Airline News: Air Belgium, Lufthansa, and Etihad Airways

Tickets on sale for Air Belgium’s inaugural flight between Brussels and Hong Kong, Lufthansa launches A380 flights at Munich, and more.

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Air Belgium’s Hong Kong flights now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for Air Belgium’s inaugural flight between Brussels and Hong Kong, with the first flight scheduled for April 30. According to CEO Niky Terzakis, the startup carrier aims to offer a full-service flight at fares about 25 to 30 percent lower than what is currently offered on the market for a nonstop service. This new route, which flies in and out of the Belgian capital’s lesser-known Brussels South Charleroi Airport, is the first from the carrier and will be served by an Airbus A340 aircraft. Fares for a return Air Belgium flight from Hong Kong to Brussels at end April start from US$573 for an economy class ticket, US$1,274 for premium economy, and US$2,548 for business.

More information here.

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Lufthansa’s A380 flights launched at Munich

Lufthansa has started A380 operations from Munich, with superjumbo flights to cities Beijing, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles. Configured for four classes, the aircraft features 371 seats in economy, 52 in premium economy, 78 in business class, and eight in first class. Flights LH452/3 to and from Los Angeles, LH722/3 to and from Beijing, as well as LH730/1 to and from Hong Kong, will all be flown by the aircraft.

More information here.

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Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia to end Trans-Tasman partnership

Come October 28, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia will be ending their trans-Tasman partnership, an alliance which currently allows travelers to earn miles and status points, as well as redeem award tickets on trans-Tasman flights operated by either carrier. Travelers with bookings on either airline that have been arranged through the other carrier will remain unaffected by the change up until October 27, and customers with bookings from October 28 onwards will be contacted by their booking airline.

More information here and here.


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