Tag Archives: Australia

Qantas switches on free in-flight Wi-Fi

rp_Logo-R1-square-bg-300x30011.jpgApril 14 (TravelAndy): Australian flagship carrier Qantas has switched on inflight Wi-Fi for customers travelling on board its internet-capable Boeing 737-800, offering fast, free connectivity on Australian domestic flights.

Following months of performance testing, Wi-Fi will now operate in beta mode on a single Boeing 737 aircraft, so customers can test it out for themselves on selected flights while Qantas continues to fine-tune the system.

Testing is expected to be complete by mid-year, and from there installation of the technology is expected to begin on Qantas’ domestic fleet of Airbus 330s and Boeing 737s. The roll-out across 80 aircraft will be completed at the end of 2018. Continue Reading →

Australia travel advisory against India

The Taj Mahal is among the most visited places by tourists, both domestic and international. Picture by Atreyee Kar.

The Taj Mahal is among the most visited places by tourists, both domestic and international. Picture by Atreyee Kar.

November 3 (TravelAndy): Australia has recently issued a travel advisory against travelling to India, following a similar advisory issued by the US, on November 1.

“We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in India because of the high threat of terrorist activity, civil unrest and crime, and the high rate of vehicle accidents,” said the advisory.

“We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks in India, including in regions frequented by Westerners. We assess that attacks could occur anywhere at any time with little or no warning, including in locations frequented by Australians,” it added. Continue Reading →

Australia issues travel advisory against Bali

Logo squareJune 23 (TravelAndy): Australia has issued a latest travel advisory that urges its citizens to exercise caution before travelling to Indonesia’s Bali, which has recently been designated as a Zika prone area.

The government advisory says, “Indonesia is experiencing sporadic transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. We advise all travellers to protect themselves from mosquito bites”.

“Given the possibility that Zika virus can cause severe malformations in unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should discuss any travel plans with the travel doctor and consider postponing travel to Indonesia,” added the advisory. Continue Reading →

Hong Kong-Gold Coast direct flights from Jan

WA kangarooAugust 1 (TravelAndy): Hong Kong Airlines will start direct flights between Hong Kong and Australia’s Gold Coast from January 8, 2016. This will mark the airline’s first Australian destination.

Thrice-a-week flights will operate on the Hong Kong-Gold Coast route on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The return flight, which will have a stopover at Cairns, will fly on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

“The route is designed to cater to the growing demand for tourism in Gold Coast and Cairns,” Li Dianchun, commercial director of Hong Kong Airlines, said. Continue Reading →

How travel teaches you perspective

logo-3.3-with-bgIf you’re a regular reader, you would know that earlier this year, I went on a three-week road trip with a stranger in Western Australia.

Significantly, she was not just any stranger, but someone from different country. Kat is German, but had been staying in Australia for seven months when we met and immediately headed out on our trip.

It was funny how we saw the same things from very different perspectives.

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Australia: Jetstar popularity growing

rp_plane-for-insurance-300x200-300x2001-300x2001-300x200.jpgMay 2 (TravelAndy): Low-cost airline Jetstar has been consistently attracting more passengers, reports quoting Qantas said.

Jetstar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas, Australia’s flag carrier airline.

Till March, Jetstar’s domestic passengers went up by 5.3 per cent and Jetstar International’s by 2.4 per cent. During the same time, Qantas domestic services witnessed a decline of passenger boarding by 1.2 per cent; Qantas International by 0.9 per cent.

“The service levels that are being provided by the likes of Jetstar are not low cost,” News.com.au quoted Neil Hansford, an aviation expert, as saying.

Two kangaroos & some countryside hospitality

logo-3.3-with-bgBy the afternoon of my ninth day in Australia, I had seen six dead kangaroos by the road (apparently killed by cars) and eaten a seventh. I was starting to wonder if I’d actually see any live ones.

We had had a nice day exploring Kalbarri National Park and its incredible gorges and there were still a few hours to go before the sun set when we were driving out of the national park to a rest area by the Northwest Coastal Highway, where we intended to stay the night. Continue Reading →