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News that Lufthansa is eliminating First Class from two routes to the US (at least for summer 2018), news of a new Hilton opening in a beautiful part of Europe, details of an Emirates schedule change which sees an extension to the cut in service to New York and news that Singapore Airlines has scheduled its new A380 on its routes to London and Hong Kong.
Hilton Opens A New Property At Lake Como
The Italian lakes offer some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe (one of the reasons the likes of George Clooney have a house there) and Hilton has just opened a new property just yards from the shores of the most famous lake in the region – Lake Como.
Image courtesy of Hilton
With 170 guest rooms, the Hilton Lake Como is the largest property on the lake and, although not constructed directly on the lake itself, offers “spectacular view of the lake from modern and elegantly designed rooms“.
Here’s what Hilton has to say about its new property:
Ideally located in the residential heart of the city, between central Como and the Swiss border, the hotel places guests steps away from a haven of romantic villas and luscious gardens including the promenade along Lake Como and the neoclassical Villa Olmo. As one of the most culturally rich and historically significant regions in the world, guests will be able to explore the city’s many world-famous works of art, churches, museums, theatres, parks and palaces. If seeking an active holiday, the hotel provides easy access to a number golf courses, tennis courts and water activities including boat trips and sailing lessons. For those looking to explore the glamorous style of Italy, Milan is only 45 minutes away and there are several authentic shopping outlets nearby the hotel.
If you’re looking to book this property with Hilton Honors points it will cost you anywhere between 29,000 and 80,000 points per night based on what I can see online right now with most nights falling in the 56,000 – 67,000 range.
Emirates Extends Service Cuts To New York
Previous schedule updates had already told us that Emirates was set to cut one of its three daily non-stop A380 flights between Dubai and New York JFK from 25 March with the cut scheduled to last though the end of May….but this has now changed.
In its latest update (courtesy of RoutesOnline) Emirates is no longer taking reservations for flights EK207 and EK208 (departing Dubai at 15:00 and JFK at 16:35 respectively) through 26 November 2018.
This leaves Emirates with two non-stop flights between Dubai and New York JFK flying on the following schedule:
EK203 DXB 02:50 – 08:50 JFK (Daily A380 Service)
EK201 DXB 08:30 – 14:25 JFK (Daily A380 Service)
EK204 JFK 11:20 – 07:50+1 day DXB (Daily A380 Service)
EK202 JFK 23:00 – 19:45+1 day DXB (Daily A380 Service)
As with all airline schedules this information is open to change but, for the time being, New York is set to get significantly less non-stop service from Emirates in 2018.
Singapore Airlines Will Offer Its New Cabins On Flights To London & Hong Kong
New Singapore Airlines A380 Suites
So far the new cabins have only been available on flights between Singapore and Sydney but, starting in February, passengers flying to London and Hong Kong will have the option of the new products too.
London Dates & Flights
- From 16 February 2018 SQ322 (Singapore – London) will offer the new cabins on Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays.
- From 17 February to 7 April 2018 SQ305 (London – Singapore) will offer the new cabins on Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays
- From 7 April 2018 SQ317 (London – Singapore) will offer the new cabins on Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays
Hong Kong Dates & Flights
- From 18 February to 6 April 2018 SQ860 (Singapore – Hong Kong) and SQ860 (Hong Kong – Singapore) will offer the new cabins on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays.
- From 8 April 2018 SQ856 (Singapore – Hong Kong) and SQ861 (Hong Kong – Singapore) will offer the new cabins on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays.
Lufthansa Cuts First Class Service To The US
RoutesOnline has reported a number of changes to Lufthansa’s schedule out of Munich and a close look at these changes shows that the airline is using its new A350 aircraft to eliminate First Class from two of its routes to the US (at least for the summer season).
The A350s that Lufthansa is flying on the affected routes offer 48 Business Class seats and 21 Premium Economy seats but do not feature a First Class cabin. The aircraft that the A350s are replacing (the A340-600s) all offer 8 First Class seats and, with 56 Business Class seats and 28 Premium Economy seats, noticeably more premium cabin seating overall.
From 25 March Lufthansa is slowly replacing the A340-600 that was set to operate on the Munich – Denver route with one of its new A350 aircraft. The A340 will continue operating 1 – 2 flights a week up until 30 June but, from 1 July through 27 October, it’s the A350 all the way.
Interestingly, from 28 October the A350 no longer appears on this route but, in its place, Lufthansa has only scheduled an A330-300 which also doesn’t feature a First Class cabin (there’s no sign of the A340 returning). Has First Class been removed from this route for good?
Also from 25 March, Lufthansa is swapping out the A340-600 which operates the Munich – Newark route with a shiny new A350 through 28 October which is when, for the time being, the A340 is scheduled to return.