Air NZ digital boarding passes
Travellers flying with Air New Zealand on trans-Tasman services can now access digital boarding passes on their mobile devices. Available via the Air NZ app, the new system enables those who do not have checked baggage to head directly to their boarding gate after passing through immigration and security in Australia. Passengers who are eligible for Express Pass services, will have an Express Pass logo embedded in their digital boarding pass.
Pre-order food at LAX
If you are travelling through LAX and are short on time, there is a new dining app that will help you grab a bite on the run. The Host2Coast dining app enables travellers to view menus, pre-order and pay for food directly through the app at more than a dozen HMSHost restaurant locations throughout LAX.
Malaysian hotel tax
Effective from 1 September, hotel rooms in Malaysia will be subject to an additional tax. It will take the form a flat fee of RM10 (about A$3) per room, which will be levied on all foreign visitors.
Virgin Australia wi-fi roll out
After a successful three-month trial, Virgin Australia has started the roll out of its free wi-fi service. First to receive the new technology will be the carrier’s fleet of B737 aircraft, with the roll out moving on to its B777 aircraft in October. All B777s and the majority of B737s should have in-flight wi-fi by the end of 2018, after which the airline will focus on fitting out its A330s by the end of 2019. Once complete, more than 90% of VA’s fleet will be offer a base level of free wi-fi to all passengers on domestic flights and it will be the only Australian airline to offer wi-fi on international services.
Hilton digital key roll out continues
Hilton Worldwide is pushing forward with the roll out of its digital keys. The hotel group announced they will be available at 2,000 hotels worldwide by the end of the year. As well as retrofitting existing properties, all new Hilton properties will feature the technology. This means that guests will be able to open their guestroom door using the Hilton Honors app.
Air NZ Vancouver boost
Air New Zealand plans to boost frequencies on its Auckland-Vancouver route. Seasonal adjustments will see the carrier add an eighth weekly service for the first two weeks of January as well as adding extra services during its shoulder season. In February, it will offer daily services, up from five times weekly, and it will add an additional weekly service in the following months, rising from four to five times weekly in March and April and three to four times weekly between May and mid-June.
Emirates onboard lounge debut
Emirates’ new A380 configuration featuring an onboard business class lounge has entered service. The aircraft is currently operating on services between Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.
Pan Pacific Melbourne opens
The Pan Pacific Melbourne is now open. The 396-room hotel is located on the south side of the Yarra River and directly linked, via an internal walkway, to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The property features a choice of dining outlets, a 24-hour fitness centre and meeting and event space for up to 200 guests.