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New Hong Kong flights

As part of its strategy for growth in 2015, Jetstar Japan announced plans to launch three new weekly flights from Osaka to Hong Kong from Feb. 28.

Served by Airbus A320 aircraft, this marks the LCC’s first international route since starting operations in July 2012.

Jetstar Japan Flight GK61 will leave Kansai in the morning (departure times vary according to the day of the week), arriving in Hong Kong in the middle of the afternoon. On the return, Flight GK62 will depart Hong Kong in the afternoon and arrive in Kansai in the evening.

Fares start at ¥5,990, excluding surcharges.

Reservations for flights departing Kansai will be available from Dec. 3 through the Jetstar Japan website, mobile site and call center.

The airline plans to gradually increase the number of flights in the future.

Treat for ‘Takao’

China Airlines started a “Takao” campaign this month for economy class passengers on Flights CI103 and CI102 between Narita International Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport in Taiwan.

The character Kaohsiung is usually pronounced as Takao in Japanese.

Passengers who have Takao as either their family name or first name (regardless of the kanji used) and one accompanying passenger will be able to use the China Airlines lounge at Narita airport prior to departure.

Flight CI103 departs from Tokyo daily at noon and arrives in Taiwan at 3:30 p.m. The return flight, CI102, departs Taiwan at 6:40 a.m. and arrives in Narita at 11:00 a.m.

The campaign is valid from Dec. 1 to March 31, 2015, excluding the peak period between Dec. 25 and Jan. 3.

This offer cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions or campaigns.

Airline of the year named

United Airlines has been named “2014 Airline of the Year” by Global Traveler, a magazine geared toward frequent business and luxury travelers.

The winner was chosen by a panel of Global Traveler Advisory Board members and employees “based on outside research, experiences traveling with the airline and information provided by the individual airlines that were nominated.”

In addition, a reader survey conducted by the magazine selected United for the “Best Frequent-Flyer Program” award for the 11th year in a row, as well as the “Best Trans-Pacific Airline” award.

“This year United has continued to create a more flyer-friendly experience for our customers — broadening our global route network, introducing new tools to give customers more information and control over their travel experience and providing our employees more of what they need to provide better service in our airports and onboard our aircraft. Next year, customers and employees can look forward to more investment in service, technology and reliability,” commented United Airline Executive Vice President of Marketing and Strategy Jeff Foland.

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