Japan Airlines received its first Airbus A350 aircraft at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France.
The delivery was a significant victory for Airbus, as the airline typically uses planes from competitors ATR, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer. Besides this A350, the airline has no other Airbus aircraft types in its fleet.
Japan Airlines ordered 31 A350s from Airbus, including 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s. The A350-900s will be used on high-frequency domestic routes, while the larger A350-1000s will be deployed on long-haul international routes.
The first three planes will have special liveries with the Airbus 350 logo in red (first plane), silver (second) and green (third) to symbolize challenge, innovation and the environment, respectively.
The A350 has 369 seats and will have a three-class configuration with 12 seats in first class, 94 seats in the domestic business-class cabin and 263 economy-class seats. Each seat has a power outlet, USB port and personal monitors. The plane will also have in-flight WiFi.
The plane will fly its inaugural route on the airline’s domestic Tokyo (HND)-Fukuoka (FUK) route, starting Sept. 1. Going forward, it will fly the carrier’s domestic Sapporo (CTS) and Naha (OKA) flights.
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok completed renovations on its River Wing, concluding the hotel’s most extensive renovations in nearly 150 years. The River Wing redesign followed restorations of the hotel’s Authors’ and Garden wings. Newly renovated guestrooms and suites feature updated facilities, but maintain the hotel’s signature Thai elegance. The renovations also increased the number of suites in the wing, as well as enlarged guestrooms with views of the Chao Phraya River.
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CONSIDERING THAT JUST A LITTLE more than a century ago — 1910, to be exact — Miami’s population was only about 5,400 people, it’s easy to see why this South Florida hot spot has long been considered a boomtown. And the evolution continues to impress as the city gears up to welcome an array of new services, amenities and experiences.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Hyatt announced further plans to develop its Costa Rican footprint. The company is going into partnership with Cariari Premium Outlets S.A. to produce a new, 120-guestroom Hyatt Place property. Hyatt Place San Jose Cariari is slated to open in 2021, with construction starting in early 2020. The property joins Hyatt’s other hotels in Costa Rica, Hyatt Place San Jose Pinares and Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Now, travelers in United Polaris class enjoy complimentary baggage delivery service when flying between Newark (EWR) and London (LHR) and staying at one of five Marriott properties.