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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 …

Bombardier Delivers First-Ever Q400 Cargo-Combi Aircraft

Bombardier Delivers First-Ever Q400 Cargo-Combi Aircraft

Bombardier announced that it delivered its very first Q400 cargo-combi aircraft. The new variant went to launch customer Ryukyu Air Commuter, an airline headquartered in Okinawa, Japan.
The Bombardier Q400 cargo-combi is a variant of the Q400. The aircraft serves as both a passenger aircraft and a cargo plane. It was was unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow in 2014. Ryukyu has four additional Q400 cargo-combis on order.
The plane offers up to …

Hyatt to Offer Overnight Visits to Historic Kyoto Temples

Hyatt to Offer Overnight Visits to Historic Kyoto Temples

Beginning next year, Hyatt will start offering overnight stays in temple services in the city of Kyoto, Japan
Guests at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto will be able stay at five temples throughout the city, including Tenryuji, Nanzenji, and Daitokuji. Activities including Zen meditation sessions and lectures from priests about the history of the temples will be offered.
The news was first reported in Nikkei Asian Review.
Tenryuji is considered first among the city’s …

Japan Airlines to Offer Zero Halliburton Amenity Kits

Japan Airlines to Offer Zero Halliburton Amenity Kits

Japan Airlines announced that it will provide business-class passengers on some flights with Zero Halliburton amenity kits starting at the end of the year.
Luggage maker Zero Halliburton is known for its aluminum cases, one of which was used on the Apollo 11 space mission to bring moon rocks back to Earth.
Two versions of the new amenity kit are being offered. Outbound flights from Japan will feature a dark green or …