For week ending 1 September 2017
New Qantas routes to London
Qantas will soon be offering multiple routes from Australia to London. From 25 March, the carrier will relaunch A380 services from Sydney to London via Singapore, instead of Dubai. Qantas travellers departing Melbourne will fly via Perth to London from March, although the carrier is also upgrading one of its daily Melbourne-Singapore services to an A380. Emirates will not codeshare on any of these services, but members of the carrier’s Skywards loyalty program will still be able to redeem frequent flyer points on these routes. Those wishing to travel to London via Dubai can still do so as Qantas will still be codesharing on Emirates flights operating that route. This gives Qantas travellers three routes to London: via Perth, Singapore or Dubai.
Air Canada year-round to Melbourne
Air Canada plans to commence year-round operations between Vancouver and Melbourne from June next year. The non-stop services will operate three times weekly on B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Timed to offer good connections from domestic Virgin Australia codeshare services from Adelaide, Hobart and Perth, flights will depart Melbourne at 9.40am on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays,
Cathay expands network
Cathay Pacific has added three new European cities to its route network. The carrier will operate A350 aircraft from Hong Kong to Brussels, Dublin and Copenhagen commencing in the summer 2018 season.
New Mantra Canberra
Mantra Group plans to open the 176-room Mantra MacArthur Hotel in Canberra. Located on Northbourne Avenue, just outside the CBD and not far from Parliament House, the hotel will offer studio, one- and two-bedroom, suites, a restaurant and a gym, as well as meeting and event space catering for up to 220 guests. It is set to open in late September.¬
ibis Styles Port Macquarie
The HW Boutique Hotel will be rebranded as the ibis Styles Port Macquarie after undergoing a light revamp. The 44-room property features a swimming pool and a small function room.
China Southern reduces Vancouver
China Southern Airlines is reducing services between Guangzhou and Vancouver over the winter 2017/18 season. The carrier will downgrade from a daily to a five times weekly service operating on B787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
The Crowne Plaza Adelaide will be rebranded as the Pullman Adelaide effective from 1 October. The change comes as AccorHotels takes over management of the 308-room property. Located in the city’s CBD, the hotel group plans to add an Executive Club Lounge to the property to bring it in line with Pullman brand standard.
Club World dining revamp
British Airways has introduced new restaurant-style dining to its Club World (Business class). Club World travellers on flights between London Heathrow and New York JFK can now choose from freshly prepared starters and desserts available on display trolleys.
Grand Hyatt Jeju
Hyatt has plans for a new Grand Hyatt hotel in South Korea. Located in Jeju City, Jeju Island, the new hotel is expected to be the second largest Grand Hyatt in the world, boasting 1,600 rooms and as many as 11 food and beverage outlets. It is scheduled to open in September 2019.
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts have a new property in Slovenia. Located in the country’s capital, the InterContinental Ljubljana features 165-rooms, a restaurant, bar and lounge as well as a spa and indoor swimming pool. There are also meeting and event spaces catering for up to 300 guests.
AccorHotels plans to add six properties to its luxury portfolio. The Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, Sofitel Singapore City Centre and Pullman Shenyang Ginza, China will open in Asia, the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour and Pullman Brisbane Airport in Australia, and the Sofitel Wellington will relaunch in New Zealand, all over the course of the next six months.