Virgin Atlantic begin direct Barbados flights from Heathrow Airport

Dec 11, 2017

From today Virgin Atlantic has launched the only direct Barbados flights from London Heathrow. The new, twice weekly service will help make Christmas in the Caribbean a reality for even more holidaymakers.

Heathrow to Barbados Flights

The new flights operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays as part of the winter 2017 schedule using an Airbus A330. This new service means that Virgin Atlantic will now offer up to 11 Barbados flights per week from three UK Airports (Gatwick, Manchester and Heathrow).

Shai Weiss, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic commented;Shai Weiss, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic

“The Caribbean has always been a core market for Virgin Atlantic and we’re excited to be offering more choice to our customers with the option of flying from Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester direct to Barbados.”

Virgin Atlantic has seen strong demand for their Upper Class and Premium Economy cabins on these Caribbean flights and so took the opportunity to utilise an A330. This aircraft is fully configured with 31 Upper Class, 48 Premium Economy and 185 Economy seats, allowing more customers to experience Virgin Atlantic’s award winning service.

Heathrow-Barbados has become Virgin Atlantic’s fifth new service to launch in 2017 – with flights to Seattle, Boston, New York and San Francisco launching in spring 2017. In addition, Virgin Atlantic’s recently extended codeshare agreement with FlyBe will mean that customers from Scotland can now easily connect from Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports to Barbados via London Heathrow.

Barbados Flights

The Virgin Atlantic A330 will be flying twice a week from London Heathrow to Barbados and is offering return Economy fares from £649 per person including tax. But hurry you’ll need to be quick to get these flights.

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Finnair to grow longhaul routes this winter with new flights

Oct 25, 2017

Finnair is poised to enter the largest expansion in its history during the upcoming winter season. With its fast-connecting hub in Helsinki, Finnair offers one of the most reliable and convenient networks linking several key destinations in Europe with Asia.

New Finnair Winter Flights

Finnair’s growth strategy will be in full swing during the winter season with 20 intercontinental destinations, over 100 destinations in Europe and a significant increase in capacity for Lapland destinations.

Finnair is opening new routes to Goa, India on the 1st November, to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on the 5th November, to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic on the 30th November and to Havana, Cuba on the 1st December.

“This winter, we are entering the biggest expansion phase in our airline’s 94 year history,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair.

 

Finnair A350 economy class, in-flight entertainment

“We are opening several new destinations, expanding our network and fleet including our eleven Airbus A350 aircraft, adding capacity to Finnish Lapland and taking important strides in our customer experience. It’s a very exciting time to fly Finnair.”

Due to the continued increase in demand for Lapland as a tourist destination, Finnair is also heavily expanding its capacity to several Lapland airports for the upcoming winter season. Finnair is the leading airline flying to Lapland with several weekly connections, and timetables designed to support smooth connections from Europe.

Finnair A350 economy class cabin, with wifi portalFinnair is increasing its capacity to Lapland by over 20%. As of mid-December, Finnair will start flying new non-stop flights to Lapland airports, Kittilä and Ivalo from London Gatwick. Finnair is also increasing its capacity from Helsinki airport to several Lapland airports for the entire winter season. In total, Finnair is offering 430,000 seats to five of Lapland’s airports during the winter season.

In line with its growth strategy Finnair recently announced they are extending their current partnership with British Airways with several new code-shares flights within Europe, aiming to increase the connectivity for both carriers through their respective Helsinki and London airport hubs. British Airways will place its codes on several of Finnair’s European destinations including the new flights from London Gatwick to Kittilä and Ivalo. Finnair will place its codes on British Airways flights between London Heathrow and Tallinn, Copenhagen and Gothenburg.

 

 

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United Airlines to add 31 destinations across the U.S. and Europe this Summer

Feb 27, 2017

United Airlines is revitalizing its route network with more destinations, more flights and more convenient connections for customers in both domestic and international markets. Subject to government approval, the carrier will add a seasonal route between San Francisco and Munich for the first time ever, and one of the carrier’s daily flights between Newark, New Jersey and Tel Aviv, Israel will be upgauged with the new Boeing 777-300ER. The airline is also growing its domestic network, adding even more connections and additional service to 30 destinations across the U.S.

“Starting this summer we’re offering more flights, to more destinations at more convenient times than in recent memory,” said Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines.

“And with bigger and more modern aircraft for many of our flights, we’ll be getting you to the moments that matter most – relaxed and ready to go.”

New International Service

United’s seasonal flight between San Francisco International Airport and Munich Airport begins on May 24 with service from MUC to SFO returning the next day. The route will be operated with one of the most advanced passenger airplanes, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which delivers unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions.

FlightFromToDepartureArrival
194SFOMUC2:05 p.m. daily10:25 a.m. the next day
195MUCSFO12:10 p.m. daily2:55 p.m. the same day

 

Beginning on the 5th May, United will operate one of its Newark-Tel Aviv flights with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, featuring the all new United Polaris seats. This will be the second route – in addition to the carrier’s flights between San Francisco and Hong Kong – that will utilize the brand new Boeing 777-300ER.

FlightFromToDepartureArrival
90EWRTLV11:45 p.m. daily4:20 p.m. the next day
91TLVEWR11:10 p.m. daily4:35 a.m. the same day

 

New Domestic Markets

United is growing its domestic network by improving connectivity through its hubs, offering better products and scheduling optimal flight times. The new routes bring non-stop service to more cities giving customers more convenient travel options to some of the country’s largest cities, and beyond. The carrier is adding service to thirteen cities, including four all-new destinations: Champaign/Urbana, IL; Columbia, MO; Rochester, MN and United’s shortest flight to Santa Rosa, California.

FromToFrequencyStart Date
DENCOU – Columbia, MODailyAug. 1
DENSBP – San Luis Obispo, CADailyJune 8
EWRSMF – Sacramento, CADailyJune 8
IAHSGF – Springfield, MO2 times DailyJune 8
ORDCHO – Charlottesville, VADailyJune 8
ORDCMI – Champaign/Urbana, IL3 times dailyJune 8
ORDCOU – Columbia, MO2 times dailyAug. 1
ORDRNO – Reno, NVDailyJune 8
ORDRST – Rochester, MN3 times dailyJune 8
ORDGEG –  Spokane, WADailyJune 8
SFOCVG – Cincinnati, OHDailyJune 8
SFODTW- DetroitDailyJune 8
SFOGEG – Spokane, WA2 times dailyJune 8
SFOSTS – Santa Rosa, CA3 times dailyJune 8
SFOBDL – Hartford, CTDailyJune 8

 

Expanded Domestic Service

United is also introducing daily summer service in six markets. Flights to Salt Lake City, Fort Lauderdale, Tucson and New Orleans not previously offered in the summer, will now move to year round service.

FromToFrequencyStart Date
DENKOA – Kona, HawaiiDailyJune 8
EWRSLC – Salt Lake City, UTDailyJune 8
IADFLL – Fort Lauderdale, FLDailyJune 8
ORDTUS – Tucson, AZDailyJune 8
SFOMSY – New OrleansDailyJune 8
SFOFCA – Kalispell, MTDailyJuly 1

 

Added Flight Frequencies

In an effort to increase customer choice in key business and leisure markets, United will add additional daily flights in 15 existing markets.

FromToNew Frequency
DENABQ – Albuquerque, NM5 times daily
DENFLL – Ft. Lauderdale, FL2 times daily
DENMCO- Orlando, FL4 times daily
DENTPA – Tampa, FL2 times daily
EWRATL – Atlanta8 times daily
EWRDTW – Detroit7 times daily
EWRPDX – Portland, OR2 times daily
IADJAX – Jacksonville, FL3 times daily
IADPVD – Providence, RI4 times daily
IADPWM – Portland, ME4 times daily
IADROA – Roanoke, VA3 times daily
IAHATL – Atlanta8 times daily
IAHCHS – Charleston, SC3 times daily
ORDFLL – Fort Lauderdale, FL3 times daily
ORDRSW – Fort Myers, FL2 times daily

 

In total, United is adding 47 new daily round trips to its domestic schedule. The flights will be on a variety of mainline and regional jets that will add nearly 8,700 additional seats per day and approximately 90,000 new flight miles. These flights are now available for purchase with domestic service beginning as early as June 8. Flights returning to United’s international seasonal summer schedule such as Xi’an, China and Rome are also available on united.com.

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Fly direct to Lapland to Ski, see Santa and the Northern Lights

Jan 20, 2017

There is to be a new non-stop service from London Gatwick to the Lapland airport of Ivalo from mid December 2017.

Finnair has announced that it will start flying non-stop from the UK to Finnish Lapland. This new direct service will operate twice a week from mid-December 2017 until the end of March 2018. Flights are available to book now on the Finnair website.

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The ski and holiday resorts in and around Ivalo are attracting an increasing number of international travellers and the area is well-known for its beautiful nature, winter activities and opportunities to experience Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights.

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See Northern Lights Aurora fly Finnair Lapland Flights

Finnair will fly twice a week between London Gatwick and Ivalo on Thursdays and Sundays, with the flights operated by Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft.

Finnair A320 Lapland Flights

“There is increased interest towards Finland and especially Lapland as tourist destinations, and we are excited to be able to offer flights direct from London to Lapland,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair.

“In addition to multiple alternatives via Helsinki, these new non-stop flights will offer great additional opportunities for UK holidaymakers visiting Lapland. Finnair is the only airline serving all Lapland airports and this gives our customers the flexibility to travel around Lapland and experience the beautiful variety in the region.”

The announcement by Finnair is part of a wider expansion of new non-stop routes between key European cities and Finnish Lapland. Other new services for winter 2017 include weekly flights between Zurich and Kittilä on Saturdays, Frankfurt and Kittilä on Tuesdays and Paris CDG and Kittilä, also on Tuesdays.

Fly direct to Lapland

Additional capacity and flights to Lapland from Helsinki airport will also be added for the 2017 – 2018 winter season, offering even more connections for Finnair customers. The award-winning carrier will add three weekly flights to Rovaniemi, bringing it to 30 weekly frequencies. Furthermore, additional frequencies will be added to Ivalo (four weekly), Kittilä (four weekly) and Kuusamo (one weekly). In total, Finnair will operate up to 52 weekly frequencies from Helsinki to Lapland airports during the peak winter season. With these additions, the airline will be increasing its total capacity to this popular destination by 18% compared to the current winter season.

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Qatar Airways Travel Festival Sale now on until the 16th January

Jan 9, 2017

Qatar Airways are doing it again as they launch their Travel Festival sale. It offers UK travellers a number of exceptional deals across the airline’s global network. These offers can be found for travel in Business Class and Economy Class. There are also special companion fares, discounts on group bookings and special offers for those travelling with children. The sale is on between the 9th and 16th January 2017.

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The Qatar Airways Travel Festival online Treasure Hunt will also once again offer Qatar Airways’ millions of social media followers the opportunity of searching for a zero fare Golden Ticket to one of the airline’s exciting global destinations, with clues being released via the airline’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages throughout the sale period.

Join the Travel Festival

Qatar Airways passengers can choose from even more exciting places to explore starting in 2017 with the launch of new destinations such as Auckland, New Zealand and Canberra, Australia. Offers available throughout the Travel Festival are applicable on Economy and Business Class return airfares, with a travel period between 11 January and 15 December 2017 to more than 150 destinations worldwide, including the Middle East, East Asia, Asia Pacific, and Africa.

Passengers can explore Melbourne from £619 per person, chase an endless summer in Bali with flights from £399 per person, or experience culture and scenery like no other with flights to Cape Town from £479 per person. Travellers can avail the exceptional promotion offers by booking at qatarairways.com or by contacting their nearest Qatar Airways sales agent.

For the first time since starting the travel festival, Qatar Airways’ has partnered with leading global financial services company, Visa, providing eligible card holders with discounts of up to 15 per cent extra on flight bookings. Travellers can also take advantage of the airline’s partnership with AccorHotels, receiving a 10 per cent discount when booking accommodation via the airline’s website, as well as additional benefits on great flight and hotel packages when booking with partner Expedia.

Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Dr. Hugh Dunleavy, said: “The Qatar Airways Travel Festival has fast become an exciting global event that offers great value and encourages our travellers to keep exploring; and I’m thrilled to be able to bring it back for its third installment. The New Year is the perfect time to start thinking about travel plans for the year ahead and the travel festival allows travellers to take advantage of a number of fantastic deals and promotions across our entire network at exceptional prices.”

“Our guests also have the opportunity to enjoy free upgrades to our Business Class or can benefit from further discounts on group bookings – our travel festival is designed to encourage our valued guests to go places together and create memories with those who they cherish the most.”

The airline’s Privilege Club members also have the opportunity to earn double Qmiles on bookings made throughout the promotion period, while travellers can also win a number of exciting prizes including upgrades to the World’s Best Business Class, Silver and Gold Privilege Club memberships, up to 100,000 Qmiles, access to Al Maha Lounges, Qatar Duty Free vouchers as well as vouchers to The Airport Hotel’s wellness spa inside Hamad International Airport. Guests can also take advantage of fantastic deals on hotels and accommodation packages in partnership with Qatar Airways Holidays.

The Qatar Airways Travel Festival provides the perfect opportunity for travellers to treat their nearest and dearest to award-winning service when they go places together, with the airline receiving a number of accolades in 2016. Qatar Airways was named Skytrax’s Best Staff Service in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class 2016 and Best Business Class Airline Lounge as well as Best Business Class from Business Traveller Awards. The airline recently announced a number of new enhancements to its cabin to elevate the passenger experience, including new BRICS and Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio amenity kits for Business Class passengers, and refreshed Hasbro children’s entertainment kits for the airline’s youngest travellers.

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Take A380 flights to Narita Airport Tokyo with Emirates

Jan 4, 2017

If you are looking to fly to Tokyo on the Airbus A380 you now have the option to book flights to Narita with Emirates. And if you are flying economy you even get to sit on the upper deck!

Emirates will resume its flagship A380 service between Dubai and Narita from 26th March 2017. This follows the airline’s recent A380 deployment to Moscow, and will take place after the upcoming launch of A380 services to Johannesburg. It will also coincide with the launch of A380 services between Dubai and Casablanca.

Narita will join more than 40 destinations on Emirates’ extensive global network served by its highly popular A380 aircraft, including Paris, Rome, Milan, Madrid, London and Mauritius. Emirates currently operates a three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its daily flights between Narita and Dubai. The resumption of Emirates’ A380 service to Narita makes it possible for Japanese travellers to fly only on A380s to their final destinations, particularly when travelling to European cities, via Dubai.

Emirates A380 Returns to Narita, Japan

Emirates will deploy its three-class A380 on the Narita route, offering a total of 489 seats, with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 mini pods with lie-flat seats in Business Class and 399 spacious seats in Economy Class, increasing capacity per flight by more than 135 passengers compared to the current Boeing 777-300ER.

Flight EK318 will depart Dubai at 02:40 and arrive in Narita at 17:35 daily. Return flight EK319 will depart Narita on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 22:00 and arrive in Dubai at 04:15 the next day, while on Tuesday and Wednesday, it will depart Narita at 21:20 and arrive in Dubai at 03:35 the next day. All times are local.

Emirates A380 on Tokyo flights

Emirates was named the World’s Best Airline 2016 and the airline with the World’s Best Inflight Entertainment at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards. Emirates’ offers travellers in all classes a comfortable journey on the 11-hour flight from Narita to Dubai with the finest food prepared by master chefs. First Class passengers can opt for the Kaiseki menu, while Business Class passengers have an attractive Bento Box option. Travellers can also look forward to Emirates’ award-winning in-flight service from cosmopolitan Cabin Crew, of which Emirates employs around 400 Japanese nationals, and the best entertainment in the skies with Emirates’ ice (information, communication, entertainment), which offers more than 2,500 channels including Japanese movies and music. Passengers can access Wi-Fi to stay in touch with family and friends during most flights.

With the reintroduction of the A380, EK318 and EK319 will offer First Class customers the one-of-a-kind service with Emirates’ iconic onboard shower spa and First and Business Class customers can comfortably socialise or relax in the renowned Onboard Lounge on the upper deck.

Fly to Narita with Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge

Additionally, First and Business Class customers, as well as Platinum and Gold members of Emirates Skywards departing from Narita can take advantage of The Emirates Lounge, the first airline-owned lounge in Japan. Providing an experience of seamless luxury and comfort for guests, the lounge offers a complimentary selection of fine beverages and a wide range of hot and cold delicacies from a gourmet buffet. It also offers a selection of amenities and facilities, including a fully equipped business centre, complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as shower facilities, to name a few.

Trade between Japan and UAE has developed significantly since Emirates started services to Japan in 2002. Demand for transportation of passengers and cargo via Dubai remains high. The Emirates A380 service from Narita will provide both leisure and business travellers with ideal connectivity to destinations in the Middle East, South America, Europe, Africa and the Indian Ocean.

The double-decker A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft in service and it is extremely popular with travellers around the globe, with its spacious and quiet cabins. Emirates is the world’s largest operator of A380s, with 89 currently in its fleet and a further 53 on order. The reinstatement of A380 services to Narita, the only Emirates A380 destination in Japan, will connect Japanese travellers to Dubai and onwards to more than 150 destinations around the globe.

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Air New Zealand to begin operating to Haneda Airport in Tokyo

Dec 21, 2016

Air New Zealand will split its Tokyo services between Haneda and Narita Airports from July next year, offering customers two points of entry into Japan’s capital city.

Air New Zealand currently operates daily flights to Narita International Airport increasing to 10 times a week over the peak months.  From July 2017 the three additional peak services will operate to Haneda Airport, with daily services continuing to Narita.

The Haneda services will depart Auckland on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays utilising the airline’s state of the art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.  Air New Zealand also operates a seasonal service between Auckland and the Japanese city of Osaka.

Narita Flights

Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace says the direct Auckland-Haneda Tokyo route will offer more choice for customers travelling to and from Japan.

“The new service will be convenient for Kiwis wanting to get to downtown Tokyo and for Japanese tourists looking to visit New Zealand.  The mid-afternoon departure from Auckland will enable good connections from regional New Zealand and a similar mid-afternoon arrival time for the inbound flight means tourists will be able to make seamless domestic connections to the rest of New Zealand.

Fly to Japan with Air New Zealand

“We look forward to building on our existing services to Japan as tourism continues to grow in both directions, particularly in the coming years with events such as the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Summer Olympics.”

Haneda Flights

Japan is New Zealand’s fifth largest tourism market with visitor numbers to New Zealand from Japan up 13.8 percent to 97,312 for the year ending October 2016.  The number of New Zealanders travelling to Japan also grew in that period – up 15 percent to 32,920 for the year to the end of October.

Tickets are on sale today through travel agents and will also be available for online booking from the end of January 2017.

 

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WOW! More cheap Montreal and Toronto flights

Dec 21, 2016

Icelandic low-cost airline, WOW air, will be offering cheap Toronto flights and Montreal flights next year. The airline has announced plans to increase the number of flights from London to popular Canadian destinations Toronto & Montreal to a daily service this spring.

From 1st May 2017, the airline will fly daily from London Gatwick to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and from the 13th June 2017 to Montréal–Trudeau Airport (YUL), via Reykjavik (KEF). The airline will be offering the cheapest connection between Europe and Canada, fares for UK holidaymakers start from just £139.99.

The year-round services currently operate five times a week to with Montreal and Toronto flights. The airline also flies daily to various US destinations including New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, with new services to Miami from April 2017 and Pittsburgh from June 2017.

Skúli Mogensen, Founder and CEO of WOW air said, “Just a year after launching our services to Canada and within a few months of increasing the frequency of our flights to the US, we’re thrilled to be in a position to continue our rapid expansion by making our Canadian routes daily. Canada is a diverse destination, which has been continually rising in popularity for UK travellers and the fantastic response to our routes has reflected this.”

Cheap Toronto Flights

For those looking for a budget-friendly escape, WOW air is currently offering fares from London Gatwick to Reykjavik for just £32.99, or £139.99 to various North American and Canadian destinations, one way.

You can fly direct with Air Transat but our recent experience with their Toronto flights wasn’t the best. Food and drink has been reduced to a minimum with a hot roll as a main meal and a slice of pizza for the second meal or just a slice of cake for breakfast. They also only serve two drinks – the equivalent of a single can of soft drink. We’re not sure if the Air Transat are trying to cut costs in other areas but we ran out of fuel and had to land in Niagara Airport (USA) just across the lake form Toronto to take on more fuel. The total travel time was the same as a recent San Francisco flight so a stopover in Iceland with WOW air may be quicker!

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Qatar Airways begins flights to Krabi, Thailand

Dec 7, 2016

The coastal gateway of Krabi has welcomed the first Qatar Airways flight to arrive at its international airport from Doha, Qatar. The Airbus A330-200 was greeted by a water salute to usher in the new four times weekly service to Southern Thailand’s west coast. On board the inaugural flight was Qatar Airways Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific, Mr. Marwan Koleilat, and Thailand’s Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency Mr. Soonthorn Chaiyindeepum.

With the launch of this new service, Qatar Airways has become the first Middle Eastern airline to provide scheduled services to Krabi, providing fast and convenient access to one of the world’s most popular tourism regions. Travellers can now enjoy year-round services to the incredible islands of Phi Phi National Park, while also enjoying other cultural experiences in the Southern Thai province famous for stunning land and seascapes, world-class diving, national parks and eco-tours.

Passengers from the UK can fly to Krabi via Doha from four Qatar Airways gateways: London Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham, while customers in Ireland will be able to enjoy a new daily service from Dublin to Doha from 12 June 2017.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific, Mr. Marwan Koleilat, said: “I am delighted to be able to inaugurate the first service to Krabi, providing travellers from key markets with direct access to Krabi and the region’s tourism hot spots – undeniably some of the most popular and sought after travel destinations in the world. Thailand remains an important market for Qatar Airways as we continue to explore key secondary destinations to better serve the global traveller. Guests can now enjoy Qatar Airways’ award-winning service on board one of the youngest fleets in the industry when we fly together to Krabi, Thailand.”

Mr Marwan Koleilat, SVP APAC, receiving a welcome garland from Mr. Nob Kongpun, Vice Governor of Krabi

“Additionally, the new service to Krabi opens up a host of convenient global destinations for the people of Krabi and its region and I’d like to thank the Thai people for their continued support over the last 20 years.”

Qatar Airways becomes the first Middle Eastern airline to serve the popular beach destination of Krabi

The Southern Thai region of Krabi is a province of stunning natural beauty, with towering limestone formations hugging a myriad of tropical beaches. The area is home to the famous Tiger Cave Temple, Railay Beach, Ko Poda, Khao Phanom Bencha National Park and Ko Lanta Yai; combining to attract a considerable number of sun-seeking tourists every year.

Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, said: “We wish to express our warmest welcome to Qatar Airways and its new route between Krabi and Doha. Thanks to the new route launch; Thailand now has even better connections to the world. Krabi is one of Thailand’s most iconic regions; situated on the Andaman Sea on the South-Western coast it is rich with pearly beaches, translucent waters, coral reefs, waterfalls and natural caves. Last year, Thailand received more than 39,000 tourists from Qatar and with this new route, we expect more tourist arrivals in the years ahead. This new route also provides great connectivity for travellers coming from other parts of the GCC, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.”

Senior officials from Qatar Airways, Krabi provincial government, Krabi International Airport and Tourism Authority of Thailand

Krabi becomes the third strategic destination in Thailand that Qatar Airways serves. Following the inaugural service to Bangkok in 1996, Qatar Airways launched services to Phuket in 2010 and will begin services to Chiang Mai in 2017.

Qatar Airways, the national airline of the state of the Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines in aviation history, connecting global passengers to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. Passengers will enjoy a quick and convenient transfer at the airline’s state-of-the-art hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha.

Passengers who would like to run their transit into a stopover experience can also take advantage of the new 96-hour transit visa offered in partnership with the Qatar Tourism Authority. Transiting passengers can explore the various highlights Doha has to offer – from the world-renowned Museum of Islamic Art to the Katara Cultural Village or desert safaris to bustling and cosmopolitan city scape.

In addition to its inaugural service to Krabi, Qatar Airways continues to expand its global reach. In 2016 alone, Qatar Airways also launched services to Adelaide (Australia), Atlanta (USA), Birmingham (UK), Boston (USA), Helsinki, (Finland), Los Angeles (USA), Marrakech (Morocco), Pisa (Italy), Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), Sydney (Australia), Windhoek (Namibia) and Yerevan (Armenia). Services to Seychelles will follow later this month.

Doha – Krabi Flight Schedule:

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday
Doha (DOH) to Krabi (KBV) QR824 departs: 05:30 arrives: 16:20
Krabi (KBV) to Doha (DOH) to QR825 departs: 17:20 arrives: 20:45

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Vietnam Airlines and Finnair begin new codeshare agreement

Nov 1, 2016

It’s great news for anyone looking to travel between Europe and Asia as Finnair and Vietnam Airlines today launch a new codeshare agreement. This cooperation between these two airlines will offer an increased choice of destinations and flight frequencies for passengers.

With this new agreement, Finnair’s flight numbers will be added to Vietnam Airlines flights which operate out of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City connecting with Finnair’s flights to Helsinki from Bangkok and Singapore. In addition, Vietnam Airlines’ flight numbers will be added to Finnair’s London and Frankfurt flights, when connecting with Vietnam Airlines’ flights between both continents. And with both airlines operating the Airbus A350 on specific routes it also offers passengers the chance to experience the latest aircraft and cabin services.

“This agreement will bring great connectivity and benefits to passengers flying from Europe to Vietnam and vice-versa,” says Philip Lewin, Head of Partnerships & Alliances, Finnair.

“We are very happy to work with Vietnam Airlines on this new codeshare agreement and we are convinced customers from both airlines will benefit from this new collaboration.”

Codeshare Agreement

Flights with the new codeshares will be available for booking as of today, 1st November 2016 and the first possible travel dates using the new codeshares will be from the 15th November 2016. Finnair customers will be able to earn and redeem Finnair Plus points on any Vietnam Airlines flights that carry Finnair’s AY flight designator codes.

In the UK and Ireland, Finnair flies from London Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin to Helsinki. And with

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