Week in Review: Travel Industry News

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Travel News 07 Nov 2016

For week ending 4 November 2016.

In the week that was Qantas announced their new domestic menu, Frequent Flyer status option and new Port Moresby route, Delta launched their plans for a new Premium Ecomomy offering plus airport updates from Perth and Sydney.

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

Air China adds new Melbourne route

Air China plans to launch a new route between Shenzen and Melbourne early next year. Commencing 9 January, the four times weekly service will operate on two-class A330-200 aircraft, adding to existing Air China daily direct services from Beijing and four times weekly services from Shanghai.

Delta Premium offering

Delta Air Lines is launching a new premium economy offering on select international services in 2017. The new Delta Premium cabin offers a 38-inch seat pitch, a 13.3-inch seatback screen, pre-departure drink on board and Sky Priority service.

Perth Airport rail link underway

Work is underway on the Forrestfield-Airport Link project in Perth. The 8.5-kilometre rail line offers a public transport link between the airport and Perth’s CBD, with a journey time of just 20 minutes. The project is scheduled for completion by 2020.

New Qantas Frequest Flyer status option

Qantas has unveiled a new status option for its Frequent Flyers. For the first time, members will be able to choose between 8000 bonus points or 50 Status Credits when they reach a Status Credit milestone, useful for those seeking an additional boost to the next status tier.

New Qantas domestic menu

Qantas has introduced a new menu on domestic economy services. New options include a range of breakfast items, main dishes, snacks and refreshments. Breakfast flights offer a choice of hot or cold dishes, while lunchtime services now have two hot hand-held products to choose from.

Emirates A380 Doha-bound

Emirates will operate an A380 on one of its nine daily services between Dubai and Doha. Effective from 1 December, the superjumbo will operate on flights EK841/842.

New Qantas Port Moresby route

Qantas has introduced daily flights between Brisbane and Port Moresby. Operating on B737-800 aircraft, the flight is timed to arrive at midday. The 174-seat plane includes 12 business class seats and upgraded in-flight entertainment. It replaces the turboprop service between Cairns and Port Moresby.

SQ serves up Teochew

Singapore Airlines is introducing a range of Singapore-style Teochew dishes to its in-flight menu. Available over a four-month period on select flights departing Singapore, the iconic dishes will be available across all cabins classes as well as at SilverKris Lounges in Changi Airport.

New Chinese Hilton

The 246-room Hilton Garden Inn Zhongshan Guzhen is now open. Located near the city’s convention and exhibition centre, the property features an all-day dining restaurant, a 24-hour gym and a range of meeting rooms.

Holiday Inn Perth revamp complete

The Holiday Inn Perth City Centre has reopened following a $25 million redevelopment. All 181 rooms have been revamped, with five new rooms also added. The properties seven conference spaces have been refreshed and the hotel now boasts a cafe as well as the restaurant and bar, which are open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Delta wi-fi roll out complete

Delta Air Lines’ four-year wi-fi roll out is now complete. The carrier’s entire long-haul international fleet, including B747, B777, B767, B757-200 and A330 aircraft, now offers high-speed Ku-Band satellite technology.

Singapore Airlines Sydney check-in move

Those travelling on Singapore Airlines from Sydney should be aware that the carrier’s check-in counters have moved. They are now located in Row J – counters 15-28.