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It’s not every day you get gifted with something as informative as our Airline Wrap. But only because it’s a weekly article, not because it’s particularly rare or exotic.

Let Qantas Holidays take you to the UK & Ireland!

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Qantas Holidays has now released their brand new 2018 UK & Ireland brochure (previously combined with UK & Europe) featuring a significantly expanded selection of accommodation and tour options. The brochure features a great range of Stopover packages, as well as new London and Edinburgh City Break packages.
Check out the wide range of accommodation and tours available in Regional England, Scotland and Ireland sections. Also new hotels are featured in the Welsh towns of Caernarfon, Conwy and Tenby.

Unisys Predicts the Rise of an Even Smarter Warehouse and New Strategic Alliances That Will Transform the Asia Pacific Cargo Industry by 2020

IoT and voice AI enabled smart devices and systems, warehouse drones and strategic alliances between airlines and distributors will be key to the air freight industry capitalising on the e-commerce market.

The Asia Pacific air cargo industry is experiencing growth and transformation driven by rapidly increasing capacity supply on passenger flights, and the shift to business-to-consumer small parcel shipments as a result of e-commerce. Growing passenger demand will increase the number of passenger flights and add to cargo capacity supply.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects the number of air passengers globally will almost double between 2016 and 2035, with the greatest growth in Asia Pacific – particularly in China and India. Simultaneously, the popularity of e-commerce is changing the nature of cargo shipments, incrementally increasing the number of small parcels – which is predicted to grow five per cent annually in mature markets and 17 per cent annually in China.

Qatar Airways Marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Limited Edition Pink Amenity Kits

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Special limited edition pink amenity kits are now being offered to Qatar Airways’ First and Business Class passengers to mark the airline’s continuing support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Each passenger flying long-haul in First Class and Business Class will be presented with a luxury amenity bag created exclusively for Qatar Airways by stylish Italian luggage brand BRIC’S, in a carefully chosen shade of pink called ‘Rose Pompadour’.

Every one of the highly-sought after amenity kits, designed for men and women, will be accompanied by a specially created card urging customers to Think Pink! and encouraging them to support the fight against breast cancer.

Qatar Airways has long supported Breast Cancer Awareness month with the airline’s staff playing their part to help beat the disease. As well as being encouraged to wear pink during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many Qatar Airways employees will be taking part in a number of initiatives to alert staff to the dangers of the disease and generate funds towards fighting breast cancer.

LATAM’s in-flight experience recognised in international awards

LATAM Airlines Group was named as a ‘Five Star Global Airline’ for its in-flight experience in the APEX 2018 Airlines Official Ratings, announced in Long Beach, California on September 25, 2017.

LATAM was one of two carriers in Latin America and one of only three in the Americas to be given this accolade, the highest ranking for ‘global airlines’ with a large number of wide-body aircraft and extensive international network.

The APEX airline ratings rank in-flight experience based on independently assessed passenger feedback with criteria including overall experience, seat comfort, cabin service, food and beverage, entertainment and Wi-Fi. Between October 24, 2016 and July 31, 2017, passengers rated more than 500,000 flights of over 470 airlines worldwide.

Emirates marks 15th year of connecting Japan to the world

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In October 2002, Emirates became the first airline to link Japan and the Gulf region with non-stop flights when it introduced its four-times-per-week service to Osaka. Now serving three points in Japan daily, Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has carried over 3.9 million passengers in 15 years of service to Japan.

The number of passengers carried in Emirates’ first year of operations–roughly 66,000 in 2002—has grown to nearly 530,000 passengers carried between Dubai and Tokyo (Narita and Haneda) and Osaka in 2016. This achievement is the result of Emirates’ commitment to providing the Japanese market with convenient and innovative products and tailor-made services.
Emirates’ flights from Japan depart at night, allowing passengers to have a full day in Japan prior to their journey. Uniquely on routes to and from Japan, Emirates offers special Japanese cuisine, including the Kaiseki course meal and the premier selection of Sushi in First Class as well as a specially arranged Bento box and Sushi platter in Business Class, along with Japanese sake available in all classes.

Finnair opens new routes to Bergen and Tromsø in Norway in cooperation with Wideroe

Finnair has announced new routes to commence between its Helsinki hub and Bergen and Tromsø in Norway in May 2018, connecting the regions to Finnair’s extensive Asian network.
The onboard service will be based on the Finnair dual class service concept.
Wideroe will operate the Finnair flight from Bergen to Helsinki six times a week, with a brand-new Embraer 190 E2 aircraft, and schedule connections to Finnair’s Asian flights as well as to Finnair’s European network.
Finnair also continues to fly to Bergen via Stockholm. Bergen the second largest city in Norway, located by the Atlantic coast and surrounded by seven mountains, is known for its small-town charm, breathtaking scenery and ideal opportunities for exploring the beautiful fjords of Norway.

The latest news from Qatar Airways

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Qatar Airways is pleased to announce it will launch flights to the cultural capital of Russia, St. Petersburg, later this year, doubling the Russian routes operated by the five-star carrier. The new daily service, which starts on 19 December 2017, will operate between Doha and St. Petersburg with an Airbus A320, offering 12 flatbed seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class.

Qatar Airways Cargo has also taken delivery of its thirteenth Boeing 777 freighter at its home base at Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA). Continuing its trajectory of rapid growth and expansion, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier’s fleet now includes 22 freighters, comprising eight Airbus A330F, 13 Boeing 777F and one Boeing 747-8F.

ANA Updated Fare Sheet to Japan

All Nippon Airways have introduced new fare changes, including updated fares to Japan, effective from 16th October 2017.

Updates are:
– Fare adjustments
– NH Japan Domestic booking class adjustments (Travel date on/after 01OCT2018)
– VA Booking class adjustments

The Japan domestic booking class will be the same as the international booking class from 01OCT2018 for economy class. For example, if the “outbound date is on/before 30SEP2018” and “inbound date is on/after 01OCT2018” in the same PNR, then the booking must be made with the applicable classes.

For more information see the full Business/Premium Economy/Economy Fare Sheet.

Cathay Pacific celebrates 25 years of service to Adelaide

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Cathay Pacific is celebrating 25 years of service to Adelaide. The South Australian city became Cathay Pacific’s 40th destination on 3 October 1992, and the service was initially operated by a weekly 747. Over the past 25 years, Adelaide tourism has grown and Cathay Pacific has met demand by launching its fifth weekly service in July this year.
 
Cathay Pacific has special fares from Adelaide to Europe and North America on sale now, featuring local Adelaide products. The airline is passionate about strengthening its connection to Adelaide and currently works with following local businesses:
  • Business Class passengers receive amenity kits designed by Jurlique, an Adelaide skincare brand with ingredients farmed in the Adelaide Hills
  • The airline also offers Business Class passengers local Maggie Beer ice-cream
  • Two South Australian wines are currently offered in Business Class; D’Arenberg Olive Grove Chardonnay McLaren Vale 2016 and Tenacity Old Vine Shiraz South Australia 2016
  • Cathay Pacific’s commitment to the city is also evident through its partnership with Port Adelaide Football Club. In May this year, the airline flew the team to Shanghai for the first AFL game outside Australia and New Zealand.

LATAM Airlines Group reports preliminary monthly statistics for August 2017 

LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and its subsidiaries, the leading airline group in Latin America, today reported its preliminary monthly traffic statistics for August 2017 compared to August 2016.

System passenger traffic increased by over two per cent, while capacity rose by over one per cent. As a result, the Company’s load factor for the month increased 0.7 points to 84.5 per cent. International passenger traffic accounted for approximately 57 per cent of the month’s total passenger traffic.

Like premium economy? Free upgrade when you book a Japan tour!

Announced in conjunction with their first brochure launch event of the season, Wendy Wu Tours are delighted to share a brand new offer for bookings to Japan.

Simply book any selected Japan tour for 2018 travel, and you’ll receive a free upgrade to Premium Economy, flying Cathay Pacific.

There are three Fully Inclusive Classic Tours and one Immerse Yourself tour available to book on this exclusive offer:

  • A Week in Japan: 9 days from $6,940pp twin share Fully Inclusive Classic Tour
  • Discover Japan: 14 days from $9,540pp twin share Fully Inclusive Classic Tour
  • Jewels of Japan: 12 days from $8,990pp twin share Fully Inclusive Classic Tour
  • Trails of Japan: 14 days from $9,680pp twin share Immerse Yourself tour

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