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First Time to Australia: What's a 'Nullarbor' Flight?

Where: Australia
April 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we brought you our introduction to Aussie slang last month, we may have forgotten one very important travel term unique only to Australia. We knew that some words would be new to us on a trip down under, but we'd never think about taking a "Nullarbor flight."

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What It's Like to Sit Next to Angelina Jolie (and Kids!) on an Airplane

December 23, 2013 at 1:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

If any type of gossip magazine is your guilty pleasure, you know that Angelina Jolie and her kids have been hanging out in Australia. The star has traveled to Oz not just to escape the harsh American winter, but because she's directing Unbroken, her new movie, down under.

Despite her busy schedule, she has been finding times to take her brood of six out for little Aussie field trips, feeding the paparazzi with images of fun in the southern summer. While we're not paps, we did happen to sit next to the celeb on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Brisbane this last weekend.

Angie, flying commercial?! Yeah, if we hadn't of seen it with our own eyes, we wouldn't have believed it either. Jolie actually boarded a regular flight and sat with the common people, albeit up in the front. One of these 'commoners' just happened to this Jaunted Contributor.

Here's my account of sitting next to one of the biggest celebrities on the planet:

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Bieber Busted at Brisbane Airport

December 9, 2013 at 11:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: Qantas' Trans-Tasman Dinner Service

Where: Australia
December 4, 2013 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Even on a Short Hop, We're Enamored with Emirates' Business Class

November 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (2)

Yesterday, we unzipped our amenity kits and showed you what's inside the über-luxe Emirates First Class swag. Now we can reveal what it's like to fly on their A380.

We booked a Business Class seat on one of the world's most sought-after airlines, on a bit of an odd route. An Emirates super jumbo A380 actually flies from Brisbane to Auckland. It's a trip of a little over three hours, but that's plenty time to enjoy a little extra luxury.

As you can expect, everything from time in the Emirates lounge to sitting back in our lie-flat seat on the upper deck contributed to our lack od desire to leave the plane upon arrival in Auckland.

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You Chose Our Qantas In-Flight Meal, and the Winner is...

Where: Australia
October 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Choose Our In-Flight Meal, Part 2: Qantas' Small Plates

Where: Australia
October 17, 2013 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Odd Airport Finds: Canned Abalone in Australia

Where: Australia
September 27, 2013 at 11:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Airports are fun! Playing host to a captive audience that's eager to get their butts on a plane, many airports offer unique features like local shopping, interesting entertainment and special eateries. With our new series called Odd Airport Finds we'll highlight the unique things we've encountered at airports around the world.

On a recent trip that found us wandering the terminal of Brisbane International Airport, a shop called Australian Produce Store caught our eye. Since we were intrigued by which 'produce' might be able to be taken over international borders, we had to have a browse.

Amongst the shelves of Aussie wines, candies and crocodile jerky, we noticed a section completely devoted to canned abalone. Yep, the edible mollusk that is usually acquired for its mother-of-pearl shell for jewelery and buttons. It's also a sought-after delicacy and is found off the coasts of Victoria and Tasmania. Used in a variety of dishes like sashimi, Korean stew or just plain grilled and braised, the shellfish makes any menu a bit more special.

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Flight Review: A Quickie in Economy on Virgin Australia

Where: Australia
May 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that we've already shared a detailed peek at what it's like to fly up front in the cushy seats of Virgin Australia's Business Class, it's about time to show you what economy has to offer on Australia's newest full-service airline.

The flight: Sydney to Brisbane, Australia.

Since our seat was towards the back of the economy section, we boarded from the back stairs which resulted in a speedy boarding and ultimately got us in the air quicker. A primped cabin crew, outfitted in their red skirt suits with purple scarves, warmly greeted every passenger as they headed for their seats. Just like in business class, these seats are covered in soft leather and have headrests that feature random pops of purple, red or light grey to keep the cabin interesting. Of course the major difference comes in seat size and legroom.

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Flight Review: Doing a Domestic Quickie on Virgin Australia

Where: Australia
November 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

After some time talking about the sexy new business class, the movie filmed onboard and even a new TV commercial, it was time for us to experience all the hooplah around the updates at Virgin Australia. We are huge fans of what Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America do, so we were excited to fly on the Aussie cousin.

Our flights were between Brisbane and Sydney which are pretty close to each other, but, along with Melbourne, create the Golden Triangle of Australian commercial aviation. Flights between these three cities are the busiest routes in the country and highly competitive. When we saw "Happy Hour" fares for $200 AUD each way in business class, we excitedly click "purchase."

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Free Airport WiFi Goes Down Under Thanks to Qantas

Where: Australia
November 2, 2012 at 12:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Qantas is rolling out a new technology initiative for all of its passengers. It's like music to our ears and comes in the form of free WiFi. This may not sound like news as we have told you before that the airline has been trialing in-flight WiFi, but this time the web-surfing can be done on the ground.

The Red Roo is outfitting its major airports with complimentary wifi for passengers just passing through the terminals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The general airport access is in addition to the lightning fast wireless internet that frequent flyers love in each of its lounges.

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A Little Secret to Sampling Qantas International Business Class

Where: Australia
September 11, 2012 at 8:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Flying Business Class on any airline is certainly a treat, especially when it's part of an international journey. If you have ever priced it out —even just for giggles—it is, in truth, likely still hella expensive. Qantas has a little solution to this problem: fly an internationally configured Boeing 747 between Brisbane and Sydney.

All in all, flying time just over 60 minutes, so you might question if it's worth bothering to try Business for an hour. The flight is QF8 and it takes off from Dallas and makes it way over to Australia, but since the head winds are bit stronger when going west, it has to stop in Brisbane to fill its belly full of fuel and continue on to Sydney. Qantas makes the stop a little more financially viable by picking up some passengers who need to head to "big smoke." Like us.

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