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AIR FRANCE’s Business Class Michelin Stars

Air France has mapped out its Business cabin menu design right through until February 2020, and it probably won’t surprise you to learn that airline’s in-flight menus are in very capable, star-spangled hands.

From July to October 2019, Savoyard chef, Guy Martin, a groundbreaking chef of his generation, will treat Business Class customers to his renowned gourmet creations.

Air France chefs Andrée Rosier, Guy Martin and Julien Royer.

Awarded two Michelin stars, Martin’s cuisine has multiple and surprising sources – memories of trips, colours, smells, sensations and emotions, which have inspired him.

Martin’s Seared Pike perch on an Air France business class menu.

From November 2019 to February 2020, martin hands the Business class apron strings over to Andrée Rosier for the first time. The first female chef to be awarded the title of Meilleur ouvrier de France in 2007, and a Michelin-starred chef herself, Rosier delivers authentic, innovative cuisine based on Basque culture, predominated by fresh seasonal produce.

The airline’s Singapore departures will be handled by another French chef with two Michelin stars, Julien Royer. Like Singapore, Royer offers a cosmopolitan cuisine with carefully selected seasonal products.

We have some brilliant Business Class airfares with Air France in conjunction with Qantas.

Sydney to Paris return from just $5999!

Fare shown was correct at 16 July 2019, but is subject to availability and change. It is based on a journey departing Sydney on 20 October 2019, and routes via Hong Kong.

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WE KNOW: Hong Kong Whistle Stops

David Thompson, Manager – Sales & Client Experience at The Travel Authority Corporate in Sydney recently breezed through Asia’s Big Apple on a literal whistle-stop visit. He packed plenty into just a few hours.

Here’s how he did it.

Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350 aircraft.

I flew aboard Cathay Pacific’s brand new A350 aircraft, a fantastic product with state of the art technology and immaculate service.

After a comfortable 7 hours sleep, I touched down in Hong Kong determined to turn a rather lengthy transit into a chance to explore one of my favourite cities.

Hong Kong’s Airport Express train.

The Airport Express train from Hong Kong International Airport to Kowloon takes just 22 minutes. It departs from directly outside the arrivals hall at the Airport.

With only six hours on the ground, I had done my research on the excellent Hong Kong Tourism Website and had all the information I needed. So, following one of their suggestions, I focused on the emerging area of Sham Shui Po which Time Out Hong Kong describes as ‘a district of simple pleasures’.

Previously a blue-collar suburb, it is now a foodies and shoppers paradise, offering plenty of cheap but cheerful experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the city.

I went straight to Tim Ho Wan, purveyors of Hong Kong’s most famous dim-sum. Humble, unpretentious, Tim Ho Wan is, remarkably, Michelin starred and serves delicious dumplings, noodles and rice dishes.

With dishes from just HK$28 (AU$5-ish), Tim Ho Wan is considered the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant in the world.

So Tim Ho Wan deliciously ticked-off, I followed the ‘Simple Flavours‘ foodie walking tour through Sham Shui Po as suggested on the Discover Hong Kong website. This delivered a mobile feast of amazing bites to eat, and a kaleidoscope of eclectic local designer and up-cycled clothes at the open-air street markets.

Exploring the culinary delights of Kowloon’s Sham Shui Po neighbourhood.

with my senses satisfied, it was time to return to the airport for my onward journey to New York with Cathay Pacific. The super-efficient Airport Express train did it job once again, and I was in the air in no time.

Flying to the East Coast of the U.S. via Asia might seem like the long way around, but apart from tasty explorations of your transit city, there’s another benefit: You avoid the notorious immigration and connection nightmares that can strike at Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Touchdown at JFK.

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Cathay Pacific’s ‘Hong Kong Flavours’

Cathay Pacific believes there’s no taste like home and, to make the point, the airline has rolled out a new ‘Hong Kong Flavours’ dining concept in all classes.

What should hungry passengers expect?

How about wok-fried lobster in broth with crispy and steamed rice? Or fish ball and fish cake flat rice noodle soup? Soy-braised chicken with Chinese sausage on steamed jasmine rice?

Fish ball and fish cake flat rice noodle soup.

Yum.

Launched to celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of the city’s rich gastronomic traditions, Hong Kong Flavours features a variety of local specialities available in all cabin classes on long-haul routes from the airline’s home hub.

Braised brisket with flat rice noodles in special beef broth.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Customer Experience and Design, Vivian Lo, said that for Hong Kong people, the dishes convey a feeling of home, while also representing a tasty introduction of authentic local flavours for those visiting from abroad.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that people from Hong Kong are crazy about food; and as Hong Kong’s home airline, it is important that our inflight dining reflects our heritage,” she said.

Stir fried pork and shallots in chilli tomato sauce on egg noodles.

Menu highlights in First Class include braised abalone with flower shiitake and choy sum-layered bean curd, while Business Class passengers can look forward to dishes such as roasted duck with lai fun rice noodles in soup and Hong Kong-style milk tea pudding with tapioca pearls.

Passengers in Premium Economy Class have the option of tasting, among other options, steamed halibut with Tai O preserved mustard greens and steamed jasmine rice as well as yin yang fried rice. Meanwhile, dishes served in Economy Class include Hong Kong-style seafood curry rice.

Traditional steamed pork and water chestnut patties on jasmine rice.

Enhancements have also been made to the airline’s in-flight beverage program with a premium range of Chinese teas including jasmine, oolong and pu’er from renowned local tea purveyor Fook Ming Tong being rolled out progressively in Economy Class.

Finally, to celebrate the Year of the Pig, Cathay Pacific will be serving a selection of auspicious dishes over the Chinese New Year period and throughout February. These special festive offerings include braised garoupa with bean curd and shiitake mushrooms and E fu noodle soup with crab meat sauce.

Hong Kong Flavours is Cathay Pacific’s newest inflight dining concept and follows on from the summer launch of the airline’s well-received restaurant-style Business Class service, which is being introduced on all long-haul flights.

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Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong Yoga & Meditation Space

Cathay Pacific passengers can now stretch, relax and rejuvenate at a new dedicated yoga and meditation space, The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga at The Pier Business Class lounge, Hong Kong.

“This is a lovely touch to an already impressive airport lounge”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

Designed in partnership with The Pure Group, The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga is a 700 square-foot area divided into two zones – The Body Sanctuary, which is dedicated to yoga, and The Mind Sanctuary, where travellers can meditate to calm the mind.

The Pier Business Class lounge offers an impressive range of experiences for guests.

“Whether it’s dining at our popular Noodle Bar, catching up with some work, or enjoying a drink at the bar or at the Teahouse, there are myriad ways for our customers to spend time at the lounge. Now they’ll also be encouraged to meditate and practice yoga before flying with us”, said Cathay Pacific General Manager Customer Experience and Design, Vivian Lo.

The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga is open to travellers who have access to Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge at Hong Kong Airport, as well as Diamond, Gold and Silver Marco Polo Club members. Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon First and Business Class passengers will also be able to enjoy the new offering.

The Sanctuary is the latest collaboration between Cathay Pacific and the Hong Kong-headquartered Pure Group following the January 2018 launch of ‘Travel Well with Yoga’, a series of inflight videos to help passengers ease into their journeys with meditation and yoga.

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New Overnight Qantas Service To Hong Kong

Qantas has re-timed one of its two daily flights from Sydney to Hong Kong from 31 March 2019, offering customers the choice of a midday or evening departure from Sydney.

From 31 March, Qantas’ Airbus A330 operated evening (9.20pm) departure from Sydney will arrive in Hong Kong 5.00am local time.

QF117 will operate overnight and arrive into Hong Kong in the morning, providing more options for onward connections to other destinations in Asia, including those operated by Qantas’ new codeshare partner Cathay Pacific.

Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said the changes reinforced the airline’s commitment to Hong Kong.

“Hong Kong is an incredibly important market for Qantas and we continue to see strong demand from premium and corporate travellers,” said Ms Webster.

The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper, agrees.

“This is a smart move from Qantas”, said Hosper.

“We expect the new overnight Qantas service to be popular with many of our corporate clients looking for an early morning connection through Hong Kong to other parts of Asia”, Hosper added.

Qantas’ return service on QF118 departs Hong Kong daily at 10.35pm, arriving back into Sydney at 10.00am.

Qantas operates 28 flights per week to Hong Kong from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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New Cathay Pacific-QANTAS Codeshare Agreement

Cathay Pacific and Qantas flyers will benefit from a new codeshare agreement that leverages the strengths of each carrier’s regional networks.

Subject to regulatory approval, the agreement will see Qantas add its code to Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon services from Hong Kong to 10 cities across India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and on Cathay Pacific’s long-haul services from Hong Kong to Perth and Cairns.

In turn, Cathay Pacific will add its code to 13 routes on Qantas’ domestic network in Australia.

“This new agreement will be great for those who travel through Hong Kong on the Cathay Pacific network”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn more Qantas Points and status credits when travelling on the Qantas-coded flights. Similarly, Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club members will earn more Club Points when travelling on Cathay Pacific-coded flights.

Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said the new codeshare agreement was part of Qantas’ strategy of operating to key global hubs and providing customers with access to an expanded network with airline partners based in those ports.

“This new codeshare partnership also forms part of our growth strategy for the broader Asia region, with strong demand for travel between Australia and Asia. It’s good news for Qantas customers who will have more travel options, greater opportunities to earn frequent flyer points, and a premium experience onboard both home carriers”, said Webster.

Cathay Pacific and Qantas together operate more than 100 services a week between Hong Kong and Australia. As oneworld alliance partners, eligible flyers will continue to enjoy access to both Cathay Pacific and Qantas lounges in Australia and Hong Kong, as well as other oneworld associated lounges across both airlines’ networks.

Tickets for the codeshare services will be available for sale from 22 October 2018, for travel from 28 October 2018.

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