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Posted On March 27, 2018 Posted By Andy Buerckner

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QANTAS LANDS INAUGURAL PERTH-LONDON FLIGHT

This month, Qantas successfully landed it's inaugural Perth-London direct flight marking a breakthrough in the world of ultra long-haul flights between Australia and Europe. Qantas have also implied that they have their sights set on Paris as the next ultra long-haul destination.

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ACCORHOTELS TO ACQUIRE MANTRA GROUP

AccorHotels have announced that they will be purchasing the Mantra Group of properties. The move will signify more than 125 properties under the Mantra Group becoming part of AccorHotels. This list includes Art Series, Peppers, Mantra and Breakfree branded properties in the Asia Pacific region.

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AMERICAN EXPRESS OPENS LONG-AWAITED MELBOURNE AIRPORT LOUNGE

American Express have opened their long-awaited Melbourne Airport Lounge this month. The lounge was originally set to open at the end of 2017 but had faced significant delays. The lounge includes a dining area with a buffet, a bar, barista made coffee, power points next to most seats and different relaxation and work zones. It will now be open seven days a week from 6am - 11pm. It is available to travellers with eligible American Express cards and passes.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA’S PLANS FOR DAILY SYDNEY - HONG KONG SERVICE

Virgin Australia have announced their plans to begin daily flights between Sydney and Hong Kong. Riding on the success of their Melbourne – Hong Kong route, Virgin are likely to launch the flights in mid-2018 pending approval. The flights are set to operate on Virgin’s A330-200 aircraft and is part of Virgin’s strategy to extend their network into China. The projected schedule for the flights are a 10:00am departure from Sydney to arrive into Hong Kong the same day at 5:40pm. The return flight is set to depart Hong Kong at 7:50pm to arrive into Sydney the next day at 7:10am.

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CATHAY PACIFIC OPENS THEIR NEW ‘THE DECK’ LOUNGE

Cathay Pacific have now opened its doors to their refurbished ‘The Deck’ lounge at Hong Kong International Airport. The lounge includes business facilities such as Wi-Fi, work spaces and a selection of Asian specialty dishes. The lounge is able to accommodate 180 guests and is located in Terminal 1’s terraced area with views of the terminal and runway.

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CHICAGO O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO UNDERGO MULTI- BILLION DOLLAR EXPANSION

Chicago O’Hare Airport have announced that over an eight year period, it will spend over $8.5 billion to expand and upgrade the airport and its facilities. Chicago O'Hare is the sixth busiest in the world in regards to passengers numbers and the upgrade indicates their need to compete with other world-class airports across the globe.

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NEW ZEALAND DEPARTURE CARDS TO BE PHASED OUT

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has announced plans to remove departure cards at New Zealand airports. Pending talks with New Zealand Customs and Statistics officials, the phasing out of departure cards is planned for the end of 2018.

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CROWNE PROPERTIES IN AUSTRALIA TO NOW INCLUDE TELSA CHARGERS

The Intercontinental Hotel Group have now implemented Tesla chargers at all of their Crowne Plaza hotels around Australia. The thirteen hotels will now allow Tesla owners to charge their cars at the properties. Each hotel is equipped with two chargers that are capable of charging the cars for 40 – 80 kilometres.

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W HOTELS TO OPEN NEW BRISBANE PROPERTY IN JUNE

Brisbane will welcome the arrival of a new W Brisbane property as of the 1st of June. The new W property will feature 312 rooms and will feature a pool, spa and fitness centre facilities.

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HIGH SPEED RAIL APPROVED FOR MAJOR AIRPORTS IN THAILAND

The Thai Government has now approved plans for a new high-speed train that will link its two main Bangkok Airports, Don Mueang International Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport with U-Tapao International Airport (which is the gateway to areas such as Rayong and Pattaya). The proposed high-speed train aims to cut the journey time between the airports to 45 minutes rather than the current two-three hours by road.

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CEBU PACIFIC TO LAUNCH DIRECT MANILA TO MELBOURNE ROUTE

Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific have announced that they will begin flying directly between Manila and Melbourne as of August 14 2018. The new service will operate three times a week until the 31st of October.

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