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Business Travel News New Zealand – February

Airline/Airport News.

CTM partners with Qantas on a new initiative for customers

CTM is delighted to partner with Qantas on a new initiative that will further enhance the travel experience for customers. The carrier announced the launch of the Qantas Channel on 5 February 2019, which provides users with a wider range of fares and new content that is not available via traditional indirect booking systems. To find out about how CTM is participating globally click here: http://bit.ly/2BnzPg9

 

More seats for cricket fans

Cricket fans will have access to more Air New Zealand seats during this year’s Boxing Day test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.  This airline announced that it is adding close to 1,000 extra seats across two extra wide-body Boeing 777-200s and the newer and larger 214-seat A321 neo aircraft. The services will run to Melbourne across the 25th and 26th of December.

 

Updates to Qantas chauffeur drive service

Qantas has announced that it plans to implement changes to their current complimentary chauffeur drive service due to low utilisation in select markets and regions. The service will no longer be available from 1 March 2019 in New Zealand and Singapore. On its London flights, it is also reducing the free mileage allowance for Business Class and First Class chauffeur drive service. Travellers currently have an allowance of 70 miles (112km) complimentary distance from London Heathrow Airport, it will be reduced to 50 miles (80km) as of 1 March 2019. Qantas will continue to offer its chauffeur drive service for business class and first-class travellers who book their trip with frequent flyer points.

 

Air New Zealand to extend free WiFi

Air New Zealand will extend its complimentary onboard WiFi connectivity until 31 March 2019. The service originally intended for the summer period has now been continued due to its popularity among travellers. Complimentary WiFi is available on 12 international aircraft, including six Boeing 777-200s and four Boeing 777-300s predominantly flying the trans-Tasman, US and London routes as well as two A321neo aircraft which operate Tasman and Pacific Island services.

 

United Airlines opens Polaris lounge at LAX

United Airlines has officially opened Polaris lounge to business class and Star Alliance first and business class passengers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). On offer is a variety of locally-inspired Californian dishes including LA fish and chips, a street taco trio, churros and the famous Polaris burger.

 

Major sustainability goals achieved

More than 16 million individual items onboard Air New Zealand’s fleet have been recovered for reuse or recycling over the last 12 months. Other sustainability achievements recorded by the carrier included 7300 tonnes of carbon saved by using mains power while stationed and 8700 tonnes of carbon offset from its employee’s business travel.

 

Wellington launches virtual assistant

Wellington Airport has become the first airport in New Zealand to launch a free virtual assistant for visually impaired passengers. The Aira app is provided free of charge and can be downloaded to a smartphone or accessible through the Horizon smart glasses.

 

Hotels.

‘Hotel to Hands’ Program with Soap Aid

Oaks named as ANZ hotel champion

The Oaks Hotels and Resorts group has been recognised for its ‘Hotel to Hands’ Program with Soap Aid in social corporate responsibility. The initiative aims to collect and recycle 26 tonnes of potentially wasted hotel soaps per year. These are in turn provided to hundreds of children in disadvantaged communities as a basic hygiene product, reducing the environmental impact of otherwise discarded products. In 2017, over 550 kilograms of hotel soap was turned into over 5,000 new bars.

 

Voco signs for first property in Southeast AsiaVoco signs for first property in Southeast Asia

IHG has announced that Bangkok will become the first location for the voco brand in Southeast Asia. Due to open in 2021, the voco Bangkok Sukhumvit will feature 300 guest rooms, two restaurants, a fitness centre and swimming pool as well as meeting facilities capable of hosting up to 400 guests.