AIR FRANCE Launches Domestic Business Class

From 04 February 2020, Air France will offer Business class on its domestic network, on departures from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and the French regions.

The same service will also be available on short-haul flights connecting the French regions to international destinations.

With this move upmarket, the airline’s Business class customers with long, medium or short-haul connections to or from the French regions will enjoy seamless Business class service at no extra cost throughout their trip.

On short-haul flights, Air France offers its Business customers a dedicated catering service including:

  • A savoury snack
  • A sweet snack
  • A selection of beverages such as wines and champagnes from the Air France Business class wine cellar.
  • An oshibori to freshen up.

Air France Business customers will benefit from special services such as SkyPriority channels at the airports which offer it:

  • Dedicated check-in and baggage drop-off
  • Priority lines at security checkpoint and passport control
  • Priority boarding
  • Priority at transfer desks during connections
  • Priority baggage delivery

Away from the hustle and bustle of the airport, customers will also benefit from access to the Air France lounges where they can enjoy something to eat, work, rest or ask for information. Lounges for short-haul flights are available at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (terminals F and G), Paris-Orly 1, Bordeaux and Lyon airports. The airline’s partner lounges are available at Paris-Orly (terminal 1A), Marseille, Nice, Toulouse, Montpellier and Mulhouse airports.

A more generous baggage allowance is exclusively dedicated to them. Business customers can take two pieces of baggage weighing 32kg each in the hold, as well as two carry-on bags and a cabin accessory for a total of 18kg.

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LONDON: The Vanderbilt Hotel from £180

We’re loving this brilliant offer from our friends at The Vanderbilt Hotel, South Kensington—starting from just £180 for a Double Bedded Room with guaranteed late check-out!

That late check-out is super beneficial for Australian travellers returning home from London on those late-evening flights.

Our ‘Exclusively London’ rates include:

  • Full English Breakfast for one guest.
  • Priority early check-in (subject to availability).
  • Late check-out until 4.00 pm guaranteed.
  • Complimentary WiFi.
  • Double or Twin bedded rooms.
  • Frequent Flyer Points awarded with partner airlines.
  • 20% discount on food (beverages excluded).
  • £15 daily credit on food and beverage on deluxe rooms and suites.

NOTE: Rates are exclusive of 20%-VAT, and subject to availability. Conditions apply.

The Vanderbilt is a 19th Century, heritage-listed townhouse in leafy South Kensington, close to Hyde Park and a number of museums.

Perfectly located for the Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall and the V&A along with the exclusive boutiques of Knightsbridge are only moments away. Gloucester Road tube station can be found conveniently opposite the hotel.

Thanks to the building’s history, and blend of historical features with modern design, the hotel’s bedrooms and Italian marble bathrooms all boast individual styles.

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QATAR AIRWAYS Network Updates

  • Doha-Dubrovnik flights commence on 18 May 2020
  • Announces codeshare expansion with Malaysia Airlines
  • Launches codeshare with Deutsche Bahn trains

Kicking off Dubrovnik

Qatar Airway new seasonal Dubrovnik flights will operate between 18 May and 23 October 2020, offering a one-stop journey between Australia and Croatia.

Commencing as a thrice-weekly operation, the Dubrovnik service increases to a 5-weekly frequency between 15 June and 04 October.

The Doha-Dubrovnik flights will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, and will compliment the airline’s double-daily services between Doha and Zagreb.

CLICK HERE to see why we think these flights will be exceedingly popular in 2020.

Malaysia Airlines Codeshares

Qatar Airways has announced an expanded codeshare cooperation with Malaysia Airlines, commencing 27 January 2020.

With 10 Qatar Airways destinations covered by the airlines’ current codeshare arrangement, the expansion will allow Malaysia Airlines passengers to book travel to 20 additional Qatar Airways gateways in Europe, America, and Africa.

In turn, Qatar Airways passengers will benefit from access to four exciting new destinations in South East Asia, travelling on Malaysia Airlines’ flights to:

  • Sibu, Malaysia
  • Alor Setar, Malaysia
  • Medan, Indonesia
  • Surabaya, Indonesia.

This brings the total number of codeshare routes in Malaysia Airlines’ network to 24.

Codeshare with Deutsche Bahn

A new codeshare partnership provides seamless connection to/from eight destinations in Germany for Qatar Airways passengers within Deutsche Bahn’s railway network.

Deutsche Bahn, one of the largest railways operators in Europe, will provide Qatar Airways passengers with connections to eight key cities within DB network like Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Hannover, Leipzig, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Munich, and Hamburg via Qatar Airways’ Frankfurt gateway in Germany.

Qatar Airways currently operates 35 weekly flights between Doha and Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin. Two daily flights from Frankfurt and Munich, and one daily flight from Berlin.

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FINNAIR Opens New ‘Nordic’ Lounges

Following on from the opening of its new Platinum Wing Lounge in 2019, Finnair has now unveiled the final phase of its non-Schengen lounge expansion with the launch of its new Business Class Lounge.

A showcase of contemporary Nordic design, the lounge offers new spaces to explore and upgraded food and beverage options.

“Together, the new combined lounge complex provides 200 additional seats over the lounges they replace,” said Karim Al-Soufi, Vice President of Ground Experience at Finnair.

The aesthetic of the new lounge complex marks the emergence of Finnair’s new design language which centres on ‘Nordicness’: simplicity, clean lines, natural materials and texture for a warmer, more ‘human’ experience.

A fresh Nordic menu tailored to international tastes features the best seasonal local produce prepareed in a new open kitchen connected to a dedicated dining area.

A new full-service bar will offer an enhanced range of beverages including premium alcohol and specialty coffees. In adition, several drinks stations are dotted throughout the lounge, and there’s a ‘quick coffee” area at the front of the lounge for those in a hurry.

The new lounge is broken up in a variety of smaller ‘pockets’ aligned to different customer needs and activities. The deeper you go into the lounge, the quieter and more private it becomes.

There are power outlets at almost every seated position. Soundproof phone booths and printing facilities are also available. For those wishing to freshen up, five shower suites stocked with L:a Bruket cosmetics can be booked with a touchscreen reservation system.

The Business Lounge is available to all Finnair Business Class customers, Finnair Plus Gold and oneworld Sapphire members when the departure flight leaves from the non-Shengen area and is operated and marketed by a oneworld airline. All other customers can purchase lounge access for off-peak hours either in advance or at the lounge reception. The Lounge fits 600 customers.

The lounge is open daily from 5:30am to 12 midnight.

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QANTAS Makes ‘Project Sunrise’ Aircraft Decision

After detailed evaluation of Boeing 777X and Airbus A350 aircraft, Qantas has announced that Airbus’ A350-1000 is the preferred aircraft for its proposed ultra long haul ‘Project Sunrise’ routes.

Having said that, it’s worth noting that regulatory support for the new routes is still pending, and discussions with Qantas pilots are ongoing.

No aircraft orders have been placed yet, but Qantas will work closely with Airbus to prepare contract terms for up to 12 aircraft ahead of a final go/no-go decision by the Qantas Board in March 2020.

“Qantas’ Project Sunrise planning is really exciting,” said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“New aircraft, new in-flight experience, and new ultra long haul city-pairs mean exciting new opportunities for our business and our clients. We look forward to adding them to our service and expertise mix as they roll out”

Peter Hosper, Managing Director of The Travel Authority Group.

Trialling in-flight menus for Qantas’ ultra long-haul ‘Project Sunrise’ services.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the airline’s support for Project Sunrise was stronger than ever, particularly after the success of recent ‘dry run’ research flights.

Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, aboard the airline’s non-stop London to Sydney test flight.

“Between the research flights and what we’ve learned from two years of flying Perth to London, we have a lot of confidence in the market for direct services like New York and London to the east coast of Australia.

In-flight exercises aboard Qantas’ recent non-stop ‘Project Sunrise’ test flight between London and Sydney.

“The A350 is a fantastic aircraft and the deal on the table with Airbus gives us the best possible combination of commercial terms, fuel efficiency, operating cost and customer experience.”

Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce.

If things go to plan, the first commercial Project Sunrise flights will take to the air in the first half of 2023.

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