In Brief


Thai launches airport spa treatments
PREMIUM class travellers on Thai Airways can now enjoy a range of exceptional lounge and spa facilities at the world’s newest gateway, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Now, Royal First Class travellers have access to the sumptuous Royal Spa located in Concourse D, a haven of well-being with three luxuriously appointed spa suites providing gentle and relaxing full body massage using traditional techniques with pure herbal essence aromatherapy oils, changeable-colour water Jacuzzi, Sauna and Steam rooms.
Mobile phone check-in standard out
IATA has announced a global standard for mobile phone check-in, which enables airlines to send two-dimensional barcodes,Mobile phone check-in enables airlines to send 2D bar codes directly to a passenger’s mobile handset. The bar code becomes the passenger’s boarding pass and it is read directly from the screen of the mobile device, eliminating paper completely from the check-in process. The industry has set a deadline of the end of 2010 to implement 100 per cent barcoded boarding passes. Upon full implementation, BCBP will save the industry over $500 million annually.

Lufthansa ups Dubai flights
LUFTHANSA German Airlines has increased its frequency on the Dubai-Frankfurt route with three additional flights starting October 28. Lufthansa passengers will now have the convenience to choose a day flight departing Dubai every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 10.40 arriving at 14:40 in Frankfurt. In addition, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, the flight takes off from Frankfurt at 18:00 and arrives in Dubai at 03:05, said a Lufthansa official. The route will be served by an A340-300 aircraft configured in first, business and economy class.
Changi in Jordan airport plan
SINGAPORE’S Changi Airports International has signed a contract to prepare plans for development of Jordan’s King Hussein International Airport.
The deal covers the planned expansion of the airport at Aqaba, the use of nearby land to attract aviation-related investments, as well as environmental studies to minimise damage to the nearby Red Sea coral reefs, Changi Airport said in a statement.
The company did not say how much the deal was worth and a spokesman could not be contacted for comment.