WE KNOW: Singapore Airlines Regional Business Class

The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper, recently flew between Singapore and Bali aboard a Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10 aircraft.

“Flying with Singapore Airlines is always a bit of a treat. Service and experience are always top-notch,” says Peter.

Peter travelled in business class, sampling Singapore Airlines’ new regional, medium haul Business Class product.

“Narrower than the Business Class seats on SQ’s 777s and A380s, the new medium haul business class seat—available on both SQ’s 787s and A350s—is super-comfortable and and thoughtfully designed.

“Everything from handy storage areas, charging and headset ports, foot rests, controls and table spaces are precisely where they should be, and the entertainment system and F&B were fabulous,” notes Peter.

‘And even though this is a ‘regional medium haul’ product, I would happily travel long haul in it”

Peter Hosper, The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director

Singapore Airlines’ 787-10 aircraft have 36 Business Class seats with direct aisle access in a 1-2-1 configuration, and 301 Economy Class seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.

Economy Class aboard Singapore Airlines’ 787-10 aircraft.

The airline operates four daily direct services from Singapore to Bali. At the time of publication, two services were operated by Airbus A330-330 aircraft, and two by Boeing 787-10 aircraft.

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SINGAPORE Changi Transit Program Extended

Singapore Airlines, in partnership with Changi Airport Group, has advised that the Changi Transit Program—now called Changi Transit Privileges—has been extended.

From now till 31 March 2020, eligible Singapore Airlines, SilkAir or Air New Zealand passengers will receive S$20 transit voucher to use towards your shopping, and save up to S$120 on shopping and dining during your transit in Changi Airport.

The shopping and dining discounts apply at Shilla Duty Free, WHSmith, Pashma, Luvenus Jewellery, Singapore Zoo souvenir, Sony store, Hudsons Coffee, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, and Tanuki Raw Express during your transit.

The Transit Voucher can also be redeemed for one-time access to the Ambassador Lounge at Terminal 2 or 3 for up to two hours. Lounge use includes shower facilities, free flow of non-alcoholic beverages, light refreshments, local & international reading materials and 10% discount for Alcoholic beverages.

Ambassador Lounge, Terminal 2.

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Terms & Conditions
Passengers travelling on Singapore Airlines (SQ) and/or SilkAir (MI) ticketed and operated flights into and out of Singapore with 13 digits e-ticket numbers begin with 618, 629 or 086. This benefit will also be extended to passengers taking the following flight numbers: SQ4281, SQ4282, SQ4283, SQ4284, NZ281, NZ282, NZ283, NZ284, NZ295 or NZ296 (operated by Air New Zealand) and TR596 or TR597 (operated by Scoot). Passengers must be on transit in Changi Airport on both legs of their journey, which means Singapore is neither the point of origin nor the end destination. Transit passengers on one-way journey or ticket are not eligible. Transit means a layover at Changi Airport of not more than 24 hours. Passengers eligible for the transit rewards can proceed to the iShopChangi Collection Centres which are open 24 hours daily in the transit areas of Terminals 2 and 3. Please present your passport, boarding passes and all e-tickets showing your full itinerary.

AIR NEW ZEALAND to Cease London Services

The Kiwi national carrier has made a strategic decision to redeploy aircraft capacity on faster-growing markets. The upshot is that, from October 2020, the airline’s Los Angeles-London (NZ1/2) service will cease to operate.

“Today Kiwis have more than twice the number of ways to fly to London than a decade ago and preferences have changed. Less than seven percent of all airline travellers between Auckland and London chose to fly via Los Angeles last year.”

Jeff McDowall, Air New Zealand acting chief executive officer.

“At the same time, the Atlantic has become one of the most hotly contested routes in the world and Air New Zealand lacks the home market advantages and scale of the North American and European airlines we’re up against,” he added.

The news comes at the same time as the airline’s announcement of proposed year-round, non-stop 787-9 Dreamliner services between Auckland and New York also due to commence in October 2020.

The airline’s Auckland to Los Angeles services—up to 12 per week—will continue to operate.

From October 2020, Air New Zealand customers will be able to travel year-round between Auckland and London with partner airlines via 12 gateways in Asia and the Americas, including New York.

Air New Zealand’s Business Premier cabin.

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SNEAK PEEK: Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River

With its much-anticipated grand opening just months away, this all-new urban resort is accepting reservations for arrivals beginning 01 February 2020.

SPECIAL OFFER

  • Be among the first to experience the new Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River and enjoy an introductory offer of US$100 dining or spa credit when you book a stay of two consecutive nights or more.

THE PROPERTY

Set beside 200 metres of uncluttered riverfront, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River integrates indoor and outdoor spaces through a series of cascading buildings, courtyards, terraces and water features across 3.6 hectares along Charoenkrung Road.

“We’re delighted to have an opening date for this divine-looking new luxury hotel,” says Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.

“Bangkok is such an exciting city, and we’re sure the new Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River will bring new levels of luxury and sophistication to corporate and leisure travellers alike.” 

Sarah Bush

The hotel will offer 299 guest rooms including suites with garden terraces and an extraordinary, two-storey Presidential Suite. There’s also an urban spa, two infinity pools overlooking the river, world class culinary offerings, and thoughtful amenities for families including a fully-supervised complimentary kids club.

By the water, the hotel’s extensive event spaces will be highlighted by a waterfront ballroom and terrace, and a private boat dock.

F&B

At the heart of the hotel’s F&B offering sits the BKK Social Club where world-renowned mixologist Philip Bischoff and his bar team bring together a global blend of cuisines and cocktails.

The vibe? Think Buenos Aires a century ago, Latin flavours, rare spirits and shared punch bowls, modern glamour with hints of Art Nouveau, and champagne toasts on the terrace.

Other dining highlights include Yu Ting Yuan, a high style Cantonese restaurant with a show kitchen led by Michelin-starred Chef Qui Xiaogui; the al fresco Riva del Fiume; Brasserie Palmier for tropical French cuisine; The Lounge for the hotel’s signature afternoon tea, casual dining and drinks; and Café Madeleine, a pastry shop for sweet treats, classic French bread and brewed beverages.

MEETINGS

The hotel boasts more than 3,800 square metres of flexible indoor-outdoor event spaces.

Delegates can enjoy sweeping river views from the Four Seasons Grand Ballroom Terrace, or be inspired in The Conservatory with its river-view ballroom, three function rooms and boardroom.

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COMO THE TREASURY: Hot Rates in Perth!

Our friends at COMO The Treasury in Perth have extended us this fabulous, exclusive business rate.

Stay at COMO The Treasury  from $395 per night in a City Room including breakfast for one guest, in-room refreshments and Wi-Fi.

(Just quietly, rates here typically start at around $595 a night.)

City Room.

UPGRADE to a Heritage Room for an additional $20 per night!

Heritage Room.

Valid for stays before 30 December 2020, Sunday to Thursday nights only.
Rates are subject to availability and conditions apply.

COMO The Treasury is a luxury hotel located in the heart of Perth, occupying the 19th-century State Buildings. Restoration has revealed a grand Victorian era façade with interiors which now feature COMO’s trademark contemporary style.

TO BOOK

  • Contact us at info@ttagroup.com.au

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KLM SLEEP CABINS at Amsterdam Airport

KLM is now offering access to Sleep Cabins located in the flagship Non-Schengen Crown Lounge at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The cabins provide an ideal space for those seeking privacy and a step up in comfort from the regular rest area.

There’s more than just a bed. The cabins offer a small but complete space with everything you need like a queen-size bed with fresh linen, 33 inch TV, fast WiFi, multiple power outlets, sink and amenities. Each cabin is secure and soundproof to keep you and your belongings safe before you continue your journey refreshed.

See more in the video below!

HOW IT WORKS

Book your sleep cabin HERE or consult a lounge assistant. On arrival with a confirmed cabin booking, receive your cabin key from the lounge agents in the lounge’s SEA area.

WHAT DOES IT COST?

  • 3 HOURS: EUR 49.50 or 12,400 Miles
  • 5 HOURS: EUR 75.00 or 18,800 Miles

Please note that the cabins are for individual use only and that overnight stays are not possible. They’re available during the lounge’s opening times to passengers with lounge access.

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HISTORIC QANTAS Non-Stop London Flight Touches Down

Qantas’ Project Sunrise London to Sydney non-stop research flight lands after more than 19 hours in the air.

Qantas has kicked off 12 months of centenary celebrations as it marks a fresh milestone in aviation with a non-stop London to Sydney flight.

Flown by the latest addition to the national carrier’s fleet, a brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the airline’s Centenary livery landed in Sydney at 12:28pm, 19 hours and 19 minutes after leaving Heathrow.

It follows the non-stop New York to Sydney flight as the second of three research flights aimed at improving crew and passenger wellbeing on ultra long haul services being considered.

The flight was operated by a brand-new Boeing 787-9 registration VH ZNJ—named Longreach—and, on landing, was met by more than 1,000 Qantas employees to mark the flying kangaroo’s 99th birthday.

The service was a re-purposed delivery flight. Rather than flying from Boeing’s factory in Seattle back to Australia empty, the aircraft was positioned in London to simulate one of the Project Sunrise routes under consideration by Qantas. All carbon emissions were offset.

“This is another landmark flight from the national carrier,” said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“We look forward to a not-too-distant day now when our clients can travel extraordinary distances in a single hop. These are exciting times, and we’re delighted that Qantas is right at the forefront of them,” added Hosper.

The direct flight reduced total travel time by around two hours compared with current one-stop services from the east coast of Australia. It was only the second time any commercial airline has flown this route non-stop, after Qantas flew a near-empty 747-400 in 1989.

“Almost a century after our first flight, Qantas and Jetstar carry more than 50 million people around this country and the globe each year. I’m sure that would amaze our three founders, who held the early board meetings of this company at the local tailor’s shop because it was the longest table they could find,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.

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All photos shown here are credited to James D Morgan/Qantas.

ESCORTED RAIL: 5-Night Ultimate Nullarbor & Kangaroo Island Adventure

ON SALE until 31 December 2019
DEPARTS 06 – 11 September 2020

This wonderful, fully-escorted journey is an easy and convenient way to experience the Indian Pacific’s famed Gold Service from Perth to Adelaide.

5-NIGHTS from $3199 per person, twin share.

Or…

5-NIGHTS from $3449 per person, single share.

This relaxed yet comprehensive tour allows you to experience the best of what South Australia has to offer.

INCLUDES

  • 2 NIGHTS aboard the Indian Pacific travelling from Perth to Adelaide in all-inclusive Gold Service
  • Off train experiences in Kalgoorlie, Rawlinna & Cook
  • McLaren Vale Wine and Dine experience
  • 2 NIGHTS at the Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge including breakfast
  • Seal Bay Beach Tour
  • Explore Flinders Chase National Park
  • 1 NIGHT at the Pullman Adelaide
  • Farewell Dinner

Explore McLaren Vale home to sustainable wine production, world-renowned labels and unparalleled gastronomic experiences.

Discover Kangaroo Island’s fascinating wildlife, spectacular coastal scenery, stunning landscapes and unique local produce. Wander among the wild Australian sea lions at Seal Bay, watch an ‘in-flight’ display of Australian birds of prey at Raptor Domain and enjoy a walk around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch in the Flinders Chase National Park.

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Terms & Conditions
The contents of Off Train Excursions are subject to change without notice. All arrangements are subject to cancellation or modification due to inclement weather, late running of train or other unforeseen circumstances. Great Southern Rail does not own, operate or control Off Train Excursions. To the extent permitted by law, Great Southern Rail is not responsible for any injury, death, loss, accident, delay or irregularity whatsoever or expenses incurred resulting from a third party supplier’s acts or omissions. The travel services provided by these suppliers are subject to the conditions imposed by the suppliers and their liability may be limited by their tariffs, conditions of carriage, and agreements. All Inclusive fares include: Private sleeper cabin, all meals and standard beverages on train and standard Off Train Excursions are included in the package fare. Information required at time of booking – full name; including title, initial & surname as per ID, any information relating to Dietary/Mobility/Medical requirementsand mobile contact number. A moderate level of fitness is required to participate in this tour, a Health Fitness Form must be completed prior to deposit payment being made. 20% deposit required within 7 days after reservations. Final payment is due 155 days prior to travel. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply. Credit card payment surcharges apply.

PHUKET Marriott Resort & Spa – SAVE $958!

FLIGHTS, 8 NIGHTS & MORE from $1599 per person, twin share
ON SALE until 06 December 2019
FOR STAYS between 01 May – 14 June 2020; 09 July – 20 September 2020; and 01 – 31 October 2020.

The Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach is situated on its own secluded stretch of Tri-Trang Beach. Restaurants, entertainment and shopping are only a short drive away at Patong Beach.

INCLUSIONS

  • Return economy airfares to Phuket, via Kuala Lumpur flying Malaysia Airlines~
  • 8 NIGHTS in a Premier Lagoon Pool View Room
  • Full breakfast daily
  • 1 FREE Beach Grill Dinner Buffet
  • FREE THB3000 (approx AUD145) food and beverage credit#
  • 1 FREE cocktail at Rum Shack
  • 1 FREE smoothie at Wellness
  • 25% discount on treatments at The Spa
  • Phuket privilege card including discounts at restaurants, shopping and entertainment
  • Return private transfers from Phuket Airport to Hotel

This inviting 5 star resort features a wide range of facilities that are ideally suited for both couples and families. Relax by one of the 3 lagoon style swimming pools, treat yourself at the day spa while the kids make new friends at the kids club.

A lovely resort to just enjoy a refreshing cocktail while watching the sunsets melt the days away.

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Terms & Conditions
Prices correct as at 11 Nov 19 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. Room upgrades and late check-outs are subject to availability unless otherwise stated. Bookings must be made direct with Viva! Holidays or a travel agent. Package cancellation fees apply. Ratings provide a general indication of the standard of accommodation. These are our own views and not related to any other rating system. 3 star indicate a comfortable standard of accommodation, 4 star indicate superior standard and 5 star indicate deluxe standard. A half star indicates an additional half rating. All savings and bonus nights are included in the advertised price. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. ~Book Malaysia Airlines ‘N’ class, airfare availability is limited. Once class is sold out surcharges apply. Malaysia Airlines conditions of carriage apply. #Maximum one credit, per room, per stay. Credit may be limited to select hotel services and outlets. Credit is non-transferable, non-refundable and any unused credit cannot be redeemed for cash. ^Excludes Happy hour. The Viva! Holidays General Booking Conditions apply, available at www.vivaholidays.com.au/terms-and-conditions. Other conditions apply – ask for details.

EDWARDIAN HOTELS LONDON: FREE Breakfast & Save 5%!

BOOK TO STAY at a luxurious Edwardian Hotels London property between 18 December 2019 and 29 February 2020, and you’ll SAVE 5% and enjoy FREE breakfast.

This offer ends on 29 February 2020, and applies to Edwardian Hotels properties in:

  • Kensington
  • Oxford Street
  • Covent Garden
  • Soho
  • Leicester Square
  • Heathrow
  • Canary Wharf
  • Fitzrovia
  • Bloomsbury
  • Marble Arch

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