Delta Air Lines will reroute its present New York (JFK)-Frankfurt-Mumbai
flight to New York (JFK)-Paris-Mumbai beginning March 30, 2002.
Rerouting this flight via Paris will improve service in the
India-US market by connecting Delta and Air Frances 12 US
gateways to India via Air Frances hub at Paris Charles
de Gaulle International Airport, said Subodh Karnik, Deltas
senior vice-president - Network and Revenue Management. This flight
will feature the Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, which offers Deltas
award-winning BusinessElite service, with seats in a 2x2x2 configuration
and 60 inches of pitch. At Paris, Delta offers codeshare service
on 383 Air France flights to 61 destinations in Europe, the Middle
East, Africa and Asia. Delta and Air France operate and codeshare
on each others flights from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati,
Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington
DC (Dulles) to Paris.
qualities and a Swiss name: the new inter-continental airline will
fly under the trade mark SWISS. The name reflects the multicultural,
cosmopolitan character and the typical Swiss characteristics of
quality. With the introduction of the summer timetable on March
31, 2002, SWISS will take flight and take over the operations of
Swissair. Andre Dose, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Crossair
and of the new airline, said that there were two decisive factors
in the choice of name. The new airline is a unique instance
in Swiss post-war history, of a collective alliance of politics,
industry and the people of Switzerland. It will be the qualities
that have made our country great, on which we are banking in building
our new airline. The airline has planned new designs and qualitative
improvements for Economy, Business and First Class.
One makes its way to Malaysias Sepang International Circuit.
Dont miss this chance to witness the worlds top racing
drivers thrill crowds on the worlds newest F-1 track. The
most spectacular Formula One race coupled with the unpredictable
tropical weather in Malaysia dramatises every moment on the circuit
between March 15-17, 2002. The Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix 2002
promises patrons three full days of fun and excitement. A line of
events are planned to pump up your adrenaline. For keen shoppers,
the Formula One coincides with Malaysias Mega Sale Carnival.
From international designer labels to high quality Malaysian-made
products, return with gifts aplenty for your loved ones all at astounding
Airways has recently opened two new lounges for premium passengers
and frequent travellers at Mumbais Chhatrapati Shivaji International
Airport. Based on a new design concept called Terraces,
the lounges will offer customers an open, airy and refreshing environment
in which to work or relax before their flight. Passengers travelling
First Class on British Airways will enjoy access to an exclusive
First Lounge. Lounges in Mumbai offer a home-away-from-home environment
with comfortable and elegantly designed furniture. Fresh colours
and bright interiors provide an air of relaxed informality for customers
to unwind. The Combiz, a dedicated area for the active business
person, is equipped with static desks and power facilities for laptops
and offers privacy and space to work in. Courtesy telephone lines
are available for free local calls. Guests can choose from a selection
of international and local newspapers. Fresh tea and coffee and
a choice of fruit juices and soft drinks will be available from
a fully-stocked bar. A new menu will include an array of carefully
selected hot and cold refreshments prepared by Oberoi Flight Services.
Miles Blitz From Summit
Luxury international hotel collection, Summit Hotels &
Resorts, announced the launch of a 2002 miles offer
to British Airways Executive Club members, and in support of the
British Airways It is better to be there promotion.
The group is also offering a Double Miles blitz with
a further five international carriers - JAL, Virgin Atlantic, KLM,
Air France and Alitalia - to take place between February 1 and June
30 this year. More details will be released at a later date and
featured on the Summit website.
February 1 to March 31, 2002, British Airways Executive Club members
can claim 2002 miles, four times their usual entitlement, when staying
at any of 59 participating Summit hotels in 48 destinations worldwide.
The Summit hotels participating in this offer are located in major
business cities such as Paris, Rome, London, New York and Tokyo,
and exclusive leisure spots such as Rio, St Barts and Cape
Town. A full list of participating hotels is featured online at
www.summithotels.com under Specials & Promotions.
Hotels & Resorts, managing director, Geoff Andrew, said: This
is an opportunity for travellers to discover the many brand benefits
Summit offers, and enjoy the difference Summit represents of staying
in a luxury hotel with its own personality and style, whichever
part of the world you happen to be visiting. Double miles
may be claimed on standard, corporate and Summit Club rates during
the individual promotional periods, when a guest stays with any
participating Summit Hotels & Resorts member.
Your Appetite At Taj
next time youre in Goa, look forward to a great new experience
as Tajs Fort Aguada Beach Resort has undergone a sea change.
From its new lobby
and redesigned sea-facing rooms to two new eateries that complete
its gourmet ensemble. While Morisco, an eclectic eatery, serves
up international seafood delicacies, Il Camino, the Italian outlet,
takes you on a tour of Italy with entertainment in the evenings.
Check out the live pasta station, walk-in wine cellar and sample
a delectable variety of speciality coffees.
South Goas finest destination, Taj Exotica, theres a
culinary celebration, twice over too. Two new restaurants, in addition
to Miguel Arcanjo - the Mediterranean eatery and Eugenia - the coffee
shop, are all set to add a frisson of excitement to fine dining.
Li Bai, named after one of the best-loved poets in Chinese literature,
brings you cuisine from Sichuan, Canton and Hunan. Specialities
include Peking Duck and Beggars Chicken. At Alegria, the Goan ethos
comes deliciously alive. Designed like a traditional, aristocratic
Goan home, complete with chandeliers and precious artefacts, Alegria
serves both Saraswat and Catholic dishes, carefully prepared keeping
with age-old recipes.
focal point is, undoubtedly, the upcoming Dubai Shopping Festival
(DSF) as the airline is aggressively promoting it through a host
of major promotions. To highlight Dubais holiday appeal, the
airline has created a special range of travel bargains to make it
still easier for shoppers to Fly And Buy. As an extra
incentive, Emirates is offering customers who buy the hotel packages
an extra 10-kilo baggage allowance to carry home their booty. The
DSF packages offer a choice of 14 hotels, approved by Emirates Holidays,
from as little as USD 27.00 per person per night on a twin sharing
basis. Rates are exclusive to Emirates passengers, regardless of
travel class, and available from March 1-31, 2002. The minimum stay
is three nights - but naturally those still keen to carry on shopping
may stay longer. Prices include breakfast, chauffeur-driven car
transfer between Dubai International Airport and the hotel, personalised
meet-and-assist on arrival, plus discount vouchers for outlets across
Dubai offering savings on entertainment, restaurants - and even
Airlines (SIA) and the Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) have
announced the launch of The Great Aussie Strike It Lucky Promotion.
The promotion, designed in the style of a lucky-draw, is aimed at
boosting visitor arrivals to Australia. The contest will run for
a 100-day period from January 14, 2002, to April 23, 2002, and all
visitors travelling to Australia on SIA flights during the promotional
period will stand a chance at the daily draws, to win a pair of
economy class return tickets from any SIA destination to any one
of the five SIA Australian destinations.
the end of the promotion, all entries will be snowballed for the
Grand Draw, for the top two prizes of a pair of First or Raffles
Class return tickets on the above route. The first and second prizes
also come with five nights accommodation in a five-star hotel, and
cash prizes of USD 5,000 and USD 3,000 respectively. The promotions
entry forms will be distributed upon departure from Singapore and
passengers will have to return the completed forms to the cabin
crew on board before disembarkation in Australia.
has upgraded self-service check-in facilities at Amsterdams
Schiphol airport. The six kiosks have been replaced with 10 newly
designed e.service centres offering improved service. The enhanced
self-service check-in facility, e.check-in, allows passengers travelling
with carry-on baggage only, to check themselves in electronically.
The kiosk then delivers a printed boarding pass. The new e.service
centres are more user-friendly than their predecessors, offering
additional service options, and necessitating fewer actions to complete
the check-in procedure. They also allow passengers who have already
checked in via www.klm.com, telephone, fax or WAP to print out a
boarding pass. The enhanced e.check-in service meets the need among
KLMs frequent fliers for fast, flexible and hassle-free travel.
has also launched a new choice of travel for its transfer passengers.
Passengers originating from or travelling to the Belgian city of
Antwerp will be offered the option of fast rail travel on the Thalys
train service. In addition to the three round-trip flights, travellers
can board Thalys trains three times daily from Antwerp to Schiphol
on working days and six-times daily from Schiphol to Antwerp on
working days. The train journey lasts one hour and 41 minutes.
Western Enters Goa
Western International Inc has recently announced a new property
in Goa. The Resorte Marinha Dourada situated at Baga beach now joins
the chain as the Best Western Resorte Marinha Dourada. Just minutes
away from Baga, one of the most popular beaches in North Goa, the
property is the largest resort at Goa offering 185 rooms, a multicuisine
restaurant, bar, conference hall, live music, swimming pool, steam,
Jacuzzi, Swiss massage, mini golf, tennis, gymnasium, fishing, boating
and bird watching. The Best Western Resorte Marinha Dourada marks
the entry of the Best Western hotel chain in Goa and with this new
addition, the chains presence in the region moves up to 23
A Miles Millionaire
While others try desperately to become a millionaire every day on
television, you can easily earn your million as a Miles & More
member. When you book the Business Options programme in one of the
European Inter-Continental and Crowne Plaza Hotels between February
1 and April 30, 2002, you will have two ways of becoming richer.
First of all, you can choose to receive double miles for your overnight
stay and secondly, you will take part in a monthly raffle for one
million miles. For further information or reservations for this
unique worldwide offer, please call +31-20 60 60 203 where charges
apply. You can also contact your local Inter-Continental and Crowne
Plaza Hotel. Addresses can be found at www.interconti.com or www.crowneplaza.com.
When you make your reservation, please quote the promotional code
Business Options, the reservation code CP or IC as well
as your Miles & More card number.
Cathay Pacific Airways announced the introduction of a
same-day arrival service from Hong Kong to London starting
on July 2, 2002. The non-stop daytime flight will further
strengthen the airlines ability to offer passengers
convenient network connections, more choices of departure
times and sharpen its edge in what is one of the most
competitive long-haul markets. The outbound service will
depart on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Keeping the growing demand and interest in Sri Lanka
in mind, tourism to Sri Lanka has achieved yet another
milestone. Visas will now be available on arrival for
all Indians. Every Indian citizen shall be exempt from
the requirement of a visa for entry into, and stay in
Sri Lanka for a period not exceeding one month. Visas
are now granted on arrival for bonafide tourists who come
from SAARC countries except Bhutan. Travellers should
possess a valid passport.
Travellers and airport users with mobile phones can
now compete in an interactive quiz with other mobile phone
users while waiting at Singapore Changi Airport. This,
and other entertainment features, are possible with the
introduction of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapores
(CAAS) newest facility, the Mobile Entertainment Corner.
A first-of-its-kind in an airport, the facility uses the
short message service (SMS) available in mobile phones
to play the entertainment selections available on the
screens. Besides the quiz, the Mobile Entertainment Corner
also allows users to watch the latest movie trailers and
download ringtones and logos/ icons onto their mobile
phones. The CAAS is introducing a Passenger Security Service
Charge of S$ 6 for departing passengers at Singapore Changi
Airport and Seletar Airport. The introduction of the Passenger
Security Service Charge is necessary as security costs
at the airports have risen significantly following the
September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. The
Passenger Security Service Charge, which will be collected
along with the Passenger Service Charge as a single item
on the air ticket, will be applicable to passengers travelling
on and after March 1, 2002.