Qantas to fly between Brisbane and Christchurch / Wellington over summer, Emirates sending another A380 to Melbourne

New APEC Business Travel Cards to be valid for longer

Fast and efficient travel for business people within the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) region contributes to APEC’s goal of free and open trade and investment. A number of the contributors to Miles Down Under travel regularly to conduct investment activities across the region, and find their APEC Business Travel Cards (or ABTC for short) to be invaluable in facilitating international mobility and trade. At the most recent APEC Business Mobility Group, all 21 member economies agreed to implement the extension of validity of the APEC Business Travel Card from three to five years, effective 1 September 2015. The move…

Virgin Australia launch triple points offer

Review: Qantas Business Class, Sydney to Johannesburg

Virgin Australia sends Tiger to Bali, dumps Phuket and sends more flights to New Zealand, Pacific Islands

Virgin Australia is pulling its aircraft out of certain routes to Denpasar (Bali) from March 2016, replacing them with services operated by Tiger. Virgin Australia will also no longer fly to Phuket from February 2016. The airline says the changes come as it looks to ‘optimise its international network to deliver improved fleet utilisation and meet customer demand on key trans-Tasman and short-haul international routes’.

Review: Thai Airways Royal Silk (Business) Class, Bangkok to Phuket

Review: Thai Airways Domestic Royal Silk Lounge, Bangkok

Review: American Airlines A319 Business Class, Miami to Belize City

American Airlines operate the second largest Airbus A319 fleet in the world following its merger with US Airways. For this short flight to Belize, our aircraft sported its latest A319 interior – scheduled to be installed across American’s ex-US Airways fleet by the end of 2016.

Review: Qantas Business Lounge, Wellington

Thai Airways cuts jobs and suspends LAX, Rome routes

In a bid to reduce operating costs and return to profitability, Thai Airways International, the largest carrier in the South East Asian country, plans to shed 1,401 jobs and suspend routes to Rome and Los Angeles. This will end U.S operations for the Thai national carrier, with a previous route to New York-JFK ending in 2008.

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