China Southern has introduced daily A380 services on its Guangzhou-Sydney route. The A380 replaces the A330-300 aircraft previously used on the CZ325/326 service between the two cities. The upgrade is the final part of the airline’s overhaul of its Australian services, which included introducing wide-body A330 aircraft on flights to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney earlier this year. China Southern is the fourth airline to fly A380s to Sydney Airport.
Qantas has launched a new trans-Tasman schedule. Changes include the retiming of flights between Auckland and Wellington to Australia to improve onward connections on the domestic network as well as onward flights to Asia, the US and Europe. The airline has also moved the afternoon Christchurch-Sydney service to a 7.30am departure to improve international connections, reduce the overlap of Qantas and Emirates services and provide more convenience to travellers. Qantas has also amended flight numbers on its trans-Tasman routes.
Qantas has amended its codeshare agreement with Vietnam Airlines. This means that although Qantas will continue to codeshare with the airline on Australia to Ho Chi Minh City routes, frequent flyers can no longer redeem Qantas points to book award flights with Vietnam Airlines. Members can however still earn points on codeshare flights. Pricing and fare conditions have also changed.
Toga Hotels has updated its long stay benefits. Guests staying at Medina Serviced Apartments and Adina Apartment Hotels for 28 nights or longer will be entitled to a welcome gift, complimentary wi-fi, grocery request facilities and late checkout at 12pm. Other perks include a local area information pack, a waiver on special event surcharges and flexible cancellation terms.
Marriott International has opened its first Fairfield by Marriott Hotel brand in the Asia Pacifc Region. The new 148-room Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Rajajinagar boasts a fitness centre and swimming pool as well as three meeting rooms. Marriott has plans to open 12 more Fairfield-branded hotels across India, Indonesia and Nepal in the near future.
New Zealand’s Rotorua Airport is now offering free wireless internet access. Travellers using both the domestic and international terminals can take advantage of this new service.