Announces Daily Flights Between Harare – Johannesburg, With Fares 80% Lower Than Competitors

October 31, 2014 on 10:22 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Airlines, South Africa, Zimbabwe | Comments Off, Africa’s low fare airline, today announced the expansion of its low-fare business model to include daily flights between Harare and Johannesburg. Flights will commence from 1 November with sales having recently opened.’s commitment to low fares, introduced with its Victoria Falls service, continues with fares from R399 on its new Harare – Johannesburg route.

“Our announcement is another milestone both for our airline and for developing business in Africa,” says Adrian Hamilton-Manns, Group CEO of “Business and leisure travellers have being paying too much for far too long to travel between Harare and Johannesburg. Our minimum fare of R399, compared to our competitors’ minimum fare of R1,660, shows’s commitment to bringing low fares to Africa.

“Our daily flight between Harare and Johannesburg marks our first entry into a traditional business route, and we are confident that companies will welcome the opportunity to reduce their travel cost by 80%. With such low fares and no fuel surcharges, it’s not only the business traveller who benefits. Many leisure travellers want to travel between these two major African cities and until now that has not been possible due to high fares. We are proud to announce that as of today it is possible.”

This route is the airline’s second into the country, after it introduced flights between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg a month ago.

“From the moment we launched, we have been overwhelmed with the support and enthusiasm for our entrance into the market,” continues Hamilton-Manns. “When we launched we promised to introduce low-fares to many African destinations, and we are very excited to be delivering on our promise. We are very happy that the travelling public has embraced our low fare revolution. We are committed to reducing the cost of flying in Africa and we will continue to fight unjust surcharges designed to exploit passengers.”

The airline’s website have already started selling tickets sales for Harare-Johannesburg.’s fares start at R399 and are available year-round.

Andis Wines on Hawaiian Airlines‏

October 30, 2014 on 9:53 am | In Airlines, Beachbooker, Dine Drink, Hawaiian Islands | Comments Off

Crafted by Andy Friedlander, and his wife, Janis Akuna, who split their time between Sacramento and Honolulu, Hawaiian Airlines is proud to offer these wines which have garnered numerous awards and 90+ point scores from Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, the San Francisco Chronicle and Sunset Magazine, among others.

More about Andis Wines

· With a focus on crafting delicious wines with balance, character and complexity, Andis Wines has garnered numerous awards and 90+ point scores from Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, the San Francisco Chronicle and Sunset Magazine, among others.

· Andis Wines is located in the Sierra Foothills of Amador County, one of California’s oldest grape growing regions – vines were planted by the gold miners in the 1850’s.

· The name Andis is a combination of the first names of Andy and Janis, who are local, well known husband and wife owners: Andy Friedlander and Janis Akuna. They both still work and live in Honolulu.

· The winery building is a state-of-the-art winemaking facility built with a “green” design, comfortable picnic areas and picturesque vineyard views of the surrounding foothills.


Icelandair Announces Flights To Portland, Oregon

October 29, 2014 on 12:01 pm | In Airlines, Iceland, Pacific Northwest | Comments Off

Icelandair announces scheduled flights to Portland, Oregon on the west coast of the US, starting May 19th, 2015. Portland International Airport (PDX) will be the company’s 14th gateway in North America and operated twice weekly until October 20th.

“After successfully establishing services to Seattle and Vancouver in recent years, we see Portland as a good opportunity to add further options in the Pacific Northwest region. We will offer a very competitive service from the UK, often saving up to several hours of the journey times.” Says Andrés Jónsson, General Manager Icelandair UK.

Located in the scenic state of Oregon, Portland is an increasingly popular city known for its friendly outdoor-loving residents, ambitious microbreweries and café culture. With three cabins of service, seat back entertainment, on-board WiFi, and the unique option of booking a stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare, Icelandair is excited to start flying to this refreshing new destination.

The new flights will connect with Icelandair’s network in the UK including Heathrow, Gatwick, Glasgow and the newly announced Birmingham. The East Midlands city becoming the company’s fifth gateway in the UK with twice weekly service, on Thursdays and Mondays starting February 5th.

Icelandair’s route network is built around the hub at Keflavik International Airport, with morning flights to cities in Europe connecting with afternoon flights to North America. Flight schedule for 2015 will be the largest in the company´s history, seeing a 12% capacity increase from 2014 and passenger numbers reaching 2.9 million. The network has more than doubled since 2009.

APH Compares Cost of Travelling With Golf Equipment Across Major Airlines

October 29, 2014 on 11:54 am | In Airlines, Golf Resorts, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesIt’s not just Ryder Cup players Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk who jet around the world to play golf, bookings for worldwide golf holidays for 2013 and 2014 have increased by over 20% according to IAGTO*, the global trade organisation of the golf tourism industry. With more golfers than ever heading abroad, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) is helping travellers avoid unexpected charges when checking-in at the airport by comparing the cost of travelling with golf equipment across all major airlines. The guide is available in the Know Before You Go section of the website, at

This comprehensive guide compares the baggage allowances available on both short-haul and long-haul flights across 25 major airlines, including British Airways, EasyJet, Iberia and Virgin Atlantic, highlighting the weight specifications, handling fees and additional bag charges.

When it comes to travelling on short-haul flights, airline baggage allowances can vary greatly with some airlines significantly more generous than others. Most airlines were found to offer customers a standard complimentary baggage allowance of 20kg – 23kg which increases up to 32kg for First and Business Class passengers.

However some low-cost airlines, including BMI and EasyJet, offer a maximum weight of only 20kg and charge passengers from £30 – £40 to place bags in the hold when purchased at the airport. Golfers flying with Ryanair are charged an additional £60 per journey when booked at the airport or through the call centre.

With regards to long-haul flights, the majority of airlines were found to offer 23kg as the standard baggage allowance for Economy class which was increased to 32kg for Business and First Class passengers. Airlines such as Etihad and Emirates, however, were found to offer Economy passengers up to 30kg free of charge and Business and First class passengers up to 50kg free of charge.

Some of the carriers included in the research, including Air Canada, American Airlines and Iberia, allow customers to check-in one golf bag including 14 golf clubs, 12 golf balls and one pair of golf shoes as part of their baggage allowance. However some airlines charge passengers when travelling with equipment, with Aer Lingus charging £59 per bag, per flight when booked at the airport, BMI charging £30 per 20kg item and Monarch charging £25 for equipment up to 20kg.

Golfers should be careful when booking golf equipment on a flight as excess baggage charges may also apply, with Swiss Air charging a fixed fee of £30 per one way journey within Europe and £59 per one way journey intercontinental flights.

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Accor and Virgin Australia Queensland Conference Deal

October 29, 2014 on 9:21 am | In Airlines, Australia, Hotels, Queensland | Comments Off

Accor Hotels and Virgin Australia are encouraging conference planners to act quickly and take advantage of the final few months of their year-long ‘buy 10, get 1 free’ incentive to choose destination Queensland for their next event.

The joint incentive teams a choice of quality accommodation from Accor with Virgin Australia flights, and the region’s best adventure experiences to make it the ultimate conference deal, packed full of extras.

Accor and Virgin Australia’s are offering organisers who book and pay for 10 conference packages (accommodation, day delegate arrangements and flights) an 11th delegate package for free. The 11th bonus package also includes access to Virgin Australia’s ‘The Lounge’, for an extra special incentive experience.

Delegates will also receive complimentary room upgrades for VIPs and cocktail party including canapés and a selection of beverages. Bookings must be made by February 28, 2015 for business held to 31 March, 2015.

The offer showcases Accor’s extensive hotel portfolio of hotels and resorts across the Sunshine State and key Virgin Australia ports including Brisbane, Cairns, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton and Townsville.

It also highlights Accor’s strong range of brands, covering the spectrum from luxury and upscale labels like Sofitel, Pullman, The Sebel and the MGallery Collection to economy and midscale favourites including Novotel and Mercure.

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Preferred Hotel Group Announces Partnership with Air China

October 29, 2014 on 8:59 am | In Airlines, Asia, China, Hotels | Comments Off

SINGAPORE –– Preferred Hotel Group today announced a new partnership with Air China that allows members of Air China’s PhoenixMiles program to earn up to 1,600 miles* when staying at select properties within Preferred Hotel Group’s portfolio of more than 650 independent hotels and resorts worldwide. The strategic alliance is the latest development in Preferred Hotel Group’s aggressive campaign to gain top-of-mind awareness among China’s outbound travel market and facilitate greater development of its brands across the country.

“Asia is an important market for Preferred Hotel Group, and we are committed to continuously finding new ways to enhance our footprint in the region,” said Anthony Ross, Executive Vice President of Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa for Preferred Hotel Group. “Our partnership with Air China’s award-winning PhoenixMiles program will bring great visibility to our global network of independent hotels and allow us to extend additional benefits to both consumers and China’s greater travel community.”

Effective immediately, Air China PhoenixMiles members can earn 800 miles for qualified stays at participating hotels within the Preferred Hotel Group collection, which contains 163 properties across 42 cities to which Air China flies. Sixteen hotels in key destinations across Asia and Europe – ranging from East, Hong Kong and Royal Plaza on Scotts in Singapore to The K Club in Ireland and Grand Hotel Zermatterhof in Switzerland – are offering double miles (1,600) as extra incentive for PhoenixMiles members to stay with them during their next vacation. To earn PhoenixMiles, members must present their PhoenixMiles card at time of hotel check-in.

Air China is the 17th airline loyalty program to join Preferred Hotel Group’s Frequent Flyer program list. To view the complete list of participating hotels that are offering miles to Air China PhoenixMiles members, and for more information on the special offers available through Preferred Hotel Group’s airline alliances, visit:

The partnership with Air China follows several other initiatives that Preferred Hotel Group has recently introduced to showcase its commitment to growth in China. In December 2013, the company launched its bespoke China Ready program, which included a new brand website in simplified Chinese (, dynamic marketing campaigns, social media presence on Sina Weibo (, booking connectivity with key OTAs and China’s Global Distribution Service (GDS), and a China Ready certification program for select hotels. Since September 2013, the company has also established a new office in Beijing, hired four associates in new positions to handle sales, revenue account management, regional director, and marketing/public relations responsibilities, and signed nine new member hotels in key markets across China.

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Preferred Hotel Group represents 650 of the finest hotels, resorts, and serviced residences in the world. Preferred Hotel Group’s brands include Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, Summit Hotels & Resorts™, Sterling Hotels™, Summit Serviced Residences™, Sterling Design, and Preferred Boutique™. Travelers gain valuable benefits through branded programs iPrefer™, Preferred Family, Preferred Pride, and Preferred Golf™. For more information, visit and follow the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Qantas Offers Additional Services to Wellington

October 29, 2014 on 7:47 am | In Airlines, Australia, New South Wales, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Sydney | Comments Off

Qantas has published four additional return Boeing 737-800 services to Wellington from 19 to 23 December 2014 to cater for increased demand over the holiday period.

Qantas will operate three return services between Melbourne and Wellington and one return service from Sydney and Wellington. This is in addition to the 14 return services a week already on offer between Sydney and Wellington and 7 return services per week from Melbourne to Wellington.

The services follow recent changes to Qantas’ trans-Tasman schedule to better reflect seasonality.

Additional seasonal services to New Zealand:

Sydney-Wellington: One return supplementary service on 20 December 2014

Melbourne-Wellington: Three return supplementary services on 19, 22 and 23 December 2014

Perth-Auckland: Two return seasonal services per week between 5 December 2014 and 26 April 2015

Sydney-Auckland: Five return supplementary services between 17 and 27 December 2014, Six return supplementary services between 1 and 26 January 2015, Upgraded aircraft to A330 on 20 and 26 December 2014

Brisbane-Auckland: One return supplementary service on 20 December 2014

Melbourne-Auckland: Two return supplementary services on 20 and 27 December 2014

Sydney-Christchurch: Three return supplementary services on 20, 23 and 26 December 2014

Comments attributable to Stephen Thompson – Executive Manager, International Sales

“New Zealand is a key market for Qantas and these additional services to Wellington are part of more flexible scheduling to meet demand, particularly for people visiting friends and relatives over Christmas.”

“We’ve added services across the Tasman to meet demand over the holiday period with 124 flights and more than 26,000 seats.”

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October 28, 2014 on 12:10 pm | In Airlines, Central America, Honduras | Comments Off

Honduras will be the first country in Central America to install biometric security controls in its international airports. Using the latest technology, the new controls will take fingertip readings and photographs of all passengers leaving or arriving into the country by air.

The new systems will be installed at the Toncontin Airport in Tegucigalpa, Ramon Villeda Morales Airport in San Pedro Sula, Goloson Airport in La Ceiba and Juan Manuel Galvez Airport in Roatan.

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United Expands Pacific Footprint with Four New Route Launches

October 28, 2014 on 8:47 am | In Airlines, Asia | Comments Off

United Airlines will launch four new Pacific routes next week, beginning with nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia, and between San Francisco and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, on Oct. 26, 2014. Later in the week, the airline will also launch two new routes from its Guam hub – Seoul, South Korea, on Oct. 27 and

“These four new routes further strengthen United’s presence in the Pacific, already the most extensive among U.S. airlines,” said Brian Znotins, United’s vice president of network. “New nonstop service to Melbourne and Haneda from our powerhouse West Coast hubs, and the additional new flights from our Guam hub to both Seoul and Shanghai, offer our customers convenience and schedule options that no other airline can offer.”

Los Angeles – Melbourne, Australia

The airline will fly the Los Angeles – Melbourne route six times weekly with the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. United is the North American launch customer for the 787-9, and this will be the carrier’s first international deployment of the aircraft type.

United has timed the new Melbourne flights to conveniently connect at Los Angeles with an extensive network of service throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America. United and United Express jointly operate nearly 200 flights daily from Los Angeles to more than 65 destinations. With this new service, United will provide convenient one-stop service to Melbourne from more than 37 U.S. cities.

United started service to Australia in 1979 and today operates more flights to more destinations in Australia than any other U.S. carrier, with daily flights from its San Francisco and Los Angeles hubs to Sydney and Melbourne and twice-weekly service to Cairns from Guam.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The 787 Dreamliner is revolutionizing the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions.

The 787-9′s extended range – 8,550 miles compared to the 787-8′s 8,200 – enables United to launch the Los Angeles-to-Melbourne service, which will be the longest Dreamliner route in the world to date.

The Boeing 787-9 aircraft operating the new Melbourne route will feature a total of 252 seats – 48 in United Business First and 204 in United Economy, including 88 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.

San Francisco – Tokyo/Haneda Airport

New daily flights between San Francisco and Tokyo’s close-in Haneda Airport complement United’s existing service between the hub and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. Flights from San Francisco to both Tokyo airports maximize choice and convenience for customers traveling from across the Americas to Tokyo, and to points beyond on United’s joint-venture partner ANA.

The flight schedules enable customers to use convenient public transportation between Haneda Airport and central Tokyo and Yokohama.

United also operates daily service to Tokyo/Narita from its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, as well as from Honolulu.

United is the largest carrier at San Francisco International Airport, offering nearly 300 daily flights to more than 90 destinations in the U.S. and around the world, more service than any other airline from the Bay Area. United’s San Francisco hub also offers more nonstop trans-Pacific service than any airline hub in America. The company currently operates nearly 30 daily nonstop flights from San Francisco to more than 20 international destinations.

Guam to Seoul, South Korea and Shanghai

In addition, United will launch two new routes from its Guam hub at A.P. Won Pat International Airport: daily service to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport beginning on Oct. 27, 2014, and twice-weekly service to Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, the first nonstop service from Guam to mainland China, beginning on Oct. 28, 2014.

United has served Guam for more than 40 years, with United and United Express currently providing nonstop service from the hub to more than 17 destinations in the Asia/Pacific region.

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Etihad to Increase Dallas Service Starting in April 2015

October 28, 2014 on 8:40 am | In Abu Dhabi, Airlines, Middle East, Texas | Comments Off

Dallas/Fort Worth will be introduced into Etihad Airways’ global route network on Dec. 3 with an initial three flights per week service, prior to the upgrade. It is the airline’s sixth route in the United States, alongside New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco (launches Nov. 18).

A Boeing 777-200LR aircraft will be operated on the route, offering a total of eight seats in First Class, 40 seats in Business Class, and 177 seats in Economy Class.

The increased frequency will lead to enhanced travel connections between the United States and key markets worldwide, including the GCC region and 12 cities served by Etihad Airways and its partner Jet Airways across India, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai.

Etihad Airways also plans to offer convenient connections with its codeshare partner American Airlines on a number of domestic routes from Dallas/Fort Worth to major centres across the US.

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “Our Dallas/Fort Worth service was announced at the end of last year and the market response has been extremely strong. To meet the needs of travellers flying into and out of Texas, we will increase our frequency sooner than expected on the route, with daily flights commencing from April 2015.

“Our service offering will be enhanced as a result, with the convenience of a more frequent operation and improved connections for guests in both directions, through Etihad Airways’ fast-growing international network and the networks of our airline partners, such as Jet Airways in India and American Airlines, which has its largest hub at Dallas/Fort Worth.

“The increased frequency also reinforces our commitment to the United States and will strengthen the country’s deep commercial and bilateral ties with the United Arab Emirates.”

Sean Donohue, CEO of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, said: “DFW Airport welcomes the news that Etihad Airways will be expanding to a daily service between DFW and Abu Dhabi next April, just a few months after their planned start date in December of this year.

“With over 62 million customers a year who travel through DFW, the daily flights will be appealing to both business and leisure customers and today’s announcement is an important commitment to markets served by our two global hub airports. As the fastest growing region in the United States, the DFW region is a strong regional and connecting market and the increase in service will provide customers with even more options.”

The airline’s daily flights to and from Dallas/Fort Worth can be booked from today on, through Etihad Airways’ Contact Centres, or via travel agents.

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