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Looking for a way to drop some casual aviation knowledge to impress your boss at the water cooler? This article couldn’t have come at a better time.

‘Young at Heart’ Business Class fares on-sale

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South African Airways have re-introduced a Senior Business Class airfare for sale from now until 31 August 2019.

The fare is available on outbound and inbound flights from Sunday to Thursday from 3 to 31 March, 1 May to 30 September and 3 November until 28 November 2019 and is applicable to Australia originating passengers age 65+ at the time of outbound travel.

Fares to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban are as follows including taxes and government charges;

ADL return business class AU$4101.00

BNE return business class AU$4107.00

MEL return business class AU$4096.00

SYD return business class AU$4097.00

PER return business class AU$5072.00

There are also airfares available to 20 other destinations within Africa.

Air New Zealand shrinks some domestic fares by half

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Air New Zealand is slashing its lowest domestic fares by up to 50 percent from today.

Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the move to shrink fares is the biggest overhaul of the airline’s domestic pricing structure in more than a decade and will see more than three-quarters of a million seats a year available for less than $50.

Berlin on a budget

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It is possible to fly to Europe even if yo­­u are on a budget, and Berlin is the style of city that offers travellers so much choice, in all four seasons. Fly there with Scoot’s incredible “Berlin on a Budget” sale fares from $299 one way from Perth, including taxes (bags and food extra), on sale from 1000 (Perth time) on Monday 4th March 2019. From Gold Coast fares start at $309 one way, and $319 from Sydney and Melbourne, including taxes (bags and food extra). Fares on sale till 2359 Sunday 10th March (Perth time).

If you like to long-haul yourself in style, ScootBiz fares start from $1059 from Perth, all inclusive of taxes, 30KG check-in baggage, 15KG hand luggage, meals and entertainment, in-seat power and priority boarding to your leather reclining seat with a footrest. $1099 from Gold Coast, and $1299 from Sydney or Melbourne.

Berlin is a short 1.5-hour drive to many river cruise embarkation points, and it is a central launch pad for exploring central and northern Europe.

Qatar Airways Partners with IATA to Launch Diversity & Inclusion Awards

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Qatar Airways is proud to partner with The International Air Transport Association (IATA) for the launch of the ‘IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards’, which promote greater gender diversification in the aviation industry. The airline has committed to supporting the awards for the next ten years, as it recognises the need to encourage women to succeed and excel at all levels of the industry.

IATA has created three categories of awards: Inspirational Role Model, High Flyer, and Diversity & Inclusion Team. Each category comes with $25,000 in prize money payable to the awardee or their nominated charity working on diversity and inclusion projects.

South African Airways Increase West African Connectivity

South African Airways (SAA) has enhanced connectivity for its customers travelling to, from and beyond the West Africa region following the successful completion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Africa World Airlines (AWA), the airline’s Ghanaian partner.

On Monday Mr Vuyani Jarana, CEO for SAA and Mr John Quan, CEO for ‘AWA, officially signed the MOU allowing the two airlines to enhance their relationship through synergies that include code sharing, franchising and any other related projects.

With effect from April, SAA increases the frequency from Accra to Washington to five flights per week. SAA offers the only nonstop flight between Ghana and Washington D.C. and convenient connections to / from over 100 cities across the U.S. and Canada through its Star Alliance partner, United Airlines via Washington, D.C.-Dulles.

LATAM Airlines Peru to offer non-stop flights between Cusco and La Paz

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LATAM Airlines Peru has announced that it will introduce five weekly non-stop flights between Cusco (Peru) and La Paz (Bolivia) starting 1 July 2019, subject to government approval.

The route will reduce travel times between the two cities by four hours and 15 minutes and will be operated by Airbus A319 aircraft with capacity for 144 passengers, offering 75,024 seats annually. Tickets are available from today via latam.com and other sales channels.

Qatar Airways to Increase Flights to Popular South African Destinations of Johannesburg and Cape Town

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Qatar Airways is delighted to announce it will be increasing the number of weekly flights on its popular routes to South Africa from July 2019.

Weekly flight frequencies to Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest metropolis, will increase from 14 to 18 from July, rising to 19 in August. A further two flights will be added to the airline’s winter schedule, taking the total number of weekly frequencies to 21 by the end of October 2019.

In addition, passengers hoping to soak up some sun on some of South Africa’s most beautiful scenic beaches will be able to take advantage of the addition of three extra flights on the Cape Town route, taking the total from seven to 10, from 27 October 2019.

British Airways liveried aircraft takes to the skies 

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British Airways today unveiled the second in its series of heritage liveries – a British European Airways (BEA) design on an Airbus 319 – as it touched down at Heathrow this morning.
The arrival drew large crowds to Shannon, where the aircraft was painted, and Heathrow, British Airways’ home.

The A319, registration G-EUPJ, is adorned with the BEA livery, which flew predominantly on domestic and European routes between 1959 and 1968. However, there is one significant difference with the replica; the aircraft will have a grey upper wing, rather than the traditional red, to meet current wing paint reflectivity requirements.

The aircraft, which has been painted to mark British Airways’ centenary, enters service this afternoon with its maiden commercial flight in its new colours to Manchester. After this, it will continue to fly routes across the UK and Europe, with the design remaining on the aircraft until it retires next year. As with the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) liveried 747, the aircraft can be followed using tracking website Flightradar24, which will feature a special image of the livery.

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