For week ending 10 June 2016.
It's Monday and that means its news time! We have all the latest travel industry news from last week for you to catch up on. Read all about Oneworld’s changes to checked baggage; learn which airlines are expanding their networks and which airline can facilitate your need for sport whilst at altitude! Catch up on the top stories below and search our news hub for more detailed updates.
Oneworld introduces changes to checked baggage
Oneworld airlines are no longer required to check passengers and their luggage through to their final destination on connecting flights. The new scheme, which came into effect quietly from 1 June, impacts passengers whose journey involves flights on more than one airline where their travel encompasses separate bookings.
If a passenger has a booking with all flights listed under a single booking, then there will be no change and Oneworld alliance airlines will continue to offer through check-in to the passengers final destination and issue boarding passes for all connecting flights.
Emirates doubles on-board live sports coverage
Emirates is amplifying its inflight entertainment offering and adding a second dedicated sports channel to its ice TV Live on-board. Sports 24 Extra and Sports 24 will offer live matches and coverage of the much anticipated top sporting events this summer including UEFA Euro 2016, NBA, Formula 1, Wimbledon, US Open and Moto GP. The two channels will also provide live coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympics this August. Busy globetrotters and travelling sports fans can now enjoy more live sporting action than ever before.
Eva Air increasing frequency of flights to Brisbane
Starting October 5, 2016, EVA Air will boost its flights between Brisbane and Taipei, increasing from two return flights per week to five return flights. Brisbane is EVA Air’s only destination in Australia and Eva will fly the Airbus A330 aircraft on this route.
Starwood re-launches Le Meridien brand in Singapore
Le Meridien Singapore Sentosa is set in a restored pair of barracks, which housed Southeast Asia’s first Malay artillery back in 1940. The hotel becomes the first Le Meridien in Singapore for almost a decade. The property features 191 rooms and suites, including units with outdoor Japanese onsen pools and a duplex penthouse with its own rooftop garden and pool. Other facilities include a swimming pool and 243m² of function space, including a 198m² ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows. Two restaurants and a bar will also be added in future.
Hainan Airlines, touches down in the UK for the first time
Hainan’s new Beijing to Manchester route is the first service directly linking Manchester to China. The service will run four times a week and Hainan Airlines will deploy its 222 seat Airbus A330 on the route.
Brand new Pullman Hotel opens at Sydney Airport
Accor Hotels has opened the Pullman Sydney Airport, a newly-built property is a 229-room hotel offering a range of facilities including the Mobius Bar & Grill, a club lounge with flight departure and arrival screens, a 24-hour fitness centre and three meeting rooms. Located 600 meters from Sydney Airport’s domestic terminal and 3km from the international terminal.
China Eastern expands European network
China Eastern has announced it will commence direct flights from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport later this month. The Chinese carrier will deploy its Airbus A330 aircraft to operate four weekly flights on the route.