ASIA - PACIFIC AIR TRANSPORT KEY NEWS ON APAC ROUTES AND AIRPORTS LUFTHANSA INSPIRES CHINESE TO TRAVEL WITH ITS NEW BRAND CAMPAIGN #LIFECHANGINGPLACES © N509FZ CHINA SOUTHERN ANNOUNCES NEW SERVICES IN EUROPE Building on the success of its brand claim “Say Yes to the World”, Lufthansa has launched a new cross-media brand campaign in China, named #LifeChangingPlaces. The campaign invites global travellers to explore the limits of who they are and find out who they can be. Commenting on the strategic thought behind the campaign, Michael Knapp, Director B2C Marketing Asia Pacific, Lufthansa said: “Places can change people. They can inspire and motivate them to become more of who they are by opening them up to new experiences. At Lufthansa German Airlines, we want to enable such experiences for everyone. That is the main goal of our brand campaign.” China Southern is expanding this summer with a new route to Vienna and potentially new flights to Italy. China Southern is the largest airline in Asia with over 138 million passengers last year while operating a fleet of 820 aircraft. Looking to further expand in Europe, particularly from its main hub in Guangzhou in Southern China, the carrier confirmed the launching of a three-time weekly service linking Guangzhou to Vienna with a stopover in Urumqi. The new service was set to begin on June 18, 2019 using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. After the operation of Guangzhou- Urumqi- Vienna service, China Southern Airlines network will cover nine destinations in Europe. The others are Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Paris, Rome and Saint Petersburg. LUFTHANSA LAUNCHES NEW APAC ROUTES Lufthansa has launched an Osaka-Munich route with an Airbus A350-900. The first flight from Munich arrived at Kansai International Airport at 6:20am on April 1, and the first flight from Kansai International Airport to Munich Airport departed at 8:50am on the same day. Meanwhile, as of 4 th June 2019, Lufthansa began operations between Singapore and Munich on daily basis. After the airline reintroduced the Singapore – Munich route in March 2018 with the Airbus A350–900, the airline decided to increase the frequency up to seven times a week. VIETNAM AIRLINES COMPLETES FLEET PURCHASE OF A350 AIRCRAFT On 3 rd April 2019, Airbus presented Vietnam Airlines’ 14 th Airbus A350-900 at a special ceremony in Toulouse. The ceremony was attended by the Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Vietnam, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, and high-ranking officials of the country’s National Assembly. The aircraft completed Vietnam Airlines’ order of 14 Airbus A350-900s, marking another milestone in the national flag carrier's fleet development and expansion programme as it moves towards Skytrax 5-star status.
Hotel & Tourism SMARTreport #43 2019 Summer Edition 27 27 AIR FRANCE-KLM GROUP INCREASES SERVICES TO ASIA In Japan, the Air France-KLM group is significantly increasing its service to Tokyo - 2 additional flights to Tokyo-Haneda on departure from Paris with Air France (14 weekly flights) and 3 additional flights to Tokyo-Narita on departure from Amsterdam with KLM (10 weekly flights). With these increased frequencies, the group is increasing capacity by +12% to Japan. In China: KLM supports this dynamic in Asia with an additional weekly flight to Shanghai (12 weekly flights). © Jewel Changi Airport Devt. QANTAS OPERATES WORLD’S FIRST ZERO WASTE FLIGHT The first-ever commercial flight to produce no landfill waste took to the skies this on May 8, 2019, marking the start of Qantas’ plan to cut 100 million single-use plastics by end- 2020 and eliminate 75% of the airline’s waste by end-2021. All inflight products on board QF739, flying from Sydney to Adelaide and staffed by cabin crew from the Qantas ‘Green Team’, were to be disposed of via compost, reuse or recycling. Speaking at the flight’s departure, Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David said the trial flight was an important milestone for the national carrier’s plan to slash waste. “In the process of carrying over 50 million people every year, Qantas and Jetstar currently produce an amount of waste equivalent to 80 fullyladen Boeing 747 jumbo jets. We want to give customers the same level of service they currently enjoy, but without the amount of waste that comes with it.” Jewel Changi Airport's magnificent Forest Valley © Masakatsu Ukon JEWEL CHANGI AIRPORT OPENS TO THE PUBLIC In April, Jewel Changi Airport gave selected members of the public a sneak peek into the one-of-a-kind lifestyle destination. The 135,700 sq m complex, built on the site of the former Terminal 1 open air carpark, is designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie and features a distinctive dome-shaped façade. It will offer both local residents and international visitors a multi-faceted experience that includes attractions, unique shopping and dining concepts, as well as airport and accommodation facilities. Ms Hung Jean, Chief Executive Officer, Jewel Changi Airport Devt, said, “The vision for Jewel Changi Airport is to be a destination where ‘The World meets Singapore, and Singapore meets the World’. The unique proposition of world-class shopping and dining, seamlessly integrated with lush greenery, fulfils the needs of increasingly discerning travellers for a meaningful and experiential journey, even for brief layovers.” GARUDA INDONESIA LAUNCHES THE FIRST NON-STOP FLIGHT BETWEEN WESTERN EUROPE (LONDON HEATHROW) AND BALI Garuda Indonesia started non-stop flights from London Heathrow to Bali from January 22. The flight, operated three times per week utilising a Boeing 777-300ER, is part of a modification in the route between Jakarta and London Heathrow: it becomes a triangular flight Jakarta – Heathrow – Denpasar – Jakarta and thus becomes the very first nonstop flight between Western Europe and the most popular Indonesian holiday island. The slightly more than 15 hours flight departs in London at 21:55 and arrives the next day at 21:15 in Denpasar (Bali). The return flight from Bali to Heathrow does have a stopover in Jakarta.