April 2014 Travel & Industry News
Register for Qantas Aquire program
The Qantas Aquire Loyalty program for business travellers has officially launched. If you pre-registered for Aquire following FCm’s launch of the program in November 2013, you will still need to complete the registration process. Aquire is easy to join and if you register on or before 30 September 2014, Qantas will waive the membership fee for the first year.
To complete your registration please visit www.aquire.com.au/register or contact your Travel Manager for assistance. You can earn Aquire Points across a wide range of products and services offered by participating partners. Aquire Points can also be converted to Qantas Points and redeemed to reward employees or yourself with flights and upgrades, hotel bookings and thousands of products available at the Qantas Store.
For more information on the benefits of joining Aquire please do not hesitate to contact your Travel Manager.
Qantas opens new airport lounges
Qantas has unveiled its new multi-million dollar lounge at Hong Kong International Airport. The new lounge boasts 300 seats and a family zone, and is based on a similar design concept to that featured in its Singapore lounge. Customers can enjoy Neil Perry-designed menus as well as a Spice Temple BBQ bar and yum cha trolleys.
Meanwhile Qantas has also opened its new regional lounge at Broome Airport. Upgrades include new work and rest areas, complimentary refreshments, magazines, papers, wi-fi and Foxtel.
Located on the mezzanine level, the lounge offers passengers a place to relax and work prior to their flight.
Two new hotels for WA
Regional Express has expanded its route network. The airline now offers an extra 36 weekly services between Sydney and Armidale. New services include three return flights each weekday and one return service each day of the weekend. There will also be an extra Saturday morning flight from Armidale to Sydney and an additional Sunday evening flight from Sydney to Armidale. Services will operate on a on a 36-seat Saab 340 aircraft.
JAL wi-fi goes international
Japan Airlines plans to add wi-fi connectivity on its international routes. The airlines fleet of B777-200ERs, B767-300ERs and B787 Dreamliner operating on routes to Southeast Asia and other international destinations will be fitted with the Panasonic eXConnect system. Passengers will be able to access the service via smartphones, tablets or laptops. The roll out commences 1 April 2014 and is expected to take 12 months to complete.
Cathay revamps fare structure
Cathay Pacific has changed its fare structure, reducing the number of fare rules from eight to three. Year-round fares now have no minimum stay and a 12-month maximum stay with stopovers permitted in Hong Kong in both directions at no extra charge. Passengers can mix classes, travelling in one cabin on their outbound flight and another on the return journey. Open-jaw sectors can be booked in three worldwide regions with surface sectors to Hong Kong also allowed. Sale fares will be subject to different rules depending on the promotion. Cathay Pacific also looking to simplify its corporate and wholesale fares in the near future.
Qantas fuel surcharge changes
Qantas is changing the way fuel surcharges are applied. From 7 May, the fee will be calculated based on point of origin (in the currency of that country), rather than the country where the ticket is issued. The levy will then be converted to the local currency where the ticket is issued using the exchange rate at booking time. The changes impact trips starting in New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, the UK, Europe, North Africa, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Dubai, with other countries of origin being added from June this year. Tickets issued in the same country as the point of origin are unaffected by these changes.