For week ending 6 April 2018
Singapore Airlines unveils new regional cabin products
The carrier’s new Boeing 787-10 fleet will feature new business and economy class seating options. The 36-seat business class cabin will feature 76-inch fully-flat beds with privacy screens, in-seat power stations and direct aisle access for all in a forward-facing 1-2-1 staggered configuration. Meanwhile, economy class passengers will enjoy ergonomically-designed contour backrests for greater comfort and six-way adjustable headrests with foldable wings to provide more neck support, as well as personalised in-flight entertainment.
Etihad trials Virtual Reality
Etihad Airways plans to trial of virtual reality (VR) technology in its premium lounges. The technology is now available in the carrier’s flagship First and Business Class Lounges in Terminal 3 of Abu Dhabi Airport as part of a month-long trial. The aim is to assess the popularity of the VR experience, with a view to including it as part of future entertainment offerings.
Virgin’s Sydney to Hong Kong launching soon
Virgin Australia’s new Sydney-Hong Kong route is now open for bookings. The daily A330-200 service launches on 2 July.
Virgin-Air NZ Tasman partnership to end
Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand have announced they will not renew their trans-Tasman alliance when the current codeshare agreement expires on 27 October. Instead, the carriers will each offer separate schedules on their own aircraft. Details on the new services will be announced in the coming months.
Qantas Cash changes ahead
Qantas Cash will be rebranded as Qantas Travel Money effective from 1 July. As well as the name change, the debit card load fee will be reduced to 0.5% and Qantas Points will no longer be earned on BPAY payments to third parties.
Eurostar launches Netherlands route
New Eurostar high-speed train services have commenced between London and the Netherlands. Passengers can now travel from London St Pancras station, via the Channel Tunnel, to Rotterdam and Amsterdam. State-of-the-art e320 trains offer journey times of 3:01 and 3:41 respectively.
Air Canda expands economy fare options
Air Canada has expanded its Basic, Standard, Flex and Latitude economy fare structure to include a new category. Offering great flexibility, the new ‘Comfort’ fare, includes checked baggage, early boarding and access to preferred seats (when available) as well as a complimentary alcoholic beverage. Passengers purchasing this fare type will also enjoy 115% Aeroplan Miles accrual.
Cathay boosts Adelaide
Cathay Pacific plans to add a sixth weekly service from Hong Kong to Adelaide from 28 October. The additional A330 service will increase capacity on the route and provide improved onward connections to and from Europe, North America and China.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront now open
Located in Business Bay in the heart of Downtown Dubai, the 432-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront is a five-minute drive from the Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai International Financial Centre and 15 minutes from the airport. The property features a choice of restaurants, a bar, spa, fitness centre and swimming pool as well as 1,150sqm of meeting and event space catering for functions of up to 350 guests.