Corporate Newsletter April
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Qantas Enters New Era
Qantas has heralded a new era of long-haul travel from Australia with its history-making direct flight from Perth to London. The first scheduled non-stop service between Australia and Europe touched down at Heathrow just after 5am on the 25/3/18, marking the first step in the airline’s ambition to overfly its competitors operating from hubs in Asia and the Middle East. “This is a truly historic flight that opens up a new era of travel,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce who flew aboard the inaugural Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service. “The response to the flight has been amazing, both for the attention it’s received since we announced it and the bookings we’ve seen coming in,” he said. “It’s great for Australian tourism, for business travellers and for people visiting friends and family on both sides of the world.” The new daily QF9 service takes just over 17 hours to fly from Perth to London Heathrow, taking advantage of the most favourable winds on any given day without having to factor in a route via mid-point destinations. It originates in Melbourne, connecting in Perth with other services from Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane under an adjusted domestic schedule. Source: Travel Daily
New Visa Requirements For Perth Airport
Qantas International flights have now officially moved from T1 (Terminal 1) to T3/4 (Terminal 3 and 4). Prior to arriving in Australia, International Passengers connecting from a Qantas flight and other International airlines will need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or Visa.
Eg. International travellers flying into Perth and connecting onto a Qantas Perth to London service will require a Visa to move between T1 and T3/4. Upon departing T1, passengers will need to collect their baggage and proceed through immigration and customs before exiting the terminal.
Domestic passengers will not be impacted. For more information please speak with your Pulse Corporate representative. Source: Perth Airport & Home Affairs
Etihad Chauffeur Cuts
Etihad Airways has announced more changes to its Abu Dhabi chauffeur drive service for First and Business class customers, which takes passengers to and from Abu Dhabi from anywhere in the United Arab Emirates. Effective 01 April, Etihad Guest redemption tickets (fare classes I and O) will no longer be eligible for the service – including upgrades using miles. If upgrades are booked from an eligible Business class fare into First class passengers will continue to receive the service. Guests travelling in The Residence will continue to receive free chauffeur transfers at all Etihad A380 destinations. Source: Travel Daily
American Express Lounge Melbourne
AmericanExpress and Plaza Premium Group have collaborated to introduce two new airport lounges at Melbourne Airport. Located in Terminal 2 at Satellite Level Departures, the facility from American Express is operated by Plaza Premium Group, who also opened the Plaza Premium Lounge in an adjacent space. The Amex lounge is open from 6am to 11pm, seven days a week. Source: Travel Daily
British Airways Luxury Bedding
British Airways’ Club World Business class passengers travelling on the London Heathrow Sydney route will be offered bespoke bedding thanks to a new partnership that has been struck between the carrier and The White Company. The luxury bedding will be phased-in on flights soon. Source: Travel Daily
Qatar Airways Kids Club
Qatar Airways has taken steps to further enhance its family friendly facilities by launching a new flying group for children called Oryx Kids Club. Little club members of the oneworld carrier will receive special in-flight meals, plush toys, and the ability to earn frequent flyer points. Kids aged 2-11 are eligible. Source: Travel Daily