Category Archives: Aviation

W Hotels to debut in Osaka in 2021 with 400-sqm MICE space

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W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International has announced the signing of W Osaka, slated to open in 2021. Owned by Sekisui House, a long-standing partner of Marriott International, this opening will be the first-ever W in Japan. W Osaka will bring 337 striking guestrooms, including 35 Suites, two WOW Suites and one EWOW Suite (the brand’s take on the Presidential Suite) to the bustling city. The hotel will feature ultra-modern event facilities will make any meeting or social gathering a part of the action with a 400-square-meter Great Room and three meeting rooms, all featuring design centered around natural light.  “In 2020, Japan will capture the global spotlight, welcoming nations from around the world to the country on a grand scale for the 2020 games. This is a great build up to the launch of the first-ever W in Japan,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide.

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Malaysia Airlines joins hands with Penang Convention and Exhibition Bureau to enhance MICE

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Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) has inked a strategic partnership agreement with the Penang Convention and Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) to elevate the MICE industry of Malaysia. Yeoh Hock Thye, MAB Head of Sales, said “Through this strategic partnership, we will drive the traffic from our global network to Malaysia, especially into Penang and putting forward our MICE offering.” Currently, MAB flies 45 times weekly into Penang and is able to carry about 7,200 visitors per week. Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng stated that the business events segment was seeing a surge in the economic sector in Penang, contributing RM808 million to the economy in 2016. “Penang hosted 1,251 events in 2016 and for the first three quarters of last year, the state played host to 1,731 events with an estimated economic impact of RM900 million,” he added.

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IndiGo to connect Colombo from Chennai and Bengaluru from Jan 20

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IndiGo has announced that Colombo will become its eighth international destination effective January 20, 2018 with daily direct flights from Chennai and Bengaluru. With these new flights, the airline will also offer connections to and from Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and other major Indian cities. Sanjay Kumar, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo, said, “It gives us immense pleasure to add Colombo to our growing network, which will not only help us cater to the growing tourist potential of the city, but also provide affordable travel options to the Indian workforce who can now look forward to visiting the city more frequently. We are also delighted to partner with Hemas as our GSA partner in Sri Lanka for our sales and distribution services.” Malinga Arsakularatne, Managing Director, Hemas Leisure Travel Aviation Group, added, “We welcome IndiGo to Sri Lanka and it is indeed our great pleasure to embark on this exciting partnership. We are confident that the team at Hemas Aviation would deliver the growth ambitions of the airline.”

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Qatar Airways offers discounts with Global Travel Boutique

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Qatar Airways has announced discounts across all of the award-winning airline’s cabin classes through its global sales campaign ‘Global Travel Boutique’. The passengers will have the opportunity to win up to one million Qmiles from Qatar Airways Privilege Club, as well as many more discounts from Qatar Duty Free (QDF) and Qatar Airways Holidays. Passengers can plan their next trip with Qatar Airways and take advantage of 50 per cent discounts on fares, as well as the airline’s special ‘Companion Offer’ in Business and First Class. Families with children can also enjoy special discounts with a kid’s special offer. Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Ehab Amin, said: “This promotion is a wonderful way to start to 2018, and we invite all of our passengers to take advantage of the exciting discounts and prizes on offer.” Passengers will also have the chance to earn double Qmiles on all bookings made from January 9-16, with travel validity from January 9 to December 10, 2018.

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IndiGo commences Rajahmundry operations

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IndiGo has expanded its regional network by commencing ATR operations from Rajahmundry. Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Nimmakayala China Rajappa along with Sanjeev Ramdas, Executive Vice President of Customer Service & Operations Control, IndiGo flagged-off the flight from Rajahmundry to Chennai at Rajahmundry Airport on January 9, 2018. Rajahmundry will be connected to Hyderabad with twice daily frequencies, and one direct daily frequency each on Rajahmundry–Bengaluru–Rajahmundry and Rajahmundry–Chennai–Rajahmundry sectors. IndiGo is the only airline that connects Rajahmundry with direct flights to three major metros of southern India: Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad from day one of its operations.  

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IndiGo introduces Tirupati to its growing network

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IndiGo has expanded its regional network by adding Tirupati on its network. Honourable Minister of Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju along with Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole Time Director, IndiGo, flagged-off the second flight from Tirupati to Hyderabad at Tirupati International Airport on January 7, 2018. Tirupati will be connected by three daily non-stop flights to Hyderabad and double daily non-stop flights to Bengaluru. Apart from this, Tirupati will also be connected to many new cities on IndiGo’s existing network of Airbus 320s and ATRs. IndiGo will connect Tirupati to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Dubai, Singapore among other cities via Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mangaluru.  

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IndiGo to launch flights to Vijayawada from March 2018

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IndiGo has announced Vijayawada as its 50th destination on its route network. Effective March 2, 2018, the airline will operate daily direct operations connecting Vijayawada to Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai. The airline has also inducted a brand new Airbus A320 NEO aircraft into its existing fleet, taking the overall count to 150 aircraft. Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole Time Director, IndiGo, said, “In the coming years, we will continue to expand our network to meet the requirements of both business and leisure travellers.”

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Cathay introduces Business Plus for Indian business travellers

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Cathay Pacific has introduced a new corporate sales programme, Business Plus, for the Indian business traveller. Business Plus enables the traveller to reap rewards for those who fly with Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon with a range of privileges and benefits. By flying with Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon, companies can earn and accrue Business Plus points, thereby enabling them to move up through their 5-tier system – unlocking rewards and privileges along the way. These include cabin upgrades, Marco Polo Club membership, lounge passes and more. Moreover this programme is accessible around the clock – with easy spending review features and real-time travel advisories. Rajesh Menon, Cathay Pacific Regional Sales & Marketing Manager – South Asia, said: “Cathay Pacific also recognizes that SMEs are of key importance and have played a vital role in India’s economic development. This is why India has been selected as one of our first markets for Business Plus launch. We will be rolling out the programme in other key markets during the course of 2018.”

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Philippines Tourism & Singapore Airlines join hands to augment India arrivals

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The Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippines has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Singapore International Airlines (SIA) on December 12 to perk up a significant increase in Indian arrivals into the Philippines. Through the one-year collaboration, DOT and SIA will undertake joint marketing initiatives that will implement activities to promote the Philippines to the Indian market through social media, familiarisation tours, roadshows, among others. The agreement was signed by Benito Bengzon Jr., Under Secretary, DOT  and Campbell Wilson, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing, SIA at the Makati Diamond Residences, Philippines. “The India market is growing at a very fast rate. In fact, we are expecting to reach 100,000 arrivals by end of 2017. This joint agreement is envisioned to sustain and further strengthen this growth in the coming years,” said Bengzon. He also disclosed that the department is not only looking at the headcount but also with the revenue it would generate. According to Wilson, this mutually beneficial agreement will pave way for a positive impact on the country’s tourism industry. “We are confident we can increase visitor arrivals; it is an honour to bring our passengers anywhere in the Philippines,” he said.  

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Lufthansa Group transforms award miles programme

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Lufthansa Group has announced change in the award miles credit to participants in the frequent flyer and reward programme, Miles & More. From the advent of March 2018, the number of award miles that are credited will be based on the price of the flight, i.e., the price of the ticket plus any additional fees charged by the respective airline, and on the frequent flyer status of the participants in the programme. Under the old system, booking class or rather booking class and the length of the route determined the number of miles that were awarded. The new reward system will be applied for the first time on March 12, 2018. This will give customers of the Lufthansa Group airlines and participants in the Miles & More programme enough time to take the transition to the new reward system into account in their travel plans. Miles for tickets that are booked before March 12, 2018 will be credited according to the present system, even if the trip itself begins on or after the cutoff date. Miles & More participants will be receiving four to six award miles per euro spent, corresponding with their particular booking habits and flight patterns. The new reward system applies to flights with the Lufthansa Group airlines Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings, as well as to all other Miles & More partner airlines, provided the ticket for the flight was issued by a Lufthansa Group airline.

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