AUCKLAND – From December 10, Air Tahiti Nui will add a Tuesday service to existing Thursday and Sunday flights from Auckland to Papeete, linking with codeshare connections from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The airline is refurbishing cabins in its fleet of Airbus A340-300 aircraft to provide more comfortable seating and a ne inflight entertainment system. www.airtahitinui.com.au (ATI).
SINGAPORE – Travellers on select flights between Singapore and London will be the first to experience new cabin products (First, Business and Economy) on Singapore Airlines flights from September. SIA is investing nearly US$150 million initially on eight Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, and this will be extended as new Airbus 350 aircraft on order are delivered.
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia Airlines is adding two new destinations – Kochi (formerly Cochin) in India, and Darwin – to its network from September 1. Kochi will be serviced daily by direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, and there will be four return flights weekly between Kuala Lumpur and Darwin. MAS withdrew from the Darwin sector in 2002.
NEW DELHI – Hilton Hotels and resorts in India are offering daily rates from Rs5,500 for bookings before September 30. The special rates apply to properties in New Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Mumbai, Chennai, Vadodara, Pune, Goa and Shillim-Lonavala. Visit www.HILTONINDIA.COM (ATI).
SYDNEY – Air China has introduced a national toll-free number for reservations and inquiries: 1800-860-999
SINGAPORE – Singapore Airlines has increased its frequency into Melbourne to four daily, with services into Adelaide lifted from 10 to 12 weekly. SIA now offers a total of 121flights weekly into Australia – to Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney – and remains Australia’s largest foreign carrier. Since linking with Virgin Australia in June 2011, SIA has increased its capacity into Australia by 20 per cent.