Airline News: Lufthansa, Air Belgium, and Cathay Pacific

Lufthansa launches new business-class amenities, Air Belgium to launch flights in Asia, and more.

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Lufthansa unveils new business-class amenities

The German airline has launched new amenities for its business-class customers. Called Dream Collection, the products are specifically designed to improve sleeping comfort on long-haul flights. The collection includes a new pillowcase, a large, warm blanket, a mattress topper by German bed manufacturer Paradies, as well as a sleep shirt by Van Laack. These new cabin products will be offered on flights of ten and a half hours or more — with it being rolled out on Asian services from June onwards.

More information here.

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Cathay Pacific introduces paid advance seat selection on lowest fares

The flag carrier of Hong Kong is introducing paid advance seat selection on its cheapest economy-class fares. This new system allows passengers who purchase the most discounted fares (Economy Super Saver, Economy Save or fanfare tickets) to reserve seats up to two days before departure by paying an extra US$39. Previously, passengers with these tickets were unable to pre-select their seats during the time of booking.

More information here.

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Air Belgium obtains rights to fly to Asia

Come June 3, startup carrier Air Belgium looks set to launch flights in Asia, after securing overfly rights from the Russian authorities. According to Air Belgium CEO Niky Terzakis, the carrier is on track to launch its inaugural service between Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Hong Kong, as well as have its third Airbus A340 aircraft up and running by the end of June.

More information here.

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