New ANA cabin uniforms

All Nippon Airways is adding a more modern and elegant feel to its flying experience with the introduction of new flight attendant and customer service uniforms. Created by Prabal Gurung, the new uniforms are designed to highlight the airline’s Japanese heritage and innovative service.

Consisting of light grey jackets and charcoal skirts and trousers, with an addition of the airline’s trademark blue, the new uniforms will also feature bright scarves and aprons with contemporary Japanese flower patterns.

Qatar to launch daily Doha-Bali service

Starting from 21 July 2014, Qatar Airways passengers will be able to take advantage of a new daily service between Doha and Bali. The new flights will be operated by an A330-300, before switching to B787 Dreamliner in October.

B787 Dreamliner passengers will be able to enjoy state-of the art design and increased levels of comfort, with 232 Economy and 22 Business Class seats available in a two-cabin configuration.

Lufthansa introduces self-service baggage tags

Lufthansa passengers travelling between Frankfurt and Tokyo Narita, can now enjoy more convenience and save time, thanks to the launch of self-service baggage tags, knows as “Home Tags”.

Passengers will be able to print tags for their checked-in luggage independently and attach them to their baggage with Home Tag holders available at the airport. The luggage can then be dropped off at the dedicated counter or at the airport’s self-service machines.

In the future the airline is planning to introduce the service on more Asia and US routes.

IHG to launch new Holiday Inn in Manchester

IHG is to increase the number of properties in Manchester with a new central Holiday Inn hotel due to open in 2016. The new hotel will be located in the heart of the city by the Manchester Piccadilly train station and will feature 306 rooms.

Guests will also be able to benefit from the Holiday Inn open lobby concept with the hotel’s restaurant, bar, lounge, business centre and other facilities being conveniently located within one space.

More reasons to join Miles&Smiles

Passengers frequently flying with Turkish Airlines will be pleased to know that they can now earn up to 7.500 welcome miles if they choose to become a Miles&Smiles member.

As part of the promotion new Miles&Smiles credit card users will earn 1,000 welcome miles on their first flight or expense. New members will also get a 4.000 mile gift with their second domestic flight or expense or a 6.500 mile gift if the second flight is international.

The gift miles can be earned on flights operated by Turkish Airlines, Anadolu Jet or any Star Alliance partner airlines. The promotion is valid between 1 April 2014 and 30 September 2014.

Now earn Emirates Skywards with Europcar

Thanks to Emirates Skywards’ partnership with Europcar, the airline’s frequent flyer programme members can now earn 600 bonus miles when renting a vehicle at over 4,000 Europcar locations in over 140 countries, with additional rewards available for both Gold and Platinum members.

As part of the promotion all members can also up their bonus miles to 1,000 when booking a premium car.

Langham to launch first hotel in Dubai

Dubai is to be become home to the first Langham Hospitality Group property in the Middle East, with the new The Langham, Palm Jumeriah due to open next year. The property will feature 323 guestrooms, including 53 suites, 22 of which will benefit from individual pools.

Guests will be able to enjoy such wellness facilities as a spa and a fitness centre with a free-form swimming pool, as well as take advantage of a dedicated concierge service and complimentary food and beverage presentations at the hotel’s Club Lounge.

The Langham, Palm Jumeriah will also offer plenty of dining options to choose from, including Palm Court, a Japanese restaurant, a seafood outlet, an Arabic and Italian fusion café, an all-day restaurant with international buffet and a la carte selections and more.

Birmingham Airport to offer long haul services

Starting from 01 May 2014, Birmingham Airport will be able to offer passengers an opportunity to travel long haul, as its new 3,003 metres long runway becomes operational.

Adding up to £33 million in cost, the 400-metre extension will allow the airport to provide A380-operated services, significantly improving both business and leisure travel options from Birmingham.

The first airline to launch long haul services from Birmingham will be China Southern, with a flight to and from Beijing due to commence on 22 July 2014.

New Brussels Airlines codeshare services

Brussels Airlines passengers travelling from Newcastle and Bristol can now enjoy more flexibility and options when travelling to Brussels, as the airline launches additional codeshare services with BMI Regional. The flights will be operated by BMI Regional’s Embraer aircraft and will give passengers and opportunity to benefit from a convenient 30-minute check-in, 20kg hold baggage, as well as an at-seat full bar and meal service.