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CATHAY PACIFIC SALE!

Our friends at Cathay Pacific have generously offered some brilliant special fares across the airline’s extensive network.

SALE ends 28 February

Cathay Pacific A350-1000 Business Class cabin.

Take a look at some sample fares below, and be sure to contact us for pricing to other destinations around the globe.

SYDNEY to PARIS

  • Economy Class from $1279 return
  • Premium Economy from $3215 return
  • Business Class from $6243 return

PERTH TO LONDON

  • Economy Class from $1279 return
  • Premium Economy from $3215 return
  • Business Class from $5905 return

PERTH TO NEW YORK

  • Economy Class from $1910 return
  • Premium Economy from $3430 return
  • Business Class from $8569 return

Premium Economy Class

All fares shown were correct at 18 February 2020, are subject to availability and change due to fluctuations in currencies and fees/levies charged.

Fares above are priced based on 10 March 2020 departures, and all require a transit through Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific’s Economy Class cabin on the Airbus A350-1000.

The airline is operating the brand new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft on some flights to-from Australia, which is exciting news for AvGeeks and regular flyers seeking a heightened in-flight experience.

Cathay’s A350 was recently featured on The Today Show. Click the pic below to watch the clip!

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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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SINGAPORE AIRLINES Confirms 4th New Aircraft for Perth

Singapore Airlines has confirmed that, from 1 October 2019, customers travelling to and from Perth will experience its latest medium-haul cabin products, in-flight entertainment system on all four daily flights.

Currently operating two Airbus A350-900 medium-haul aircraft, one Boeing 787-10 aircraft and one A330-300 aircraft to Perth, Singapore Airlines will complete the final upgrade of aircraft when SQ225/224—the current A330-300 services—begins operating with a Boeing 787-10 from Tuesday 1 October.

The 787-10 is configured with 337 seats across two classes, featuring 36 Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 layout, and 301 Economy Class seats in a 3-3-3 layout.

“We’re thrilled to see each Singapore Airlines’ Perth service being operated by some of the world’s most advanced new aircraft”, says Lisa Byers, General Manager of The Travel Authority Corporate & Resource, Fremantle.

“Our clients will love the consistency and quality of the product and service offered by this combination of SQ Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 services”, added Lisa.

Singapore Airlines medium-haul Business Class on the 787-10 is arranged in a forward-facing 1-2-1 staggered configuration to provide direct aisle access from every seat. Each seat reclines directly into a 76” fully-flat bed.

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WE KNOW: Hong Kong Whistle Stops

David Thompson, Manager – Sales & Client Experience at The Travel Authority Corporate in Sydney recently breezed through Asia’s Big Apple on a literal whistle-stop visit. He packed plenty into just a few hours.

Here’s how he did it.

Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350 aircraft.

I flew aboard Cathay Pacific’s brand new A350 aircraft, a fantastic product with state of the art technology and immaculate service.

After a comfortable 7 hours sleep, I touched down in Hong Kong determined to turn a rather lengthy transit into a chance to explore one of my favourite cities.

Hong Kong’s Airport Express train.

The Airport Express train from Hong Kong International Airport to Kowloon takes just 22 minutes. It departs from directly outside the arrivals hall at the Airport.

With only six hours on the ground, I had done my research on the excellent Hong Kong Tourism Website and had all the information I needed. So, following one of their suggestions, I focused on the emerging area of Sham Shui Po which Time Out Hong Kong describes as ‘a district of simple pleasures’.

Previously a blue-collar suburb, it is now a foodies and shoppers paradise, offering plenty of cheap but cheerful experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the city.

I went straight to Tim Ho Wan, purveyors of Hong Kong’s most famous dim-sum. Humble, unpretentious, Tim Ho Wan is, remarkably, Michelin starred and serves delicious dumplings, noodles and rice dishes.

With dishes from just HK$28 (AU$5-ish), Tim Ho Wan is considered the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant in the world.

So Tim Ho Wan deliciously ticked-off, I followed the ‘Simple Flavours‘ foodie walking tour through Sham Shui Po as suggested on the Discover Hong Kong website. This delivered a mobile feast of amazing bites to eat, and a kaleidoscope of eclectic local designer and up-cycled clothes at the open-air street markets.

Exploring the culinary delights of Kowloon’s Sham Shui Po neighbourhood.

with my senses satisfied, it was time to return to the airport for my onward journey to New York with Cathay Pacific. The super-efficient Airport Express train did it job once again, and I was in the air in no time.

Flying to the East Coast of the U.S. via Asia might seem like the long way around, but apart from tasty explorations of your transit city, there’s another benefit: You avoid the notorious immigration and connection nightmares that can strike at Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Touchdown at JFK.

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SINGAPORE AIRLINES Deploys New Aircraft to Perth

From June 2019, Singapore Airlines will put its new Airbus A350-900 medium haul aircraft into service on one of its four daily flights to Perth.

The A350-900 features higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body delivering more space and comfort as well as lighting designed to reduce jetlag.

SQ213 will arrive from Singapore at 12:50 on 3 June 2019.
SQ226 will depart Perth at 14:05 on the same day.

“We’re really excited about the June arrival of Singapore Airline’s new A350s into Perth. I recently flew from Singapore to New York aboard one of these fabulous aircraft—they’re brilliant”, said Lisa Byers, General Manager of The Travel Authority Corporate & Resource, Fremantle.

“The new regional business class cabin and experience will be extremely popular. We really look forward to seeing it in Perth”, adds Lisa.

Featuring the airline’s new regional Business and Economy Class, the A350-900 medium-haul Business Class cabin has 40 seats in a 1-2-1 arrangement with direct aisle access from every seat. The Economy Class cabin has 263 seats arranged in a comfortable 3-3-3 configuration.

New Business Class
The new medium-haul Business Class seats recline directly into a 76” fully-flat bed. Each seat measures up to 26” in width, with retractable armrests that can be raised and lowered.

Other features include ample stowage space, a business panel with in-seat power supply and USB ports, adjustable lighting and a personal 17” full high-definition touchscreen monitor.

New Economy Class
The new Economy Class seats have an ergonomically-designed contour backrest for greater relaxation, and a six-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings for more neck support.

Economy Class also features an enhanced entertainment experience with personal 11.6” full high-definition touchscreen monitors streaming myKrisWorld and its selection of more than 1,800 movies, TV shows and audio programs.

In addition, customers will have access to high-speed in-flight WiFi service on the new A350-900s.

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Virgin Atlantic Raises the Bar with its First A350-1000

Virgin Atlantic has unveiled details of its first, long-awaited Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, which includes an entirely new Upper Class cabin featuring a brand new suite and social space.

Ready for sleep in Virgin Atlantic’s new Upper Class suite aboard the A350-1000.

As the first airline to introduce an on-board bar, Virgin Atlantic has taken its customer proposition to the next level, as customers can now enjoy a social space known as The Loft. As the largest social space in the airline’s fleet, it’s designed for customers to gather, chat, enjoy a drink or dine with friends.

Virgin Atlantic’s ‘The Loft’ social space aboard its new A350-1000.

The Loft extends the airline’s renowned Clubhouse experience to the skies, offering a wide range of cocktails, and the option for customers to dine together and enjoy a Mile High afternoon tea.

The Loft is not the only innovation to the Upper Class cabin, as passengers will also experience an entirely new suite designed in collaboration with a number of Virgin Atlantic’s most frequent flyers.

Upper Class aboard Virgin Atlantic’s new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.

Stand-out Upper Class features include:

  • Every seat now faces towards the window and offers deployable privacy screens.
  • Laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration, every suite has a 44” pitch, with a fully flat bed length of up to 82”
  • All suites will transition seamlessly from an upright seat, straight to a bed.
  • It boasts Virgin Atlantic’s largest ever in-flight entertainment screen
  • In line with the rest of the fleet, every customer will still have direct aisle access.

Premium Economy aboard Virgin Atlantic’s new A350-1000.

The first A350 will take to the skies in August, as it flies from London Heathrow to New York JFK, followed by other services to JFK later in the year. Virgin Atlantic has ordered a total of 12 Airbus A350-1000, with them all scheduled to join the fleet by 2021.

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British Airways unveils new Business Class ‘Club Suite’

As we anticipated late last year, British Airways has unveiled its highly-anticipated new business class seat – ‘Club Suite’ – and confirmed it will arrive on the first of its Airbus A350 aircraft in July.

“We’re thrilled to see BA’s new aircraft launch with a brand new business class seat and experience”, said Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.

“This latest incarnation of BA’s impressive business class—’Club Suite’— really does look like a next-generation product. We look forward to seeing it for ourselves, and hearing client feedback after they fly”, added Sarah.

Like the airline’s existing Club World product, the newly-branded ‘Club Suite’ offers direct-aisle access in its 1-2-1 configuration, and each seat converts into a luxurious flat-bed.

What is different, however, is the addition of a suite door for greater privacy, 40% more storage—including a vanity unit and mirror, WiFi, generous 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens, high definition gate-to-gate programming, and PC/USB power.

The new Airbus A350 aircraft itself will also promote a feeling of well-being, space and calm due to its reduced noise levels, high ceilings and ambient lighting which is intended to compliment the time of day and outside light. Customers will experience a cabin with higher levels of humidity and refreshed air as the cabin pressure is equivalent to an altitude of just 6,000 feet.

There are also environmental benefits to flying on the state-of the-art A350 as 25% lower fuel burn significantly reduces CO2 emissions.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “The arrival of our first A350 featuring our new Club Suite is one of the most exciting developments in our £6.5 billion investment programme.”

As well as a new 56-seat Club World cabin, the three-cabin A350 will feature the latest World Traveller Plus cabin (56 seats) with new furnishings including a plush new pillow and warm quilt, new amenity kits and an enhanced service and an improved dining experience. The World Traveller (economy) cabin offers 219 seats. Customers will also benefit from high-speed WiFi, allowing travellers to browse the internet on their personal electronic devices.

After launching on short-haul routes, BA’s new A350s will commence long-haul services from October. The airline will commence retro-fitting its existing long-haul fleet with the new Club Suite at this time, too.

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Just Back From: New York

Lisa Byers, General Manager of The Travel Authority Corporate & Resource in Fremantle, has just returned from The Big Apple, experiencing the world’s longest flight—Singapore to Newark—along the way.

“It was a remarkably painless journey considering its 18-hour duration”, reports Lisa.

Departing Perth aboard Singapore Airlines flight SQ214 (operated by a Boeing 777), Lisa transited through Singapore Changi Airport before boarding flight SQ22 to Newark.

SQ22 is operated by one of the airline’s new Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

“The A350 is a fabulous aircraft”, says Lisa.

Interestingly, as this aircraft operates on ultra-long routes, it boasts an all-premium layout, configured with 67 Business Class and 94 Premium Economy seats.

Singapore Airlines’ Premium Economy seat.

The 28 inch wide Business Class seats transform into a comfortable 78 inch long bed. That’s nearly two metres long, or six-foot-five in the old money.

“Departing Singapore a little before 1.00am, I slept a solid eight hours in SQ’s super-comfortable business class bed. Waking up, I had some refreshments, watched a movie, and we were just three hours from Newark. It was surreal—the world’s longest flight was over in no time”, adds Lisa.

We’re pleased to report that the Singapore Airlines crew delivered the warm welcome and level of service they’re famous for. Likewise, Lisa couldn’t fault the in-flight amenities, service, complimentary WiFi, the Business Class seat and fully flat bed.

 

“SQ came with the usual amazing service, product and friendly staff. Upon arrival into Newark Airport at 5.00am we breezed through customs in 10 minutes, tops—probably the easiest and most streamlined trip I’ve had in some time”, says Lisa.

And what about New York itself?

“New York at Christmas time and for New Year is not for the faint-hearted. We made our way there for a family holiday and it is the busiest week on the calendar for tourists, so you have to be prepared. Prepared to queue and wait everywhere you go as there are literally thousands of people at every intersection. But it is still the most amazing city to visit, and seems so much closer now with only one-stop from Perth”, says Lisa.

Her Top Tip?

Book your tickets to everything you want to see and do in New York before you leave home!

Sounds like good advice to us, and certainly something we can help you with next time the Big Apple calls.

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MALAYSIA AIRLINES NOW OFFERING A350 FIRST CLASS

Having shelved plans to offer its First Class Suites as a complimentary upgrade for Business Class passengers with Platinum frequent flyer status, Malaysia Airlines will now sell First Class on its daily Airbus A350 services between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur.

The airline’s A350 currently services flights MH122/MH123, and features a small first class cabin of just four Suites.

These suites are now available for sale on services from 01 November 2018. The first flight being MH122 from Sydney.

Fares are expected to be a reasonable premium on Business Class, and any unsold first class suites will continue to be available for business class passengers via the airline’s MH-Upgrade ‘auction’ system.

“We’re really pleased to see Malaysia Airlines’ First Class Suites available for sale. We expect them to be great value and extremely popular on the Sydney to Kuala Lumpur route”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

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