One of nine daily flights that is operated by Emirates between Dubai and Doha will be upgraded to the signature Airbus A380 from 01 December 2016. Emirates has only recently boosted its services to Doha with the addition of two flights, making it the most served destination in the airline's network (nine daily services!).
The Dubai to Doha route would be Emirates’ 45th A380 destination to be served by the flagship aircraft and it will also become the world’s shortest scheduled A380 flight flying a distance of 379 kilometres each way. The upgrade to the A380 will provide Emirates the increased ability to serve growing demand for travel out of Doha. The double-decker has also proved tremendously popular with customers, and the upcoming service in December will give travellers from Qatar the chance to experience Emirates’ award-winning A380 onboard product and service to Dubai and seamless A380 journeys to some of Emirates most popular destinations. The deployment of the Emirates A380 operation was made possible through the support of the Qatari Authorities.
The Emirates A380 that will be deployed to Doha will be set in a three-class configuration, with 429 seats in Economy Class on the main deck, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck, enabling Emirates to serve increased premium demand to and from Doha. Once the A380 reaches cruising altitude, passengers in First and Business Class can enjoy the Onboard Lounge where they can socialise, network and enjoy beverages, canapés and other special delicacies.
Instead of offering just 30% off required miles to selected destinations in March 2018 via KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes, eligible KrisFlyer members can now enjoy 50% redemption discount on award flights to Bali - redemption must be completed by 28 February 2018 for flights from 1-31 March 2018. With this generous 50% discount, flying to Bali will only require 3,750 miles and 8,750 miles in Economy Class and Business Class respectively each way.
Following the announcement earlier this month where Singapore Airlines revealed that Osaka is set to become the first scheduled route for their brand new Boeing 787-10 flight, the airline has now announced that Perth will become the second scheduled destination to be served by the new fleet of Dreamliners.
Air New Zealand will begin operating non-stop flights between Auckland (AKL) and Taipei (TPE) from November 2018 on their Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner planes. The flag carrier of New Zealand will fly up to five times a week between AKL and TPE under flight number NZ77 and NZ78.
Sometime late last year, Singapore Airlines announced the changes (that are already in effect at the time of writing) to the mileage accrual rates, seat selection as well as baggage allowances. One of the things mentioned then was the upcoming changes to the fees pertaining to award tickets as well as redemption upgrades on Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and other partner airlines that will come into effect on 01 March 2018.
Now this is the second time that I am flying Japan Airlines' newest Business Class product (SKY SUITE III) and the last flight from Singapore to Haneda was fairly unimpressive - the product is good but it pales in comparison to Singapore Airlines in terms of food and service (or maybe I am just biased). Check out my review of Japan Airlines' Business Class flight from Haneda to Bangkok here!
It was announced last year that Singapore Airlines and SilkAir customers can access codeshare destinations with Scoot but it seems like Scoot will be taking over the existing service by SilkAir for the Singapore (SIN) to Langkawi (LGK) route. SilkAir currently operates this route three times a week and it is expected to be active until 8 April 2018. Following that, Scoot will increase overall frequency for three to six times a week from 11 April 2018.
As I was traveling from Haneda Airport (HND) to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Japan Airlines' Business Class, I had access to the Sakura Lounge that is operated by JAL. However, since I missed out on the opportunity to check out the new Cathay Pacific lounge in Singapore Changi Airport's Terminal 4 which has just only opened last year, I decided to forgo the Sakura Lounge and check out the Cathay Pacific Lounge at Haneda Airport (HND) instead.
Singapore Airlines has started sending out emails to PPS Club members that complimentary in-flight WiFi is currently made available to all PPS Club members as well as eligible passengers traveling on Business Class, First Class and Suites when traveling on Airbus A350, A380 and Boeing 777-300ER. This brand new initiative by Singapore's flag carrier will allow passengers traveling in First Class and Suites to enjoy up to 100MB of complimentary data in the air regardless of the service provider (e.g. OnAir SBB/GX as well as Panasonic).
KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes is back for the month of March 2018 with 30% savings on required KrisFlyer miles on specific routes. Award flights start from just 5,250 and 19,250 KrisFlyer miles in Economy Class and Business Class respectively one-way.
The world's largest international airline, Emirates, has just signed a contract for 20 additional Airbus A380 aircraft as well as 16 options to firm up the MoU that was announced in January. Based on the latest list prices, the total value of this agreement is USD 16 Billion and deliveries are expected to start from 2020.