Travel Weeklys Asia-Pacific E-letter: Feb. 28, 2005

QANTAS VACATIONS, Tourism New Zealand and Qantas Airways, in conjunction with Horizon Holidays and the New Zealand Lodge Association, will take their show on the road with a 46-city travel agent training seminar series in the western U.S. and Canada. The tour begins March 14 in Las Vegas and ends April 28 in Edmonton, Alberta. Using a 32-foot Discover New Zealand bus, the tour will stop in cities in Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington and western Canada. A 90-minute presentation to travel agents will include the latest information on travel to New Zealand, including air fares, New Zealands off-the-beaten-path areas, group travel to New Zealand, lodges, fly-drive packages and tours. For information call (800) 532-6710. More information is available at

UNITED AIRLINES is offering new daily service between Nagoya, Japan, and Taipei, Taiwan; increased frequency between Chicago and Hong Kong; and larger aircraft on Chicago-Beijing service. The Nagoya-Taipei route will begin April 29 and the Taipei-Nagoya route will begin April 30. Booking is open now. The Nagoya-Taipei service makes it possible for San Francisco customers to take the same plane from San Francisco to Taipei via Nagoya. Three more weekly flights between Chicago and Hong Kong will bring the total number to 10 a week. The increase will begin May 6, about a month earlier than previously planned.

AIR NEW ZEALAND introduced a Pacific Premium Economy class on its flights to New Zealand. The new flight class, along with Air New Zealands Business Premier and Pacific Economy classes, creates a three-class arrangement, which will be available by August 2005 on San Francisco-Auckland flights and by the end of the year on Los Angeles-Auckland flights and Los Angeles-London flights. Business Premier replaces first and business classes. Premium economy offers many of the advantages of the premium cabin, including seats with a 39- to 40-inch pitch and the premium beverage service.

COMMERCIAL AIRLINE TRAFFIC to Nagoya, Japan, including Northwest and Continental airlines, began using the new Centrair airport Feb. 17, which has twice as many gates, more check-in capacity and easier boarding procedures. Centrair, or the Central Japan International Airport, was built on a man-made island and is the countrys third major international airport. About 25 miles south of Nagoya, it offers 271 flights per week to 25 international destinations as well as 94 daily flights to 24 cities in Japan. Northwest, which operates more flights at Nagoya than any other U.S. airline, said the changes mean its customers can now board via jet bridges instead of outdoor boarding stairs.

THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) tentatively decided Feb. 22 to choose Continental and American to be new entrants in the U.S.-China market, which enables Continental to start daily Newark-Beijing service as early as March 25 and allows American to launch daily Chicago-Shanghai service a year later. The DOT said Continental warranted the first pick because the lack of nonstop service between the New York area and China by U.S. airlines is the most serious service deficiency. It chose American for 2006 because it would provide the strongest competitive challenge to Northwest and United in the U.S.-China market.


From Our Partners

From Our Partners

Seabourn Updated Logo
Rediscovering Seabourn’s Extraordinary Worlds
Register Now
Hawaiian Airlines Airplane
Hawaiian Airlines
Read More
2019 Celebrity Cruises Webinar December
Exciting News from Celebrity Cruises you will not want to miss!
Watch Now

JDS Travel News JDS Viewpoints JDS Africa/MI