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If it seems like trouble follows Justin Bieber around wherever he goes, you're right. The pretty-boy singer's 2013 Aussie tour ugly antics are no different from those in Germany, Brazil, and even his 2011 tour down under.
This time, Justin and his entourage found themselves in some hot water when arriving at Brisbane International Airport when one of Bieber's gang was found with some marijuana and smoking paraphernalia. The 23 year-old in question was ticketed and ordered to appear in court to pay a fine, before he was let go on his way working as Justin's shadow.
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We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.
Down Under at Qantas, much thought has recently gone into revamping their menus for both domestic and international premium cabins. On our recent flight in Business Class from Auckland to Brisbane, we picked up on these tweaks and enjoyed our meals more than perhaps ever before on the flying kangaroo.
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Yesterday, we gave you a first hand account of our Aussie contributor's impressions on his first ride in a Dreamliner. Now we can finally show you the photos inside and out of the newest Jetstar aircraft to take to the skies.
This is the first 787 for Australia and it has understandably created much fanfare down under. For the first few weeks, the plane will be carting Aussies around the country between Melbourne, Cairns, and the Gold Coast, but will then transition to flights to Bali-Denpasar.
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Last week we brought you the inaugural of Jetstar's newest little toy, a shiny Boeing 787 Dreamliner. As the first 787 in Australia, the plane is affording a new batch of travelers their first taste of modern aviation innovation, and our Aussie contributor is one such flyer. Here, he shares his impressions of a first flight on the Dreamliner:
As soon as Jetstar announced their newest bird would be flying from Melbourne to the Gold Coast, I jumped online and purchased tickets, psyched to finally fly this state-of-the-art aircraft for myself, after watching what felt like every other continent get their chance. My base in Brisbane is an easy drive to the Gold Coast Airport, and I jump at any chance to visit Australia's culture capital of Melbourne, so the decision was an easy one.
We last shared the news back in April, how Qantas plans to revamp their flight attendant uniform to modernize the look and, possibly, turn heads while cruising around airports. The official launch isn't until December, but some cabin crew have been test-wearing them for a few months now.
On a recent flight on the Red Roo, we caught a flash of fuchsia whizzing by our seat and realized it was a new uniform, in the wild. Then we saw it as she turned the galley corner; the navy shift-dress with pink and red highlights and matching neck scarf.
We briefly got the lowdown on what our attendant thought of the new Martin Grant-designed uniform and she had nothing but positive praise for the look, with the exception of the Trilby hat, which is a bit too hot for summer months.
Keep an eye out for the new duds on Qantas flights this month, and absolutely in December when the fresh uniforms become standard. After seeing the new uniform coupled with perfect hair and makeup, all we can say is (Trilby) hats off to Qantas!
[Photo: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]
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As the very first Dreamliner to wear an Australian tail number, VH-VKA is a breath of fresh air for Jetstar, featuring amenities such as USB charging in each seat, video on demand and adjustable headrests. This is all in addition to the features that come standard in every new 787, such as larger, auto-dimming windows, LED lighting, and improved cabin ambiance.
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Last week, we put our passenger experience in your hands by letting you pick the meal we enjoyed (or didn't enjoy) on our Qantas flight to Hong Kong. The selection was quite large and we're glad to enlist the help of our readers in narrowing down exactly what was slid onto our tray table at 36,000 feet.
Just to jog your memory, the options were either two small plates served tapas-style or one small plate and a main dish. The Wagyu beef bresaola with white bean and rocket salad and venison filet inched out everything else to take top marks as the winner.
November doesn't start for another week, which means right now is the time for men participating in Movember to shave their faces clear of facial hair in preparation to grow it out and draw attention to men's health issues. Last year was the first time several airlines also showed their support by giving their planes some nice mustaches, and it looks like they'll be returning for 2013 with fresh facial hair.
First out of the hangar is Qantas' Boeing 737, and it's way past five-o-clock shadow stage. The bird is painted with a full handlebar 'stache to honor Australian Cricket legend, Merv Hughes.
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If you're one of those frequent flyers who hoard miles for the ultimate trip, now is your chance to burn some of them for a once in a lifetime experience, even though you won't even leave the ground. Kinda.
Qantas is opening up something typically only reserved for their own pilots, and giving members of its frequent flyer program the opportunity to play in one of their A380 flight simulators in exchange for a substantial chunk of earned points. For those jetsetters who have at least 275,000 points, the super-jumbo simulator could be yours (and you can bring a friend).
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This has been quite the week for stray animals wandering into airport facilities. First, there was the story of the adorable kitty cat who took an unintended ride in a SWISS plane from Athens to Zurich, surviving the ordeal and finding a new home in the process. Now, there's the equally cute tale of a small kangaroo who, likely attracted by the red roo logos of Qantas, showed up at Melbourne Airport.
The little guy wasn't there on vacay, however, but he actually hopped into a pharmacy in the terminal after suffering minor injuries from being hit by a car outside. After subduing the animal, airport workers kept him cozy in a Qantas blanket.
To update passengers and the curious on the incident, Qantas then took to their Instagram:
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Back in August, we wanted you to choose our meal for a domestic flight on American Airlines and since you guys picked a winner, we want to hear your thoughts on an upcoming flight on Qantas. This time there are few more options for our lunchtime flight from Brisbane to Hong Kong and we need your help to narrow down the options.
When we last talked about the Aussie airline offering the pre-order option for business class passengers, the meal service went down the tapas route to include some 'small plates.' Flyers can choose a lighter-nosh that includes two appetizer-sized dishes as a replacement for a main entree. For those passengers that are looking to fill up before landing, the one small plate and a main dish combo is still available.
The menu is quite extensive and includes soup, a pumpkin salad, sandwiches or venison steak with a few online exclusive meals, so we need your help. With so many options and flavors, we can't choose between the lighter option or a full meal. Let us know what you want us to eat in the comments below and we will reveal the winner with lots of photos and our full taste-test.
These three little letters, E, T and A might mean estimated time of arrival when you're talking about planes, trains and automobiles, but they also might be responsible for ruining a vacation down under. When traveling to Australia, those letters stand for Electronic Travel Authority, which is the technological replacement for the huge visa sticker you once needed in your passport. Visitors must have one if they're planning to rock-out on Aussie shores, go on walk-abouts, see the Opera House or pet a kangaroo.
The ETA is electronically stored when an immigration officer swipes your passport at the border and will provide all the juicy details of your travel to and from Oz. Sounds super cool and futuristic, but it's actually very easy to obtain and available today.
The best way to get one is to head to the Australian Immigration website to ensure you qualify for the convenience. The process is quick and cheap as you can get approved online in a few hours, and it costs just $20. The ETA is valid for 12 months, but you can only visit for three months at a time. You must also apply for it before your trip, as they do not take applications that come from within Australia.