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On track for the 'Coastal Passage'

The World Travel Awards will be announced in Singapore on October 18.

The World Travel Awards will be announced in Singapore on October 18.

The Rocky Mountaineer train will be adding a new route next year between Seattle and Vancouver.



The so-called "Coastal Passage" will become the fifth route served by the luxury train, and the first to depart from a US city. The rail cars will be exclusively of the luxury "Gold Leaf" class, the company says. Likewise new in next year’s programme will be a stopover in Lake Louise on the First Passage to the West route. Until now, a change of trains in Banff was needed for Lake Louise.

Crazy for coconuts

For those who want to know everything about coconuts, the Thala Beach Lodge in Port Douglas, Queensland is offering tours of coconut groves. During the two-hour stroll, participants are told about the health benefits of the fruit and are invited to sample coconut milk and flesh, the Queensland tourism information office reports. Tours are held on Fridays, starting at 10 am local time.

Disney to open in Shanghai

The first Disneyland in mainland China will open in Shanghai only in 2015, but that has not stopped the world-famous theme park from spreading its cheer there. Disney, which holds the remaining 43 per cent share, has estimated that the resort itself will cost roughly US$4.4 billion. The park is expected to feature water rides that may be modelled after the Pirates of the Caribbean, some Chinese pavilions, a lake, a shopping district and two Disney-theme hotels.

Jetstar boosts Asian routes

Jetstar will increase its capacity to key and emerging markets across its Southeast Asian network with the arrival of the 17th A320 aircraft to the Jetstar Asia business. The carrier will add 70,000 extra seats to its monthly schedule from October 28, boosting capacity on services from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Phuket and Yangon. Jetstar will operate up to 61 weekly return services between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in the new schedule, providing customers with more timely connections on popular services through Singapore to Manila, Perth and Taipei. The carrier's four-time weekly service direct service to Yangon will increase to a daily offering.

Chinese Airbus plant turns out 100th craft

The 100th A320 Family aircraft assembled at Airbus' A320 Family Final Assembly Line China (FALC) was handed over recently to Air China. This delivery from the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre comes some three years after the first aircraft was delivered - on June 22, 2009. The new A320, powered by IAE V2500 engines, is configured in a typical two-class layout with eight business class and 150 economy class seats. The aircraft will be deployed on domestic routes linking Shanghai to other cities in China. Air China now operates 93 A320 Family aircraft, one of the biggest A320 Family fleets in China.




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