MELBOURNE - Singapore Airlines will operate its new Airbus A350-900 on flights between Singapore and Melbourne from May 11, providing a Premium Economy option on three of its four daily flights into Melbourne. The Airbus A350 is fitted with 253 seats - 42 in Business class, 24 Premium Economy and 187 Economy. www.singaporeair.com (ATI).
SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines and its regional arm, SilkAir, began folding fuel and insurance surcharges into base airfares from March 28. The new fare regime will be implemented progressively by region, and is expected to be completed by May.
SINGAPORE - SIA and its regional subsidiary, SilkAir, have signed an agreement to codeshare on Indian domestic flights operated by Vistara.
SIA will add its ‘SQ’ designator code to Vistara-operated flights beyond Mumbai and New Delhi to 10 destinations within India. SilkAir will add its ‘MI’ designator code to Vistara-operated flights beyond Bengaluru and Kolkata to six destinations within India.
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%).