Europe Early Bird fares for travel in 2020 are still available with a couple of airlines. The smash-hit fares of the season from quality airlines have been with Cathay Pacific (CX) and Lufthansa (LH) – in Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class.
Cathay via Hong Kong has launched the excellent fares in light of the troubles that HKG is facing, but for those with any concerns then simply transit at Hong Kong International Airport. Our image shows the delivery for the latest supremely comfortable Airbus A350-1000 which Cathay Pacific is now operating between Auckland and Hong Kong. These offers close off in the next week.
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand’s new flight between Auckland and New York’s Newark airport is now on sale. The flight will be 3x weekly and it inherits the NZ001/NZ002 flights numbers used for the airline’s London service.
Air New Zealand Los Angeles to London flight has been cancelled, with the last flights departing late October 2020. This wasn’t a flight used by many clients, primarily due to its often uncompetitive pricing for New Zealanders on the through flight (often about 30% more that Air NZ options through Asia). The airline’s focus was on a brand new set of US or British passengers paying US$ and GBP airfares, having taken advantage of 5th Freedom air rights between the US and UK for around 30 years. However with currently around 11 flights a day on the LAX to London route the competition from British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American, United Airlines and low cost carrier Norwegian is stiff and so its better for the airline to use the aircraft where there is less competition.
Coming soon... starting in December, Air New Zealand's international flights will have speciality in-flight workout videos, the airline has promised. Gym chain Les Mills filmed a series of wellness and exercise videos which would be available on all of Air New Zealand's in-flight entertainment systems.
Also coming soon, Air New Zealand has advised that your Gold Elite banked years will be able to be gifted, similar to the reward point’s giftee programme. New Koru Club lounge activity has seen the opening of the very smart and spacious Auckland Regional Lounge (liquor license glitch here though). Wellington’s new Domestic lounge will open imminently. Nelson and New Plymouth lounges should open by the start of Q2/2020.
Alaska Airlines (AS) offers the healthiest selection of in-flight catering among the ten main US airlines. A study was undertaken by the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center and Diet Detective. Ratings included calorie count, healthy nutrients, sodium levels and availability of meals on flights of more that 3 hours. Alaska’s meals had an average calorie count of 388 contained with meal options such as Mediterranean Tapas snack box and a Fresh Start protein platter breakfast. Delta and then JetBlue were placed 2nd and 3rd.
JetStar has asked us to remind travellers that you can accumulate Qantas Frequent Flyer reward points on every JetStar flight. Qantas Frequent Flyer is free to join through ATPI.
Singapore Airlines is now using its Airbus A380 on the Singapore to Auckland route. This is to increase capacity for the peak inbound summer season. Clients enjoy the extra space on board the A380.
El Al (LY) has announced trial flights Melbourne non-stop to Tel Aviv for April and May 2020. This will reduce travel time for our Israel bound business and leisure travellers who currently fly via Bangkok, Hong Kong or Los Angeles. The airline has a new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners which will make the projected 17hr 45min flight more viable.