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Air France helps Japanese orphans; Virgin campaign with cruise line; Aeromexico’s Dreamliner plans

Air France helps orphans

As part of its corporate social responsibility activities, Air France flew 20 children who lost their families in the Great East Japan Earthquake to Paris to attend a public international school.

The orphans, ages 12 to 17, joined a program in Paris during the spring break from March 24 to April 3. They stayed there with host families.

They studied with students from 13 different nationalities, participated in field trips to a baked goods factory, visited the Paris police, explored a museum and the flight attendant center at Air France headquarters.

The spring trip was organized by Lien Kizuna Association, a group of five people including Japanese flight attendants of Air France living in France.

The association entered a partnership with Ashinaga Ikuei Kai, or Ashinaga Educational and Emotional Support for Orphans Worldwide, in gathering participants. Air France and the Air France Foundation provided support for the program.

Virgin Atlantic offer

Virgin Atlantic Airways is collaborating with Saga Cruise, a Britain-based cruise company, in offering a special campaign.

During the campaign period through Dec. 31, those booking through the Virgin Atlantic website for flights between Tokyo and London with the flight numbers VS901 or VS900 will receive a coupon worth £50 per room on a Saga Cruise ship.

Saga Cruise offers luxurious cruising trips for those age 45 or older. Passengers will experience British-style, high-quality hospitality.

Virgin Atlantic offers chauffeur service from an upper class passenger’s house to Narita airport and from Heathrow Airport to a hotel in London. Similarly, during the Saga Cruise campaign, chauffeur service for upper class passengers from Heathrow or a London hotel to Dover or Southampton ports will be provided.

For more information, see www.virginatlantic.co.jp/press.php .

Aeromexico Dreamliners

Aeromexico will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in the first half of August.

The carrier will start commercial operations with the Dreamliner in October. The aircraft is scheduled to first serve the Mexico City-Monterrey and Mexico City-Tijuana routes on Oct. 1, followed by the Mexico City-New York route between Oct. 2 and 13.

On Oct. 14, Aeromexico will fly its inaugural flight between Mexico City and Tokyo, after which it will serve that same route with the new aircraft three times a week.

Aeromexico will take delivery of its second and third Dreamliners in September to start serving the Mexico City-Paris route with daily service with this jetliner, plus certain weekly flights to New York.

These are the first three Boeing 787s Aeromexico will add to its fleet as the first of the 19 Dreamliners it will incorporate over the next few years. This aircraft will change the experience of flying with its structural and technological advances made available to passengers.

For more information, see www.aeromexico.com/us/welcome.html .