Autumn has now approached us, the year is speeding ahead, airlines are preparing for easter sales and riding the low oil rate. You’re probably wondering where has the year gone, face-piling the paperwork on your work desk and dreaming of your next holiday – aren’t you? Let’s be honest.

Here at AusTraveller, we love to simplify your Fridays and give you the one-shot dose of what you need to know in aviation news this week. So here we go:


Emirates takes over Qantas for world’s longest flight


Qantas previously had held the world’s longest flight from Sydney to Dallas, a 17 hour journey covering over eight and a half thousand miles. Just recently, however, Emirate has stepped in with a one-up route: Dubai to Auckland.

The new Emirates Dubai to Auckland flight covers over fourteen thousand kilometres and has a duration of 17 hours and 15 minutes. That’s a LONG time on an aeroplane! The inaugural Dubai-Auckland flight was made by an A380 but the regular service will be carried out using the Boeing 777. This new route to Auckland has been welcomed by the Transport Minister as an improved connection for NZ to the world.


Qantas to codeshare on new Airnorth Wellcamp routes


Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba is continuing strong growth for the future with new Airnorth flights connecting the inland Queensland city to Melbourne and Cairns. Airnorth will begin the new flights March 14th, with Qantas now codesharing these route from March 28. The new flights will also allow passengers from the Toowoomba region to easily connect onto international and other domestic services via Melbourne or Cairns.

Airnorth CEO, Daniel Bowden said the initial support and interest in these services has been fantastic, and across both leisure and corporate markets. Airnorth will be using Embraer E170 jets for the routes.

Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport General Manager Phil Gregory is excited by the 14th March launch of the new services and stated, “Toowoomba and surrounding regions has a catchment area of almost 400,000 people and by the time residents drive two hours to Brisbane Airport, park and then fly, a direct service from Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport would already have them at their destination in either Melbourne or Cairns.”

View the Airnorth Toowoomba fares sale here


Meet the second generation Embraer ER2


Embraer is prepping to take more share in the 70 to 130 seats market with their new ER2 series joining the family. The new E190-ER2 jet features state-of-the-art engines, a redesigned interior and a competitive price tag.

The first jet will make its maiden flight later in 2016, after the revealing last week in the company’s Brazil facility. The E190 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower geared turbofan engines, along with new generation fly-by-wire controls, improved avionics and systems.

If all goes well for the tests and maiden flight, we can expect to see this aircraft in service in 2018. The E2 series of the E195 is also in development for a expected service entry of 2019, shortly following the E190.

MasterCard teams up with Accor Hotels


MasterCard card holders now get exclusive privileges when they stay at selected Accor Hotels properties in Asia Pacific. As part of the three-year partnership, the two brands have introduced new programs to make cardholders’ holidays a little more special.

From meals and spa retreats to a complimentary night’s stay, you can look forward to a wide range of indulgent treats and deals when they stay at one of the 550 properties in the region.

You can also look forward to an array of personalisation services, including bespoke butler or a nanny for the kids, and kick start your day with breakfast included for up to two people (for each day of your stay). Hotels under the AccorHotels brand include Sofitel, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman, Grand Mercure, The Sebel, Novotel, Mercure, Adagio and ibis.


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