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Posts from the ‘Australia’ Category

  • January 13, 2012
    Hot-air Ballooning to start over Ayers Rock

    An agreement between the Uluru family and Outback Ballooning will start flights over Uluru in the Northern Territory of Australia in March. After negotiations that lasted a couple of years, John Sanby of Outback Ballooning said he has been liaising with an Aboriginal family to conduct flights from their land to The Rock. It is […]


  • October 29, 2011
    Qantas grounds entire fleet and what you need to know

    Update October 30, 2011 (USA): Australia’s Qantas Airways resumed flights Monday after a government labor board ordered it to end a dispute with its unions that grounded the airline over the weekend. “Qantas can confirm that all domestic and international services have resumed from mid-afternoon on Monday 31 October,” the airline’s website said. “We are […]


  • September 14, 2011
    Australian passport to get three gender options

    Australian passports will now have three gender options – male, female and indeterminate – under new guidelines to remove discrimination against transgender people, the government said Thursday. Transgender people and those of ambiguous sex will now be able to list their gender on passports with an ‘X’ if their choice is supported by a doctor’s […]


  • August 15, 2011
    Strategic Airlines to start services between Honolulu and Melbourne, Brisbane

    New Australian carrier, Strategic Airlines, is taking reservations for flights between Melbourne-Honolulu and Brisbane-Honolulu starting from US$499 one way. Services will commence December 14. Flights will operate up to 3 times a week on each new route. It will use Airbus A330 aircraft with a seat configuration of 30 business class and 244 economy class […]


  • June 28, 2011
    Samoa will lose a day in December

    The pacific island nation of Samoa had switched from driving on the right side of the road, as most of Europe and U.S., to the left side of the road, to align itself to Australia, with whom it does most of its business. Now, if you are visiting Samoa, do not plan a celebration or […]


  • October 19, 2010
    Carrying porn to Australia? Declare!

    If you’re travelling to Australia, make sure not to carry any pornographic material on your computer or otherwise, unless it’s a legal copy! According to new rules applicable by the Australian Customs, any illegal pornographic material should be declared upon arrival in the country. Not sure what’s legal or illegal? Don’t worry because you’re not […]


  • August 5, 2009
    JetStar launches ‘text’ boarding

    Boarding a plane will be as simple as receiving a text message from later this year as Jetstar rolls out the mobile phone scanner from a company based in Melbourne. The machine is aimed to reduce waiting times for airline passengers by allowing them to head straight through departure gates with the simple swipe of […]


  • July 7, 2009
    Tiger Airways launch new Melbourne to Sydney flight

    The world’s third busiest travel route has welcomed a new player to the market, with Tiger Airways launching budget flights between Melbourne and Sydney. From Friday, up to four daily services will run between Sydney and Melbourne, which is expected to add more than 500,000 visitor seats annually between the two cities. While the Melbourne-to-Sydney […]


  • April 22, 2009
    United offers ‘Down Under’ fare sale LA to Sydney $389

    United Airlines now offers a roundtrip fare from either Los Angeles or San Francisco to Sydney only for $389. If you prefer to travel business, it’s only $2,229! They also have fares from Chicago ($529/$2444), New York ($499/$2457) and Seattle ($499/$2367). Of course, the following terms & conditions apply, but after several tries – months, […]


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