Cathay Pacific to Resume Chennai Flights After 4-Year Hiatus

Cathay Pacific to Resume Chennai Flights After 4-Year Hiatus

By Author

Published on September 14, 2023

Cathay Pacific, one of the leading international airlines, is set to make a triumphant return to Chennai with non-stop flights commencing on February 2, 2024. This announcement comes after a four-year hiatus, marking a significant development for both the city and the airline.

Starting from February 2, 2024, Cathay Pacific will operate three non-stop weekly flights between Chennai and Hong Kong. The flight schedule is as follows:

Flight CX632: Departs Chennai at 02:20 on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, arriving in Hong Kong at 09:55.

Flight CX641: Departs Hong Kong at 21:50 on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, arriving in Chennai at 01:00 the following day.

Cathay Pacific will deploy its Boeing 777 aircraft for this route, offering passengers a top-notch travel experience. The aircraft features a three-cabin-class layout with a total of 368 seats, including 40 in Business class, 32 in Premium Economy, and 296 in Economy class.

Notably, the Premium Economy cabin epitomizes the airline's commitment to passenger comfort, providing spacious seating, priority boarding, generous recline, ample legroom, supported headrests, footrests, larger meal tables, and additional storage space.

Apart from serving point-to-point travelers, Cathay Pacific's renewed Chennai route offers seamless onward connectivity via Hong Kong to various destinations, including The Greater Bay Area, The Chinese Mainland, North America, Northeast Asia, and The Southwest Pacific.

This expanded network allows travelers to access cities such as Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane in the Southwest Pacific region. Moreover, the airline extends its reach to vital Northeast Asian hubs like Seoul and Tokyo (Narita and Haneda), providing easy access to key international destinations.

This announcement aligns with Cathay Pacific's post-COVID recovery phase, during which the airline is experiencing significant growth in passenger numbers and bookings. In July, the airline witnessed a nearly 700% increase in passengers compared to the previous year. Furthermore, 2023 bookings have surged by 1,622%, accompanied by an 818.9% increase in overall flight capacity.

Cathay Pacific is currently operating at approximately 60% of its pre-pandemic capacity, with ambitious plans to achieve 100% of 2019 levels by 2024. The airline has also revamped its loyalty programs and enhanced its long-haul dining experiences, aiming to welcome more passengers and maintain its growth momentum.

In addition to passenger services, Cathay Pacific plays a significant role in supporting local industries through its air cargo services, ensuring the swift and secure delivery of essential goods.

Cathay Pacific's return to Chennai promises to provide travelers with an exceptional and comfortable journey, while also strengthening the city's global connectivity and offering passengers exciting travel opportunities.

Image Source: Cathay Pacific Official Website


Jetwing Hotels Boosts Solar Power Investment for Greener Operations

Jetwing Hotels Boosts Solar Power Investment for Greener Operations

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 16, 2024

Jetwing Hotels, a cornerstone of Sri Lanka’s hospitality sector for over five decades, is spearheading a green revolution in the industry with its latest investment in renewable energy. With a commitment exceeding USD 1 million, Jetwing is set to expand its solar photovoltaic (PV) installations by 1.6 megawatts (MW) by July 2024, marking a significant leap towards a more sustainable future.

Jetwing’s journey towards sustainability began over a decade ago, with the installation of a 20-kilowatt (kW) solar PV system at Jetwing Blue in Negombo. Since then, the brand has strategically implemented solar PV systems totaling 925kW across its properties, alongside a 40kW system at its corporate office in Colombo. In 2023, Jetwing Hotels generated over 1,000-megawatt hours (MWh) of solar energy, equivalent to powering more than 13,000 households and mitigating 608 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The forthcoming expansion represents a significant milestone for Jetwing Hotels, aiming to triple its current solar power contribution and cover 24% of its total electricity usage. Embracing innovation, certain properties will integrate PV systems into car park roof structures, maximizing space utilization and energy efficiency. Moreover, surplus energy will be exported to the national grid, further reducing reliance on non-renewable sources.

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Jetwing Safari Camp, situated near Yala National Park, will lead by example with a 120kW roof-mount solar PV system, significantly reducing its carbon footprint. This initiative underscores Jetwing Hotels’ proactive approach to environmental stewardship, aligning with Sri Lanka’s ambitious goals of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Recognition from the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka highlights Jetwing Hotels’ commitment to sustainability, reinforcing its position as a trailblazer in sustainable tourism. With a legacy spanning over half a century, Jetwing Hotels continues to redefine luxury hospitality while championing responsible tourism practices. Through ongoing initiatives focused on community empowerment, environmental conservation, and resource efficiency, Jetwing Hotels remains dedicated to shaping a vibrant and sustainable future for Sri Lanka’s tourism industry.


Atmosphere Core Introduces Raaya to Expand Maldives Portfolio

Atmosphere Core Introduces Raaya to Expand Maldives Portfolio

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on March 28, 2024

Atmosphere Core, a renowned international hospitality company, is set to broaden its presence in South Asia with the addition of Kudakurathu island in Raa Atoll, Maldives, to its management portfolio. The island, soon to be rebranded as 'RAAYA BY ATMOSPHERE,' is scheduled to open its doors on July 4, 2024, marking the third Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts property in the Maldives and the ninth globally.

Since its inception in December 2013, Atmosphere Core has been synonymous with exceptional service, innovative culinary concepts, and groundbreaking experiences, establishing its properties as premier choices in the Maldivian hospitality sector.

Salil Panigrahi, Managing Director of Atmosphere Core, expressed excitement about the expansion, stating, “By adding ‘RAAYA BY ATMOSPHERE’ to our growing Maldives portfolio, we aim to further enhance our brand position of ‘…A New Experience Awaits’. Our goal is to provide guests with curated experiences through our signature RAAYA™ Holiday Plan, ensuring unparalleled service at every touchpoint.”

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Accessible via a 45-minute seaplane flight from Velana International Airport, 'RAAYA BY ATMOSPHERE' is a sanctuary nestled amidst lush greenery, with 88 percent of its expanse dedicated to nature. The resort boasts 167 beach and ocean villas, six diverse dining options, and an array of recreational activities, including water sports, diving, and a kids club, offering guests a memorable escape enriched by the vibrant local culture.

Mr. Ranjit Batra, President, Hospitality of Kudakurathu Island Resort Pvt. Ltd., shared his enthusiasm, stating, “Kudakurathu is a captivating island that combines the untouched beauty of the Maldives with innovative design, creating a distinctive destination.”

With this expansion, Atmosphere Core continues its commitment to delivering exceptional hospitality experiences and creating unforgettable memories for guests in the Maldives and beyond.


Experience the Ultimate IPL Extravaganza at The Eloquent Elephant, Taj Dubai

Experience the Ultimate IPL Extravaganza at The Eloquent Elephant, Taj Dubai

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on March 23, 2024

The Eloquent Elephant at Taj Dubai is all set to host an exclusive Indian Premier League (IPL) extravaganza from March 22 to April 14, 2024.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the excitement of cricket as The Eloquent Elephant transforms into the ultimate IPL hub. Whether you're a die-hard cricket fan or just looking for a vibrant atmosphere to enjoy with friends and family, this event promises an unforgettable experience.

Attendees can look forward to thrilling matches, delicious bites, and refreshing beverages. Plus, there's an exciting opportunity to predict the man of the match in every game and win amazing prizes.

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Here are the irresistible offers awaiting you:

  • Dive into the IPL action with a minimum spend of AED 150 for league matches and AED 250 for the finals, fully redeemable against the exquisite a la carte menu.

  • Indulge in three signature bar nibbles for just AED 99, perfect for snacking while enjoying the cricket action.

  • Experience the ultimate IPL experience with three hours of free-flowing house spirits, house grapes, bottled hops, and nibbles for AED 250.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to enjoy thrilling cricket matches alongside delectable treats at The Eloquent Elephant. Join us for an unparalleled IPL adventure!

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