Connecting in style

United Airlines launched its Mercedes-Benz tarmac transportation service at Denver International Airport in September. With this latest expansion, the airline now offers the service at all seven of its U.S. hub airports, the most compared to other carriers.

The transportation service provides United Airlines’ Global Services members and United Global First customers greater comfort and convenience when connecting through the airline’s hubs.

United representatives will meet the customers at the aircraft and escort them to the waiting Mercedes-Benz vehicle where they will be driven across the tarmac to their connecting flight. Priority will be given to passengers with shorter transit times.

The airline uses Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC SUV, powered by environmentally friendly, clean diesel technology.

The same transfer service is also provided in Chicago, Houston, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington Dulles.

United Airline currently offers daily flights from Narita International Airport to Denver.

Cathay charity program

Cathay Pacific Airways and the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF announced that the airline’s in-flight fundraising program, Change for Good, raised more than $13.1 million Hong Kong dollars, or ¥181 million, in 2013.

Every year, the donations are channeled into different projects with the aim of improving the lives of underprivileged children in more than 150 developing countries worldwide.

Approximately ¥32.3 million will be given to Cambodia this year to address the malnutrition issues among children and women in deprived urban areas, something that affects one out of 10 children under the age of 5.

“We are grateful to our passengers for their continued generosity, and our thanks go to the staff for their effort in raising the funds,” said Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Ivan Chu.

In addition, passengers of Cathay Pacific and Dragonair also donated ¥15.9 million to support earthquake stricken Ya’an, Sichuan province, and ¥19.4 million to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

New flights to Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia will offer the first direct flight between Jakarta and Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya starting in April 2015 to meet growing market demand due to the increasing number of Japanese companies expanding in Indonesia. Garuda will be able to broaden its flight network in Japan with this latest addition.

This new route was confirmed on Sept. 8 after a meeting with Aichi Gov. Hideaki Omura during a visit to Jakarta.

The Jakarta-Nagoya route will be served by Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which have a capacity of 222 passengers — 36 in business class and 186 in economy class. Five flights will be offered weekly.

“Garuda Indonesia has provided flight services between Indonesia and Japan for more than 50 years. Japan is an important country to Indonesia, and we hope that this will further strengthen the relationship between the two countries in terms of economic, tourism and social activities,” said Emirsyah Satar, president and CEO of Garuda Indonesia.

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