Tigerair Launches New Summer Menu & Junior Captain’s Flyer Club

November 23, 2014 on 4:57 pm | In Airlines, Australia, New South Wales, Northern, Queensland, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off

Summer is almost here and with the school summer holidays just around the corner Tigerair has launched its new summer Tiger Bites in-flight menu to coincide with the commencement of the new Tigerair Junior Captain’s Flyer Club.

Tigerair Australia’s Commercial Director Adam Rowe says that the regularly updated Tiger Bites menu continues to be a popular addition since it was launched in September last year.

“Our goal is to make Tigerair Australia’s number one airline of choice for budget travel; providing Australians with great value fares and friendly service while helping keep the domestic travel market competitive.

“We continue to focus on taking the hassle out of flying and aim to provide greater choice through our exciting in-flight menu which is designed to cater for all tastes and budgets.”

The new menu caters for a range of dietary requirements and includes a number of new hot and cold menu items including a triple beef platter for meat lovers and a Snowy cheese snacking platter and wine deal for a special end of day treat.

The popular savoury Vili’s meat pie and sausage roll combo pack is still on offer and there are also a number of special dietary options including a gluten free Rowie’s cheese or vegan toastie as well as delicious Rowie’s rocky road and Anzac biscuits that are both nut, wheat and gluten free.

Tigerair continues to provide an extensive choice of beverages including hot and cold soft drinks as well as a range of wine, beer, cider and pre-mixed drinks. We have also introduced Barista’s iced coffee to the drinks line-up for the first time to help keep coffee lovers cool this summer.

Chocolate lovers may well be tempted by the new Tim Tam Chocolicious Bites, but for passengers looking for lighter options there is still Cobs popcorn available and the addition of the low carb, high protein and high fibre Slim Secrets’ Minitabolism Boost bar. Strawberry ‘Pockys’ (thin yoghurt coated bread sticks) are becoming an increasingly popular sweet treat and are also now available for our passengers.

There also continues to be plenty on offer for the kids including the addition of Mr. Munchies cookies, and the kid’s snack pack is available for just $4 when purchased with a new Toby Activity Case. This includes a games map, trivia cards, pencils, temporary tattoo and a maze game to keep children over the age of three entertained.

Also included in the activity case is a Tigerair Junior Captain’s Flyer Club log-book for younger passengers who can’t wait to get their wings. Each time the club member travels with Tigerair they can ask a member of crew to get the captain on duty to verify that flight log-book entry. After five flights the member then qualifies for a prized Tigerair Wings club badge to impress their friends (see attached).

Summer travel also means family travel and to help keep kids of all ages entertained, or even for last minute gift ideas, Tigerair is offering a number of fun new items as part of its Tiger Bites summer revamp. These include a Darth Vader LED key ring, a $100 eco-friendly neoprene travel wallet, a USB rechargeable mini retro speaker, a portable phone charger and distinctive triple pack Lego luggage tags for when you want your bags to stand-out on arrival. There is also a unique Tigerair stubby holder which is just $5 with any other purchase.

Customers who plan ahead can continue to book their Tiger Bites combo meal choice in advance at the same time that they book their ticket, saving time, money and the hassle of ordering when on board.

Tiger Bites items are available from $4. The menu will be updated again in six months in time for when the cooler months return and as always, the product will continue to evolve based on consumer demand.

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High-Flying Australian-First Partnership Announced for Jetts Fitness and Velocity Frequent Flyer

November 23, 2014 on 4:40 pm | In Airlines, Australia, New South Wales, Northern, Queensland, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off

Australian pioneers of 24/7 no lock-in contract gym concept Jetts celebrates an Australian-first partnership with Velocity Frequent Flyer

Australia’s leading 24/7 fitness group, Jetts, has revealed a three year partnership with Velocity Frequent Flyer, the award-winning loyalty program of Virgin Australia.

The Australian-first partnership sees Jetts become Velocity’s first official fitness partner enabling members to earn Points with Jetts Fitness.

Benefits will include the ability to earn two points for every dollar spent on Jetts’ membership payments and one-off club access fee. Additionally, Jetts members who visit a Jetts gym five or more times each month will earn 60 bonus Velocity Points.

The partnership will also generate the largest Velocity Frequent Flyer Points earn opportunity currently available. As part of the launch, Velocity Platinum, Gold or Silver members who purchase a Jetts Franchise will earn 500,000 bonus Points.

Jetts CEO Martin Oliver said the decision to partner with Velocity is the result of 12 months of planning and discussions. “We want to put our members’ needs first to ensure they continue to get the most out of their membership. By partnering with a leading Australian loyalty program like Velocity Frequent Flyer, we can ensure Jetts members’ experience continues to be nothing but rewarding,” said Mr Oliver.

Velocity Frequent Flyer General Manager, Sid Gokani said: “This Australian-first partnership is another example of the program’s ongoing quest to add meaningful partners and reward its members on everyday spend.

“At Velocity, we are proud to provide members with an extensive portfolio of partners across a range of categories, and from today, this will include our first fitness partner. We recognise the importance of health and well-being to our members and we are thrilled to welcome Jetts to the program, offering the ability to earn while you burn so to speak,” said Mr Gokani.

Velocity Frequent Flyer members interested in joining Jetts, during the launch offer period from 13 October to 30 November 2014, new Jetts members will receive 3,500 bonus Points when purchasing an Annual Membership, or 750 bonus Points on their first Freedom direct debit payment.

Points can also be redeemed for a one month membership and an advance 12 month membership on the Velocity Online Rewards Store.

The Velocity partnership further solidifies Jetts position as the number one fitness chain in Australia for customer satisfaction and Australia’s leading 24/7 fitness group.

Jetts currently operates over 250 clubs across Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

About Jetts
Jetts is Australia’s leading 24/7 fitness group offering members a low cost, high value membership option where members can workout on their terms. With no lock-in contracts, 24hr access, and no additional hidden costs, Jetts is the consumer’s choice in health and fitness. Established in 2007 and now boasting over 250 clubs across Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands, Jetts is Australia’s most successful home-grown fitness franchise. Jetts was awarded #1 in BRW’s Fast Franchises in 2012, and #2 in BRW’s Fast Franchises in 2013. Jetts was also awarded SmartCompany’s Australian Franchisor of the year in 2012.

About Velocity Frequent Flyer
Velocity Frequent Flyer is the multi-award winning loyalty program of Virgin Australia. The program launched in 2005 bringing competition to the loyalty landscape in Australia for the first time by offering genuine and unique rewards to its members.

Today, the program has a membership base of more than 4.5 million. The program gives members the ability to earn Points when flying to nearly 600 destinations worldwide with Virgin Australia or any of its 11 airline partners, including Air New Zealand, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, and Singapore Airlines. It also offers an extensive portfolio of more than 130 hotel brands and a partnership with Agoda, giving members the ability to earn Points at more than 400,000 hotels around the world. Velocity Frequent Flyer has the widest retail offering of any loyalty program in Australia with more than 200 retail brands in its online e-store, which launched in 2008 and a wide range of credit card options to suit the different needs of its customers.

Velocity Frequent Flyer continues to bring unique innovations to the Australian market and in 2014 became the first loyalty program to partner with Australia Post and Aussie Home Loans giving members brand new ways to earn Points on everyday spend. In 2013 Velocity launched Australia’s first frequent flyer program for pets and recently introduced ‘Space Class’, granting one member an upgrade to space with a seat on board the world’s first commercial space line in partnership with Virgin Galactic.

Web: www.jetts.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jettsfitness
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jetts247

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Air Adventure Launch New Tour – The Great Wagyu Adventure – Australia’s Longest Lunch

November 23, 2014 on 4:36 pm | In Adventure Travel, Airlines, Australia, New South Wales, Northern, Queensland, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off

Air Adventure has just launched an exciting new tour, The Great Wagyu Adventure. Takeoff from Melbourne’s Essendon Airport and embark on what is sure to be a day that will not be forgotten.

“To be able to offer a tour that incorporates three iconic Australian experiences in two states (South Australia and Victoria) in the one day is pretty exciting,” said Air Adventure’s Managing Director, John Dyer.

Take off is at 0830 hours onboard the Outback Jet, capable of cruising speeds of over 300 knots (560kmph) means that in just 50 minutes guests will land amongst the vines of Coonawarra in South Australia.

Upon landing, guests are whisked across to Wynns Estate for a behind the scenes tour before slipping into a lab coat to try their hand at wine making.

“it’s a fascinating hands on experience where you can blend to suit your own tastes and then take a bottle home with your own personalized label” said Dyer.

Next stop, the multi award winning Mayura Station in Millicent. Owner Scott deBruin purchased their first live full-blood Wagyu cattle from Japan in 1998 with a vision of producing and marketing highly consistent, premium quality Wagyu beef. Today their 1130-strong herd is raised on a 6000-acre property located in the heart of South Australia’s Limestone Coast.

“Here guests enjoy a 3 course lunch showcasing the diversity of this premium beef product, one course includes the signature ‘Brand 9+’ cut which retails at A$250 per kg.” Said Dyer. There is also the opportunity to purchase Wagyu beef at cellar door prices.

“Each course is matched with a museum release Coonawarra fine wine,” Dyer added.

The return trip completes this memorable experience with a scenic orbit of the iconic 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road. Arrive back in Melbourne at 1700 hours.

Get a group of friends together for a special celebration or for no reason at all, $1,190 per person all inclusive for a minimum of 6 guests. For bookings call 1800 033 160/+61 3 5572 1371or email info@airadventure.com.au or visit http://www.airadventure.com.au.

Background: Air Adventure has been operating in Australia since 1977 providing small group, high end all inclusive tours to some of Australia’s most exciting and remote destinations. Offering scheduled tour departures or customized private charters, this family run business is passionate about creating unique and unforgettable experiences.

QantasLink services Brisbane to Hamilton Island

November 22, 2014 on 2:57 pm | In Airlines, Australia, New South Wales, Northern, Queensland, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off

QantasLink will start direct flights between Brisbane and Hamilton Island from 28 November. Passengers are enjoying more flexibility when travelling to the Whitsundays with four return services scheduled from Fridays to Mondays each week. The Whitsundays celebrated the return of Qantas services to Hamilton Island in July and is delighted to welcome the addiitonal QantasLink services from Brisbane.

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Doors to New Darwin Qantas Club Open

November 21, 2014 on 8:42 am | In Airlines, Asia, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, New South Wales, Northern, Philippines, Singapore, Sydney | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowQantas has today unveiled its new Darwin Qantas Club, promising customers an improved travel experience with more luxury and more space.

At over 1500 square metres (more than double the size of the previous lounge), the new Darwin Qantas Club provides seating for more than 350 guests, a business centre with Apple iMac computers and a meeting room, new bathroom and shower facilities, a barista service and a dedicated family zone featuring kids work stations, toys, books and games.

Other features of the lounge include new furniture, wireless internet, newspapers, magazines, Foxtel and a full service bar and buffet offering a selection of food and beverages.

Qantas Head of Australian Regional Operations Natalie Saulter said Darwin’s new Qantas Club is a testament to the airline’s ongoing investment in Darwin and customer experience.

“Qantas has a long history in the Northern Territory and we consider Darwin a very important part of our domestic network. Not only do we operate the most services in and out of the capital we are also the only airline to have a dedicated lounge for its customers.

“The new lounge has been designed to give customers a new level of comfort and convenience – from a sophisticated barista service providing the best coffee experience to a dedicated business centre with complimentary wireless, photocopying and fax,” said Ms Saulter.

“Customers can also expect better quality and fresher produce from our new onsite kitchen facilities.

“Newly installed beer taps will also complement our award winning range of in-lounge wines hand selected by the Qantas Wine Panel.”

The opening of the new Qantas Club coincides with Darwin Airport’s renovations. The terminal overhaul is set to vastly improve the airport facilities for all customers, including other Qantas Group airlines that operate through Darwin, QantasLink and Jetstar.

Qantas customers already enjoy the use of Faster, Smarter Check-In at Darwin airport which substantially reduces check-in times and enables customers to avoid unnecessary queues.

The Qantas Group operates around 80 per cent of all domestic flights to and within the Northern Territory. Jetstar has international services from Darwin to Singapore, Bali, Tokyo and Manila.

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Tigerair Welcomes Late Spring in Adelaide With All Three Adelaide Routes on Sale

November 21, 2014 on 8:40 am | In Airlines, Australia, Beachbooker, New South Wales, Northern, Queensland, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria | Comments Off

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Tigerair is offering three very good reasons to celebrate the changing of seasons for east coast visitors thinking of a visit to Adelaide before the summer rush and for Adelaide’s residents who are planning a quick trip to any of Australia’s east coast capital cities before Christmas.

Tigerair’s Adelaide sale begins today and runs until midnight Thursday 02 October and offers three great value fares for travel either way between Adelaide and Melbourne from $39*, Adelaide and Sydney from $55* and Adelaide and Brisbane from $75.00.*

As the rest of Australia is just starting to warm-up for the summer holidays, Adelaide is already in full swing by late spring with plenty of great music and food inspired events to draw interstate visitors to South Australia’s capital city, says Tigerair Australia’s Head of Communications Vanessa Regan.

On top of the regular world-class food and wine tours, festival season kicks off early this year with the Woodstock inspired Riverstock Music Festival (14-16 November) and the Gorgeous Festival in McLaren Vale (28-29 November). There is also the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Pixar in Concert for animated movie lovers of all ages, and for those who fancy a colourful run for a good cause there is the Indian Holi festival inspired Colour Me Rad 5km run in Bonython Park (22 November).

“There is a lot on offer for visitors to the Festival State, as well as the opportunity for Adelaide residents to take a quick break or make a quick interstate pre-Christmas shopping dash thanks to the extra dollars saved with Tigerair,” continued Ms. Regan, adding that whilst there are plenty of great value fares on offer the best value fares are likely to disappear quickly.


Route (either way) – Travel Period 2014 – Price Point (from)

Adelaide – Melbourne – 06 Nov – 17 Dec – $39*
Adelaide – Sydney – 04 Nov – 17 Dec – $55*
Adelaide – Brisbane – 04 Nov – 17 Dec – $75*

*Fares are quoted per adult in AUD and include GST and all fees except for the booking and service fee of $8.50 which is charged per flight per person for payment by credit card and debit cards. This fee does not apply to an Australian issued MasterCard debit card. Additional charges apply for optional extras such as checked-in baggage, travel insurance and reserved seat selection. Other conditions apply. See www.tigerair.com  for details.

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Qantas Launches World’s Largest Aircraft on the World’s Longest Route

November 21, 2014 on 8:38 am | In Airlines, Australia, New South Wales, New Zealand, Northern, Pacific Islands, Queensland, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowQantas customers will now enjoy the luxury of the world’s largest passenger aircraft on the world’s longest route, with non-stop A380 services between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said Qantas has a proud history of endurance, setting records and connecting Australians to the world.

“Today, Qantas is leading the way again with the introduction of the world’s largest passenger aircraft on the world’s longest route, Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth, with a flying time of almost 16 hours,” said Mr Joyce.

“We know our customers will value the comfort of the A380 on this route, particularly for our award winning seat in every cabin, the sense of space and quiet, our entertainment options and the inflight hospitality.”

Mr Joyce said the A380 was well-suited for this long haul route, previously flown by the B747. With the change in aircraft, Qantas has introduced a new schedule to offer more seats and greater options for customers flying to and from the US.

“Not only will the A380 increase seats on the route by more than 10 per cent each week, it will also provide us with greater fuel efficiency and the range to operate the return service direct back to Sydney,” said Mr Joyce.

“Our customers also now have the choice of four cabins to both Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth as we introduce our Marc Newson designed First Class Suites on the Dallas/Fort Worth route for the first time.”

Qantas recently announced increased services to the US, and will now offer customers 41 services per week to North America. About half of these services are operated by A380 aircraft and the other half by B747s with A380-style interiors.

Mr Joyce said introducing A380 services between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth, which is the only direct flight from Australia to inland United States, would also provide greater convenience for customers.

“The Dallas/Fort Worth service offers direct access right into the heart of the US with over 50 connections to all US major cities all within four hours, including Orlando, Boston and Houston.

“Since starting on the route in 2011 the feedback from our corporate customers, especially those in the resources, technology and agricultural sectors, tells us they like flying into the Dallas hub because it gets them closer to their final destination in the US and offers great onward connections.”

The new A380 service will also create further opportunities for both tourism and trade between Australia and the US.

“Dallas/Fort Worth is home to our partner American Airlines, and it’s the perfect hub for both business and leisure travellers heading in either direction across the Pacific,” added Mr Joyce.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said: “The new non-stop services, supported by Destination NSW, will deliver an extra 13,700 visitors to Sydney every year, providing a boost to the State’s economy and making it easier for Americans to experience our pristine beaches, vibrant and diverse events, Aussie hospitality and our State’s outstanding food and wine.

“The US is one of our top five key inbound visitor markets. In the past financial year 317,000 visitors from the United States contributed approximately $546 million into the NSW economy, so the more we can do to encourage them to visit Sydney and NSW the better,” she said.

The new A380 service is the result of several scheduling changes designed to unlock more flying time of the Qantas fleet, as part of the wider Qantas Transformation program.

Qantas will operate the new A380 service six times per week (every day except Tuesdays). QF7 will depart Sydney at 1310 and arrive at DFW International Airport at 1345 local time (the same day).

The return service QF8, will depart DFW at 2215 local time and arrive in Sydney at 0605 two days later (due to an evening departure and the international dateline). Flying time from Sydney to DFW is around 14 hours 50 minutes, and flying time from DFW to Sydney is around 15 hours 30 minutes.

Through its codeshare partnership with American Airlines, Qantas offers onward connections to more than 100 destinations across the US, with more than 50 of those from Dallas/Fort Worth including Orlando, Boston, Houston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Washington, Toronto, Vancouver, Cancun and Mexico City.

This new service comes in the 60th anniversary year of Qantas services between Australia and the US. In 1954, Qantas operated a Super Constellation from Sydney to San Francisco – its first trans- Pacific route to North America.

Qantas recognises Destination NSW and Sydney International Airport for their support with the new A380 service to Dallas.


To celebrate the milestone, Qantas painted its A380 aircraft operating the route with a special livery; the kangaroo on the tail features a traditional Stetson hat with a neckerchief in the American-stars print, with a “G’Day Texas” emblem next to the forward doors.


To celebrate the new service, Qantas will offer customers a special Texas-inspired onboard menu from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth until 5 October:

First: A mouth-watering 28-day Nolan dry aged cowboy rib eye complete with mac & cheese, wedge salad and a choice of mustard
Business: Chipotle pork tortillas with sour cream and roasted corn and tomato salsa
Premium Economy: Texas hot dogs with chilli black beans and chipotle mayonnaise;

Economy: A selection of old favourites including Dr Pepper, Cream Soda, Root Beer and Jolly Ranchers and pulled beef sliders as a snack option until March.


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Starwood, Emirates Debut Joint Frequent Customer Program

November 19, 2014 on 3:07 pm | In Abu Dhabi, Airlines, Bahrain, Dubai, Hotels, Middle East, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sharjah | Comments Off

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Airlines have long offered frequent-flyer programs. Similarly hotel companies have developed frequent-guest plans. But until now there has never been a joint airline-hotel frequent program that offers reciprocal rewards for loyal customers.

Effective Nov. 19, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the lodging giant focused largely on the luxury market, and Emirates, the Dubai-based airline giant, will introduce a joint frequent-customer program called Your World Rewards. The new plan offers reciprocal benefits to members of the Starwood Preferred Guest program and the Emirates Skyward elite frequent-flyer plan. But members of both plans will have to register for Your World Rewards to access the joint benefits when they stay at Starwood hotels or fly on Emirates.

Under Your World Rewards, Elite SPG and Emirates Skywards members get exclusive rewards from each loyalty program. Skywards Gold and Platinum members can upgrade hotel rooms, get access to SPG elite check-in, 4 p.m. late check-out and free Internet access. SPG Platinum members flying Emirates get priority check-in and priority boarding. Members of Your World Rewards also get complimentary e-gate access for flights in and out of Dubai.

Your World Rewards members can earn bonus Starpoints when they fly with Emirates and bonus Miles when they stay with Starwood on top of their usual earnings. Elite SPG members earn one Starpoint per dollar, in addition to Skywards Miles, for all eligible Emirates operated flights. Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold and Platinum members earn the equivalent of one mile per dollar, on top of Starpoints, for all eligible stays at Starwood hotels and resorts worldwide.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowStarwood and Emirates executives say the combination of Emirates’ growing global network, Starwood’s innovative take on hospitality and their respective loyalty programs will allow them to recognize their valuable customers with a new level of service and greater rewards when they travel. Starwood now features more than 140 destinations and 1,200 hotels in its system. Emirates, which has the largest fleet of A380s at 55, serves more than 140 destinations in more than 80 countries out of its Dubai hub.

“Your World Rewards allows us to cultivate even greater loyalty with travelers from the world’s fastest-growing travel markets,” said Mark Vondrasek, senior vice president of distribution, loyalty and partnership marketing at Starwood. “As Emirates increasingly connects East with West, and the emerging markets to the developed world, their reach dovetails perfectly with Starwood’s preeminent high-end, global footprint and our pipeline of new hotels, 75 percent of which will open in emerging markets.”

Vondrasek said SPG membership has grown 400 percent in key emerging markets over the last five years. The Middle East is SPG’s third fastest-growing market behind China and India and one of the top 10 travel destinations for SPG members.

Beginning Nov. 19, Starwood SPG and Emirates Skywards members can register for Your World Rewards by logging on to their accounts at www.emirates.com/yourworldrewards or www.spg.com/yourworldrewards to link their Skywards and SPG accounts with benefits going live on the same date.

Starwood also recently unveiled an SPG Pro frequent-stay program for travel professionals, including travel agents. SPG Pro members can also join Your World Rewards to gain access to Emirates Skywards benefits as well.

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El Al Airlines Headed To Boston With Nonstop Service To Tel Aviv

November 19, 2014 on 11:38 am | In Airlines, Israel, New England | Comments Off

Simple. El Al clearly did its homework. According to ShalomBoston.com, there are 275,000 Jews living in Massachusetts, which constitutes 4.3 percent of the state’s population, almost double the national average for other states. As a whole, the six states that comprise the New England area have almost a half-million residents who are Jewish. It’s not hard to see why El Al felt this would be a popular route. – Rich Thomaselli, TravelPulse airlines editor

EL AL Israel Airlines has announced the first-ever nonstop service between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, more firmly connecting Massachusetts and the New England area to the global economy.

The EL AL flight schedule will include three weekly nonstops, conveniently departing Logan International at 9 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evening with an arrival the following day at Ben Gurion International at 3:05 p.m. in the afternoon. The return nonstop flight will depart Ben Gurion at 12:30 a.m. on the same days (every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday) and arrive in Boston the same day at 5:45 a.m.

In addition, EL AL’s codeshare partner, JetBlue, provides onward connections from Logan International Airport.

“Nonstop service to Tel Aviv will open up new commercial and economic opportunities for Massachusetts and the region,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “This and similar service expansions are how we bolster the Commonwealth’s competitiveness.”

Goddess Swimwear from Today Show“I made the decision to launch the Boston/Tel Aviv route by the end of June 2015 with the trust and confidence that EL AL will obtain maximum support from the local community,” said David Maimon, President and CEO, EL AL Israel Airlines.

EL AL will utilize Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with a total of 218 seats on this route. Included are 22 new spacious bed-like Business Class seats with ergonomic support. An Economy Class Plus section will offer more legroom, additional seat recline, and more for excellent value. Freshly prepared Kosher food and a selection of award winning Israeli wine will be provided in all classes of service.

“We are proud to provide the best flight options and excellent service to residents of Boston as well as neighboring communities and states wanting to travel to Israel,” said Danny Saadon, Vice President, EL AL Israel Airlines, North and Central America. “As the national airline, the Israel experience begins on EL AL with warm Israeli hospitality, Israeli flight attendants who make you feel at home and the best trained Israeli pilots.”

EL AL offers up to 32 weekly nonstop flights between North America and Israel with gateways in New York (JFK/Newark), Los Angeles (the only nonstop service between the West Coast and Israel) and Toronto

“Nonstop international flights to and from Logan International Airport stimulate our economy and our region,” said Thomas P Glynn, Massport’s CEO. “This new service helps open new doors and new possibilities. Logan is truly New England’s gateway to the world.’’

The Boston-Tel Aviv market has grown 16 percent in the last three years. Massachusetts and Israel share strong ties in the high tech, life sciences, biotech, finance, clean energy and cybersecurity industries.

“Direct flights pave the way for further strengthening of U.S./Israel ties, both economically and culturally,” said Israel’s Consul General Yehuda Yaakov. “We look forward to seeing even more of our New England friends exploring firsthand our diverse society and rich history.”

This nonstop service is subject to the expected approval by the EL AL Board of Directors within the next few weeks.

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Sceptre Tours To Use New Nonstop Aer Lingus Service From D.C. To Dublin

November 19, 2014 on 11:32 am | In Airlines, Ireland, The South | Comments Off

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New nonstop service from Dublin to Washington D.C. on Aer Lingus four times a week will provide increased access to Ireland for travelers within a convenient traveling radius from Washington D.C. With the magic of packaging, Sceptre Tours is able to use the new service to provide six-night packages to Ireland for under $2,000 air (or Aer) included. Definitely worth noticing. – David Cogswell, TravelPulse tours senior editor

With the recent announcement by Aer Lingus to begin nonstop service four times per week from Washington Dulles Airport to Dublin in May, Sceptre Tours can offer DC-based travelers more convenient access on its Ireland vacation packages. Up until now, most travelers had to connect from DC through either Boston or New York before heading to Ireland.

Sceptre Tours offers a wide variety of vacations to Ireland with prices from DC using this new service beginning from $1,936 per person for travel in May:

Castles, Manors and Irish Welcome Homes – From $1,936 pp

This six-night vacation package takes travelers to Adare, Connemara and anywhere they want to explore with the use of an included rental car and accommodations at the exclusive Irish Welcome Homes bed and breakfast style accommodations. It includes six nights hotel accommodation (the highlight being two nights at the five-star Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort), round-trip airfare, breakfast daily, select sightseeing, and rental car.

Dublin & Belfast By Rail – From $2,259 pp

Oakley - Free Shipping - Shop OnlineTravelers can explore the best of Dublin and Belfast with the ease and comfort of the Irish Rail. Included tours of the Titanic Belfast, the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin’s sightseeing bus make this vacation complete! The package also features six nights hotel accommodation, round-trip airfare, round-trip airport transfers, round-trip rail transportation from Dublin to Belfast, and breakfast daily.

Ireland’s Natural Beauty Captured – From $2,533 pp

Outdoor lovers can dive into the natural beauty that exists in Ireland with this vacation. It affords the opportunity to journey to Galway, Donegal, Belfast and Dublin at your own pace and enjoy the beauty of Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, the Cliffs of Moher and the Titanic Belfast Experience. The package includes eight nights hotel accommodation, airfare, rental car, full Irish breakfast daily, and select tours.

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