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.
First launched in 2013, this project aims to promote and showcase regional agricultural produce from less-known regions in Japan. Ultimately, it hopes to drive tourism (both domestic and international) as well as to stimulate the local economy. For Q3 of 2016 (June to August), the F&B offerings will come from the Fukui, Yamanashi and Kagoshima prefectures:
At ANA airport lounges in Haneda, Narita and Kansai, ANA customers will also be able to sample Japanese sake, shochu, 'kokushu' or national spirits of Japan. The next Tastes of JAPAN' by ANA will refresh in September 2016 and will follow a common 3-month cycle. Previously featured prefectures include Kumamoto, Hokkaido, Miyagi, Ehime, Miyazaki, Shizuoka, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Ishikawa, Okayama, Oita, Yamagata, Kagawa, Yamaguchi, Fukushima, Osaka, Tottori, Toyama, Nara, Fukuoka, Niigata, Kanagawa, Shiga, Aichi, Gifu, Mie, Aomori, Kyoto and Saga.
Following the official debut of the new A380 products on Singapore Airlines, Singapore's flag carrier has just announced that London and Hong Kong (from 16 February 2018 and 18 February 2018 respectively) will be the next two destinations that will be served by A380s featuring the new cabin products.
Last month, Scoot announced that they will be operating four-times-weekly direct flights between Singapore and Berlin with the iconic Boeing 787 Dreamliners. This non-stop flight is scheduled to commence on 20 June 2018 and promotional tickets are now ready for purchase - S$299 and S$899 for Economy FLY and ScootBiz respectively.
United Airlines is currently offering up to 60% more miles when you purchase United Airlines MileagePlus Miles before 22 January 2018. While there was previously the opportunity to receive up to 100% more miles, the minimum number of miles required in order to trigger the highest bonus is significantly lesser this time - 30,000 miles versus 70,000 miles.
Qatar Airways is currently running their annual Travel Boutique Sale which offers up to 35% off fares in Economy, Business and First Class. There is also an extra 5% off when you use the coupon code (find out what it is below!) and more importantly, Privilege Club members can earn double Qmiles with an eligible ticket booked between now and 16 January 2018 - all travel must be completed by 10 December 2018.
While checking out some of my upcoming flights on Singapore Airlines, I noticed that the way flights are displayed when you Manage Booking as well as select your seats are different. Even though the changes are not drastic, it is interesting to see how Singapore Airlines now make it easier for you to know exactly which type of aircraft will you be traveling on.
In a curious turn of events, it appears that Singapore Airlines will no longer be implementing that Credit Card Surcharge for flights departing Singapore after all. In less than 24 hours, the national airline of Singapore has decided not to charge the 1.30% credit card fee on Economy Lite tickets from 20 January 2018 following further review. Since its announcement, the decision to charge a service fee for the airline’s lowest priced tickets has come under heavy criticisms and while I personally find the fee insignificant (especially since you can avoid it with a debit card or simply paying PayPal), the airline has decided to take a step back with regards to this decision.
Singapore Airlines has just announced that they will be introducing a credit card fee from 20 January 2018 and in case you have already forgotten, this is also when the new fare types will be introduced. What a lot people do not realise already is that Singapore Airlines have been charging a credit card fee for flights departing from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom as well as Belgium Netherlands from as early as November 2016. What is even more important to realise is that this fee will only be applicable to passengers traveling in the cheapest fare class (Economy Lite) and there are multiple ways around it if you are hell-bent on avoiding this 1.30% fee.
To meet the growing travel demand, Singapore Airlines will be increasing the flight frequency from Singapore to Cape Town. Cape Town will be served with a daily flight from Singapore via Johannesburg from 26 March 2018 (up from the current four flights per week). The additional flights will complement the airline's current daily service to Johannesburg and it will be served by the Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
There have been plenty of developments lately with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir over the year. For starters, Singapore Airlines unveiled brand new cabin products on their new A380s and they have also made award ticket redemption with partner airlines possible online (alongside an increase in required KrisFlyer miles for award tickets on Star Alliance carriers). Singapore Airlines and SilkAir has now issued a joint media release to introduce a brand new airfare pricing structure that will begin next month alongside revisions to advance seat selection, FFP mileage accrual rates, baggage allowances as well as the modification component on some fare types - find out about all the changes below!
There will be a number of network adjustments that the Qantas Group will be making to its services between Singapore and Australia - this affects both Qantas as well as Jetstar. The Singapore to Sydney route will be operated by an Airbus A380 (with the latest cabin products) from early March 2018 and an additional flight between Singapore and Perth will be added. Jetstar Asia (3K) will exit the Singapore-Perth route altogether. At the same time, Jetstar Airways (JQ) will also be reducing the number of flights between Singapore and Melbourne.