VA futsal tournament

Virgin Atlantic Airways has announced that it will again co-host the All England Cup Futsal Tournament with international banking group Standard Chartered Bank in March.

The winning team receives seven tickets from Standard Chartered for a Liverpool FC home Premier League soccer match at Anfield against Newcastle United FC and seven Virgin Atlantic Airways round-trip tickets (Economy Class) from Narita to London.

The runners-up receive Liverpool FC home jersey replicas for seven people.

The tournament will be held March 8 at the Ramos Field Indoor Futsal stadium in Koto Ward, Tokyo.

To apply, download the application form from Virgin Atlantic Airways website (Japanese only), fill in the information required and apply as stated. The deadline is Jan. 31.

Thirty-two teams shortlisted for the tournament will be notified Feb. 10.

For more information, visit www.virginatlantic.co.jp/campaign/liverpool2014 .

Surprise KLM gifts

KLM has started a new unique service called KLM Wannagives with which customers can offer a gift to their Facebook friends or LinkedIn contacts at an altitude of 10,000 meters.

Customers can surprise anyone who is flying on an intercontinental KLM flight departing from Amsterdam or on most long-distance European flights. They can choose a surprise from six themes: Love, Celebrate, Holiday, Thanks, Kids or KLM goodies, and the gift-wrapped present will be hand-delivered by the crew. The giver can add a personal message on an accompanying card.

Martijn van der Zee, senior vice president of e-commerce at Air France-KLM, says: “We often received requests on Facebook and Twitter to surprise travelers for their honeymoon, birthday or anniversary. It was quite a logical step to facilitate this. Gift-giving above the clouds will make the journey a unique experience.”

Not only can customers choose from a wide range of original KLM products, the Dutch carrier also lets them treat their favorite traveler to a more comfortable flight, such as with a seat with extra legroom in Economy Class or a glass of champagne. Or simply connect to social media and wish someone a great journey with KLM or share a virtual peck on the cheek.

For more information, visit wannagives.klm.com .

Jetstar to Melbourne

Jetstar is to offer the first nonstop service between Melbourne and Tokyo (Narita) since September 2008.

The new service will feed travelers into the Jetstar Japan network for flights to nine other Japanese cities, including Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo.

Jetstar Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Officer David Hall said the launch of the first direct low-fares flights between Melbourne and Tokyo was great news for travelers from Victoria, and also great news for the state’s economy, as they expect the service will bring up to 50,000 Japanese tourists to Melbourne each year.

Flights will start from April 29, and will operate four times a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from Melbourne, and on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Tokyo. The flights will use wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft configured for Business and Economy Class.

Fares start from ¥29,000 for a one-way Economy Class trip, not including miscellaneous taxes, surcharge and other expenses.

For more information, visit www.jetstar.com .

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