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JetSpeak December 2016

Aviation News

Jet Airways has announced its plans to introduce First Class Cabin seats on its Delhi to Amsterdam flights with effect from 12 January, 2017. The announcement comes close on the heels of the airline's decision to operate its B777-300ER, the largest aircraft in its fleet, on all routes over Amsterdam including the Delhi to Amsterdam route, and even onwards between Amsterdam – Toronto.

Boeing 777-300ER features a cabin configuration of eight First Class suites, 30 Première seats that open out into fully-flat beds and 308 ergonomically designed comfortable seats in Economy Class. This is the first time that the airlines has offered First Class seats on the route to Amsterdam.

According to a press release issued by Jet Airways, "Each of the eight First Class suites on the 777 aircraft features an 81-inch bed, a 23-inch flat screen monitor and carefully-designed storage areas that include a personal hanging wardrobe, dual credenza and under ottoman stowage. Each of these private suites is designed to allow dining for two with a VIP/Business Jet style table, multiple LED lighting options, variable lumbar support and an eight point massage system. For those who wish to catch up with work, the First Class suites provide a power source and telephone connectivity."

This decision by Jet Airways will positively impact the passenger capacity as well as convenience on these routes, besides enhancing connectivity with Jet Airways’ partners - Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France.

Deployment of its largest aircraft will also enable the airline to increase its cargo capacity and provide more flexibility in the transportation of various types of consignments, including perishables, pharmaceuticals, machinery and industrial goods between India and Amsterdam, via both Delhi and Mumbai.

Guests in the Première cabins enjoy seats that open out to a 180 degree flat bed with lumbar support and a massage system; Economy Seats have a seat pitch of 32-inches, and are ergonomically designed to create the most comfortable economy seating in the sky.

Excellent food & beverage choices and a state-of-the-art in-flight Panasonic eX2 entertainment system further enhance the flight experience on the B777-300ER flights operated by the airline.

To book Mumbai to Amsterdam or Delhi to Amsterdam First Class Flights, please contact your Jetways Travels point of contact or send an e-mail to reservations@jetwaystravels.com

Alternatively, you can also call +91-11-44112200 (Delhi Headquarters) or +91-22-29203810 (Mumbai Office).

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Jet Airways has announced the beginning of a collaboration between the airline and the IndoCanadian Bus Service to provide convenient surface connectivity between Punjab and the International Airport Terminal in Delhi for guests on its International flights. Under the Bi-Modal Transport Service agreement, IndoCanadian Transport - which operates the IndoCanadian Bus Service will offer convenient air-conditioned tourist coaches between T3 terminal at Delhi Airport and Jalandhar, for guests flying to International destinations on Jet Airways.

Guests flying Jet Airways can now book this bus service to travel from / to Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Mallpur, Banga, Garshankar, Nawasehar, Rahon, Moga, Jagraon, Mullanpur, Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkulla to Delhi for their international flights.

IndoCanadian will also provide free pick-up and drop facility via shared cabs on link route and Amritsar.

In a press release issued by the airline, Mr. Jayaraj Shanmugam, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways, states, "Our agreement with IndoCanadian Bus Service illustrates the way in which Jet Airways, as part of its #Guest First philosophy goes the extra mile to set new service standards for its guests. We're confident that the added convenience of being able to book their first-mile or last-mile connection to / from Jalandhar via Delhi, simultaneously with their flight booking, will help guests' save valuable time, leading to significant adoption of this solution for those travelling to / from Punjab."

"This trans-modal service is open for sale in conjunction with Jet Airways bookings for International flights from November 11, 2016, with travel commencing November 14, 2016. Jet Airways' guests can make reservations through travel agencies or by logging on to jetairways.com. Guests can avail of the seats 72 hours prior the bus service departure.", the press release continued.

The list of Jet Airways operating flights for sale in conjunction with the bus service is as follows:

Delhi Airport to Jalandhar
9W Flt No for Bus Segment Dept. Time Arr. Time Cabin
9W 7402 0130 hrs 0925 hrs Economy
9W 7403 0300 hrs 1155 hrs Economy
9W 7404 1030 hrs 1825 hrs Economy
9W 7406 0730 hrs 1525 hrs Economy
9W 7408 1130 hrs 1925 hrs Economy
9W 7411 1330 hrs 2125 hrs Economy
9W 7412 1630 hrs 0025 hrs Economy
9W 7413 2030 hrs 0425 hrs Economy
9W 7414 1830 hrs 0225 hrs Economy
9W 7427 0230 hrs 1025 hrs Economy
9W 7429 2330 hrs 0725 hrs Economy
9W 7441 0230 hrs 1025 hrs Business
9W 7442 0300 hrs 1055 hrs Business
9W 7446 1030 hrs 1825 hrs Business
9W 7447 1130 hrs 1925 hrs Business
9W 7449 1230 hrs 2025 hrs Business
9W 7451 2030 hrs 0425 hrs Business
9W 7452 2300 hrs 0655 hrs Business
9W 7467 0100 hrs 0855 hrs Business
Jalandhar to Delhi Airport
9W Flt No for Bus Segment Dept. Time Arr. Time Cabin
9W 7415 0600 hrs 1400 hrs Economy
9W 7416 0800 hrs 1600 hrs Economy
9W 7417 1000 hrs 1800 hrs Economy
9W 7418 1200 hrs 2000 hrs Economy
9W 7420 1400 hrs 2200 hrs Economy
9W 7421 1600 hrs 2350 hrs Economy
9W 7422 1800 hrs 0200 hrs Economy
9W 7423 2000 hrs 0400 hrs Economy
9W 7424 2200 hrs 0600 hrs Economy
9W 7426 2355 hrs 0755 hrs Economy
9W 7453 0600 hrs 1400 hrs Business
9W 7454 0800 hrs 1600 hrs Business
9W 7455 1000 hrs 1800 hrs Business
9W 7456 hrs 1200 hrs 2000 Business
9W 7458 hrs 1400 hrs 2200 Business
9W 7459 hrs 1600 hrs 2355 Business
9W 7460 hrs 1800 hrs 0200 Business
9W 7461 hrs 2000 hrs 0400 Business
9W 7462 hrs 2200 hrs 0600 Business
9W 7464 hrs 2355 hrs 0755 Business

For more details, please contact your Jetways Travels point of contact or send an e-mail to reservations@jetwaystravels.com

Alternatively, you can also call +91-11-44112200.

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United Airlines has announced the launch of its all-new United Polaris International Business Class that seeks to offer its business class intercontinental passengers, a re-imagined, sleep-enhancing onboard experience. The enhanced service began with effect from Dec. 1 midnight.

The first phase of the revamped Business Class service offers its guests tranquil custom bedding from Saks Fifth Avenue, exclusive amenity kits with products from Soho House & Co's Cowshed Spa and an enhanced in-flight food and beverage experience.

The new in-flight service is further complemented by the opening of the first of nine United Polaris lounges around the world, at Chicago O'Hare International Airport and a new United Club at the Los Angeles International Airport.

According to Julia Haywood, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of United, business class passengers reiterated time and again, the importance of arriving well-rested at their destination, especially when they travelled half-way around the world. The need-of-the-hour was a tailored experience that would maximize comfort and sleep.

To provide just that, United Airlines partnered with leading luxury speciality store Saks Fifth Avenue in a first-of-its-kind relationship for a bedding custom-designed to provide the best sleep in the skies. Plush duvets, lightweight day-blankets and a large and small pillow for each United Polaris customer forms part of the the new bedding collection.

In addition, mattress cushions, customized United Polaris pajamas (on flights longer than 12 hours) and gel-cooled pillows are available on request. Slippers will be available on all flights. The new bedding collection is complemented by equally new amenity kits that include calming pillow mist, ergonomically-designed eye shades and products from Soho House & Co's Cowshed Spa.

Additionally, United has tweaked its in-flight entertainment system to add a new channel that will help its business class passengers sleep and relax better. Customers will be able to relax with soothing nature scenes, guided meditation sessions from Headspace, and experience Slow TV as they settle-in onboard.

In addition to an enhanced sleeping experience, United Polaris customers will now be indulged with an elevated dining experience, that starts right from the time they board and settle down on the flight. Guests will be welcomed onboard with a pre-departure beverage of his or her choice and gourmet chocolate.

According to a press release by United Airlines, "On morning flights, passengers can choose a sweet and bubbly Mimosa or create their own savoury and spicy Tito's Handmade Vodka® Bloody Mary. On afternoon and evening flights, passengers can create their own wine tasting menu, with a customized wine flight with the highest-quality options curated exclusively by United's Master Sommelier. While in the air, customers will enjoy regionally influenced in-flight menus updated seasonally, developed in partnership with The Trotter Project and its critically recognized chefs, including Chef Bill Kim of Chicago restaurants Urbanbelly, bellyQ and Belly Shack and Chef Jesse Dunford Wood, chef-owner at Parlour in London."

"In-flight service will also include made-to-order signature ice cream sundaes and a dessert cart with a variety of petit dessert options. On daytime flights longer than eight hours and on all flights longer than 12 hours, hot mid-flight snacks such as lobster macaroni and cheese will be available", the press release continued.

To complement its in-flight services, United Airlines has also launched a new exclusive portfolio of United Polaris business class lounges in nine locations around the world. The first lounge has opened at Chicago O'Hare International Airport near Gate C18; lounges in eight other locations – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, New York/Newark, Washington Dulles, Tokyo Narita, Hong Kong and London Heathrow are in the pipeline.

According to the press release, the new United Polaris lounge is the the only lounge of its kind offered by a U.S. airline to business class customers. It features custom-designed chairs, private daybeds, spa-like showers, bespoke art installations by artist Wolfgang Buttress, and chef-inspired hot meals served in a boutique restaurant setting so customers can refresh and dine before boarding their planes.

Premium sparkling wines and spirits, refreshing snacks and bottled water will also be offered.

New business class seats are currently scheduled to be fitted in 2017.

More information on the United Polaris business class can be found at united.com/Polaris. Photos and video can be found at newsroom.united.com/United_Polaris.

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New Flight Launches

Garuda Airlines has announced the launch of a new connection from Mumbai, India to Jakarta, Indonesia as part of its expansion plans. The new flights will commence with effect from 12 December, 2016 and will operate thrice a week.

Garuda Airlines will put into service, a Boeing 738 for this route; there will be a stop-over at Bangkok.

As part of an Inauguration flight promotion, Garuda Airlines' one-way Mumbai to Jakarta fares starts at USD 165, while the return fare starts at USD 278. The above fares are for the Economy Class. Business Class one-way tickets from Mumbai to Jakarta start at USD 788 and return fares start at USD 1305.

Promotion Validity Dates:

Date of Issue: 01 Dec 2016 – 15 Jan 2017

Date of Travel: 12 Dec 2016 – 31 Jan 2017

Garuda Airlines Mumbai to Jakarta Flight Schedule:

Flight No. City of Departure Time of Departure Destination Time of Arrival
GA 861 Mumbai 2305 hrs Jakarta 1005 (+1)

All timings are local time; (+1) denotes next day arrival

To promote the new route further, Garuda Airlines is offering extra benefits for members of its GarudaMiles program:

Accrual Promo:

  • Bonus Miles:
    • 100% mileage bonus for Business Class
    • 50% mileage bonus for Economy Class (sub class Y/B/M/K/N)
    • 25% mileage bonus for Economy Class (sub class Q/T/V)
  • Routes : Mumbai-Jakarta & Jakarta-Mumbai (valid for one way or return trip)
  • Date of travel : 12 December 2016 – 12 March 2017
  • Valid for purchase through all sales channels Garuda Indonesia

Redemption Promo:

  • Redemption Discount : 25% redemption discount for Business Class (O) and Economy Class (X)
  • Routes : Mumbai-Jakarta & Jakarta-Mumbai (valid for one way or return trip)
  • Date of purchase : 29 November 2016 – 12 March 2017
  • Date of travel : 12 December 2016 – 12 March 2017
  • Valid for purchase only through Garuda Indonesia sales/ticketing offices and contact centre

For more information and to book the Mumbai to Jakarta flight tickets, please contact your Jetways Travels point of contact or send an e-mail to reservations@jetwaystravels.com

Alternatively, you can also call +91-11-44112200 (Delhi Headquarters) or +91-22-29203810 (Mumbai Office).

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Jet Airways has announced the launch of a daily direct flight from Bengaluru to Colombo, in an effort to enhance the connectivity between the IT hub and Sri Lankan capital. The new service will commence with effect from January 05, 2017 and make Bengaluru the second Indian city after Mumbai to be linked to Colombo.

In a press release issued by Jet Airways on the subject, Jayaraj Shanmugam, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways stated, "Jet Airways is delighted to launch a direct service between Bengaluru and Colombo. With increasing economic activity between India and Sri Lanka, Jet Airways realized the gap in the connectivity and plugged it with this direct connection. Guests between these two destinations will be offered the best in-flight product and service excellence."

The new flights will be serviced by a state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft with Première and Economy Classes, in-flight entertainment (IFE) and a choice of regional meals.

Jet Airways flight 9W 278 will depart Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport at 0040 hrs and arrive in Colombo at 0210 hrs (Local Time). The flight 9W 277 will leave Colombo at 0310 hrs (LT) to arrive in Bengaluru at 0435 hrs (LT).

Jet Airways New Bengaluru to Colombo Flight Schedule

Flight no City of Departure Time of Departure Destination Time of Arrival
9W 278 Bengaluru 0040 hrs Colombo 0210 hrs
9W 277 Colombo 0310 hrs Bengaluru 0435 hrs

All timings are local time

For more information and to book the Bengaluru to Colombo flight tickets, please contact your Jetways Travels point of contact or send an e-mail to reservations@jetwaystravels.com

Alternatively, you can also call +91-11-44112200 (Delhi Headquarters) or +91-22-29203810 (Mumbai Office).

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Hotel Updates

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) has announced the opening of InterContinental® Doha Residences under a management agreement with Gulf Hotels Company WLL.

The 82-key Doha Residences is located on the longest natural private beach in Doha and connects to the luxury InterContinental® Doha hotel to give residents a remarkable choice of luxury facilities both on-site and nearby.

Each residence is a blend of Arabian and European sophistication, with facilities such as access to the private beach, swimming pools overlooking the Arabian Gulf, beach club services and a personalised concierge among others. The residences also feature numerous award-winning restaurants and bars, as well as the brand’s world-class Spa InterContinental.

According to a press release issued by IHG, "Residents can keep active and unwind using the state-of-the-art gym and health club facilities, or go head-to-head on one of the tennis or squash courts. With a children’s playground, business centre and housekeeping services, InterContinental Doha Residences offers a full package of premium amenities and services, showcasing the brand’s position as a leader of personalized, luxury experiences."

Guests get to choose from 17 three-bedroom villas, eight three-bedroom apartments, 15 two-bedroom apartments and 42 one-bedroom apartments.

For more information and/ or to make a reservation for the InterContinental® Doha Residences, please contact your Jetways Travels point of contact or send an e-mail to reservations@jetwaystravels.com

For more information and to book the Mumbai to Jakarta flight tickets, please contact your Jetways Travels point of contact or send an e-mail to reservations@jetwaystravels.com

Alternatively, you can also call +91-11-44112226.

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InterContinental Hotels Group® (IHG®) has announced the launch of three new hotels as part of its global expansion plans. The new hotels are: Holiday Inn® London - Kensington, one of the largest Holiday Inn® hotels in Europe; Holiday Inn Resort® Catalina Island hotel in Avalon, California, the first full service hotel on Catalina Island; and the Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach in Krabi, Thailand, the first Holiday Inn Express in Krabi.

More about Holiday Inn® London - Kensington:

Featuring 708 guest rooms, the Holiday Inn® London - Kensington hotel offers an ideal choice for guests in London. The hotel is positioned in one of the capital’s prime shopping hotspots, with Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges and some of the most popular attractions including Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall and South Kensington’s host of museums, within easy reach.

Heathrow airport can be easily accessed via Paddington Railway Station, which is less than 15 minutes away.

In a press release issued by IHG, Mike Greenup, Vice President Brand Management, for Holiday Inn® commented, “We are thrilled to be opening the doors to Holiday Inn® London - Kensington right in the heart of London. With 708 rooms it’s one of our biggest hotels in Europe and highlights the exciting momentum behind the brand’s growth across the region."

Complimentary Wi-Fi, a choice of 13 meeting rooms with maximum capacity of 250 guests and the latest audio-visual equipment; a restaurant with an European cuisine; a Lounge bar for selection drinks and light dishes; and an Imagine Health Club and Spa with an 18 metre swimming pool suitably enhance guest experience at the Holiday Inn London - Kensington.

More about Holiday Inn Resort® Catalina Island:

The 75-room Holiday Inn Resort® Catalina Island hotel in Avalon, California has the distinction of being the first and only full-service hotel located on the Catalina Island, besides being the second Holiday Inn Resort location in California.

In a press release issued by IHG for the launch, Eric Lent, Vice President, Holiday Inn® and Crowne Plaza® Brands, The Americas, IHG said, “The addition of the Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island hotel expands the brand’s presence on the West Coast and offers another exciting destination where families can create lasting memories.”

"Situated in the picturesque hills of Avalon and accessible only by ferry or helicopter, the newly converted resort is near Downtown Avalon and Descanso Beach. Guests can rent golf carts or take advantage of the resort’s free shuttle to get around the island, take land and boat tours of the area and visit the local golf courses and the Catalina Casino, which houses a movie theatre, ballroom and an island art and history museum.", the press release continued.

Complimentary Wi-Fi; over 5,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space with available on-site catering; business centre; and facilities such as a full service restaurant and Seaport Bistro, an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi® and spa further enrich the guest experience at the Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island.

More about Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach, Krabi, Thailand:

The 218-room Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach hotel marks the much anticipated début of Holiday Inn Express brand in Krabi.

Located a scenic 30-minute drive from Krabi International Airport or two-hour drive from Phuket International Airport, the Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach is located on the coastline of Ao Nang Beach, adjacent to the existing Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach.

In a press release issued by IHG on the opening, Morgan Layberry, General Manager, Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach stated, “Combined with its close proximity to the beach, and nearby food and retail options, our new modern accommodation, tastefully characterised by Sino Portuguese influence, provides guests with all the modern convenience, services and facilities expected of a Holiday Inn Express hotel. We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome and our friendly services to guests to Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach.”

The new Holiday Inn Express Krabi features complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel, a Self-service business centre and the brand's signature Great Room where guests can dine and interact with each other during their stay.

For more information and/ or to make a reservation for the Holiday Inn® London - Kensington hotel, Holiday Inn Resort® Catalina Island hotel in Avalon, California or Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach, please contact your Jetways Travels point of contact or send an e-mail to reservations@jetwaystravels.com

Alternatively, you can also call +91-11-44112226.

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Visas

Foreign nationals visiting India and holding e-visas will now be able to enter the nation through five sea ports, in addition to the international airports. The sea ports with e-visa immigration facilities include Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Goa and Mangalore. This was announced by a senior Home Ministry official and reported by The Hindu, a national daily newspaper.

As part of the new liberalised visa policy, the government has also decided that business visitors and those coming on medical emergency will be issued visa within 48 hours of application. Separate immigration counters will be set up in all 16 major airports and the five seaports for medical tourists coming to India on e-visa, a Home Ministry official said.

The duration for valid stay in India with e-visas has also been increased to 60 days instead of the 30 days now. Tourists can also apply for the e-visa four months in advance instead of the 30 days now.

The government has also announced plans to issue Employment Visa to foreigners who earn an income of minimum INR 16.25 Lakh per annum; for those in the academic field, the minimum salary qualification will be INR 9.10 Lakh per annum.

On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet gave its approval to merge the conference, tourist, business and medical visas into one. A go-ahead was also given for an ‘internship visa’ for foreigners who want to gain professional experience in India.

It was also decided that the electronic tourist visa (eTV) will now be known as electronic visa and visitors could apply through the existing online portal. (Source: The Hindu)

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The Hong Kong Immigration Department has announced a change to its visa policy for Indian nationals. As per the new announcement, all Indian nationals planning to visit Hong Kong January 2017 onwards, will have to successfully complete a pre-arrival online registration form. There is no charge for the online registration.

Once the online registration form is filled, submitted and processed, the system displays the registration result instantly. Once successfully registered, the traveller is required to print, on their own, the Notification Slip for Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals generated by the system. An A4 size sheet of blank white paper should be used for printing. The slip will need to be presented for the purposes of boarding a conveyance bound for Hong Kong and for obtaining the immigration clearance upon arrival.

The pre-registration has a validity of 6 months for each individual application or until the expiry date of the Indian passport linked to it, whichever is earlier. This means, that if an individual visits Hong Kong twice within 6 months, then he/she need not pre-register his arrival for the second visit. The individual can use the notification slip printed for his first visit together with the specific and valid Indian passport linked to the successful pre-arrival registration to make subsequent multiple visits to Hong Kong visa-free.

In case pre-arrival registration is unsuccessful, Indian nationals shall apply to the Immigration Department directly for an entry visa if they intend to visit Hong Kong.

A press release issued by the Immigration Department stated, "At present, Indian nationals may visit Hong Kong visa-free for a stay of up to 14 days. Effective from January 23, 2017, Indian nationals must apply for and successfully complete online pre-arrival registration before they can continue to enjoy the current 14-day visa-free visit or enter Hong Kong during transit (except in direct transit by air and not leaving the airport transit area), unless they belong to one of the categories of persons who may continue to come to Hong Kong visa-free without pre-arrival registration. Persons exempted from the requirement of pre-arrival registration include, among others, holders of an Indian diplomatic or official passport or a Hong Kong Travel Pass and Indian nationals who have successfully enrolled for the e-Channel service for frequent visitors."

"Pre-arrival registration for Indian nationals is implemented with a view to ensuring a proper balance between facilitation of genuine visitors from India and the need to safeguard the integrity of immigration control. We believe that the new arrangement will not impede genuine visitors from India from visiting Hong Kong," an Immigration Department spokesman said.

"To apply for pre-arrival registration, an Indian national shall access the designated Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals platform at the GovHK website (www.gov.hk/en/apps/immdindianparreg.htm).", the press release continued.

The Pre-arrival Registration platform will open for registration with effect from 19 December, 2016.

Details of Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals can be found at the Immigration Department's website (www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/pre-arrival_registration_for_indian_nationals.html).

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