April Travel News Round-Up - Latest News & Updates In Aviation

29 April 2015
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Qantas has donated its first 747-400 to HARS Museum (Historical Aircraft Restoration Society) located at Illawarra Airport near Wollongong.  VH-OJA arrived to a waiting crowd of thousands who had camped out to see her arrival. Having carried over 4 million passengers over 85 million kilometres - equivalent to 110.2 return trips to the moon - 'City of Canberra' arrived at her new permanent display home on 8 March.


Paying for baggage on Virgin Australia has become a thing of the past. The airline scrapped domestic baggage charges from March 17 with economy passengers now automatically entitled to one bag of 23 kilos per person. Also being scrapped are the 'Saver Lite' fare classes. Any passenger who has booked a Saver Lite fare for travel post March 17 will still be required to pay for baggage.

 New Virgin Australia baggage allowance.


Etihad Airways has changed its limousine transfer policy. Previously restricted to two free segments per trip, guests booked on select first and business class fares will now enjoy free chauffeur service transfers on all legs of their journey in more than 35 cities across the globe.

 New chauffeur services available for first and business class passengers.


Virgin Australia flights between Sydney and Fiji will see a seasonal upgrade of equipment to the airline’s wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Saturday flights during April, between June and October and over the popular Christmas and New Year period will see the upgraded service from the usual 737-800. The A330 has 24 flat bed seats in business class and 255 seats in economy adding 103 extra seats total per flight during peak travel times.

 Virgin Australia Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

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To mark the 75th anniversary of Air New Zealand, the carrier in conjunction with New Zealand Post has released a limited series of commemorative stamps. The five different stamps illustrate the airline’s long history of flights connecting New Zealand to the world. Included are reminders of Air NZ beginnings as TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Ltd) to the latest 787 aircraft.

 Air New Zealand celebrated 75 years with commemorative stamps.


A recent Qantas trial of a new SMS 'three click' mobile check-in last December proved to be a great success. So much so the airline has launched it as a permanent check-in option at all domestic ports. An SMS will be received the day prior to travel and with three simple clicks passengers will be checked in and receive a boarding pass instantly on their phone.

 Qantas mobile check-in options.


Emirates award winning entertainment system 'ice' is now offering a smorgasbord of the latest entertainment and content in more than 35 languages.  With a choice of over 2,000 channels of entertainment, with almost 500 movies from around the world available, there is no shortage of entertainment onboard Emirates flights.

 Emirates offer entertainment in 35 languages.

Jason Dutton-Smith

I’m a passionate traveller and a first class nomad wannabe. I have a love for the written word and enjoy sharing stories that inspire travel. I like ordinary but love extraordinary. I’ll dance and sing karaoke to anything 80’s, will drink hot tea even if 40 degrees, love food and have a wicked sweet tooth. Architecture excites me, the window seat thrills me and anything aviation enamours me. I’m a perpetual dreamer who lives by Saint Augustine’s wise words – “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”. My intention is to read War and Peace!