Corporate Newsletter June
Outgoing Passenger Cards Axed 1st July
As of the 1st of July 2017, outgoing passenger cards will no longer exist to the delight of many international travellers. Important data including passenger names, flight numbers, destination and passport details are already available through the APIS (Advance Passenger Information System) operated by all airlines. However, the orange incoming passenger cards for travellers arriving in Australia will still be required to be filled out. Source: Aust BT
Etihad Cancels Chauffeur Service
Etihad Airways has confirmed the suspension of its free chauffeur drive service for premium (First Class & Business Class) passengers in Australia, which will no longer be available from 03 July this year. The option is being dropped worldwide apart from in the airline’s home city of Abu Dhabi, and instead, passengers who wish to have a limousine transfer are being offered “specially negotiated rates” via designated local contractors. The paid transfer option will also become available to guests in all cabins, and Etihad Guest miles will be accrued on bookings. First and Business class tickets issued prior to 03 Jul 2017 are not affected, and going forward complimentary chauffeur service will continue to be provided for travellers in The Residence at all EY A380 destinations including Abu Dhabi, London, Paris, Sydney and New York. Source: Travel Daily
Etihad & China Southern Codeshare Partnership
Etihad Airways has begun a new codeshare partnership with China Southern, allowing the Chinese carrier’s passengers to connect via Abu Dhabi to more than 100 Etihad destinations. Under the agreement, China Southern has put its CZ code on Etihad-operated daily services from Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu to Abu Dhabi. Source: Travel Daily.
Baggage Fare Increase For Bangkok Airways
Bangkok Airways will raise its baggage fees from 01 July 2017. All domestic flights within
Thailand will increase from THB 80/kg to THB 90/kg, while all international zones will see an increase of US$1 per kilogram. Flights to Hong Kong and South East Asia will grow from US$7 to US$8 a kilo, while flights to Japan and China will increase to $16/kg. Until 30 September, the airline will run an online baggage deal for customers prepaying for bags. Source: Travel Daily
Duty-Free Cigarettes Limits Changed
The Australian Government has asked airlines and cruise operators to update advice for travellers ahead of this week’s cut to duty-free allowances for tobacco products. From 01 July, the limit for duty-free tobacco will be reduced from 50g to 25g, in addition to one opened packet. Travellers with additional amounts will have to pay duty on arrival, as part of measures announced in the 2016 Budget. Source: Travel Daily
Changes To Emirates Wifi Structure
If you’re travelling in Economy Class you can enjoy up to 20MB of complimentary internet use on board most Emirates flights which can be used within the first two hours of login.
If you’d like to use the onboard Wi-Fi for longer, you can get 150MB of data for US$9.99. And if you’re travelling on an ultra-long flight and want to stay connected throughout, you can pay US$15.99 for 500MB.
If you’re a Skywards member travelling in Business Class or First Class you can enjoy free unlimited Wi-Fi during your flight. Simply log in using your Skywards account, or sign up as a new member on board to enjoy Wi-Fi for the duration of your flight. Source: Emirates.com
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