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Posted On July 31, 2017 Posted By Andy Buerckner
QANTAS ANNOUNCES SEASONAL FLIGHTS CONNECTING SYDNEY AND OSAKA
Qantas have announced that they will launch seasonal flights connecting Sydney and Osaka three times a week. The flights will run from December 14 2017 - March 24 2018 to help facilitate the continued growth between Australia and Japan. The flights will operate on Airbus A330 aircraft and will include Qantas' Business Suites.
BRITISH AIRWAYS CABIN CREW STRIKE YET AGAIN
British Airways Cabin Crew will strike yet again over an ongoing pay dispute with the airline. The latest strike will run from 02 August to 15 August following a recent 16 day strike from 01 July - 16 July. Please contact your traveller provider or keep up to date with British Airways here.
MANTRA HOTEL SYDNEY AIRPORT NOW OPEN
The Mantra Group have now opened their new hotel at Sydney Airport located a few minutes walk away from T2 and T3 Terminal. The hotel consists of 136 studio rooms and will help facilitate domestic travellers arriving into Sydney to connect to an early morning international flight.
TSA INTRODUCES STRICTER SCREENING PROCESS FOR DEVICES ON US FLIGHTS
The TSA have now introduced new security measures for tablets, ipads, laptops, e-readers and other large electronic devices. Travellers on US airlines will now need to take all of their devices out of their carry on bags to be inspected by border agents.
QANTAS INTRODUCES NEW CHARGE FOR EXTRA LEGROOM SEATS ON DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
Bad news for taller travellers, Qantas have now introduced a fee for booking in extra legroom seating on domestic economy flights. The emergency exit row seats will now cost travellers between $20 - $ 60 on Qantas' Airbus A330 and Boeing 737 aircraft.
QATAR AIRWAYS CANBERRA TO DOHA ROUTE TO GO AHEAD IN FEBRUARY
Qatar Airways' planned Canberra to Doha route has now been given a launch date. The service will run via Sydney and will launch on February 12 2018 (subject to government approval). The flights will run daily on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The flight out of Canberra will depart for Sydney at 1:45pm, depart Sydney at 3:55pm and arrive into Doha at 10:30pm. The return flight will depart Doha at 8:10am, arrive into Sydney at 6:15am the next day for an 5:25am arrival into Canberra.
EMIRATES TO JOIN FORCES WITH FLYDUBAI
Emirates will soon join forces with flydubai to create new network opporunities between the two airlines. This new partnership will create a network of 216 combined destinations and a combined fleet of 380 aircraft between the two airlines.
TELSTRA LAUNCH $10/DAY ROAMING
Telstra have launched $10/day global roaming rates in 57 selected countries worldwide as well as $5/day rates for New Zealand. For more data it is 3 cents per megabyte. You can also pay an addtional $25 to get an extra gigabyte of data (to be used over a 31 day period). https://www.ausbt.com.au/telstra-launches-10-day-international-roaming-day-pass
HILTON CHANGES CANCELLATION POLICY IN US AND CANADA
From the 31st of July, Hilton will change their cancellation policy for bookings in the US and Canada to 48 hours prior to check in. Currently their cancellation policy is 24 hours prior to check in. Customers who cancel their bookings within the 48 hours will be charged one night's stay.