Week in Review: Travel Industry News

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Travel News 20 Jun 2016

For week ending 17 June 2016.

As the end of the financial year quickly approaches travel news updates continue to roll in from around the globe. Qantas has announced improvements for web check in whilst Singapore Airlines will up flights to London Heathrow. Following news of the planned Four Points upgrade to a Hyatt Regency in the Sydney CBD, Starwood have announced a new Four Points Hotel to be built in the Central Park development near Central Station.

All this and more in our weekly news round-up brought to you by FCM Travel Solutions.

Qantas web check-in improvements

Qantas is making improvements to its online check-in experience. Domestic travellers checking in on desktop or laptop computers will now be issued with digital boarding passes, removing the requirement to print a boarding pass at home or at the airport. Once checked-in, customers can access their e-pass by clicking the link in an automatically generated email or SMS, or via the carrier’s Manage Your Booking’ tab. Travellers can then alter seat assignments and forward passes to other passengers on the same booking via email or SMS.

Singapore Airlines increases flights to London

Singapore Airlines is planning a seasonal boosting capacity to London. From 24 October, the carrier will switch aircraft on flights SQ305/306 to a third daily A380 flight between Singapore and London Heathrow for the duration of the northern winter period.

New non-stop to San Francisco for Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is adding new daily non-stop services to San Francisco. Operating on A350-900 aircraft, the new service will commence on 23 October, complementing daily flights via Hong Kong. The carrier’s current San Francisco route via Seoul Incheon, will instead operate to Los Angeles, offering a second daily service to LAX.

Novotel Hyderabad revamp

AccorHotels has plans to revamp the Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre. The move comes after the hotel group extended the period of their management agreement for the property.

New Four Points for Sydney

Starwood Hotels & Resorts plans to add a new Four Points by Sheraton-branded property to its Sydney portfolio. The 297-room Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park will be located at the former Old Kent Brewery site, near Central Station. Scheduled to open in 2018, the 4.5-star hotel will be part of a mixed-used development and will feature a restaurant, fitness centre and nearly 550sqm of function space. The move comes just after the hotel group announced plans to rebrand the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour as the Hyatt Regency Sydney in November this year.

Emirates A380s Moscow-bound

Emirates plans to reinstate A380 services to Moscow. Flights EK131/132 from Dubai to Moscow Domodedovo Airport will operate on the superjumbo from 1 December.

Thai Airways A350 delay

Thai Airways A350 services on its Bangkok-Melbourne route will commence later than originally planned. The new aircraft’s debut has been pushed back from 1 August until 15 September, with the carrier continuing to operate its existing B777-200ER aircraft on the route in the meantime.

Hyatt Regency Sofia

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has plans to open a new Hyatt Regency hotel in the Bulgaria. The 190-room Hyatt Regency Sofia is set to open in 2018 and will feature three restaurants, a rooftop bar with city views, a fitness centre and spa as well as 1200sqm of meeting and event space.

Sofitel Noosa

AccorHotels has taken over management of the Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa. The 176-suite property now operates under the Sofitel brand as the Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort. Guests staying at the resort can earn points in AccorHotels’ loyalty scheme, Le Club AccorHotels.