Aviation

Aviation Wrap: Fiji Airways’ global sale, Virgin’s croc-tastic deal, Qantas’ centenary livery + MORE

Already off to a flying start this week? Well, allow these aviation deals and updates to help you soar even higher.

Virgin and Tourism NT launch one-off croc holiday deal for families

Virgin Australia has announced that the first 1,000 travellers to book any domestic Virgin Australia-operated flight to Darwin for travel between 1 November 2019 and 29 April 2020 will receive complimentary entry for two adults and three children to Crocosaurus Cove’s Tropical Nights event, saving up to $133.95.

In what will be a first for the Northern Territory, Virgin Australia and Darwin’s most iconic reptile attraction, the gift-with-purchase promotion is aimed at attracting more visitors to the Top End during the tropical summer season.

Once all free entry tickets have been redeemed, travellers will still be able to save with Virgin Australia when booking flights to Darwin during tropical summer, with Crocosaurus Cove to extend a further 50 per cent off entry discount to all Virgin Australia ticket holders attending Tropical Nights until 30 April 2020.

Fiji Airways launches global sale

Fiji Airways who today has launched its ‘Take a Break’ sale with flights from Australia to Nadi starting at $259.

Travellers need to act quick though, as the sale is only available until 28 October or until sold out. All details of fares can be found via the Fiji Airways website.

Qantas unveils centenary livery on newest Dreamliner

Qantas’ newest 787 Dreamliner has rolled out of the paint shop at Boeing’s factory in Washington State, wearing a special centenary livery to celebrate the flying kangaroo’s 100th year in the skies.

The special livery features each Qantas logo since its 1920 founding in outback Queensland through to today.

Qantas will turn 99 in November, and as it enters its 100th year of operations, is embarking on a range of initiatives to celebrate the “Spirit of Australia”.

Air New Zealand to grow Gold Coast-Auckland services

Travel between the Gold Coast and the “Land of the Long White Cloud” is set to become easier, with Air New Zealand adding more than 22,000 seats between Gold Coast Airport and Auckland.

From March 2020, Air New Zealand’s schedule between the Gold Coast and Auckland will increase to daily, and up to nine services per week during peak school holiday periods in April, July and October.

The change equates to almost 100 additional flights, or an approximately 15 per cent increase in capacity compared to last year.

Cebu Pacific offers Australians more flexibility with CEB Flexi

Guided by feedback from its customers, Cebu Pacific has introduced CEB Flexi – a flight add-on that gives travellers the flexibility to rebook their flights up to two times for a minimal fee.

CEB Flexi gives Cebu Pacific passengers the freedom to rebook flights until two hours before departure, offering convenience and peace of mind. This add-on can be purchased during booking through the airline’s website or official mobile app.

Emirates improves Aussie passengers’ connectivity to Egypt

Following the recent debut of its flagship A380 aircraft to Cairo, Australian passengers flying with Emirates will benefit from a regular scheduled commercial A380 service to the Egyptian capital starting from 27 October 2019, four times a week.

The only airline to operate a scheduled A380 service to Cairo, Emirates will replace the 777-300ER aircraft currently operating EK923 and EK924 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with its flagship aircraft.

Jetstar scraps five regional domestic routes in NZ

Jetstar has confirmed it will cease its regional Q300 Bombardier services in New Zealand at the end of November 2019.

The airline will continue to offer up to 270 domestic jet services a week on its jet services between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown, and up to 100 international flights a week on the Tasman and to Rarotonga.

Jetstar has offered alternative re-employment options to all of the affected employees, and nearly all have indicated they would like to take up the opportunity to remain with the Qantas Group.

Customers booked on Jetstar regional flights beyond 30 November 2019 are being offered a range of options, including a full refund for their cancelled flight or the option to transfer their booking to any of Jetstar’s other available domestic NZ services.

Air New Zealand is also assisting affected customers who have refunded their Jetstar flight with a special fare. Eligible customers can email jqsupport@airnz.co.nz with proof of their affected Jetstar ticket.

LATAM completes inaugural flight between Santiago and Brasilia

With the presence of special guests, LATAM Airlines Group began the operation of its direct flight between Santiago and Brasilia on 15 October 2019.

The new route will be operated three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) with an Airbus A320 aircraft, with capacity for 174 passengers in economy class.

With this flight and the new Santiago-Curitiba route that will operate from March 2020, LATAM offers a total of five direct routes between Chile and Brazil.

Cathay Pacific expands inflight entertainment offering

The Cathay Pacific Group is now giving customers four times the entertainment available to discover and enjoy every time they fly.

This airline’s expanded inflight entertainment offering means passengers can look forward to more newly released movies, more sports coverage, more complete boxsets and more Asian content than ever before.

In particular, newly available live coverage of the latest sports events will ensure passengers never miss any of the crucial moments from their favourite games when they fly with Cathay.

With all this new video content to enjoy, customers could fly non-stop around the world with Cathay 45 times and never have to watch the same thing twice.

Malaysia Airlines unveils new brand campaign

Malaysia Airlines has launched a brand campaign in support of Visit Malaysia 2020 (VM2020).

‘Fly Malaysia’ reiterates Malaysia Airlines as the national icon and flag-bearer of Malaysia and reminds Malaysians of its proud history and warm hospitality.

For tourists, the campaign will further enable the airline, via partnerships with relevant tourism bodies, to promote Malaysia to the world.

Whilst Malaysian hospitality remains at the core of its brand promise, ‘Fly Malaysia’ will heavily promote Malaysia as the preferred destination as the airline will be working closely with Tourism Malaysia.

The campaign also works to encourage Malaysians to play a part by participating in the airline’s several social media initiatives in promoting the country.

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