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Qantas and Air New Zealand announce codeshare
Qantas and Air New Zealand have recently announced a codeshare agreement across 115 domestic routes in Australia and New Zealand. Under the new agreement travellers can look forward to faster connections between flights with easier coordination of check-in and handling at airports. Eligible customers will have access to a combined total of 36 domestic lounges on both sides of the Tasman when flying on routes covered by the codeshare agreement. Tickets for the codeshare services will be available by the end of July 2018, for travel from 28 October 2018.
Virgin launches Wi-Fi on Los Angeles flights
Virgin Australia has now launched in-flight Wi-Fi on flights between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Los Angeles. The service is offered in paid packages ranging in terms of speed and duration and has been fitted across the entire Boeing 777 fleet and 10 Boeing 737s, with 75% of the fleet to be completed by December. The service is suitable for web browsing, email, messaging, media streaming and social media but services such as Skype and FaceTime are unavailable.
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QF relocates at Jakarta’s International Airport
As of 11 May 2018, Qantas has relocated from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK). The modern and spacious international terminal provides an improved travel experience, including more retail and dining options for customers.
SQ’s new regional business class
Singapore Airline’s daily Boeing 787-10 flight from Perth has debuted a brand new regional business class seat, with other Australian routes soon to follow suit. The new seats offer direct aisle access for every passenger in a 1-2-1 configuration, each converting into a fully lie-flat bed.
British Airways opens new-look Aberdeen business class lounge
British Airways have opened their new business class lounge in Aberdeen. It’s clean contemporary design features plenty of natural light and views across the tarmac. There is a technology station with plenty of electrical ports, as well as a granite-topped bar which is set to become an iconic centrepiece of British Airways lounges.
SYD to receive new BA business class bedding
British Airways has announced plans to extend its new Club World business class ‘sleep experience’ to its Sydney and Singapore routes over the next few months. The bedding upgrade will see new products including a custom-made duvet and padded mattress cover rolled out onto Sydney’s London-via-Singapore BA16 flight from 26 May. An upgraded menu is expected to follow around the middle of the year.
EY to deploy Dreamliner to Melbourne
Etihad Airways plans to deploy a second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its twice-daily route to Melbourne. The route is currently operated by 777-300ER and 787-9.
Delta introduces pre-select meal service to SYD
From 1 June 2018, Delta Air Lines is launching its choose-before-you-fly meal service to business class travellers flying between Los Angeles and Sydney. All meals will be accompanied by a seasonal wine selection curated by Delta’s Master Sommelier, Andrea Robinson. To participate in Pre-select, travellers must have their Delta SkyMiles frequent flyer number listed in their booking. They’ll then receive an email three days prior to their flight asking them to choose an option from Delta’s current menu.
EK confirms Premium Economy for A380
Emirates will add premium economy seats to its new Airbus A380 fleet from 2020, airline CEO Tim Clark has confirmed. The seats will be installed on 20 of the airline’s A380 aircraft on order, the first six to be delivered in 2020.
Etihad Airways to launch new service to Barcelona
Etihad Airways has announced the introduction of a new scheduled service linking Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, and Barcelona, Spain, effective 21 November 2018. The route will initially be operated five times a week by a two-class Airbus A330-200 before becoming a daily operation from 31 March 2019.
CTM receives highest NDC certification
Corporate Travel Management (CTM) is pleased to announce it has received the highest level of certification for the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) New Distribution Capability (NDC) programme. CTM is committed to ensuring its customers will continue to have seamless access to the best travel content and a rich user experience through CTM’s own Smart Technology, including the global Lightning online booking tool. Read more.
Domestic Airports to get tighter security
Following the 2018 Federal Budget, there will be tighter security measures introduced to domestic airports. Advanced ‘full-body scanners’ are being rolled out across nine major domestic and international airports, which are to replace current metal detectors. There will also be an increase in police and Boarder Force presence at these airports.
ADL welcomes Priority Pass Lounge
Priority Pass members can now wait for their flights in comfort at Adelaide Airport, with Regional Express’ Rex Lounge opening their doors for Priority Pass members flying with any airline. The Rex lounge is located near gate 10 of ADL and is open from 5:30am until 7:30pm Monday to Saturday and 7am until 7:30pm on Sundays.
China Airlines closes Taipei Airport T2 lounge for renovations
China Airline’s largest lounge at Taipei Airport has closed and is scheduled to reopen in September 2019 following extensive renovations. Located in Terminal 2 which frequents Airbus A350 flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland the new lounge will be featured across two levels. The revamp will create a more modern look and feel to the space in line with China Airline’s other newer lounges.
Malaysia Airlines back in Brisbane
As of 6 June, Malaysia Airlines has resumed operations into Brisbane Airport with non-stop flights from Kuala Lumpur for the first time since 2015. It is expected to bring in an additional 60,000 international visitors to Queensland annually.
Virgin and Hainan code share
Virgin has announced an expansion of their presence in China with a new code share agreement with shareholder Hainan Airlines plus a closer frequent flyer partnership. The agreement will see guests travelling from China able to access a wider network of VA domestic connections within Australia and across the Tasman, including flights to Cairns, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland.
Accor reaches agreement for Mantra acquisition
AccorHotels has finally reached an agreement to acquire Mantra Group in a deal that has taken 12 months to complete. The $1.2 billion acquisition of Mantra’s 138 hotels across the Asia Pacific will underpin Accor’s long-term growth strategy, bringing their portfolio to over 900 hotels in the region. As of Friday 1 June, Mantra shares have been delisted from the ASX.
The Gold Coast’s new $550m Queen Street Village precinct will include a four-star Mercure hotel with 160 rooms, conference facilities and a rooftop bar. The Southport project is located on the old Gold Coast Hospital site.
Launceston’s iconic new Peppers Silo Hotel officially opens its doors
The iconic new Peppers Silo Hotel in Launceston officially opened on Saturday 2 June. Embracing the historical Kings Wharf grain silos that were originally erected in 1960, the hotel offers 108 guest rooms – 52 of which are inside the renovated silo barrels. The redevelopment of the site also includes undercover car parking, conference facilities for up to 500 people, and an onsite restaurant and bar called Grain of the Silos.
Adina South Yarra – closing down 31 July 2018
After 20 years of management of Adina Apartment Hotel South Yarra, TFE Hotels will close the doors on 31 July 2018. Guests seeking accommodation nearby have a range of Adina Apartment Hotels to choose from in Melbourne’s CBD and St Kilda. The centrally located Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne on Queen Street features 11 beautifully refurbished penthouses with panoramic views of the city. The closure comes in consultation with the owners of the hotel to not renew the lease.
Hyatt Place for Melbourne
Hyatt has announced plans for a Hyatt Place hotel in Springvale, Melbourne. The 200-room Hyatt Place Springvale with be located on the corner of Springvale and Dandenong Roads in the Monash academic and business district. It is due to open in 2020.
Oaks Hotel set to open hotel in Wellington
Due to open to open its doors in 2019, Oaks Wellington will be located on Courtenay Place in the CBD. The former Colonial Motor Company Building site will be transformed into the hotel which will have 226 hotel rooms and one-bedroom apartments featuring Smart TVs, keyless entry and high-speed Wi-Fi. The hotel will have a first-floor restaurant and bar, a gymnasium, ground floor communal lounge, conferencing venues and underground parking.
BreakFree on Cashel special offer
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Mercure Auckland rebranded
As of 1 June 2018 the Mercure Auckland has been re-branded to the Grand Mercure Auckland after receiving a NZ$22 million refurbishment. Host to 207 guest rooms and suites, the rooms have been fully refurbished in harmonious textures and botanic shades. It now offers the largest event space of any hotel in the Britomart area, with capacity for 350 cocktail style.
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