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Is 2016 the year Australian airlines introduce Wi-Fi?

Friday 15 January 2016
By Lachlan Nicolson |

Australian airlines Qantas and Virgin are feeling the pressure this year to introduce in-flight connectivity to travellers, followed by international changes from other airlines. Consumers are shifting their expectations for 2016 as wifi markets mature in the skies.

Jason Rabinowitz is the data manager for Routehappy, an online airline product differentiation service. Routehappy this week released their annual Global State Of In-Flight Wi-Fi Report,  reporting on the current availability of Wi-Fi across airlines. The report found that now over 60 airlines are offering some kind of in-flight Wi-Fi service available on selected flights.

New York to Dubai was reported the most connected flight for long-haul trips, while London to Hong Kong was the least connected.


Who’s connected so far?

Qantas and Virgin Australia currently do not hold in-flight Wi-Fi on domestic flights or international fleets as of yet. Emirates has release Wi-Fi on flights out of Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney to their Dubai, Singapore and selected trans-tasman routes. Philippine Airlines, JAL, Garuda and United also offer Wi-Fi on most of their flights to and from Australia.

Consumers can expect to pay between $50 and $80 AUD for a long-haul flight connectivity. As more airlines adapt and demand rises for connection, it's expected Wi-Fi prices will lower and Australian airlines to announce in 2016 plans for future connectivity services.

Chances of obtaining Wi-Fi

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Qantas named safest airline in the world

Thursday 7 January 2016
By Lachlan Nicolson |

An annual international survey and review of the worlds airlines has announced Qantas remains number one for safety, a third consecutive year in a row.

The safety rankings are compared against 407 airlines from around the world (by AirlineSafetyRankings.com).

Each airline is given a star ranking out of 7 stars, and customers are surveyed annually on service, experience and safety. Within the airline ranking multiple factors come into play, such as whether the airline has been given a certification by the IATA (International Air Transport Association). It also compares past historic failures or grounded safety concerns of aircraft fleet.

Along with Qantas in the top safest airlines, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Etihad and Emirates were also in the top 20 list.


The top 10 safest airlines in the world this year:

  1. Qantas
  2. Air New Zealand
  3. Alaska Airlines
  4. All Nippon Airlines (ANA)
  5. American Airlines
  6. Cathay Pacific Airways
  7. Emirates
  8. Etihad Airways
  9. EVA Air
  10. Finnair


From the entire team at World Travel Professionals we’d like to congratulate Qantas on 95+ years of quality service and safety!

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4 Adventures to try in South East Asia

Tuesday 5 January 2016
By Austin Grandt |

South East Asia is a must-see region for the adventurous traveler. The region boasts a plethora of historic, natural, and modern wonders that offers something for all visitors. In one single country you can be beachside, downtown in an ultra-modern city, and exploring the rainforest all in a matter of hours. The cost of traveling around the region are low, which make it a prime destination for backpackers, but you can also find luxurious accommodations if that’s more your style.

Most backpackers stick to what is now coined as The Banana Pancake Trail, which includes popular destinations like Bangkok’s Khao San Road and Angkor Wat. For the more adventurous travelers, we suggest straying from the trail and trying something new. Below are 4 adventures that can help you forge your own path.

1. Enjoy the Ocean in Sipadan
Sipadan is a small city on the Eastern coast of Malaysian Borneo. There are only two carriers, Air Asia and Malaysian Airlines, that fly into Sipadan which makes it a remote destination. Travelers who make their way to this part of the island will be rewarded with beautiful views and ocean life that is among the best in the world.
This area has world class scuba diving and snorkeling that brings divers from around the world to this small city. If you are a more luxurious traveler, Sipadan also happens to be one of the most reasonably priced locations for over the water bungalows.
2. Take in the Culture in Myanmar
Myanmar has historically been isolated from the rest of the world and was a very difficult place for travelers to get into. In the last couple years, however, there has been reform and it is now becoming an increasingly popular destination for travelers from around the globe. The previous isolation has allowed Myanmar to have a very unique culture unlike any other. Travelers looking for new experiences will find many new sights and traditions that they likely haven’t seen before.
We suggest taking a stroll around the various temples, sitting down at one of the many tea shops in Yangon and taking in your surroundings.
3. Take a Ferry
Southeast Asia boasts a number of ferries around the region that make for a unique way to travel to your next destination. Indonesia and the Philippines in particular have many ferries to connect their numerous islands. For longer distance ferries, consider the Singapore - Indonesia ferry or Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Brunei ferry. While this mode of transit may be slower, it will help you slow down, enjoy your trip, and allow you to travel more like a local.
4. Motorbike around Vietnam

Vietnam is a an increasingly popular destination for backpackers thanks to the . While most backpackers stay in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, with a little planning and boldness you can rent or buy a motorbike to truly experience the country. Motorbikes are the primary mode of transport in Vietnam and can be bought or rented in most locations across the country. The bikes can range in price depending on age and stability, but they can be surprisingly cheap and can be resold after the trip if you choose to buy. Once you brave the traffic of the major cities you will experience the beautiful countryside of Vietnam and truly have the freedom to take your time, explore, and find your new favorite destination off the beaten path.
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These asian adventure insights were provided by Austin Grandt.
Austin is an avid traveler, miles hound, and adventurer. He is the founder of Trip Dojo, blgging about travel gear, and inspiration for your next trip.