Swire Group, whose activities span property, aviation, beverages, marine services, and trading and industrial, is a Hong Kong listed conglomerate. It is the parent of Hong Kong carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways, and Dragonair, and Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co (Haeco) is a subsidiary. Swire Pacific and Swire Properties are the main listed arms of the group, which also owns Swire Hotels.
On the Road
complied by Mike Currie
CANADIAN Airlines is offering a special economy class fare from Hong Kong to Canada for travel commencing before December 9, valid on weekdays only. HK-Vancouver is HK$4,525 one-way and $8,040 return.
There are also specials to Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg.
Meanwhile, Air Canada has announced that it will introduce thrice-weekly flights from Hong Kong to Vancouver from December 22, and will add a further weekly flight next April 9.
The new service will provide a further 1,700 seats each week to Canada.
Flights will initially leave Kai Tak on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Return flights will leave Vancouver on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. DRAGONAIR is to launch a ski package to Mount Zao in Sendai, Japan, from December 1 to April 15. The four days/three nights tour costs $7,520 on a twin share basis and includes round-trip tickets, accommodation, daily buffet breakfast, airport transfers and travel insurance.
There will be a free shuttle between the hotel and ski resort, 20 per cent discount on whole day ski passes, and 30 per cent discount on set dinners. Extensions of stay can also be arranged.
PETS are welcome at Holiday Inn Main Gate East in Kissimmee, Florida. Would you believe that there are in-room cat and dog beds, an outdoor fenced-in grassy play area, and vet on 24-hour call. Who coined the phrase 'It's a dog's life'? VIRGIN Atlantic is offering return economy tickets to London between December 1-10 and 25-31 for $8,100. Round-trip between December 11-24 is $9,950. Passengers can connect via British Midland to a European city such as Paris, Frankfurt or Amsterdam for a further $400 (December 11-24) or $250 during the other two periods.
PASSENGERS arriving at Sydney airport will now have to pay a Noise Levy Tax of A$3.40 (about HK$20) per person.
The tax is collected when tickets are issued. Copy for On The Road should be faxed to 2980-3140 or mailed to Features, GPO Box 47, Hong Kong.