017.


Emirates Cairo boost

Emirates plans to add four new weekly services to Cairo. Effective from 29 October 2017, the seasonal services will operate on B777s, raising the total number of weekly flights between Dubai and Cairo to 21.


New Curio San Diego

Curio Collection by Hilton has expanded its US portfolio. The latest addition is the 757-room Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. Located on the beachfront, the property is also just minutes from downtown. It features a range of dining options, a swimming pool, fitness centre and spa as well as an extensive choice of meeting and event venues.


Fairmont Montreal reopens

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal has reopened after 12 months of renovations. New dining options and a greater number of accessible rooms are among the upgrades guests can expect.


Air NZ ups Buenos Aires

Air New Zealand plans to add an additional seasonal service on its Auckland-Buenos Aires route. The new Monday service will operate on a B787-9 Dreamliner between 25 March and 30 April next raising the total to four flights weekly.