Gold Coast flight deals to celebrate AirAsia’s 10 years in Oz

Low cost airline AirAsia X will tomorrow celebrate 10 years of flying Aussies across the world when Flight D7206 from Kuala Lumpur lands at Gold Coast Airport.

The aircraft, carrying the company’s CEO Benyamin Ismail, will be greeted with a water canon salute just after 9am to mark a decade since the airline first introduced its low-cost, long-haul service between Malaysia and Australia.

To coincide with the occasion, AirAsia X is offering cheap flights on a number of routes from the Gold Coast including $120 to Auckland, $211 to Singapore, and $268 to Beijing and Shanghai. Click here to see them all.

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The search is on to find Australia’s first W Insider

Do you think outside the box, have a finger on the pulse and know your way around Brissy? Well, W Hotels wants you!

The luxury hotel brand are on the hunt to find Australia’s first ever W Insider ahead of the opening of their brand new hotel in Brisbane next year.

The W Insider will get to work closely with W Hotels to create content about what’s new in Brisbane to ensure W guests have access to the freshest design, fashion and music experiences in the city.

To be in the running, interested candidates need to create a unique application in a form that best captures their personality, style and presence – think video, prose, art or social media.

Shortlisted candidates will then be paired up with a professional camera crew for a day to film an Insider Guide to Brisbane video where they can show their take on what’s new and next in Brisbane through the lens of W Hotels’ key passion points of design, fashion, music and fuel (the brand’s take on wellness).

The W Insider will be announced at W Brisbane’s Talent Casting Day – the hotel’s unconventional take on a traditional recruitment day – on Monday, 11 December 2017, where their Insider Guide to Brisbane will be premiered in front of guests.

“W Brisbane is going to be a game-changer for the Australian hotel scene when it opens, and the W Insider will play an integral role to the success of the hotel,” said W Brisbane’s General Manager Haldon Philp.

“We need someone who embodies the passions, style and essence of the W brand and vibrancy of this city, and can channel their energy into creating extraordinary experiences our guests will never forget.”

Applications for the W Insider role are now open, but get in quick because they close on November 7.  For more information, or to apply, click here.

Qantas 787 Dreamliner

Qantas has unveiled its first Dreamliner Aircraft and we are swooning!

IF you’re all about comfort when travelling, this is going to make you one very happy little jet-setter.

Qantas has today unveiled its very first Boeing Dreamliner and if the images of the aircraft are anything to go by, passengers are in for a real treat.

At a ceremony at the Boeing factory in Seattle, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the first Dreamliner signaled the start of an exciting new era for the national carrier and for the travelling public.

“From the distance it’s able to fly, to the attention to detail we’ve put into the cabin design, it will reshape what people come to expect from international travel,” Mr Joyce said.

“The Dreamliner makes routes like Perth to London possible, which will be the first direct air link Australia has ever had with Europe. And it means other potential routes are now on the drawing board as well.

Qantas 787 Dreamliner

787 Dreamliner Great Southern Land – Business Class | PHOTO: Qantas News Room

Mr Joyce said there are a lot of elements that combine to make the Qantas Dreamliner special  – including the seats, the lighting, the entertainment, personal storage, right through to the special crockery, cutlery and glassware that weighs on average 11 per cent less.

“We’re working with sleep specialists, dieticians and other scientists at the University of Sydney to see how adjustments to our inflight service can improve wellbeing and help people adjust to new timezones,” added Mr Joyce.

Qantas 787 Dreamliner

787 Dreamliner Great Southern Land – Premium Economy | PHOTO: Qantas News Room

The 787-9 Dreamliner features next generation seating in Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class, with more space and a lower passenger count.

Other Dreamliner features include larger windows, better air quality to help reduce jetlag and ride dampening technology to minimise the effects of turbulence. It is also quieter, more fuel efficient and generates fewer greenhouse emissions than similarly-sized aircraft, Qantas says.

Qantas 787 Dreamliner

787 Dreamliner Great Southern Land – Economy | PHOTO: Qantas News Room

A total of eight Dreamliners will be delivered to Qantas by the end of 2018.

Two Dreamliner routes have been announced so far, including Melbourne to Los Angles starting in December this year and Perth to London starting in March next year.

Additional flights from Brisbane have also been flagged.

The name Great Southern Land was chosen for the first aircraft out of 45,000 suggestions put forward by the public.

Virgin Australia

Optus glitch to blame for Virgin Australia outage

AIRPORTS have been thrown into chaos across the country this afternoon after a computer glitch shut down Virgin Australia’s check-in systems.

The airline says the “disruption” to its check-in procedures was triggered by a technical issue with Optus.

As a result, passengers flying with the airline are being manually checked-in, resulting in extensive delays at all major airports across the nation.

“We are manually checking passengers in and therefore there will be delays to flights today,” Virgin Australia said in a travel alert on its website.

“We are working with Optus to ensure the issue is rectified as quickly as possible.”

Virgin Australia customers that are due to fly this afternoon are being urged to arrive at the airport early to allow extra time to be manually checked-in.

“We sincerely apologise for any delays and inconvenience this has caused our guests, and will provide further details as soon as possible,” the airline said.

Tigerair

New flights connect Gold Coast to every southern capital city

Tigerair Australia have announced they’ll begin flying between the Gold Coast and Hobart four times a week from Thursday 7 December, opening the door for Gold Coasters to fly directly to every southern capital city in Australia.

The service will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and recognises the Gold Coast as a growing tourist hot spot. It comes as the latest domestic tourism numbers show 45,000 Tasmanians visited the city in the past year – up seven per cent on the year before.

“Tasmania is an increasingly popular destination for tourists and the Gold Coast is a well-established holiday location, so we expect this service will be embraced,” said Gold Coast Airport CEO Chris Mills.

“We look forward to welcoming Tasmanians here for some surf, sand and sun this summer.”

Tigerair already services around 16,000 visitors to the Gold Coast each week, and this new service is expected to bring an additional 1440.