BEIJING - By the end of 2017, the number of people subscribed to mainland China's leading frequent flyer programme, Air China’s PhoenixMiles, had hit 50 million for the first time - and the scheme is now looking to work with its members to usher in the next 50 million.
TIANJIN - Tianjin Airlines debuted its first flight from Auckland to Tianjin via Xi'an on December 30, its second service to New Zealand. Tianjin Airlines launched its first flight from Auckland to Tianjin via Chongqing in December 2016. The new service will operate weekly.
AIR CHINA is adding to its three daily Los Angeles-Beijing flights with a new route that connects Southern California's Silicon Beach to China's own Silicon Valley, starting December 7. The three weekly nonstop services between Los Angeles (LAX) and Shenzhen (SZX) will be operated by the airline's newest Dreamliner, the Boeing 787-9. It will be the first direct service from Los Angeles to Shenzhen. www.airchina.cn (ATI).
PENANG – The Shangri-La Group’s Hotel Jen Penang, a 17-storey landmark in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage Site George Town, has unveiled its new look following a US$14 million renovation.
SYDNEY - Australians are more likely to love business travel than Americans, Britons and Canadians, according to an international survey commissioned by Chrome River, a leading expense management solutions provider.
SYDNEY – New research by International SOS identifies the impact of business travel on mental health and the need for Australian companies to improve emotional support for travelling staff.