April 2014 Travel & Industry News

01 April 2014
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

HILTON Worldwide has signed a deal to manage two new-build properties in WA. The 241-room DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront will be located on Riverside Drive and is set to open in mid-2016, while the 150-room DoubleTree by Hilton Fremantle, overlooking Princess May Park, will open in 2017.

Rex Armidale-bound

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.

Second Sydney airport to be developed at Badgerys Creek

Badgerys Creek has officially been chosen as the location for a second Sydney airport. The decision by the Federal Cabinet will see the project move to the planning and design stage with supporting infrastructure also to be considered. Construction on the new airport is expected to begin in 2016.

Qantas Dallas surcharge

Qantas has added a new surcharge to its daily Sydney-Dallas Fort Worth service. The new ‘Q surcharge’ has passengers travelling on this service paying an additional $50 for economy class tickets, $100 for premium economy and $200 for business class tickets.