Emirates to launch London Stansted service from June 2018

Emirates today announced that it is to launch a new daily route from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN) on 8 June, 2018. With its strategic position close to the tech and pharma hubs of Cambridge and Peterborough, Emirates will be the first Middle Eastern airline to operate out of the popular North East London airport.

The daily route will be operated by the airline’s new three-class Boeing 777-300ER offering customers 6 seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 306 in Economy Class. The aircraft is fitted with its game changing, fully enclosed private suites in First Class, as well as refreshed Business and Economy Class cabins.

Outbound, flight EK33 will depart Dubai at 09:30hrs, and will arrive in London Stansted at 14:10hrs. On its return, flight EK34 will depart London Stansted at 21:10hrs and arrive in Dubai at 07:05 the following day.

Opening the London Stansted gateway was a strategic decision by Emirates to serve the thriving business community in London’s north east and the wider 7.5 million population that fall within its catchment area. Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai, Singapore and Mumbai are the most popular business destinations from the East of England, which Emirates serves daily through its Dubai hub.

More than 25 of the world’s largest corporations have established operations in the wider Cambridge and Peterborough area, with Airbus, Astra Zeneca and GSK amongst the multi-national companies based there. Such businesses have helped establish the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor as one of the top five global knowledge regions, alongside world-leading San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Boston.

With the introduction of the London Stansted daily service, there will be 10 Emirates flights daily, connecting Dubai and London. Passengers can also fly to London Heathrow and Gatwick. London Stansted Airport is one of the capital’s major airport serving London, as well as the wider regions of England’s South East and the Midlands. The airport is connected to London via the Stansted Express which operates a regular daily service to London Liverpool Street Station. The train takes only 47 minutes and passengers arrive in the heart of the City of London, from where they can then connect to regional trains and the London Underground

The new gateway will be the seventh UK airport that Emirates operates out of in the UK; other locations include London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow. From Hong Kong, passengers can easily connect to different locations in the UK via Dubai, and enjoy the open-jaw ticket policy to return from different Emirates’ points in the most convenient way.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates said: The introduction of the new London Stansted-Dubai service underscores our commitment to serve London, with operations soon to three different airports in the city. There is a clear demand for this service from both business and leisure travellers and we anticipate that this news will be warmly received both across our global network, as well as by the business community based in the Stansted catchment area. We look forward to facilitating even more tourism and commerce opportunities to and from London with these new air transport links, and to providing our customers with the award-winning Emirates experience.”

Ken O’Toole, London Stansted’s Chief Executive said: “We’re delighted that Emirates has recognised the strength of London Stansted’s catchment and the opportunity that our available runway capacity gives them to continue growing in the South East of England over the next decade.

Stansted airport will also be vital for Emirates’ SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates and the world’s largest international cargo airline, due to its large cargo handling capabilities. The carrier connects cargo customers to over 154 cities across 84 countries in six continents and flies 140,000 tonnes of cargo in and out of the UK in an average year.

British Airways Invests in Substantial New Catering in World Traveller Economy Class

British Airways to invest multi-million pound in its World Traveller economy class catering, provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.

 British Airways is today announcing a multi-million pound investment in its World Traveller economy class catering, introducing an exciting and expanded new menu, which provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.

Options now include:

  • Pretzels with the welcome drink
  • Four-course meal with starter, entrée, dessert, cheese and biscuits, accompanied by a bread roll and bottle of water
  • Second meal or substantial snack depending on the length of the flight
  • Regional meal options served according to destination
  • Magnum ice-creams
  • Tuck box with chocolates and crisps
  • Hot breakfast on longer overnight flights
  • Graze movie-snack box on longer* flights
  • Complimentary drinks from the bar

Previously customers travelling in the cabin were served a complimentary snack, a three-course-meal or a light meal, depending on the time and length of their flight as well as a complimentary bar service of hot and cold drinks.

The new catering arrives from January 17 and the menus that will change every six months.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said: “Our customers tell us that when they’re taking a long-haul flight, great food and beverages make a real difference to them. It’s a huge driver of customer satisfaction so we want to make sure we deliver a great experience. With this multi-million pound investment we’ve focused on introducing more quantity and quality to the catering, delivery tasty meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.

The airline’s customers will be welcomed with pretzels and a drink. Once they are settled in, they will be served a four-course meal, such as a starter of couscous salad, followed by a main course of chicken casserole with an ale sauce, colcannon mash and seasonal vegetables, or a vegetarian tomato, farfalle and vegetable dish. Dessert will be a Pots & Co salted caramel and chocolate mousse, followed by biscuits and cheese. The meal will be accompanied by a bread roll and a bottle of Highland Spring water.

On the shorter daylight long-haul flights to destinations such as New York and Dubai, fliers will also receive a sandwich such as egg and cress with a chocolate or Nutri-Grain bar. Those on longer daylight flights to destinations such as Cape Town and Hong Kong will receive a hot meal, such as a pizza wrap or a regional option, with a pot of pasta, a chocolate brownie and a drink as well as a smokehouse BBQ crunch Graze movie-snack box. A hot English breakfast will also be served on these longer flights that operate overnight.

Customers on daylight flights from London will be offered a range of Magnum ice-creams, while those on night flights will be offered a tuck-box with options such as Dairy Milk Buttons, Twix, Kit-Kats and Mini Cheddars, which will also be available in the galley for them to help themselves to.

The airline is also serving regional main meal options around its network, such as chicken in spicy cheng du sauce on flights to and from to China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, Kathirikai Milagu Seeragam and Chana Dal on flights to and from Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai and Achari Veg and Dal Palak on flights to and from Bangalore and Delhi. On flights to the Middle East (Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia,) customers can enjoy chicken in spicy Arabic sauce.

Regional breakfasts will also be served including Chicken Congee for Far Eastern routes and an Indian option featuring: Idli Shanna, Sambhar, Upma and Dosa.

The popular meal options for customers with special dietary requirements will continue to be available to book on ba.com/managemybooking more than 24 hours ahead of their flight departing.

Travellers looking for a special treat can also pre-order meals on flights from Heathrow up to 24-hours before their flight. Options include a Gourmet Dining meal for £18.00 (approx. HK$192), Taste of Britain and Taste of the Far East for £16.00 (approx. HK$170) and a Great British Breakfast, a Healthy Choice meal or a Vegetarian Kitchen option all for £15.00 (approx. HK$160).

British Airways is investing £4.5 billion (approx. HK$47.8 billion) for customers over the next five years, covering the installation of the best quality Wi-Fi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. The airline is also investing £600 million (approx. HK$6.37 billion) specifically in Club World business class, including outstanding catering and luxurious White Company bedding – plus, from 2019, a new seat with direct aisle access. This year British Airways will start services to six new routes including Nashville and The Seychelles.


Join Silver Cloud on a journey of indefinable magic, departing Nassau, Bahamas on 3 October 2018 for a spectacular 12 day expedition to Colon, Panama, taking in the incredible sites of Cuba, Colombia and Jamaica. Fares start at AU$7,830 per person in a Vista Suite, based on double occupancy and includes Early Booking Bonus savings if paying in full before 28 December 2017.

Guests will discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Cuba and Colombia, sample local Cuban and Caribbean food and drink, relax on sandy white beaches and admire a dazzling array of tropical fish and colourful coral on this expedition beyond the beaches.

A particular highlight of this voyage is a two day stopover in La Habana, the largest city in Cuba, where a guided tour will take in the sights of Metropolitan and Modern Havana, Revolution Square and the Historical Centre of Old Havana. Guests will experience the luxurious and spectacular Havana Tropicana Show before being driven to the ‘Cigar Factory’ in vintage American cars to learn about the history of cigars and discover how Cuban cigars are hand-rolled.

On-board and ashore, between 20 and 22 Expedition Team members conduct immersive destination experiences, aided by an on-board fleet of 16 Zodiacs and 10 kayaks – all of which are complimentary. The enchanting island of Punta Frances provides the opportunity to join an on-board Marine Biologist for a snorkel tour to discover damselfish, jacks, surgeonfish, trumpet fish, parrot fish, triggerfish and turtles, whilst a Zodiac tour will transport guests to one of the 365 uninhabited islets and islands of Guna Yala.

A number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites will also be encountered on this voyage including: the city of Trinidad, complete with cobble-stoned streets, tiled roofs, ornamental grilles and inner patios dating to colonial times; Morro Castle, a fortress guarding the entrance to Havana bay; and Cartegena de Indias, one of the most important ports of Spanish South America.

Silver Cloud is positioned as the premier luxury expedition vessel and almost all of her all-suite accommodations feature generous private verandas along with luxury touches that include a choice of European bath amenities, butler service for all guests, sumptuous Pratesi bedding and a nine-option pillow menu.

Emirates Launches “Hello 2018” Global Offers

Enabling globalistas to explore the infinite possibilities in travel, Emirates today launches its “Hello 2018” global sale to invite travellers to ask “Where Next?” in the New Year, offering exciting, yet affordable, options to explore a world that is beyond imagination.

With Economy Class, starting from HKD 990, and Business Class, starting from HKD 3,680, a typical Emirates “Hello New Year” experience starts with special fares – valid from now, until 10 January 2018, for travel between 12 January 2018 and 30 November 2018 (black-out dates apply).

Fond of food and wine? Paris or Barcelona make a great start with the cities’ numerous Michelin-starred restaurants; Dubai and Morocco provide authentic Arabic cuisines, creating a surprise for every tongue. Addicted to cinema and TV? Croatia can satisfy the “Game of Thrones” aficionado, while Rome never fails to be special for those with a “Roman Holiday” heart. Never tire of beach and sea? Cape Town and Fort Lauderdale have that easy access to the deep blue. Longing for adventure? Cairo and Dar Es Salaam send a warm welcome and a challenge to find our secrets.

Emirates operates four daily flights from Hong Kong to Dubai, including three daily flights with Emirates’ flagship A380 aircraft and one daily flight with Emirates’ Boeing 777-300 aircraft, altogether connecting customers to over 150 destinations worldwide. Today, Emirates flies the world’s biggest fleet of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, offering passengers the comforts of the latest and most efficient wide-body aircraft in the skies.

Committed to continually pushing the boundaries on enhancing the comfort and travel experience for passengers, Emirates formally deployed its upgraded on-board lounge on its flagship A380 aircraft in August 2017, then launched completely refreshed interiors for its Boeing 777 aircraft last November, including its highly anticipated new First Class private suites. With floor to ceiling sliding doors and sleek design features, inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Emirates’ new suites on Boeing 777 aircraft offer up to 40 square feet of personal space each, with spacious, fully-enclosed private suites, laid out in a 1-1-1 configuration, taking luxury and privacy to the next level.

Apart from these new upgrades, this featured fare also allows passengers to experience Emirates’ award-winning service from its international cabin crew, gourmet cuisine and its renowned in-flight entertainment system, ice, which offers a vast selection of over 2,500 channels across all cabins. In addition, Wi-Fi service is available on most Emirates aircraft.

With Emirates Skywards, the frequent flyer programme of Emirates airline, members can earn and redeem miles for an extensive range of rewards. Redemption options include hotel accommodation, excursions and exclusive shopping, as well as flights and upgrades. Emirates Skywards Cash+Miles program also allows flight redemption using a combination of cash and Skywards Miles. Members in all four tiers – Blue, Silver, Gold and Platinum – can start redeeming flights with as little as 2,000 Miles.

For further information, please visit www.emirates.com/hk, local travel agents or Emirates local sales office.

Gourmet Specialist Oceania Cruises Returns to Asia for 2018 Season in January

Starting from January 2018, Oceania Cruises, the cruise line dedicated to epicurean enthusiasts and which is known for serving The Finest Cuisine at SeaTM, is offering a season of voyages dedicated to exploring the culinary highlights of the Asian region. Oceania Cruises’ acclaimed Nautica and Insignia will be calling on more than 50 ports in the region starting next month.

With Oceania Cruises, guests can expect elegant accommodations, exceptional personalized service, as well as expertly crafted excursions to provide an immersive cultural, historic, and above all culinary experience of the local destinations.

Asian Voyages
Recommended itineraries include the 15-day Eastern Escapade cruise aboard Nautica from Hong Kong to Bangkok. Guests will cruise through picturesque Ha Long Bay in Hanoi, before stopping at the beautiful coastal city Nha Trang and the historic Ho Chi Minh City. Singapore and its rich culinary culture is the next port of call before cruising through the Gulf of Thailand for a pit stop on the island of Koh Samui, finally bringing the ship to in Bangkok.

The 15-day Pagodas and Shrines cruise aboard Nautica from Singapore to Hong Kong cruises the Gulf of Thailand, stopping at the island of Koh Samui and the Thai capital, Bangkok. Sihanoukville, with its pristine beaches on the Cambodian coast is the next port of call before cruising to the vibrant Vietnamese cities of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. Guests will then sail through the Hainan strait before the journey comes to an end in Hong Kong.

Intimate and Luxurious Ships

In 2014, both Nautica and Insignia underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment to create virtually new ships that are sleek and elegantly charming. The decks are resplendent with the finest teak, custom stone and tile work, and the lounges, suites and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishing.

Both Ships offer four open-seating restaurants, world-class fitness centers and spas, lounges and bars, a casino, 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms. And with just 684 guests onboard, the 400 professionally trained staff ensures all guests receive utmost attention and care.

The Finest Cuisine at SeaTM

With legendary Master Chef Jacques Pépin as the line’s Executive Culinary Director, each restaurant offers guests extraordinary dining experiences. All dining; be it breakfast, lunch or dinner is inclusive and made a la minute. Gourmands can choose from authentic Italian dishes at Toscana, succulent seafood and USDA Prime steak at Polo Grill, and continental cuisine in the Grand Dining Room. Casual alfresco dining is available all day at Terrace Café and made-to-order American fare is served alongside healthy options including a newly introduced Raw Juice & Smoothie Bar at Waves Grill.

2018 Asian Itineraries
Nautica: 20 January 15days Singapore to Hong Kong Nautica: 4 February 15days Hong Kong to Bangkok Insignia: 15 March 20 days Singapore to Beijing Insignia: 31 March 25 days Tokyo to Singapore

To learn more about Oceania Cruises or to order a brochure, visit OceaniaCruises.com, call 800-616 – 7096 for Singapore / +852 2165 6010 for Hong Kong / +612 9224 6098 for rest of Asia, or contact your preferred travel agent.

Hong Kong Airlines to fly to the Maldives providing customers with more choices than ever

Hong Kong Airlines today announced that it would operate a three – time weekly service to the Maldives from 16 January 2018.

Located in the majestic Indian Ocean, the Maldives is comprised of a series of islands renowned for their natural beauty. As a popular holiday hotspot, the islands that make up this exotic travel destination are blessed with white sandy beac hes, and are surrounded by crystal clear water – home to a spectacular array of underwater life.

The perfect holiday begins even before passengers touch down at Malé, the capital of the Maldives. Hong Kong Airlines will operate its Airbus A330 – 300 aircraf t, which features a two – class configuration, including 32 full – flat seats in Business Class and 260 seats in Economy Class. Combined with an immersive range of inflight entertainment content, and sumptuous gourmet meals in the air, Hong Kong Airlines is lo oking to deliver an unforget table flight experience to all.

Flights will depart from Hong Kong to Malé International Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Each traveller will receive a 30 – day visa on arrival.

The flight time between Hong Kong and Malé is approximately six hours. Flight sched ule from 16 January 2018 is as follows* ( All times local)

For more details and sales, please visit

www.hongkongairlines.com, or contact us via the Hong Kong Airlines

Call Centre hotline (852) 3916 3666 (Hong Kong).

Ring in the New Year Crystal Skye Style

New journeys usher in the New Year and Chinese New Year in Australia, Hawaii and Kenya

Follows on the successful inaugural South Pacific AirCruise during Golden Week

Crystal AirCruises has announced all-new, all-inclusive itineraries to usher in the New Year and Chinese New Year in incomparable Crystal style. From the aquatic to the exotic, voyages will encompass a jaunt ‘down-under’ to Australia and the tropical paradise of Hawaii from 30 December 2017 to 4 January 2018 and the wilds of Africa from 17 – 23 February 2018. These new voyages follow on the successful, sold-out inaugural Crystal AirCruise to the exotic South Pacific islands of Tahiti and Fiji, which took place during the Golden Week holidays earlier this month.

Double New Year’s Celebrations – 2018 New Year’s Eve AirCruise

Crystal Skye will do the impossible by providing guests with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel across time! Turn back the clock and celebrate New Year’s Eve twice on both sides of the International Date Line in Sydney, Australia and Hawaii, United States from 30 December 2017 to 4 January 2018 at USD 29,999 per person round-trip from Singapore.

Be amongst the first in the world to usher in the New Year at the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge Fireworks from the comfort of your own private boat. Take a leisurely stroll through historic Sydney at “The Rocks”, a charming district filled with cobbled lanes, hidden alleyways, delightful cafes and boutiques waiting to be discovered, or indulge in a scrumptious seafood feast in one of the city’s many top restaurants. From locally recommended spots to coveted sightseeing attractions, explore the sights and scenes of the city’s most iconic destinations including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, the Australian National Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge.

Beat the clock and celebrate New Year’s Eve again by crossing the International Date Line to the tropics of Hawaii to count-down 2018 on the beaches of Honolulu. Surrounded by the stunning scenery of the USA’s western-most state, immerse yourself in a ‘luau’, a customary Hawaiian feast with lively music and cultural performances, take in a traditional hula performance or explore the vivid turquoise waters, abundant coral reefs and white sand beaches of Waikiki Beach. Hike up to the stunning National Natural Landmark of Diamond Head to take in sweeping vistas of Oahu, visit the charming Iolani Palace, the only chance to tour a royal residence on American soil, or take in the history at the infamous World War II site of Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial.

Wonders of Africa Safari Adventure – Chinese New Year AirCruise

Embark on an adventure both rare and astounding this Chinese New Year on a journey of discovery to the untamed wilds of Kenya from 17 – 23 February 2018 at USD 28,000 per person round-trip from Hong Kong.

Welcome the year of the dog on an unforgettable voyage to Africa and encounter exotic wildlife on safari through the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya including cheetahs, elephants, zebras, lions, hippopotamus and more, and witness ancient African rituals including the “jumping dance” of the Maasai tribe warriors. Accommodations at the Governor’s Camp mean more ‘glamping’ than camping with spacious, luxury tents and feasting in the wilds during elegant open-air dinners. Celebrate Chinese New Year with an authentic banquet prepared by a guest Chinese chef and revel in the juxtaposition of traditional red lanterns, ‘lai-see’ packets and lion dance against a stunning backdrop of lush grasslands and acacia woodlands.

The Crystal Skye Experience

The only twin-aisle aircraft private plane, Crystal Skye is larger and newer than any global private jet tour travel option and is appointed with features rarely found in even the most luxurious private plane. She has the highest crew to passenger ratio of any twin-aisle aircraft, is capable of journeys that stretch to the far reaches of the earth, and offers curated experiences tailored to each traveler’s preferences. The Crystal Exclusive Class seats that coddle Crystal Skye’s 88 guests (in a plane originally conceived for over 300 passengers) are designed for maximum personal space and ergonomic comfort, and convert to 180-degree lie- flat beds. The expansive social lounge with stand-up bar fosters friendly camaraderie among luxury travelers. International cuisine will be prepared by an executive chef in two state-of-the-art galleys, and paired with a complimentary selection of wines, champagnes, beers and spirits.

Guests will also enjoy exceptional comforts and conveniences including spacious lavatories appointed with luxury amenities, on board Bose(r) Noise Cancelling headphones, complimentary global WiFi, interactive TVs with on-demand programming and music library, individual USB ports and power outlets, and a live cockpit-to-ground listening channel.

Customized AirCruises

Guests can create custom journeys from a selection of diverse points around the globe, ranging from the cosmopolitan (London and New York City), to the exotic (Igauzu Falls, Argentina and Tashkent, Uzbekistan), to the scenic (Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aries), and a host of other dazzling destinations. A key feature of the aircraft will be its ability to fly non-stop for 19 hours, longer than any commercial air flight, and connect any two points on the opposite side of the earth – surpassing the current longest route from Singapore to New York at 16-17 hours.

Design tailor-made AirCruise itineraries to exacting specifications and be immersed in the heart of civilizations both ancient and modern. Crystal Skye private charters allow guests to see the world on uniquely personal terms with options to explore some of the world’s most renowned wine and culinary regions or the natural wilds of the African bush or Australian outback. Offering discoveries as vast as the imagination can soar, Crystal Skye global journeys unveil the world’s wonders in exclusive, astounding ways.

For more information about this itinerary or for private chartering, please visit www.CrystalCruises.com

Emirates places US$15.1 billion order for 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners at 2017 Dubai Airshow

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a US$ 15.1 billion (AED 55.4 billion) commitment for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners.

In the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates airline and Group signed the agreement with Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister on the opening day of the 2017 Dubai Airshow.

Sheikh Ahmed said: “Emirates’ orders today will be delivered from 2022, taking the airline well into the 2030s. Some of these will be replacements so that we maintain a young and efficient fleet, and others will power our future network growth. We see the 787 as a great complement to our 777 and A380 fleet, providing us with more flexibility to serve a range of destinations as we develop our global route network.”

“It has always been Emirates’ strategy to invest in the most advanced and efficient aircraft, and today’s orders reflect that. Today’s announcement is also speaks to our confidence in the future of aviation in the UAE and the region.”

Mr McAllister said: “We are excited that Emirates has selected the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner to power its fleet expansion and future growth. This is an airplane that will set a new benchmark for operating economics in the commercial aviation industry when it enters service next year. Emirates’ endorsement of the 787 Dreamliner extends our long-standing partnership and will sustain many jobs in the United States.”

Emirates is evaluating engine options for its Dreamliner order.

Emirates’ agreement includes conversion rights to switch the aircraft to 787-9s, offering the airline additional flexibility for its future fleet and global network. Emirates’ Dreamliners will be delivered in a mix of two and three-cabin class configurations, potentially seating between 240 and 330 passengers. These aircraft will be delivered in phases from 2022 onwards.

Emirates is a powerful engine for American aerospace manufacturing jobs. Applying the US Department of Commerce jobs multiplier (every $1 billion in US aerospace exports supports 5,200 American jobs), this new order will create and support over 78,000 additional jobs in US aerospace manufacturing – not only with Boeing, but also with the thousands of other suppliers in the value chain across the US, many of which are medium and small-sized businesses.

Today’s order comes on top of Emirates’ historic purchase of 150 Boeing 777X aircraft equipped with GE9X engines at the 2013 Dubai Air Show, to be delivered from 2020 onwards.

Emirates’ partnership with Boeing spans decades. Emirates is by far the largest Boeing 777 operator on the planet with 165 777s in service today. With today’s announcement, Emirates will have committed to future delivery of 204 Boeing wide-body aircraft.


Calm in the fast lane: Cathay Pacific’s new customer experience in Singapore

Airline will be the first to operate from Terminal 4 at Changi Airport, where it will unveil a spacious new signature lounge

An innovative and seamless travel experience, in addition to a spectacular and spacious lounge, is what Cathay Pacific customers can look forward to when the brand new Terminal 4 at Singapore’s Changi Airport opens on 31 October 2017.

Cathay Pacific, which currently uses Terminal 1, will be the first airline to make the move to Terminal 4, which is among the most technologically advanced in the world.

Cathay Pacific customers on flight CX659 on 31 October from Hong Kong will be the first to disembark at Terminal 4, arriving in Singapore in the early morning of opening day, while customers on flight CX650 to Hong Kong will be the first to depart, a little over an hour later.

Breeze through the formalities

Terminal 4 takes innovation to the next level by offering Cathay Pacific customers an integrated suite of self-service options, reducing queueing time and speeding up the process right through to boarding.

Passengers will be able to check-in, drop off their bag, clear immigration and board using fully automated systems, thereby ensuring a seamless, stress-free passage and allowing them greater control over how they spend their time at the terminal.

Cathay Pacific Chief Operations and Service Delivery Officer Greg Hughes said: “We are always looking at ways to enhance our customers’ experience at every stage of their journey with us, and the airport experience is a very important and integral part of that journey.

“The benefits that result from adopting advanced facial recognition technology and other automated systems are going to make a real difference and we’re excited to soon be providing our customers with increased options and greater convenience.”

Slow down, relax

The opening of Terminal 4 coincides with the unveiling of a dedicated Cathay Pacific lounge, one of the airline’s largest lounges outside Hong Kong, with seating for more than 200 customers.

Similar in style to Cathay Pacific’s award-winning lounges at The Pier in Hong Kong, the new lounge provides a “living room” environment of understated luxury in which eligible passengers can relax, eat and work before their flight.

Designer furniture and lighting has been carefully selected for practicality, comfort and privacy, while the use of natural materials, plenty of greenery and artworks by local artists add to the lounge’s welcoming atmosphere.

There is also a strong focus on food and beverage services, with the dining area featuring Cathay Pacific’s iconic Noodle Bar, offering a selection of freshly prepared Asian dishes including its signature Dan Dan Noodles and local favourite, Singapore Laksa.

Added Mr Hughes: “We place great value in listening to our customers and investing in products and services that are important to them. The lounge echoes the warmth, natural features and array of amenities that have proved so successful in many of our other lounges around the world, and we can’t wait to welcome our first guests upon the opening of Terminal 4.”

Introducing The Ultimate Cruises Team By Charlotte Travel

Hong Kong based boutique travel agency Charlotte Travel has announced the launch of their latest venture – Charlotte’s Ultimate Cruises, offering a new level of ocean and river cruise experience and dedicated specialist service for their discerning clients.

Headed by the mother and daughter duo of Jackie and Charlotte Harris, Charlotte Travel prides itself on providing exceptional personal service. With a team of experienced Travel Advisors, Charlotte Travel is now expanding their expertise to a dedicated Cruise Team to serve the accelerating demand for luxury cruising.

Travellers who book through Charlotte Travel will have access to complimentary offers on the world’s finest cruise ships across hundreds of annual departures. Benefits include:

Dedicated Onboard Hosts:

Jackie Harris, Founder of Charlotte Travel, who is specifically trained by Virtuoso Voyages, is the first onboard host amongst all travel agencies in Asia. The hosts are available throughout the cruise journey to ensure comfort, arrange activities and to answer any questions guests may have to provide a smooth and seamless experience.

Welcome Aboard Cocktail Reception:

A private event which presents a great opportunity for guests to mingle and familiarise themselves with the dedicated onboard host and fellow cruisers. Passengers can build memories with like-minded travellers they meet, adding an unexpected element to their cruise journey.

Exclusive Shore Excursion:

Through Charlotte Travel, cruisers can enjoy VIP access to events, venues and exclusive excursions, which are excellent opportunities to immerse themselves in the local culture. For travellers who prefer to relax onboard, the Charlotte Travel advisor can also arrange additional options including gifts or shipboard credits.

At Charlotte Travel, travellers can choose from a selection of luxury ocean and river cruises. From intimate sailing on an Indonesian Phinisi vessel to a river journey on the Ayeyarwady or a 121-Day World Cruise, the talented Charlotte Travel Cruise team ensures a memorable and highly bespoke experience.

Sample cruise itineraries include:

Komodo Island Cruise with Amandira, Indonesia – The 52-metre traditional Phinisi ship takes guests on a five or seven-night journey to discover the fabled Komodo dragon in its UNESCO-protected homeland on a cruise voyage. Set just 200 kilometres from Amanwana, Komodo National Park is a wonderland of natural beauty, and the surrounding east Indonesian archipelago is renowned for some of the best dive sites in the world.

Jewels of the Ayeyarwady River onboard Belmond Orcaella, Myanmar – Set sail on a luxurious nine-day river cruise to uncover the secrets of this historic region. Enjoying guided excursions of the ancient city Danuphyu, visit the memorial of the revered leader General Maha Bandula, see the impressive Shwesandaw Pagoda and 10-storey Sitting Buddha in Pyay as well as enjoying a sunset tour of Bagan with wonderful scenery.

121-Day World Cruise by Silver Whisper in 2018 – This magnificent voyage from Los Angeles to Rome will take travellers to 60 ports in 21 countries via 8 separate routes. Departing on 6th January 2018, Silver Whisper begins its journey with mesmerising landscapes like the blue lagoons of Polynesia and splendors of New Zealand, passing through vibrant cities in Southeast Asia then onto ancient wonders of Angkor Wat and the Taj Mahal. Finally cruising through the Red Sea and Suez Canal to stop in Santorini, Greece and Sorrento, Italy before reaching the destination, Rome.