Asia Pacific briefs: Cathay Pacific to increase U.S. service with new long-haul jets

Cathay Pacific Airways on Oct. 1 took delivery of the first of six Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes that will be delivered this year to help expand its North America services. In all, Cathay Pacific has ordered 32 of the long-range wide-bodies.

The plane is flying between Hong Kong and Seoul, South Korea, until Nov. 15, when it will be repositioned to introduce Cathay Pacific's second daily nonstop to New York (Kennedy). The airline also offers a third, connecting daily service to and from New York via Vancouver.

The new 777 is the fourth to be fitted with Cathay Pacific's revamped three-class cabins. The airline's entire long-haul fleet will offer the new cabins by the end of 2009.

Cathay Pacific will take delivery of five more 777-300ERs in 2008, another five in 2009, three in 2010 and five in 2011.

Langham airport hotel opening

Langham Hotels International will operate a five-star hotel to open at Beijing's international airport in mid-2008, just in time for the Summer Olympic Games.

The Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport Hotel, the brand's second property in the Chinese capital, will be located adjacent to the airport's new Terminal 3, minutes from the China International Exhibition Center and Tianzhu Airport Industrial Zone.

The six-story property will have 400-plus guest rooms and suites; food and beverage outlets, including Chinese, Japanese and all-day buffet restaurants; more than 43,000 square feet of function space; and the Chuan Spa, offering treatments based on traditional Chinese medicine. In addition the property will be home to a 1.25-acre water park.

Langham also is set to open the 26-story, 480-unit Langham Place Hotel Beijing in the capital's Chao Yang district next year, and the 34-story, 358-room Langham Place Hotel in Changchun in 2009.

Seven days in Shanghai

Ritz Tours is offering its air-inclusive Shanghai in a Week winter package from $1,099 per person, double.

Rates include roundtrip air from Los Angeles or San Francisco, a five-night stay at the five-star Jinjiang Hotel, daily breakfast, motorcoach sightseeing, meals and entertainment.

The price of the package is $1,249 per person for flights from New York.

The itinerary also features a tour of the Garden City of Suzhou and two days of free time.

Departures are available daily from Nov. 1 to  Feb. 10. Fare add-ons from other U.S. gateways are available starting at $150.

Call (800) 900-2446 or visit www.ritztours.com.

Kenneth Kiesnoski is Travel Weekly's Destinations Editor. E-mail him at [email protected].

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