Air India plans to woo premium passengers with a new menu

Air India is giving a major makeover to its menu by adding variety of wines, mocktails for teetotallers and regional cuisine for wooing business and first class passengers on international flights. In case if this comes as successful Air India spokes person Dhananjay kumar said they will introduce  mocktails and regional cuisine on domestic flights.

The new menu is likely to be implemented for the winter schedule, which kicks in from October end.


Andhra Pradesh to start heli-tourism in Vijaywada,Tirupati & Vizag

Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department signed a MoU with New Delhi-based Mak Aerospace and Aviation Pvt Ltd here on Tuesday.

As part of the agreement, services will be started in Tirupati, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam shortly.

According to tourism officials, the Helicopter services include joy rides, packages, Heli-taxi services, packaging with wedding plans in Tirupati and aerial reconnaissance and disaster management.

In the initial stage, the helicopters shall be six-seaters (Bell 206 L4 / Bell 407). Gradually,  the number of seats will be increased realising the full potential of Heli-tourism and air-connectivity in the State.

Sri Lankan Airlines expands globally with highest number of networks

SriLankan Airlines recorded an exciting milestone last Sunday as it launched a new four-times-a-week service to Coimbatore. This took SriLankan’s online destination count to 41, the highest ever in Sri Lanka’s aviation history.

With the recently launched routes to Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, as well as the seasonal flights to Gaya and Varanasi which will resume in August, SriLankan will soon be operating 126 scheduled flights a week to 14 destinations in India – serving more Indian points than any other international airline. This regains SriLankan the title of the foreign airline with the largest reach into India – a solid and distinct advantage that will help SriLankan’s commercial efforts and its quest to become a regional carrier of note.

In addition to opening these new routes, SriLankan has also implemented several other network changes from 15th July in line with its strategy of adapting its route network to align with the current market realities. These include;

  • New daily non-stop flights to Guangzhou, China (eliminating the previous Bangkok stopover)
  • New five times a week non-stop flights to Hong Kong, China (eliminating the previous Bangkok stopover that had operated for decades)
  • Flights to Bangkok, Thailand increased from daily to three times a day, to cater to the demand and to enhance network connectivity
  • Flights to Delhi, India increased from daily to 11 times a week

SriLankan’s destination count is set to increase further from the upcoming winter season, as it launches new daily non-stop flights to Melbourne, Australia. This represents SriLankan’s re-entry to Australia after a hiatus of sixteen years. The airline has already seen very strong forward bookings on this route – which gives confidence that it is the right choice. Further expansion of services on strategically important routes are also planned for the winter season.

Two new A320neo aircraft and the first A321neo aircraft have joined SriLankan’s fleet during the year, with two more A321neo aircraft due to join before the end of the year. It is worth noting that SriLankan was the first airline in Asia, and only the fourth airline worldwide, to take delivery of the A321neo aircraft. The A320neo family aircraft incorporate the latest technologies including new generation CFM-LEAP engines and “sharklet”, wingtips both of which enhance fuel efficiency while delivering superior levels of comfort to passengers. They are 15% more fuel efficient than the previous generation A320 family aircraft and deliver almost a 50% reduction in noise footprint.

SriLankan completed the recently ended Financial Year 2016/17 with an improved financial performance and a reduction of its Unit Cost. Since the beginning of the new FY 2017/18, SriLankan has recorded a reversal of the declining yields that it had witnessed in the prior year, all signs pointing that SriLankan is heading in the right direction.

Source: Sri lankan Airlines

Birth certificate no more necessary for obtaining a passport

From now onwards birth certificate no more necessary for obtaining a passport as the Govt. is simplifying passports for Indian citizens.

According to the Passport Rules, 1980, all applicants born on or after 26/01/1989, had to submit a birth certificate, a mandatory provision. Now they can submit any one of these — transfer/school leaving/Matriculation Certificate issued by the school last attended/recognised educational board containing the DOB of the applicant; PAN Card; Aadhaar Card/E-Aadhaar; driving license, Voter ID cards, even LIC policy bonds. Government servants can give extracts of service record, pension records, etc.

Uttarakhand Tourism to develope world class skiing infrastructure after engaging with Chamonix, France

Uttarakhand Minister visits Chamonix, Wolfurt, Mont Blanc to study mountain adventure infrastructure and presented the opportunities for creating skiing, ropeway and funicular facilities in Uttarakhand to the Cluster Mountain Group,a group coordinated by the French tourism department and comprising of ski resort operators, consultants, ropeway and adventure park players.

The Minister had productive discussions with the French officials on the development of ski resorts in Uttarakhand including Auli, VediniBugyal, DayaraBugyal and Betulidhar. The Cluster Mountain group  have expressed their willingness in undertaking the project in the state. The Secretary, Tourism, will be in touch with the French Embassy.

State govt is giving efforts to encourage  tourists to explore and experience different aspects of Uttarakhand like adventure, religion, health and local cuisines

Revenues from Casinos doubled in last three years: Goa CM

The revenue from the Casino industry in Goa for the government has more than doubled in the last three years. While responding to questions in the Goa Assembly related to the Casino industry, Manohar Parrikar said that the revenue earnings from the Casino industry has increased from Rs 78.62 cr in 2014 to Rs 161.96 cr in 2016.

He said that there was no proof to show that there is any relationship between crimes in Goa and Casino industry. Giving numbers, Chief Minister said that there has been marked decline in the crime reported in the State in the last few years.

The CM’s response is significant in the light of his government’s move to introduce a new Casino Policy for the State in the ongoing Monsoon session.


Check out Air New Zealand’s Latest Video ” A Fantastical Journey”

Air New Zealand has launched an Alice in Wonderland inspired adventure for its latest safety video which takes the country’s uniqueness and beauty to the extreme, in a visually fantastical way.

Cuba Gooding Jr. and Katie Holmes feature as the ‘creators’, taking us on a journey to some of New Zealand’s most stunning locations, to meet the locals and Air New Zealand’s flight attendants. This Fantastical Journey is set to a heart-warming version of My Little Corner of the World performed by New Zealand artist Gin Wigmore.

Jodi Williams, global brand and content marketing general manager at Air New Zealand, said: “With the help of Hollywood stars Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. our latest safety video takes viewers on a journey taking in New Zealand’s stunning beauty, incredible culture, friendly people and amazing flora and fauna, while also sharing the airline’s key safety messages.”

Singapore Roadshow in six Indian tier 2 cities

With the objective to reach out to the travel trade partners in India and Sri Lanka, Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in partnership with Singapore Airlines organised a 10-day, six-city road show across India and Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The first roadshow in India commenced on July 10, 2017, in Pune followed by Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Kolkata and Hyderabad followed by the concluding one in Colombo, Sri Lanka on July 21.  The roadshows featured stakeholders from Singapore representing hotels, airlines, integrated resorts, attractions, Destination Management Companies (DMC) and cruise operators interacting and networking with STB’s travel and trade partners in India. There was also an update session on Singapore’s upcoming tourism offerings as well as Singapore Airlines Group’s range of cabin products and experiences.

Lonely Planet came up with “Asia’s Best 10 places to visit in 2017”

Are u a wanderer? Planning  to explore Asia and looking for an expert advice??.. then who could be better than travel experts –Lonely Planet ?!! Yess…they have revealed the best of Asia’s list to escape from usual city life ….Go and explore the below list:

1. Ganshu , China.

2. South of Tokyo, Japan

3. Northern Kerela, India

4. Keong Saik road, Singapore

5. Astana, Kazhakistan

6. Takayama, Japan

7. Xi’an , China

8. Srilanka’s Hill country

9. Melaka city, Malaysia

10.Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Indian Railways launches ‘SAARTHI’ app

Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched a App- Rail SAARTHI which will cater various requirements   including ticket booking, inquiry, on-board cleaning and ordering meal on a single platform.  

Currently there are different Apps of Railways to cater different services but Rail -SAARTHI App to satisfy all the needs of customers .The Rail SAARTHI (synergised advanced application rail travel help and information) such as safety for women, compliant facility and suggestion for improvement, as per Mr Prabhu .

Prabhu also announced a quota facility for differently- abled people in 3AC coach and extending the advance booking period for foreigners to 365 days from present 120 days. Now a lower berth in a 3AC coach will be reserved for physically-challenged people and the middle for the individual accompanying them. However, there will be only one such berth in the 3AC coach of a train. Until now the quota provision was only in the sleeper class — 2 berths — which

Now a lower berth in a 3AC coach will be reserved for physically-challenged people and the middle for the individual accompanying them. However, there will be only one such berth in the 3AC coach of a train. Until now the quota provision was only in the sleeper class — 2 berths — which has now been extended to the 3AC as well.