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Travel News – November 2013

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The travel news of November are here.

Rosewood Bangkok Scheduled for 2017 Opening
Rosewood Bangkok exteriorRosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by hospitality investment company RENDE to manage the ultra-luxury Rosewood Bangkok, scheduled to open in 2017. This latest signing marks Rosewood’s ninth management agreement to be announced globally, and the fourth this year in Asia Pacific.

Rosewood Bangkok will be located on prime real estate within Bangkok’s central business district, adjacent to the Ploenchit Skytrain station, to which it will be directly linked.

The 146-room, 33-story property will have two restaurants and bars, a spa, a swimming pool, a fitness center, and meeting facilities. Guestrooms will include 64 square meter Pool Sky villas that feature large terraces and private plunge pools.

British Airways Announces New Flight Times and Arrival Terminal Upgrade for Bangkok–London Route
Terminal 5Thai travelers flying British Airways to the United Kingdom will soon experience a more convenient arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport.

From October 27, 2013, the airline’s flights from Bangkok to London arrive at Heathrow’s newest terminal, Terminal 5 (T5). Previously, British Airways flights landed at Heathrow Terminal 3.

As T5 is the world hub of British Airways, passengers are now also able to catch connecting flights to UK travel spots, and many other European and U.S. East Coast destinations, from a single terminal.

The service is being operated by a Boeing 777 aircraft in three class configurations with Club World, World Traveller Plus, and World Traveller.

OnAir Provides Full Inflight Connectivity on Associated Air Center B747-800i VVIP Completion Program
Caption - OnAirOnAir will provide the fully certified complete range of its inflight connectivity products on Associated Air Center’s (AAC) Boeing B747-800i VVIP completion program, for an undisclosed customer. This marks the first time Boeing’s flagship aircraft type has been equipped with OnAir’s GSM and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The OnAir solution, comprising both Internet OnAir and Mobile OnAir, will be installed by Associated Air Center. The owner and the plane’s passengers and crew, will have access to the full range of connectivity options, including email, calls, text messages, and the Internet. As a result, passengers will be able to use their own personal electronic devices in exactly the same way as they do on the ground.

Etihad Airways and Korean Air Expand Codeshare Agreement
Etihad Airways and KoreanEtihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has expanded its codeshare agreement with Korean Air, South Korea’s largest airline, to include six new destinations.

In the second phase of cooperation, Etihad Airways will place its EY code on Korean Air services from Seoul Incheon to Honolulu, Vancouver and Hong Kong. Korean Air will place its KE code on Etihad Airways’ flights from Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg, Muscat and, subject to government approval, Khartoum.

The new arrangements augment the airlines’ existing codeshare services between Abu Dhabi and Seoul Incheon.

Gulf Air Launches Special Fares to Popular Holiday Destinations for Its Passengers from Bangkok
Gulf Air launchesGulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has launched a special promotion in time for passengers who are traveling during the winter holidays from Bangkok to popular destinations across the airline’s network in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

Promotional fares on Economy class start from THB 18,950 to the Middle East and THB 24,600 to Europe. Falcon Gold class special fares start from THB 46,600 to the Middle East and THB 82,000 to Europe. Destinations included in the promotion are London, Paris, Frankfurt, Dammam, Riyadh, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, and Khartoum.

Tickets can be purchased through travel agencies and are available for travel until December 31, 2013.