Executive Travel in Asia This Week

SYDNEY, Australia, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ — The following weekly summary of news for business travellers in Asia and the Pacific was prepared by Asia Pulse (http://www.asiapulse.com/) the real-time, Asia-based wire With exclusive news, market intelligence and business opportunities.

QANTAS ADDS 5TH NON-STOP BRISBANE-LOS ANGELES FLIGHT

BRISBANE – Qantas has added a fifth non-stop service from Brisbane to Los Angeles, commencing January 28, 2006. Further changes to Qantas’ US schedules included moving from eight flights a week on Melbourne-Los Angeles to a double-daily service – seven operating non-stop and seven via Auckland.

www.qantas.com

CHINA AIRLINES TO LAUNCH CODESHARE SERVICE WITH GERMAN RAIL

TAIPEI – China Airlines (CAL) will launch a codeshare service with Deutsche Bahn AG (DB), Germany’s national railway company, from October 30. The service will allow passengers flying between Taiwan and Germany to enjoy high-speed rail connections between Frankfurt Ariport and seven German cities, including Hamburg, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hanover, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart. Passengers using the codeshare service will only need to pay an extra NT$1,000 (US$30) for a single rail trip.

www.china-airlines.com/en/
POLYNESIAN AIRLINES TO QUIT WELLINGTON SERVICE

APIA – Samoan carrier Polynesian Airlines is quitting Wellington at the end of the month. Wellington and the island of Niue have been dropped by the airline, which has effectively been taken over by the the new Samoan government-Virgin Blue Group owned airline, Polynesian Blue. Polynesian Blue will operate direct flights to Samoa from Auckland only.

www.polynesianairlines.com

S. KOREA’S ASIANA TO RESUME FLIGHTS TO THAI RESORT OF PHUKET

SEOUL – Asiana Airlines said it will resume its flight service to the Thai resort of Phuket late this month. Asiana said it will fly a 200-seat B767 from Incheon International Airport on Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting Oct. 26. Asiana also said it will increase the number of flights to Singapore from the current five per day to seven.

http://flyasiana.com/english/
AIR NZ TO START WEEKLY FLIGHTS TO NIUE

ALOFI – Air New Zealand will start a weekly service to Niue from next month. The flight will leave Auckland on Friday night and return from Niue early in the morning. The service will replace flights by Samoa’s international airline Polynesian Airlines which will merge with Virgin Blue of Australia.

www.airnz.com
FIJI’S AIR PACIFIC BEGINS FLIGHTS TO CHRISTMAS ISLAND

SUVA – Fiji’s national airline, Air Pacific has begun a new service to Christmas Islands in Kiribati. The once weekly service, which began on October 4, will use a Boeing 737-700 aircraft flying Nadi-Christmas Island -Honolulu.

www.airpacific.com
EMIRATES BOOSTS SERVICES TO ASIA PACIFIC

DUBAI – Emirates has increased services and streamlined schedules to Asia. From October 1, Emirates has intensified services between Dubai and Hong Kong with two additional flights, and starting end-October, it will fly directly to Jakarta thrice every week, returning to Dubai via Singapore. Emirates will also add six more weekly services from Dubai to Singapore starting October 30, and from end-October, it will offer five weekly direct services to Kuala Lumpur. From early November, Emirates will add one more direct flight from Dubai to Bangkok, while in February 2006, the airline will launch daily services to Beijing.

www.emirates.com
AIR CANADA BOLSTERS SERVICES TO INDIA

MUMBAI – Air Canada is to expand its service to India with the launch of daily codeshare flights to Mumbai. Flights will commence October 30 and be operated by the carrier’s future Star Alliance partner SWISS via Zurich. The same day, Air Canada will introduce its own daily flights from Toronto to Delhi via Zurich, on which SWISS will sell seats on a codeshare basis.

www.aircanada.ca
ACCOR TO RUN NEW IBIS HOTEL IN SEOUL

SEOUL – Accor is to manage a second Ibis hotel in Seoul, Korea. The Hotel Ibis Myeong-dong is being developed as part of a retail and hotel complex and is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2006. The 280 room hotel will offer a restaurant, sauna, gym and meeting/function facilities. Rates are expected to be in the vicinity of US$100 per night.

www.accorhotels.com
INDIA’S JET AIRWAYS TO INTRODUCE WEB CHECK-IN SERVICE

MUMBAI – India’s Jet Airways is to offer an online facility of Web Check-in to its passengers across India. The Web Check-in facility is currently available for passengers holding a confirmed and valid E-ticket, anytime between 48 hours and 60 minutes prior to their flight departure, in 29 of the airline’s destinations across India.

www.jetairways.com
QANTAS LAUNCHES QUICKCHECK SERVICE

SYDNEY – Passengers will be able to check in for Qantas domestic flights via new QuickCheck facilities at key airports around Australia. Customers with bags will now be able to obtain a boarding pass from a QuickCheck kiosk and then proceed to a Bag Drop point. The new QuickCheck service will be introduced first in Brisbane, followed by Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra over the next two months.

www.qantas.com
QATAR AIRWAYS TO FLY TO MADRID FROM DECEMBER 2

DOHA – Qatar Airways will begin flights to Madrid three times a week from December 2. All flights will operate into Madrid’s Barajas International Airport via Rome. Qatar Airways will be offering members of its Privilege Club frequent flyer programme double Qmiles for the first month of the service.

www.qatarairways.com
ACCOR TO RUN NEW HOTEL IN SYDNEY’S OLYPMIC PARK PRECINCT

SYDNEY – The Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) and Accor have finalised an agreement for the construction of the Sofitel Sydney Olympic Park located opposite Accor’s existing Novotel and Ibis hotel complex. The new Sofitel is scheduled to open mid-2008. The 18 storey, 210 room hotel will include 14 suites, 340 square metres of conference space plus pre-function areas, a boardroom, executive lounge, restaurant and bar, and an underground car park with 130 spaces.

www.accorhotels.com
MANDARIN ORIENTAL, HONG KONG LAUNCHES COUPLES PROMOTION

HONG KONG – Prior to closure at the end of the year for an extensive renovation, the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is offering a celebratory package for couples. The Legends of Mandarin Oriental promotion offers guests a Champagne Welcome and a two-night stay in a Deluxe Harbour View Suite. The package also includes a variety of welcome gifts including a Mandarin Oriental bathrobe and a Tiffany Box, together with round-trip limousine transfers and in-room breakfast for two. The package is priced at HKD 19,630 (US$2,530) and is valid from October 1 to December 28.

www.mandarinoriental.com
JET AIRWAYS CONFIRMS PRICE INCREASE

MUMBAI – India’s Jet Airways is to increase its domestic fares by 10 per cent on all its routes within India effective October 14. The increase in airfares has been blamed on the cost of aviation turbine fuel in recent months. In addition to an increase in the normal economy and business class fares, there will be a proportionate increase in other fare levels such as promotional, excursion and check fares.

www.jetairways.com
EMIRATES LAUNCHES ONLINE CHECK-IN SERVICE

DUBAI – Emirates’ passengers departing from Dubai, Kuwait, Australia and New Zealand can now select and secure their preferred seats online. When checking in online, passengers will be able to select their seats. Once the check-in process has been completed, passengers will be provided an online check-in receipt. They can then proceed to a dedicated counter at the airport to check in their luggage and exchange their online check-in receipt for boarding passes.

www.emirates.com

CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES LAUNCHES BUSINESS CLASS PROMOTION ON BEIJING-HK ROUTE

BEIJING – China Southern Airlines has launched a new Fly To Beijing In Style Business Class promotion from Hong Kong to Beijing. Available for the special promotional fare of HK$5,680 (US$732) per person, the offer is valid through December 31, 2005 and includes one free night on the Executive Floor of the Beijing Hilton or Marriott Beijing Hotel West.

www.cs-air.com/en/

SINGAPORE AIRLINES TO COMMENCE SERVICES TO HYDERABAD FROM LATE OCT

SINGAPORE – Singapore Airlines is to launch flights to Hyderabad from October 30, with a four times weekly service. Also from October 30, Singapore Airlines will mount two additional services to Bangalore. SilkAir, Singapore Airlines’ regional wing, will cease operations to Hyderabad on October 28.

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