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Cathay bonus miles; Chubu-Manila route opens; Air France meal service

Cathay bonus miles

Cathay Pacific and partner airline Dragonair are holding a double and triple mileage campaign for Asia Miles, the region’s leading travel and lifestyle rewards program, to promote its mileage program in Japan and attract new members.

From April 1 to June 30, first-class and business-class passengers can earn triple miles, while premium-economy and economy-class passengers are eligible for double miles on return flights to Hong Kong and Taipei departing from Narita and Haneda airports, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Naha and Hiroshima.

The campaign is also valid for connecting flights via Hong Kong to various destinations in Southeast Asia.

These include Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Manila, Cebu, Jakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Yangon, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

In addition, new members can also earn welcome miles if they purchase a return flight online on any of the routes above. Preregistration is required to be eligible for the miles.

Chubu-Manila route open

Jetstar Japan celebrated its inaugural flight to Manila from Chubu Centrair International Airport on April 1. Flight GK95 departed at close to full capacity at 8:30 p.m., arriving in Manila at 11:35 p.m.

Jetstar is the nation’s first low-cost carrier to offer direct flights from Chubu to Southeast Asia.

Currently, four weekly flights to Manila are offered on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The airline is planning to have daily flights by the end of the month.

On the return, flight GK94 departs from Manila at 12:45 a.m. and arrives in Japan at 5:35 a.m.

“We hope this will provide our customers with more opportunities to visit the Philippines, which has many charming sightseeing spots,” said Masaru Kataoka, Jetstar’s chairman and representative director.

“The number of Filipinos residing in the Chubu region is second only to the Kanto area, so we expect to see increased demand for this route in the future,” he added.

Manila is the third international destination serviced by Jetstar Japan.

Air France meal service

Fliers in Air France’s business and first class on flights between Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Japan can now enjoy an all-Japanese meal by reserving their in-flight meals between 90 days and 24 hours before departure.

A selection of Champagne and wine from regions such as the Loire, Bourgogne, Vallee du Rhone and Medoc are available for business-class passengers, while first-class passengers can enjoy Champagne and vintage wines from Bordeaux, Vallee du Rhone, Alsace and Margaux with their meals.

Paolo Basso, who was named 2013’s Best Sommelier of the World, and French wine critics Thierry Desseauve and Michel Bettane created the wine list.