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Did your boss issue a ‘tut-tut’ when you couldn’t share the latest aviation news in a meeting? Prove them all wrong with this.

Scoot and Tigerair Singapore Merge into one airline


Scoot and Tigerair (Singapore) have now merged into one airline, Scoot, and for savvy travellers this means great savings with a celebratory sale, greater efficiency across the combined network of 60 destinations across 17 countries. There will be better connections as the airline utilises its fleet of larger 787s and smaller Airbus A320s to optimise connection times in Singapore.

FLY fares are fare only (Food and bags extra cost), FLYBAGEAT include fare, meal and 20kg luggage, ScootBiz includes fare, meal and drink, 30 kg of checked luggage and ScooTV, 15 kg carry on and priority boarding into your comfy, wide, reclining leather seat, with foot-rest and in-seat power, in a forward cabin. All sale fares are per way and include taxes.

These sale fares are available from 1000 (Perth/Sin) 12 noon AEST on Tuesday July 25, until 2359 (Per) Sunday 30th July, and 0159 AEST on Monday 31st July 2017. With a travel period by March 24, 2018, there’s plenty of time to plan.Blackout periods may apply over school holidays and event periods.

As an added bonus, enter Promo Code FLYSCOOT for an additional AUD20 off selected FLYBAG and FLYBAGEAT fares.

Hawaiian Unveils Three New Year-Round West Coast Routes,

Hawaiian Airlines will expand its U.S. West Coast presence with the arrival of an A321neo fleet by adding three new non-stop daily routes early next year: Portland-Maui; Oakland-Kaua‘i; and Los Angeles-Kona. The routes will offer guests more options for direct access to Hawaiian’s neighbour islands.

The new A321neo service between Portland (PDX) and Maui (OGG) will launch on Jan. 18. Hawaiian’s seasonal widebody service currently offered between Oakland (OAK) and Kaua‘i (LIH) through Sept. 4 will resume April 11 as a daily A321neo flight.

Daily service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Kona (KOA) on the Island of Hawai‘i launches March 11 with widebody aircraft before the A321neo is introduced in the summer of 2018.

Hawaiian’s inaugural A321neo flight between the U.S. West Coast and Hawai‘i is planned for Jan. 8 on its existing OAK-OGG service. Additional routes will be announced as Hawaiian welcomes 18 new A321neo aircraft between the fourth quarter of 2017 and 2020.

Emirates to operate one-off A380 flight to Colombo

Emirates’ A380 aircraft will make a one-off landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake, on Monday 14th August as the global airline joins local authorities in the celebration of the airport’s resurfaced runway.

The special flight, operating as EK654 from Dubai, will be the first A380 aircraft to disembark passengers in Sri Lanka after completing a commercial service. The one-off A380 aircraft will arrive at 16:10 hours and be on ground for more than six hours before it returns to Dubai as flight EK655 departing at 22:10 hours, enabling airport executives, VIPs, trade partners and media to enjoy a guided static tour of the double-decker aircraft.

Customers in Sri Lanka can experience Emirates’ double-decker aircraft by connecting through the airline’s Dubai hub to more than 45 A380 destinations. With its quiet cabins, onboard lounge and shower spas in premium cabins, Emirates’ A380 products and services are unparalleled in the industry, giving all our passengers on board an unsurpassed travel experience.

SkyBus Partners With QBT To Add Affordable Airport Transfer Option For Corporate Customers

SkyBus, operators of Melbourne’s popular express service from the CBD to Avalon and Tullamarine Airports, today announced that QBT’s corporate and government customers will soon be able to add SkyBus’ Melbourne City Express tickets to their travel itinerary.

By utilising the Amadeus e-Travel Management (AeTM) platform, SkyBus and QBT, one of Australia’s leading corporate travel companies, are enabling business travellers a seamless way of adding route tickets at the time of booking arrangements, including flights and accommodation. The integration will help remove an additional step of booking airport transportation separately.

For QBT’s extensive customer base, this partnership can also help cut on travel expenses as SkyBus is the most affordable airport transport service in Australia, when measured by cost/kilometres travelled.

The system integration roll-out will be completed by the end of July 2017. Once finalised, all QBT customers will have access to booking SkyBus’ Melbourne City Express, which takes them from Melbourne Airport to the CBD. As part of the ongoing partnership, SkyBus and QBT look to integrate additional routes, including Avalon City Express and St Kilda Express into the platform at a later date.

Emirates Announces Double Daily A380 Service to Moscow, and amends flight times to St Petersburg


Emirates’ daily flights between Dubai and Moscow will now be operated by the airline’s A380, and commencing October 1, 2017, the double daily service will boost seat capacity to and from Russia. It will also allow multiple A380 to A380 connections to a wide range of leisure and business destinations such as Mauritius, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Sydney and Melbourne.

The service will provide a seamless connection for Australians travelling from Sydney on EK413, EK415 and EK419, Melbourne on EK405, EK407 and EK409, Brisbane on EK433 and EK435, Perth on EK421 and EK425 and Adelaide on EK441.|

Emirates has also made amends to its winter schedule to and from St Petersburg. From October 29, 2017 until March 24, 2018 EK176 will depart from Pulkovo International Airport at 23:55hrs and land at Dubai International Airport the next day at 07:05hrs. From Dubai EK175 flight will depart at 15:30hrs and land in Saint Petersburg at 20:45hrs.

This will also provide Australian travellers a seamless connection to St Petersburg with a brief stopover in Dubai when departing from destinations including Sydney on EK415, Melbourne on EK409, Brisbane on EK433 and Perth on EK425.
The new times will enable clients travelling to Dubai an additional day in the city, arriving from Saint Petersburg early in the morning instead of late evening.

Emirates adds daily flights to Khartoum


Emirates will increase the frequency of flights between Dubai and Khartoum from five to seven a week starting 8 August 2017.

As with Emirates’ current flights between the two cities, it will also operate a Boeing 777 on the additional services, offering customers a choice of cabins with 8 luxurious private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and plenty of room to relax in Economy Class with 304 seats.

Offering a total of over 700 additional seats each way per week, the two new flights will enhance connectivity from most cities in the Middle East, Asia and Americas. This includes popular cities served by Emirates’ A380s such as Kuwait, Beijing, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Seoul, Mumbai, New York and Washington DC.

Businesses in Sudan will also be able to access more belly-hold capacity for imports and exports, as Emirates SkyCargo will be able to offer up to 18 tonnes per flight.

The two additional flights will operate on a Tuesday and Sunday as flight EK733, and will depart Dubai at 1435hrs and arrive in Khartoum at 1740hrs. The return flight, EK734, will depart Khartoum at 1950hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0100hrs the next morning.

Emirates launch competitive fares to Europe

Emirates has announced competitive fares to a range of destinations across Europe for those who book before 31 July 2017. With same day arrival to a number of destinations across Europe via Emirates’ hub in Dubai, travellers can take advantage of a free Dubai stopover on both Economy and Business Class tickets.

Australian travellers will be able to book return Economy Class fares starting from $1,269 to Dublin, $1,309 to Rome, $1,379 to Amsterdam, $1,389 to Zagreb and $1,409 to Manchester*.

While return Business Class fares start at $6,359 to Amsterdam, $6,369 to Zagreb, $6,389 to Rome, $6,549 to Dublin and $6,609 to London*.

Fares are available for bookings made between 18 July and 31 July 2017. Business Class fares are for travel commenced between 26 July 2017 and 31 May 2018, and Economy Class fares are for travel commenced between 1 October and 30 November 2017, and 14 January and 27 March 2018.

Mr Lee’s Noodles join Jetstar onboard

Mr Lee’s Noodles has recently teamed up with Australia’s Jetstar Airlines to bring tasty, warm, gluten-free noodles to all their airline passengers throughout the skies of Australasia and the Pacific! Low in calories, salt, sugar and saturated fats, Mr Lee’s ‘Hong Kong Street Beef’ is the ideal in-flight meal for those wanting something healthy and wholesome.

One of the onboard selection of products – instant noodles, especially those that are made with a soup base, release moisture into the air, full of flavour.

“Being an expat Aussie myself, it feels great to know that my noodles have come home. Our new partnership with Jetstar Airlines will ensure that every single one of their passengers will be able to eat the healthiest gourmet noodle out there, a tasty warm meal to fill you up where the air is thin!” – said Damien Lee, the Founder and CEO of Mr Lee’s Pure Foods.

As part of their brand new range of flavours, Mr Lee’s ‘Hong Kong Street Beef’ will tickle the palette of many, and leave the stomach feeling full, but comfortable. Unlike other instant noodles, their ingredients include chunky bits of freeze-dried meat and veggies, meaning all of the nutritional value is locked and given to the customer with each bite.

Whilst Jetstar brings you the horizon, let Mr Lee’s Noodles make your taste buds fly with their gluten-free, gourmet oriental noodles.

Emirates highlights female role models in aviation with simulator challenge

Emirates recently hosted Shaesta Waiz for a Boeing 777 simulator challenge in its home base of Dubai. Waiz is the founder and pilot of Dreams Soar, Inc. (DSI), a non-profit organisation whose mission is to inspire and empower young females to become the next generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and aviation professionals, through a global outreach mission.

The outreach includes a global solo flight mission, where Waiz is piloting a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36 to circumnavigate the globe. Waiz stopped in Dubai, one of 34 stops across 18 countries in her five continent journey which will clock in just under 47,000 kilometres upon completion.

Shaesta was met at Emirates Aviation College by Bakhita Al Muheiri, Emirates Boeing 777 First Officer, to test her aerial skills in an Emirates Boeing 777 simulator. Bakhita is one of Emirates’ youngest female Emirati pilots at 24 years. She earned her wings in 2016 and has accumulated over 1,100 flying hours after completing the airline’s National Cadet Pilot Programme.

After a short briefing, Shaesta and Bakhita began their simulator challenge in the Boeing 777 cockpit, taking-off, landing and piloting each assigned journey. Watch both pilots command the Boeing 777 simulator and share their personal experiences here.


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