SYDNEY – Vietnam Airlines will launch direct flights from Hanoi to Sydney on March 28, with three non-stop flights weekly, utilising Vietnam Airlines’ new Dreamliner 787-9 fleet in three classes, Business, Premium Economy and Economy.
TOKYO - Japan Airlines will open its newly-renovated Sakura Lounge for domestic flights at Okinawa (Naha) Airport on February 28. The revamped lounge incorporates JA’s new lounge design concept introduced with upgrades of the airline's domestic lounges at Sapporo (New Chitose) Airport. www.jal.com (ATI).
HANOI - According to Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Vietnam welcomed more than 10 million international visitors in 2016, a year-on-year increase of 26%. This was the best pace of growth in the region, withThailand estimated at 11% growth, Singapore 9%, Indonesia 8.5%, Cambodia 5% and Malaysia 4%).
SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines has agreed to place firm orders with Boeing for 20 777-9s and 19 787-10s, for additional growth and fleet modernisation through the next decade.
ULAANBAATAR – Fancy a break – or a skiing experience - in Mongolia? Till March 31, the Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar is offering 50% off a second night, with rates starting at US$260, or an advance purchase with breakfast from US$230. A ski package comes at US$315 for one night.
SINGAPORE – To meet growing demand in the winter months, Silkair will increase flights between Singapore and Cairns from three to four weekly in June and to five weekly from July 4 to August 29. www.silkair.com/ (ATI).