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Air Chathams will start a weekly service from Auckland to Norfolk Island beginning Friday 6 September. Introductory fares expected to start at $199 (exclusive of taxes) will be available in limited numbers for scheduled flights.

Tickets will go on sale mid to late April. Promotion will begin in May and potential passengers are advised to look out for special fares for the service’s launch in September.

The new route will be serviced by the Convair 580 aircraft which is configured for 50 passengers with an estimated flight time of just over two hours. The Friday service will depart Auckland at 9am and return same day from Norfolk Island.

Mondo will be offering package holidays to Norfolk Island shortly.

Source: Travel Memo - 08Apr19

submitted by -- Tony Terrill

Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) will introduce several enhancements to its in-flight offerings.

At its World Gourmet Forum last week, SIA announced it will enable premium economy customers to preorder main courses from its in-flight menu, from anywhere in the airline’s global network from 1 May 2019.

This follows the initial launch to suites, first class and business class customers on all flights across its network last year, in what was an industry first. Customers may preselect their meal choices via the airline’s website or mobile app anytime from three weeks before travel up to 24 hours before flight departure. As such, customers not only have a more personalised dining experience but are also ensured of their preferred meal choice from either the in-flight menu or the ‘Book the Cook’ service.

In another industry first, Singapore Airlines will be enhancing its Child Meal programme to enable parents to preorder specific meals for their children from three different cuisine categories – Asian, western and vegetarian. Parents can visit the airline’s website up to 24 hours before the day of travel to view the dishes planned for their flight and select the one that best suits their child’s preferences.

The airline will roll out this initiative to all cabin classes from June 2019 for flights departing Singapore, extending progressively to flights departing from overseas destinations from August 2019. 

Source: Travelinc Memo

submitted by -- Tony Terrill

Emirates will launch a four times weekly service between Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, and Dubai, from 2 July 2019.

Porto will become Emirates’ second destination in Portugal after its capital, Lisbon, which the airline currently serves with two flights a day. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three class cabin configuration, offering eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class.

The flight between Dubai and Porto will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and depart Dubai as EK197 at 0915hrs and arrive in Porto at 1430hrs. The return flight, EK198, will depart Porto at 1735hrs and land in Dubai at 0415hrs the next morning. The schedule enables travellers to easily and conveniently connect to Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to Auckland and Christchurch.

If you are heading to Portugal our Mondo Travel specialists would be happy to assist.

Source: Emirates

   

submitted by -- Tony Terrill