And the best April Fool’s gong goes to…
This week we woke to a great announcement that Virgin Australia has today introduced a world-first Canine Crew service to bolster its award-winning in-flight service.
“Hundreds of dogs have been specially trained at a new purpose-built canine crew training facility over the past few months in preparation for their introduction to service on all Boeing 737, Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 aircraft in the Virgin Australia fleet.”
They had us fooled! And we loved this idea too. Especially the idea of “holding your spot in line for the bathroom and a personalised hand shake welcome”. 🙂
Singapore Airlines confirms daily A350 flights for Melbourne
Singapore Airlines has confirmed that from May 11, 2017 its SQ208/207 flights will be operated daily by the all new Airbus A350-900.
The change in aircraft will deliver Melbourne customers an increase in Premium Economy seats, with three of the four daily flights from Melbourne now offering the new cabin.
The Airbus A350 is fitted with 253 seats with 42 seats in Business class, 24 in Premium Economy class and 187 Economy class seats.
APT celebrates 90 years
A family-owned company since its creation in 1927, APT had its beginnings when Bill McGeary built a bus body on a tray truck after a tram strike affected the city of Melbourne.
Today, the 90-year-old APT and its sister companies Travelmarvel and Botanica, are some of Australia’s most loved tour and cruise companies that span the globe with their unique itineraries, refined service and elegant itineraries. Happy birthday!
New Flinders Ranges and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre Escorted Tour
SeaLink has launched a new, 10 day fully inclusive and escorted tour of the Flinders Ranges and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, departing 28th August 2017.
From $4490 per person, the trip departs Adelaide and visits Port Augusta, Coober Pedy, William Creek, Parachilna, Wilpena Pound, Clare Valley, Barossa Valley and many fascinating towns in between. The tour also includes spectacular scenic flights over Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and Wilpena Pound.
Aloft to open in Perth
Marriott International’s new property, the Aloft Perth, is accepting bookings for reservations from 26 May 2017 onwards.
The 224 guest rooms feature plush beds, high ceilings, 55” televisions, rainfall showers and free wired and wireless high speed internet access.
Opening special for island in Tasmania
There are over 4000 islands in Tasmania and less than a dozen are privately owned.
The owner of Picnic Island is a former Member of Parliament who used the island as a wild camping retreat. He has now developed an eco-friendly off grid retreat which is open for private bookings.
Located just 1km offshore from the Freycinet National Park and adjacent to Wineglass Bay (one of the top 10 beaches in the world), this island is a seabird rookery. Your sleep may be disturbed by the hundreds of penguins and shearwaters that nest on the island.
Access is by local water taxi and we sleep up to 10 people. The opening special offer is $880 per night (rack rate $1200 per night).
Get ready to get wet in Thailand…
It’s that time of year again, when all over Thailand throughout April, people want to get wet.
Everything water-related will be celebrated this month, from Chiang Mai to Phuket as people take to the streets for water fights, foam parties and slightly more serious temple ceremonies.
In Bangkok, the fun kicks of with ‘Songkran Splendours’ from April 8-13 at Benjasiri Park. The event will be divided into four zones, each with demonstrations of culture and cuisine. Visitors will get the chance to take part in traditional activities, try food associated with Songkran and enjoy cultural performances.
New Vibe Hotel to open at Darling Harbour in Sydney
TFE Hotels has announced it will open the new Vibe Hotel Sydney Darling Harbour in 2019; a lifestyle hotel with a New York theme to its 145 rooms and suites.
The hotel on the upper end of Chinatown is a neighbour to the Darling Quarter, and it’s rooftop bar will have views over the new Darling Harbour precinct and CBD skyline.
It’s eclectic laneway dining area will add much needed liveliness to the area, as the already emerging dining scene in the precinct gradually draws closer to the corporate end of Sydney.
Malindo Air touches down in QLD
Malindo Air made a sunset touch down at Brisbane Airport last Saturday, marking the 30th airline now flying into Brisbane.
The airline has commenced daily flights to/from Kuala Lumpur via Denpasar, Bali, operating a Boeing 737-900 aircraft, seating 12 business class and 150 economy class passengers, adding over 130,000 seats annually between Queensland and Malaysia.
Ready for your next holiday?