The humble Boeing 737 is the backbone of the Qantas and Virgin Australia domestic fleets. These narrow-body aircraft operate the vast majority of domestic flights within Australia. In fact, Virgin Australia has 82 Boeing 737s in its fleet of 93 aircraft. Qantas owns 72 of these aircraft. Boeing 737 Business Class on both Qantas and Virgin Australia consists of recliner seats … [Read more...]
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If you've ever booked a flight that departs the UK, you may have noticed that there's a rather hefty departure tax. The UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) is a departure tax that adds up to £156 ($289) to the cost of your ticket! Luckily there are a few ways to avoid paying the expensive Air Passenger Duty. The exact rate depends on the distance you're travelling from the UK and … [Read more...]
It's that time of year again when all the airlines discount their airfares to Europe for travel in the following year! Qantas, Emirates, Qatar, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines and many other airlines have all released Europe early bird sale fares. Right now, you can book a return ticket from Australia to Europe on a full-service airline for as little as $1,019! Europe … [Read more...]
Fifth-freedom flights are "tag flights" that neither start nor end in the home country of the airline operating the flight. For example, UAE-based Emirates flies from Melbourne to Dubai via Singapore. The Melbourne-Singapore sector of this route is a fifth-freedom flight. Fifth-freedom flights can truly be a great way to travel for several reasons. Not only are fares … [Read more...]
Fuel surcharges on flights departing Hong Kong are set to increase dramatically after the Hong Kong government elected to end the current ban. Following months of speculation the Hong Kong fuel surcharge ban will finally be removed from 1 November 2018, allowing airlines once again to set their own charges. Booking award flights originating in Hong Kong has been a popular … [Read more...]