For week ending 16 September 2016.
With September beginning to wrap up there is still plenty happening in the travel industry to catch up on. Qantas have announced a new Japan route ex Melbourne while Virgin Australia has announced intentions to set up a Charter alliance. In Car Hire news Hertz have introduced new special mobility vehicles into their Australian fleet.
All this and more in our weekly news round-up brought to you by FCM Travel Solutions.
Qantas adds new Japan route
Qantas is launching a new non-stop service between Melbourne and Tokyo’s Narita Airport. Services will commence on 16 December, operating on two-class A330-300 aircraft. It will add to the carrier’s existing Sydney-Haneda and Brisbane-Narita routes. Any customers already booked on Qantas Sydney-Haneda or Brisbane-Narita services can switch to the new Melbourne route.
PARKROYAL Parramatta revamp
PARKROYAL Parramatta has completed a $25m redevelopment and extension. The hotel now boasts 90 new rooms, five additional meeting rooms, a fitness centre and a Club Lounge. The upgrades have made the hotel the largest in the suburb.
Virgin seeks FIFO alliance
Virgin Australia is seeking authorisation for a ‘Charter Alliance’ with Alliance Aviation Services. The deal aims to provide an integrated offering to corporate customers, mainly for fly-in fly-out employees, with a comprehensive frequent flyer program, through-checking of baggage, airport lounge access and status credits. A draft decision on the alliance is expected before the end of the year.
Hertz mobility fleet
Hertz has introduced special mobility vehicles to its Australian fleet. Ten new vehicles that have been specially modified to offer wheelchair access will be available in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast. Provided in partnership with Automobility, the vehicles have access through the rear and five passenger seats.
New Sheraton Quebec
Starwood Hotels & Resorts is opening a new Sheraton-branded in Quebec. The 205-room Sheraton Saint-Hyacinthe Hotel is due to open towards the end of 2017. The property will feature a Club Lounge, restaurant, fitness centre, indoor pool and a range of event spaces spread across six meeting rooms. Guests will also benefit from direct access to the municipal congress centre.
Qantas Hong Kong fare changes
Qantas premium economy and business class fares from Australia to Hong Kong are set to rise. Effective from 15 September, a tariff review will see premium economy and D Class business ticket prices increase, while I, C and J class fares remain unchanged.
THAI delays Melbourne A350
Thai Airways International has postponed the launch of A350 aircraft on its Bangkok-Melbourne route. Originally due to commence on 22 September, the introduction of the new aircraft is now expected to debut in late October. The carrier plans to operate both daily services between the two cities on A350 aircraft.
Samsung fire hazard
The Federal Aviation Administration has officially advised aircraft passengers not to pack Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices in their checked baggage. They further advise that travellers not turn on or charge these phones in flight. The warning comes after Samsung recalled millions of devices shortly after they were launched due to exploding batteries.