DUBAI - Emirates has committed its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to its Dubai - Moscow route, offering 360 seats in each direction, an increase of 40%. The upgraded capacity closely follows Emirates’ recent deployment of a daily A380 to Moscow. Emirates has been operating in Russia since 2003 and now flies to both Moscow and St. Petersburg, offering a total of 21 flights per week. www.emirates.com (ATI).
GUANGZHOU - China Southern Airlines will boost its Delhi services to double daily from March 31, adding three more flights from Guangzhou. The flights offer direct connections in Guangzhou to flights from Australia. New Airbus A332 aircraft with flatbed comfort in Business Class and personal TV screens throughout will operate on morning services and Boeing 757 aircraft will continue to operate in the evenings. Return flights from Australia to New Delhi via Hong Kong start from AUD996 return in Economy Class and from AUD4,116 in Business Class.
LONDON - Virgin Atlantic’s first UK domestic flight service, to be known as Little Red, will launch on March 31 in Manchester, April 5 in Edinburgh and April 9 in Aberdeen. There will be 26 daily flights between London Heathrow and Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Virgin Atlantic Little Red will be offering a taste of the customer service of Virgin Atlantic, with free 23kg luggage check-ins, pre-assigned seats, complimentary snacks and drinks and even hot breakfasts on early morning flights. www.virgin-atlantic.com.au
TOKYO - Japan Airlines is promoting Japanese-made cheeses inflight, with a new line-up on offer to First and Executive Class customers on select international routes from March 1. An assortment of 16 cheeses have been chosen for the months up to August, offering five types in First Class and three in Executive, with a change in selection at the end of May. www.jal.com (ATI).
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia Airlines has extended its complimentary ‘Chef-on-Call’ service to Business Class passengers travelling on its flights between its home base, Kuala Lumpur, and the cities of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Auckland, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and Paris. The Chef-on-Call menu offers a wide selection of meals.
Malaysia Airlines contacts Business Class passengers by e-mail inviting them to confirm their preferences at least 24 hours before commencement of travel. www.malaysiaairlines.com (ATI).