Effective immediately, you will now be able to check-in to your next Emirates flight 48 hours (up from 24 hours) before departure via desktop or your mobile devices. Online check-in will close 90 minutes before flight departure but having that increased lead time means you will now have greater flexibility in choosing the seats you want (and more importantly, to beat that snaking queue at the airport)! Upon checking-in online and printing your boarding passes, passengers can proceed to drop their luggage at the online check-in counters (usually much shorter queues!) before heading down to immigration and security. If your Emirates flight does arrive and depart from the United States, boarding passes will only be issued 24 hours in advance (even though you can still check-in 48 hours prior to departure).
This extended check-in time will mean better availability of upgrades for Emirates Skywards members. Should there be any unexpected flight delays or disruptions, the 48 hour window will also allow these to be better communicated. Emirates has also introduced the "Hold My Fare" option which gives ticket-hunters the opportunity to lock in the fare for a nominal fee - this has now been extended to 72 hours!
Additionally, Emirates also operates car park check-in facilities around the clock at the famous Dubai hub. Flyers will have the option to check-in and drop off their luggage at the car park check-in facilities from 24 hours to 6 hours before departure. If you are traveling out of Dubai, you may also drop off your luggage at one of the 46 dedicated bag drop counters in Economy Class or separate counters in First Class and Business Class at Dubai International Airport from 6 hours to 90 minutes prior to departure.
Juneyao Airlines (known as 吉祥航空 which translates into Auspicious Airlines) that is based in Shanghai, China, has announced that it will be joining the world's largest airline alliance group, Star Alliance in 2017. Founded in 2005, Juneyao Airlines operate international and domestic flights from both Shanghai airports as it now aims to expand its international services for more Chinese tourists to travel abroad.
Upgrading from the current Boeing 777-300ER fleet that services Christchurch daily, Emirates will be introducing the airline's flagship double-decker aircraft from 30 October 2016 with the introduction of the A380 which will now fly the route five times daily.
As part of the on-going Tastes of JAPAN programme (read about the feature in June to August this year), ANA will be showcasing the quality produce and specialties from the Akita, Saitama and Shimane prefectures in-flight as well as at the various airport lounges from September to November 2016.
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The full-service regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, has just announced the official launch of the All-Time Favourites menu which is a speciailly-curated selection of meals that are available on SilkAir flights from Singapore (3 hours and above) in Business Class. Similar to Book the Cook on Singapore Airlines, the All-Time Favourites menu will be made available to eligible customers via the respective SilkAir or Singapore Airlines websites, or through travel agents and the SilkAir or Singapore Airlines reservations offices, and will be available for all meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The third Star Wars Themed ANA JET to join the fleet is the C-3PO™ ANA JET with the iconic C-3PO on its Boeing 777-200. This plane will join the other two (BB-8™ ANA JET and R2-D2™ ANA JET) as part of the STAR WARS™ Project, a five-year agreement with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. Unveiled to Star Wars fans last week on 15 July 2016, the C-3PO aircraft plans to start flying on domestic routes in Japan from the end of March 2017.
When I traveled to Auckland last year for work, I mentioned that it was possible to bid for an upgrade on the Air New Zealand flight that I was on. Today, it appears that Singapore Airlines has finally jumped on the bandwagon to offer a similar service to selected passengers.
With over 19 years of working history, Qantas and internationally-renowned Australia Chef Neil Perry and the Rockpool Group will bring a refreshed winter menu (01 June to 31 August 2016) to feature fresh and in-season ingredients. The Rockpool team designs both in-flight menus for the premium cabins as well as the International First, Premium and Business lounges.
Travellers who are on-board an Emirates service during the holy month of Ramadan will benefit from the airline's Iftar service. These special boxes will be available across all cabin classes on select flights that travel between the Gulf region as well as Umrah groups that travel between Jeddah and Medina. The Iftar boxes will allow travellers who are observing Ramadan to break their fast with a nutritious meal.
Between June and August 2016, ANA is inviting all passengers on a specially curated culinary journey to the Fukui, Yamanashi and Kagoshima prefectures. ANA's in-flight menu as well as the F&B offerings at various airport lounges in Tokyo will be refreshed with the freshest ingredients from these three prefectures.