Japan

JAL to Open Diamond Premier Lounge in Sapporo

JAL to Open Diamond Premier Lounge in Sapporo

Japan Airlines announced it will open a Diamond Premier Lounge at Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport.
Once the lounge opens, New Chitose will become the second airport with a Diamond Premier Lounge, after Tokyo Haneda.
The Tokyo-based airline plans to expand its Diamond Premier Lounge to other Japanese airports in the future, including Osaka’s Itami Airport and Fukuoka Airport.
In addition, the carrier said that it would revamp its Sakura Lounge at New Chitose …

Starwood to Debut New Tribute Hotel in Hokkaido, Japan

Starwood to Debut New Tribute Hotel in Hokkaido, Japan

Starwood announced plans to open a new Tribute brand hotel in Hokkaido, Japan this December.  The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido will be located at the base of a mountain in the Kiroro Resort, a world-renowned skiing destination.
The property will have 282 guestrooms and suites, as well as four restaurants and bars.  The hotel will also have a pool and fitness center.
Over 15,069 square feet (1,400 square meters) of …

JAL to Launch Service Between Dallas and Tokyo Narita

JAL to Launch Service Between Dallas and Tokyo Narita

Japan Airlines announced it will begin new service between Tokyo Narita and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on November 30.  The flights will be operated as a codeshare with American Airlines.
JAL will operate the service four times a week, using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
The carrier’s 787-8s that will be used on the route are outfitted with 38 suites in business class, 35 seats in premium economy, and 88 seats in economy.  …

ANA to Launch New European and Asian Routes

ANA to Launch New European and Asian Routes

All Nippon Airways that it will launch service to various new destinations from Tokyo by the end of this year.  The carrier also said that fully lie-flat seats in business class are now available on all flights to the U.S. mainland.
On October 25, the airline will begin service from Tokyo Haneda to Guangzhou, as well as service from Tokyo Narita to Brussels.  Also on that date, ANA will increase service …

ANA to Offer Service Between Tokyo Haneda and Guangzhou, China

ANA to Offer Service Between Tokyo Haneda and Guangzhou, China

All Nippon Airways announced that it will launch new daily service between Tokyo Haneda and Guangzhou, China on October 25.  Also on that date, the carrier plans to increase frequency from one to two daily flights on both its Tokyo Haneda-Beijing and Tokyo Haneda-Shanghai routes.
New flights from Tokyo to Guangzhou are scheduled to depart at 9:25 a.m. and arrive in Guangzhou at 1:50 p.m.  Return flights from Guangzhou will depart …

New Westin Ski Resort to Open in Japan’s Rusutsu Resort Region

New Westin Ski Resort to Open in Japan’s Rusutsu Resort Region

Starwood announced that it will open a new Westin ski resort hotel in the Rusutsu resort region of Hokkaido, the second largest island in Japan, by December of this year.  The Westin Rusutsu Resort will be Starwood’s first ski resort property in the country.
The property will have 210 guestrooms and suites, with some suites offering up to seven beds for larger groups or families.  The hotel will also have a …

Great Moments in Travel History – August 2015

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The United Kingdom officially entered the First World War on August 4, 1914, with a declaration of war against Germany in support of its ally, France.  Hostilities had broken out on July 28 when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo.
Harriet Quimby became the first woman in the United States to be licensed as a qualified pilot on August 2, 1911.
The International Air …