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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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CATHAY PACIFIC Temporarily Closes Lounges

Cathay Pacific has temporarily closed three of its lounges at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), namely The Bridge, The Deck and The Pier First Class Lounge, from today (17 February 2020) until further notice.

This follows a coronavirus-related short-term capacity reduction of 30% across the combined networks of Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon.

The Deck lounge at Hong Kong International Airport.

Cathay Pacific and eligible passengers are advised to visit the airline’s other lounges at HKIA – The Wing First Class and Business Class Lounges, and The Pier Business Class Lounge.

The airline went on to describe implementation of health and safety protocols at it lounges at HKIA, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport, where buffet services have been replaced by individually-packed meal options supplemented by made-to-order hot food from the Noodle Bar.

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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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Fly Return to Europe & Britain from just $899!

When you travel with Insight Vacations every second is magical.

You will more than just see a destination, you will meet it, feel it and taste it. Travel in style and stay at premium hotels in the right location. Discover new cultures and people with authentic dining experiences that take you to the heart of a destination.

Combine your Europe 2019 premium escorted journey with flights on Cathay Pacific Airways and save with flights from $899* to Europe and Britain. Conditions Apply.

This offer is only available until 31 March 2019.

There are dozens of Insight Premium Escorted Journeys to choose from. Here’s a snapshot of some of our favourites.

Country Roads of Italy
16 Days | From $7,324* per person, air inclusive.
Between the major cities, you’ll find little-known gems like Orvieto, Assisi and Perugia, Tuscan hill towns, gastronomic icons, a formidable abbey and Italy’s finest stretch of coastline.

Best of Spain and Portugal
15 Days | From $6,149* per person, air inclusive.
This journey showcases the architectural masterpieces, regal history and delicious cuisine of Spain and Portugal.

Spectacular Scandinavia and its Fjords
15 Days | From $7,524* per person, air inclusive.
Revel in outstanding Scandinavian scenery as you cruise the glassy fjords and ride the Flåm Railway

Britain and Ireland Discovery
22 Days | From $8,418* per person, air inclusive.
For a limited time in August, witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Scroll down for full terms and conditions.

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Terms & Conditions
Fly economy from $899 return per person in conjunction with selected 2019 Europe & Britain summer departures. Air deals are available for new bookings created from 25 Feb to 31 March 2019; until sold out. Prices are per person and represent adult fares including any applicable taxes and surcharges. The offer is based on fares to and from the nearest European city to the trip’s start and end point. Other destinations are available; however surcharges may apply. Economy class airfares are valid for travel to Europe departing from ADL/BNE/MEL/PER/SYD for travel between 01 Apr 2019 – 26 Jun 2019 & 08 Jul 2019 – 30 Nov 2019. Blackout dates apply. A fee of $350 per person will apply to air bookings where any flight sector is outside of the airlines system date range. A surcharge will apply if the necessary booking class is not available and a higher booking class is required. One stopover on the entire journey is permitted at an additional cost. The air carrier selected (Cathay Pacific) is at the discretion of Insight Vacations based on available fare classes at the time of booking and must be purchased in conjunction with one of the specified Insight Vacations departures. The airfare cannot be sold in isolation and is subject to availability. Insight Vacations reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares; fees and surcharges at any time. A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person and full payment for the airfare is due within 7 days of booking or by 31 March 2019 (whichever comes first). Full payment for the trip must be received 45 days (60 days for Dalmatian Elegance) prior to departure from Australia. By paying your deposit you accept the Terms and Conditions of the Insight Vacations Air Offer; and air tickets will be issued. Our partner airlines reserve the right to advise an earlier airfare Ticketing Time Limit date; subject to booking conditions and restrictions. After ticket issuance; fees for changes and 100% cancellation fees (including air taxes and fuel) will apply. Flight Offers are not combinable with the Early Payment Discount or any other promotional offer. Offer does not apply to Autumn; Winter & Spring departures or indicatively priced departures. Offer does not apply to trips to Greece; Turkey; Israel; Jordan; Egypt and Special Group Itineraries. Offers may be withdrawn or amended at any time. Please contact Insight Vacations for further details.

oneworld Alliance Turns 20!

As oneworld® marks its 20th anniversary, the global airline alliance has unveiled a suite of benefits for customers and member airlines.

The CEOs of oneworld member airlines met in London on 01 February to mark the 20th anniversary, and unveil a transformation of the global alliance.

oneworld CEO Rob Gurney said, “In the two decades since oneworld was launched, the industry and consumer behaviours have changed fundamentally. Most of our member airlines have undergone comprehensive restructuring. Some have merged. When oneworld first took off, hardly any airline offered online bookings. Smartphones were in the future. Social media did not exist. Airline fares included everything. Low-cost carriers were in their infancy.

“Since then, global alliances have grown greatly in terms of membership but, to be frank, they have failed to keep pace with the changes that their members, the industry at large and the marketplace have experienced. At oneworld, we are making up for that. As we enter our third decade, we are undergoing a radical transformation, with a host of fresh initiatives to strengthen further the relevance of the alliance to our member airlines and our customers.”

Those initiatives include:

Digital revolution
Customers flying on connecting flights on oneworld airlines will be able to check-in, obtain boarding passes, track baggage, receive flight updates and pay for additional services through their preferred airline’s app or website, progressively from this year.

Improved customer experience
oneworld-branded and managed airport lounges to be rolled out at key airports, offering more space and service.

More member airlines
Royal Air Maroc to join in 2020 and Fiji Airways to be fully implemented as first oneworld connect partner next month, increasing the alliance network to 1,100 destinations in 180 territories, with more oneworld connect partners to be signed.

Royal Air Maroc is oneworld’s first full member recruit for six years and its first from Africa.

An updated brand
New oneworld market positioning that is ‘fresh, contemporary and more inclusive’ reflecting the diversity of the alliance’s member airlines and their customers, with the tagline Travel Bright. This initiative also includes a new website.

oneworld was launched on 1 February 1999 by founding members American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways and Qantas.

Since then, they have been joined by:

  • Finnair and Iberia (1999)
  • LATAM (then LanChile, 2000)
  • Japan Airlines and Royal Jordanian (2007)
  • S7 Airlines (2010)
  • Malaysia Airlines (2013)
  • Qatar Airways (2013)
  • SriLankan Airlines (2014)

Royal Air Maroc was invited into the alliance in December and is on track to join during 2020.

Around 30 airlines linked to the alliance’s full members are oneworld affiliate members, offering its full range of services and benefits. Fiji Airways was introduced as the first oneworld connect partner in December 2018, offering a subset of the alliance’s services and benefits, and is on track for full implementation next month.
Collectively, these airlines now:

  • Serve 1,100 airports in 180 territories, with 14,000 daily departures.
  • Carry almost 550 million passengers a year on a combined fleet of 3,500 aircraft.

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Cathay Pacific’s ‘Hong Kong Flavours’

Cathay Pacific believes there’s no taste like home and, to make the point, the airline has rolled out a new ‘Hong Kong Flavours’ dining concept in all classes.

What should hungry passengers expect?

How about wok-fried lobster in broth with crispy and steamed rice? Or fish ball and fish cake flat rice noodle soup? Soy-braised chicken with Chinese sausage on steamed jasmine rice?

Fish ball and fish cake flat rice noodle soup.

Yum.

Launched to celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of the city’s rich gastronomic traditions, Hong Kong Flavours features a variety of local specialities available in all cabin classes on long-haul routes from the airline’s home hub.

Braised brisket with flat rice noodles in special beef broth.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Customer Experience and Design, Vivian Lo, said that for Hong Kong people, the dishes convey a feeling of home, while also representing a tasty introduction of authentic local flavours for those visiting from abroad.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that people from Hong Kong are crazy about food; and as Hong Kong’s home airline, it is important that our inflight dining reflects our heritage,” she said.

Stir fried pork and shallots in chilli tomato sauce on egg noodles.

Menu highlights in First Class include braised abalone with flower shiitake and choy sum-layered bean curd, while Business Class passengers can look forward to dishes such as roasted duck with lai fun rice noodles in soup and Hong Kong-style milk tea pudding with tapioca pearls.

Passengers in Premium Economy Class have the option of tasting, among other options, steamed halibut with Tai O preserved mustard greens and steamed jasmine rice as well as yin yang fried rice. Meanwhile, dishes served in Economy Class include Hong Kong-style seafood curry rice.

Traditional steamed pork and water chestnut patties on jasmine rice.

Enhancements have also been made to the airline’s in-flight beverage program with a premium range of Chinese teas including jasmine, oolong and pu’er from renowned local tea purveyor Fook Ming Tong being rolled out progressively in Economy Class.

Finally, to celebrate the Year of the Pig, Cathay Pacific will be serving a selection of auspicious dishes over the Chinese New Year period and throughout February. These special festive offerings include braised garoupa with bean curd and shiitake mushrooms and E fu noodle soup with crab meat sauce.

Hong Kong Flavours is Cathay Pacific’s newest inflight dining concept and follows on from the summer launch of the airline’s well-received restaurant-style Business Class service, which is being introduced on all long-haul flights.

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Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong Yoga & Meditation Space

Cathay Pacific passengers can now stretch, relax and rejuvenate at a new dedicated yoga and meditation space, The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga at The Pier Business Class lounge, Hong Kong.

“This is a lovely touch to an already impressive airport lounge”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

Designed in partnership with The Pure Group, The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga is a 700 square-foot area divided into two zones – The Body Sanctuary, which is dedicated to yoga, and The Mind Sanctuary, where travellers can meditate to calm the mind.

The Pier Business Class lounge offers an impressive range of experiences for guests.

“Whether it’s dining at our popular Noodle Bar, catching up with some work, or enjoying a drink at the bar or at the Teahouse, there are myriad ways for our customers to spend time at the lounge. Now they’ll also be encouraged to meditate and practice yoga before flying with us”, said Cathay Pacific General Manager Customer Experience and Design, Vivian Lo.

The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga is open to travellers who have access to Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge at Hong Kong Airport, as well as Diamond, Gold and Silver Marco Polo Club members. Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon First and Business Class passengers will also be able to enjoy the new offering.

The Sanctuary is the latest collaboration between Cathay Pacific and the Hong Kong-headquartered Pure Group following the January 2018 launch of ‘Travel Well with Yoga’, a series of inflight videos to help passengers ease into their journeys with meditation and yoga.

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New Cathay Pacific-QANTAS Codeshare Agreement

Cathay Pacific and Qantas flyers will benefit from a new codeshare agreement that leverages the strengths of each carrier’s regional networks.

Subject to regulatory approval, the agreement will see Qantas add its code to Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon services from Hong Kong to 10 cities across India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and on Cathay Pacific’s long-haul services from Hong Kong to Perth and Cairns.

In turn, Cathay Pacific will add its code to 13 routes on Qantas’ domestic network in Australia.

“This new agreement will be great for those who travel through Hong Kong on the Cathay Pacific network”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn more Qantas Points and status credits when travelling on the Qantas-coded flights. Similarly, Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club members will earn more Club Points when travelling on Cathay Pacific-coded flights.

Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said the new codeshare agreement was part of Qantas’ strategy of operating to key global hubs and providing customers with access to an expanded network with airline partners based in those ports.

“This new codeshare partnership also forms part of our growth strategy for the broader Asia region, with strong demand for travel between Australia and Asia. It’s good news for Qantas customers who will have more travel options, greater opportunities to earn frequent flyer points, and a premium experience onboard both home carriers”, said Webster.

Cathay Pacific and Qantas together operate more than 100 services a week between Hong Kong and Australia. As oneworld alliance partners, eligible flyers will continue to enjoy access to both Cathay Pacific and Qantas lounges in Australia and Hong Kong, as well as other oneworld associated lounges across both airlines’ networks.

Tickets for the codeshare services will be available for sale from 22 October 2018, for travel from 28 October 2018.

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