For week ending 19 August 2016.
The last few weeks of winter (or summer, depending on where you're reading this) are here and there is plenty of travel industry news to report on. In airline news Cathay Pacific have increased baggage allowances on all fare types while Delta plans to debut a new business class suite on their Airbus A350 aircraft. In hotel news the new Four Points in Jakarta has opened this week. A new technology provider "WiWander" is offering travellers unlimited data for $5 per day.
All this and more in our weekly news round-up brought to you by FCM Travel Solutions.
Malaysia Airlines' new self-tagging
Malaysia Airlines has introduced self-print bag tags for flights departing Kuala Lumpur. Economy class passengers should use check-in kiosks located on the departure level, print their luggage tags, attach them to their bags and proceed to the baggage drop counter. Kiosks can print a maximum of two tags per passenger.
Delta to increase Boston services
Delta Air Lines is launching new services from Boston to San Francisco, Seattle, Milwaukee and Nashville. The carrier will offer two daily flights to San Francisco and daily services to Seattle and Milwaukee from 8 June next year, while daily flights from Boston to Nashville will debut on 6 November.
Cathay baggage policy updates
Cathay Pacific is upping its baggage allowance. From 15 September, the carrier will operate a weight system with piece count, with all passengers entitled to an extra 10kg of check-in baggage. Business, Premium Economy and Economy travellers may check-in up to two pieces weighing a total of 40kg, 35kg and 30kg respectively, while First Class travellers are entitled to three pieces weighing a total of 50kg. Marco Polo Club Silver, Gold and Diamond members will have an additional 10kg, 15kg and 20kg respectively on top of these new allowances.
New Four Points Jakarta opens
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has opened its first Four Points by Sheraton-branded property in Jakarta. The 164-room Four Points by Sheraton Jakarta, Thamrin is located in the city’s CBD, with many multinational corporate offices and embassies nearby. The property boasts a restaurant and bar as well as a 24-hour fitness centre. It also offers a choice of three meeting/event spaces, two of which can be combined to cater for up to 100 guests.
Delta One suites
Delta Air Lines plans to debut a new business class suite on its A350 aircraft. Due off the assembly line in 2017, the Delta One suite will be the first business class seating to feature a sliding door as well as sliding privacy dividers between centre suites. The carrier’s A350s, which will mainly operate routes between the US and Asia, will offer 32 Delta One suites featuring lie-flat beds and 18-inch in-flight entertainment screens. Following the A350 debut, the carrier will progressively roll out these new suites on its B777 fleet.
Qatar cuts back Adelaide
Qatar Airways is reducing the number of services on its Doha-Adelaide route. Between 30 October and 25 March, the carrier will operate five weekly flights instead of its current daily service.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has plans for a new Sheraton-branded property in Saudi Arabia. The 414-room Sheraton Makkah Jabal Al Kaaba hotel is set to open later this year, featuring a choice of four dining venues as well as a range of meeting and events spaces.
New Delta US routes
Delta Air Lines plans to introduce two new US routes in 2017. Thrice daily services from Seattle to Eugene will commence on 1 April, with daily services from Seattle to Raleigh launching on 8 June.
New overseas wi-fi provider
A new pocket wi-fi router provider is offering travellers unlimited data from $5 a day. Newly launched in Australia, WiWander routers can be rented and used in Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, China, South Korea, the USA, Malaysia, Thailand as well as some European countries. Pricing plans differ between destinations ranging from $5-20 per day. Routers must be booked and paid for at least five working days prior to travel with delivery and collection arranged by courier.