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SAS celebrates milestone; Cathay teams with Hyatt; bus bookings via Jetstar

SAS celebrates milestone

Scandinavian Airlines celebrated its 70th anniversary with the company’s CCO Eivind Roald and 100 distinguished guests on June 13 at the Bulgari Hotels & Resorts Tokyo Rstaurants in the Ginza district.

Roald talked about the long history and strengths of the airline, which was established in 1946 with capital contributions from Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

After unveiling the airline’s strategies and service approaches going forward, Roald announced that the company has finished upgrading its seven fleets and introduced the features of the new cabin, which includes Wi-Fi service, as well as a comprehensive on-demand entertainment service.

The airline will accept 30 new Airbus A320neo models this year and eight Airbus A350 XWBs in 2018.

In the fall, it will launch a new website compatible with tablet and mobile devices. The company also has plans to introduce electronic bag tags that will facilitate baggage check-ins in the future.

Cathay teams with Hyatt

Cathay Pacific Airways and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts announced a global collaboration to offer specially designed menus to Cathay Pacific passengers. Until mid-2017, Cathay Pacific’s passengers will have the opportunity to enjoy signature dishes from star chefs at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and five Park Hyatt hotels.

“This marks the first time we have forged a global collaboration with a world-renowned hotel brand to offer passengers such signature dishes across all our onboard cabins. The new inflight menus are set to enhance the overall inflight dining experience for our passengers, helping them to live a life well-traveled,” said Aaron Claxton, head of Cathay Pacific catering.

The new menus will be available on rotation, and dishes will be prepared with all the care and attention that each chef would use in their own kitchen, using exactly the same techniques and select ingredients sourced from around the world, particularly those that support local businesses.

Bus bookings via Jetstar

Starting June 16, Jetstar Japan passengers can make online reservations for Willer Travel highway buses from the company’s website when they purchase airline tickets.

The service covers eight destinations, making 90 journeys in total every day from Narita Airport, Kansai International Airport and New Chitose Airport.

This is based on the agreement signed by the two companies on April 27 — the first such collaboration in the industry — with the aim of increasing the quality of inbound tourism and expanding their services by utilizing the low-cost carrier airline network and the highway express network.

To commemorate this new partnership, Jetstar is also offering special pricing through July 14. Passengers can make bus reservations for routes departing from Narita Airport to Niigata, Kanazawa or Toyama for as little as ¥1,000.