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Cathay Pacific introduces yoga on flight

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Cathay Pacific has partnered with Pure Yoga to launch a new inflight well-being programme, ‘Travel Well with Yoga’, this month. In harmony with the airline’s ‘Life Well Travelled’ campaign, the series of videos have been developed by esteemed Pure Yoga instructors to help passengers ease into their journeys with yoga and meditation exercises and tips. Passengers can now view ‘Travel Well with Yoga’ in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese across all Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon routes by accessing the Lifestyle section on their inflight entertainment screens. Split into six easy-to-follow videos featuring founding teacher Patrick Creelman and senior instructor & co-founder Almen Wong, the series demonstrates yoga and meditation routines that can be done before, during or after a flight. Exercises are designed to improve circulation, enhance joint mobility and relax the mind for a comfortable and restful journey. Simon Cuthbert, Cathay Pacific Entertainment, Platforms and Connectivity Manager, said: “The need to get up, move and get your blood pumping is important during a flight. Yoga is an innovative way to do this. There are a series of exercises that can easily be done from an economy class seat whilst other moves are suitable for after the flight in your hotel.” Pure Yoga is also offering all Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club members a complimentary 10-day trial, 50 per cent discount on studio joining fees, and a complimentary upgrade for access to all Pure Yoga studios across Asia.

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Air India Express expands to Vijayawada from Mumbai

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Air India’s international budget carrier, Air India Express (AIE) expanded its wings to Vijayawada International Airport, with the introduction of non-stop connectivity to Mumbai. The services on Mumbai–Vijayawada sector commenced on January 19, 2018. The Mumbai service will be available thrice a week, on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The flight will depart from Mumbai at 8am and arrive in Vijayawada at 9.45 am. In the return direction, the flight departs from Vijayawada at 10.30 am and will arrive at Mumbai at 12:10 pm. Air India already connects Vijayawada to Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bengaluru. With the new service the city of Vijayawada is now being connected to major metros in the country. Air India Express, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India Limited, Head- Quartered at Kochi, Kerala. It has a fleet of 23 Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, six of which are brand new having joined the fleet recently. These new aircraft are equipped to carry more and come with lighter seats and higher performance capabilities. Though the airline follows the market principles of a low-cost carrier, Air India Express offers complimentary tea, coffee and meals on board as its USP, said AIE in a statement.  

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Saudi Arabian Airlines increases frequency to Delhi

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Saudia, or Saudi Arabian Airlines has increased its frequency from 12 to 14 flights a week to Delhi with a new aircraft to serve the Indian skies. “Now we are flying with the new A-330, our new regional aircraft, which is very good with flatbeds on its business class,” said Ibrahim Mohammed Alqubbi, Manager, Saudia—India. The airline has opened a new office in Delhi which would offer ticketing and back-end services. Alqubbi along with Dr. Saud Mohammed Alsati, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to India inaugurated the new facility of the airline. Further, Alqubbi informed, “The new office will give a new brand image of Saudi Arabia Airlines in India and offer more space as well as greater support to our customers in India. In India, we opened a new destination recently from October 1, 2017. We are planning to open more destinations in 2018 depending on the bilateral.”

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Ural Airlines to start flights between India and Russia

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The potential of the outbound tourist market from India to Russia has prompted Ural Airlines to start flights from various cities in India via Yekaterinburg to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and to the other cities in Russia along with offering connections to other prime destinations in Europe. As per the Russian Information Centre (RIC) tourists from India to Russia have been growing at 30 per cent YoY. Considering the unique needs of the Indian tourists and to cater to their specific needs, Ural Airlines is considering to join the ‘India-Friendly’ programme in Russia, which is initiated and executed by RIC in India. Airports of Regions & Russian Information Center in India are assisting the process of launch of services in India by helping identify partners and other associates that will contribute to the entry of Ural Airlines into the India market. Ural Airlines is the primary airline of Airport Koltsovo in Yekaterinburg and one of the largest rapidly developing Russian airlines.

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Turkish Airlines signs MoU with Airbus for A350

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Turkish Airlines and Airbus have signed an MoU to acquire 20+5 optional A350-900 aircraft. The agreement was signed at the Élysée Palace, Paris, during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s official visit to France with French President Emmanuel Macron. “With Turkish Airlines serving more destinations than any other airline around the world, we will be delighted to rely on our new A350 XWB to further develop our major international routes from Turkey.” said M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Turkish Airlines. Aycı went on to say, “This agreement is set to play a key role in our growing business in the years to come as the increased business volume for the local Turkish supplier industry by Airbus will be a great gain for the sector.” The A350 XWB is an all new family of mid-size wide-body long-haul airliners shaping the future of air travel. It features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient engines. These latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs

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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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