JFK Prepping Terminal Just for Animals

January 30, 2015 on 11:19 am | In Airlines, New York City | Comments Off

A deal first announced in 2012 will come to fruition in the first quarter of 2016 as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and RK Development LLC begins construction and renovation of an existing terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York that will be used exclusively for animals who are traveling.

The new facility, dubbed ARK, will offer a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, animal daycare services and more efficient ways to transport animals worldwide, including exotic species. It will create 190 jobs, $12.3 million in wages and $50.5 million in economic activity during the span of the project’s 20-year lease, according to a release from the PA/NYNJ.

ARK Development LLC will take over the currently vacant Building 78 at JFK and 14.4 acres of ground area as part of a 20-year agreement, in a $48 million project. The Port Authority anticipates receiving more than $108 million in rent over the lease term, consisting of fixed rent and revenue-sharing percentage fees.

The center also will include a three-day equine quarantine area, dog and cat kenneling and grooming services, an aviary, lawn space for exercising animals and a veterinary hospital and rehabilitation center for horses and other large animals. There will be no animal testing done at the facility.

“It is indeed unique. Some people seem to question its necessity, but if a private company wants to sign a multi-decade lease with PANYNJ, then by all means (do it),” Phil Derner of NYC Avaition told the Gothamist. “When it comes to travel, animals have always had the short end of the stick, flying in dangerous and uncomfortable conditions in the bellies of aircraft. Regardless of animal type, I am all for anything that improves their treatment. As long as this being in the cargo area doesn’t bring about a horse-related Goodfellas Lufthansa heist, it is just fine with me.”  Read more travel news at www.TravelPulse.com

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Travel Impressions’ Dedicated Vacation Flights

January 29, 2015 on 11:20 am | In Adventure Travel, Airlines | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowIn creating Dedicated Vacation Flights (DVF), Travel Impressions set out to create a product that would please agents and their clients, alike. With more offerings and greater convenience, there are plenty of reasons to love DVF.

1. Fly the friendly skies (where and when you want). Travel Impressions’ Dedicated Vacation Flights offer a host of nonstop flights on such carriers as Aeromexico, Southwest/AirTran, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Sun Country Airlines and Alaska Airlines to popular vacation destinations throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. And, when you book onboard amenities such as stretch seating or in-flight entertainment, your client’s vacation is sure to get off on the right foot.

Flights depart from more than 20 U.S. cities, including Baltimore, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York City (JFK) and regional airports such as Austin, Lansing (Mich.) and Rockford (Ill.), so getting to a destination has never been easier.

Not only do Travel Impressions’ Dedicated Vacation Flights offer routes that might not be available elsewhere, but they offer better flight times. We all know that when it comes to vacation, every second counts so Dedicated Vacation Flight packages offer morning departures to ensure your clients can be suited up and on the beach before lunch; afternoon and evening returns mean vacation-goers can soak up every last bit of sun.

2. Dedication to Value. Dedicated Vacation Flights promise exceptional value across the board, thanks to competitively priced land and air packages. Other budget-friendly features include:

Luggage ProsChecked baggage fees included in most flights; relaxed change and cancellation fee policies in the event your client’s plans change; lower deposits of only $150 per person (when the itinerary is applicable for a deposit payment); and compatibility with Cancel for Any Reason Waiver and Travel Protection, meaning no matter what happens up until the day prior to departure, your clients are covered.

3. We’re Easy to Love. For the travel planner in all of us, Dedicated Vacation Flights let you book up to 330 days in advance, months before scheduled air is released and in plenty of time to take advantage of early booking specials. (Departure times are good-faith estimates based on the current year’s schedule and flight patterns.) Booking a group? You’re in luck as group space inventory is available on most flights.

4. Service With a Smile. When you book a Dedicated Vacation Flight package, you’ll be dealing with a Travel Impressions representative throughout the entire booking process. And, they’ll work with you to ensure that your client’s airline reward points on Sun Country, JetBlue, Frontier and AirTran can still be earned … and used.

5. Money. Money. Money. Agents now earn 5 percent commission on Dedicated Vacation Flights charter and group booking packages to Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Costa Rica. Previously, agents earned commission only on the land portion of these vacations.

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United Bonus-Miles Promotion for Premium Cabin Fliers

January 29, 2015 on 10:55 am | In Airlines | Comments Off

United Airlines’ MileagePlus members are poised to be rewarded for flying premium cabins through the first two months of 2015.

The Chicago-based airline announced on Friday a special bonus-miles promotion that will allow those members to capitalize when they fly in style by racking up bonus miles on top of existing base earnings.

According to a press release, the promotion began Friday and is valid for travel completed through Feb. 28. Over that time, members can earn up to 12,000 bonus award miles per flight segment.

“With this offer, we are pleased to begin the New Year by further rewarding our premium-cabin customers for their loyalty and their value,” said United’s vice president of loyalty Praveen Sharma.

MileagePlus members don’t need to register for the promotion, which applies to United Express-operated flights and United-marketed flights operated by the following partners: Air Canada; ANA; Austrian; Brussels Airlines; Copa; Lufthansa and Swiss.

United’s premium cabin seating includes a “free standard checked bag, comfortable, spacious seats, priority boarding and security line access” as well as “complimentary alcoholic beverages.”  Read more travel news at www.TravelPulse.com

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SAA Vacations Launches Rock Bottom Pricing on Packages for Southern Africa

January 28, 2015 on 12:20 pm | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Airlines, South Africa | Comments Off

Home General 160 600It’s shaping up to be the best possible time to travel to Africa.

The panic over Ebola caused travel to drop throughout the entire continent of Africa, and the entire industry is hungry for new visitors. South African Airways Vacations, the tour operator for South Africa’s national carrier, is aiming to jumpstart a new season of travel to Southern Africa with a new promotion: Go See Southern Africa.

SAA Vacations is offering $500 off any of its more than 70 air-inclusive vacation packages to destinations throughout Southern and East Africa.

The operator has also introduced a new “South African Starter” package that includes two nights in Cape Town or Johannesburg with air include from Washington DC Dulles Airport or New York JFK Airport for $999. The offer is valid for bookings made by Jan. 31 for travel by March 31.

That price is considerably less than what you would normally expect to pay for air fare alone to South Africa. Customers can tack on other components to the package to expand their trip. Two days is a little short for a visit to Africa.

SAA Vacations is also offering three free nights in Cape Town with the purchase of any three-night safari. Three-night safari packages start at about $2,100 per person.

This offers is also valid for bookings through Jan. 31 and travel beginning by March 31.

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How You Can Travel to Europe from $599

January 28, 2015 on 11:46 am | In Airlines, Europe | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowHow You Can Travel to Europe from $599

Though the high air fares that reflect a long defunct price for a barrel of oil are still in effect, many airline watchers are expecting some healthy fare sales to come along this year. airberlin and LOT Polish Airlines have begun the new year with a couple of beauties.

airberlin is running a fare sale through Jan. 19, 2015. The winter fare sale is priced from $649 to such European cities as Stockholm, Vienna and Warsaw based on roundtrip travel including all taxes and surcharges. airberlin’s newly refurbished economy class cabin also features on-demand entertainment systems, complimentary beverage service throughout the entire flight and improved culinary selections.

The sale is valid for travel dates Jan. 15 through March 22. Other cities included in this special offer are Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Zurich. From Berlin travelers can connect through to the airline’s entire network of cities. airberlin currently operates from Chicago three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday through March 29 and starting March 30 will offer daily service to Berlin.

LOT Polish Airlines came in with a fare sale to Poland and Europe from Chicago and New York City from $599 roundtrip only on LOT operated flights. The $599 roundtrip air fare is offered from Chicago to Budapest and New York to Krakow. This sale is available for purchase from Jan. 13 to 18 for travel between Feb. 7 and April 30. All fares include taxes and fees, are subject to availability and are non-refundable. LOT Polish Airlines operates the Dreamliners on its long-haul flights.  Read more travel news at www.TravelPulse.com

Emirates 2 fo 1 round-trip airfares from New York to Milan‏

January 26, 2015 on 12:05 pm | In Airlines, East Coast, Italy, New York City | Comments Off

NEW YORK, NY, – Emirates, a global connector of people and places, has announced a series of new special fares for flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Milan’s Malpensa Airport.

Bookings made between January 19 and January 22 will feature special two-for-one fares in all cabin classes. Customers can book travel for two from $799 for Economy class, $4,999 in Business Class and $7,999 in First Class for travel from January 25 to May 10.

The special fares come just in time to book a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway or a visit to the fashion capital during Milan’s Fashion Week. Beginning May 1, millions of visitors will descend upon Milan for the 2015 World Expo to learn about nutrition, resources and sustainability; those traveling for the kick-off can benefit by this special offer.

All passengers will enjoy gourmet regionally inspired dishes, complimentary wines, dedicated children’s menus and activities, and ice, Emirates’ award winning entertainment system offering more than 2000 channels of on-demand entertainment at every seat. Emirates, the only carrier on the JFK to MXP route to offer direct First Class service, offers First Class passengers Emirates’ renowned private suites. First class and Business class passengers will enjoy complimentary chauffeur drive service, luggage allowances and an invitation to relax inside Emirates’ award-winning lounges in both cities, allowing passengers to travel with ease before they have even stepped on board.

“There has never been a better time to experience Emirates’ award-winning product and onboard service with the unique First Class offering on this trans-Atlantic route. Whether you are visiting friends and relatives, travelling for business or venturing to Milan as a leisure traveler, this special two-for-one fare allows passengers in all classes to reach Milan for less,” said Matthias Schmid, Emirates’ Vice President Sales USA.

New York and Milan share a love of fashion, food, culture and design. In addition to the special fares in all classes, travelers can now seamlessly book train tickets online to some of the most popular destinations in Italy, including Rome and Venice, with Emirates’ Italian national rail partner, Trenitalia. Once passengers book online flights from New York to Milan with this special offer, they are able to take advantage of special rail connections at the time of their airfare booking. This allows connections to over 700 stations across Italy, including Florence, Naples and Bologna.

“Milan gets its name from “mediolanum,” which means “the city in the middle.” In ninety minutes time a tourist can enjoy a range of mountains, lakes, sea and hills,” said Pier Paolo Celeste, Italian Trade Commissioner of New York. “Only the tourist’s fantasy will be the limit as Emirates and TrenItalia work together to create wonderful Italian travel experiences.”

For more information on booking Trenitalia tickets on Emirates.com, please visit: this link.

Renowned for its excellence in service and innovation, both on board and on the ground, Emirates now serves nine U.S. gateways – Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Washington (IAD) and New York (JFK), as well as operating the trans-Atlantic route between JFK and Milan.
For more information on Emirates, including how to book and a complete list of terms and conditions, contact your travel agent or visit: www.emirates.com/us .

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Emirates and the U.S.

Founded in 1985, Emirates is a global connector of people, places and economies. Based in Dubai, the airline’s global network serves 147 destinations in 84 countries across six continents. Its luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice, and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multi-lingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.

Emirates has carried more than 9 million passengers on U.S. flights since launching services to New York in 2004. The airline currently serves nine U.S. gateways – Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Washington (IAD) and New York (JFK), as well as operating a trans-Atlantic route between JFK and Milan and a freighter service to Atlanta. Emirates SkyCargo transports up to 650 tons of U.S. exports each week – including auto parts from New York, apples and cherries from Seattle, and oil and gas equipment from Houston – stimulating trade and opening new markets for American businesses across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.


Fiji Airways Launches WELCOME TO OUR HOME

January 23, 2015 on 1:25 pm | In Airlines, Australia, Fiji Islands, Pacific Islands | Comments Off

New brand position captures unique Fijian spirit of friendship and family

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has launched its new brand campaign designed to showcase the warm nature of Fijian hospitality. Called WELCOME TO OUR HOME, it captures the unique Fijian experience travellers have on-board Fiji Airways, and by extension, in Fiji. This being a very personal, human experience, the familiarity of home, where visitors are treated as extended family, not tourists.

Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO Stefan Pichler said: “Treating visitors like family is an inherent quality of Fijians. Our people at Fiji Airways naturally extend this same courtesy to all our guests on board. They are far more than just a seat number, they are part of our extended Fijian family.”

The campaign has been launched through a series of videos featuring three real families who recently travelled to and from Fiji needing a much-deserved home-away-from-home experience of a lifetime. They were nominated by friends and family back in September.

A once tight-knit family from the suburbs of Sydney, Australia, the Monahan siblings were given the opportunity to reunite after losing their mother and splitting into different homes. Their trip sees them become a single unit honouring their mother’s last wishes, and experiencing their first overseas family holiday.

The McConnells are a hardworking dairy family from Hamilton, New Zealand who have had little time to get away on a family holiday because of the demands of running a family farm with 850 cattle.

Elenoa, a Fijian widow from Laucala Beach, Fiji, boarded a plane for the very first time, and ventured to New Zealand to unite with family she had not seen for years.

Their stories are available on ourhome.fijiairways.com

Mr. Pichler added: “Following our successful relaunch to Fiji Airways last year, we have revamped our marketing approach and have now included more of Fiji’s people in the way we market our company and the country overseas. As the national carrier, we want to show off what makes Fiji so special and unique as an experience. This brand position resonates well with the Fijian people because they live this experience every day.

“This also better aligns us with our aim of becoming a leading boutique airline which has a unique, personal touch.”

Stay up to date with the latest news, announcements and offers from Fiji Airways:

Twitter: @FijiAirways

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fijiairways

Instagram: @Fly_FijiAirways


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SilkAir to Fly to Cairns

January 23, 2015 on 1:15 pm | In Airlines, Asia, Australia, Queensland | Comments Off

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, is delighted to announce that it will commence direct flights between Singapore and Cairns, on 30 May 2015, subject to regulatory approvals.

The new services will be operated with SilkAir’s latest Boeing 737-800 aircraft, featuring both Business and Economy class cabins. Customers will be provided with a full service experience, meaning that fares include inflight meals, baggage allowance of 40kg and 30kg for Business and Economy class respectively, as well as through check-in for connecting customers to or from another SilkAir or Singapore Airlines point via Singapore.

Cairns will be the airline’s second Australian destination after Darwin, which was launched in March 2012. SilkAir plans to operate the Cairns service three times weekly, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays on a triangular routing. The inaugural flight and subsequent Saturday flights will depart Singapore for Cairns non-stop and then return to Singapore via Darwin. The Monday and Thursday flights will fly to Cairns via Darwin and then return to Singapore non-stop. The detailed schedules are as follows:

From Singapore:
Flight – Days of Operation – Departure – Arrival
MI822 – Mon, Thu – Singapore 0140hrs – Cairns 1150hrs (via Darwin)
MI828 – Sat – Singapore 0140hrs – Cairns 1020hrs

To Singapore:
Flight – Days of Operation – Departure – Arrival
MI822 – Mon, Thu – Cairns 1240hrs – Singapore 1720hrs
MI828 – Sat – Cairns 1110hrs – Singapore 1720hrs (via Darwin)

With the launch of Cairns, the number of destinations in SilkAir’s route network will increase to 49 cities in 12 countries.

Commenting on the new route, SilkAir’s Chief Executive, Mr. Leslie Thng, said:

“This is an exciting development for SilkAir. With the introduction of the 737 fleet, we’re expanding our regional footprint, allowing us to further improve connectivity between Australia and our key markets in India, China and South-East Asia, in combination with Singapore Airlines’ global network. As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns will no doubt prove a popular destination but it also provides us with a strategic opportunity to build on Singapore Airlines’ sizeable presence in Australia to deliver more choice and great full-service value.”

Queensland’s Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey, has praised SilkAir for its confidence in Queensland’s tourism sector.

“SilkAir’s new services into Cairns will bring an estimated 20,000 extra visitors annually into one of Australia’s most desirable destinations,” she said.

“The Queensland Government looks forward to working in partnership with SilkAir to deliver international marketing activities over the next three years to support this highly anticipated service.”

Cairns Airport also welcomes the announcement by SilkAir that the airline is to operate flights on the Singapore – Cairns route from May 2015.

Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Brown, said the Singapore service will provide an enormous boost to the region’s tourism industry.

“Connectivity between Singapore and Cairns will make it even easier for international visitors to reach our holiday destination,” Mr Brown said. “This route will provide vital links through to Cairns from Asia and Europe.”

“I am also sure many people living in our region will welcome the service as a convenient option for travel to Singapore and beyond from Cairns.”

Customers are advised to note that the new flights may not be immediately available in computer reservations systems due to the lead-time required in making system updates.

Cairns will be the airline’s second Australian destination after Darwin, which was launched in March 2012. The new detailed schedules for Darwin are as follows (all times stated are local):

From Singapore:
Flight – Days of Operation – Departure – Arrival
MI801 – Wed, Fri, Sun – Singapore 0855hrs – Darwin 1500hrs
MI822 – Mon, Thu – Singapore 0140hrs – Darwin 0800hrs
MI828 – Sat – Singapore 0140hrs – Darwin 1325hrs (via Cairns)

To Singapore:
Flight – Days of Operation – Departure – Arrival
MI802 – Wed, Fri, Sun – Darwin 1600hrs – Singapore 1900hrs
MI822 – Mon, Thu – Darwin 0850hrs – Singapore 1720hrs (via Cairns)
MI828 – Sat – Darwin 1415hrs – Singapore 1720hrs

For more information on SilkAir, including its destinations and services, please visit silkair.com

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Alaska Airlines Special Offer – 25,000 Bonus Miles‏ – fly to Mammoth

January 22, 2015 on 9:46 am | In Airlines, California, Los Angeles, Skiing Snowboarding | Comments Off

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Delta Unveils Expanded Terminal 4 at JFK

January 20, 2015 on 12:24 pm | In Airlines | Comments Off

More gates, more retail options and more ways to get around.

That was the goal for Delta Air Lines with its new $175 million, 75,000-square foot expansion of its Terminal 4 at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport.

The Atlanta-based carrier officially unveiled the new-look terminal on Tuesday.

“New York is the most competitive market in the world,” Delta senior vice president Gail Grimmett said at the ceremonies. “Our commitment to be New York’s No. 1 is very significant and there’s investment that goes with that.”

There are 11 new gates in Terminal 4, most of which will be fore Delta’s regional routes and carriers. In addition, Delta has added jetways to all T4 and Terminal 2 (T2) gates. This expansion comes after years of planning and part of a $1.4 billion investment in JFK to build a state-of-the-art terminal designed to provide passengers with a better airport experience.

That also includes newer and more varied food options, as well as several new retail stores.

“The Port Authority and our airline partners are committed to continuing our initiatives to transform and modernize JFK Airport into a world-class facility,” said Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jercey, which operates the city’s three major airports. Read more travel news at www.TravelPulse.com

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