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The political unrest currently underway in Bangkok has convinced at least three airlines, including Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Hong Kong Airlines, to reduce the number of flights into Thailand's capital during the second half of January and February.
"We've learned that Singapore Airlines plans to cut 19 flights between Jan 14 and Feb 25. Cathay will probably follow suit because passengers are uneasy about the political situation in Thailand," Suvarnabhumi Airport General Manager Rawewan Netrakavesna told the Bangkok Post. Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt said that Hong Kong Airlines was probably going to cut about 60 flights as well.
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Just because the confetti is cleaned up, Auld Lang Syne is retired in your iTunes playlist, and your outfit from New Year's Eve is at the dry-cleaners doesn't mean we still can't talk about one of the best parts of ringing in a new year: a champagne toast! Since 'popping bottles' is for such special occasions, we can't think of a better way to sip some bubbles than when on a plane heading for a new destination.
While some airlines have a knack for feeding passengers fine food like lobster and caviar, there are thankfully more still taking sparkling wines just as serious. If your 2014 travel plans include flights in First or Business Class on the following carriers, be sure to reach for that PDB (pre-departure beverage) and ask for a flute of these fine pours:
We’ve featured all the fun stuff that the airlines are doing to celebrate the season both inside and outside of the airport. However, at this point we kind of consider WestJet to be the winner when it comes to the holiday hijinks. If you haven’t seen their action during the holidays, be sure to head over here and take a minute to see their viral video.
This week we’re back in the airport, as plenty of Cathay Pacific employees have gotten into the fun over at Chek Lap Kok Airport in Hong Kong. This time it’s not just flight attendants and ground crew, as it looks like they’ve finally dragged the pilots into the fun as well.
We've been to a few airports around the world and seen our fair share of those that are poorly designed or are operational nightmares. One airport that's the opposite of all that and manages to take our breath away is Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok.
As the world's 12th busiest airport, Hong Kong is a major hub linking the East to the West, so you can only imagine what kind of plane-spotting can be had. Cathay Pacific calls this place home, but other airlines make sure to show off some of their biggest and best aircraft as they parade around the terminal. If you're lucky to arrive flying Cathay in a premium cabin, you also get access to their arrival lounge.
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Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport in Paris doesn’t have the best reputation for a number of reasons. There's the confusing layout, poor signage, and brusque French staff to name a few. Escaping to an airline lounge can help make many a journey more pleasant, and over the last few years the improvement works at CDG have included new lounges for both American Airlines and Cathay Pacific, two options for those flying with any Oneworld alliance partner.
We recently flew through Paris and had a chance to explore both lounges to see what’s what. The good news is that no matter which of the two you find yourself in, they are a major improvement from before. Literally next door to each other, both are now exterior facing and have windows for walls, giving views across the apron and one of the runways. The left door leads to the Admirals Club, and the right to the Cathay Pacific First and Business Class lounge.
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Hong Kong may be clear on the other side of the world from New York, but Cathay Pacific's 777-300ER airplanes can make the journey in one swift hop over the North Pole. Come next spring, they'll even be doing so often with a new nonstop route from Newark-Liberty International Airport to Hong Kong.
To celebrate, and to fill up their first month of flights with smiling faces, they've launched a deep discount airfare sale on the new route, with roundtrip tickets going for a total of $758.37 (or even $742.90, on some dates).
So, maybe we talk about Hong Kong a lot. And maybe we're pretty clear about our preference for flying 15 hours rather than, say, just 5. Regardless, rest assured that we'll always let you know when there's an awesome, easy-to-enter contest aimed at letting you enjoy some of that sweet, sweet long-haul travel for free.
Currently Cathay Pacific is looking to give away a dream of a Hong Kong trip, aimed at foodies who wouldn't mind a long weekend away, on the other side of the world, dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
If that describes you, read on for the contest entry details...
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Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.
· Cathay Pacific:
There were some rumors that Cathay Pacific had their eyes on a new destination, and this week the big secret was revealed. They’ll be flying to the exotic and exciting location that is Newark, New Jersey. Let’s just say we’re looking forward to the other end of this new route. Cathay Pacific will be flying nonstop from Newark to Hong Kong beginning on March 1 assuming that they can get all of the necessary government paperwork in order. Boeing 777-300ERs will do all of the flying fun on this new option, and of course if you’re willing to pay for the pleasure—Cathay Pacific has a heck of a business class option for the journey.
If you want to fly aboard one of the world’s newest airplanes just contact Lufthansa, as they’ve been enjoying the Boeing 747-8 for quite some time. One of the newest options is a nonstop flight between Frankfurt and Mexico City. The flights depart Germany around 2pm local time out of the airport’s terminal 1, and after plenty of time in the air, things touch down over in Mexico at around 7pm local time. Of course there could be aircraft swaps or scheduled changes, but look for flight numbers LH499 and LH498—that way you can enjoy the new airplane smell.
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2013 has been quite the year so far for passengers at the pointy end of the plane. The new American wowed us so we hardly believed it was American Airlines at all. We were among the very few to explore British Airways’ latest First cabin on its A380. Just a few weeks ago, we drooled all over Singapore Airlines’ new First Class. And now, Cathay Pacific is ready to throw down with all of them, with its very own refreshed First Class product.
We've flown the existing First Class already, and loved it so much we wished we could have stayed in our suite, all cozy in the Shanghai Tang pajamas, for even longer than the flight. So what more is the new First Class going to bring?
What's that saying? Ah yes, "the best camera is the one you have on you." Since we're never without a camera and hardly ever not traveling, we've managed to capture a serious collection of travel photos in our numerous Photo Galleries.
To start the week off right, let's venture behind the tight doors of the Arrival Lounges of three airlines: Lufthansa at Frankfurt Airport, Cathay Pacific at Hong Kong Airport and Delta at London-Heathrow. We say "tight doors" because typically entrance to these loungeslounges which sit outside security on the Arrivals levelonly admit international travelers coming off their flights, holding tickets for Business or First Class.
The spaces may be small, but the comfort of Arrivals lounges are large. You can count on a private shower, breakfast, cozy chairs, free WiFi, and a quiet corner to read the day's paper before heading into the city for a meeting or while awaiting your ride.
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Flying Cathay Pacific or Dragonair in Business or First Class to Hong Kong? Lucky you, not just because you'll be kicking back in bigger seats on what is a very long flight, but you're heading for one of our absolute favorite places in the entire world. Sure, Hong Kong is excellent, but we're talking about the airport itself!
Cathay Pacific, being the flag carrier and largest airline at HKG, takes huge pride in their elite lounges. Airside, we've already toured you through the premium playgrounds that are The Wing, The Cabin and The Pier, but there's also one sweet little secret lurking on the lower level of the arrival hall, outside security. It's simply called "The Arrival."
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If you were planning on flying to London yesterday, you're probably scrambling to figure out how to make that happen today as the Nor'easter storm blizzard struck New York City and closed the area airports for nearly 24 hours.
We were one of the lucky onesone of those flights not marked with an angry orange "cancelled" on the departure board. And now here we sit in the 72-degree beauty of Hong Kong after Cathay Pacific flight 831 not only left JFK on time, but even managed to soar for 16 hours without turbulence.
The airports of the East Coast are returning to normal as airplanes return and salt trucks and plows work overtime, so here's hoping no one has to see a board with flight statuses like this again anytime soon.