New First Class Amenity Kits on Cathay Pacific



Cathay Pacific revealed its newest amenity kits for its passengers. It was particularly made by acclaimed Italian fashion house Trussardi, established in 1911 and has marked its niche in fashion. On its centennial celebration, Trussardicollaborated with Michael Young, a designer inHong Kong, to shape up new ideas.
By October of this year, Cathay’s female passengers will be able to get thecompleteTrussardi kit.

Alex McGowan, Cathay Pacific General Manager Product said that Cathay Pacific was excited to partner with Trussardi in making this new amenity bag for their female passengers travelling in first class.

For the male passengers, the first class amenity kit will be an improved version of the current one. The pouches will still have the same specially selected products. The contents of Cathay Pacific’s First Class Travel Kit for men Acca Kappa Sandalwood, Anti-Age Face Moisturiser.

Acca Kappa Sandalwood Facial Mist, Acca Kappa Mint Lip Balm, Dental set, mouthwash, earplugs, shoehorn, and wooden hair comb in a includes ErmenegildoZegna Black Pouch. On the other hand, the First Class Female Travel Kit has Aēsop’s Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream, Rosehip Seed Lip Moisturiser, Bitter Orange Astringent Toner, Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, Dental set, mouthwash, earplugs, cotton pads and hairbrush in a
Trussardi pouch, designed by Michael Young.

ITB Asia Asks Delegates to Make a Difference


In visiting different countries, the delegates of ITB Asia will be able to provide a great hand.

Operation Smile Singapore, a special social media project has been receiving aids from Messe Berlin who is theorganizer of ITB Asia.

ITB Asia Stickman’, an orange figurine with ITB initials on it, is the main character of this undertaking. This will be available along with 499 other custom-made figurines at the annual show and its earnings will be donated to Operation Smile Singapore.

Taking pictures of the orange figurines are highly recommended. It is also encourage uploading them to ‘ITB Asia Stickman’ photoblog or email.

For every 250 photos uploaded, ITB Asia assures US$10 to Operation Smile which provides reconstructive facial surgery to homeless children and young adult. This will be funding more or less seven operations.

The idea is a product of the creative mind ofNino Gruettke, the Executive Director of ITB Asia who said, “Social media has significantly enhanced the way we share our travel experiences, stories and photos. Our travel photos not only capture memorable moments, but also celebrate local cultures, communities and inspire future generations of globetrotters,” He even added, “The success of this fund-raiser hinges on the concerted efforts of everyone who owns an ‘ITB Asia Stickman’. With close to 7,000 delegates from 60 countries expected to attend the show this year, we want to tap on their experiences and take advantage of the viral nature of social media outlets to contribute as an industry towards the fantastic work done by Operation Smile Singapore.

This special project is ongoing, and will either end after 250 photographs has been accomplished or until ITB Asia 2012.

Cathay Pacific Clarifies 18 September Incident



A loss of separation event that happened between two flights, CX841 of CathayPacific Airways from New York and KA433 of Dragonair from Kaoshiung last September 18, 2011, about 1:13 in the afternoon, has already been established.

There was no risk of collision for the aircraft involved, said by the spokesperson of Cathay Pacific Airways.

The unfavorable weather condition during that afternoon in Hong Kong led the Air Traffic Control (ATC) of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to provide caution to all incoming flights that they may experience some delays. Air traffic has already been given instructions to hold 40 nautical miles southwest of Hong Kong international airport and to limit to narrow tracks to stay clear from the harmful weather when landing in HKIA.

When the loss of separation took place, flights CX841 and KA433 were at equal altitude southwest of HKIA. According to Cathay, the pilots of the said flights responded accordingly to their own traffic collision avoidance systems (TCAS) cautions and information. To quickly resolve the problem and uphold the proper separation, flight CX841 descended while flight ka433 ascended.

Both flights were able to land safely. FlightCX841 of Cathay Pacific Airway arrived 14 minutes earlier than flight ka433 of Dragonair.

CX841 left New York with 18 crews and 299 passengers on board, at 10:07 local time on Sep 17tharrived HKIA without delays at 1:45, 18th of September.

KA433 left Kaoshiung with 12 crews and 284 passengers at 11:22 local time, 18th of September and arrived at 1:59 in HKIA.

Korean Air Moves from XP to Windows 7 Enterprise



Korean Air has moved up from using Windows XP to Windows 7 Enterprise companywide and soon to achieve 100 per cent before 2012.  The airline company has almost 19,000 employees with flight destination to 115 cities in the globe and has 400 flights daily.

Korean Air’s Information System Department has been working on enterprise resource planning solution to connect all of the offices information into the main system. The company is also exerting efforts in setting all of its financial reporting internationally recognizable.   

According to Chung Pilmoon, who is the general manager of Korean Air Information System Department, “Executives at Korean Air laid out a path for growth that will keep us in a position of leadership throughout the Asia Pacific region and points beyond. But meeting our objectives required an overhaul of our IT systems. Moving to Windows 7 provides us with the ability to deliver consistent IT standards and tools across the company without compromising our desire for greater efficiency.

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) for Software Assurance, software which is available to customers who has Microsoft Software Assurance, is one and even the most vital part of Information System Department’s (ISD) focus.  MDOP will assist the airlines’ ISD to gain benefits in various areas including:  remote installation access in installing and updating system across the globe, strict compliance IT system, less hassle IT support, and easy and user friendly software.

Pilmoon added, “Korean Air’s deployment of Windows 7 Enterprise and MDOP is a great example of how technology can streamline internal processes and free up time for employess to focus on what’s ahead. With these technologies in place, the company will be on a trajectory toward market expansion and greater operational excellence.

Tajikistan’s Somon Air Takes Delivery of First Boeing 737-900ER


Somon Air, a Tajikistan based airline has took off its first Next Generation Boeing 737-900ER with the new Boeing Sky Interior.

Among the other Central Asian carriers, Somon Air is the first airline that has Boeing’s new interior. It is also the airlines first direct purchase of a 737.

The Chief Executive Officer of Somon Capital and also the owner of Somon Air, JamshedRahmonberdiev said that the new interior will definitely bring a new unrivaled aviation experience to their customers. He added,  “Reliability and fuel efficiency are key considerations and the 737-900ER will contribute to our financial performance as well as help us maintain out high standard s of safety in accordance with international air transportation standards.

On the other hand, Boeing teamed up with Somon Air, the U.S. Department of State’s Humanitarian Program and Project HOPE to carry medical supplies to Dushanbe, capital city of Tajikistan, as part of Boeing’s Humanitarian Delivery Flight program.  

In addition, Liz Warman who is the directis of GCC for the Northwest Region said, “Boeing, through its Global Corporate Citizenship (GCC) organization, supports humanitarian efforts around the world in partnership with non-governmental agencies and non-profits like Project HOPE. Our Humanitarian Delivery Flights program is another way we can continue leveraging our resources to help those in need.

Air Berlin Launches Europe Pass



A pass is launched by Air Berlin for Europe which will give access to the travelers to move from Berlin and in 4 cities of Europe they can visit thirteen countries. This pass for Europe can be availed only till October 15th and the charges for this will be total US $249. These charges will also comprise the tax charges, other charges and the passengers will also be credited with a one off that would be a top bonus of 2490 miles.

This Europe pass has its validity only for flights going till October 31st, 2011. This Europe pass is a very big chance for those who fond of traveling and Europe consists of the most beautiful places that a number of tourists visit every year. For people who love shopping can visit this city Königsallee as it is the centre head for shopping. Also there are other places like Düsseldorf. Places like Munich, Frankfurt and Cologne-Bonn can be visited through city routes in Germany.

From Berlin with these Europe passes one can take other flights also like to Vienna, Stockholm, Paris and Helsinki. This airline Air Berlin is the 2nd largest airline in Germany with more than 8500 employees and also has 168 aircraft.

Spice Roads Launches Hoi an – Siem Reap Cycle Tours



 A bicycle tour for multi countries is launched by Spice Roads Tours to Siem Reap from Hoi An and this will be in 3 best heritage sites in the world. In fourteen days around seven hundred kilometers would be covered. It has been scheduled on January 8, 2012.

It will be initiated from the town Hoi An in Vietnam and will gradually cover the highlands in the center  till the old border  at Le Thanh and then to Rattanakiri which is less populated  and finally the tour will end up at Cambodia in Siem Reap at the complex of Angkor Temple. “The cyclists will not only experience a tour but will also go on exploring the culture as well as the landscape of the countries side by side and also the historical attractions like My son”.

The cyclists will ride among the tribes of Bhanar and Jarai which comes in the central highlands. These tribes have preserved their traditional ways and follow their ethics. The cyclists will visit Pleiku on the fifth day of tour where they will find the best coffee. They will see the mountains covered with tea and coffee. Simultaneously they will visit the other points one by one during this tour.

PAL Passenger on Route to San Francisco Gives Birth In flight

On September 19th a passenger of Philippine Airlines delivered a healthy baby during the flight 747 on a route from Manila to San Francisco. With the help of three on board nurses a passenger named Aida Alamillo on a seat number of 83J. The flight was led by Francis Lloyd Lobo. Before the birth of her baby the passenger followed a proper routine of doing relaxation and deep breathing exercises.

On checking the baby’ pulses were seen normal as the boy gave a loud cry after coming out and started feeding on mother’ milk after the delivery. Also the mother stated to have minimum pain during the time of delivery. After the delivery a flight incident report was made by a flight purser describing the first responses of the baby.

Such kind of things occurs rarely on a flight but the crew is already trained to handle such immediate birth situations. As the plane landed the mother with the baby was taken to Burlingame in Mills Peninsula Hospital. The time when the flight reached San Francisco was 15:25 according to U.S. time. This is just one of the ways the Philippines Airlines take full responsibility for their every passenger in any situation.

Air Asia Launches Free Seats Promotion


Air Asia as a part of its promotion is launching free seats to certain domestic places and international which includes Banda Aceh (Indonesia), Langkawi, Singapore, Hat Yai and a lot more beautiful destinations. The timings to book for the free seats are starting at 12 am from 21st September to 25th September and after booking you can take free flight between the time period of May 3rd and October 27th.

The only thing which the passengers are required to pay is for fuel surcharge and airport tax while the other terms will always reply.

This is because already the passengers would be travelling at zero fare for the seat. The regional head of Air Asia said more about this that this is just the way they are appreciating and thanking for the support they get from the travelers. She also added that during the season of May seats were given at only 10 cents as a part of big sale. Therefore it is followed by this free seats offer for everyone and also it brings a big opportunity for travelers throughout the vast network in Asia so it’s the right time to pack your bags and start planning.

US, UK and Japan Named Top Travel Destinations in New Survey


During a recent voting the three nations i.e. United Kingdom, United States and Japan got the maximum number of votes. Globally these are the most favorite destinations voted by 11,620 people from 23 nations in response. Not just nations but people from many territories have given the same response in a global survey of 2011.The 20% of people who took the survey said that they want to visit United States again within two years.

United kingdom was the second in the survey with 19%of the people’ response for visiting nations and Japan received 16% of respondents and both Italy. It is because of the diversity in culture, scenery and the places which are best for people out for their holidays. People are going to visit UK because of some sporting event. More the coming London Olympic games in 2012 could also be the reason for tourists to visit again. The third is the Japan which is the center of attraction due to the tsunami which occurred and thus it aroused the emotions of travelers. The other factors include the view, location, weather, new places and good deals why these nations are at the top.