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Qantas sparkles for Valentines

Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:10

Qantas is adding some sparkle for Valentine's Day this year with the launch of Champagne and Kate and Jack Spade amenity kits in business class.

On February 14, customers travelling business between New Zealand and Australia and Noumea and Sydney will enjoy a selection of Jacquart Cuvee Brut Mosaique NV, Champagne Duval-Leroy Brut NV and NV Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve.

Business customers will also be given amenity kits designed by Kate Spade and Jack Spade on services between Auckland and Australia departing after 6pm.

Left, TRAVELinc's Ruth Scott with a Valentine's pack from Qantas delivered to the ProMag office today.

Asiana 2015 fares

Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:07

World Aviation advises that Asiana fares for travel to 31 October 2015 remain unchanged.
The carrier’s competitive business class fares from New Zealand to Vladivostok in Russia start from $5305 incl tax return.
Contact preferred consolidator or World Aviation Systems.

Bangkok Airways and Garuda codeshare

Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:04

Bangkok Airways and Garuda Indonesia have commenced a codeshare agreement on Bangkok Airways’ selected flights in Thailand.

The new partnership will enable Garuda passengers a smooth transit in Bangkok to connect to Samui, Lampang, Phuket, Udon Thani, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phnom Penh, Luang Prabang and Dhaka in Thailand.

Whereas, Bangkok Airways passengers will be able to make reservation on Garuda Indonesia’s network which include: Bangkok- Jakarta, Singapore- Jakarta, Jakarta-Denpasar Bali, Jakarta- Yogyakarta, Jakarta- Semarang, Jakarta- Surabaya and Jakarta- Ujung Pandang.

Emirates A380 service for Perth

Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:03

Emirates has announced it will upscale one of its three daily flights between Perth and Dubai to the Emirates Airbus A380 from 1 May 2015.

The change from a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will see an increase in capacity of 131 seats per flight and 1,834 seats per week.

Emirates’ Perth A380 service will operate daily as EK420 departing Dubai at 2.55am and arriving at Perth International Airport at 5.35pm the same day.

The return flight, EK421, will depart Perth at 10.10pm and arrives in Dubai the following day at 5.25am, a flying time of 11 hours 15 minutes.

Gatwick’s new Amadeus system

Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:02

London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is the first to implement Amadeus’ cloud-based Airport-Collaborative Decision Making Portal (A-CDM) to improve collaborative decision-making processes.

Gatwick is now one of a group of airports to join the European-wide A-CDM standard, with airports such as Munich, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Madrid and Zurich.

Gatwick opted for Amadeus’ cloud technology to speed up the implementation time of A-CDM, rolling out the Amadeus portal to 300 users in just eight weeks.

Assisted by the Amadeus portal, LGW will handle 55 flights per hour from the world’s busiest runway and estimates up to 2 million additional passengers.

The aim of the A-CDM standard is to bring the entire airport ecosystem (airport operators, airlines, ground handlers and air traffic management) together to operate more efficiently and transparently, sharing accurate information in a timely manner.

This results in better air traffic management with fewer delays and increased capacity, as well as an improved passenger experience thanks to an integrated approach to operations.

The Amadeus A-CDM Portal provides aggregated views of the status of airport operational activities based on real-time flight, passenger and other operational data.

It can predict future flight problems over a three-to-four hour period, identifying which flights might be delayed and how they can be turned around faster to make sure they leave Gatwick on time, even if they arrived late.

With accurate data at their disposal, airport stakeholders can make cooperative decisions to rapidly deal with operational issues.