Jetstar launches dirt cheap ‘return for free’ sale, so pack ya bags!

Desperate for a holiday and have a tonne of annual leave up your sleeve? Well today is your lucky day my friend!

Jetstar has joined forces with Tourism Australia to launch what’s being described as “the biggest airfare sale of the year” and oh boy do we deserve this.

The airline giant’s popular “Return for Free” sale went live at 4.00pm this afternoon, with 400,000 return trips across 51 of Jetstar’s domestic routes up for grabs.

Some of the fares start from just $65 return, and include popular destinations such as the Gold Coast, Cairns, Hobart, Uluru and Hamilton Island.

Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans said they’re slinging the cheap flights in a bid to boost domestic tourism and help reunite family and friends after months of being apart.

“As the only low fares carrier in Australia, we play a key role driving tourism and reviving an industry which has been significantly impacted by COVID-19,” Mr Evans said.

“We expect the sale to be very popular, particularly for families keen to reconnect with loved ones after months apart, as well as those looking to take a well-earned break.

“We know there is a strong pent-up demand for domestic travel and we’re confident our low fares will help increase visitors and give a boost to local tourism operators across Australia.”

The only catch is that the travel periods are from February 2021, with hopes border restrictions across the country will be relaxed by then.

It comes just days after Virgin Australia launched its massive flight sale, with a heap of flights across the country starting at $75.

But you better be quick, the Virgin sale ends November 20, while the cheap Jetstar flights are only on offer until November 19, unless sold out prior!

Catchya on the tarmac!

 

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Technical glitch sparks delays at Brisbane International Airport

Anyone heading overseas is being warned they could face long delays at Brisbane International Airport.

It’s understood an outage with the airport’s check-in system is to blame for the disruption.

IT Technicians are working to fix the problem as soon as possible, however travellers are being urged to check with their airline before heading to the airport.

A number of flights have been delayed by up to an hour as a result.

You can check the status of your flight here.

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REVEALED: These are the world’s best airlines for 2020

Struggling to decide who to fly with on your next getaway? Well, this may help make the decision a little easier…

Airlineratings.com has released it’s annual ranking of the world’s best airlines, and let’s just say some of this year’s winners may surprise you.

Air New Zealand took out the top spot for the sixth time, just nudging out last year’s winner Singapore Airlines who came in at second this year.

“In our analysis, Air New Zealand came out number one in most of our audit criteria, which is an outstanding performance when it’s up against carriers with more resources and scale on this same list of best airlines for 2020,” Airline Ratings Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said.

“Air New Zealand’s commitment to excellence in all facets of its business starts at the top with outstanding governance and one of the best executive teams in aviation through to a workforce that is delivering consistently to the airline’s strategy and customer promise.”

The airlines are judged on 12 key criteria, including fleet age, passenger reviews, profitability, investment rating, product offerings, and staff relations.

World’s top 20 Airlines for 2020:

  1. Air New Zealand
  2. Singapore Airlines
  3. All Nippon Airways
  4. Qantas
  5. Cathay Pacific Airways
  6. Emirates
  7. Virgin Atlantic
  8. EVA Air
  9. Qatar Airways
  10. Virgin Australia
  11. Lufthansa
  12. Finnair
  13. Japan Airlines
  14. KLM
  15. Korean Airlines
  16. Hawaiian Airlines
  17. British Airways
  18. Alaska Airlines
  19. Delta Air Lines
  20. Etihad Airways.
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More flights announced between Gold Coast and New Zealand

The bridge across the ditch is set to strengthen, with the announcement of more flights between the Gold Coast and New Zealand.

Around 100 additional flights will be added to Air New Zealand’s schedule from March next year, with services between Gold Coast and Auckland increased to daily.

There will also be up to nine services in total per week during peak school holiday periods in April, July and October.

It’s the second time Air New Zealand has increased services between the coast and New Zealand this year – the last announcement was made in February.

Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills it shows a huge vote of confidence in the city.

“Moving to a daily service, and more during peak times, shows the connection between New Zealand and the Gold Coast region is only growing stronger.

“New Zealand continues to be the number one international market for Gold Coast Airport, so it is great to see Air New Zealand responding to the demand,” Mr Mills said.

The flights could bring around 10,000 extra tourists our way per year, along with millions of dollars for the Gold Coast economy.

New Zealand is the number one international market for Gold Coast Airport, with more than 550,000 people travelling between the Gold Coast and New Zealand over the past year.

Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista hopes the extra flights will support peak travel periods for Kiwis keen to reconnect with Australia’s favourite playground.

“Increased services will see fares remain competitive and affordable, which remain central to safeguarding Gold Coast as a top of mind holiday destination for our Tasman neighbours.

“Kiwis just can’t get enough of our pristine beaches, warm weather, theme parks, family-centric experiences and natural attractions,” Ms Battista said.

Qantas’ new look for Dreamliner ahead of major milestone

Qantas has unveiled a sleek new look for its latest 787 Dreamliner as the airline prepares for its 100th year in service.

The aircraft, Qantas’ 10th Dreamliner, has been given a special anniversary paint job at Boeing’s factory in Washington State.

The livery features a massive ‘Qantas100’ imprint across the sides of the plane, which will feature heavily as the airline embarks on a range of celebrations over the next 12 months.

It also features every single Qantas logo since the airline was founded in 1920.

The latest Dreamliner will also be named “Longreach” in a nod to the series of 747-400 jumbos that are being retired and the Queensland town where the airline was started.

Image | Qantas

Image | Qantas

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the aircraft livery is “a reminder of the airline’s past on its newest piece of technology.

“The story of Qantas is the story of modern Australia, and the logos on this livery tell that story from the beginning,” Mr Joyce said.

“Our Centenary celebrations are all about honouring our past with an eye on the future, so it’s very fitting that this special livery will be worn by our newest state-of-the-art Dreamliner.”

Image | Qantas