Qantas sells fares nonstop hop

April 28, 2017 by  
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SYDNEY, 28 April 2017: Australians can now book nonstop flights  from Australia to Europe for the first time, with tickets for Qantas’ Perth-London (Heathrow) route.

Sales opened on the new route Thursday.

Daily flights on the history-making route begin 24 March 2018 and form part of a new Melbourne-Perth-London return service.  The services will be operated by Qantas’ new Boeing 787-Dreamliner. Read more

Shaky stick gives Qantas flight a scare

April 18, 2017 by  
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SYDNEY, 18 April 2017: Fifteen passengers were hurt after a Qantas plane’s alert system warned of an imminent stall as it approached Hong Kong, Australian transport safety officials said, Thursday, as they launched an investigation.

Flight QF29 from Melbourne to Hong Kong was about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from its destination, last Friday, when a “stick shaker” alert occurred.

The warning causes the control stick to shake noisily, informing pilots that the plane is about to stall. Read more

Bleaching blights Great Barrier Reef

April 11, 2017 by  
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SYDNEY, 11 April 2017: Coral bleached for two consecutive years at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has “zero prospect” of recovery, scientists warned Monday, as they confirmed the site has again been hit by warming sea temperatures.

Researchers said last month they were detecting another round of mass bleaching this year after a severe event in 2016, and their fears were confirmed after aerial surveys of the entire 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) long bio-diverse reef.

Last year, the northern areas of the World Heritage-listed area were hardest hit, with the middle-third now experiencing the worst effects. Read more

Australia tightens security

April 3, 2017 by  
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SYDNEY, 3 April 2017: Australia said at the weekend it would increase security checks for flights from some Middle East airports, but stopped short of implementing the laptop ban introduced by the United States and Britain.

Britain and the US banned laptops and tablet computers in cabins on flights from some countries in the Middle East and North Africa earlier this month, citing fears of possible attacks.

“Explosive detection screening will be conducted for randomly selected passengers and their baggage. Checks may also include targeted screening of electronic devices,” Transport Minister Darren Chester said in a statement. Read more

Cyclone ravages north Australia

March 29, 2017 by  
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AYR, AUSTRALIA, 29 March 2017: Towns were cut off and without power in northern Australia Wednesday after being pummelled by a powerful cyclone that washed battered yachts ashore and ripped roofs off houses in scenes compared to “a war zone”.

The category four storm slammed into the coast of Queensland state between Bowen and Airlie Beach on Tuesday afternoon, packing destructive winds and devastating some of the region’s tourist hotspots.

It has since been downgraded to a tropical low but the Bureau of Meteorology still warned of damaging wind gusts with “intense” rain. Read more

New Zealand: No longer 100% pure

March 24, 2017 by  
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CHRISTCHURCH, 24 March 2017: New Zealand’s strong economic growth is placing strains on the environment that threaten to undermine its “clean, green” reputation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned Tuesday.

The South Pacific nation has long marketed itself internationally as “100% pure” and is undergoing a tourism boom as visitors flock to see the spectacular scenery featured in films such as “The Hobbit” trilogy.

But an OECD report said the environment was paying the price for growth in the farm-reliant economy, which is currently among the strongest in the developed world at more than 3%. Read more

Routes Asia 2018 heads for Brisbane

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Events, News, PACIFIC

OKINAWA, 22 March 2017: Routes Asia announced at the close of its Okinawa event Monday that Brisbane, Australia, would host  the 2018  Routes Asia conference.

The event brings together airlines, airports and stakeholders to discuss air service to, from and within Asia-Pacific.

A consortium comprising of Brisbane Airport Corporation, Brisbane Marketing, Tourism Australia, Tourism Events Queensland and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will underwrite the 2018 event. Read more

Plane loses propeller

March 21, 2017 by  
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SYDNEY, 21 March 2017: A regional Australian airline on Monday grounded six planes from its fleet after a propeller fell off one of them as it approached Sydney airport.

The near-disaster happened on Friday, with the crew shutting down the right-hand engine on the Saab 340 plane after “abnormal indications” before the propeller sheared off.

Despite the scare the twin-propeller Regional Express (Rex) plane carrying 16 passengers and three crew landed safely. Read more

Battery explodes on flight

March 16, 2017 by  
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SYDNEY, 16 March 2017: A woman whose headphones caught fire on a plane suffered burns to her face and hands, Australian officials said, Wednesday, as they warned about the dangers of battery-operated devices in-flight.

The passenger was listening to music on her own battery-operated headphones as she dozed about two hours into the trip from Beijing to Melbourne, 19 February, when there was a loud explosion.

“As I went to turn around I felt burning on my face,” she told the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) which investigated the incident. Read more

Qantas and El Al partner

March 1, 2017 by  
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SYDNEY, 1 March 2017: Australian and Israeli travellers will benefit from a new codeshare agreement between Qantas and EL AL, subject to government and regulatory approvals.

Customers of both airlines will be able to book specific flights operated by the other, as well as earn and redeem frequent flyer points.

The partnership focuses on linking Qantas’ flights between Australia and Asia to EL AL’s flights between Asia and Israel’s financial centre and technology hub, Tel Aviv. It will also connect Qantas’ flights from Sydney to Johannesburg with EL AL’s services from Tel Aviv to the South African city. Read more

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