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AVIATION NEWS YOU CAN USE


Air Transat unveils booking prizes ahead of trade push


Benjamin Coren


benjamin.coren@ travelweekly.co.uk


Canadian carrier Air Transat is giving agents the chance to win a holiday in the country as it reares to raise its rofie ith the UK trade.


The carrier is giving away


three prizes in an agent booking competition. The top booker will receive two Club Class tickets to fly anywhere on Air Transat’s network along with C$2,000 (£1,130) in spending money. Second prize is a pair of Option Plus economy tickets anywhere on Air Transat’s network and a , shopping voucher, while the third top booker will win an Apple atch To be in with a chance of winning,


agents mst make an Air Transat booking between March 20 and April  The more bookings made, the more chances to win. Air Transat is also teaming


up with the QuébecOriginal tourist board to host a fam trip in the summer and plans similar


Sleep in the sky with Thomas Cook’s new inflight Sleeper Seat


attresses that fit across three seats to create a temporary bed are being introduced on some Thomas ook Airlines long-hal rotes The Sleeper Seat is available for


adults and children aged 12-plus on flights from ay , with prices starting at £200 one-way. The mattress is set up across economy-class seats at the rear of the aircraft by cabin crew after


SLEEPER SEAT: The mattress fits across three economy-class seats


take-off t incldes a fitted sheet, head rest, pillow, blanket and amenity kit.


26travelweekly.co.uk21 March 2019 WIN! AIR TRANSAT: The carrier aims to raise its profile. Inset: Adrian Keating


“Air Transat has flown to the UK for 30 years but our awareness here is less than 10%”


partnerships with other provinces as well as a mega-fam this year. Additionally, Air Transat has


oined the Association of Toring  Adentre ppliers and is rging agents to approach it for support. Adrian eating, Air Transat’s


commercial director for the  and reland, said e want to be the trael trade’s best friend and be as supportive as we can. “The trade plays a really


important part in the success of the bsiness here The airline has flown to the  for oer  years bt or awareness here is less than 10%. e need to ensre the trade are


aware of how good the product is.”  Find out more about the


booking competition at comp. travelweekly.co.uk/AirTransat


Thomas ook Airlines commercial director Henry Sunley said e always look for ways to innoate and leeper eat is a  first that we are really prod of “It is a fantastic way to


transform yor flying eperience and enoy some etra comfort when flying in economy t’s fleible too, as while only one person can use Sleeper Seat at a time, you can swap with other people in your group during the flight  bt it’s entirely p to yo if


you want to share.” thomascookairlines.com


NEWS IN BRIEF


Jet2.com adds nine new routes for summer 2020


Jet2.com has expanded its summer 2020 programme with nine new routes as it put flights on sale from six UK airports. The new services are Birmingham to Kefalonia, Nice, Budapest and Murcia; Stansted to Murcia, Bergerac and La Rochelle; Newcastle to Kos; and Belfast International to Izmir. The programme also includes 49 destinations from Leeds Bradford and 48 from Manchester. Summer 2020 flights from Jet2’s other UK bases have yet to be revealed. jet2.com


Emirates to fly twice-daily from Stansted to Dubai


Emirates is to add a second daily flight between Stansted and Dubai. The additional frequency will start on July 1, meaning the carrier will operate 11 daily flights to and from three London airports to its Dubai hub. emirates.com


Air China to switch flights to Chengdu to Heathrow


Air China is switching its London flights to Chengdu from Gatwick to Heathrow from April 2. The airline, which has operated from Gatwick since July 2018, said Heathrow offered passengers “a more efficient and convenient flight experience”. airchina.co.uk


Ryanair ramps up its summer flights to Alicante


Ryanair has added extra summer flights to Alicante from a range of UK airports between July and September 2019. The carrier’s services to the Spanish city will increase to twice-daily from Birmingham, five times a week from Bournemouth, 12 times a week from Bristol, 11 times a week from Liverpool and 16 times a week from Stansted. ryanair.com


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