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Air India direct to Australia from August 30

July 29, 2013

NEW DELHI – After an absence of almost 16 years, Air India will return to Australian skies from August 30 with daily direct flights. It will utilise a new 787 Dreamliner fleet, which is already serving Air India routes to London, Frankfurt and Paris. Air India has seven Dreamliners in service, with another 20 on order.

Flights to Australia  from New Delhi will be direct to Sydney, then via Melbourne on the return leg, four days weekly (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday), and direct to Melbourne, returning via Sydney three days weekly (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday.

SIA to add third daily flight to New Delhi

July 23, 2013

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines will add a third daily flight from Singapore to New Delhi for the Northern Winter (October 27, 2013 – March 29, 2014). All flights will be serviced by 777 aircraft.

From 27 October, SIA and subsidiary SilkAir will operate a total of 107 weekly services* to 11 destinations in India - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram and Visakhapatnam. www.singaporeair.com

72 hours visa-free in Guangzhou from August

July 23, 2013

GUANGZHOU – The Chinese Government has officially confirmed that travellers from 45 countries, including Australia and New Zealand, with onward international reservations from Guangzhou, will be granted visa-free status for 72 hours from August 1. The decision brings travel to Guangzhou into line with Beijing and Shanghai, where the 72-hour visa-free rule was implemented earlier this year. Visitors to Guangzhou can travel to any part of Guangdong Province including the Hong Kong border city of Shenzhen (ATI).

DISCOUNTED ROOM REDEMPTIONS FOR GOLDEN CIRCLE MEMBERS

July 17, 2013

HONG KONG - Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts if offering members of its Golden Circle loyalty club programme savings of up to 40% on points required for room redemptions through to December 31 - discounts start at 25% off the number of points required for a standard room, 30% off for a Club Room and 40% off for an Executive Suite at selected Shangri-La, Kerry or Traders hotel worldwide. Participating hotel destinations will be updated every fortnight on GC’s dedicated website http://www.shangri-la.com/less-is-more (ATI).

KOREAN, ETIHAD TO CODE-SHARE ON ABU DHABI ROUTE

July 17, 2013

SEOUL - Korean Air is to code-share with Etihad Airways on the Incheon-Abu Dhabi route from July 22 (subject to regulatory approval). The code-share will apply to daily Etihad flights and complement Korean Air’s current routes from Incheon-Dubai (five flights a week) and Incheon-Riyadh/Jeddah (three flights a week). Korean says it plans to expand its partnership with Etihad to other destinations in the Middle-East and Africa in the future. www.koreanair.com (ATI).

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