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Posted On May 1, 2017 Posted By Isabella Medalle

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QANTAS PERTH - LONDON DIRECT FLIGHTS ARE NOW ON SALE

Travellers are now able to book Qantas' direct Perth - London (Heathrow) flights on Qantas' Boeing 787-Dreamliner aircraft. The flights will operate daily as of 24 March 2018 to create a new Melbourne-Perth-London service (QF9/QF10). Customers flying out of other cities in Australia will be able to connect to London via Perth.

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QATAR AND EMIRATES AIRWAYS INTRODUCE ‘DEVICE LOAN’ SERVICES IN RESPONSE TO US DEVICE BAN

Qatar Airways have introduced a 'Laptop Loan' Services in response to the US device ban. Qatar will provide free laptops to Business Class travellers on US bound flights to use as a replacement for their own. Travellers are able to download their work onto a USB prior to boarding and will then be able to use the Qatar Replacement device. Emirates have also introduced a similar service for First and Business Class passengers in which they can loan a Microsoft Tablet with a USB port and Microsoft Office installed.

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TIGHTENED SECURITY ON MIDDLE EAST - AUSTRALIA FLIGHTS

In response to tightened security measures around the world, there will now been heightened screenings on flights from the Middle East to Australia. Customers flying directly from Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai will now be randomly selected for pre-flight ‘explosive trace detection’ at the boarding gate rather than at main security checkpoints.

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SINGAPORE AIRLINES DAILY A350 SERVICE FOR MELBOURNE

Singapore Airlines have announced they have now locked in a daily A350 service between Melbourne and Singapore. The Melbourne - Singapore flight will operate as SQ208 while the return leg will operate under SQ207. The flights are scheduled to begin in May 11 2017.

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QANTAS CUTS MELBOURNE-DUBAI-LONDON ROUTE

With the announcement of their direct Perth - London route, Qantas have announced they will be cutting their daily Melbourne-Dubai-London route. The last service of this QF9 flight will be on March 23, 2018.

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BRITISH AIRWAYS TO UPGRADE HEATHROW LOUNGES

British Airways have announced plans to upgrade their first and business class lounges at London Heathrow's T5 over the coming years. The upgrade is expected to cost a million pounds following on from BA's recent lounge openings in Singapore Changi and London Gatwick.

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DOUBLE-DAILY A380 SERVICE TO SYDNEY WITH ETIHAD

Etihad will provide a double-daily service to Sydney as of October 29, 2017 on its A380 aircraft. The overnight flights will operate as Etihad’s overnight EY454/455 services while the daytime flights will operate as EY450/451 services.

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CATHAY PACIFIC BOEING 777 ECONOMY SEATS TO BE NARROWED IN 2018

Cathay Pacific will now replace its 3-3-3 seating on its Boeing 777 aircraft in favour of a 10 seat across format. The new changes will allow the aircraft to accommodate up to 40 extra seats but the seats themselves will be 3.3cm narrower reduced to a seat width of 17.2 inches.

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EMIRATES TO UPGRADE ALL MELBOURNE - DUBAI FLIGHTS TO A380S

Emirates have announced that all flights between Melbourne-Dubai will operate on A380 Aircraft as of March 25, 2018. Economy will still keep its 3-4-3 layout but with more seat space. Business Class passengers will notice the difference with the upgrade to fully flat beds and a 1-2-1, aisle access layout.

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TEMPORARY DEPARTURE HALL FOR AMSTERDAM SCHIPOL AIRPORT

A temporary departure hall has now been set up at Amsterdam Schipol Airport that is expected to stay in place until 2019. The hall has been set up to cater for the major growth in passengers travelling to Schipol from Schengen countries. The hall will service passengers on Lufthansa Group, FLM and LOT Polish Airline flights.

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NEW MANTRA HOTEL TO OPEN NEAR SYDNEY AIRPORT DOMESTIC TERMINALS

Sydney Airport will soon be welcoming a new Mantra Hotel expected to open in late June 2017. The external construction of the nine-storey, 136 room property has now wrapped up and the finishing touches are now being made on its interior furnishings. The property will be within walking distance of terminals 2 and 3 and will be perfect for passengers travelling on domestic flights.

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