2016 Wrap Up

Fri, 30 Dec 2016

It’s been a big year in air travel, as another year comes to an end and we look forward to 2017, we’re recapping some of the top announcements from 2016.

What We Were Talking About

Qantas Lounge, Brisbane InternationalQantas Lounge, Brisbane International

New Airport Lounges
New luxury lounges for Qantas Frequent Flyers opened in airports all over the world. In April the new Qantas Business Lounge in Tokyo opened. In October the new Brisbane international lounge opened and in November Qantas partner Cathay pacific opened their new London lounges in Heathrow.

Qantas and WestJet became Frequent Flyer partners
Code share partners since 2014, in May Qantas and the Canadian airline took a step further announcing their reciprocal frequent flyer agreement. Read more.

Qatar Brought the A380 to Sydney
Qatar Airways announced in June that they would be launching daily services on their Airbus A380 from Sydney to Europe, with the flight commencing in September. Read more.

Connecting Through LAX Got A Whole Lot Easier
In July, the opening of the Terminal 4 connector between LAX Terminal 4 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal eliminated the need to exit the terminal and re-clear security, making transferring a much simpler and more pleasant experience. Read more.

Qantas started Flying Melbourne - Tokyo Direct
Qantas announced in September that they would be commencing daily flights between Melbourne and Tokyo. In December the first service to Narita took off.

New Roo!
One of the biggest stories of 2016 was the launch of the new Qantas branding in October, with a new font and, somewhat controversially, the new roo who may or may not have lost his arms. Read more.

oneworld Was Voted Worlds Best Airline Alliance
In December oneworld took out the World’s Best Airline Alliance title at the World Travel Awards. For the 14th consecutive year. Read more.

Qantas Announced Direct Flights From Australia - Europe
In December Qantas announced that they will commence flying from Perth to London from March 2018, creating the first non-stop service between Australia and Europe. Read more.

The First Qantas Dreamliner Route Was Revealed
A couple of days after the Perth - London announcement (and perhaps somewhat overshadowed by it) Qantas announced that their first Dreamliner route will be Melbourne - Los Angeles with flight commencing in December 2017. Tickets are available now. Read more

Qantas 787-9 DreamlinerQantas 787-9 Dreamliner

What We Reviewed:

Qantas A330 Economy & Business Review
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Review
Qantas A380 Business Class Review

We can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring and where it will take us. Contact us to see where it can take you!

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