On the right track
The trains in Spain are run mainly by Renfe state-owned railways.
Thanks to a new range of anytime tickets, holidaymakers can now take between four and 12 return journeys a month to any destination in the land. Four trips cost a flat rate of 168 euros (Bt6,630) for a second-class seat or 236 euros for a seat in a first class compartment. For 12 trips the fee is 404 or 576 euros respectively. Another cut-price Renfe ticket includes visits to museums along the way at reduced rates. All the offers are available on the Internet, at railway stations and from travel agents.
Turkish Airlines adds a 200th aircraft to its fleet, ensuring the airline's position as a rising star in global aviation. This will give Turkish Airlines Europe's youngest and most modern fleet as it works towards its goal of having the largest global network. It is presently the world's fifth largest airline. Turkish Airlines currently operates daily flights from Bangkok to Istanbul and 7 frequencies a week from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City. Visit www.TurkishAirlines.com.
Singapore's Changi Airport is making its free airport-wide wireless Internet access even easier to enjoy. Under the current long-standing arrangement, travellers need to call at one of the airport's information desks and show their passport to receive a login code for the ’Wireless@SG’ network. But a new service being tested at the terminals removes that onerous step to a simple click-and-go process. Look for the new '#WiFi@Changi' wireless network on your laptop, tablet or smartphone, and get connected.
Direct to Vladivostok
Asiana Airlines has launched flights between Seoul Incheon, South Korea and Vladivostok, Russia. The new flight operates daily with an Airbus A321 aircraft, departing Incheon at 9.20am and returning from Vladivostok at 3.10pm. The new route connects travellers from Korea to Vladivostok - the largest port city in Russia's eastern coast and the starting point of the Trans-Siberian Railway, which connects to Moscow and is the longest rail journey in the world.
Gandalf takes to the air
Air New Zealand has unveiled a Boeing aircraft recently decorated with a giant canvas depicting scenes from the latest JRR Tolkien fantasy movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey". The 73-metre-long canvas featuring Gandalf with a backdrop from the film is the largest graphic to be applied to an aircraft, according to the state-owned company. The official Hobbit plane will fly between Auckland, Los Angeles and London. - DPA