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UNITED’S NEW 777 Headed Our Way

Being travel industry professionals, if there’s one thing we love, it’s sparkling new aircraft, cabins and seats. Particularly up near the pointy end of things.

United’s Polaris business class in ‘bed’ mode.

Recently, we’ve highlighted some great enhancements to airline product and experience being implemented by American carriers like United and Delta flying to (and from) Australia. Those airlines have really upped their game.

So, we were delighted to receive an updated from our friends at United this month, highlighting the fact that the airline is deploying a new Boeing 777 on its daily Sydney-San Francisco route during the busy travel period between December 2019 and March 2020.

United’s new 777 features direct aisle access from every seat in Business Class as well as its new Premium Plus premium economy product.

“United’s new premium cabins are looking fabulous. Their investment in new seats, service and lounges is really paying off.”
Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.

United’s Polaris business class experience includes a 198cm lie-flat bed, Saks Fifth Avenue bedding and restaurant quality dining, slippers and a well-provisioned amenity kit. Seats are set in a 1-2-1 configuration ensuring convenient, direct aisle access for every passenger.

United’s Premium Plus premium economy cabin.

In the dedicated Premium Plus cabin, there are just 24 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration with a pitch of 97cm (or 38″).

We look forward to seeing United’s new aircraft and premium cabins in Australian skies this summer.

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UNITED AIRLINES San Francisco to Melbourne Services

United Airlines’ new San Francisco to Melbourne services are scheduled to take flight on 31 October 2019.

The thrice-weekly flights are part of a huge network expansion by the American carrier over the last 12 months.

“This route expansion solidifies United’s position at San Francisco as the gateway airline serving destinations across the Pacific, the continental United States, as well as to Europe and beyond,” said Oscar Munoz, United’s CEO.

United has operated non-stop services between Australia and the United States for some 35 years, and now offers the most services between the two countries by any U.S. carrier.

United’s Polaris business class cabin.

Today, United offers nonstop service to Sydney from Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco and provides nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne.

“We’re delighted to see United Airlines continue its route expansion into Australia. Its Polaris cabin, lounges and customer experience are brilliant, and the Premium Plus product is terrific. It’s great to see this iconic airline continue to reinvent itself and please our clients,” says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

United’s Premium Plus cabin.

All of United’s flights between the U.S. and Australia, including the new Melbourne services, are operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

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NEW QANTAS Brisbane-USA Flights Now Selling!

Australians can now book direct flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco for the first time.

We reported on Qantas’ new services from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco back in June 2019, and now we’re delighted to advise that those services are now selling.

The new routes will be operated by Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, offering next-generation seating and built-in jet lag reducing features, and see the national carrier grow its United States network from one to three non-stop destinations from Brisbane.

The airline has had to expand its International Brisbane Lounge by 25 percent this year in response to the popularity of flights from the Queensland capital.

The new Qantas services from Brisbane will fly to:

SAN FRANCISCO from 9 February 2020 – three days per week
CHICAGO from 20 April 2020 – four days per week

By flying direct to Chicago, Qantas flyers will save more than six hours on a return trip compared to current non-direct routes. The service also opens up a new Qantas gateway for Australians into North America, with access to onward destinations across American Airlines’ extensive network including to Canada and the North Eastern United States.

“This is the first time Australians will have a direct link to Chicago, the third-largest US city. We expect the flights will be popular with corporate travellers looking to do business there, but also with tourists wanting to experience some of the culture and history that Chicago is famous for,” said Qantas International Acting CEO, Naren Kumar.

The 14,326km flight from Brisbane to Chicago will be the fourth longest in the world, and the second longest flight on Qantas’ network, and take approximately 16 hours and 20 minutes (depending on winds).

The new routes will see a total of 14 weekly services year-round between Brisbane and the US, including the daily 787 Brisbane to Los Angeles service that continues to New York.  In addition to the new routes, Qantas will increase flights between Brisbane and Los Angeles from ten to thirteen per week during the peak season from 2 January to 8 February 2020.

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QANTAS Aims for Brisbane-Chicago & San Francisco Flights

Qantas is set to grow its network in the United States, with the airline confirming it will fly directly from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco should its joint business with American Airlines be approved by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT).

The new routes, to be operated by Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, are expected to launch by the end of April 2020 and will add more than 170,000 seats across the Pacific each year.

“These are exciting times for Qantas flyers”, said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“Brand new routes operated by brand new aircraft opening up new destinations attractive to both business and leisure travellers is a smart move, indeed”, he added.

Directly linking Australia and the third-largest US city for the first time, Qantas would operate the flights four times per week between Brisbane and Chicago. The city is one of American Airlines’ major hubs, giving Qantas customers access to 30 additional unique one-stop destinations from Australia. With the added gateway, Qantas customers will be able to connect to more than 200 onward destinations from Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth.

The direct service from Brisbane will save customers flying between Australia and Chicago more than six hours of travel time on a return trip.

Brisbane – Chicago

  • The 14,326km flight will take approximately 16 hours 20 minutes (slightly more or less depending on winds).
  • When it launches, it is expected to be the fourth-longest passenger flight in the world.

The new three-times-per-week Brisbane to San Francisco service will complement Qantas’ existing flights from Sydney and Melbourne – meaning customers could choose from double daily Dreamliner services from Australia’s east coast to San Francisco.

Brisbane – San Francisco

  • The 11,367km flight will take approximately 12 hours 40 minutes (slightly more or less depending on winds).
  • 14 flights per week from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to San Francisco.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the launch of 787 flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco would be a win for customers and tourism.

“This will give Qantas and American Airlines customers unprecedented access. These flights will make it one stop from Chicago to Hamilton Island or San Francisco to Townsville”, he said.

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QANTAS Announces San Francisco as next Dreamliner Destination

From early December 2019, Qantas passengers flying between Sydney and San Francisco will experience the airline’s next generation Economy, Premium Economy and Business cabins aboard the 787 Dreamliner.

The change coincides with the phased delivery of Qantas’ six additional Dreamliners, as the more efficient aircraft gradually replaces the Boeing 747 aircraft on the airlines’ international network by the end of 2020.

“As much as we’re sad to see Qantas’ fleet of 747s being retired, the deployment of these new aircraft and their brilliant in-flight offering bring new levels of quality on popular routes for our business and leisure clients”, said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“We look forward to experiencing it for ourselves”, added Hosper.

Business Class on the Qantas Dreamliner. Source: Qantas.

The Sydney-San Francisco Dreamliner service will operate daily, complementing Qantas’ existing four-times-per-week Dreamliner service from Melbourne.

The popular Californian city is one of five international destinations currently served by the Qantas Dreamliner, along with Los Angeles, New York, London and Hong Kong.

Premium Economy cabin on the Qantas Dreamliner. Source: Qantas.

Qantas International Acting CEO Naren Kumar said the ongoing roll-out of the Dreamliner was good news for more passengers across the airline’s network.

“Our Dreamliner is the most comfortable aircraft we have ever flown. Customer feedback on the cabin environment, from the seats to the anti-jetlag measures, continues to exceed our expectations,” said Mr Kumar.

“We’ll also soon begin upgrading the cabins of our A380 aircraft which means the inflight experience for our customers travelling to the United States will have never been better”, he added.

Economy Class on the Qantas Dreamliner. Source: Qantas.

The new aircraft will bring Qantas’ total fleet of Dreamliners to 14 in the second half of 2020.

Qantas’ Dreamliner carries 236 passengers across three cabins. It features the latest version of the airline’s Business Suite, as well as a next generation Premium Economy seat and a significantly improved Economy seat with extra storage compartments and more legroom.

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VIRGIN ATLANTIC FARES TO EUROPE via HONG KONG & USA

These very special fares enable travellers to create great value round-the-world itineraries by flying from Australia to the UK or Europe via Hong Kong in one direction, and via Los Angeles or San Francisco in the other.

SAMPLE ITINERARY
Sydney > Hong Kong > London > Los Angeles > Sydney
Economy Class: $1195
Upper Class (Business): $5875

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class (Business) cabin

Prices shown were correct at 02 November, but are subject to availability and may change if fees and surcharges change.

Premium Economy fares are also available.

Fares are available from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, and are ON SALE UNTIL 30 NOVEMBER 2018!

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class (Business) on-board bar

UK destinations include London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Newcastle and more.

Europe destinations include Paris, Nice, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Liman, Rome, Zurich, Vienna, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Dublin, Athens, Venice, Dubrovnik, Budapest, Prague, Istanbul and more.

Maximum stay away is 12 months, and a total of two stops are permitted on your itinerary—effectively one in each direction.

Depending on your final itinerary and destinations, you may fly on a combination of airlines including Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Hongkong Airlines and British Airways.

Combinations are near endless and can be complicated, so be sure to call us to discuss your particular needs.

Fares are subject to seat availability in the appropriate class, and additional terms, conditions and charges may apply.

For more information, terms and conditions, simply leave us a note in the form below, or CALL US to discuss your specific requirements.

QANTAS USA Business Class Sale

Fly to the USA in style during December and January, and save plenty with this brilliant Qantas Business Class sale.

Whether you fancy some down-time in Beverly Hills, foraging for fresh produce at San Francisco’s Ferry Building, or walking the film-set streets of the Big Apple, there’s no more stylish way to arrive than in a pair of Qantas pyjamas.

So, what’s the deal?

TRAVEL FROM SYDNEY or MELBOURNE to:

  • LOS ANGELES from $6,199

  • SAN FRANCISCO from $6,699

  • NEW YORK from $7,199

ON SALE until 31 October only, subject to availability, and Advance Purchase conditions apply.

For more information, please drop us a note in the form below (include basic details of the offer and when you’d like to travel), or CALL US to discuss your specific requirements.

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