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Posted On May 29, 2017 Posted By Andy Buerckner
ALOFT HOTEL DEBUT IN AUSTRALIA
Perth has ushered in the Australia first Marriott Aloft branded property. Located in the district of Rivervale, the 224 room property prides itself on its modern design. Its features include: the Springs Kitchen restaurant, WXYZ live music bar, 24 hour eatery and an abundance of meeting rooms and spaces.
NEWCASTLE TO BE CONVERTED INTO AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Work has now begun to convert Newcastle Airport into an International hub with an $850,000 upgrade to build new border, passport and security facilities. The airport is forecast to operate international flights with Virgin, Air New Zealand and Jetstar for short haul services to Bali, Fiji and Trans- Tasman routes.
QATAR SET TO BEGIN FLIGHTS TO CANBERRA IN 2018
Qatar Airways have announced that they will begin Canberra-Doha flights as of February 2018, the service likely to operate on its Airbus A350 Aircraft pending approval from the Australian and Qatari governments.
ETIHAD TO ALLOW PAID ENTRY TO FIRST CLASS LOUNGE IN ABU DHABI
Etihad Airways is now allowing paid entry into its First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi. The fees will depend on class of travel, frequent flyer status and time spent in the lounge. Economy and Business travellers will be able to access the lounge for US$200 for two hours whilst Etihad Gold Guests will able to access the lounge for US$100 (four and six hours stays are also available for a higher price). More information: here
SYDNEY AIRPORT INTRODUCES GOOGLE MAPS INDOOR NAVIGATION
Sydney Airport have now introduced a new Google Maps Indoor Navigation feature which will help passengers to make their way around the airport using their mobile phones. The feature will provide customers with maps of airport facilities such as retailers, give up-to-date information on gates and check-in counters and will cover T1 and T2, with an eventual roll out to T3.
AIR CANADA LAUNCH NON-STOP MELBOURNE - VANCOUVER ROUTE
Air Canada have announced that they will debut a non-stop Melbourne - Vancouver route in December 2017. The four times a week service will fly Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays for Canada’s Winter peak season from 03 December 2017 – 04 February 2018.
TWO NEW HOTELS PLANNED FOR MELBOURNE
Plans for two new hotels have been announced for Melbourne. The first, a new 347 four-star Novotel property in South Wharf with an early 2018 opening date and the second, a 170 room Hotel Indigo property in the Docklands, to be opened in 2019.
AUSTRIAN AIRLINES AND BRITISH AIRLINES LAUNCH INFLIGHT INTERNET
Austrian Airlines and British have now switched on their inflight internet services. For passengers on Austrian Airlines, the service will be available on short and medium-haul Airbus flights. There will be three options available: €3 for emails and messages, €7 for browsing and €12 for streaming. For British Airways customers, the service will be available on selected international flights varying between £5 to £24 depending on the speed required and flight duration. British Airways have also announced that they will be rolling the service out to its domestic and European fleet towards the end of this year.
VIRGIN BUY NOW UPGRADE TRIAL
Virgin are trialling their 'Buy Now' Business Class upgrade service for passengers between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The service will allow customers on these routes to instantly buy a Business class upgrade at a reduced price with payment taken instantly and seats confirmed on-the-spot. The prices for this service will vary depending on the type of ticket originally purchased and the amount paid.
THIRD DAILY DUBAI-BRISBANE SERVICE TO OPERATE END OF 2017
Emirates have announced that they will be adding a third daily service between Dubai - Brisbane as of December 1, 2017. The third daily service will operate on Boeing 777-200LR aircraft . EK431 will depart Brisbane at 10:25pm to arrive into Dubai at 7am the next morning whilst EK430 will depart Dubai at 10pm to arrive into Brisbane at 6:15pm the next evening.
PLANS TO OPEN A NEW MGALLERY BY SOFITEL PROPERTY IN SYDNEY IN 2020
An announcement by AccorHotels has been made that they will build a new McGallery by Sofitel property in Sydney's CBD. The hotel is set to open in December 2020 and will be named The Porter House Hotel. The Hotel will be housed in a heritage mixed-use building and the 121 Hotel rooms will be housed on level 1-9 whilst level 10-34 will be residential apartments.
JAPAN AIRLINES TO BEGIN DIRECT FLIGHTS TO MELBOURNE
Japan Airlines have announced that they will begin direct flights to Melbourne in September this year. The flights will fly direct between Tokyo and Melbourne and will operate on the airline's Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The flight itself will take about 10 and a half hours and will fly into Tokyo Narita Airport. JL774 will depart Melbourne at 12:05am to arrive into Tokyo at 9:05am the same day whist JL773 will depart Tokyo at 10:30am to arrive into Melbourne at 9:55pm.