All Nippon Airways and Air Canada will begin a non-stop code-share service between Nagoya in Japan and Vancouver four times a week from Monday. The service, to be operated with an Air Canada Boeing 767-300 aircraft, will increase to five flights per week on April 1 and to a daily service in May. www.ana.co.jp.
Singapore plans to introduce a travel portal, bringing together key elements of the city-state's tourism industry, and a multi-function tourist card. The tourist card would allow payment of transport and other services, including entertainment and food, to streamline any travel in the Asian travel hub.
The recent European foot-and-mouth scare has illustrated how unexpected problems can hinder travel. There is a world of potential trip disruptions, including disease outbreaks, earthquakes, weather and political disturbances. Ijet Travel Intelligence has opened the world's first global travel intelligence operations centre to alert travellers when travel disruptions arise. www.ijet.com.
Sabena Airlines, which operates on several routes across the Atlantic Ocean, has introduced a new business class and first class. The airline is offering several special deals, including free travel for a companion, double bonus miles and a US-Europe round-trip from US$358. www.sabena.com.