Week in Review: Travel Industry News

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Travel News 15 Aug 2016

For week ending 12 August 2016.

In travel news last week it was particularly busy in the air space. Beijing confirms the new airport will house SkyTeam, Cathay hands KL route to sister airline Dragonair, Emirates brings more A380s to China and Centara Hotels confirm two new luxury properties in China.

All this and more in our weekly news round up brought to you by FCM Travel Solutions.

Cathay to hand KL flights to Dragonair

Dragonair will launch its first flights to Kuala Lumpur next year, replacing Cathay Pacific’s services. The new flights will be introduced progressively between March and May 2017, eventually reaching four flights per day. Following the launch, Cathay will cease to operate its four daily Hong Kong-KL flights and Cathay will also hand down five of its Airbus A330 jets to the Dragonair fleet.

China Southern to launch direct flights to Adelaide

Commencing on 12 December 2016, China Southern will launch a new direct service to Adelaide, from Guangzhou. The new service will run three times a week, using a 216-seat, three-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The route will become the first direct connection between mainland China and Adelaide.

Emirates to fly A380 to Guangzhou

Emirates have unveiled plans to deploy the Airbus A380, on its Dubai-Guangzhou route. Effective 1 October 2016, Guangzhou will become the third city in mainland China to welcome the A380, following Beijing and Shanghai. The deployment of a three-class A380 on the route will increase capacity on the route by 15% and will be able to carry a total of 491 passengers.

China extends high-speed rail network Qinghai

China’s Qinghai province gets new high-speed rail link with construction of the Chengdu-Xining high-speed line to commence by end of this year. Stretching 800km through the western provinces of Sichuan, Gansu and Qinghai, the line will feature stops in such cities as Lanzhou, Tianshui, Mianyang and Deyang.

Accor Hotels opens new Mercure hotel in Singapore.

Accor have opened a brand new Mercure Hotel in Bugis, Singapore. The hotel is located next to the Bugis+ shopping centre and five minutes’ walk from Bugis MRT station. It features 395 rooms, lofts and suites that come equipped with smartphones which offer local calls, unlimited free Wi-Fi, and international calls to 10 countries. A key feature of the hotel is its rooftop ‘Sky Deck’, which offers views across the city, as does the seventh floor infinity pool. There are three meeting rooms and an outdoor terrace, located next to the hotel’s international restaurant.

Beijing’s new airport to become SkyTeam hub

China Eastern and China Southern Airlines, both apart of the SkyTeam alliance, have committed to using the new airport in southern Beijing’s Daxing district. Together, they will be allocated 40% of capacity at the new hub. Air China will continue to operate from the existing Beijing Capital International Airport, along with its Star Alliance partners. Two other Chinese carriers, Beijing Capital Airlines and Hebei Airlines, have already agreed to move to the new Beijing airport.

Centara Hotels & Resorts signs two new properties in China.

Centara has secured management contracts for the new-build Centara Grand Beach Resort Jin Tai Hainan, which is located in the southern island province of Hainan, and Centara Villas Zhaoqing in Guangdong province. Centara Grand Beach Resort Jin Tai Hainan will be a five-star family resort and is scheduled to open in late 2019, the resort will feature 350 rooms, three restaurants, several swimming pools, a spa, fitness centre, a water park, kids’ club and extensive conference and banqueting facilities. Centara Villas Zhaoqing will also be a new-build property, opening in late 2018. An upscale resort, it will offer 46 villas with up to three bedrooms.

Asiana Airlines to fly second A380 to Los Angeles

Effective 31 October 2016, Asiana will deploy the double-decker jet on both of its daily Seoul-LAX services. Currently, the 2020 departure from the Korean capital’s Incheon International Airport and the 0020 return flight from LAX are operated by a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. But from late October, this will be upgraded to the 495-seat A380, which features first, business and economy class cabins. Asiana’s other daily LAX flight is already operated by the A380.

Hong Kong Airlines to launch of extra flights to Osaka and Sapporo

Commencing on 15 September, Hong Kong Airlines will double the frequency of its Hong Kong-Osaka route to two daily flights, with the addition of a new evening departure. And then on 30 October, the Airline will add two more weekly flights to its Hong Kong-Sapporo route, taking the total frequency to daily.

Emirates adds Yangon and Hanoi

Emirates have expanded its presence in Southeast Asia with the launch of a new service to two cities: Yangon and Hanoi. The new daily flight has commenced flying, operating from Dubai to Yangon, onwards to Hanoi and then back to Dubai via Yangon