In Brief: Fly On Delta’s 747 From Hawaii, El Al Expands Newark Service & More


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A few of the stories that have caught my eye recently but that didn’t warrant a post of their own. Includes a one-off opportunity to fly on a Delta 747 between Honolulu and the mainland, news of El Al’s greatly increased service to Newark, Singapore Airlines launching a corporate loyalty program and Emirates adding back flights to Orlando.

Singapore Airlines Launches “HighFlyer” Corporate Rewards Program

Designed for Small & Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) Singapore Airlines has introduced the HighFlyer program aimed at rewarding companies for when their employees fly with Singapore Airlines or SilkAir.

Interestingly this doesn’t appear to be restricted to SMEs in Singapore as the application form accepts addresses from all over the world, including the US.

Here’s what Singapore Airlines’ press release says:

Corporates will earn HighFlyer points while employees continue to earn KrisFlyer miles each time an employee flies with Singapore Airlines or SilkAir, making it a more rewarding way to travel for business. With no minimum annual travel spend required, corporates earn five HighFlyer points for every S$1 spend on tickets booked through Singapore Airlines’ corporate booking platform or an appointed travel agent.

The HighFlyer program is free to join and employees must be registered as KrisFlyer members in order to be added as eligible travelers of the company and for their flights to be considered for HighFlyer points accrual.

Earning HighFlyer Points

SMEs will earn 5 HighFlyer points for every Singapore Dollar (SGD) spent and these will be credited to the SME’s account after each flight.

HighFlyer points will expire after 3 years regardless of account activity.

Spending HighFlyer Points

HighFlyer points can be used to pay for flights on Singapore Airlines or SilkAir in full or in part (with the balance being paid in cash).

SMEs need a minimum of 3,000 HighFlyer points to make a redemption and, based on examples given by Singapore Airlines……

….it would appear as if 1 HighFlyer point = SGD 0.01

With 5 HighFlyer points being awarded for every SGD spent this new program essentially offers SMEs a 5% rebate on their flights booked with Singapore Airlines or SilkAir.

I’ve applied to join the HighFlyer program (there appears to be a vetting process) and I plan on updating this blog as and when I hear back from Singapore Airlines.


El Al Expands Service To Newark

From summer 2018 El Al (the national airline of Israel in case anyone didn’t know) plans to increase service between Tel Aviv and Newark from 6 to 11 flights per week – that’s quite an increase!

The flights will be operated by a mix of Boeing 777-200ER and 787-9 Dreamliners with the Dreamliner first appearing on this route from 29 October 2017.

From 25 March 2018 El Al’s operations to Newark should look like this:

LY027 TLV 00:30 – 05:40 EWR (Fri only 777 service)
LY027 TLV 01:15 – 06:00 EWR (Mon – Thur & Sun 787 service)
LY025 TLV 13:50 – 18:35 EWR (Mon – Thur & Sun 787 service)

LY028 EWR 13:30 – 06:55+1 day TLV (Mon – Thur & Sun 787 service)
LY026 EWR 21:00 – 14:25+1 day TLV (Mon – Thur & Sun 787 service)
LY026 EWR 23:30 – 17:10+1 day TLV (Sat only 777 service)


Delta Schedules One-Off 747 Flight Between Honolulu, Los Angeles & Detroit

As part of a flight that appears to be operating purely to repatriate a 747 from Tokyo, Delta will operate a 747 between Honolulu and Los Angeles on 5 September 2017 before the aircraft continues on to Detroit.

This appears to be the route being flown:

4 September

DL576 NRT 17:00 – 07:18 + 1 Day HNL

5 September

DL1284 HNL 10:35 – 18:50 LAX

DL1352 LAX 23:10 – 06:26+ 1 Day DTW

While the premium cabin appears to already be sold out (or not yet available) on the Los Angeles – Detroit sector, First Class seats are on offer between Honolulu and LA for $721.


Emirates Increases Orlando Service

Emirates used tom operate a year-round daily service between Dubai and Orlando but, thanks to decreased loads and other economic pressures, the airline reduced its Orlando flights to 5 per week back in April.

Now, however, it would appear that Emirates is prepared to increase the number of flights it offers to Orlando…at least during peak seasons.

Between 1 August and 29 September 2017 and 5 December 2017 and 30 January 2018 Emirates will go back to offering a daily service between Dubai and Orlando.

EK219 DXB 02:50 – 09:55 MCO
EK220 MCO 13:30 – 12:20+1 Day DXB

The route will still be operated by 777-300ER aircraft and not the far better A380 (the Business Class cabin on the 777 is poor) but at least this is a positive step by Emirates.

[Multi HTs to RoutesOnline]

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