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JAL, Finnair to Expand Codeshare

JAL, Finnair to Expand Codeshare

Japan Airlines announced that it plans to expand its codeshare agreement with Finnair.
Beginning May 7, Japan Airlines will be able to place its code on Finnair-operated flights between Fukuoka, Japan and Helsinki, Finland.
The new codeshare flights will depart Fukuoka Airport at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and arrive at Helsinki Airport at 1:55 p.m. Flights from Helsinki to Fukuoka will depart at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2016

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The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco was all set for opening day when, on April 18, 1906, the city suffered a devastating earthquake.  Fires from the quake consumed much of the property, and the hotel had to be largely rebuilt before reopening exactly one year later.  The property is still in operation today, and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America.
On April 24, 1909, Wilbur Wright brought along a photojournalist …

Hong Kong Airlines to Launch Service to Okayama, Japan

Hong Kong Airlines to Launch Service to Okayama, Japan

Hong Kong Airlines announced that it plans to begin new daily, non-stop flights to Okayama, Japan from Hong Kong.
Departure and arrival times will vary based on day of the week, although the carrier will operate all flights using Airbus A320 aircraft.
Hong Kong Airlines’ A320s are equipped with all economy seating. Seats in the Airbus are 18” wide, with a pitch of 31”.
Okayama will be Hong Kong Airlines’ sixth destination in Japan. The …

Ryokan Collection Announces Guest Loyalty and Local Experience Programs

Ryokan Collection Announces Guest Loyalty and Local Experience Programs

The Ryokan Collection, which represents 32 properties in Japan, announced the launch of a guest loyalty program as well as a local experience program.
The guest loyalty program allows travelers to earn a one-night stay after completing ten stays at three or more properties over a two-year period. Other benefits include discounts on purchases made from local sake breweries and art galleries.
The group also announced a local experience program intended to …

Hong Kong Airlines, Air Astana Launch Codeshare

Hong Kong Airlines, Air Astana Launch Codeshare

Hong Kong Airlines announced the beginning of a new codeshare agreement with Air Astana.
The partnership allows Hong Kong Airlines passengers to book travel to on Air Astana-operated flights to Altamy, Kazakhstan, while Air Astana customers will be able to book flights to Hong Kong Airlines’ destinations in several countries including China, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Air Astana operates the route on Tuesdays and Fridays, using Boeing 757 aircraft equipped with …

Sichuan Airlines Begins Chengdu-Tokyo, Chengdu-Osaka Routes

Sichuan Airlines Begins Chengdu-Tokyo, Chengdu-Osaka Routes

Sichuan Airlines announced the launch of new service to Chengdu, China from both Tokyo Narita and Osaka, Japan. The carrier will operate both routes using Airbus A330 aircraft.
Flights from Tokyo Narita will depart at 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, arriving at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at 12:50 a.m. the next day. From Chengdu, flights will depart at 1:20 p.m. and arrive in Tokyo at 7 p.m.
Flights are …

ANA to Take Stake in Vietnam Airlines

ANA to Take Stake in Vietnam Airlines

Japan’s All Nippon Airways has signed a memorandum of understanding with Vietnam Airlines to acquire an 8.8% stake for 2,431 billion Vietnamese dong ($108 million).
The deal values the Southeast Asian carrier at approximately $1.2 billion.
As part of the agreement, ANA will appoint a member to the board of Vietnam Airlines. The carrier will also assist Vietnam Airlines with operational and management advice and support.
The partnership is currently subject to approvals …