Hong Kong (Canadian-Media): The Cathay Pacific Group said that it is giving customers four-times more the entertainment on flight.
Inflight Entertainment. Image credit: Commons Wikimedia
Passengers can look forward to more newly released movies, more sports coverage, more complete boxsets and more Asian content than ever before.
In particular, newly available live coverage of the latest sports events will ensure passengers never miss any of the breathtaking moments from their favourite games when they fly with us, the airline said.
With all this new video content, customers could fly non-stop around the world 45 times.
Cathay Pacific General Manager Customer Experience and Design Vivian Lo said, "Our passengers are always telling us how much they enjoy having high-quality entertainment when they travel, so we’re delighted to be giving them so much more new, exciting content to explore.
Whether it’s laughter, tears, thrills or chills, we want our passengers to experience and feel more from the entertainment they have at their fingertips whenever they fly with us.”
#GoAir, #Diwali, #FlashSale
New Delhi (India), Oct 26 (Canadian-Media): Indian airline GoAir is offering flights with the launch of Diwali Day flash sale.
GoAir. Image credit: Wikipedia
Fares starting from Rs 1,292 domestic sectors and Rs 4,499 for international sectors, all inclusive, and are available across the GoAir network.
The Diwali Day flash sale is meant for travel on Sunday, Oct 27 and customers can book the tickets starting on Friday, Oct 25 till 27th of the month.
The flash sale covers a host of routes on GoAir’s network at an attractive price, such as Patna-Kolkata, Delhi-Nagpur, Hyderabad-Chennai, Kannur-Mumbai, Delhi-Mumbai, Goa-Mumbai, Lucknow-Delhi, Kolkata-Aizawl, Kannur-Hyderabad, Delhi-Jammu, Hyderabad-Ahmedabad, Jaipur-Hyderabad, Bengaluru-Patna, Nagpur-Pune, amongst others.
On the international network, one can book tickets for Abu Dhabi-Kannur, Abu Dhabi-Mumbai, Bangkok-Mumbai, Bangkok-Delhi, Kuwait-Kannur, Kannur-Dubai, Singapore-Kolkata, Bengaluru-Singapore and many more routes at discounted festive prices.
#IndiGo, #Kolkata, #China
New Delhi(India), Oct 23 (Canadian-Media): Indian airline IndiGo commenced operations from Kolkata to Guangzhou on October 20, its second destination in China after the recent launch of Chengdu.
IndiGo. Image credit: Pinterest
Guangzhou is the airline’s 23rd international destination and 83rd overall destination.
IndiGo announced its entry in China in June and have already launched flights to two of the busiest and fastest growing cities in China, Chengdu and Guangzhou.
William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo said, “We are pleased to inaugurate our first flight to Guangzhou. Furthermore, the flights between Guangzhou and Kolkata will help attract more tourists on the Buddhist circuit in India, with IndiGo connecting Gaya, Varanasi and Patna with Kolkata directly.
The city, also known to be the birth place of Cantonese cuisine will be a gateway for an authentic culinary experience. This connection will strengthen trade, tourism & mobility contributing to economic growth and social cohesion between the two nations”.
Boulter further added, “IndiGo will continue to expand its network to meet the requirements of both business and leisure travellers while offering more flexibility at affordable fares, on-time performance, and a courteous and hassle-free flying experience”.
Kolkata, Oct 23 (Canadian-Media): Indian airline GoAir on the occasion of its inaugural Kolkata-Singapore flight, has partnered with Skål, a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism.
GoAir. Image credit: Wikipedia
The partnership was announced at an event organised by Skål, in Kolkata. GoAir worked with Skål to extend its reach in the travel and tourism world for the domestic and international markets.
The event was attended by leading hoteliers, tour operators and other tourism industry personnel.
GoAir exhibited its flight offerings from Kolkata and other cities in eastern India to the present guests and reiterated GoAir’s commitment to develop a strong network in eastern India.
GoAir operates flights to all metro cities from Kolkata and besides that, it also operates daily flights to other eastern Indian cities like Bagdogra, Aizawl, Bubhaneshwar and Guwahati.
With the help of this partnership, GoAir will engage with tour operators from the region and will look at roping in agents to make GoAir’s network accessible to more and more travel and tourism enthusiasts.
#EtihadAirways, #ManchesterCityFCLivery, #NewDreamliner
Abu Dhabi, Oct 23 (Canadian-Media): Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, on Tuesday welcomed the arrival of its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, unveiling a special livery design honouring its prestigious partnership with Manchester City Football Club.
Etihad Airways. Image credit: Website
The aircraft was delivered to Etihad in Abu Dhabi on Oct 18, 2019, ahead of its inaugural flight to Manchester Airport on Tuesday. On arrival, the flight and its passengers were met by Omar Berrada, Chief Operating Officer for Manchester City, City legend Joleon Lescott, Karen Bardsley and mascots for a welcome ceremony to mark the historic occasion. Guests travelling on the inaugural flight were given City branded merchandise on arrival.
Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “As we celebrate a decade of this successful partnership, we are proud to see the Manchester City colours grace our runways and skies, as the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner takes flight. This livery pays tribute to the Club’s incredible accomplishments on and off the pitch.
Manchester is a very important destination in the Etihad network serving both business and leisure travellers. We are proud to showcase the city, and our partnership with the club through this uniquely branded aircraft. It is only fitting that its first commercial flight is to Manchester.”
Omar Berrada, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester City, said, “Manchester City’s partnership with Etihad Airways continues to go from strength to strength and this new livery is yet another example of how Etihad are celebrating the achievements of the Club with fans around the world. This is an exciting milestone in our partnership, and we can’t wait to see the City crest and colours take to the skies!”
In the coming months, the specially painted City Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will also be scheduled to fly in and out of destinations including Manchester, Jordan, Spain, Indonesia and China.
Etihad Airways flies to Manchester Airport 14 times a week, providing guests with direct access to the UK’s cultural hotspot. In addition to flights to and from London Heathrow, the airline connects the UK to Abu Dhabi and international destinations throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.
The new Manchester City-themed livery is the first since 2011, when Etihad Airways unveiled the “Blue Moon Rising” A330-200 in celebration of its second daily service to Manchester.
# Uber, #PublicTransportFeature
Kolkata (India): Uber, the mobility company, on Tuesday launched Public Transport in India’s capital, making New Delhi the second Asia Pacific city to give riders the ability to plan their transit journey with real-time information and end-to-end directions right in the Uber app, media reports said.
The Public Transport journey planning feature will begin rolling out to Uber riders across New Delhi, making travel easier with the information riders need to make the smartest possible journey choices.
Dara Khosrowshahi, Chief Executive Officer, Uber said, “The way people use transport is changing and through partnerships with cities and leading transit authorities like the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Uber’s technology can help millions of people make smarter shared mobility choices that save time and money while reducing their environmental impact.
We know that Uber and the cities in which we operate share many of the same goals: reducing congestion, expanding access to transportation and tackling air pollution. With today’s launch we demonstrate one more way Uber is becoming the operating system for everyday life, in India and across the world.”
After opening the Uber App and entering a destination, riders will see Public Transport as an option alongside UberGo, Premier and Pool. Upon selecting the Public Transport feature, riders will be able to see the fastest and cheapest routes; real-time schedules; as well as departure time for public transportation, including Metro and buses and walking directions, to and from nearby Metro stations and bus stops.
Manik Gupta, Chief Product Officer, Uber explained, “It's our goal to help people replace their car with their phone by offering a range of shared mobility options - whether cars, bikes, or public transport - all in the Uber app.
No matter where you want to go, or what your price point is, we have a solution to meet your needs. We’re excited to give riders in New Delhi a seamless way to access public transport, starting today, and to introduce more options as we move forward towards a mutli-modal future of mobility for all.
The announcement, which allows commuters to call for a ride at the tap of a button and solve first and last mile connectivity challenges, comes shortly after Uber won a public bid to offer its mobility services across 210 Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) stations.
Commenting on the Uber-DMRC partnership, Pradeep Parameswaran, President, Uber India and South Asia said, “Our reliable, affordable and safe travel options should move millions of commuters every day from Point A to Point B, without relying on the use of a private car. By launching Public Transport, live transit information about the city’s heartline, the Delhi Metro and the DTC, will be available in the Uber App, thereby helping us fulfil some of the important responsibilities that come with being a good partner to this great global city.”
Welcoming this initiative, Dr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC, said "The Metro network today spans over 377 km with 274 Metro stations covering not only most parts of capital city but also the NCR cities like Gurugram, Faridabad, Ballabgarh and Bahadurgarh in Haryana and Noida and Ghaziabad in U.P.
This new initiative integrating public transport with mobility operators like Uber will certainly boost first and last mile connectivity solutions for around 6 million passenger journeys performed in the system daily.
DMRC has in the recent past encouraged the adoption of increased last mile connectivity solutions which are environment friendly, easy to operate and navigate in areas adjoining Metro stations like e-rickshaws, e-bikes/scooters, etc. Additionally, it has partnered with on-demand mobility operators like Uber to enhance their commuting experience with seamless last mile connectivity.”
DMRC and Uber have also unveiled their shared vision of a ‘model Metro station’ to showcase how public transport can be integrated with Uber’s multi-modal vision for the future of mobility.
The model demonstrates the breadth of first and last mile options with organized and dedicated pick-up and drop-off areas to complement public transportation. Services such as Go, Pool, Moto, Auto, and Uber’s Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAV) further highlight the power of Uber’s platform.
(Published first by India Blooms News Services)
#SiachenGlacier, #SiachenTourism, #RajnathSingh; #Ladakh
Ladakh, Oct 21 (Canadian-Media): Giving adventure tourists an opportunity to explore a major attractive destination of the country, the Indian government on Monday opened Siachen Glacier for tourists to visit it, media reports said.
The Siachen Glacier is known as the world''s highest battlefield.
Announcing the development related to Siachen, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted: "Ladakh has tremendous potential in Tourism. Better connectivity in Ladakh would certainly bring tourists in large numbers. The Siachen area is now open for tourists and Tourism. From Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post, the entire area has been opened for Tourism purposes."
Image: PIB and Wikimedia Commons
The announcement was made just a few days ahead of Ladakh being declared a separate Union Territory on Oct 31.
Sydney, Oct 20 (Canadian-Media): The first non-stop commercial airline flight from New York to Sydney has landed after 19 hours 16 minutes in the air, Australian airline major Qantas said.
A total of 49 passengers and crew were on the flight, which was used to run a series of experiments to assess health and well-being onboard.
Data from these experiments will be used help shape the crew rostering and customer service of Qantas’ ultra long haul flights in future – including Project Sunrise.
Qantas. Image credit: Qantas.com
Tests ranged from monitoring pilot brain waves, melatonin levels and alertness, through to exercise classes for passengers.
Cabin lighting and in-flight meals were also adjusted in ways that are expected to help reduce jetlag, according to the medical researchers and scientists (opens in new window) who have partnered with Qantas.
Arriving in Sydney, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “This is a really significant first for aviation. Hopefully, it’s a preview of a regular service that will speed up how people travel from one side of the globe to the other.
“We know ultra long haul flights pose some extra challenges but that’s been true every time technology has allowed us to fly further. The research we’re doing should give us better strategies for improving comfort and wellbeing along the way.
“Night flights usually start with dinner and then lights off. For this flight, we started with lunch and kept the lights on for the first six hours, to match the time of day at our destination. It means you start reducing the jetlag straight away.
“What’s already clear is how much time you can save. Our regular, one-stop New York to Sydney service (QF12) took off three hours before our direct flight but we arrived a few minutes ahead of it, meaning we saved a significant amount of total travel time by not having to stop,” added Mr Joyce.
Qantas Captain Sean Golding, who led the four pilots operating the service, said: “The flight went really smoothly. Headwinds picked up overnight, which slowed us down to start with, but that was part of our scenario planning. Given how long we were airborne, we were able to keep optimising the flight path to make the best of the conditions.
“We had a lot of interest from air traffic controllers as we crossed through different airspace because of the uniqueness of this flight. We also had a special sign off and welcome home from the control towers in New York and Sydney, which you don’t get every day.
“Overall, we’re really happy with how the flight went and it’s great have some of the data we need to help assess turning this into a regular service,” said Captain Golding.
Two more research flights are planned as part of the Project Sunrise evaluations – London to Sydney in November and another New York to Sydney in December. Emissions from all research flights will be fully offset.
A decision on Project Sunrise is expected by the end of the year.