Lufthansa pilot strike to take place this week

Lufthansa and Germanwings passengers travelling to and from Germany between 02 April 2014 and 04 April 2014 have to be aware of possible service cancellations, as a three-day pilot strike is to take place across all German airports starting from 10pm on 01 April 2014.

Allegedly, Lufthansa pilots will be leaving all German airports for a period of three days in protest against existing working conditions and wages. The airline strongly apologises for the inconvenience this may cause and is working towards preventing the strike and decreasing its possible effects.

Why upgrade to Virgin Premium Economy?

From wide leather seats and a broad selection of on-board entertainment to dedicated check-in areas and thoughtful extras, there is more than one reason to upgrade to Virgin Premium Economy.

With Premium Economy the renowned Virgin flying experience starts at the airport. Passengers can save time and enjoy extra convenience thanks to separate check-in and bag drop areas, as well as take advantage priority boarding and be the first to get off the plane on selected flights.

Before sitting down in their Premium Economy seats, all with a 38in pitch, a headrest, leg rest and lumbar support, guests are welcomed on board with a complimentary drink and a newspaper. With a great range of on-board facilities, including in-seat laptop power and a wide selection of films, programmes, music and games, Premium Economy offers the perfect atmosphere for both work and relaxation.

Premium Economy guests can also enjoy a fine dining experience with a great selection of dishes to choose from and take advantage Virgin Atlantic’s famous thoughtful extras such as after dinner liqueur and a Premium Economy amenity kit for passengers travelling on night flights.

10 new summer destinations from TAP Portugal

As TAP Portugal adds two A330’s and four A320’s to its fleet, by July passengers travelling to Europe and Latin America will be able to enjoy services to 10 new destinations, including Manaus, Belém, Bogotá, Panama City, Nantes, Hannover, Gothenburg, Belgrade, Tallinn and St Petersburg.

Increasing the number of aircrafts will give the airline an opportunity to provide 900 additional flights, offering enough space for 180,000 more passengers.

Second Waldorf Astoria to open in Indonesia

Hilton Worldwide is to increase its Waldorf Astoria property portfolio in southeast Asia, with the opening of Waldorf Astoria Jakarta scheduled for 2018. The new 74-floor development will be the brand’s second hotel in Indonesia and is set to become the tallest building in Jakarta.

Guests will be able to benefit from a variety of 181 guestrooms, as well as a convenient location in the city’s central business district and four dining choices, including two restaurants, a bar and the Peacock Alley lobby lounge.

The new property will also provide a broad range of facilities both for business and leisure, including meeting rooms, a business centre, a library lounge and a 2,000 sqm ballroom, as well as an outdoor pool, a health club and a spa.

Andaz soon in Tokyo

Good news for passengers travelling to Tokyo this summer, as Hyatt’s new Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills is set to open its doors on 11 June 2014. The hotel will take up floors 47 to 52 of the famous wing-shaped Toranomon Hills tower, allowing customers to enjoy panoramic views over city from the second tallest building in Tokyo.

Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills will be joining 11 other boutique-style Andaz properties worldwide and will offer a variety of 164 guestrooms, including a range of 16 suites, which will vary between 50 and 220 sqm in size.

Guests will also be able to take advantage of a 20-metre infinity pool, spa and fitness centre, as well as enjoy themselves at the hotel’s open-air bar and organic restaurant. The hotel will also feature a chapel and events space, with the 52nd floor’s rooftop benefiting from quintessentially Japanese design.

First Innside hotel in New York

Located between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, the West 27th Street is to become home to the new 20-floor Innside Manhattan hotel in New York.

Set to open in 2016, Innside Manhattan will be Melia Hotels International’s first property in New York, offering a variety of 313 guestrooms, as well as a restaurant, a bar and meeting rooms.

Following its success in Europe Melia Hotels International is working towards increasing its worldwide presence with further plans to launch hotels in Miami and Los Angeles.

Qatar to up new Edinburgh-Doha service

More updates on the upcoming Qatar Airways Edinburgh service to Doha, as the airline allegedly plans to eventually increase the service frequency to two flights a day, given the customer demand meets the airline’s expectations.

With at least 80% of Edinburgh passengers anticipated to connect with other destinations via Doha, Qatar Airways is already setting out to up the number of flights to daily by the end of 2014. Due to launch on 28 May 2014, the new Edinburgh-Doha service will initially run five times a week.

Ritz-Carlton to double presence in Asia-Pacific

Ritz-Carlton is to double the number of its properties in the Asia-Pacific region by 2018, as the brand schedules the opening of it’s the new luxury Perth hotel for the same year.

Close to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, the new Ritz-Carlton, Perth will be a mixed development, featuring a selection of 204 guestrooms, as well as one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

Guests of the luxury complex will also be able to benefit from a variety of retail and dining experiences and enjoy picturesque views over the Swan River and the city’s Kings Park and Botanical Garden.

New Porto service from London Heathrow

Passengers planning to travel to Portugal will be pleased to know that as of 31 March 2014, they will be able to enjoy a new two times weekly service between London Heathrow and Porto provided by British Airways.

In the meantime British Airways passengers travelling from the UK can take advantage of the airline’s Portugal service to Lisbon from London Heathrow, as well as flights to Faro from London City and London Gatwick.