For week ending Friday 4 August 2017
Air NZ Vancouver boost
Air New Zealand plans to boost frequencies on its Auckland-Vancouver route. Seasonal adjustments will see the carrier add an eighth weekly service for the first two weeks of January as well as adding extra services during its shoulder season. In February, it will offer daily services, up from five times weekly, and it will add an additional weekly service in the following months, rising from four to five times weekly in March and April and three to four times weekly between May and mid-June.
Singapore Airlines A380 Melbourne bound
Singapore Airlines plans to operate its A380 aircraft on flights SQ217 and SQ218 to Melbourne. The peak season capacity boost will see the carrier replace the B777-300ER currently used on the route with the superjumbo for the month of December.
Emirates onboard lounge debut
Emirates’ new A380 configuration featuring an onboard business class lounge has entered service. The aircraft is currently operating on services between Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.
Marriott Japan expansion
Marriott International has boosted its presence in Japan with five new hotel openings. The Karuizawa Marriott Hotel, Izu Marriott Hotel, Fuji Marriott Hotel Lake Yamanaka, Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel and Nanki-Shirahama Marriott Hotel are all existing properties that have been rebranded.
Virgin Australia rejigs Hong Kong times
Virgin Australia is synchronising the departure time of services on its Melbourne-Hong Kong route. Where previously departure times varied depending on which day of the week the service was operating, flight VA87 will depart Melbourne at 10.55 daily effective from 30 October. The return flight from Hong Kong remains unchanged.
Pan Pacific Melbourne opens
The Pan Pacific Melbourne is now open. The 396-room hotel is located on the south side of the Yarra River and directly linked, via an internal walkway, to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The property features a choice of dining outlets, a 24-hour fitness centre and meeting and event space for up to 200 guests.
Hilton Worldwide has announced the opening of the Waldorf Astoria Chengdu. Featuring 289 rooms, the new Chinese property is located in the city’s Hi-Tech Zone. Facilities include a choice of six restaurants and bars as well as a spa, fitness centre and sauna. A wide range of meeting and event spaces cater for up to 800 guests.
Courtyard Changsha South
Marriott International has opened a new property in China’s Hunan Province. The 260-room Courtyard by Marriott Changsha South features free wi-fi throughout, a restaurant, fitness centre and swimming pool as well as meeting and event space for up to 840 guests.