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Garuda to increase Bali flights; SAS special direct flights to Lapland to see the aurora

Garuda adds Bali flights

To satisfy growing demand, Garuda Indonesia, the flag carrier of Indonesia, has announced that it will increase its flights from Denpasar on the island of Bali to Haneda airport in Tokyo starting Dec. 3 and from Haneda to Denpasar starting Dec. 4.

Currently, the airline offers five flights a week between Haneda and Denpasar, flying from Haneda on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Starting Dec. 4, the airline will offer flights on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so the route will have daily departures.

The Denpasar departures for Haneda currently leave on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Starting Dec. 3, the route will also have daily departures.

Flight GA887 departs from Haneda at 1 a.m. and arrives at Denpasar International Airport at 7:25 a.m.

Flight GA886 departs from Denpasar at 3:05 p.m. and arrives at Haneda at 11 p.m.

Garuda Indonesia is the only airline that offers flights on the route that depart from Haneda in the middle of the night and arrive in Indonesia in the early morning.

For more information, visit www.garuda-indonesia.co.jp.

SAS direct to Lapland

In conjunction with local travel agencies in Japan, SAS will operate four one-way direct flights from Narita International Airport to Kiruna, Sweden, this winter.

Kiruna is one of the tourist spots in northernmost Sweden, in the province of Lapland, famous for the aurora borealis. Also, visitors can enjoy the vast splendid view from the Norrlandstage running from Kiruna to Narnic and they can stay at the Ice Hotel, which is made of ice and available only from December to April.

These special flights will be offered on Dec. 23, and in 2013 on Jan. 12 and 16, and Feb. 2. Flight SK984 will depart from Narita at 10:05 a.m. and arrive at 12:10 p.m. the day before at Kiruna Airport.

For more information, visit www.flysas.co.jp.

Cathay’s business seat

On Sept. 24, Cathay Pacific Airways unveiled its new regional business class product, coinciding with the airline’s 66th anniversary as Hong Kong’s home carrier.

The new in-flight product is the result of an intensive passenger-led design process involving input from the airline’s Marco Polo Club frequent flier members to refine comfort, versatility and function. Every aspect has been designed around passengers’ needs, providing a space in which to dine, work, read, watch TV or simply relax.

The principal feature of the new product is the seat, which offers an extensive recline, extended leg rest and innovative cradle motion that helps passengers rest in comfort. The design of the seat has ensured that ample storage space is available for passengers’ baggage and personal items. Each seat is equipped with a universal power supply outlet to keep electronic devices fully charged.

The new regional business class product will be installed on all Cathay Pacific’s regional Boeing 777-200/300 and Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

For more information, visit www.cathaypacific.com.