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QATAR AIR­WAYS will launch its new daily Cardiff ser­vice on May 1 us­ing a B787. On Mon­days, Wed­nes­days, Fri­days and Satur­days, flights will de­part Doha at 0725, ar­riv­ing at 1250, be­fore re­turn­ing from Cardiff at 1555 and land­ing at 0050. On other days, flights will leave Qatar at 0115, ar­riv­ing at 0640, then leave Wales at 0810, land­ing at 1705. EMI­RATES will add a fourth daily A380 ser­vice to Syd­ney on March 25, of­fer­ing pas­sen­gers an af­ter­noon de­par­ture from Syd­ney and an ar­rival in main Euro­pean cities the fol­low­ing morn­ing. It also makes it pos­si­ble for pas­sen­gers to de­part Europe in the morn­ing with an af­ter­noon ar­rival in Syd­ney the next day and a short con­nec­tion in Dubai. GARUDA INDONESIA is to up­grade its Jakarta-Lon­don route to a non­stop one from Oc­to­ber 31. Cur­rently, its Heathrow flights route via Sin­ga­pore, but the non­stop ser­vice will de­part Jakarta at 1205, land­ing at 2000. The Heathrow-Jakarta leg (al­ready non­stop) de­parts Lon­don at 2155, ar­riv­ing at 1855. The route will re­main thrice weekly, but its Sun­day ser­vice will swap to Thurs­day. AER LINGUS has in­tro­duced a new Saver fare for transat­lantic ser­vices, un­bundling “ex­tras” such as checked lug­gage, seat se­lec­tion, blan­kets and head­phones. Cus­tomers re­ceive a 10kg one-piece hand-lug­gage al­lowance, a meal and in-flight en­ter­tain­ment, with other ser­vices and ameni­ties avail­able on a paid-for ba­sis. Saver fares start from € 169 each way when booked as a re­turn, and are avail­able only on point-to-point fares from Dublin. EASY­JET has added a “Hands Free” op­tion al­low­ing cus­tomers to check in their hand lug­gage. Avail­able at all air­ports ex­cept Gatwick, it costs £4 per per­son. Pas­sen­gers will be among the first to board, af­ter Speedy Board­ing cus­tomers, while Hands Free lug­gage will be among the first to be de­liv­ered at the bag­gage carousel. VIR­GIN ATLANTIC has be­come the first Euro­pean car­rier to of­fer wifi across its fleet, pow­ered by a com­bi­na­tion of Pana­sonic and Gogo tech­nol­ogy. All of its 39 B787, B747, A330 and A340 air­craft now pro­vide the ser­vice. IAG CAR­RIER LEVEL has launched “Pair and Pay”, al­low­ing pas­sen­gers to pay for in-flight ser­vices us­ing their de­vices. Cus­tomers can con­nect their de­vices to their seat-back screen to pay for food, drinks, wifi and duty-free prod­ucts. This will be ex­tended in the fu­ture to al­low for the pay­ment of IFE con­tent such as movies and mu­sic. FINNAIR will launch non­stop flights to Nan­jing on May 13 next year, us­ing an A330-300. The thrice-weekly ser­vice will drop to twice-weekly dur­ing the win­ter.

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