Airline Updates

SWISS becomes allergy friendly

Swiss International Air Lines has become the first airline in the world to meet the ECARF criteria for 'allergy-friendly' airlines.

The company is in the process of introducing products specifically designed to enhance the air travel experience for allergy sufferers.

New lactose and gluten-free food and drinks as well as changes to the cabin interior will be introduced from the beginning of May.

Allergy sufferers will be able to order special meals tailored to their needs in all seating classes on long-haul services and in business class within Europe up to 24 hours before their scheduled departure.

Pillows stuffed with synthetic materials will also be offered, and the airline is ceasing use of decorative flowers and air fresheners.

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Emirates A380s soon to Kuwait

Emirates is introducing a scheduled daily A380 service to Kuwait from July 16, marking the airline’s 25th anniversary of flights to the country.

It was July 16, 1989 when Emirates began flights between Dubai and Kuwait City, and the airline now serves the route five times daily with a combination of Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

Flights EK 857 and EK 858 will be upgraded to a double decker service, making Kuwait only the second market in the Middle East to be served by the airline’s flagship aircraft after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Emirates currently operates its A380s to 28 of its 142 global destinations, including three times daily through Auckland.

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Delta Air Lines' new flatbeds

Delta Air Lines has completed the installation of full flatbed seats with direct-aisle access in BusinessElite across its entire international widebody fleet.

The airline is the only U.S. carrier to offer full flatbed seats and the convenience of direct aisle access on all overseas flights.

The completed interior fleet modifications include all Delta Airbus A330-200/300, Boeing 767-300ER/400ER, 767-400 and 777-200ER/LR aircraft, which represent Delta’s largest interior fleet modification in more than a decade.

Delta is also the only U.S. domestic carrier to offer personal, on-demand entertainment at every seat on all long-haul international flights.

This year, Delta was named the 2014 airline of the year by Air Transport World magazine and was named to FORTUNE magazine’s top 50 most admired companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the third time in four years.

See a complete overview of Delta’s ongoing updates to its products on their Facebook page.

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CX/QR codeshare

Cathay Pacific Airways and Qatar Airways has a new code share agreement. Under a strategic agreement with its oneworld partner, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific first started servicing Doha directly on March 30, 2014.

Following the launch of the twice-daily service between Hong Kong and Doha, Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways code-share agreement enables passengers to book on either airline to an expanded network of destinations, while benefiting from accruing frequent flyer points or miles, together with other oneworld member privileges. Top-tier members from Cathay Pacific’s The Marco Polo Club and Qatar Airways’ The Privilege Club will receive reciprocal benefits when travelling on flights between Hong Kong and Qatar, including lounge access, extra baggage allowances, priority boarding and many other services.

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HA first to Beijing

Hawaiian Airlines has launched a three-times weekly non-stop service to Beijing, the latest addition to its expanded international network and first mainland China destination.

Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines president and chief executive officer says the service to China has long been an aspiration of Hawaiian and the entire Hawaii tourism community. 'Travellers on the Beijing-Honolulu route will experience the special presentation of our authentic Hawaiian hospitality that has earned the loyalty of customers around the world.'

Hawaiian Airlines’ new non-stop service between Honolulu and Beijing will add nearly 50,000 seats to both travel markets. According to HTA, the state’s official tourism agency, Hawai‘i welcomed more than 132,000 visitors from China in 2013, and projects an increase of 37% in 2014. In addition, the China market is the highest spending visitor market with an average of US$397 per person per day spending.

'Hawaiian Airlines’ new Beijing to Honolulu route will help to support our efforts to attract more visitors from the developing Asia market,' says Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA). 'China is a vastly growing region for the state’s tourism economy and we anticipate this flight to provide an estimated US$81.06 million in annual visitor spending and US$8.47 million in state tax revenue.'

Hawaiian Airlines is opertating Honolulu and Beijing using a 294-seat A330-200 aircraft.

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Sydney confirms second airport

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed that Badgerys Creek will become Sydney's second airport for the west of the city. The long overdue decision was approved by the federal cabinet at a meting in Canberra.

Abbott says planning and design work will begin immediately and he expects construction to begin by 2016.

The cost has been estimated at A$2.5 billion, the bulk of which will come from the private sector, with roads and infrastructure to be built before the airport begins construction.

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South America on sale

LAN Airlines has released economy class fares from Auckland to Santiago starting from $1,499*, including all taxes and surcharges.

Flights from Auckland through to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, via Santiago start from$1,499*, including all taxes and surcharges.

Valid for valid from April 3 2014 to April 27, 2014. Airfares are valid for departures from May 15, 2014 to August 31, 2014. Conditions and close outs apply - refer to GDS or LAN Airlines for more details.

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JAWS prizewinners

The JAWS Plus Roadshow has concluded for another year, with organisers and suppliers heralding the event as a success. JAWS Secretary Gareth Williamson would like to thank the nearly 400 agents who attended JAWS across 11 cities nationwide throughout March.

There were several prizes on offer from the wide range of suppliers presenting at JAWS, and the winners are: 

Earlybird registration prizes
Dianne Boyes, House of Travel Motueka won 2 x return tickets AKL-SYD or BNE flying China Airlines
Daniel Nightingale, Flight Centre Hastings won 2 x return tickets AKL-Port Vila flying Air Vanuatu

Main prize draw
Dave McNicol, Flight Centre South Dunedin won 2 x return tickets AKL-Port Vila flying Air Vanuatu
Sarah Weaver, House of Travel Calder & Lawson won 7 nights accommodation including breakfast & transfers at the Matavai Resort in Niue
Tiffany McCrea-Lennon, Mondo Riccarton won a $200 Expedia Travel Voucher
Julia Broadley-Ryan, United Travel Katikatia won 2 x return tickets AKL/CHC-NAN flying Fiji Airways
Bonnie McLeod, House of Travel Gore won 3 nights accommodation including full breakfast at the Krabi Resort, Krabi Island Thailand, thanks to the Tourism Authority or Thailand
Sharlene Benson, Harvey World Travel Porirua won 3 nights accommodation including full breakfast at the Lanta Resort, Koh Lanta Thailand, thanks to the Tourism Authority or Thailand

For more information, contact Gareth Williamson, JAWS Secretary/Treasurer, on 09 977 2216 or by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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