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News in Brief: Tuesday October 28

Singapore Airlines' Airbus A380 has completed its first flight into New Zealand, landing at Auckland Airport minutes ahead of schedule showing a  good start to its five-month summer season.

Previously, a Boeing 777 serviced the Singapore-Auckland route, and with the A380, the airline adds capacity to the tune of around 55,000 seats for the summer season. The flight was also the first sign of the SQ and Air New Zealand alliance.

 

United Airlines has revised its 787 route today after completing what is now the longest nonstop Dreamliner route in the world; a 15-hour flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne.

Passengers were greeted with red, white and blue balloons upon check-in, and joined executives from the airline, Melbourne Airport, Boeing and Los Angeles Tourism for post-flight celebrations.

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Emirates has launched a daily non-stop service to Budapest, marking its first entry into Hungary, with the daily flight operated by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration.

The inaugural flight was welcomed by Budapest Airport’s CEO Jost Lammers, along with partners from the travel trade and local media at a special reception at the airport.

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Fiji’s newest luxury resort Nanuku Resort & Spa has expanded its management team with the appointment of Angela Hassan and Kini Saukuru to the roles of sales manager and front office manager respectively.

Hassan brings close to 20-years’ experience in business development and sales with the Warwick Fiji Resorts Group, while Saukuru joins following five-years at Musket Cove Island Resort in the Mamanuca Islands.

 

AVANI Hotels & Resorts has added its first property in Africa, with the launch of AVANI Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa in Mozambique.

The former Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa is situated in the far northern province of Cabo Delgado in the port town of Pemba, and aims to blend African and Arabian design in the architecture and interiors.

The 185-room property is located between Pemba Bay and Wimbe Beach overlooking the Indian Ocean, and features tennis courts, entertainment spaces, four swimming pools, water sports and excursions, and the flagship restaurant Clube Naval and a yacht marina.

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The Australian Open and Emirates Airline today announced a new Grand Slam partnership, launching a multi-year deal that will see the two global brands unite for the first time.

The agreement also includes sponsorship of the elite Australian Open Series, the official lead-in to the first Grand Slam of the year.

From this summer the series will be rebranded the Emirates Australian Open Series, with the airline to partner all five marquee events held ahead of the Australian Open.

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