Fly China Airlines, ride Taiwan high-speed train for free; Virgin’s Haneda plans

Taiwan plane, train offer

China Airlines is holding a special campaign to promote tourism to Taiwan, offering plane tickets from Japan with a one-way ticket on the Taiwan High Speed Rail, through Feb. 19.

The Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) is a high-speed railway line that runs approximately 345 km along the western coast of Taiwan, from the capital Taipei to the southern city of Kaohsiung.

Customers who reserve a ticket to Taipei (Songshan Airport or Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport) or Kaohsiung International Airport through the campaign website by Feb. 19 will be eligible to receive a ticket on the THSR on a first-come, first-served basis.

Travelers can choose to depart from Sapporo, Tokyo (both Narita and Haneda airports), Shizuoka, Toyama, Nagoya, Osaka and Okinawa.

The travel should commence and end between Sept. 19 and Feb. 28. The THSR ticket is available until Feb. 28.

For more info, visit www.china-airlines.co.jp/campaign/taiwan_train .

Singapore connectivity

Singapore Airlines has launched In-Flight Connectivity as part of a $50 million program to bring Internet and mobile data services to customers, even when flying at 35,000 feet.

The service was soft-launched in April this year. The service is available on 14 aircraft in the fleet, including all five Airbus A340-500s

Travelers can use the Internet, send and receive emails on smartphones and other electronic devices, and send and receive SMS text messages with GSM-compatible mobile phones.

Through a partnership with leading connectivity provider OnAir, the technology will be progressively rolled out across all of SIA’s long-haul Airbus A380-800, A340-500 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft over the next two years.

There are two plans available: $10 buys 10 megabytes of data and $25 buys 30 megabytes.

In addition to the $50 million investment in In-Flight Connectivity services, work is under way to bring the next generation of in-flight entertainment offerings, in addition to more video and audio content.

For more information, visit www.singaporeair.com .

Virgin to service Haneda

On Sept. 14, Virgin Atlantic announced that in spring 2014 it will start operating flights from London Heathrow to Haneda International Airport instead of Narita International Airport.

The airline has operated its flights to Japan for 23 years, offering daily flights between London and Narita. Also, since 2009, it has started code-sharing flights with All Nippon Airways to enhance the convenience for customers.

In accordance with plans to enlarge Haneda’s international terminal by spring 2014, Virgin’s move will mean more access to domestic flights in Japan.

It also means Virgin will be on par with British Airways, which already operates five flights a week between London and Haneda.

By getting closer to central Tokyo, the airline offers more options when traveling to and from London.

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