Qantas have announced that it will start to fly Brisbane – Christchurch and Brisbane – Wellington with seasonal non-stop (3 December 2015 to 22 February 2016) services.
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 Austalia’s frequent flyer program, Velocity, has launched a promotion offering double Velocity Points in Economy and triple Velocity Points in Premium Economy or Business Class on flights marketed and operated by Virgin Australia.
The only non-stop services between the largest city in Australia and South Africa respectively is operated by Qantas as QF63 on the outbound, returning as QF64. We flew up front on one of these services, seated in Qantas’ old first class cabin.
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’.
We flew Thai Airways International from Bangkok to Phuket in Royal Silk class (business class). Despite being a quick domestic hop scheduled for 1 hour 20 minutes, THAI flight TG203 was operated by a Boeing 777-300 aircraft configured for international service.
We visited THAI’s domestic lounge before a flight out of the Thai capital.
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.
Qantas operate double daily flights to Sydney and daily flights to Melbourne from New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. We visited the Qantas Business lounge (its sole lounge in Wellington) before an early morning flight to Sydney.
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.