Travel Weeklys Asia-Pacific E-letter: April 4, 2005

THAI AIRWAYS will launch a nonstop route between New York and Bangkok, beginning May 1. The 17-hour flight will use Airbus A340-500 aircraft. The airline is promoting the introduction with bonus frequent-flyer miles. Royal Silk class passengers will receive 150% mileage credit and Premium Economy class will receive 125% mileage credit. Promotional fares of $862 roundtrip will be offered May 1 to June 9.

UNITEDS nonstop, daily service between San Francisco and the new Central Japan International Airport near Nagoya began. United is giving double miles to its Mileage Plus members who fly the route roundtrip through June 11 and 1,000 bonus miles for those flying the route roundtrip through Dec. 31. To retrieve the bonus miles, register at www.united.com/nagoyabonus or (800) 447-6772 using code 693.

QANTAS AIRWAYS introduced free stopovers in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, Australia, on flights from the U.S. to Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia; Mumbai, India and Johannesburg, South Africa. Qantas frequent-flyer miles apply to mileage programs of all its Oneworld partners.

KOREAN AIR is the latest airline to introduce high-fashion outfits for flight attendants. The new uniforms were designed by Gianfranco Ferre, who is known for blending Eastern with Western styles and traditional with modern aesthetics. Ferre said the design is meant to capture the quiet elegance that fits the airlines style. Its the first uniform change for Korean Air since 1991.  Uniforms will change for all flight attendants, front-line staff, pilots and mechanics. Korean Air Chairman and CEO Y.H. Cho also announced that the airline will introduce first-class sleeper seats, new Prestige Plus business-class seats, new entertainment options and onboard Internet access later this year.

 

CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES will expand its summer service between Guangzhou, China and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. There will be two daily flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays instead of one. The airline will use Airbus A320 or Boeing 757 aircraft on the route.

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