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Cathay Pacific requires all passengers to wear face coverings while travelling

In response to COVID-19, Cathay Pacific has implemented a number of measures to safeguard the wellbeing of its passengers and crew. The airline has introduced face coverings for additional protection onboard and in situations where passengers cannot maintain physical distance of two meters from others, or as directed by airline employees.

Effective immediately, all passengers will be required to wear face coverings throughout their travel journey, including when passengers are checking-in, boarding and disembarking, as well as when they are at Cathay Pacific lounges. The airline also recommends passengers to wear the face coverings in high-traffic areas such as security lines and at baggage collection areas.

However, passengers who are unable to tolerate a face covering including children under six years old, are exempt from this requirement.

This requirement will remain mandatory until further notice. Passengers are requested to bring their own face coverings while travelling.

For more information, please visit the Travel Advisory section on www.cathaypacific.com

VISTARA INAUGURATES MUMBAI-COLOMBO SERVICE

 

 Vistara - India’s finest full-service carrier and a joint venture of Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines - today inaugurated service to Colombo, Sri Lanka. The airline now flies daily (except Wednesdays) between Mumbai and Colombo, making it the first to offer the choice of Premium Economy Class for travel between India and Sri Lanka, in addition to Economy and Business Class.

 

Passengers on Vistara’s inaugural flight from Mumbai were welcomed in Colombo with garlands and Sri Lankan sweets, as a special troupe performed the traditional Kandyan dance in celebration. Vistara’s chief guests for the occasion, Dr. Sushil Kumar, First Secretary – Economic & Commerce, High Commission of India in Sri Lanka,  Rayhan Wanniappa, Director - Air Transport and Economic Regulation, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka and Ruwan Waidyaratne, Executive Director, Hayleys PLC, graced the occasion.

 

Mr. Vinod Kannan, Chief Strategy Officer, Vistara, said: “We are very happy to step into another new geography with flights to Sri Lanka, a nation with enormous potential for tourism as well as trade. To Sri Lanka, we introduce India’s only five-star airline that’s committed to making a mark across the globe with a world-class product and impeccable service delivery. We are confident that travelers will enjoy the unmatched hospitality when flying the ‘new feeling’ with Vistara.”

 

Vistara has appointed North South Lines Pvt. Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of the iconic Sri Lankan conglomerate, Hayleys PLC, as its representation company in Sri Lanka.

 

The airline inaugurated its international operations in August 2019 with Singapore as its first destination, followed by Dubai, UAE and Bangkok, Thailand. In the last seven months, the airline has expanded its fleet and network by close to 50% each and has flown around 4.5 million passengers. Vistara’s fleet size is set to almost double by the end of the current financial year ending March 2020, when compared to the size at the start of FY19-20.

 

Vistara is India’s highest-rated airline on Skytrax and TripAdvisor and the winner of several ‘Best Airline’ awards. It has consistently raised the bar for operations and service delivery in the Indian aviation industry in a short span of time to be today known as India’s only five-star airline (per 2020 APEX OFFICIAL AIRLINE RATINGS™). Vistara continues to grow rapidly across India and abroad, as it is poised to induct as many as 56 narrow-body and wide-body aircraft over the next four years, including 50 aircraft from the Airbus A320neo family for domestic and international short and medium-haul operations and 6 Boeing B787-9 for long-haul international operations.

The Cathay Pacific Group Plans Fleet Optimization

 

The move will maximize the efficiency and synergy of the Group’s airlines, ensuring stronger growth potential and greater connectivity through its home hub

 

The Cathay Pacific Group will optimize the passenger fleet of its airlines – Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon and HK Express – in order to allow each airline to achieve their full development potential by leveraging their respective unique strengths.

 

The move is also designed to maximize each airline’s operational efficiency and synergy. This will be good for not only the Group and its airlines, but also the travelling public and our home hub, with better connections through Hong Kong that will strengthen its position as Asia’s leading international aviation hub.

 

In total, the Group has existing orders for 65 new aircraft that it will receive by 2024, as part of the fleet modernization plan. This includes the delivery of 21state-of-the-art Boeing 777-9 aircraft, 12 modern Airbus A350 and 32 A321neo aircraft between 2020 and 2024.

 

Following a comprehensive review of its airlines’ fleets, the Group has decided that Cathay Dragon will operate the first 16 of these narrow-body A321neo aircraft upon delivery from 2020 to 2022. The remaining 16 aircraft, meanwhile, will join the HK Express fleet from 2022.

 

 

 

Cathay Pacific Group Chief Executive Officer Augustus Tang said: “We have four airlines in the group, each of them has its clear proposition. Cathay Pacific will continue to operate as an international full-service airline providing premium services to customers while Cathay Dragon is our regional full-service carrier. Meanwhile, HK Express will remain as a standalone, low-cost airline focusing on serving leisure travel destinations. AHK Air Hong Kong will continue to be the Group’s all-cargo carrier specializing in express cargo services.

 

“We will continue to invest in each of our airlines, their products and services. New aircraft are always the best platform to showcase our customer experience offerings which we are continuously enhancing in the spirit of our progressive and thoughtful ‘Move Beyond’ brand values.  Our goal is always to move people forward in life through our ability to connect them to meaningful people, places and experiences through our Hong Kong hub.”

Cathay four-times more inflight entertainment

 

The Cathay Pacific Group is giving customers more of what they love with four-times the entertainment available to discover and enjoy every time they fly.

 

This significantly enriched inflight entertainment offering epitomizes Cathay Pacific’s efforts to enhance the customer experience as it continues to fulfil its ‘Move Beyond’ brand promises.

 

Passengers can look forward to more newly released blockbuster movies, more live sports coverage and more complete boxsets than ever before. Newly available live coverage of the latest sports events will ensure passengers never miss any of the breath-taking moments from their favourite games when they fly with the airline.

 

With all this new video content to enjoy, customers could fly non-stop around the world 45 times and never have to watch the same thing twice, making every flight a truly unique experience.

 

“We recognize that our role as an airline extends beyond solely flying our passengers to their destination. It’s about creating an experience, one that will allow them to savour every memorable moment of the journey,”said, South Asia, Middle East and South Africa – Regional General Manager,Mark Sutch. “By offering an extensive range of inflight entertainment, our passengers now have more choices than ever before to catch up on their favourite binge-worthy series, get lost in a blockbuster cinematic universe or even enjoy some exhilarating live Rugby World Cup action on our Cathay Pacific flights. ”

LOT Polish airlines launches  direct flights  

By Chanaka de Silva

 

LOT Polish airlines launched its’ first ever flight to Sri Lanka at a recently held press meet. LOT Polish Airlines will fly thrice weekly, enabling to Passengers to reach their destination in 9 hours. 

 

A delegation of  holiday-makers, journalists, and a top-tier trade officials  from Poland and across the EU were  with this initial flight. Among the  delegation was  Poland’s Minister of Interior, Maciej Lang, Polish Ambassador to Sri Lanka, HE Adam Burakowski, LOT Polish Airlines Chief Commercial Officer, Michał Fijoł, and company spokesperson, Michał Czernicki, as well as Poland’s next Miss Universe and LOT Polish Airlines flight attendant, Olga Buława.

 

“All of us at LOT Polish Airlines are excited to join our local partners in celebrating the touchdown of our very first direct flight to Colombo. Given Sri Lanka’s rising prominence as a must-visit destination in Asia, we are confident the improved connectivity enabled by LOT’s 3 weekly flights will help increase tourist arrivals, whilst providing globetrotting Sri Lankans with a convenient and comfortable option for travelling to Poland, Central Europe or any other destinations we fly to,” said,  LOT Polish Airlines Chief Commercial Officer, Michał Fijoł ..

 

LOT Polish working in partnership Hayleys PLC, commenced its three flights weekly service from Warsaw to Colombo. This is in time for the start of the peak winter tourist season and will continue till the end of March 2020.

 

“Hayleys is proud to give a warm Sri Lankan welcome to our very first group of travellers to fly on LOT Polish Airlines directly to Colombo. We thank each our honoured guests for choosing to visit and explore our beautiful paradise island, and we hope that you are able to return home having experienced true Sri Lankan hospitality. On behalf of the entire tourism industry, we also extend our sincere gratitude to LOT Polish Airlines for their support in further enhancing Sri Lanka’s connectivity to Poland and Central Europe, which we are confident will be of immense benefit to the entire tourism and hospitality sector,” Hayleys Chairman and Chief Executive, Mohan Pandithage said.

 

The new connection will be operated using the most modern wide-bodied aircraft in the world – the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Each aircraft offers passengers the choice between three service classes: LOT Business Class with armchairs unfolding to form a flatbed position and offering cuisine as good as the best restaurants; LOT Premium Economy Class features large comfortable seats, foot and thigh rests, cocktail tables and a rich menu, as well as LOT Economy Class which includes individual on-board entertainment screens and USB sockets as well as fresh and varied meals served during the voyage.

 

Annually, more than 1.8 million passengers travel between Europe and Colombo, while LOT hosted over 9 million passengers on its modern aircraft in 2018 alone and anticipates taking on board 10 million passengers in 2019, providing them with the most efficient and comfortable journeys from Warsaw to over 111 scheduled destinations on three continents worldwide.

 
 Karthik Radhakanthan  Head of Sales and Country Lead
Will take over from Vishnu Rajendran 

 

With over 21 years of experience covering various portfolios in the aviation industry, Radhakanthan has served Cathay Pacific for over 12 years in senior level roles. Prior to his Sri Lanka posting, he was the Regional Cargo Services Manager for South Asia, Middle East and Africa for five years handling regional operations for cargo, safety, contracts, compliance, regulatory affairs and quality.

 

He has also served the airline as Area Cargo Manager for South and East India for a period of seven years handling cargo sales and services, freight operations, marketing and the expansion of the airline’s services into new airports such as Bangalore, Kolkata and Hyderabad.

 

Radhakanthan’s extensive commercial experience and successful track record in the South Asian aviation industry also includes his role at Jet Airways for five years where he was responsible for passenger and airport handling, reservations, ticketing, flight handling and station supervision.

Preceding this posting he was the Area Manager, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for Spencer Travels, the General Sales Agent for Qatar Airways Cargo. In this role he handled freight operations, cargo sales, sales agent business development and the expansion of cargo systems into airports such as Bangkok, Cebu, Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

 

Commenting on his new role, Radhakanthan said, “I am delighted to have been appointed Country Lead for Sri Lanka. Cathay Pacific has a long standing relationship with the Sri Lanka and will continue to successfully service this beautiful country with the support of our travel and trade fraternity. One of my key priorities in Sri Lanka will definitely be to cater to the changing requirements of our valued customers and stakeholders and provide our customers with the finest travel experience when they fly with Cathay Pacific.”

 

Born in Chennai, Radhakanthan is a graduate of Loyola College, Chennai where he obtained a Bachelors in Science with majors in Statistics. He also undertook a Small Industries Management programme at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai. He is passionate about airplanes, adores pets, enjoys sport, loves hiking and explores cities on foot.

 

Gifts all year round from SriLankan Airlines!

Celebrating 40 years  with exciting special Fares

Colombo, August 30, 2019: SriLankan Airlines is celebrating 40 years of flying with a massive year-long travel fest starting on the 1st September 2019, with special discounted fares to online destinations throughout its route network on its official website Srilankan.com.

On our birthday, you get gifts all year round! Simply sign up as a subscriber on the airline’s website www.srilankan.com via https://www.srilankan.com/en_uk/special-offers/promotion/40th-anniversary-gifts-subscribe from anywhere in the world, and you will be entitled to exciting promotions that will be offered exclusively for subscribers at different times throughout the next 12 months.

The first promotion is being launched immediately with a very special Economy and Business class discount exclusively on Srilankan.com that is offered on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of September 2019, for travel anytime over a 9-month period from 20th September 2019 to 15th July 2020.

What’s more, travellers get to fly enjoying SriLankan’s fleet of modern aircraft with latest comforts such as flatbeds in Business Class and sophisticated in-flight entertainment that complement its world class service.

 

The National Carrier was launched on 1st September 1979 and has carried hundreds of millions of foreign visitors into Sri Lanka and an even larger number of Sri Lankans to over a hundred destinations overseas. It remains the largest airline operating to Sri Lanka, and is one of the most important logistics links for the country’s economy, carrying imports, exports, mail and much more. It is also the largest airline into the Maldives and the largest foreign airline to India.

A member of the Oneworld global airline partnership, SriLankan Airlines celebrated its 5th anniversary with oneworld in May. SriLankan Airlines operates a route network of 109 cities in 48 countries from its hub in Colombo and also connects to over 1,000 cities in 160 countries through its oneworld partner airlines. The airline has won a string of recent international awards including ‘World’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean’ at the World Travel Awards; and ‘Asia’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean’ at World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia.

 

 

Serenity starts here

Cathay Pacific is moving beyond with the re-opening of the newly renovated Shanghai Pudong lounge on 18 July

 

Cathay Pacific is reopening its newly renovated Shanghai Pudong Cathay Pacific Lounge on July 18, marking the introduction of the airline’s awards-winning lounge design to mainland China for the first time.

 

Cathay Pacific is “moving beyond” for its customers with a superior experience at every stage of their journey. The new Shanghai Pudong Cathay Pacific Lounge will be another reason for customers to arrive early, rest and recharge in the welcoming atmosphere of comfort and wellbeing before their flight.

 

 

Located near Departure Gate D69 in Pudong Airport’s Terminal 2 building, the new lounge occupies a space of 970 square metres and follows the warm, inviting style developed by Studioilse, the London-based studio led by Ilse Crawford, seen in Cathay Pacific’s newest lounges across its global network.

 

Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said: “We are delighted to bring our signature lounge design to mainland China, ensuring our customers travelling through Pudong Airport have an even more enjoyable experience when they fly with us. Shanghai is one of our most popular destinations for business and leisure, and a favourite among our most loyal customers. Our premium passengers can now look forward to a multitude of new and improved features at the lounge, especially when it comes to the F&B options they can enjoy.”

 

An Oasis

 

Passengers leave the hustle and bustle of the airport behind as soon as they reach the reception area, where they are transported to an oasis of serenity designed to reflect the comforts of a modern apartment. The space is stylishly accentuated with natural materials such as cherry wood and limestone, while the medley of different leather and Alcantara-upholstered designer furniture is set up to allow guests to socialise in open areas or wind down more privately in peace and solitude.

The Terrace

 

A particular highlight of the lounge is the Terrace, an L-shaped, open-ceiling verandah that allows guests to take in panoramic views of the apron and runway while seated at one of the dining tables or bespoke Solo Chairs, which come with a built-in reading lamp and individual side table.

 

The design of the Terrace is similarly reflected in the open-ceiling food hall, where passengers wanting a pre-flight refreshment can enjoy the convenience of self-serve international hot and cold dishes, freshly baked treats, cheeses and cold cuts that can be picked up from the Servery counter. A variety of wines and spirits are also available at the self-service bar, giving guests the ability to mix their favourite pre-flight cocktails.

 

The Noodle Bar

 

The always-popular Noodle Bar, a signature feature among Cathay Pacific’s global lounges, is also making its debut in mainland China. Channelling Hong Kong’s beloved tea houses, the open-kitchen Noodle Bar offers a combination of communal long tables and private booths set within a stylish dining area complete with hanging lights and dark-wood ceiling fans. Here visitors to the lounge can get a comforting taste of Hong Kong by ordering freshly prepared wonton egg noodles with soup – a Cantonese classic – or perk up before their flight with a spicy Sichuan province special in the form of dan dan noodles. Of course, guests can also enjoy some of Shanghai’s own delectable culinary culture with hand-made, soup-filled xiao long bao dumplings among the dim sum dishes served daily.

Meanwhile, high-speed Wi-Fi and Flight Information Display System screens ensure passengers are able to relax, refresh and recharge without worry before their flight.

 

The Shanghai Pudong Cathay Pacific Lounge is open to First and Business Class passengers, Marco Polo Club Silver members and above, oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members, and members of all tiers holding a valid lounge pass. The opening hours will be from 05:30 to 21:00 daily.

 

Lufthansa Group completes its GSA representation in Sri Lanka
  • Representation of all Lufthansa Group Airlines in the country:

  • Lufthansa German Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS and Edelweiss

  • United Ventures (Private) Limited to complete Lufthansa Group Airlines representation effective June 2019

  • Two weekly flights of SWISS sister company Edelweiss on Colombo-Zurich route confirmed for winter schedule 2019/20

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  • The Lufthansa Group has today announced the appointment of United Ventures (Private) Limited as its new General Sales Agency (GSA) for Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines in Sri Lanka. In its new role as GSA United Ventures will manage on-ground sales and marketing resources and infrastructure end-to-end support for all the three airlines in the country. The account will be led by Mr. ThisumJayasuriya (Director & Group CEO – United Ventures) and Ms ParveenDassenaike (Chairperson – United Ventures).

  • Ms Dassenaike will be responsible for ensuring overall leadership and enhancing relationships with key industry and government stakeholders. She will also be responsible for identifying and leveraging growth opportunities for the three Airlines in Sri Lanka.

  • Mr Jayasuriya will spearhead the nationwide sales and marketing functions and be responsible for ensuring that the Airlines’ business targets are met, as well as identifying, establishing and developing relationships within B2B/B2C segments. Mr Jayasuriya will also be in charge of building brand awareness amongst the agency community, the corporate sector, and the general public.

  • Speaking on the association, George Ettiyil, Senior Director Sales South Asia for Lufthansa Group Airlines, said: “The demand for international corporate and leisure travel in Sri Lanka has increased over the past years. In order to cater to this growing passenger demand, it was imperative to bring in a professional partner with deep sales and marketing expertise. We are confident that our association with United Ventures will help us ensure that travellers across the country will get better access to our three Airlines with the superlative level of service and support that the Lufthansa Group is renowned for.“

  • MsParveenDassenaike, United Ventures added: “This opportunity to represent such a prestigious group of airlines is very exciting and supports our vision of expanding our portfolio of airline representations. The Lufthansa Group being Europe’s largest Airline Group, our association is indicative of Sri Lanka’sincreasing global relevance.”

  • This new partnership completes the Lufthansa Group Airline Portfolio in Sri Lanka with BaursAirservices Ltd. representing Swiss International Air Lines and Edelweiss as the Airline’s GSA since 2003.

  • Having successfully introduced the seasonal Edelweiss flights in the Colombo-Zurich sector in November 2018, the Lufthansa Group continuously evaluate expanding the scope of its operations in Sri Lanka. The two strong partners BaursAirservicesand United Ventures will help the Group tap into Sri Lanka’s potential as an emerging travel market in South Asia.

LET’S MOVE BEYOND

Cathay Pacific embarks on a journey to become one of the world’s greatest service brands

 

Cathay Pacific celebrates today the start of a new journey with the purpose of moving people forward in life, through the airline’s ability to connect them to meaningful people, places and experiences.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said: “Over the last seven decades we have grown to become one of the world’s leading airlines, and our goal now is to continue to move forward by becoming one of the world’s greatest service brands.”

 

 

MOVE BEYOND IS A CALL TO ACTION

“Move Beyond is our call to action,” said Rupert. “For us, it is to have an ambitious leadership mindset. We choose to lead and blaze a trail of progress. It represents our continued commitment to delivering personal service that moves people emotionally. To never stand still.”

The airline’s brand reflects its determination to challenge what is considered ‘standard’ or ‘expected’; to move beyond and be the very best it can be. Living up to this aspiration will enable Cathay Pacific to reach levels of service and customer experience that place it amongst the world’s greatest service brands.

 

 

OUR VALUES - THOUGHTFUL, PROGRESSIVE AND CAN-DO SPIRIT

Thoughtful, progressive and can-do spirit are the three core values that matter most to Cathay Pacific as we provide our customers with a superior experience at every stage of their journey.

• Thoughtful – to respect and care for everyone, wherever they’re from and wherever they’re going to, treating them as the airline’s people would wish to be treated themselves. Cathay Pacific goes to great lengths to understand and help them on their way in life.

• Progressive – inspired by the airline’s dynamic home of Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region, Cathay Pacific brings modern, forward-thinking attitudes and ideas to its customers, in a simple way. The use of technology makes customers’ journeys easy and enjoyable.

• Can-Do Spirit – inspiring confidence and trust among its customers with positivity and determination.

 

 

CATHAY PACIFIC IS MOVING BEYOND FOR CUSTOMERS

Cathay Pacific is moving beyond for our customers by bringing personal recognition and a sense of care and reliability to the whole travel experience.

To that end, we have introduced new seats, installed Wi-Fi across the majority of our long-haul fleet of aircraft, enhanced food and beverage offerings in all classes, and upgraded our digital platform to give customers more control of their journey – with the promise of more to come in the months ahead.

 

 

In addition to having one of the youngest fleets in the world, ongoing network growth, digital enhancements and the re-opening of a stylish Cathay Pacific signature lounge in Shanghai Pudong, the airline will be introducing a wealth of new inflight entertainment content in the next few months, giving the Cathay group the greatest range and volume of movies, TV and audio programmes of any Asian airline.

This will be followed by the launch of a new Business Class experience later in the year, complementing the modernised dining proposition introduced on all our long-haul flights.

Backed by popular demand, customers can also look forward to the return of Betsy Beer, the craft ale that has been specially brewed to be enjoyed at 35,000 feet.

 

 

THE SPIRIT OF PROGRESS

The Cathay Pacific story has always been one of innovation and ambition. Throughout our history, we have pushed boundaries of long-haul travel, being the first to enter new markets and directly linking Hong Kong with key destinations worldwide.

Recent times have also seen an unprecedented rate of expansion, with the Cathay Pacific group launching 12 new routes since 2018, in tandem with the arrival of new, technologically-advanced Airbus A350 aircraft and a range of customer centric enhancements.

“It does not matter how far we have come, what matters is how far we will go,” said Rupert.

 

 

It is exactly this spirit of progress that is shared by Cathay Pacific’s people, our customers, our home and the people of Hong Kong.

This is Move Beyond.

 

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FitsAir  launches charter and scheduled flights

 

 

Revolutionary Sri Lankan aviation carrier, FitsAir has announced the introduction of scheduled flights from Colombo to Batticaloa, thereby further expanding its domestic operations within the island.

A reputed pioneer in Sri Lankan Aviation since its inception in 1997, FitsAir offers premium passenger services in scheduled and chartered flight configurations within Sri Lanka. The air carrier caters primarily to the business traveler, as well as tourists and leisure itinerants looking to travel comfortably within the country. Additionally, the airline also operates international cargo flights to a number of cities across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

FitsAir’s newly introduced scheduled flights from Colombo to Batticaloa, will operate every Monday and Saturday, with dual journeys scheduled for each day. Moreover, FitsAir’s dynamic chartered flights proffer convenient schedules that run networks from Colombo to various destinations within Sri Lanka; including to prominent cities like Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Jaffna, Trincomalee, Koggala, and Katukurunda in addition to comparatively lesser-known cities such as Mattala, Weerawila, Ampara, Vavuniya, and Hingurakgoda.

Formerly known as ExpoAir, FitsAir was the first and sole privately operated airline to be licensed for International Cargo Operations by Civil Aviation Authority Sri Lanka (CAASL) in the country and also obtained ‘Designated Cargo Carrier’ status from CAASL, enabling the airline to secure traffic rights into Indian and Chinese airports effortlessly. Similarly, it was also the first air carrier to be certified under the International Civil Aviation (ICAO) annex requirements, and also the first domestic airline to be certified by the Department of Civil Aviation to recommence flights to Jaffna in 2002.

In a ground-breaking feat, FitsAir was the first private airline to have been granted approval to hold its own ground-handling operations at the Bandaranaike International Airport. FitsAir also holds membership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA); a global organization that represents major carriers from 117 countries that support aviation with global standards.

Enjoying an unblemished safety record, FitsAir conducts routine mandatory safety inspections on all aircraft which are frequently audited by the Civil Aviation Authority Sri Lanka (CAASL) and act in accordance with all regulatory requirements. FitsAir’s flight crew, maintenance team, and ground staff are highly qualified and well-trained to deliver a seamless and reliable passenger experience for all its commuters.

In keeping with the FITS slogan - ‘Friend In The Sky’ - the airline is committed to guaranteeing comfort and quality services to all passengers for best-valued rates, whilst concurrently complying with the stringent safety standards that uphold the airline’s unwavering reliability of 15 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s no taste like home

Cathay Pacific draws on its roots by rolling out new   ‘Hong Kong Flavours’ dining series across all cabin classes

 

Wok-fried lobster in broth with crispy and steamed rice, fish ball and fish cake flat rice noodle soup and soy-braised chicken with Chinese sausage on steamed jasmine rice are among a series of authentic Cantonese dishes that Cathay Pacific customers are now enjoying inflight as part of the airline’s new ‘Hong Kong Flavours’ dining concept.

 

Launched to celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of the city’s rich gastronomic traditions, Hong Kong Flavours features a variety of signature local specialities available across all cabin classes on long-haul routes from Cathay Pacific’s home hub.

 

Cathay Pacific Regional General Manager – South Asia, Middle East, and Africa, Mark Sutch said: “We are delighted to introduce our new Hong Kong Flavours dining concept. Hong Kong is popular for its gastronomical delights – whether it is street food or Michelin star restaurants. This new menu has been specially crafted and inspired by the local Chinese flavours. It gives our passengers an opportunity to experience Hong Kong cuisine without actually stepping out of the aircraft.”

 

Menu highlights in First Class include braised abalone with flower shiitake and choy sum-layered bean curd, while Business Class passengers can look forward to dishes such as roasted duck with lai fun rice noodles in soup and Hong Kong-style milk tea pudding with tapioca pearls.

 

Passengers in Premium Economy Class have the option of tasting, among other options, steamed halibut with Tai O preserved mustard greens and steamed jasmine rice as well as yin yang fried rice. Meanwhile, dishes served in Economy Class include Hong Kong-style seafood curry rice.

 

Enhancements have also been made to Cathay Pacific’s inflight beverage programme. The airline has partnered with renowned local tea purveyor Fook Ming Tong to present a premium range of Chinese teas, including jasmine, oolong and pu’er, to be rolled out progressively in Economy Class.

 

To celebrate the Year of the Pig, Cathay Pacific will be serving a selection of auspicious dishes over the Chinese New Year period and throughout the rest of February. These special festive offerings include braised garoupa with bean curd and shiitake mushrooms and E fu noodle soup with crab meat sauce.

 

 

Hong Kong Flavours is Cathay Pacific’s newest inflight dining concept and follows on from the summer launch of the airline’s well-received restaurant-style Business Class service, which is being introduced on all long-haul flights.

 

There’s no taste like home

Cathay Pacific draws on its roots by rolling out new   ‘Hong Kong Flavours’ dining series across all cabin classes

 

Wok-fried lobster in broth with crispy and steamed rice, fish ball and fish cake flat rice noodle soup and soy-braised chicken with Chinese sausage on steamed jasmine rice are among a series of authentic Cantonese dishes that Cathay Pacific customers are now enjoying inflight as part of the airline’s new ‘Hong Kong Flavours’ dining concept.

 

Launched to celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of the city’s rich gastronomic traditions, Hong Kong Flavours features a variety of signature local specialties available across all cabin classes on long-haul routes from Cathay Pacific’s home hub.

 

Cathay Pacific Regional General Manager – South Asia, Middle East, and Africa, Mark Sutch said: “We are delighted to introduce our new Hong Kong Flavours dining concept. Hong Kong is popular for its gastronomical delights – whether it is street food or Michelin star restaurants. This new menu has been specially crafted and inspired by the local Chinese flavours. It gives our passengers an opportunity to experience Hong Kong cuisine without actually stepping out of the aircraft.”

 

Menu highlights in First Class include braised abalone with flower shiitake and choy sum-layered bean curd, while Business Class passengers can look forward to dishes such as roasted duck with lai fun rice noodles in soup and Hong Kong-style milk tea pudding with tapioca pearls.

 

Passengers in Premium Economy Class have the option of tasting, among other options, steamed halibut with Tai O preserved mustard greens and steamed jasmine rice as well as yin yang fried rice. Meanwhile, dishes served in Economy Class include Hong Kong-style seafood curry rice.

 

Enhancements have also been made to Cathay Pacific’s inflight beverage programme. The airline has partnered with renowned local tea purveyor Fook Ming Tong to present a premium range of Chinese teas, including jasmine, oolong and pu’er, to be rolled out progressively in Economy Class.

 

To celebrate the Year of the Pig, Cathay Pacific will be serving a selection of auspicious dishes over the Chinese New Year period and throughout the rest of February. These special festive offerings include braised garoupa with bean curd and shiitake mushrooms and E fu noodle soup with crab meat sauce.

 

 

Hong Kong Flavours is Cathay Pacific’s newest inflight dining concept and follows on from the summer launch of the airline’s well-received restaurant-style Business Class service, which is being introduced on all long-haul flights.

 

 

Cathay  opens 'The Sanctuary' by Pure  Yoga

A visit to Cathay Pacific’s Business Class lounge at The Pier in Hong Kong has just become even more beneficial for mind, body and soul following the opening of The Sanctuary by PuMark Sutch, Regional General Manager – South Asia, Middle East, ad Africa for Cathay Pacific said, “At Cathay Pacific, it has been our continuous endeavor to introduce our customers to unique amenities combined with comfort, relaxation, and wellness. A long journey can be exhaustive and affect one’s physical and mental health. The sanctuary provides the required environment, equipment, and facilities for Cathay Pacific travelers to indulge in a relaxing experience combined with health benefits, just before or in between their flights. Last year, we introduced ‘Travel well with Yoga’ – an inflight video series and now our customers in the lounge can also avail this benefit.”

 

The Body Sanctuary

Among the wellness offerings, The Body Sanctuary provides travelers with space for gentle yoga with guided videos led by Pure Yoga teachers. There’s also a secluded space for self-practice. Seated stretching is an alternative option; chairs overlook instructions on how to stretch different parts of the body whilst seated. The exercises are designed to improve circulation, enhance joint mobility and relax the mind for a comfortable and restful journey.

The Mind Sanctuary

Within The Mind Sanctuary, there are two types of meditation on offer. The first is audio meditation: four cushioned pods are equipped with noise-canceling headphones and iPads, and customers can listen to guided meditation sessions narrated by Pure Yoga’s expert teachers. The second is gazing meditation: comfortable cushions overlook graphics placed on the wall ahead and facilitate Trataka yoga practice.

These practices help to improve focus, memory and visualization skills, as well as centering the mind in a state of awareness and attention.

Wellness on the ground and in the air

The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga is the latest collaboration between Cathay Pacific and the Hong Kong-headquartered Pure Group following the January 2018 launch of ‘Travel Well with Yoga’, a series of inflight videos to help passengers ease into their journeys with meditation and yoga.

Additionally, Diamond and Gold Marco Polo Club members arriving in Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon flights are given complimentary one-day access to any Pure Fitness center or a choice of any Pure Yoga class up to 12 times a year.

Pure Group Regional Marketing Director Gary Wise said: “We’re delighted to extend this fantastic partnership between Pure Yoga and Cathay Pacific, giving people even more chance to feel the benefits of yoga and meditation on their travels. No matter how rushed the trip is, just a few minutes of calm can make all the difference.”

The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga is open to travelers who have access to Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge at Hong Kong Airport, as well as Diamond, Gold and Silver Marco Polo Club members. Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon First and Business Class passengers will also be able to enjoy the new offering.

Designed in partnership with The Pure Group, The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga is a 700 square-foot area divided into two zones – The Body Sanctuary, which is

The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga is open to travelers who have access to Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge at Hong Kong Airport, as well as Diamond, Gold and Silver Marco Polo Club members. Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon First and Business Class passengers will also be able to enjoy the new offering.

 

 

Gulf Air launches bahrain tourist visa service

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 05 December 2017: Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has today in partnership with VFS Global, the world’s largest visa service provider, launched a Bahrain Tourist Visa Service available via visa.gulfair.com exclusively for the airline’s passengers flying across its global network to Bahrain.

 

Travellers with return Gulf Air tickets can now conveniently apply for a visa to the Kingdom of Bahrain online via visa.gulfair.com or by visiting their local Gulf Air sales office with the necessary documents no more than 30 days prior to travel to fill in the relevant forms and submit their application. The visa service takes a minimum of four working days to process and is done in coordination with the relevant ministries and government entities.

 

Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdul Hameed Al Alawi, said: “Promoting the Kingdom of Bahrain as a many faceted tourist destination is key to Gulf Air’s longstanding mission. We are delighted to, in partnership with VFS Global, launch the Bahrain Tourist Visa Service - making the process of obtaining a visa to enter Bahrain easier and more convenient. We anticipate positive feedback from our customers, for whom this service is tailored, and we look forward to welcoming more people from around the world to Bahrain to experience all that the Kingdom has to offer.”

 

Mr. Vinay Malhotra, COO – Middle East & South Asia, VFS Global, added: “We are delighted to partner with Gulf Air and the Government of Bahrain to develop a convenient, next-generation visa service for Gulf Air passengers visiting Bahrain. The dedicated online platform not only makes applying for a visa to Bahrain quicker and more convenient than ever before, but also provides passengers with 24x7 accessibility and online tracking of their visas, amongst other advantages.”

 

Further information on Gulf Air’s Bahrain Tourist Visa Service can be found by visiting visa.gulfair.com, calling any local Gulf Air sales office or emailing query@bahrainvisaservice.com. Travellers wishing to book package holidays within Gulf Air’s extensive network of destinations can visit holidays.gulfair.com to purchase any/all of: airfares, hotel accommodation, guided tours and excursions while the airline’s own add-on travel enhancement items such as advance excess baggage purchasing, lounge access and prepaid seat selection are available on gulfair.com. Gulf Air tickets can be purchased via the airline’s official website gulfair.com, its 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737 in Bahrain, or any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.   

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