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JetSpeak April 2019

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Aviation News:

SpiceJet has announced the commencement of its membership in the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global trade association for the airline industry. The announcement makes SpiceJet the first Indian Low-cost-carrier to join the global association. IATA has over 290 airlines from across the world as members.

This was confirmed by the IATA Director General & CEO, Mr. Alexandre de Juniac, in a letter welcoming SpiceJet warmly, as IATA’s newest member.

Conrad Clifford, Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific, IATA welcomed the airline with the statement, “We are delighted to welcome SpiceJet as part of the 290 airlines in the IATA family. SpiceJet is the first Indian low cost carrier to be an IATA member, and our fifth member in India. We look forward to working with Ajay Singh and his team at SpiceJet in shaping the industry’s agenda in India and around the world, and in bringing value to SpiceJet through its IATA membership.”

A press release announcing the membership stated, “The IATA membership is also significant on account of SpiceJet’s plans for rapidly expanding its international footprint. IATA operates numerous global airline industry initiatives and programs in financial and distribution areas; and the membership also allows SpiceJet to explore and grow its collaborations with international member airlines of IATA through interlining and code shares, enabling SpiceJet to seamlessly expand the network options for its passengers in future.”

SpiceJet achieved the membership after successfully completing the IATA’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), the benchmark for global safety management in airlines and an essential requirement to gain IATA membership. The audit confirms the airline’s compliance with internationally-approved aviation safety standards across parameters in operational management and control systems.

To book SpiceJet flights and for the best corporate fares, contact Jetways Travels at 011-44112200 or send an e-mail to enquiry@jetwaystravels.com

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Air Canada has announced a new updated schedule in response to the closure of airspace for the grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The revised schedule covers 98 per cent of the routes previously operated by the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft through a series of mitigation measures, temporary route suspensions, and schedule changes.

The airline will be updating its June schedule as well, especially since the timeline for the return of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft is still unknown. The airline has removed Boeing 737 Max aircraft usafe from its schedule until at least July 1, 2019 to ensure that customers can plan and book their travel without worrying about schedule changes and cancellations.

To mitigate the impact of the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, Air Canada will be operating similar-sized or larger aircraft on routes operated by the grounded 737 Max Aircraft. The airline has extended leases for aircraft schedule to exit the fleet to ensure there is no shortage of aircraft. The airline is also accelerating the in-take of recently acquired Airbus A321 aircraft from WOW Air into its fleet.

Air Canada is also working with alliance and codeshare partners to provide immediate extra capacity and alternative options to passengers. For example, its Montreal-Frankfurt flight for the month of May will be operated by Star Alliance partner Lufthansa.

Routes operated by smaller aircraft with higher frequencies have been replaced with larger aircraft that operate at fewer frequencies. The airline has changed the operating times for some routes as well. For example, beginning in May two daily flights between Toronto and Calgary have been consolidated onto one larger Airbus A330, leaving nine daily flights. Air Canada Rouge aircraft has been deputed to operate on domestic routes such as Toronto-Edmonton on selected frequencies.

Launch of some seasonal routes has also been delayed.

In a small number of cases, the airline has been forced to temporarily suspended service until May 31, due to non-availability of replacement aircraft. This includes flights from Halifax and St. John's to London Heathrow; the airline is re-accommodating customers over its Toronto and Montreal hubs.

Passengers whose flights have been affected can expect to receive an email detailing their updated itinerary. This information is also available in My Bookings on the Air Canada app or Air Canada website. Customers are advised, whether they have booked directly through Air Canada or not, to ensure their contact information is on their booking to facilitate communication of any flight changes.

The airline has also put in place a flexible rebooking policy with full fee waiver and a refund option for affected customers.

According to a press release issued by the airline on the revised schedule, “Customers originally scheduled to travel on a 737 MAX can call Air Canada at 1-833-354-5963 for information within 72 hours of their planned flight. Customers who have booked flights through a Travel Agent should contact them for immediate assistance.”

“Customers are further advised to check the status of their flight using the Flight Status function on the Air Canada app or on aircanada.com prior to going to the airport. Additional information, including specific changes to the April and May 737 MAX operation is provided at the special page, Update on flights operated by the Boeing 737 MAX, available on www.aircanada.com that will be updated as warranted,” the press release stated.

“Final decisions on returning the 737 MAX to service will be based on Air Canada's safety assessment following the lifting of government safety notices and approval by international regulatory authorities,” the press release continued.

For more information on cancelled flights, or to book a new Air Canada flight, contact Jetways Travels at 011-44112200 or send an e-mail to enquiry@jetwaystravels.com

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Emirates Airlines has announced its plans to resume its operations to Zagreb for the summer season. It will continue to serve the route until October 26, 2019. Later, its partner airline, flydubai will take over the operations for the winter season. The strategic partnership between both airlines ensures capacity is deployed to best serve customer demand.

Emirates will operate a Boeing 777-300ER with 8 First Class lie-flat seats, 42 Business Class seats and 304 Economy Class seats on the route.

A press release announcing the resumption of services stated, “Due to the planned upgrade works on the southern runway at DXB, from 16 April until 30 May 2019, Emirates’ flights to Zagreb will operate as four times weekly on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. From 31st May 2019 onwards, the route will be operated as a daily service.”

Flight No City of Departure Time of Departure City of Arrival Time of Arrival
EK 129 Dubai 0830 hrs Zagreb 1235 hrs
EK 130 Zagreb 1525 hrs Dubai 2300 hrs
All timings are local time
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Etihad Airways has announced its plans to introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliners on existing routes between its hub Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg, Lagos and Milan. The Dreamliner will replace the Airbus A330 aircraft currently in operation on these routes.

The new Etihad Boeing 787 Dreamliner will feature the airline’s next-generation Business and Economy cabins, which includes 28 Business Studios with direct aisle access, fully-flat beds and features such as in-seat massage and pneumatic cushion control systems. The Economy Smart Seats provide enhanced comfort with a unique ‘fixed wing’ headrest.

The aircraft has been designed with enhancements including humidity controls while air pressure levels are set to ensure a smoother flight, allowing guests to arrive feeling fresher.

Schedule of Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg, effective 01 August 2019

Flight No. City of Departure Time of Departure City of Arrival Time of Arrival Time of Arrival Frequency Effective
EY 604 Abu Dhabi 1005 hrs Johannesburg 1630 hrs Daily 01-08-2019
EY 603 Johannesburg 2005 hrs Abu Dhabi 0600 hrs (+1) Daily 01-08-2019
All timings are local time; +1 denotes arrival on next day


Schedule of Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to Lagos

Flight No. City of Departure Time of Departure City of Arrival Time of Arrival Frequency Effective
EY 673 Abu Dhabi 0235 hrs Lagos   0710 hrs Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 02-08-2019
EY 674 Lagos 0830 hrs Abu Dhabi 1910 hrs Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 02-08-2019
All timings are local time


Schedule of Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to Milan, effective 01 September 2019

Flight No. City of Departure Time of Departure City of Arrival Time of Arrival Frequency Effective
EY 81 Abu Dhabi 0220 hrs Milan 0650 hrs Daily 01-09-2019
EY 88 Milan 1040 hrs Abu Dhabi 1855 hrs Daily 01-09-2019
All timings are local time


To book Etihad flights and for the best corporate fares, contact Jetways Travels at 011-44112200 or send an e-mail to enquiry@jetwaystravels.com

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Etihad Airways has announced a partnership with Panasonic Avionics to jointly develop and conduct trials of wellness solutions aimed at enhancing the traveller experience. As part of the partnership, Etihad will be the first airline to trial Panasonic’s new wellness solution, the Jet Lag Adviser, developed in collaboration with Detalytics.

The Jet Lag Adviser will be integrated into the airline’s passenger app.

A press release issued by Etihad Airways stated, “One of the biggest challenges air passengers face when travelling across multiple time zones is jet lag. To help passengers combat this, the Jet Lag Adviser takes a range of passenger inputs including chronotype, circadian rhythms, height, weight, the nature of travel, and travel information such as flight times, routes and zones and uses its artificial intelligence engine to produce personalised jet lag plans for passengers with tailored advisories to help them reduce jet lag.”

Passengers utilizing the app receive a combination of personalized and generic route-based jet lag scores that summarizes the severity of jet lag on that specific route and how it might impact their own travel. The app also sends a personalized jet lag plan that incorporates the pre-flight, flight and post-flight phases, and provides a schedule of recommendations and tips to reduce jet lag.

The recommendations are divided for specific times in each phase and include tips such as sleeping, exposure to light, exercise, hydration, and the type of food to consume. The app also sends reminders with recommended actions for each phase, which help passengers to feel more energetic on arrival at their destination.

Commenting on the partnership, Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer at Etihad Aviation Group said, “Etihad is committed to providing choice and a superior experience to our guests, and we are continually looking at new ways to do just that. With the Jet Lag Advisor, we can now leverage artificial intelligence to improve the travel experience. This will be the first of many wellness initiatives we will explore together, and we are excited about our partnership with Panasonic and the possibilities that lie ahead.”

Panasonic is also exploring further innovative wellness technologies with Etihad as the carrier readies itself to move to the new ‘Midfield Terminal’ at Abu Dhabi International Airport, where new technology features are set to significantly enhance the passenger experience.

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced the arrival of its new Boeing 787-10. The new advanced aircraft, with upgraded seats, will begin service on the airline’s scheduled flights from Tokyo Narita to Singapore and Bangkok. Services by the Boeing 787-10 will commence with effect from April 26, 2019 on the Tokyo Narita - Singapore route and from July 1, 2019 on the Tokyo Narita - Bangkok route.

The new aircraft comes with features such as more comfortable seats with a six-way adjustable headrest for the airline’s Premium Economy and Economy Class and full-flat beds for its Business Class. All seats will feature touchscreen personal seat monitors with updated swipe-to-search abilities and support for total 11 languages. The seat monitors for Economy & Premium Economy class will be the largest for the class across the aviation industry.

A press release announcing the arrival of the new aircraft stated, “The next-generation "ANA Flight Path" map will be added to the flights, using 3D mapping to provide tourism guides and restaurant recommendations from Japan's largest travel review site, 4 travel.”

Commenting on the arrival of the new aircraft, Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA said, "The 787-10 is a cutting-edge plane and ANA is honored to be the first Japanese airline to fly the aircraft. ANA now has the distinction of being the only airline in Asia to operate all models (787-8, 787-9 and 787-10) of the 787 aircraft. The 787 fleet is known for its extremely low noise levels, excellent fuel efficiency and in-flight comfort, all of which support ANA's mission to push the standards of air travel by investing in the latest technology."

“ANA plans to acquire a total of three 787-10s by the end of fiscal year 2020 and gradually introduce them to its Southeast Asian routes as part of its commitment to bring top-of-the-line aircraft and technology to travelers,” the press release continued.

For more information and to book ANA flights, contact Jetways Travels at 011-44112200 or send an e-mail to enquiry@jetwaystravels.com

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Japan Airlines has announced its plans to launch its first Airbus A350-900. The new aircraft will begin its services on the route from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka Airport with effect from September 1, 2019. The new aircraft will feature new ergonomically designed seats, personal screens, power outlets and USB ports across the airline’s three classes - First Class, Class J and Economy Class. The personal screens will feature the ability to view the outside of the aircraft through a built-in exterior camera, in addition to the wide range of JAL’s inflight entertainment. Schedule of Airbus A350-900 first flights

Flight No City of Departure Time of Departure City of Arrival Time of Arrival
JL 303 Tokyo Haneda 0615 hrs Fukuoka 0805 hrs
JL 306 Fukuoka 0900 hrs Tokyo Haneda 1035 hrs
JL 317 Tokyo Haneda 1210 hrs Fukuoka 1400 hrs
JL 318 Fukuoka 1500 hrs Tokyo Haneda 1640 hrs
JL 329 Tokyo Haneda 1810 hrs Fukuoka 2000 hrs
JL 332 Fukuoka 2100 hrs Tokyo Haneda 2240 hrs
All timings are local time
For more information and to book Japan Airlines flights, contact Jetways Travels at 011-44112200 or send an e-mail to enquiry@jetwaystravels.com

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United Airlines has announced the launch of non-Binary Gender Booking options for all its booking channels, making it the first US airline to make the move. Passengers booking a ticket for United Airlines flights can now identify themselves as M(male), F(female), U(undisclosed) or X(unspecified), corresponding with what is indicated on their passports or identification. They can even select the title “Mx” during booking and in the MileagePlus Customer Profile.

Keeping with the initiative, the airline has also trained its employees on the new changes in collaboration with the Human Rights Campaign and the Trevor Project. The training included teaching employees on preferred pronouns and the persistence of gender norms. Other initiatives included LGBT competency in the workplace and other steps to make United an inclusive space for both customers and employees.

Commenting on the move, Toby Enqvist, Chief Customer Officer at United Airlines
Stated, “United is determined to lead the industry in LGBT inclusivity, and we are so proud to be the first U.S. airline to offer these inclusive booking options for our customers. United is excited to share with our customers, whether they identify along the binary of male or female or not, that we are taking the steps to exhibit our care for them while also providing additional employee training to make us even more welcoming for all customers and employees."

Beck Bailey, acting director of the Workplace Equality Program added, “At the Human Rights Campaign, we believe being acknowledged as the gender you identify with is part of treating everyone with dignity and respect. By providing non-binary gender selection for ticketing and the gender-inclusive honorific 'Mx' in user profiles, United Airlines is taking an important step forward for non-binary inclusion."

The new booking options are now currently available.

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Delta Airlines has announced the launch of its upgraded Boeing 777 aircraft on the flights between Sydney and Los-Angeles. The upgraded Boeing 777 features unique business class suites with individual doors, the first suites of the kind on flights between the United States and Australia.

The new Delta One business class suites feature individual full-height sliding doors for every suite and additional sliding privacy dividers for the centre suites. Premium Select, the airline’s new premium economy cabin, on the other hand benefits from additional space with retractable foot and leg rests on the upgraded aircraft.

Other features of the new upgraded Boeing 777 aircraft includes main cabin seats that are 47 cm wide, resulting in a more spacious 9-seats per row setting rather than the industry-standard ten-abreast seating.

Commenting on the launch of the new Boeing 777 aircraft, Scott Santoro, Vice President – Los Angeles & West Sales at Delta said, “Ten years since the launch of our service to Los Angeles, we’re upgrading the customer experience in a big way with our Boeing 777 aircraft and the Australia-U.S. debut of the award-winning Delta One suite. Along with the suite, we’ve invested throughout the aircraft with the addition of Delta Premium Select and our commitment to offer nine-abreast seating in Main Cabin, so our customers will have a great experience no matter which product they choose.”

For more information and to book Delta flights, contact Jetways Travels, your corporate travel management partner, at 011-44112200 or send an e-mail to enquiry@jetwaystravels.com

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New Flight Launches

- Effective June 22, 2019, 6E to operate its first frequency on 6 routes, 4 of which will operate under UDAN
- Flights to enhance connectivity to and from Kolkata, Allahabad, Raipur and Jabalpur

IndiGo Airlines has announced the launch of new flight services under the government’s UDAN scheme. The new flights will connect the Tier-II cities of Allahabad, Raipur and Jabalpur with the metro city Kolkata. Services on the new routes will commence with effect from June 22, 2019. An ATR aircraft will operate on the route; fares begin from INR 1,999.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer at IndiGo said, “We are pleased to have the opportunity to be able to fly on these RCS routes and enhance connectivity amongst the Tier II cities including Kolkata, Allahabad, Raipur and Jabalpur. Launching flights on these routes will enhance our point to point connectivity, enabling customers to save both time and money.”

Mr. Boulter further added, “IndiGo will continue to expand its network to meet the requirements of both business and leisure travellers. It is our constant endeavour to provide more flexibility of choice to our customers as IndiGo continues to offer them on-time, affordable, courteous and hassle-free flying experience always.”



Flight Schedules for the New IndiGo flights:

Flight No. City of Departure Time of Departure City of Arrival Time of Arrival Frequency Effective Fares
6E 7988 Kolkata 0645 hrs Allahabad 0925 hrs Daily 22-Jun-19 1999
6E 7993 Allahabad 1410 hrs Kolkata 1610 hrs Daily 22-Jun-19 1999
6E 7991 Raipur 1220 hrs Allahabad 1350 hrs Daily 22-Jun-19 1999
6E 7989 Allahabad 1005 hrs Raipur 1200 hrs Daily 22-Jun-19 1999
6E 7234 Kolkata 1645 hrs Jabalpur 1905 hrs Daily 22-Jun-19 2999
6E 7235 Jabalpur 1950 hrs Kolkata 2210 hrs Daily 22-Jun-19 2999
All timings are local time

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SpiceJet has announced the launch of as many 14 new domestic flight services under the government’s UDAN scheme, making it the first airline in India to launch 14 UDAN flights in a single day. The launch of the new routes has also made SpiceJet the airline with the highest number of UDAN routes.

The new flights connect the under-served city of Jharsuguda, Kishangarh and Lakhimpur to key metros and cities across India. In addition, the airline has enhanced connectivity between existing cities on its route network with direct flight services that operate on a daily frequency for the majority of the new routes.

Commenting on the new flight launches, Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director at SpiceJet said, “With the addition of 14 new UDAN flights, SpiceJet will operate a total of 33 daily flights under the regional connectivity scheme. We are the first and the largest participant in the UDAN scheme providing air connectivity to the remotest corners of India – something that was unthinkable until a few years back. Providing our fellow citizens affordable air connectivity is an achievement we are all very proud of. In the days and weeks ahead, SpiceJet will continue to prioritise and add more UDAN destinations taking air travel to the smaller towns and cities which has been our constant endeavour since we began operations 15 years back.”

UDAN FLIGHTS EFFECTIVE 31ST MAR'19
Flight No. City of Departure Time of Departure City of Arrival Time of Arrival Frequency
SG 2976 Ahmedabad 1105 hrs Kishangarh 1215 hrs Except Sunday
SG 2977 Kishangarh 1235 hrs Ahmedabad 1330 hrs Except Sunday
SG 3345 Guwahati 1135 hrs Lakhimpur 1235 hrs Daily
SG 3346 Lakhimpur 1255 hrs Guwahati 1405 hrs Daily
SG 3462 Jaipur 1855 hrs Amritsar 2025 hrs Daily
SG 3521 Amritsar 2055 hrs Jaipur 2220 hrs Daily
SG 3721 Bhopal 1545 hrs Udaipur 1655 hrs Daily
SG 3722 Udaipur 1725 hrs Bhopal 1835 hrs Daily
SG 946 Delhi 1315 hrs Jharsuguda 1510 hrs Daily
SG 942 Jharsuguda 1540 hrs Delhi 1735 hrs Daily
SG 3284 Jharsuguda 1610 hrs Hyderabad 1800 hrs Daily
SG 3283 Hyderabad 1830 hrs Jharsuguda 2020 hrs Daily
SG 3281 Kolkata 1425 hrs Jharsuguda 1550 hrs Daily
SG 3282 Jharsuguda 2040 hrs Kolkata 2200 hrs Daily
All timings are local time


NON UDAN FLIGHT EFFECTIVE 31ST MAR'19
Flight No. City of Departure Time of Departure City of Arrival Time of Arrival Frequency
SG 479 Mumbai 0845 hrs Bhopal 1025 hrs Daily
SG 480 Bhopal 1110 hrs Mumbai 1245 hrs Daily
SG 438 Mumbai 1210 hrs Gorakhpur 1430 hrs Daily
SG 415 Gorakhpur 1510 hrs Mumbai 1725 hrs Daily
SG 735 Chennai 1825 hrs Patna 2050 hrs Daily
SG 736 Patna 2120 hrs Chennai 2345 hrs Daily
SG 8623 Delhi 0605 hrs Bhopal 0745 hrs Daily
SG 8624 Bhopal 0815 hrs Delhi 0935 hrs Daily
SG 8624 Delhi 1840 hrs Bhopal 2015 hrs Except Sunday
SG 8638 Bhopal 2045 hrs Delhi 2210 hrs Except Sunday
SG 2985 Jaipur 0605 hrs Dharamshala 0735 hrs Daily
SG 2986 Dharamshala 1140 hrs Jaipur 1305 hrs Daily
SG 3721 Surat 1410 hrs Bhopal 1530 hrs Daily
All timings are local time


UDAN FLIGHTS EFFECTIVE 01ST MAY’19
Flight No. City of Departure Time of Departure City of Arrival Time of Arrival Frequency Starting Fare
SG 3732 Gwalior 1325 hrs Hyderabad 1545 hrs Daily 3701/-
SG 3731 Hyderabad 0550 hrs Gwalior 0825 hrs Daily 3701/-
SG 3731 Gwalior 0845 hrs Jammu 1100 hrs Daily 3701/-
SG 3732 Jammu 1125 hrs Gwalior 1305 hrs Daily 3701/-
SG 3734 Belagavi 1755 hrs Hyderabad 1910 hrs Daily 2464/-
SG 3733 Hyderabad 1610 hrs Belagavi 1735 hrs Daily 2464/-
All timings are local time
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Qantas has announced the launch of two new domestic flights to Uluru and an international flight to Fiji.

The airline has begun its first direct flight services from Adelaide and Darwin to Uluru. The new flights will operate on a twice-a-week frequency and will complement the airline’s existing daily services to Uluru from Alice Springs and Cairns. A Boeing 737 will operate on the route.

Commenting on the launch, Andrew David, Qantas Domestic CEO said, “The direct flights offer a new convenient option from Adelaide and Darwin, saving travellers up to five hours’ time instead of travelling on flights via other cities.”

In the international sector, Qantas has announced the resumption of a new direct flight service from Sydney to Nadi, the main tourist city in South Pacific country Fiji. The new flights will operate on a four-times-a-week frequency; a Boeing 737 will operate on the route connecting the two countries after almost a gap of 20 years.

Commenting on the launch, Alison Webster, Qantas International CEO said the new flights were a win for the more than 365,000 Australians who travel to Fiji each year.

A press release announcing the launch of the new flight service to Fiji stated, “Customers travelling on Qantas’ new flight service to Fiji will be offered a checked baggage allowance, inflight entertainment and food and drinks all included as part of the fare, and the option to fly or upgrade to Business class. Qantas will also continue to codeshare on Fiji Airways’ services to Nadi.“

To book Qantas flights at the best corporate rates, contact Jetways Travels at 011-44112200 or send an e-mail to enquiry@jetwaystravels.com

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Delta Airlines has announced new flights to Europe and Asia in collaboration with partner airlines in both continents. In Europe, the airline has announced the launch of flight services to Amsterdam and London Heathrow. In Asia, the airline will be offering flights to Seoul.

The flight from Boston to Amsterdam will be launched in collaboration wil KLM airlines and will complement the existing daily flight services operated by Delta. The new flight service commenced with effect from March 31, 2019.

The flight from Boston to London Heathrow will be launched in partnership with Virgin Atlantic. The daytime service with a morning departure from Boston enables London-bound business travellers to ensure maximum workday productivity. The new flight service commenced with effect from April 1, 2019 and complements the existing daily flights to London Heathrow.

Delta airline will be launching new flight services from Boston to Seoul in partnership with Korean Air. The new non-stop flights will commence service with effect from April 12, 2019.

A press release announcing the launch of the new routes stated, "Delta and its partners will offer up to 149 daily departures to more than 50 destinations from Boston-Logan in 2019, an increase of nearly 30 daily departures compared to 2018.​"

To book Delta airlines flights and for the best corporate rates, contact Jetways Travels at 011-44112200 or send an e-mail to enquiry@jetwaystravels.com

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Lufthansa Airlines has announced its plans to launch new flights to Chicago in USA and Sao Paulo in Brazil. The new flight from Frankfurt to Chicago will be the airline’s second daily flight on the route. The flight from Munich to Sao Paulo marks the resumption of direct flight services on the route.

A press release announcing the launch of the new flights said, “Due to high demand, Lufthansa will be offering its second daily flight from Frankfurt to Chicago O'Hare International Airport in winter 2019/20 for the first time. Together with the joint venture partner United Airlines, a total of four daily flights will be offered.“

“Lufthansa continues to expand its services from Munich. As of December 2, 2019 the airline will be reinstating the connection to São Paulo in its Munich flight schedule. Planned are three weekly connections with the Airbus A350-900 to Brazil's largest city,” the press release continued.

Commenting on the resumption of services to Sao Paulo, Wilken Bormann, CEO at Lufthansa Hub Munich said, "The route offering is further proof of the positive development of Munich as a premium hub. For the first time, Lufthansa is operating the Airbus A350-900 to South America, the most modern and environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft in the world."

Schedule of new LOT Flights from Delhi to Warsaw:

City of Departure Time of Departure City of Arrival Time of Arrival Frequency
Frankfurt 1645 hrs Chicago 1925 hrs Daily
Chicago 2255 hrs Frankfurt 1335 hrs (+1) Daily
Munich 2230 hrs São Paulo 0755 hrs (+1) Monday, Thursday & Saturday
São Paulo 1900 hrs Munich 0935 hrs (+1) Tuesday, Friday & Sunday
All timings are local time
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United Airlines has announced the launch of several new international routes for the coming summer season. The new routes include the only non-stop flights between Washington Dulles and Tel Aviv, Israel, and between New York/Newark and Naples, Italy. The airline will also be launching a new flight service between New York /Newark and Prague. In all, the airline will be launching 31 new and returning international summer routes.

United is also resuming popular summer service to destinations in the Caribbean, including nonstop service between New York/Newark to Bermuda and between Houston and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. Beginning in June, United will offer customers seasonal service between Cancun and New Orleans, San Antonio and Austin, Texas.

In addition, United's summer schedule features the return of popular destinations including Athens, Greece; Glasgow, Scotland; Madrid and Barcelona, Spain; Rome and Venice, Italy; Shannon, Ireland; and more.

A press release announcing the new routes stated, “United officially began flying its international summer schedule on March 30, with the start of nonstop service between San Francisco and Amsterdam. United is the only U.S. airline to connect customers between the Bay Area and the Netherlands. Beginning May 2, United will start daily nonstop service between Denver and Frankfurt, Germany – the only nonstop flight operated by a U.S. carrier.”

Commenting on the launch, Patrick Quayle, Vice President of International Network at United Airlines said, "Today we are offering our customers more destinations than ever before, both here in the United States and overseas. We are particularly excited to add our newest destinations, Naples and Prague, to our ever-growing route map."

United's 2019 Seasonal Schedule

Airport Destination Start
Austin (AUS) Cancun, Mexico June 8
Chicago (ORD) Dublin, Ireland Edinburgh, Scotland Rome, Italy Now flying April 29 April 29
Denver (DEN) London Now flying
Houston (IAH) Providenciales, Turks & Caicos St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. June 8 May 4
New York/Newark (EWR) Athens, Greece Bermuda Glasgow, Scotland Naples, Italy Porto, Portugal Prague Reykjavik, Iceland St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. Shannon, Ireland Stockholm Venice, Italy May 22 April 29 April 29 May 22 April 29 June 6 June 6 Now flying Now flying April 29 April 29
San Francisco (SFO) Amsterdam Munich, Germany Zurich Now flying Now flying April 29
Washington, D.C. (IAD) Barcelona, Spain Dublin Edinburgh, Scotland Lisbon, Portugal Madrid Rome St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. Tel Aviv, Israel May 22 Now flying May 22 Now flying April 29 Now flying Now flying May 22
New Orleans (MSY) Cancun, Mexico June 8
San Antonio (SAT) Cancun, Mexico June 8

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Air France has announced the launch of a new flight service from Paris-CDG to Dallas-Forth Worth. The new service will operate on a five-times-a-week frequency; services commenced with effect from March 31, 2019.

An airbus A330 with 36 Business class seats, 21 Premium Economy seats, and 167 Economy class seats will operate on the route. All passengers can enjoy in-flight Wi-Fi with Air France CONNECT. To avail the services, they can choose from 3 passes -

  1. A free “Message” pass to send and receive messages free of charge throughout the flight.
  2. A “Surf” pass from €3 to €18 (6,000 Miles) to surf the internet, read and send mails.
  3. A €30 (10,000 Miles) “Stream” pass to enjoy high-speed internet, streaming and downloads, including the “Message” and “Surf” passes.
Schedule of new Air France flights from Paris-CDG to Dallas-Forth Worth

Flight No. City of Departure Time of Departure City of Arrival Time of Arrival Frequency Effective
AF0150 Paris CDG 1010 hrs Dallas-Fort Worth 1350 hrs Wednesday, Friday & Sunday 31-03-2019 to 30-06-2019
AF0159 Dallas-Fort Worth 1545 hrs Paris CDG 0815 hrs (+1) Wednesday, Friday & Sunday 31-03-2019 to 30-06-2019
AF0150 Paris CDG 1010 hrs Dallas-Fort Worth 1350 hrs Except Tuesday & Thursday 01-07-2019 to 01-09-2019
AF0159 Dallas-Fort Worth 1545 hrs Paris CDG 0815 hrs (+1) Except Tuesday & Thursday 01-07-2019 to 01-09-2019
AF0150 Paris CDG 1010 hrs Dallas-Fort Worth 1350 hrs Wednesday, Friday & Sunday 04-09-2019  to 25-10-2019
AF0159 Dallas-Fort Worth 1545 hrs Paris CDG 0815 hrs (+1) Wednesday, Friday & Sunday 04-09-2019  to 25-10-2019
All timings are local time
To book Air France flights at the best corporate rates, contact Jetways Travels at 011-44112200 or send an e-mail to enquiry@jetwaystravels.com

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Hotel Updates:

Marriott International has announced the opening of two brand new hotels as part of its Tribute Portfolio expansion plans. The international hotel chain has opened the Sarasota Modern in Sarasota and has announced the début of the Tribute Portfolio brand in Fort Lauderdale.

Both the new hotels are symbols of the Tribute Portfolio's motto of drawing together a collection of characterful, independent hotels with captivating designs and vibrant social scenes.

The Sarasota Modern, Sarasota, Florida:

The Sarasota Modern is a 89-key hotel located in the heart of downtown Sarasota, just off the Boulevard of the Arts, and minutes away from the Sarasota Bay. The Sarasota Modern, Sarasota, Florida:

The Sarasota Modern is a 89-key hotel located in the heart of downtown Sarasota, just off the Boulevard of the Arts, and minutes away from the Sarasota Bay.

The hotel features European-inspired design details with indoor and outdoor living features, aqua pools, a hot spa, natural wood detailing across the hotel, and a choice of 89 guestrooms with huge walk-in showers or outdoor clawfoot bathtubs in private balconies!

The guestrooms are bright and spacious, with minimalistic decor and amenities such as Turkish towel bathrobes, 50” Flat Screen Samsung LED TV with cable, Netflix, Hulu, and more as well as 10+ convenient outlets and USB charging ports.

Other features of the Sarasota Downtown includes shuttle service to beach and downtown, pool and spa, fitness centres and pet-friendly rooms with pet beds and bowls.

The Dalmar, Fort Lauderdale, Florida:

The Dalmar is the brand's first hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Keeping with the concept of the Tribute Portfolio, the Dalmar hotel offers guests an authentic downtown experience with ocean views. Dynamic contemporary art work and vibrant jewel tones adorn the public spaces.

Guests enjoy a choice of 209 guest rooms and suites with minimalist design and amenities that range from in-room iPad and Alexa for on-command guest services, 55" LED Television, steamer and refrigerators.

Some of the other features of this hotel include a 6th floor saline pool and cabanas, poolside bars and grill, yoga joint and a choice of five dining and wining venues including the city’s first skyline rooftop bar, Sparrow. The Dalmar also offers 16,000 sq. ft. of event space.

To book a stay at any of these Tribute Portfolio Hotels by Marriott in Florida, contact Jetways Travels at 011-44112226 or send an e-mail to reservations@jetwaystravels.com

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Marriott International has announced the opening of new hotels across its brands in Canada, Indonesia and Armenia.

In Canada, Marriott has opened the Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown/Bentline district in the state of Alberta. In Indonesia, the Marriott has announced the opening of W Bali - Ubud and in Armenia, the hotel chain has opened the Alexander, a Luxury Collection hotel in Yervan, the capital city of Armenia.

Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown/Bentline district:

The Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown/Bentline district is the largest Residence Inn by Marriott in the world. It enjoys a location minutes away from the heart of downtown Calgary and within easy reach of the city's attractions such as Fort Calgary, Lougheed House and Prince's Island Park.

Guests enjoy a choice of 390 spacious suites with dedicated living and sleeping areas as well as fully-equipped kitchens. Additional amenities include complimentary grocery delivery service and daily hot breakfast, 24-hour market, a common laundry room, 24-hour, bi-level state-of-the-art fitness facility, market, and valet parking.

6,300 square feet of meeting room space with built-in multimedia technology is also available.

W Bali - Ubud, Indonesia

The second W hotel in Indonesia, W Bali - Ubud enjoys a location perched atop a hillock with excellent views of the Tanggayuda Valley. Bali’s Denpasar International Airport is only an hour’s drive away.

Guests enjoy a choice of 100 guestrooms including villas with private pools and an EWOW suite (equivalent of a Presidential Suite).

Hotel facilities include a WET Deck with terraced pools inspired by the rice paddles historically used in the region, another designated quiet pool for peaceful relaxation and downtime, and a poolside Sunset Bar. Wanderbar, the hotel’s panoramic cocktail bar offers 360-degree views from sunrise to sunset. For meetings & Events, W Bali - Ubud hotel offers 577 sq. ft of meeting space.

The Alexander - a Luxury Collection Hotel, Yerevan, Armenia:

The Alexander is the hotel chain's first Luxury Collection Hotel in Armenia. It enjoys a location close to tourist attractions such as Republic Square, History Museum of Armenia, and Armenian Opera Theatre.

The hotel incorporates an 18th century façade at its entrance. Guests enjoy a choice of 114 guest rooms and suites, many of which include private balconies. Hotel facilities include the city's first indoor pool with breath-taking views of the snow-capped peak of Mount Ararat, a state-of-the-art spa, and fitness centre.

To book a stay at any of these Marriott hotels, contact Jetways Travels at 011-44112226 or send an e-mail to reservations@jetwaystravels.com

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of new hotels across its brands in the USA and Vietnam. In the USA, the international hotel chain has opened dual-brand Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels in Indiana and a Hyatt House hotel in South Carolina. In Vietnam, Hyatt has opened an Unbound Collection hotel in Nam Nghi Phu Quoc.

Hyatt Place Indianapolis and Hyatt House Indianapolis, Indiana:

The dual-brand Hyatt Place Indianapolis and Hyatt House Indianapolis hotels enjoy a location in the Wholesale District of Indianapolis, just off the St Pennsylvania Street and less than 2 kms from the Indiana Convention Centre. This is the first Hyatt House hotel to open in the state of Indiana.

Guests get to choose their accommodations from the 186 guest rooms and suites of the Hyatt Place hotel and the 130 guest rooms and suites of the Hyatt House hotel. All the guestrooms and suites are more spacious than the average hotel rooms and feature separate living and sleeping areas.

Amenities found across all guestrooms and suites include 55" flat-screen TV, individually-controlled heat and air-conditioning, and mini-fridge. Hotel amenities include over 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, indoor swimming pool and fitness facilities, and an indoor/outdoor lobby bar.

Hyatt House Mount Pleasant-Midtown, South Carolina:

Hyatt House Mount Pleasant-Midtown, South Carolina is a 128-key hotel located in the heart of a quiet residential Midtown neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant, about 26 km from the Charleston International Airport. Mount Pleasant Towne Centre and Bank of America Financial Centre are both within a radius of 3 km.

Guests get to choose from a collection of 128 spacious guest rooms and suites, each equipped with all basic amenities and more. Hotel amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, an on-site 24/7 market, outdoor swimming pool, and more than 1785 square feet of flexible meeting space. The hotel is also pet-friendly and offers exclusive services for long-stays.

The Unbound Collection by Hyatt Nam Nghi Phu Quoc, Vietnam:

The Unbound Collection by Hyatt makes its debut in Southeast Asia with the launch of the The Unbound Collection by Hyatt Nam Nghi Phu Quoc. The new hotel enjoys a location in the largest island of Vietnam, which is also amongst its most beautiful islands. It shares the island with the Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest biosphere reserves in the region.

Guests of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt Nam Nghi Phu Quoc enjoy a choice of 63 well-appointed rooms and 51 luxurious villas. Almost all rooms and villas offer ocean views. In addition to all basic amenities, the hotel offers visitors access to a wonderful spa, an outdoor swimming pool, a kid's club, fitness centre and more.

Other features of this hotel include recreational activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking and cycling, and Pontoon boat tours.

To book any of these Hyatt hotels, contact Jetways Travels at 011-44112226 or send an e-mail to reservations@jetwaystravels.com

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Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. has announced the opening of several new hotels across the USA as part of its continuing expansion plans. The international hotel chain has opened new hotels under its Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton in Atlanta - Georgia, Kittery - Maine, and Kansas City - Missouri. In addition to these, the hotel chain has also announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown hotel following a multi-million dollar renovation.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Atlanta Decatur/Emory, Atlanta, Georgia

The 145-key Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Atlanta Decatur/Emory enjoys a location at the heart of Downtown Decatur, steps away from the Decatur Transit Station and within easy reach of landmarks such as AT&T, DeKalb Medical, Emory University/Hospital. The Hartsfield Jackson International Airport is just 26 km away.

Guests get to choose from a collection of 145 guest rooms and suites with amenities such as LCD flat-screen TV, coffee maker and more. Additional facilities that guests get to enjoy include complimentary services such as Wi-Fi and tea/coffee in the lobby. An indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, and business centre are the other features of this new hotel in Atlanta.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Kittery, Maine:

The 83-key Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Kittery in Maine is a relatively smaller hotel. It is located just off the Maine Turnpike, quite close to several major shopping centres and just 11 km from the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease.

Guests get to choose from a collection of 83 guest rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi access, complimentary tea and coffee service in the lobby, and in-room amenities such as a 50" TV, coffee maker and a microwave. Additional facilities include an outdoor patio and meeting space, a fitness room, an indoor pool, and business centre.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Kansas City Downtown Crossroads, Missouri:

The Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Kansas City Downtown Crossroads is a 132-key hotel located in the heart of Crossroads, less than 1 km from the Kansas City Convention Centre and the Kauffman Centre for the Performing Arts. The Kauffman Center (16th & Main) STRC station is within walking distance.

Guests enjoy a choice of 132 rooms and suites with balconies that overlook the historic Crossroads Art district. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, On the Run™ breakfast bags, a full retail Starbucks™, a 24-hour fitness center, and 1,100 sq. ft. of executive meeting space.

DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown, Tennessee

The DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown, the largest full-service Hilton property in downtown Nashville has just opened after a multi-million dollar renovation. The guest rooms have been transformed from double to queen guest rooms with brand new amenities - right from luxurious beds to mini-refrigerators.

The meeting space has also undergone an extensive renovation to reflect downtown Nashville’s country-chic ambiance. New features include new banquet operating supplies and equipment, including linen-less meeting tables with built-in power outlets.

The renovated hotel now boasts a newly-renovated 24-hour fitness center and dining options such as a full-service Starbucks, Fourth & U Restaurant and Bar with nightly live music, and outdoor oasis Patio 315 with soft seating, life-sized games and a theater-sized projection screen.

DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown is located at 315 4th Avenue North in the heart of downtown Nashville, just 15 km from the Nashville International Airport and within 1 km of some of Nashville’s hottest attractions, such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and the Tennessee State Capitol.

To book any of these Hilton hotels, contact Jetways Travels at 011-44112226 or send an e-mail to reservations@jetwaystravels.com

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Hilton Worldwide Holdings has announced the launch of the historic 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel London as part of its Curio Collection by Hilton Hotels. The hotel has undergone a two-year transformation in preparation for its launch under the Curio Collection brand.

Guests enjoy a choice of 11 suites furnished in contemporary design with contemporary amenities. Each room has been tailored and named after historic residents of Kensington including Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock and Captain Robert Scott. The hotel also offers a choice of 3 new food and beverage venues, a gymnasium set in Victorian-era inspired room, and facilities such as complimentary Wi-Fi.

According to a press release announcing the launch of the hotel under the brand, “100 Queen’s Gate Hotel London was formerly the home of Victorian aristocrat William Henry Alexander, and has been stunningly transformed into a hotel that embraces the building’s heritage, retaining much of its original 1870s architecture. William Alexander, a lawyer by profession, became well known not only for his wealth, but also his eclectic collection of oriental jewels and curios, collected on his exotic travels to the Far East.”

“The hotel’s interior and unique design reflects the rich history of the Victorian terrace building, capturing the adventurous spirit of William Alexander and his Victorian contemporaries. The design elements of the hotel have been specially designed to spark curiosity and inspire guests to explore the delights of both Kensington and the great city beyond,” the press release continued.

The 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel London is located in South Kensington, less than 2 km from the Victoria & Albert Museum and Kensington Palace, almost 4 km from Buckingham Palace, and 21 km from Heathrow International Airport.

To book any of these Hilton hotels, contact Jetways Travels at 011-44112226 or send an e-mail to reservations@jetwaystravels.com

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IHCL has announced the opening of Taj MG Road hotel in Bengaluru, India after a 100-crore renovation. The new design after the extensive renovation pays tribute to the Garden City of Bengaluru with its British colonial design and light, airy spacious rooms.

The hotel has also opened a new all-day diner with a trendy Al fresco area to enjoy Bengaluru’s famed weather. Other dining venues include the city’s most loved Chinese restaurant, Memories of China and the popular Ice Bar.

Speaking on the launch Mr. Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, IHCL said, “In keeping with our Aspiration 2022, IHCL has reimagined its brandscape and restructured its investments towards renovating key Taj hotels. This investment in its iconic Taj brand is to ensure we stay relevant for our ever evolving global travellers. Taj MG Road is one amongst 15 other Taj hotels to have been enhanced.”

Mr. Manoj Mathew, General Manager, Taj MG Road, Bengaluru said, “Taj MG Road is a landmark in the city of Bengaluru. The hotel remains a firm favourite with travellers, with its ideal location and vibrant dining choices. We look forward to welcoming guests to Taj MG Road in its fabulous new avatar. The warmth, care and customer centric approach which has been the hallmark of this hotel will continue with renewed passion.”

The hotel is strategically located in the heart of Bengaluru, around 16 km from Silicon Valley and 35 km from the Kempegowda International Airport.

To book the Taj hotels, contact Jetways Travels at 011-44112226 or send an e-mail to reservations@jetwaystravels.com

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