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South African Airways To Open Guangzhou To Johannesburg Route In September



South African Airways (SAA) recently announced that it will officially open a direct flight from Guangzhou, China to Johannesburg on September 18, 2019. It will provide more convenient services for outbound travel and business travellers to South Africa, with flight time reduced to 13 hours and 40 minutes. Further increase the exchanges between China and South Africa. By then, China, especially tourists in southern China, can choose to start from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and start a wonderful trip to South Africa. African passengers have direct access to Guangzhou, a Chinese city known for its manufacturing exports.

The launch of the new direct flight route is not only another important strategic deployment of South African Airways to expand its own route network, but also one of the important measures to attract Chinese tourists to South Africa. As one of the world-famous tourist countries of the African continent, South Africa has a rich and diverse tourism resources, as well as a prestigious national park and quality scenic spots. In recent years, the number of Chinese tourists in South Africa has been rising. In the year of 2018, 97,136 Chinese tourists were welcomed. In the second half of 2018, Chinese tourists visiting South Africa increased by 8% year-on-year. In January 2019, they increased by 22%. %. In addition, the Chinese source market has also contributed positively to South Africa’s economic development, and China has become one of South Africa’s major sources of tourism. With the increase in the number of nights between Chinese tourists and the continuous increase in daily consumption, the consumption of Chinese tourists in South Africa increased by 69% in 2018.

South Africa has actively added a Chinese Visa Center to provide more convenience for Chinese tourists. Currently, it has opened visa centers in 11 cities in China, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, Shenyang, Wuhan, Jinan, Hangzhou, Kunming and Chongqing. You can choose the Visa Application Center to apply.

Mr. Mansoor Mohamed, Chief Representative of the South African Tourism Board for Asia and the Pacific, said: “Professional policies and direct flights are the two main points of work for attracting more Chinese tourists to South Africa. To this end, the South African Tourism Board will continue to deepen its partnership with South African Airways. I firmly believe that the South African direct flight route will make Guangzhou an international metropolis an important aviation hub connecting southern China and even Asia and South Africa. Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong Province and also follows Beijing. The third largest city in China after Shanghai. The market in Guangzhou and southern China is very important for us. The tourists from Guangdong Province, a big province in the outbound province, also have great enthusiasm for South Africa. Thanks to more visa simplification policies and aviation convenience, South Africa is expected to welcome more Chinese tourists in the future!”

The Guangzhou route will meet the needs of a large number of passengers between Johannesburg and China, including business and corporate travellers, as well as attracting interest from freight traders. Considering that many high-value goods come from Guangzhou, the future cargo business can make full use of the capacity of this route.

South African Airways will be the only airline that operates direct flights between Johannesburg and Guangzhou. The direct flight time is approximately 13 hours and 40 minutes, making it the shortest way to travel between the two stations. Future daily flights to and from the Greater China region will consist of three flights a week between Guangzhou and four flights a week to and from Hong Kong. The two routes will be Airbus A340-300.

According to the flight schedule, flights departing from Guangzhou arrive in Johannesburg in the morning and are seamlessly connected to the SAA regional flight network, so that passengers can stay in Johannesburg for no more than three hours. After arriving in Guangzhou in the afternoon, the flight can transfer to more than 20 destinations in China, including one to three hours to Shanghai, Beijing, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Nanning, Kunming, Haikou, Qingdao, Nanchang, Wuhan and Chengdu.

Albert K. Field Albert is my name, and travel the world is my game. I began my passion for travel at a very young age, I started this website as a strong means to further explore the world of frequent flyers programs (FFP). The relationship between customers and service providers in the aviation and hospitality industry always seems to be in opposition, however, since the introduction of United Airlines’ Frequent Flyers Programm since 1972*. This has significantly eased the middle spectrum between 2 parties. While the aim of airlines is still to generate more revenue; but for us,as consumers, are also given the opportunity to participate in the bargaining and exploiting from service providers. Living in a world of globalization where big data becomes vital for simulating successful economical activities, most of us will have to travel to other locations whether willingly or unwillingly, while you hearing all this fascinating stories about others, In fact, you too, can blend into the trend. It may not sound like how media illustrates, but indeed there are possibilities for us to have more spontaneous travel without getting held back by financial situation. My website consists of reviews of airline premium cabin products,airport lounges and stay reports of 5-star hotels and their executive lounges across the globe. In addition to all of that, I care the most about their frequent flyers program and loyalty program, which also includes banking partners. Plus, I spontaneously put up reviews and news update regarding premium water brands and restaurants. The purpose of this website is to share all of this information with my audience as well as inviting you to be part of my journey.

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Egyptair Is About To Fly Beijing – Cairo Route With Boeing 787 Dreamliner



Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner SU-GES EgyptAir Image by William Musculus

EgyptAir’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be flying the return route from Beijing to Cairo this month. The 787-9 inaugural flight to China is scheduled to fly from Cairo to Beijing on August 18 and the first flight from Beijing to Cairo on August 20.

The Boeing 787-9 is the first new model launched by Boeing after the launch of the Boeing 777 program in the late 1990s, with many revolutionary innovations. Its core purpose is to create excellent business opportunities for airlines with leading-edge technologies and to actively improve the air travel experience. The Boeing 787-9 has unprecedented fuel efficiency and range flexibility, while creating a more comfortable flight for passengers, which is also known as the “dream passenger aircraft.”

EgyptAir’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner features a two-cabin layout with 30 business class seats and 279 economy class seats. The seat design also incorporates elements of Egyptair for a more comfortable ride.

Egyptair B787-9 Dreamliner

The business class seats feature a 1-2-1 layout with reverse herringbone business seats that cleverly utilizes cabin space. The 30 Super Diamond fully flat business class seats allow guests to enjoy a spacious and private cabin.

The economy class seats are in a 3-3-3 layout with a seat spacing of 31 inches. The slender design makes the journey more simple and comfortable.

To enhance the onboard experience, each seat in the 787-9 is equipped with a personal entertainment screen, the business class display is 18 inches, and the economy class display is 12 inches. The new entertainment system supports live TV and the operating system is smoother, bringing travellers a more diverse in-flight experience. The on-board WiFi can meet your business and communication needs throughout your flight.

With the advancement of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, China and Egypt have become increasingly close in various fields. More and more Chinese tourists have shown a clear interest in traveling to Egypt and Africa. By mid-August, Egypt will receive their sixth Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. This means that all six 787-9 Dreamliner that EgyptAir ordered from Boeing will be delivered then.

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Air France Introduces New Night Service Concept With Washington Dulles Lounge Revamped



Air France Washington Dulles Lounge

On July 18, 2019, Air France unveiling its newly revamped lounge at Washington Dulles International Airport; The new lounge welcomes Air France’s La Première and Business Class customers as well as Flying Blue Elite Plus members in a completely renovated, more elegant and modern environment. The total area is 615 square meters with two floors that can accommodate up to 155 customers.

At the heart of the lounge is a new dining area, There is a new service concept “Night Service” for Business Class guests onboard Flight AF027 departures every day from Washington to Paris, Charles de Gaulle.

Eligible passengers can enjoy French cuisine in the airport lounge just as they would on board. Guests can enjoy a full meal at the table, including appetisers, hot dishes, cheese plates, desserts, and wine and champagne.

During the flight, guests can enjoy a good night’s sleep in the business class cabin. A quiet private seat that can be converted into a flat bed which guarantees a peaceful rest. When they woke up with the flight reaching the French coastline, breakfast will be served right before landing at Paris Charles de Gaulle.

In addition to the service concept specially catered to business class passengers onboard the night flight, Air France also introduced other newly improved features at the lounge.

The iconic bar area in the lounge 

Dressed in a lacquered metal structure and completely open to the lounge, the bar offers a selection of wines, Champagnes and spirits, served by a bartender. For the first time in an Air France lounge, customers can also enjoy cold draught beers.

A new dining experience

As part of its ongoing effort to offer its customers the best possible service, the company has also revamped its dining area to highlight French gourmet cuisine.

Designed in the spirit of a Parisian brasserie, new furnishings and circular benches have been custom-designed to provide conviviality and comfort. Customers can enjoy a self-service buffet with a cold, sweet and savoury selection.

A cosy environment

The second level offers customers a genuinely cosy environment. In a relaxing light-filled atmosphere, where light screens perfectly mimic sunlight and the colour of the sky, customers can relax comfortably in chaises lounges or other seating of their choice. A snacking area completes this moment of well-being.

Air France Press Release

Facts of Air France’s new Washington lounge:

  • A VIP area with a cosy and private atmosphere, dedicated to customers travelling in the La Première cabin;
  • An area reserved for Flying Blue Platinum Ultimate customers.
  • A lobby equipped with new eligibility kiosks, for smoother access;
  • A co-working space;
  • Free Wi-Fi access and electrical/USB outlets close to each seat;
  • A lounge area reflecting the architectural design of the latest Air France lounges – wide bench seating, brightly-coloured individual seats that give the lounge its own distinctive identity; 
  • A press kiosk offering French and international newspapers and magazines, in addition to the digital offer available on the “Air France Play” app;
  • Freshen up and relax thanks to an invigorating shower.

Air France currently operates 2 daily flights to Washington by Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-200 from Paris-Charles de Gaulle; while KLM operates a daily flight to Washington from Amsterdam-Schiphol airport. There will be a schedule change from 26th October this year as the winter season schedule kicks in.

  • AF054: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 13:15, arrives in Washington at 15:40;
  • AF055: leaves Washington at 18:05, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 7:35 the next day.
  • AF026: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 16:30, arrives in Washington à 19:05;
  • AF027: leaves Washington at 21:10, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:45 the next day.
  • KL651: leaves Amsterdam-Schiphol at 13:20, arrives in Washington at 15:40;
  • KL652: leaves Washington at 17:45, arrives at Amsterdam-Schiphol at 7:20 the next day.
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