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If you're anything like us, you probably think that the in-flight duty-free shopping catalog can eat up a good chunk of time on long-haul international flights and provide a few giggles or unique gift ideas. This week, we'll dive into the pages of some favorite airline shopping magazines and highlight our picks for the just-can't-live-without items.
Next time your are on an international flight, don't forget about the littlest frequent flyers on your souvenir list. Most duty-free trollies have enough plush animals and plane toys to stock a Toys-R-Us. Long live the days when children were happy with with a set of plastic wings and a visit to the cockpit. Here's some of our favorite options:
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For those jet-setters who've ticked off a healthy slew of bucket list destinations, we applaud you. It is quite the accomplishment to have been almost everywhere. Still, we just added a new destination to our own list and we think you may want in. You see, for the first time in 33 years, commercial trips from New Zealand to Antarctica have, once again, become a possibility.
There's a reason they ended in the first place, however; a tourist flight crashed in 1979 and proved fatal for all aboard. It's been long enough for airplanes and navigation and all sorts of other technology to improve and so, this upcoming February, sightseeing flights to the polar cap will once again become a normal departure from NZ. The day trip will see a chartered Qantas Boeing 747 take off from Auckland and travel due south to fly over the ice mass.
Frequent flyers rejoice...particularly in Australia. The folks over at Qantas have decided to add some more bells and whistles to their havens within the airport, if only to show off against that hot dog cart Air New Zealand's got.
For those of you that prefer to escape the hustle and bustle that comes with travel, the Red Roo has announced some changes to the domestic lounges. It's important to remember, however, that Qantas offers passengers multiple options for lounges depending on which cabin you are flying or if you hold baller status in their frequent flyer program.
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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 gigglesit 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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Some big news out of Australia. We're talking huge, game-changing news! After a few attempts at finding a global airline partner to help out the international leg of their operations, Qantas has finally secured one: Emirates. There are lots of details to cover, so let's get right into it.
The Flying Kangaroo has been looking for a new way to get more people on their planes and recently began talks with the Dubai-based carrier to code-share on flights to and from Australia. The move will expand travel opportunities for both sides of the partnership, allowing Australians to access the vast European network of Emirateswith only one stopand Emirates passengers to fly domestically down under.
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There’s been news here and there about airlines getting sick and tired of waiting for delayed and deferred deliveries of their Boeing 787s, but now there’s an airline finally doing something about it. Qantas is done waiting, so they called up Boeing and told them that they’d be cancelling their order—for 35 of them.
It sounds like it was more of a financial decision than anything, as Qantas is trying to cut costs and save cash as they look to dig themselves out of the red and back into the black. For those dreaming of seeing the 787 with a kangaroo on its tail—don’t panic! As of now Qantas is only cancelling its orders for the Boeing 787-9, but they’re still moving forward with their order for 15 of the 787-8. However, those might just end up doing some heavy lifting for their JetStar airline, so we’ll have to stay tuned to see how things shake out.
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In what seems like a never ending tennis game between two airlines never refusing to give up on the competition, Qantas has announced plans to overhaul their cabins to create a refreshed and modern look for their fleet of Boeing 767s, just after Virgin Australia's big news.
This all comes just after plans to roll-out aircraft-wide in-flight iPads and Q-Streaming for every passenger regardless of cabin. The refreshed cabins are just one part of the Red Roo's plan to reinvent how domestic flyers view travel in Australia.
While both cabins will see a contemporary design in seats and fabrics, the business class cabins will be the only ones to get cushy, black leather seating. Each biz seat will also sport (what looks like) a wood-finish armrest to add a bit of that burlwood-on-your-dashboard luxury to the skies.
As you already know, international first class—especially on foreign carriers—is usually pretty swanky as your flight is filled with fine wines, wonderful meals, and often a lie-flat bed. In order to fully enjoy your in-flight slumber there’s often special first class pajamas, but when those comfy clothes aren’t in your size that’s when the problems begin.
That’s exactly what the problem was for a pair of passengers on a recent Qantas flight between Los Angeles and Melbourne. There were no pajamas in their preferred size, so the pair did the only reasonable thing—delayed the flight in some sort of pajama protest.
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The past few weeks, the folks at Qantas have been pumping out news story after news story. It's hard to keep up with it all, so we will try to fit it all in here. The Australian airline has improved service on some aircraft, released an entirely new commercial and have been trying to make some more friends in the region to expand their network.
Firstly, lets talk tech. After running a new in-flight entertainment trial on select Boeing 767 service, the Red Roo has decided to launch it across all flights served by the aircraft. In addition to iPads for everyone on the plane, each tablet is fitted to wirelessly stream, via Q-Streaming, 200 hours of movies and TV shows for added enjoyment. The first of the aircraft will be flying come October. Best of all? It's free for everyone!
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This week marks the moment most of us have been waiting for after the city announcement came in 2005. This Friday, London will be on center stage as it hosts the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Thousands of athletes from nations all over the world have already been converging on the British city, clogging up the airports with their gear bags.
It very common for the Olympics host country to give their national flag carrying airline a new paint job advertising the world's largest sporting event. We have already talked about what British Airways have done to some of their metal, but it is worth another mention, as well as a highlight of what other airlines are getting in on the Olympic spirit.
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To round out our coverage from onboard the Qantas A380, it's time to take a look at Business Class.
Business is one of the biggest, well, businesses for Qantas, and most of the upper deck on the A380 is dedicated to Business Class Seats. Behind this is the small Premium Economy section.
The cabin seems lighter and roomier, and there is a new Business Lounge located toward the front of the plane, where passengers can spend some time out of their seats and stretch their legs, read, snack or perhaps chat to their fellow travelers.
Our photo gallery will show you around the seat and amenities offered in Business and we can tell you that the infamous Qantas service was, thankfully, exceptional on our leg from Sydney to Los Angeles.
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We told you about the newest safety video from Air New Zealand, and now we will pop over to Australia because Qantas is also sprucing up their in-flight intros. The airline's latest idea to creatively inform passengers how to buckle their seat belts doesn't use celebrity voices, but instead uses home grown Olympic athletes.
The Red Roo has enlisted famous Australian Olympic and Paralympic athletes to demonstrate brace positions and how to find an exit in the event of an emergency. Since the airline sponsors the entire team of runners, swimmers and other sports people, it make sense to highlight their accomplishments. All the athletes don the national green and gold uniform and, frankly, it clashes with the eyes a bit too much.