For week ending 18 November 2016.
In the week that was Singapore Airlines made changes to their soon to launch Singapore-Jakarta-Sydney service, United Airlines announced their plans to introduce ‘Basic Economy’, Delta Air Lines roll out bag tracking, new hotels were opened by AccorHotels and The Mantra Group in Java and Western Australia, and a new Beijing Airport lounge is on its way.
All this and more in our weekly news round-up brought to you by FCM Travel Solutions.
Singapore Airlines route upgrade
Singapore Airlines’ soon to launch thrice weekly Singapore-Jakarta-Sydney service will instead operate as non-stop Singapore-Sydney flights. The change comes due to runway maintenance at Jakarta. The direct service will operate from 7 December to 31 January, while the carrier awaits regulatory approval once runway works are complete. Any travellers pre-booked to Jakarta will be accommodated on alternate flights.
United to introduce 'Basic Economy'
United Airlines plans to offer a new ‘Basic Economy’ fare class. Those who purchase this type of fare would be subject to various restrictions. Full-size carry-on bags would not be permitted, with travellers only able to carry small carry-ons items that fit under the seat. Other restrictions include not being able to reserve seats, boarding the aircraft last, not being eligible for frequent flyer status credits and no ticket changes permitted. The new fare type will come into effect next year.
New ibis Styles in Java
AccorHotels has opened a new hotel in West Java, Indonesia. The 205-room ibis Styles Bogor Raya hotel is located within walking distance of the Bogor Raya Golf Course. Property features include a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre.
Peppers opens in Western Australia
The Mantra Group has opened its first Peppers property in Western Australia. Peppers Kings Square Hotel, located in the Shafto Lane entertainment precinct, features 120 rooms, an a la carte restaurant, Stage Kitchen & Bar, lounge facilities and valet parking.
Hyatt Place Heathrow
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport is set to re-open in 2017, following an extensive revamp. The 350-room hotel features a range of flexible meeting spaces, a 24-hour gym and free wi-fi.
Delta rolls out bag tracking
Delta Air Lines has rolled out its new bag tracking system. Passengers who install the Fly Delta app will receive push notifications that track their bag’s journey.
New Beijing Airport lounge
A new SkyTeam lounge will soon open at Beijing Capital International Airport. The lounge will be open to First and Business class travellers and Elite Plus members flying on any of its 12 members airlines. Guests can expect food, drinks, wi-fi, computer stations, showers and a relaxation area.
Qantas in-flight wi-fi closer
Qantas is one step closer to offering in-flight wi-fi. The carrier has installed hardware on one of its B737-800 aircraft, which will operate without the wi-fi activated while service testing is carried out. If all goes well, Qantas will roll wi-fi out to travellers in early 2017. The new system will be up to 10 times faster than conventional on-board wi-fi.