Executive Travel in Asia This Week

SYDNEY, Australia, Sept. 15 /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.

TIGER AIRWAYS OFFERS 50 PCT DISCOUNT TO ALL ITS DESTINATIONS

SINGAPORE – Singapore-based budget airline Tiger Airways, in celebration of its first anniversary, is offering a 50% discount on all its fares to all of its destinations. Bookings commence on 15 September and end on 20 September, for the travel period from 15 October to 15 December, 2005. Tiger Airways will commence flights to Krabi, its 11th Asia-Pacific destination, on 7 October this year while flights between Macau and Manila (Clark) will commence on 30 October 2005.

www.tigerairways.com
GULF AIR LAUNCHES MASSIVE SEAT SALE

BAHRAIN – Gulf Air has launched a seat sale that runs until 18 September. Over a million seats are on offer at special discounts, to a wide range of destinations across the carrier’s network. Tickets must be issued before 7 December 2005, and the return journey must be completed before 15 December 2005. The maximum stay is three months although there is no minimum stay requirement.

www.gulfairco.com

JET AIRWAYS TO LAUNCH DAILY NON-STOP FLIGHTS BETWEEN NEW DELHI AND LONDON

NEW DELHI – India’s Jet Airways has announced that it will launch a daily non-stop flight from New Delhi to London Heathrow from 30 October 2005. The early morning flight 9W 122 will depart daily from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi at 0255 hrs and will arrive at London Heathrow Airport at a 0700 hrs. From London Heathrow, 9W 121 will depart daily at 0930 hrs and arrive into Delhi at 2335 hrs the same day.

www.jetairways.com
PACIFIC BLUE TO LAUNCH FLIGHTS TO TONGA

SYDNEY – Virgin Blue’s international carrier Pacific Blue will on 31 October 2005 begin direct flights to Tonga from Australia and New Zealand. Pacific Blue will initially offer two direct flights a week from Sydney to Tonga, and three direct flights between Auckland and Tonga. The new services to Tonga, subject to government approval, will be the fourth South Pacific destination operated by Pacific Blue after the launch of flights from Australia to Vanuatu and Fiji last year.

www.flypacificblue.com

LAN AIRLINES AND KOREAN AIR CODESHARE BETWEEN SEOUL AND SANTIAGO

SEOUL – Chile-based LAN Airlines and Korean Air have begun joint operation of the Seoul-Los Angeles-Santiago route based on codesharing, aimed at developing air connections between these destinations. Korean Air passengers will enjoy greater options for flying to various points in Latin America. LAN Airlines passengers will have use of all facilities for traveling to Korea with multiple choices on schedules and frequencies. The first stage took effect on the Seoul-Los Angeles-Santiago route on 10 September 2005.

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SINGAPORE AIRLINES TO INCREASE FUEL SURCHARGE

SINGAPORE – Singapore Airlines will increase its fuel surcharge for tickets issued on or after 14 September 2005. An increase of US$3 to US$15 per sector, will apply for flights between Singapore and Bandar Seri Begawan, Bangkok, Denpasar, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Manila, Penang and Surabaya. The same increase will apply on Kuala Lumpur flights for tickets issued on or after 21 September 2005. An increase of US$5 to US$50 per sector will apply on all other flights.

www.singaporeair.com
NORTHWEST TO SUSPEND ITS NONSTOP NEW YORK-TOKYO SERVICE

NEW YORK – Due to the record-high cost of jet fuel, Northwest Airlines has announced that it will indefinitely suspend its daily nonstop service from New York’s JFK Airport to Tokyo’s Narita Airport. Northwest’s nonstop New York-Tokyo service will be discontinued from October 2. The airline will however continue to offer single connecting service from New York area airports to Tokyo through its Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul hubs.

www.nwa.com
STAR ALLIANCE LAUNCHES FFP UPGRADE AWARDS

SINGAPORE – Star Alliance is offering Frequent Flyer Programme (FFP) upgrade redemption option across the alliance, rather than on an individual carrier basis, now available to the FFP members of ANA (ANA Mileage Club), Lufthansa (Miles & More) and Singapore Airlines (KrisFlyer). Other Star Alliance member carriers will begin to offer this product during 2006. Star Alliance Upgrade Awards allows customers to redeem miles or points from their FFP account to upgrade by one class, either from Economy Class to Business Class or from Business Class to First Class, on scheduled flights operated by participating member carriers.

www.staralliance.com
THAI AIRWAYS LAUNCHES CORPORATE TRAVEL CARD

BANGKOK – Thai Airways International in cooperation with the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and Krungthai Card Public Company Limited (KTC) are launching a THAI Corporate Travel Card. The card will be extended to Thailand’s leading companies for special privilege packages from THAI on flights from Bangkok to Phuket, Krabi, and Trang. Cardholder privileges include special air fares for flying THAI services, 50% discount for weekday travel and 30% for weekend travel, and special support for corporate meetings, seminars, and incentives by TCEB.

www.thaiair.com
SHANGRI-LA HOTELS AND RESORTS OPENS NEW DELHI HOTEL

NEW DELHI – Leading luxury hotel group Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has opened its first-ever hotel in India, on 8 September. The 17-storey hotel opened with a limited inventory of guestrooms and suites, with the remaining rooms inventory to be unveiled at the hotel’s grand opening in early November 2005, for a total of 323 guestrooms and suites. The Shangri-La hotel, New Delhi caters to business guests with high-speed internet access and wireless LAN, a business centre and three meeting rooms.

www.shangri-la.com
THE ORIENTAL, SINGAPORE RENOVATION INDULGENCE PACKAGE

SINGAPORE – The Oriental, Singapore is reopening its doors after a comprehensive, multi-million-dollar renovation. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is offering the Oriental Indulgence Package, valid through 2005 and priced at S$7,998 (US$4,783) per night based on double occupancy. It includes accommodation in an Oriental Suite, breakfast (in-room or at the Club Lounge); private limousine service throughout stay; personal butler service; customized in-room menu preparation by the chef and sommelier; two hour, 45-minute romance spa package consisting of the Welcome Foot Ritual, Tranquility Bath and Oriental Massage for two; customized sight-seeing tour; (S$299) US$179 dining credit at all hotel restaurants; and optional golf and/or entertainment excursions.

www.mandarinoriental.com

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SYDNEY, Australia, Sept. 22 /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.

LUFTHANSA TO BOOST SERVICES TO ASIA/PACIFIC

MUNICH – Lufthansa will launch eight additional flights to the Asia/Pacific region in its Winter Timetable 2005/06, effective 30 October. Lufthansa will add four weekly flights to provide daily services between Delhi and Munich, offering double daily non-stop services to and from Delhi. It will also increase its Bangalore-Frankfurt flights from five to daily services. Increased passenger demand has prompted the introduction of two extra flights to five weekly services between Hong Kong and Munich, complementing the daily operations between Hong Kong and Frankfurt. There will be a total of 43 flights serving the four Lufthansa China gateways of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

www.lufthansa.com
POLYNESIAN BLUE TO OPERATE FROM AUSTRALIA/NZ TO SAMOA

PERTH – Virgin Blue has added the South Pacific nation of Samoa to its destination list after signing a joint venture deal with the Samoan government to form Polynesian Blue. Polynesian Blue will be the only airline offering a direct low cost carrier flight between Australia and Apia, Samoa and will initially operate three direct flights from Sydney, said Virgin. Four direct services every week will run between Apia and Auckland.

www.virginblue.com.au
VISA ASIA PACIFIC ANNOUNCES NEW GOLF PROMOTION

BANGKOK – Visa Asia Pacific’s Platinum and Visa Infinite cardholders can now secure golf benefits at up to 16 clubs in nine Asia Pacific countries, and access at special prices to 100 golf clubs across 25 countries worldwide. The program will run until 31 December 2006. Under the complimentary golf program, Visa Infinite and Visa Platinum cardholders can enjoy complimentary green fees at selected clubs when they bring two paying guests on weekdays or three paying guests on weekends. Their guests also benefit from special rates that are better than walk-in guest rates. In addition, Visa Infinite and Visa Platinum cardholders will now have access to 100 golf clubs worldwide.

www.visa-asia.com/ap/index.shtml

SINGAPORE’S MERITUS NEGARA OPENS MINERAL WATER-FILLED SWIMMING POOL

SINGAPORE – The newly refurbished Meritus Negara is now offering guests a purified mineral water swimming pool. Guests should now be able to enjoy a swim free from burning eyes, dry skin, bleached hair, offensive odours, allergic reactions, and high levels of toxins the harsh effects of water in regular chlorinated swimming pools. Modern ionization technology was initially developed by NASA for the drinking water of the Apollo astronauts and is now considered the future of water sanitation.

www.meritus-negara.com.sg/

CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES ANNOUNCES SPECIAL FARES FROM THE US

GUANGZHOU – China Southern Airlines has launched a Spring Into Fall Sale with fares from US$499 on round trip flights between America and China. China Southern Airlines Spring Into Fall Sale is a special promotional Economy fare of US$499 plus taxes and fees for travel between 26 October through 7 December, 2005 on the airlines Los Angeles – Guangzhou route only. This fare can only be purchased in North America for travel originating in North America. The promotion requires a minimum stay of seven days and a maximum stay of 45 days and is not applicable to a child’s fare.

www.cs-air.com/en/
JAPAN AIRLINES, CATHAY PACIFIC EXPAND CODE SHARE ALLIANCE

TOKYO, HONG KONG – Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) have agreed to expand their Japan-Hong Kong code share programme to include a daily round trip flight on the Fukuoka-Hong Kong route. The new code share flight will be operated by Cathay Pacific aircraft and crews and the first flight out of Fukuoka will be on 3 October 2005. The flight is routed via Taipei but JAL passengers, by using this code share flight, can travel only between Fukuoka and Hong Kong. Fukuoka-Hong Kong will be the third code share route for JAL and Cathay Pacific between Japan and Hong Kong.

www.jal.co.jp/en/
www.cathaypacific.com/
JAPAN AIRLINES, KOREAN AIR BOLSTER CODE SHARE ARRANGEMENT

SEOUL, TOKYO – Japan Airlines (JAL) and Korean Air Lines (KAL) agreed today to expand their code share operations to include KAL’s twice-daily flights between Fukuoka, Japan and Seoul. The agreement will come into effect on 3 October 2005, and is subject to government approval. The new code share agreement will increase the number of JAL/KAL code share routes from six to seven and the total number of weekly code share flights from 76 per week to 104 on a one-way basis. The new Fukuoka-Seoul code share flights will be operated by KAL aircraft and crew. The JAL operated daily service between Fukuoka and Seoul will be suspended from 3 October 2005.

www.jal.co.jp/en/
www.koreanair.com/
MAL_aacÉV HUNGARIAN AIRLINES, JAPAN AIRLINES FORGE ALLIANCE

TOKYO – Japan Airlines and Mal_aacév Hungarian Airlines have inaugurated a code sharing agreement which will come into effect on October 30, 2005, subject to government approval. The agreement allows JAL to place its flight numbers on specified daily intra-European round trip flights operated by Mal_aacév between Frankfurt and Budapest. In addition to its domestic Hungary routes, Mal_aacév serves 34 countries worldwide and 42 cities. Flight operations for the new code share flights will be handled by Mal_aacév Boeing 737 aircraft and crews.

www.jal.co.jp/en/
www.malev.hu/bp/eng/index.asp
NEW POOL VILLAS OPENED AT NOVOTEL BENOA BALI

BALI – The Novotel Benoa Bali has added eight private pool villas and Le Spa wellness complex to the hotel. Each exclusive villa offers 210sqm of living area inside the walled garden compound, inclusive of private pool with sun terrace and an outdoor bal_aacé pavilion. Each villa offers a refrigerator, espresso machine, large screen TV with home theatre/sound system, air-conditioned bedroom with spacious dressing room and garden bathroom with Jacuzzi bathtub and outdoor rain shower. The Novotel Benoa Bali has also added Le Spa to its product offering, with private treatment suites including two with private sauna. To celebrate the hotel’s latest additions, the Novotel Benoa Bali is offering a special rate of US$230 a night in a pool villa, for double occupancy with breakfast and airport until 20 December 2005.

www.novotelbali.com/
LANGHAM HOTELS INTERNATIONAL LINKS WITH JAPAN AIRLINES

TOKYO – Langham Hotels International (LHI) has entered into a new strategic partnership with Japan Airlines (JAL) to offer value-added frequent flyer mileage benefits for members who stay at LHI’s worldwide hotels portfolio. Under the new partnership, over 17 million JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) members can earn mileage benefits when staying in any of the hotels under LHI in five gateway cities across the four continents, namely London, Boston, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Auckland. JMB members can receive 500 miles per stay at Langham Hotels and 300 miles per stay at The Eaton Hotel, Hong Kong.

www.langhamhotels.com
www.jal.co.jp/en/
MANDARIN HOTEL KL TO PROVIDE SHOPPING CARTS

KUALA LUMPUR – The Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur has launched an MO Shopping Cart service, which is designed to help guests who love to shop at Suria KLCC, which is located next to the hotel. The specially designed MO Shopping Carts are available for in-house guests use, and come fully equipped with mineral water and refreshing cold towels to help make shopping easier. In anticipation of a high demand for the service, guests are required to book one day ahead for the shopping carts from the hotel concierge.

www.mandarinoriental.com/hotel/516000001.asp

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SYDNEY, Australia, Oct. 6 /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.

BMI TO BOLSTER SERVICES TO MUMBAI, JEDDAH

LONDON – bmi plans to increase its services from Heathrow to Mumbai to a daily service and to introduce a three-times-weekly Heathrow-Jeddah service, following the successful launch of its Heathrow-Riyadh service last month. bmi launched a three-times-weekly service between Heathrow and Riyadh on 1 September 2005 and has seen strong bookings in both standard and premium classes. It launched four-times-weekly Heathrow-Mumbai services in May of this year. All flights offer a three-class service and are operated on an Airbus A330 aircraft.

http://www.flybmi.com/bmi/en-gb/index.aspx
CONTINENTAL MICRONESIA TO RESUME HONG KONG, GUAM SERVICE

HONG KONG – Continental Micronesia is to reinstate non-stop services between Hong Kong and Guam effective November 7, 2005. The airline currently serves Hong Kong – Guam via a stop in Saipan. Customers traveling on the non-stop flight from Hong Kong will be able to make an onward connection to Honolulu after a one hour layover in Guam. Continental operates daily non-stop services from Guam to Honolulu and on to Houston using a B767 aircraft with 20 BusinessFirst seats and 236 economy class seats.

www.continental.com/
HONG KONG EXPRESS INTRODUCES SERVICE TO HANGZHOU

HONG KONG – Executive Airline Hong Kong Express has launched a new scheduled service between Hong Kong and Hangzhou. The new route, the airline’s second, will be served initially with two flights daily increasing later this month to three flights daily and operated using the airline’s second of four 76 seat Embraer 170 aircraft currently on order. Flights to Nanjing, Chongqing and Ningbo will be subsequently launched throughout the latter months of 2005 into early 2006.

ORIENTAL, BANGKOK UNDERGOES UPGRADE

BANGKOK – The Verandah and the Oriental Health Centre at the Oriental, Bangkok have recently undergone major transformations. This completes the final renovations at the hotel, which come just in time to usher in The Oriental’s 130th Anniversary celebrations in 2006. The Verandah re-opened with new menu designs, contemporary uniforms, and new culinary creations. The Oriental’s renovations also include the unveiling of a new look for its Health Centre, which has been expanded and remodeled. It now includes equipment to aid in both cardiovascular and upper and lower body exercises. Personal small screen television sets accompany each piece of modern machinery and an all inclusive aerobics room has been installed as a part of the transformation.

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THAI AIRWAYS TO INTRODUCE MOSCOW SERVICE

BANGKOK – Thai Airways International is to operate direct flights three times per week on the route Bangkok – Moscow (Domodedovo) v.v. utilizing MD-11 aircraft, from 1 November onwards. Flights between Bangkok and Moscow v.v. (Domodedovo Airport) will operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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AUSTRALIA’S VIRGIN BLUE LAUNCHES ONLINE CHECK-IN SERVICE

SYDNEY – Virgin Blue has introduced an online check in service. The ‘Web Check-In’ service will allow customers to check in for their flight from the Virgin Blue website up to 24 hours before their scheduled departure time. Customers will be able to print their own tickets and choose their own seats before arriving at the terminal. They can then proceed directly through the security screening points to the boarding gates and lodge checked baggage at a counter in the terminal. The new service will sit alongside its self-check in system, Blue Check, located at most airports.

www.virginblue.com.au
NEW AIR ROUTE LINKING SHENYANG, S.KOREA AND TAIPEI

SHENYANG – A new air route linking Shenyang, the capital of northeast China’s Liaoning Province, South Korea’s Jeju and Taipei will open on October 2. Passenger planes from the Northern Branch of China Southern Airlines and Taiwan Far Eastern Air Transport will operate the new route. Four flights will be available every week, namely on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. It will take less than five hours for a one-way flight.

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MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL GROUP TO OPEN SECOND MACAU HOTEL

MACAU – Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will open a second luxury hotel in Macau, which will be developed on the Macau waterfront. The overall project is scheduled to open in 2009, and will be directly connected to the MGM Grand Casino. Mandarin Oriental’s second property will feature 210 guestrooms including 42 suites, all of which afford panoramic views of aspects of Macau. For the business traveller, the property will offer a full-service business centre, and the hotel will also incorporate a Spa.

www.mandarin-oriental.com
CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES BOOSTS SERVICES TO VIETNAM

GUANGZHOU – China Southern Airlines has expanded its Airbus A320 service between Vietnam and its hub at the new Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou. China Southern Airlines will be adding new weekly morning and evening flights between Guangzhou and Ho Chi Minh City, increasing the airline’s Sino-Vietnam service to 10 weekly flights.

www.cs-air.com/en/

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