For week ending 18Nov 2016
Lots of activity around the world in the travel industry over the past week: in airline news, Hainan Airlines opens first two routes to Melbourne, Malaysia Airlines unveils major expansions in China. In hotel news, Marriott brings Edition to China.
All this and more in our weekly news round-up brought to you by FCM Travel Solutions.
Hong Kong Airlines makes debut in New Zealand
Hong Kong Airlines launched its first non-stop flight to Auckland on November 10, marking the airlines’ debut in New Zealand. The carrier will now operate a daily flight using an A330-200 configuring 283-seat, 2-class aircraft. With Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific’s operation, Hong Kong Airlines becomes the 3rd carrier on the Hong Kong- Auckland route.
Qantas introduces new virtual reality app
A new app has been launched by Qantas Airways offering passengers an interactive VR experience featuring Uluru, Alice Springs, Ormiston Gorge, Hamilton Island and Sydney Harbour. The app is available for iPhone, Andriod, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive devices.
Sky Team unveils major new lounge in Beijing
Sky Team is going to launch a major new lounge at Beijing Capital International Airport. The new 800 m² will be able to accommodate 160 people at a time. Most seats provide easy access to USB and AC power, with Australian-style plugs able to be connected without a separate adaptor. Complimentary wi-fi will also be available. A selection of hot and cold Chinese and International food throughout the day plus self-serve beverages will be available as well.
Manila Airport takes off with major tech upgrade
Passengers at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport will soon be able to experience faster service. In the first stage of the project, both Terminal 1 and 2 will be introduced SITA’s AirportConnect Open passenger processing system, which enables passengers to use self-service check-in kiosks, self-baggage drop areas, baggage tracking technology and self-boarding gates.
A new departure control system will also be implemented, providing back up to airlines in cases of disruption to their systems.
Fraser brings modern Modena brand to Bangkok
Modena by Fraser is a contemporary brand targeted at both business and leisure travelers. Frasers Hospitality has introduced a new serviced apartment concept to Thailand which offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour gym, steam and sauna facilities, a self-service launderette and meeting space.. Travelers can also find another 5 Modena by Fraser properties in Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuxi, Wuhan and Changsha.
Hilton expands its Double Tree brand in China’s automotive city
Hilton opens its first hotel in Shiyan, one of China’s main automotive hubs, located in central China. The property becomes the first and only internationally-branded hotel in the city of Shiyan.
The upscale hotel offers 267 rooms, a heated indoor pool and 24-hour fitness center. It also features more than 1,200m² of meeting space covering 7 function rooms and a ballroom.