American Airlines to fly from Dallas to Beijing

Starting from 07 May 2015 American Airlines passengers will be able to take advantage of a new non-stop Dallas – Beijing service, as the airline launches its eleventh route between USA and Asia.

Operated under AA’s joint business agreement with Japan Airlines, the new flights will be available daily and will be serviced by the American Airlines’ B777-200ER aircraft.

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Emirates to increase capacity on Kolkata service

Emirates passengers travelling to Kolkata will soon be able to take advantage of 250 additional seats in each direction every week as the airline upgrades the aircraft on the service. Starting from 29 March 2015 the current A330-200 operating the service will be replaced with the airline’s Boeing 777-200ER, providing 220 Economy, 42 Business and 12 First Class seats on every flight.

New Crowne Plaza hotel launched in South London

Intercontinental Hotels Group increases its London property portfolio with the launch of Crowne Plaza London – Battersea. Formerly Hotel Verta, the property is set close to Clapham Junction and the London Heliport.

Crowne Plaza London – Battersea offers guests 78 rooms to choose from as well as an opportunity to take advantage of free wi-fi and such facilities as a terrace bar, a restaurant, 200 sqm of meeting space and a spa and gym.

Hilton Paris Opera now open

Guests travelling to Paris can now enjoy a stay at the new Hilton Paris Opera, as the former Concorde Opera Paris opens as a Hilton Worldwide property after a $50 million refurbishment.

Set close to Gare Saint Lazare train station, the 268-room hotel offers convenient access to such popular Paris landmarks as the Louvre and the Opera. During their stay guests can take advantage of such facilities as a fitness centre, meeting and conference rooms as well as several bars and restaurants, including Le Grand Salon and Le Petit Bar.

Customers choosing to stay in any of the hotel’s 29 suite rooms can also benefit from access to the Executive Lounge with complimentary breakfast and afternoon refreshments.

Qatar Airways to increase capacity on Mediterranean services

Good news for Qatar Airways passengers planning to travel to the Mediterranean, as the airline announces it will be increasing capacity on its routes to Rome, Milan, Venice and Madrid.

As part of the changes on 29 March 2015 the airline will be adding the B787 Dreamliner to its current Doha to Rome Fiumicino route as well as introducing an A330 on the route to Milan Malpensa. The A330 will also be launched on the Qatar Airways’ route to Venice on 16 June 2015. In addition, the current 10-times Madrid service will be upgraded to a double daily B777 service starting from 16 July 2015.

Upgraded Qantas A330 completes inaugural international flight

Qantas passengers travelling on international routes will soon be able to enjoy an improved flying experience, as the airline’s refurbished A330 completes its inaugural international flight between Melbourne and Singapore.

As part of the improvements Economy Class passengers travelling on the new A330 will be able to benefit from the next generation model of the Recaro seat. While Business Class customers will be able to enjoy new “business suites” designed by Marc Newson as well as Qantas Business Sleep Collection kits containing ASPAR products by Aurora Spa, pyjamas, an eye mask, socks, a toothbrush, toothpaste and earplugs.

Icelandair announces Heathrow Terminal 2 move date

Icelandair’s passengers travelling from London Heathrow will soon be able to enjoy the wide range of facilities available at Terminal 2, as the airline moves its operations from Terminal 1 to the Queen’s Terminal on 25 March 2015.

The move will allow customers to benefit from such features as faster check-in and security, easier connections, enjoy an improved departures lounge, free wi-fi as well as a broad selection of shopping and dining options, including 33 retail brands and 17 restaurants.

BA to switch to Gatwick South Terminal in 2016

British Airways customers will have an opportunity to take advantage of direct access to trains to and from central London as the airline announces it will be moving to Gatwick’s South Terminal in November 2016. A new BA check-in area and Executive Club lounge will be constructed at the South Terminal as part of the move. Currently the airline operates from Gatwick’s North Terminal.

More flights to San Francisco from Cathay Pacific

Starting from 11 June 2015, Cathay Pacific will be increasing the number of its services between Hong Kong and San Francisco to 17 flights per week, adding three weekly rotations to the current schedule.

The addition flights will depart from Hong Kong on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 18:45 and arrive to San Francisco at 16:30. While the return services will leave San Francisco at 01:30 on the following day, arriving to Hong Kong at 06:40 local time.