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Earlier this week, British airport lounge operator No1 Lounges launched its latest airport lounge together with airline partner Virgin Australia at Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal. Essentials spoke to No1 Lounges COO John Upton about their concept in airport lounging and how the new Brisbane offering is a game changer for the Australian market. Inside the Lounge My Lounge is a fresh take on the regular flight lounge model. With a clean and free-flowing appeal it…

Dragons, dancers, football heroes and silver-screen stars: brace yourself for the best inflight safety videos, writes Belinda Jackson. In case you missed the memo (or are flying boring airlines), inflight safety videos are officially A Thing. Don’t you just love the traditional safety clip? You know the one: four minutes of stilted, humour-free close-ups of simpering soccer moms in economy helping their charmingly immobile children into an oxygen mask, while a rakish bloke in a…

Benalla Travel’s Fiona Stephens flight-tests Qatar Airways’ Business Class, stopping over in the culturally rich city of Doha, with its wealth of art museums, cultural sites and the unashamedly unique Mondrian Doha hotel. One has high expectations travelling on Qatar Airways’ multiple award winning ‘World’s Best Business Class’. With a focus on putting the passenger’s travel experience first, Qatar has certainly set the benchmark high, with its unparalleled level of service, spacious suites, and the…

One has high expectations travelling on Qatar Airways’ multiple award winning ‘World’s Best Business Class’. With a focus on putting the passenger’s travel experience first, Qatar has certainly set the benchmark high, with its unparalleled level of service, spacious suites, and the ‘dine on demand’ approach which lets you order anything from the extensive menu at any time during your flight. More recently, Qatar Airways have teamed up with our very own celebrity chef George…

What’s an ultra long-haul flight? As the name suggests, a really, really, really long flight. Bum-numbingly long. Wikipedia defines an ultra long-haul (ULH) flight as any flight over 12 hours long. Antipodeans should rightfully sniff at such a definition, given our regular 14- or 15-hour schleps up to the Middle Eastern hubs. No, we’re talking next level: think up to 20-hour, non-stop flying time. Sounds painful. Why? Ah, the million-dollar question. A drop in oil…

Especially when you’re on the red-eye out of Sydney and you stayed up late last night watching bad American TV series from the ’90s with names such as Mayday and Airline Disasters. I know you. You’re the one lip-syncing the safety instructions in perfect timing with the airline crew. You can point out the exits (hands open, palms flat) and you already know how many seats there are between you and your nearest exit. You…

Smother it with sauce, serve it with shiraz, pass the salt: it’s a case of reheat and repeat down the back of the plane. A lifetime ago, I was flying across Russia’s Caucasus mountains on a route that no longer exists, on an airline that has since gone out of business. There were, perhaps, a dozen of us on the creaking, leaking Russian-owned plane from Vladikavkaz to Sochi. The cabin crew paused only in their cosmetics…

Sleepy Townsville is firmly on travellers’ radar at the moment with the news that budget airline Tigerair zips into town on a new Melbourne-Townsville route starting June 22. The gateway to Magnetic Island and the Great Barrier Reef is hot property right now – regional airline Airnorth is also making a beeline north, with flights from Brisbane West Wellcamp airport up to Townsville from May 8. Seekers of Vietnam’s famous sunsets and seafood can now…

Redeye Special Stash your luggage in the cargo section, not under your eyes. These under-eye patches from Texan company Nerium are made from cooling seaweed and pea, and infused with aloe leaf juice and mushroom extract, which hydrate tired eyes. Hardened glamazons will think nothing of patting the patches on mid-flight and accessorising with a pair of headphones. Let’s face it, what else are you going to do with your time? So the bright eyes…