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Long haul SAS upgrades; Jetstar ups 787 routes; new directors at Cathay

Long haul SAS upgrades

Scandinavian Airlines is upgrading seven Airbus A330/A340s for long haul flights with new seats, a new on-demand entertainment system featuring large HD screens and Wi-Fi access for all classes from January 2015.

The interior will be redesigned with a new color scheme for a modern look.

All seats in SAS Business, which can be folded flat, have direct access to aisles and have massage functions.

The bedding comes from Hastens, the oldest bed manufacturer in Sweden.

SAS Go and SAS Plus seats will be made bigger and will have power outlets and USB ports installed.

All current long haul flights will be upgraded by 2016.

SAS also plans to add four new Airbus A330-300s in 2015 and 2016 and eight Airbus A350-900s from 2018 onward.

SAS currently flies long haul to New York, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Houston (from August 2014).

Jetstar ups 787 routes

Jetstar will upgrade its planes for flights between Australia’s Gold Coast and Tokyo from the current Airbus A330 to the Boeing 787 from July 24.

The company was the first LCC in Asia Pacific to have Boeing 787s in its fleet.

Jetstar now owns four Boeing 787s and, with this latest addition, uses them on seven routes.

Flight JQ12 will depart Narita at 8:55 p.m., arriving at the Gold Coast at 6:20 a.m. the next day. Returning, flight JQ11 will depart the Gold Coast at 11:10 a.m., landing at Narita Airport at 6:55 p.m. (all times local).

Flights will be available five days a week from July 24 to July 31 and daily for the months of August and September.

The number of flights will be reduced to six days a week after the summer peak starting from October 6 for JQ12 and October 1 for JQ11.

New directors at Cathay

Cathay Pacific Airways has announced the appointment of three new directors, who will assume their new posts this summer.

Dane Cheng will become Director, Sales & Marketing, responsible for all sales and marketing activities worldwide for both Cathay Pacific and Dragonair. Cheng joined the company in 1986 and has worked in a number of managerial positions in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan and Australia.

James Ginns will become Director, Service Delivery and will oversee all aspects of the airline’s services. Ginns joined the company in 1991 and has held a number of key positions in Hong Kong, France, Indonesia, Singapore and Japan.

James Tong will become Director, Corporate Affairs and will be responsible for all activities related to government relations, corporate communications and environmental affairs. Tong joined the company in 1987 and has held a number of senior positions at Cathay Pacific, Dragonair and Air Hong Kong.