Emirates has just announced an expansion of its European network - it will connect Dubai to Zagreb (ZAG), the capital of Croatia beginning 01 June 2017 and this new route will be served by an Emirates Boeing 777-300 aircraft, the only wide-body service operating to/from Zagreb.
This new flight to Zagreb will open up a whole new exciting region for Emirates’ passengers to explore - the city is steeped in culture and history, with an abundance of charming pavement cafes and restaurants to be enjoyed during the spring and summer months. On Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, the picturesque resort of Split and the exclusive islands of Hvar and Brac can be found. Further around the coast, the UNESCO protected historical centre of Dubrovnik tempts visitors with its baroque cathedral and distinctive walled Old Town, which may have caught the eye of TV fans as ‘King’s Landing’ in the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. The city’s stunning architecture has also been selected by Disney as a filming location for the latest in the Star Wars franchise, Episode VIII, out later in 2017.
The country is a popular destination for business and leisure travel from around the world, in particular with tourists from Asia Pacific destinations like Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Australia. The favourable flight times offered on Emirates’ new service will make travelling to Zagreb from these markets and many more, a more seamless and enjoyable experience.
Scheduled flight times for EK129 (departing Dubai at 08:15hours and arriving in Zagreb at 12:20hours local time) and the return flight EK130 (departing Zagreb at 15:35hours and arriving in Dubai at 23:05hours).
The three-class configured Emirates Boeing 777-300 which will operate on the route offers 12 lie-flat seats in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. Passengers can enjoy up to 2,500 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment on Emirates’ award winning ice entertainment system and gourmet a la carte cuisine in all classes. Emirates’ famed service and hospitality will be provided by multi-national cabin crew from over 130 countries, including 234 crew members from Croatia.
Singapore Airlines will be extending the Book the Cook service for all eligible flights exiting Brisbane and Perth on or after 01 October 2017 - orders can be made online from 25 September 2017. While passengers traveling in premium cabins from Sydney and Melbourne in Australia have already been able to take advantage of this service since a while ago, it is definitely interesting to see how Singapore Airlines is starting to develop the BNE and PER routes with more premium offerings - it will also be operating flights on the Airbus A350-900 to and from Brisbane in coming months.
You can now fly from Singapore to Australia and New Zealand on Qantas for less when you book an eligible fare between 7 September 2017 and 24 September 2017. The price of these sale tickets start from S$459 and S$2,135 for Economy and Business class respectively.
The brand new Terminal 4 of Changi Airport will officially commence operations on 31 October 2017 (Tuesday) and the first arrival and departing flights here will be operated by Cathay Pacific to and from Hong Kong (CX650 and CX659 respectively). Changi Airport Group (CAG) has begun collaborating with airport partners since October 2016 to ensure smooth operation in Singapore's latest airport terminal. Find out which airlines will operate from T4 here!
If you intend to travel between between Australia or New Zealand and London (via Singapore, Dubai or Perth) or Europe (via Dubai), Singapore or Dubai over the next year, it may be a good idea to book between now and 08 September 2017 to benefit from double Qantas Points. My account has also be targeted with a double Status Credits on all eligible Qantas operated domestic and international flights (make sure you check your email!).
Not afraid of the cold and want to head to winter wonderland this year? Scoot will be flying directly from Singapore to Sapporo (in Japan) and Harbin (in China) from November and December respectively. The service will be operated by the airline's 787 Dreamliners on a seasonal basis until 11 February 2018 to help Singaporeans get there faster during the peak winter season.
According to the latest report by the Australian Business Traveller, Singapore Airlines will be unveiling the brand new Suites and Business Class product (which is expected to be retrofitted to most of Singapore Airlines' existing A380 fleet) on 02 November 2017. These products are due for a refresh after being in operation for over 10 years and it will be exciting to see how it contrasts with the existing Suites and Business Class seats.
Everyone knows that Alaska Airlines' frequent flyer program (FFP) is one of my favourites at the moment since it allows you to travel on Business Class for cheap. There is currently an opportunity to purchase Mileage Plan miles and get up to 50% more miles. If your account is targeted with the maximum 50% bonus (most new accounts get 35% which is still an amazing deal), you can essentially redeem the miles for two Business Class flights on Japan Airlines for under S$700. Singapore Airlines and Alaska Airlines have just announced a brand new partnership which will allow for reciprocal mileage earning from 27 September 2017 - redemption will soon follow.
The latest schedule update from SilkAir sees an earlier entry date of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 which will start from 05 October 2017 (previous filing was for 29 October 2017). As I have mentioned before, SilkAir is currently in the midst of transitioning from the Airbus A320s to Boeing 737-800s and 737 MAX 8s (which has a smaller seat pitch).
A brand new codeshare agreement between Singapore Airlines and the Latin-America carrier Avianca that is set to go live in September 2017 will see wider connections to Bogotá, Colombia, Avianca ́s major hub location.
When Singapore Airlines first unveiled the 70th Anniversary Amenity Kit back in May 2017 (but only started handing them out from July 2017), it took frequent flyers by surprise - known for providing amenity kits only in First Class and Suites Class, Singapore Airlines announced that it will be giving out limited edition amenity kits for all Business, First Class and Suites Class flights exiting Singapore (with the exception of Kuala Lumpur). Passengers in First Class and Suites Class who are eligible for the far more impressive Salvatore Ferragamo amenity kits will receive both the Salvatore Ferragamo branded one as well as the special anniversary amenity kit.