High-flying fashion, New SAS reward plan, Haneda to Jakarta

High-flying fashion

On Feb. 6, British Airways brought Britain and South Africa together 30,000 feet over Johannesburg to showcase how its £5 billion investment is benefitting customers.

The A380 became the longest catwalk in the sky for a fashion show featuring British designer’s summer collections presented by Harrods, the world’s most famous luxury department store. Looks were shown from several brands, including Stella McCartney, Alexander Mcqueen, Victoria Beckham and Ralph & Russo.

It then became a 30,000 foot-high stage for a live performance by multiaward winning Afro-fusion band Freshlyground, who performed renditions of “Shake It” and “Flower Duet Lakme,” the airline’s iconic theme song.

Modern, fuel-efficient aircraft are the mainstay of British Airways’ five-year investment program in products and the A380 is the third of 12, all of which will be in daily service by 2017. It has also ordered 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and is the first airline in Europe to operate both aircraft types. The A380 will begin operating between London and Johannesburg on Feb. 12.

A new British Airways credit card, launched this week in partnership with Barclays, offers priority check-in and other benefits, including the best Avios earn rate in South Africa.

For more information, visit www.britishairways.com .

New SAS reward plan

To give customers better benefits and ease their travel, SAS has announced it will add a new bonus system to its mileage program called EuroBonus that will kick in from April.

EuroBonus currently has 3.2 million members and offers a range of benefits and services from various partners.

“This is a major, important step for SAS — the loyalty of our customers has historically been rewarded by awarding points. In the future, our members can also expect loyalty from SAS and will receive unique added value. EuroBonus members should feel that they are getting extra value, before, during and after their journey,” says Eivind Roald, SAS executive vice president sales and marketing.

New features include: a new EuroBonus Diamond category covering those who travel the most; new benefits for Gold members; easier qualification for Silver membership (five return trips qualify); Silver members will be given access to the SAS lounge and Fast Track during selected periods (Christmas and summer); and all EuroBonus members can call and text for free to one another through an app.

For more information, visit www.flysas.com/ja-JP/jp/EuroBonus/new-eurobonus .

Haneda to Jakarta

Garuda Indonesia’s Japan branch has announced it will start operating flights between Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport and Jakarta International Soekarno-Hatta Airport from June.

The move has been planned to coincide with the increase in Haneda airport’s slots from March. Beginning on June 16, flights will operate daily on A330 aircraft.

GA875 will depart from Haneda at 11:45 a.m. and will arrive at Jakarta at 5:15 p.m. And GA876 will depart from at Jakarta at 11:20 p.m. and will arrive at Haneda at 8:50 a.m. the following day.

For more information, visit www.garuda-indonesia.com .