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New terminal for Garuda; Cathay’s final 747 flight; freshen up with Jetstar

New terminal for Garuda

Garuda Indonesia and state airport operator Angkasa Pura II announced the opening of a new terminal at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Aug. 9.

The new Terminal 3 Ultimate (T3U) currently only serves domestic flights of Garuda Indonesia but will expand to cover international flights of other airlines as well.

Once T3U is fully operational, it will be able to handle 25 million passengers annually, helping to alleviate air traffic at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, as well as providing better security and customer service.

The launch of T3U will not only contribute to the development of the Indonesian economy and increase the number of inbound tourists, but also cement the airport’s status as an international airport in the ASEAN region.

Cathay’s final 747 flight

Cathay Pacific will fly its last Boeing 747-400 passenger jet from Haneda to Hong Kong on Oct. 1.

To commemorate the end of “jumbo jet” flight operations, the airline is holding a contest via its Facebook account.

Customers are invited to submit texts, images or videos of their memories on board Boeing 747s on Facebook. Cathay Pacific will then select 10 people to join an aircraft tour before the plane departs for its last flight. Further details will be posted on the company’s Facebook account soon.

The Boeing 747 series was first introduced in the 1970s and over the years Cathay Pacific has used them to serve around 160 million passengers.

Cathay Pacific was still operating three Boeing 747-400s as of Aug. 5, on routes serving Haneda, Narita and Taipei from Hong Kong.

Freshen up with Jetstar

Jetstar Japan has partnered with Tokyo-based 9h nine hours to provide discounts for the latter’s nap and shower services this summer for passengers using Narita International Airport.

In August and September, passengers on Jetstar Japan flights can receive up to 60 percent off when they use 9h nine hour’s services three days before their departure or after their arrival. For example, the nap service costs ¥1,000, while the shower service costs ¥500 in August. Customers are also entitled to a 20 percent discount for nap and shower services with 9h nine hours Kyoto.

Since 2012, the low-cost carrier has slowly expanded its services, offering domestic and international flights on various schedules. Jetstar Japan now operates 50 percent of domestic flights departing and arriving from Narita.

This new collaboration targets passengers arriving on red-eye flights who would like to take a short nap before beginning their day; those who are departing on late flights and would like to take a shower before boarding the aircraft; and those transiting through who would like to freshen up before continuing their journey.