SAS to rebrand classes; Air Asia to fly Narita-Taipei; Singapore special fares

SAS to rebrand classes

Scandinavian Airlines, better known as SAS, will change the names of its classes and improve services for one of the classes in June.

Economy class will be renamed SAS Go, economy extra class will be SAS Plus and business class will be SAS Business.

The rate of additional euro bonus points will be larger for SAS Plus passengers from June. SAS Plus passengers will have double the euro bonus points SAS Go passengers will receive. (Economy extra class currently awards 1.5 times the bonus points of economy class.)

SAS Plus passengers are also eligible for priority baggage service, in which they can receive their baggage at their destination airport earlier than those in economy class. Currently, only business class passengers are eligible.

SAS Plus passengers can also use the SAS Lounges in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Goteborg, Helsinki, Brussels, London and Paris.

For more information, visit www.flysas.com .

Air Asia to fly to Taipei

Air Asia will begin flying between Narita airport and Taipei from July 3, said Air Asia Japan Co. a joint venture between Tokyo-based ANA Holdings and Malaysia-based Air Asia.

This will be Air Asia’s third international route from Japan, after Seoul and Busan, South Korea.

The company will fly a daily round trip, though the schedules are slightly different on different days of the week.

From Narita to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the carrier has flights with departure times between 6:30 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. every day and arriving between 9:15 a.m. and 10:35 a.m., local time.

From Taipei to Narita, departures are between 9:45 a.m. and 11:05 a.m. and arrivals are between 2:05 p.m. and 3:25 p.m., local time.

For more information, visit www.airasia.com/jp/en/home.page .

Singapore special fares

Singapore Airlines is offering special fares for round trips from Tokyo to Singapore, Los Angeles, Kuala Lumpur, Penang Island, Bali Island, Phuket Island, Ho Chi Minh and Perth, for reservations completed by May 31.

Singapore Airlines uses Haneda and Narita airports for access to Tokyo.

For round trips to Singapore, the special offer is available for flights with a return date no later than July 12. For those to other places, passengers must return no later than Sept. 30. From Narita to Los Angeles, the special price is available for the travel period from Aug. 29 to Sept. 30.

From Tokyo to Singapore, the special fare is ¥20,000 and the total amount, including tax and fuel surcharge, starts from ¥49,810. The fare to Los Angeles is ¥38,000, with the total amount coming to ¥74,290, while that to Southeast Asia (Kuala Lumpur, Penang Island, Bali Island, Phuket Island and Ho Chi Minh) is ¥28,000, with the total amount starting from ¥64,105. The special fare to Perth is ¥48,000 with the total amount starting from ¥108,785.

All the above special fares are for economy class.

For more information, visit www.singaporeair.com/SAA-flow.form?execution=e4s1 .