Aviation

Airline wrap: Air New Zealand’s new route, Delta celebrates Earth Day + more!

This airline wrap is almost as short as this week promises to be, making it the perfect easy read for those still recovering from their long weekend antics.

Etihad Airways to operate single-use plastic free flight on Earth Day

Eco friendly plates and cutlery

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will be the first airline in the region to operate a flight without any single-use plastics on board, in a bid to raise awareness of the effects of plastic pollution. Flight EY484 will depart Abu Dhabi on 21 April, landing in Brisbane on 22 April – Earth Day.

The milestone flight is part of Etihad’s ongoing commitment to the environment, to go beyond Earth Day celebrations, and pledge to reduce single-use plastic usage by 80 per cent not just in-flight, but across the entire organisation by the end of 2022.

Emirates expands its A380 network with the introduction of scheduled service to Riyadh

Emirates is providing more options and choice for its customers in Riyadh with the introduction of the first scheduled Airbus A380 service to the capital city, effective 21 April 2019. Riyadh is the 51st destination to join the Emirates A380 network.

Flight EK 817/818, currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, will now be operated by the iconic and highly popular Emirates A380. The Emirates A380 aircraft will be operating on the route five times a week. Emirates flight EK 817 will depart Dubai at 1850hrs, arriving in Riyadh at 1935hrs. The return flight EK 818 leaves Riyadh at 2125hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0035hrs the next day. The deployment of the iconic double-decker aircraft will offer business and leisure travellers from Riyadh even more connection opportunities for a seamless ‘all A380’ journey to business hubs such as New York, London and Hong Kong as well a leisure centres like Mauritius and Barcelona.

Air New Zealand fares to Seoul available now

Fares are on sale now for Air New Zealand’s new non-stop service between Auckland and Seoul, with Economy fares available from $649 one-way.

From 23 November 2019 Air New Zealand will operate three services per week to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, increasing to five times a week during the peak holiday period from late December – mid-February.

The new route will be flown by the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet with a flight time of around 12 hours northbound and just over 11 hours southbound.

Air New Zealand’s proposed schedule between Auckland and Seoul from 23 November 2019 is as follows:

Flight Number Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft type
NZ75 Auckland 1200 Seoul 1955 Mon, Thurs, Sat

 

(And Wed & Sun from 23 December – 22 February)

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
NZ76 Seoul 2145 Auckland 1255 Mon, Thurs, Sat

 

(And Wed & Sun from 23 December – 22 February)

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

On Earth Day, Delta offsets most carbon emissions in single day for over 300K customers

Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 Commercial Plane

In celebration of Earth Day today, Delta is offsetting the emissions of all domestic leisure and business travel into and out of New York, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham and Atlanta for over 300,000 customers across the country.

Plantable seed paper cutouts shaped like aeroplanes will be distributed on these selected flights to let customers know the environmental impact of their flight has been offset and inspire them to offset additional travel on delta.com/co2. Once planted, this special paper aeroplane will sprout non-invasive wildflowers.

Qatar Airways Wins Multiple Awards in Recognition of its Outstanding Onboard Catering, Amenity Kits and Charitable Initiatives

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Qatar Airways is celebrating a successful month of April with a host of award wins across a variety of categories, highlighting its outstanding onboard hospitality, passenger experience and commitment to charitable initiatives.

The airline won two separate accolades at the 2019 Onboard Hospitality Awards that took place in Hamburg, Germany on 1 April.

In recognition of the importance of sustainability, innovation and corporate social responsibility and responding to trends, Qatar Airways and FORMIA won a special award for ‘Best Charitable Initiatives’ in recognition of the airline’s breast cancer awareness amenity kit, which was cited as a worthy initiative, helping to raise awareness of an important cause in a simple but effective manner.

Emirates to expand reach in India with SpiceJet codeshare partnership

Emirates and SpiceJet have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enter into a reciprocal codeshare agreement, which is set to open new routes and destinations for passengers travelling between India and popular destinations across Africa, America, Europe and the Middle East.

Subject to necessary government approvals, the partnership will enable Emirates’ passengers to enjoy seamless connectivity on flights to India, leveraging SpiceJet’s strong domestic presence and adding six new destinations: Amritsar, Jaipur, Pune, Mangalore, Madurai and Calicut – to the nine existing cities in India served by Emirates.

This will bolster Emirates’ already-extensive network adding a total of 67 weekly connections between Emirates’ hub in Dubai to these six fast-growing destinations in India. This includes increased domestic connectivity from Emirates’ nine Indian gateways to points such as Goa, Hubli, Guwahati, Vishakhapatnam and Tuticorin which would allow for a greater variety of travel options between both Emirates and SpiceJet flights.

Building a world-class terminal: Delta employees, partners mark the start of demolition at LAX

Delta Terminal LAX 3 Demolition Celebration

Demolition has officially started on Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport, commencing the first phase of construction on the $1.86 billion Delta Sky Way project.​

Delta employees along with representatives from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), contractor Hensel Phelps, and design firms Gensler and Arup gathered for a celebratory event to mark the milestone in the project, which will modernize, upgrade and connect Terminals 2, 3 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (Terminal B).

The event was held in an area of the terminal that is now closed to the public as construction gets underway and included a ceremonial wall demolition. Attendees also signed a steel girder that will be placed in the final facility.

Delta leaders, including Mary Loeffelholz, Vice President – LAX Corporate Real Estate; John Fechushak, Vice President – LAX Operations; and Scott Santoro, Vice President – Los Angeles and West Sales; were in attendance and recognized the airline’s LA-based employees for the role they play in taking care of customers during the construction and bringing the final facility to life.

Aviation

How Air Canada is making its mark on gender equality, locally and globally

With the Women in Travel Awards 2019 just days away, we wanted to shine the light on a company that truly values female representation across the board.

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Aviation wrap: Qantas grows US network, Emirates reduces single-use plastics, Air Vanuatu’s new service + more

This week’s aviation wrap comes free of any mentions of flaperons, altimeters or horizontal stabilisers.

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Cruise

TAA warns cruise industry could “flatten out” if Sydney doesn’t expand berthing facilities

Though that’s not to say Sydney’s overseas passenger terminal will now be equipped with a steamroller to flatten cruise ships at will.

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Aviation

Unruly passenger slaps cabin crew, throws up on Paris flight

Just when you thought nothing could top United’s ant-infested flight, Travel Weekly is proud to inform you of this mid-flight puke fest.

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Tourism

REVEALED: The number one Aussie brand for Chinese consumers is not what you think

If you think we left the name of the top brand out of this headline to make you click on it, you’re absolutely right.

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Tourism

“Australia remains a billion-pound market for Britain”, says VisitBritain CEO

by Teresa Russell

Have you lost faith in Great Britain’s appeal as a destination for Aussie travellers? Have it restored here with this.

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Aviation

Woman hilariously live-tweets ant-infested flight

by Ali Coulton

If you can think of anything worse than being surrounded by unruly insects during a nine-hour flight, please email your response to notpossible@doesnotexist.org.

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Destinations

Kiwis to say ‘Good Morning World’ every day for next 12 months as part of Tourism NZ’s new brand campaign

Kiwis are getting up at the crack of dawn to welcome the world as part of a Tourism NZ campaign. Meanwhile, Travel Weekly staff will be tucked up in bed wearing their Peter Alexander PJs and pom pom nightcaps.

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Tourism

STUDY: 95 per cent of Aussies have holiday regrets, with a quarter wishing they’d had a fling

Travel Weekly’s editor has many holiday regrets – the tattoo of a particular appendage on his right bicep being just one of them.

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Hotels

Airbnb launches new project to support country pubs

Meanwhile, Travel Weekly staff are supporting our local pub by blowing half our pay on its happy hour specials.

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Hotels

Opinion: Automation is the secret to personalisation in hotels

by Ahmed Youssef

We couldn’t find a robot who was willing to write this article for us, so we enlisted the help of Amadeus’ Ahmed Youssef instead.

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Aviation

Plane struck by lightning before fiery crash: report

A preliminary report on the tragic Aeroflot plane crash that killed 41 people last month has provided some more clarity around what went wrong.

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