New codeshare agreement – Etihad and SAS

Still subject to regulatory approval, the new codeshare agreement between Etihad and SAS is set to benefit passengers travelling with both airlines.

As part of the new partnership SAS customers will be able to take advantage of a variety of services from Abu Dhabi, including flights to Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Rome, Milan, Zurich, Geneva and London Heathrow.

In return Etihad customers will be able to enjoy an improved selection of services to Northern Europe, as the Etihad’s EY code is placed on selected SAS services from Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm.

United to launch new transatlantic services

United plans to increase the selection of its transatlantic services with a launch of two new seasonal summer routes, including flights from New York to Venice and from Chicago to Dublin. Both services are still subject to approval and are due to commence on 04 June 2015.

In addition the airline will also be increasing the frequency on its current Washington – Paris route making the service double daily between 04 June 2015 and 17 August 2015. Future flights from New York Newark to Venice will be serviced by the airline’s B767-400ER and will be available until 23 September 2015, while the Dublin route will be operated by a B757-200 until the service finishes on 17 August 2015.

New AC Hotels by Marriott hotels now in Spain and Turkey

As Marriott International expands its international hotel portfolio, guests travelling to Valencia and Istanbul now have an opportunity to enjoy a stay new AC Hotels by Marriott properties.

Set close to Valencia’s commercial and financial district, AC Hotel Colon Valencia offers 91 rooms to choose from and is the brand’s second property in the city. Customers can also benefit from such facilities as a restaurant, three meeting rooms, a business centre, a fitness centre and a terrace as well as proximity to North Valencia railway station.

As for the new AC Hotel Istanbul Macka, it is the brand’s first property in Turkey. Set in the European side of the city, it features 98 rooms and offers guests a great range of facilities, including a restaurant, three meeting rooms, a fitness centre, sauna and two treatment rooms. The hotel also has a convenient facility called “The Market”, which is open 24 hours giving guests an opportunity to purchase drink, toiletries and other items at any time.

New codeshare services from Qantas and American Airlines

As Qantas and American Airlines expand their codeshare, starting from 27 November 2014 Qantas customers will be able to benefit from access to new services departing from USA.

The first new services available as part of the codeshare will include American Airlines flights from  Los Angeles to Lihue, Kona, Maui, Atlanta, San Antonio and Tampa. With flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to Richmond, Tuscon, and Albuquerque to follow in the future.

Get a virtual tour of your room with Thistle Hotels

Guests staying at Thistle Euston Hotel in London can now benefit from viewing their room prior to check-in with the launch of the brand’s new “Choose Your Own Room” service. The new feature allows customers to take a virtual tour of their chosen room after making a booking and request to change their room if necessary.

Guests can access a 360-degree tour of the room, including the views, via a link sent to their provided e-mail address. Currently available only to customers staying at Thistle Euston Hotel in London, the service is set to be extended to other Thistle Hotels properties in the future.

Next summer fly short-haul with Hop Air France

With a consistently expanding portfolio of long haul and short haul destinations, Air France has announced it will be segmenting its broad flight selection with the introduction of a new regional subsidiary called Hop Air France.

Set to launch next summer Hop Air France will be serving the group’s short haul routes, aiming to offer customers a more responsive and individualised approach.

Qatar Airways to offer more flights to Scandinavia

Qatar Airways is to offer more choice to passengers travelling to Scandinavia, as the airline sets out to increase frequencies to Copenhagen and Stockholm starting from the end of March 2015.

As of 29 March 2015, the airline will be adding 4 A380-operated flights to its Doha – Copenhagen route, increasing the number of weekly flights on the route to 11.

As for the route between Doha and Stockholm, the airline will be increasing the current daily service to 10 times weekly as of 30 March 2015, with the new flights to be serviced by the airline’s A330-200 aircraft.

New Tampa route from Lufthansa

Good news for Lufthansa passengers planning to travel to Florida, as starting from 25 September 2014 the airline will be offering customers a new non-stop service between Frankfurt and Tampa.

Flights to the popular USA destination will be available five times a week during the summer and four times a week during the winter season. The service will be operated by the airline’s A340-300, providing 261 Economy, 19 Premium Economy and 18 Business Class seats.

Currently Lufthansa operates flights to Miami and Orlando, with Tampa to become the airline’s third destination in Florida.