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UPDATE: Changes to Tanzanian Visa Process.

There has been a change to the process of acquiring a Visa on arrival in Tanzania. This will take effect immediately. On arrival it is necessary for all guest requiring a visa to queue for the following: A Government Control Number Visa Payment Immigration, to confirm and issue the Visa. To Avoid Lengthy delays we […]

 

India Fees Revised

The Indian government has announced that a new reduction on visa fees have been introduced. This is a great step in encouraging more tourists to India and will help the image of India as a tourism friendly nation. One month e-visa fee US$25 (from July-March) or US$10 (from April-June) A new five-year e-tourist visa to […]

 

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort reopens 1 July

InterContinental Hayman Island will reopen on July 1 after a $100 million upgrade. This hotel is owned by Malaysian conglomerate Mulpha and it was closed in the wake of damage from Cyclone Debbie in 2017. Exclusive to Qantas Hotels they are offering 3 nights for two adults from $1,575 (valued at $2,927) in a retreat […]

 

Fantastic news for Hong Kong travellers.

Qantas is the only airline offering first class on its flagship Airbus A380 between Sydney and Hong Kong over the 2019-2020 summer season. The double-decker jet is well suited to handling the extra bookings including the Chinese New Year which in 2020 falls on January 25. The ‘summer jumbo’ has become a tradition of Qantas. […]

 

Emirates is extending chauffeur driving distance in Australia.

Emirates complimentary chauffeur service for business and first-class passengers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide is broadening with journeys of up to 80 driven kilometers now covered for eligible passengers. For Sydney based flyers this is an increase from 40km, double the distance to 80km! From Melbourne the increase is from 60km and Adelaide a […]

 

Latam – From November 2019 Some Sydney to Santiago flights will be non-stop

Currently the Latam flight has a two hour stop over in Auckland. This will not change for 4 days a week. But for the other 3 days the Boeing 787 will do a 14 hour flight between the two cities. Unfortunately this flight will not have Latam’s latest business class seats but I think the […]

 

Singapore Airlines – New Business Class seats to Perth

From June 3rd Singapore Airlines will be replacing SQ226 flight from Perth and the SQ213 flight from Changi with the new A350 Airbus. With the 1-2-1 seat configurations, this airline is fitted with the airline’s newest ’regional’ business class seats. The new design means everyone has direct aisle access and all the seats can go […]

 

Air France has a new Business cabin.

The new exclusive space is available on some intercontinental flights. You can decide how to use this space, either as an office or restaurant. A bedroom or an entertainment lounge with 16-inch HD touchscreen. The new seat has a contemporary design with padded upholstery and superior stitching on the headrest. With Footrests and leather armrests […]

 

Qantas Introducing direct flights from Sydney to Fiji

From 31st March 2019, Qantas is launching new direct flights from Sydney to Fiji. This will meet the growing demand from customers and making it easier to holiday in Fiji. This Boeing 737 aircraft service will operate 4 times a week to Nadi. Qantas will offer a checked baggage allowance plus inflight entertainment and food […]

 

Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo Unveils Princess Grace Suite

Amidst a dramatic makeover, the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo has revealed one of the most luxurious accommodation in the world – the Princess Grace Suite, a tribute to the iconic Princess Grace of Monaco. From February, the exclusive USD$48,000 (approx. AUD$59,960) per night suite on the French Riviera will be open for bookings. For this […]

 

Cathay Pacific to Unveil ‘The Deck’ Lounge in Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific is soon to launch its newest lounge in its hub city of Hong Kong. The new addition is actually a new edition and reincarnation of the airline’s former Dragonair lounge at Gate 16, and is scheduled to re-open this month. The Deck will join Cathay’s line-up of impressive flagship lounges The Wing, The […]

 

London Stopover Review

London – place of parks, palaces and of course pubs and parties.   Regent St Our three-day stopover was too short to pack a lot in, however staying in Park Lane was a trip down memory lane – of the Monopoly kind.  Park Lane Park Lane Before we knew it all the places on the […]

 

Seamless First Class to Europe With Lufthansa & SWISS

Lufthansa & SWISS airlines (Lufthansa Group) have recently joined forces with Singapore Airlines to make the long trek from Australia a seamless first class experience to Europe. Now you can look forward to visiting the other side of the world more with a first-class experience on board these three acclaimed carriers. Here’s an overview of […]

 

Emirates Unveils Their New First and Business Class on Boeing 777

  Emirates will be evolving their premium products at the end of this year with the launch of brand new cabins at the recent Dubai Air Show. The newly refreshed interiors onboard the Boeing 777 aircraft, include a highly anticipated First Class cabin designed in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz. The complete refresh constitutes a multi-million dollar […]

 

Welcome Singapore Airlines’ New A380

Singapore Airlines’ eagerly awaited new premium classes will be found on all of its brand new A380s. Service starts on the 18 December on the first of five new A380s on order with Airbus. But the goal is for the airline’s entire A380 fleet to be installed with the new cabin products, including retrofit work […]

 

British Airways First Class Review Sydney to Europe

On our recent trip to Europe to attend the number one race of the Formula 1 Season – the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix – we flew British Airways First Class. Here, we offer insights into the flight and lounge experiences with the UK flag carrier.     FLIGHTS Sydney to London On the Sydney-London route, […]

 

Book the Cook with Singapore Airlines

Fine dining at 30,000 feet? A restaurant setting with world class dishes can be enjoyed in an unforgettable dining experience in the air with ‘Book the Cook’ . Choose from a wide selection of meals, including creations inspired by Singapore Airlines’ International Culinary Panel, up to 24 hours before your flight. Your ‘Book the Cook’ choice will then be […]

 

Tanzania – Wildlife, Culture and Tropical Haven

A trip to Tanzania and its vast wilderness areas is a once in a life time, bucket list journey of the senses as well as the heart and soul. A country that proudly lays claim to some of world’s greatest phenomena – like Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, and Zanzibar –  it is a […]

 

Regent Seven Seas Explorer coming to Australia and New Zealand

Seven Seas Explorer is set to grace Australian and New Zealand shores in 2020 with a selection of nine all-inclusive itineraries. Dubbed ‘The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built’, no expense has been spared in building this vessel, which is lavished with the finest materials including over an acre of marble, silver and gold leaf, natural […]

 

What to expect of the Qantas A380 Upgrade

2019 is the year Qantas embarks on the complete refurbishment of its A380s. The first of the airline’s fleet of 12 superjumbos will begin the Qantas A380 upgrade in March with the project being entirely managed by Airbus. Completion of the overhaul is set for 2020 but here’s what you can expect to find on […]

 

Virgin Australia Introduces New International Lounge Network

Virgin Australia has launched a new international lounge network across Australia and New Zealand that will see the roll out of seven international lounges from the end of the month. From the end of October, Virgin Australia customers will have access to seven new international departure lounges including three international lounges within Australia (in partnership […]

 

Etihad Rebrands Heathrow T4 Lounge as ‘The House’

Etihad Airways has merged with UK-based company, No1 Lounges, to rebrand the Etihad First and Business class lounge at London Heathrow’s Terminal 4 ‘The House’. The move may later become part of a larger project that will see ‘key locations outside of Abu Dhabi’ be outsourced to different vendors to ‘manage the airline’s lounge offerings.’ […]

 

New Delta One Suites Coming to Sydney

Delta Air Lines has announced that Sydney will be serviced by aircraft carrying the new Delta One Business Class Suites in 2019. The airline has commenced refurbishments of its entire fleet of B777 aircraft. The Boeing 777-200LR aircraft will be fitted with the new business class product and will start operating the Sydney-Los Angeles route […]

 

Qantas to Commence Flying Dreamliner to Hong Kong

Photo: Qantas Qantas will start flying its Dreamliner to Hong Kong commencing in December, when customers will experience the next generation aircraft on selected flights.   The eighth Dreamliner to join the Qantas fleet is scheduled to start flights from Brisbane on 19 December, Melbourne between 13 December until 29 March 2019, and Sydney from […]

 

Emirates Introduces Windowless Suite

Ever pioneers of new innovations in commercial aviation, Emirates’ latest development could make windows on aircraft outdated as the airline reveals windowless suites aboard their latest first class offering. The virtual windows feature on the newest Emirates Boeing 777-300ER First Class Private Suite. Using real-time fibre-optic camera technology, passengers view projected images from the outside of […]

 

Crystal Debussy Christened in Amsterdam

Rachel York Christening the Crystal Dubussy, by travelweekly.com The Crystal Debussy is one of the newest vessels in the Crystal River Cruises fleet. Broadway actress Rachel York served as the godmother in the christening of the 106-passenger “Rhine class” ship on the 28th of May in Amsterdam. As part of the Crystal on Broadway program […]

 

Marriott International Enters Homesharing Market

Marriott International has joined the growing homesharing arena with the debut of the beta version of Tribute Portfolio Homes. The platform is operated and managed by London-based home rental management company, Hostmaker. The partnership launched the website recently, entering a six-month trial period. Guests can log on to TributePortfolioHomes.com and choose from over 200 residences in […]

 

Airbus and Aerospace Partner in New Passenger Sleeping Modules

Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace have unveiled a design collaboration for lower-deck aircraft modules that contain passenger sleeping berths. The modules would be fitted inside an aircraft’s cargo compartment thereby presenting unprecedented possibilities for airlines to offer additional services to passengers which will improve air-travel experience whilst adding commercial value to airline operations and enabling them […]

 

Cathay Pacific Introduces Direct Flights to Dublin

Travellers can soon channel the luck of the Irish with Cathay Pacific’s new direct flights to Dublin. The new year-round flights will start from June 2, 2018 and will operate four times per week using the airline’s state-of-the-art Airbus A350 aircraft. This will be the first ever direct route from Dublin Airport to the Asia-Pacific, […]

 

Qantas Non-Stop Perth to Paris on the Horizon

Paris is strongly tipped to be Qantas’ next non-stop service from Perth, according to expert insiders. As the airline now has its Boeing 787 service between the Western Australian capital and London well underway, it is looking to remap the number one Traveller’s Choice Destination 2018 (as voted by Tripadvisor community) on its network. Passengers could […]

 

Singapore Airlines Introduces World’s First Boeing 787-10

Singapore Airlines has become the launch customer of the first ever Boeing 787-10 aircraft. The latest addition to the Dreamliner family was received by the airline in a ceremony at Changi Airport last month where, along with other distinguished guests, Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Mr Khaw Boon Wan attended. It […]

 

Swiss Unveils New Zurich First Lounge

SWISS has opened the doors to the new Zurich First Lounge A and it is luxurious throughout. Guests can enjoy exclusive check-in facilities and the lounge’s own security checkpoint. The highlight of the new 650-square-metre space is an a la carte restaurant and a barista bar offering speciality Swiss grappas and fruit brandies. To compliment […]

 

Thai Airways First Class: A Touch of Royalty

Thai Airways is famed for its attentive customer service both on the ground and in the air. As one of the leading airlines in the world, at the heart of this hospitality is the carrier’s Thai culture and heritage; friendliness and making you feel at home wherever you’re headed to in the world. Thai Airways […]

 

Qantas Nears Goal of Full Fleet of B737 with Wi-Fi Service

It’s been almost a year since Qantas switched on its inflight Wi-Fi service for passengers travelling on the Boeing 737-800, offering fast, free connectivity on Australian domestic flights. The goal was to roll-out the installation of the internet across 80 aircraft by the end of 2018. Customers will be pleased to know that the national […]

 

New Business Class Seats to Look Out For

2017 was an exciting year for new business class products. These included Delta Airlines’ Delta One first-like suites, and Qatar Airways’ revolutionary new Qsuite. But the game is only warming up, with more technologically savvy, more modern, with passenger comfort at the forefront, new business class seats launching in 2018. Look out for these new […]

 

Canberra Welcomes Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has begun its daily service from Canberra via Sydney to Doha. The capital city is now the fifth Australian destination in the Gulf airline’s network after Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. Qatar Airways is now also the second international carrier flying through Canberra after Singapore Airlines, which started its services back up again […]

 

Virgin Australia to Launch New Menu in Business Class

Virgin Australia is mixing it up with a new menu in business class on its domestic and international routes. The meal selections have been masterminded by the airline’s consulting chef, Luke Mangan. Mangan’s vision for the new dishes aims for lighter and healthier options which he claims aligns with the demands of today’s business traveller. The […]