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Cathay links Japan, Male; Korean Air’s kits for expectant moms; United eyes Haneda-Frisco slot

Cathay links Japan, Male

Cathay Pacific began connecting Japan with Male, capital of the Maldives, on Sunday as the Hong Kong-based airline inaugurated round-trip flights between Hong Kong and Male four times a week.

A flight departing Japan in the morning will get passengers to the city in the Indian Ocean islands the same day.

To celebrate the new connection, Cathay Pacific is holding a campaign to give away mileage equivalent to a pair of round-trip business-class tickets between Japan and Male as the prize in a quiz on its website.

The prize is 160,000 Asia Miles as well as a five-night stay at Shangri La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives.

The Republic of the Maldives consists of coral islands in the southwest Indian Ocean, attracting divers and honeymooners from around the world. More than 36,000 Japanese visit the island country each year.

For the quiz, see www.cathaypacific.co.jp/maldives .

Kits for expectant moms

Korean Air began giving away amenity kits to pregnant passengers this month.

The kit contains organic cream, organic foot cream, socks for when passengers are sleeping, relaxing tea and a maternity tag.

The skin-care products and socks are made of organic materials so that pregnant passengers feel safe using them. They are useful for expectant moms whose feet may become swollen and uncomfortable due to the dry atmosphere, and the change in air pressure during flights.

Also, the cute maternity tags will let others on the plane know they are traveling with a mom-to-be.

The amenity kit is provided on all international flights departing South Korea. Flight attendants will hand out the kits so that they can provide detailed services to those who are in the early stages of pregnancy, which is not apparent to ordinary passengers because their baby bump does not show.

For more information, see www.koreanair.com .

UA eyes Haneda-S.F. slot

United Airlines has submitted an application for flights between Haneda airport and San Francisco airport, one of its hubs, to the U.S. Department of Transportation, it said Oct. 18.

The submission came after American Airlines announced Oct. 16 that it will suspend flights between Haneda and John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York. United thus applied for the vacant Haneda slot.

United is planning to start the Haneda-San Francisco runs next summer, pending the Department of Transportation’s approval.

United and its regional arm United Express connect San Francisco with more than 90 cities in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe on more than 300 flights a day.

The Haneda-San Francisco route would supplement United’s Narita-San Francisco route and offer passengers more options.

For more information, see www.united.com .