September Corporate Newsletter
September Corporate News
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Book now and dream ahead as airlines launch early bird sale
It is that time of year again with major airlines launching their ‘early bird’ fares for 2018, with significant savings across the board – especially in business class and even first class. Travellers looking to book a European holiday over the northern spring and summer period next year will find the cheapest economy, business and first-class tickets available in “early-bird” sales. Qantas Airways, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airways have all released their promotional fares over the last month.
Qantas has launched with special fares for North America, South Africa and South America in addition to the UK and Europe.
Emirates is offering low fares to 39 destinations in both Economy and Business Class and is taking bookings until 4 October 2017
Cathay Pacific, has entered the market by lowering its lead-in prices on popular routes to over 20 cities across the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Israel, including three new destinations Brussels, Dublin and Copenhagen. Sale ends 03 October 2017.
In addition to low fares, Singapore Airlines is offering a stopover in Singapore from $1 per person twin share, including accommodation, transfers and entry to attractions such as Universal Studio and Singapore Zoo
Lastly Etihad will offer free stopovers in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai for first and business class passengers. First class passengers will receive return transfers and 2 nights’ accommodation and for business class 1 nights’ accommodation and return transfers.*
You will need to act quickly to secure your early bird airfare as each deal is subject to availability at time of booking. Source Etravel Blackboard
Virgin Australia wi-fi roll out
Virgin Australia has announced the planned deployment of the airline’s free wi-fi service on domestic and international flights has begun. After a successful three-month trial, aboard one of its Boeing 737s, it will now roll out in-flight wi-fi across its fleet of 737s and would move to its wide-body 777 aircraft in October. The airline predicts to have the technology fitted to all its 777s and the majority of 737s by the end of 2018, and will then move to fit out its Airbus A330s by the end of the second half of 2019.
Mr Borghetti said that more than 90% of VA’s fleet would be fitted with the technology, offering a “base” level of free wi-fi to all passengers on domestic flights and the only airline to offer wi-fi on international services. “We will have access to the largest fleet of satellites servicing Australia and New Zealand, providing our guests with a fast and reliable wi-fi experience on board.” The high speed internet will enable passengers to stay connected anywhere these aircraft fly – gate-to-gate – with an internet experience they’re used to experiencing on the ground. Source: Travel Daily
New Airbus A350 for Brisbane
Singapore Airlines has revealed it will phase in its new Airbus A350-900 aircraft on flights to/from Brisbane, starting 16 October. The A350s are fitted with 253 seats in three classes and will give Brisbane customers an opportunity to experience the airline’s new generation Business and Economy class seats. The move will also see SQ offer its Premium Economy product on the Brisbane route for the first time. Flights SQ235/256 will be the first to change, replacing A330300 aircraft. They will be followed in December by SQ245/246 and in January by SQ255/236, which will both replace Boeing 777-200s. Source: Travel Daily
Sydney lauds United
Sydney Airport has welcomed United Airlines’ announcement that it will commence a daily Houston-Sydney service from 20 Jan 2018. Outgoing Sydney Airport md and ceo Kerrie Mather said the new service provided an important connection with the largest city in the southern United States.
“Houston is an extremely powerful transport hub, with this service connecting Sydney to 70 cities in key US and South American destinations.”
The flight will operate using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with 252 seats, adding 184,000 seats per year. It is the sixth US city destination served by Sydney Airport.
Source: Travel Daily
Irma leaves trail of chaos
Hurricane Irma has left a trail of destruction across the Caribbean and turned its fury on the US state of Florida, where 6.5 million people were ordered to evacuate.Attractions including Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando have been closed, while USA Today reports up to 5,000 scheduled flights have been cancelled at airports in Florida and as far north as the Carolinas.
Cruise lines have issued details of extensive cancellations as ships are repositioned to safer waters away from their Florida home ports, impacting thousands of passengers and creating knock-on effects for several more subsequent departures. Carnival Cruise Line has cancelled departures for its ships Carnival Liberty, Victory, Splendor, and Ecstasy with full refunds available to customers. It has also advised of itinerary modifications affecting another 14 departures.
Royal Caribbean International has cancelled cruises on its Empress of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas, with full refunds and future cruise credits available. It has also modified 11 other departures including charters. Severe damage has been reported in the British Virgin Islands, Barbuda, Anguilla, St Barth, St Martin and elsewhere. Source: Travel Daily.
Lock in NZ dollars
Travel Money Group has recommended Australian travellers heading to New Zealand to make the most of near record AUD-NZD levels by locking in their rate for upcoming trips. Currently Australians can get 7% more New Zealand dollars than they would three months ago.
Kelly Spencer, gm of Travel Money Group said, “Australians love visiting New Zealand, and with the AUD-NZD exchange rate at a high, we expect to see more Aussies heading across the ditch and making the most of the favourable exchange rate”. Source: Travel Daily