KYOTO – Ritz-Carlton and property developer Sekisui House have opened the Ritz-Carlton in Kyoto, branding it the city’s first truly international luxury hotel and Japan’s first urban resort. It is the fourth Ritz-Carlton in Japan.
SINGAPORE - The Singapore Airlines Group has reported an operating profit of $151 million in the third quarter of its 2013-14 financial year, $20 million higher (+15.3%) than a year ago. SIA said higher passenger numbers were offset by weaker yields (down 2.7%) in a competitive environment which included unfavourable exchange rate movements. Average jet fuel prices decreased 5.6% on-year. This was partially offset by higher staff and non-fuel variable costs which rose in line with the increase in capacity. www.singaporeair.com (ATI).
SYDNEY - Virgin Atlantic is to withdraw operations between Sydney and Hong Kong from May 5, citing increasing costs and a challenging economic environment. Virgin Atlantic will continue to operate services between London Heathrow and Hong Kong. www,virgin.atlantic.com (ATI).
TOKYO - Finnair and fellow oneworld alliance members Japan Airlines and British Airways are now selling joint fares between Europe and Japan, for travel after April 1, 2014. Currently, Finnair flies daily from Helsinki to Tokyo and five times per week (daily in the northern summer) to Osaka and Nagoya, connecting Japan to more than 50 Finnair destinations in Europe.
SYDNEY - Singapore Airlines has released a range of fares starting at A$795 return to Bali, A$818 return to Langkawi, A$819 return to Ho Chi Minh City, A$1,122 return to New Delhi and A$1,781 return to Cape Town.
DUBAI - Emirates will serve its Moscow route with a double daily A380 flights from August 1. The second A380 will replaces the existing Boeing 777 operation, increasing seat capacity on the route by 15% (ATI).