Aviation

Big Fat Airline Wrap

It’s Tuesday and that means Airline Wrap day. It’s also cheap steak day at our local, so don’t expect any emails after 2pm.

Emirates teams up with Nigel Owens for a series of videos

Emirates and Welsh Rugby Referee Nigel Owens have teamed up in a series of humorous videos filmed at Emirates’ world-class lounge in Sydney.

The videos make light of Owens’ role as a referee, stopping departing couples from hugging due to “not releasing” as they say goodbye.

You can see one of the videos here.

Marhaba open its first airport lounge in Australia, for all airline passengers

Opening on the 12th September is Marhaba, Melbourne airport’s first premium airport lounge open to all airline passengers departing Melbourne.

Marhaba Melbourne is set to enhance the experience of international travel for all travellers, with a spacious 200 seat guest lounge featuring a quiet zone, shower facilities, and buffet cuisines from around the globe and a selection of Australia’s finest wines. And to assist with travel fatigue much-loved coffee provider Hudson Coffee is also onsite, preparing fresh coffee from its café.

Open seven days a week from 6am till midnight, the friendly, peaceful lounge allows passengers to relax in style no matter airline or class of travel.

Book now and dream ahead as Emirates launches early bird sale

Emirates is encouraging Australians to book now and dream ahead as it releases a range of competitive fares on more than 39 destinations as part of its early bird sale.

From 11 September until 4 October 2017, Emirates passengers will be able to take advantage of Emirates’ expansive European route network and superior service at competitive prices when flying to European hotspots such as London, Zagreb, Dublin and Barcelona.

Passengers can enjoy over 2,500 channels on its award-winning inflight entertainment system ice, generous baggage allowances and gourmet food and wine across all classes. Emirates has enhanced its onboard Wi-Fi offering, providing passengers up to 20MB of complementary Wi-Fi.

Emirates recently launched its 39th European destination with the addition of Zagreb, Croatia to its global route network as part of its continued commitment to improving passenger connectivity. Emirates is also set to launch a third daily service between Dubai and Brisbane on 1 December 2017, operated by a B777-200LR, in addition its existing two daily services.

Cathay Pacific’s Taste of Asia and Christmas Sales are now available

Last week Cathay Pacific launched two incredible promotions on fares to a range of destinations across the globe to encourage Aussies to end 2017 feeling well-travelled and inspired by culture.

Taste of Asia Sale:

The Taste of Asia Sale is an exciting promotion on companion fares from all Australian ports to over 60 popular cities across Asia.

This promotion offers Aussies looking to travel with their partner, family or friend the perfect opportunity to embark on a culinary adventure together across Asia. Fares start from just $659* return per person to Beijing and $782* return per person to Tokyo. The sale is on offer from 8 – 27 September 2017 for passengers looking to travel between 8 September 2017 and 31 January 2018.

On all flights passengers can experience Cathay Pacific’s award winning Economy Class, which is designed to make the travel journey a comfortable and seamless experience.

Christmas Sale:

For Aussies looking to celebrate Christmas a little differently this year, Cathay Pacific has also launched a sale on fares to Europe and North America.

This promotion offers great-value fares from all Australian ports to the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Israel, with the travel period of 8 September to 31 January 2018. Fares start from just $1,470* return per person to Europe and $1,614* return per person to North America. This sale is ideal for those considering to take a last-minute holiday for a celebration, a break from work, or to spend the festive holiday season in the Northern Hemisphere and enjoy a merry White Christmas.

Rex launches Port Augusta services 

Regional Express (Rex) will launch its new air service between Port Augusta and Adelaide
on Monday 11 September 2017.
Rex was awarded the route licence to operate passenger air services following an expression of interest by the South Australian government after the previous operator exited the route in May this year.
Rex will operate three return services per week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, providing up to 10,000 seats a year. The flight schedule is available in the Annex.
The service will also extend through to Coober Pedy which means that for the first time,  there will be air services linking Port Augusta to Coober Pedy, significantly enhancing the connectivity of these two cities for business, government, mining, and tourism related travel.

Binge-Viewing On Bumper Box Sets With Qatar Airways

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Qatar Airways’ award-winning in-flight entertainment system Oryx One now offers so many box sets of hit TV shows and major movies that a passenger could fly 20 times around the world before watching them all.

An incredible 920 hours of must-see movies and unmissable TV shows have been carefully chosen to feature in special box sets and collated collections to satisfy even the most dedicated binge-viewers, thanks to Qatar Airways’ award-winning in-flight entertainment offering.

That’s enough to keep an avid viewer entertained watching every single minute of all 106 box sets, collections and branded channels on board a Qatar Airways aircraft while it continuously circled the globe 20 times.

AirAsia and PublicisQ partner with Guy Sebastian to encourage Aussies to Fly Smarter

Ahead of its 10th anniversary of operations in Australia, AirAsia and creative agency PublicisQ are encouraging Australians to fly smarter with a new campaign that features Guy Sebastian in a 30-second commercial.

Sebastian was chosen for the campaign because of his appeal to everyday Aussies, his sense of humour and personal style, and affinity with the brand due to his Malaysian and Australian heritage.

The campaign also features a series of online videos on the many ways AirAsia keeps costs low for long-haul travel to Asia, with savings passed directly back to its passengers.

AirAsia has continued to focus on offering a great travel experience for Australians who love to fly for less with low fares but with added value. For example, passengers can book a premium flatbed for the same price as economy fares on full service airlines. Guests can also pre-book their inflight meals and inflight entertainment before they fly for greater savings.

Air Astana to offer passengers in-flight broadband speed connectivity

Passengers flying on Air Astana are now able to experience high-speed broadband In-Flight connectivity, with the airline’s first Boeing 767 featuring the service. The award-winning Kazakh air carrier has installed the Rockwell Collins cabin system, which utilises Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) Aviation capabilities to provide In-Flight connectivity.

The new service enables Air Astana passengers to surf the Internet, use various instant messenger applications, social networks, listen to audio and check e-mails via personal computers, tablets and smartphones. Broadband speed connectivity will be available to Business and Economy class passengers on all three of Air Astana’s Boeing 767s.

Depending on their individual needs, Air Astana passengers will be able to choose from three connectivity packages: The Light option will cover 15 Mb, the Business option will cover 50 Mb, and the Super option will cover 100 Mb. All services are estimated to operate at an average speed of two to five Mbps.

Sabre commentary of Asian airports adopting technology – attributed to Anupam Bokil, Vice President, Technology, Sabre Travel Network Asia Pacific 

As dispensable income grows in Asia and Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) bring air travel to millions – airports infrastructure are being taxed heavily. Airports are turning to technology, be it the usage of mobile technology (as Asia sees a huge penetration of mobile devices), personalisation or automation. The benefits of technology investments in the travel industry extends beyond automation and efficiency; for the traveller, it means they are able to enjoy a more relaxing, seamless and hassle-free experience.
While some of the Asian airports have been slower to adopt new technology, the top 3 airports from Skytrax’s World Airport Awards 2017 were all Asian airports. The success of these Asian airports lies in their ability to put the traveller experience at the core, from the physical environment, to security and immigration. While specific operating models are vastly different, they all utilise a common underlying technology-based ecosystem consisting of adaptive architecture, personal engagement and sense of place, smooth connectivity, seamless intelligence and operational excellence to create a truly “smart” airport.
The airport of the future is an intelligent environment: connected, immersive, personalised and multisensory. Airports are experimenting with this concept in various ways, such as tailoring the complete airport operating model to suit specific airline and traveller needs.

China Eastern delivers daily Shanghai – Brisbane flight

Just nine months after launching four times weekly flights between Brisbane and Shanghai, China Eastern has confirmed it will boost services to daily from November 2017.China is currently the second largest international visitor market for Brisbane Airport, averaging 14 per cent growth per year in the last five years, equating to 310,000+ inbound passengers from China each year.

Queensland is set to welcome more than 120,000 new visitors over the next four years with China Eastern Airlines to increase its direct Shanghai-Brisbane flights to daily.

The Palaszczuk Government is investing $33.5 million through the Advance Queensland: Connecting with Asia Strategy matched by industry contributions to increase the growth of visitors from across Asia.

KAYAK.com.au launches the first KAYAK ‘Xclusive’ hot deals in Australia with Scoot

KAYAK.com.au has made bagging the best bargain even easier with the launch of its first airline partner promotional campaign with Scoot – KAYAK ‘Xclusive’. The promotion will offer exclusive low fares for one-way flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, or Gold Coast to amazing destinations in Asia and Europe starting from $125. These deals can only be found on KAYAK.com.au and nowhere else.

When users search for Scoot flights to destinations in Asia and Europe on KAYAK.com.au, they will be presented with exclusive discounted fares. By clicking through the “View Deal” button, users will be re-directed to Scoot’s booking page to complete the booking.

The KAYAK ‘Xclusive’ offer will be available from September 7th to September 11th, 2017, for the travel period between September 7th to October 28th, 2017. Users will see delightful deals to a range of exotic and popular destinations such as Singapore, Bangkok, Athens, Hong Kong, Denpasar, Chennai, Maldives and more.

AirAsia’s Network-wide Mega Sale is back!

The 2017 Skytrax World’s Best Low-Cost Carrier AirAsia is offering its extremely popular Mega Sale fares to Asia from Australia from as low as $99* one-way for a limited time.

Travellers can fly to Kuala Lumpur from Perth from $109*; from Sydney from $149*Gold Coast and Melbourne from $159*, and from Gold Coast to Auckland from $129*per person, one-way.

Fares are available to Bali one-way from Perth from $99* and from Darwin from $95*.

The Mega Sale fares are available for booking from 11 September 2017 to 17 September 2017 with the fares valid for travel from 01 March 2018 to 21 November 2018. Bookings to www.airasia.com.

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