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Posted On August 18, 2017 Posted By Isabella Medalle

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA TO ROLLOUT FREE INFLIGHT INTERNET FOR ALL FLIGHTS

Virgin Australia have announced that they will begin to offer free inflight internet towards the end of this year. The free Wi-Fi will be split into two tiers: the first will be Basic Connection (which will be free) and High Speed Connection (with pricing to be confirmed). The airline hopes to roll out this technology to most of its 737’s and 777’s by the end of 2018 with its A330s next on the cards.

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SYDNEY AIRPORT’S PLANS TO USE BIOMETRICS

Sydney Airport have revealed that carrying your passport may be a thing of the past if they go ahead with plans to use biometrics (facial recognition technology) over manual checks. Sydney Airport plans to cut down the processing time for all passengers and link the technology to duty free purchases, entering airline lounges and clearing security screening and passport control.

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EMIRATES’ NOW OFFERING EXTRA VALUE SEATS IN ECONOMY

Emirates have begun to offer ‘extra value seats’ in Economy with travellers now having the ability to pay for extra legroom seats, preferred seats (seats closer to the front of the plane) and twin seats (seats in rows with only an aisle and window seat). Fees will depend on the destination, route and season as well as seating type. Silver members will not be charged for regular seats, Gold members won’t be charged for regular and preferred seats whilst Platinum members will be able to select any of the three seat types free of charge..

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AMERICAN EXPRESS BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE TO OPEN AT MELBOURNE AIRPORT

American Express have revealed that they will opening up a new Business Class Lounge at Melbourne International Airport later in the year. The lounge will be Amex’ second lounge in Australia, the first being at Sydney Airport. The lounge will offer the standard inclusions such as Wi-Fi, a drinks station, a food buffet and more.

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VIRGIN VELOCITY AXES PARTNERSHIP WITH FOUR HOTEL CHAINS

As of September 2017, Virgin Velocity Members will no longer be able to earn Frequent Flyer points at Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces; Jumeirah International; Meritus Hotels and Resorts; and Hotel Urban Group.

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MELBOURNE AIRPORT’S NEW UBERX PICK UP ZONES

Melbourne Airport has unveiled its new dedicated UberX pick up zones. The zones are located within Melbourne’s domestic and international terminals and each trip will incur an additional ‘airport access charge’ of $4. In a similar move, Adelaide Airport will also open a pick up facility specifically for ride sharing services.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA CHANGES MELBOURNE TO HONG KONG SCHEDULE

Virgin Australia have made some changes to its Melbourne to Hong Kong route schedule. As of October 30, VA87 from Melbourne will depart at 10:55am and arrive into Hong Kong at 5:35pm while the return flight from Hong Kong to Melbourne will remain unchanged.

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MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL’S PLANS FOR NEW MELBOURNE DOCKLANDS HOTEL

Marriott International are set to open a new Melbourne Hotel in the Docklands with the project to begin in 2018. The hotel will consist of 200 hotel rooms over two 17 level towers including a rooftop infinity pool, dining facility and bar that will have views over Melbourne.

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QATAR WAIVES VISA FOR AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLERS

Australian’s travelling to Qatar will no longer need to pay the $35 visa on arrival when visiting Qatar. The new agreement will provide Australian travellers visa free entry for up to 30 days.

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DUBAI AIRPORT’S FREE TV SHOW / MOVIE SERVICE TRIAL FOR PASSENGERS

Dubai Airport have launched a new two month trial which will allow all passengers at the airport to watch free movies and TV shows while waiting for flights. The streaming service -provided by ICFLIX- will allow passengers to access a range of movies and TV shows on their smartphones and laptops. The content can be accessed via Dubai’s free Wi-Fi and ICFLIX’ video service.

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