It’s that time of year again, when airlines and airports roll out their latest initiatives for the travelling public.
Assuming you take them at their word, here’s what you can look forward to this April Fools’ Day.
QUANTAS: It’s all about ‘U’
No longer a ‘Q without a U’, Qantas is renaming its airline ‘Quantas’, because after all, it’s all about ‘u’, the traveller.
The change also makes it easier to spell the airline’s name correctly, with ‘Quantas’ having long been used by millions of people worldwide – who won’t have to change a single letter to pass their spelling test.
Travellers will soon receive updated Quantas Frequent Flyer cards in the mail, along with a new set of U Bag Tags.
Virgin Australia opens airport lounges for pets
High-flying pets will now enjoy their own, dedicated Virgin Australia lounges at airports nationwide, with ‘paw door access’ for top-tier Platinum puppies to mirror the airline’s Sydney Premium Entry for their owners.
Inside they’ll be greeted by an indoor park, pampering and grooming services, and a Luke Mangan-designed menu with a choice of ‘a la cat’ or ‘dogestation’ dining.
Here’s what your animal friend can now enjoy before their flight with Virgin Australia:
Flight Centre debuts Cargo Class
Gone are the days that travelling on a budget means being cramped in economy, with Flight Centre unveiling its latest initiative: Cargo Class.
Housed entirely within an airline cargo container, passengers can enjoy a lie-flat bed all the way to London Heathrow from just $199 – and with the container just as portable as your laptop, you’re free to set up camp with the pets below deck on any airline that will have you.
With cargo containers being delivered straight to the baggage hall, you’ll also side-step the often long walk from the aircraft to immigration – instead disembarking via the baggage belt.
Mount Gambier Airport installs bicycle lane on runway
Pilots and cyclists can take things easy at South Australia’s Mount Gambier Airport, with a dedicated lane now separating aircraft and bicycles on the runway.
Keeping at least 1.5 metres of separation between an aircraft’s powerful engines and the cyclists had previously been a challenge, with riders forced to take the perimeter roads rather than the most direct option via the runway.
Airport Compliance Officer Paul McFarlane admitted that "while they don't really go anywhere, the views of trucks passing on the highway is simply breathtaking".
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