For week ending January 20th
This third week of January was packed with very exciting updates from the world of travel: just to name a few Etihad acquired Air Berlin’s Dusseldorf service, JetBlue completed the upgrade of its entire fleet to include free wifi on every flight and Citizen M is to open 4 brand-new properties across the globe. We are particularly glad to see a boost in airline industry’s commitment to the environment with Emirates launching eco-friendly blankets made from recycled plastic bottles.
Etihad to take over Air Berlin’s Dusseldorf service
Etihad Airways will move to a double daily service on its Abu Dhabi-Dusseldorf route from March 2017 taking over the daily flights currently operated by Air Berlin. Etihad also owns a 29.1 per cent stake. In a statement Etihad said that Air Berlin, which operates a daily service between Düsseldorf and Abu Dhabi, has notified Etihad Airways of its decision to discontinue the route and redeploy the aircraft onto other markets from the beginning of the 2017 summer schedule.
Emirates CSR: eco-friendly blankets made from recycled plastic bottles
Emirates has launched sustainable blankets made from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles. Blanket are made from 28 recycled bottles through a process that turns recycled plastic chips into yarn, creating a polar fleece material. Available in economy on long-haul flights, the airline says that the blankets will have rescued 88 million plastic bottles from landfills by the end of 2019.
JetBlue first to offer free wifi, live TV and movies on every flight
JetBlue has completed a three-year upgrade of its entire fleet to include its Fly-Fi in-flight wifi service. The airline boasts broadband-quality internet access at no additional charge to passengers – most airlines charge fees for wifi, and typically prohibit bandwidth-eating activities such as live video streaming or gaming. Fly-Fi is now available on all 227 JetBlue Airbus A320, A321, and Embraer 190 aircraft.
Air India launches Delhi-Copenhagen service
Air India announced new routes via its Facebook and Twitter, including non-stop flights between Delhi and Copenhagen. Flights to the Danish capital will launch in May, using the carrier’s Boeing Dreamliner aircraft, and will be followed by a new service between Delhi and Washington in July
Emirates set to launch Dubai-Zagreb service
Emirates has announced that it will launch a daily service between Dubai and the Croatian capital of Zagreb. Starting June 1, the route will be served by a Boeing 777-300, and will be the only wide-body aircraft to operate between the two destinations.
Finnair and Flybe expand codeshare
Finnair has announced the expansion of its codeshare partnership with Flybe, allowing passengers to fly to four additional UK cities. The new locations include Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster Sheffield and Southampton airports, with customers now able to book Finnair flights departing from 11 UK airports.
Marriott opens first Renaissance property in Nigeria
Marriott International has debuted its Renaissance Hotels brand in sub-Saharan Africa, with opening of the Renaissance Lagos Ikeja. The 155-room hotel is located 5km from the city’s international airport, and features an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, eight meeting rooms, the Cut steakhouse restaurant, all-day dining restaurant Iyeru Okin, Choco-Latte coffeehouse, and the 24-hour RBar for cocktails and light bites.
Finnair announces long-haul expansion this winter
Finnair has announced plans for new long-haul routes and increased frequencies for the winter 2017 season. The flag carrier will operate a twice-weekly service to the Indian coastal city of Goa between November 2017 and March 2018, as well as increasing the frequency of its Delhi service to six flights per week during the winter season. In addition Finnair will fly twice weekly to Havana between, weekly to Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), and weekly to Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) between November 30 and March 22.
Citizen M opens four properties in 2017
Dutch hotel group Citizen M is to open four properties in Paris, New York and Taipei this year. The “affordable luxury” brand will add two hotels in Paris and Lyon (rendering pictured above) between spring and summer. In New York, Citizen M will open a 300-room property in the city’s Bowery district at the end of the year, joining the existing Citizen M Times Square, while in Taiwan the 267-room Citizen M Taipei is set to open in April.