Stay ahead of the curve whileÂ on-the-go. We have rounded up some of the latest industry buzz to keep you up-to-date and ready to fly.
Air New Zealand Brings Wi-Fi Connectivity
Many passengers miss accessing their social media accounts and e-mails when on board long-haul flights. That is about to changeâ€”at least in Air New Zealandâ€™s flights. The Auckland-based carrier will be launching its inflight Wi-Fi services in its Boeing 777-300ER planes towards the end of the year.
Flights between Australia and New Zealand will be the first to be equipped with the technology, which will be powered by Inmarsat. Planes covering Tasman and the Pacific Island will follow at a later date.
The satellite-driven Wi-Fi will also enhance the airline’sÂ inflight entertainment system while enabling its crew to attend to passengersâ€™ request in a more efficient manner. The service will be optional, which is just right for those who want to disconnect and rest onboard.
Garuda Indonesia Launches Direct Flights to Chengdu
Visiting Chengduâ€™s pandas has now been made easier by Garuda Indonesia. The Jakarta-based airline has just launched round trip direct flights from Denpasar Bali to Chengdu. The route will be serviced by the carrierâ€™s Airbus A330-300 plane which will fly three to four times a week.
Japan Airlines Re-Introduces Doraemon Jets
Japanese cartoon character Doraemon has been the face of Japan Airlines (JAL) in China since 2016, where he’s much-adored by many. Passengers based in the country will be thrilled to know that this May, refurbished planes with Doraemonâ€™s likeness will be servicing JALâ€™s Tokyo-Beijing and Tokyo-Guangzhou routes.Â The anime star’s planes will be flying daily starting May 2017 on selected dates.
These aircraftsâ€”called Doraemon Jetsâ€”are all part of JAL’s Travel with Doraemon Campaign, which first started in 2016 with the Tokyo-Shanghai route.
An added bonus: drinks on board will be served on cute, Doraemon cups. Now, thatâ€™s a great way to drink up.