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AirAsia Sale

AirAsia fares ex Perth and Kuala Lumpur

Sale runs from 17 to 22 September with fares available for travel between 7 January and 5 August 2014. ALL fares subject to terms and conditions below.

Fares from:

Perth to Bali $120

Perth to Kuala Lumpur $199 one-way

Kuala Lumpur to:

Penang $10
Langkawi $10
Kota Bharu $10
Johor Bahru $10
Kuala Terengganu $10
Jakarta $23
Krabi $26
Surat Thani (Koh Samui) $26
Vientiane $48
Bali $53
Chiang Mai $65
Lombok $70

Fly-Thru fares which allow guests to easily connect between two different flights via the Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Carrier Terminal without having to check in twice.

Perth to:

Penang $229
Singapore $229
Bangkok $239
Phuket $239
Phnom Penh $239
Ho Chi Minh $249
Hong Kong $259
Osaka $259

Terms and Conditions:

Flights and fares are subject to availability. Availability of connecting flights are subject to timings of the individual flights. Seats are limited and not available on all flights/days or at peak periods. Fares include airport taxes & surcharges. Processing fee is applicable for online bookings made by credit, debit or charge card. Fees apply for checked baggage except on Premium Flat Bed fares. Other terms and conditions apply. Booking period 17 September 2013 – 22 September 2013, or until sold out. Travel period 7 January 2014 –5 August 2014. Lowest possible sale fares are one-way online at airasia.com. Next best possible fare available via phone with additional $25 service fee. All amounts are in Australian dollars unless stated otherwise.

 

Jetstar’s 787 takes to the air

Jetstar engines

Jetstar’s first 335-seat Boeing 787 has taken to the air in Seattle, Washington State in the US, ahead of its delivery to Melbourne, Australia set for Wednesday October 9.

Resplendent in a striking silver and orange colour scheme livery, and registered VH-VKA, the 787 was aloft for several hours.

Jetstar, part of the Qantas Group, is getting 14 Boeing 787s and will have three in service by Christmas. The Qantas Group has overall commitments for 64 787s.

After the first Jetstar 787 arrives in Australia it will then go to the regulator to be certified to start flying initially on Australian domestic routes in November.

Jetstar’s 787 program director Mark Dal Pra said using it domestically would let more Australians experience the state-of-the-art plane.

It would be the only 787 used on domestic routes and would later join the airline’s international network for services to Singapore, Japan and Hawaii.  

The Jetstar 787 has an entertainment system with video on demand, games, USB ports and in-seat power.

It is the most technologically advanced commercial plane with a host of passenger features. A key to its quantum leap is the carbon fibre-reinforced polymer composite construction, which is far lighter and stronger than traditional aluminium and does not corrode.

This allows higher cabin humidity and less pressurisation to eliminate negatives of flying such as dehydration and mild altitude sickness.

Other advances are big windows and gust suppression to counter turbulence.

AirlineRatings.com will be aboard the first delivery flight with daily updates.

CSeries takes off

Airbus Bombardier C Series partnership
Bombardier's C Series.

The ambition of Canadian aerospace manufacturer Bombardier to take market share from Boeing and Airbus took a step forward Monday September 16 when its CSeries aircraft lifted off for its first flight. (See video below)

The maiden flight marks the start of the CSeries aircraft’s flight test program leading up to the first customer delivery, and was also the first flight for Pratt & Whitney’s new Geared Turbofan PurePower engine as part of an aircraft certification program.

The historic flight of CSeries flight test vehicle one (FTV1) – a CS100 – was conducted under the command of Captain Charles Ellis, Chief Flight Test Pilot, Bombardier Flight Test Center.

Captain Ellis was assisted by his colleagues, Captain Andris Litavniks and Andreas Hartono in the roles of First Officer and Flight Test Engineer, respectively.

The flight departed from Montréal–Mirabel International Airport at approximately 9:55 EDT and returned at approximately 12:25 EDT.

“The performance of the CSeries aircraft was very impressive. We couldn’t have wished for a better maiden flight,” said Captain Ellis.

“FTV1’s state-of-the-art flight deck was responsive and comfortable, and the aircraft handled exactly as expected. Overall, we had a very productive first flight and an excellent start to the flight test program,” said Mr Ellis.

“This is a very proud day for Bombardier and a true validation of the CSeries aircraft’s design and development, and of our extensive ground test program,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President and General Manager, CSeries Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

 “During its maiden flight, CSeries FTV1 reached an altitude of 12,500 feet (3,810 metres) and an air speed of 230 knots (426 km/h). In-flight tests included flap and landing gear retractions and extensions; in-flight manoeuvres that included a simulated landing; and early validation of the flight control system,”added Mr Dewar.

Additionally, we’re also delighted that many of our guests commented on the impressive and quiet performance during takeoff and landing.” 

Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft said “the patience, care and quality that has gone into the CSeries aircraft’s development program shone through today as we celebrate this milestone achievement of the first all-new, single-aisle aircraft that will revolutionize the 100- to 149-seat commercial aircraft market – with its outstanding economics, reduced environmental footprint and exceptional flying experience.”

A total of five CS100 flight test aircraft, all of which are currently in various stages of assembly, will join the flight test program in the coming months.

The all new CSeries, which seats between 100 to 149 passengers depending on model is pitched at regional operations and promises to burn up to 20 per cent less fuel than the aircraft it will replace.

Bombardier has won 177 firm orders and 211 commitments from 15 customers for the CSeries.

The big selling point for the CSeries is its revolutionary Pratt and Whitney engine which is extremely fuel efficient and quiet.

And the quietness of the engine came across at the first flight which was slightly ahead of schedule and many were caught unaware because of the low noise level.

According to Rob Dewar, VP and GM of the CSeries program “some spectators actually missed the beginning of the flight.”

The CSeries 100 will enter service later next year.

 

Landing on a mountain top

A fully laden super jumbo A380 sometimes needs 11,000ft of runway to take-off but what about landing on the top of an 11,000ft high mountain?

That is the job for a Piper PA-18 Super Cub not to mention a super pilot.

AirlineRatings.com has sourced a spectacular video of a pilot landing his Super Cub on the top of Bunker Hill, Nevada at an altitude of 11,000ft. And to add to the extreme difficulty the pilot has to battle strong winds racing across the mountain ridge (See the video below).

To compensate for the strong winds the pilot skillfully dips his wing into the direction of the wind and only at the last minute returns to straight and level flight.

How do one of the world’s smallest and largest planes compare? Here are the vital stats.

PA-18 Super Cub

Passengers: 1
Length: 22 ft 7 in (6.88 m)
Wingspan: 35 ft 2½ in (10.73 m)
Maximum speed: 130mph (208 km/h)
Range: 460 miles (735 km)
Take-off weight: 1,750 lb (794 kg)

Airbus A380

Passengers: 853
Length: 238.6 ft (72.73m)
Wingspan: 261.6ft (79.75 m)
Maximum speed: 587mph (945 km/h)
Range:  9,755 miles (15,700 km)
Take-off weight 1,300,000 lb (590,000 kg)

A 13-year-old girl determined to be a flight attendant

A 13-year-old girl in China is dressing like a flight attendant and roaming around the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in the hope to live out her dream as a flight attendant, the South China Morning Post reported.

The girl, Luo Siqi, who has been at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport since July, first came to the attention of local police officers in August.

At the time, she was dressed in a China Southern Airlines’ flight attendant uniform and was carrying documents about the airline.

Police have escorted her to a Guangzhou children’s welfare centre on two occasions, but she insists on returning to the airport.

“I am truly in love with the sky. Let me go to the airport,” she was reported by the New Express Daily as telling police.

Appearing more mature than her years, the girl told the New Express Daily that she was abandoned by her biological parents shortly after she was born, and had since been adopted.

Luo left home for Guangzhou in July after deciding to “take a look at the big city,” according to the paper.

“I love blue sky, and have always dreamed of flying. By doing this, I am a bit closer to my dream,” she said when asked to explain her behaviour.

AFL Grand Final Flights

Perth to Melbourne Flight Options for the 2013 Grand Final

Airline                                   25th     26th      27th

Qantas  Direct                       $734 / $1113 / $1113

Qantas Via Sydney                $575 / $820  /  $820

Virgin                                   $805 /  Sold  /   Sold 

Virgin Via Sydney                  $759 /  $997 /  $902     

Jetstar                                  $589 /  Sold  /  $589

Jetstar Via Sydney                 $389 / $558  /  $708

Tigerair                                 $589 / $719  /  $719

Flights with Tigerair and Jetstar are basic cost only. Baggage and food will be extra.

Prices correct as at Sunday 15 at 2pm. 

United Airlines gives tickets away for free

Passengers reported buying tickets for $5 to $10 before United Airlines shut down the bookings on its website and phone centres to prevent more tickets from being sold or given away.

 

News.com.au reported that the airline said it accidentally filed some fares for $0. Airport charges might have resulted in a small cost seen by some passengers.

Such fare mistakes have happened before, often when an airline dropped a digit when entering fares into its computer system.

 

United Continental Holdings Inc spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said the mistake was due to an error in filing the fares, not a problem with the website. She said United doesn’t yet know how many tickets were sold at the unusually low prices.

 

Will United honour the tickets? “As always, we will do what is appropriate,” McCarthy said.

 

Maura Leahy, who lives in Houston, was booking a Christmas trip back to Washington to visit her parents on Thursday. The trip to Washington was $5. The return leg was $220, but it was still a cheap ticket.

But why wait. She decided to try booking a cheap flight to surprise her parents on Friday.

 

“It was $5 round-trip, no fees, nothing,” she said.

 

She checked in right away and printed her boarding pass hoping to increase her chances of being able to use the ticket.

 

Leahy said a co-worker scored a cheap flight to San Francisco while another got one to DC for later this year.

Bargain bed!

Travellers can buy a one-way transpacific business class bed between Australia and the US on Qantas for just over A$1500 – a fraction of the normal cost by taking advantage of an Alaska Airlines frequent flyer points sale.

While Australian airlines don’t allow the purchase of bulk frequent flyer points the situation is very different in the US according to Australian Business Traveller which discovered the bargain. But that frequent flyer sale ends on September 30.

The full ABT story is here: 
http://www.ausbt.com.au/buying-alaska-airlines-miles-for-low-cost-qantas-cathay-pacific-flights

According to Australian Business Traveller Alaska Airlines is offering up to 40 per cent extra miles (points) in its Mileage Plan loyalty program on top of your purchase. 

Alaska pegs a one-way Qantas business award flight between Australia and the USA at 55,000 miles in business class. Under Alaska’s current promotion, US$1,182.50 will buy you 40,000 miles which qualifies you for a 30 per cent bonus of 16,000 miles.

That adds to 56,000 miles, so for just under US$1,300 (including taxes and surcharges of around US$116) you’re getting a business class ride to the US or vice versa.

Other Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan partners include American Airlines, Aeromexico, Air France, British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Fiji Airways, KLM, Korean Air and LAN.

In order to participate you need to join Alaska Airlines frequent flyer scheme and it is free. And it appears there is no limit to the number of times you can purchase points. However having joined you may have to wait till the next sale – about every few months – to be able to buy miles.

Also, Australian Business Traveller warns that “because airlines can and do devalue frequent flyer points or miles over time, it might not be wise to plough too much money into buying Mileage Plan miles just to have them in the bank, so to speak.”

“When purchasing miles it’s usually best to do so only if you have a specific trip in mind, and buy just enough miles for that redemption ticket,” said ABT.

Here is the award sale:

http://www.alaskaair.com/content/deals/mileage-plan.aspx?lid=nav:deals-mileagePlan

Here is the redemption schedule:

http://www.alaskaair.com/content/mileage-plan/earn-use-miles/award-chart-australia.aspx

US Airways also offers the same type of deal and is linked to the Star Alliance – thus Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand.

 

Yeti Airlines offers orphans dream flight to Mount Everest

In celebration of Children’s Day, Yeti Airlines will be organising a special flight to Mount Everest this Saturday for 18 orphans from Bal Mandir, Nepal.

Yeti airlines offers wide community support by contributing large donations to four social organizations such as the United Mission to Nepal (UMN), Save the Children, Habitat for Humanity and Care Nepal.

“We have always been very serious about helping the community. It gives us great pride and happiness to bring smiles to these little ones in however way we can,” said Roshan Regmi, Marketing Manager of Yeti Airlines.

It has been reported that Bal Mandir has been facing economic crisis for the last ten years and its future looks bleak. As a result, around 400 children, who live in different branches across the country, are not getting proper food, education and health facilities. 

“We thank Yeti Airlines for taking the initiative. I hope it opens the door for other private companies to support these children as Bal Mandir is going through a rough phase financially,” said Subhash Pokhrel, General Secretary of Bal Mandir.

This will be a unique experience for me. I had only heard about Mount Everest, but will be touching it on Saturday. This is something beyond my dream and I would really like to thank Yeti Airlines from the bottom of my heart,” said Kabita Gurung an orphan who will be boarding the flight on Saturday.

As a special treat the children were accompanied by respected veteran Actor Mr Hari Bansha Acharya and his wife Ramila Acharya. 

Kenya Airways set to receive new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft

The new state-of-the-art aircraft B777-300ER will be the largest in the airline’s fleet to date.

With a seating capacity of 400 (28 – Premier World and 372 Economy) and long-range flying capability, this new addition will also offer excellent passenger experience.

“This will be the largest aircraft in our fleet. Our current B777-200ER aircraft has a seating capacity of 322 passengers while this one has 400 seats. It will give our business a major lift due to its enhanced product quality, excellent range and impressive cargo capacity,” says Dr. Titus Naikuni, Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

“The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft is a perfect fit for our network expansion plans as it will enable us serve our existing markets much more effectively and facilitate the opening of new long-haul routes in the near future,” Dr Naikuni added.

The Premier World business-class features full flat-bed seats with leather foot-rests, laptop stowage and armrests that also act as privacy dividers.

The Economy class seats also provide more leg room, four-way adjustable headrests, in-flight handset seatback and large 10.6 inch touch screen monitors.

This acquisition is part of Kenya Airways 10-year strategic plan dubbed ‘Project Mawingu’ in which the airline targets to increase its fleet size from the current 44 to 107 aircrafts by 2021 and destinations from the current 62 to 115.

The airline has also ordered nine Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts, the first of which is to be delivered in early 2014.

 

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