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Monday, 29 June 2020

Qantas Says Final Goodbye to Boeing 747 after 49 Years
On 16 August 1971, the first Qantas Boeing 747 touched down in Australia. After being handed over by Boeing in Seattle, the Boeing 747-200 flew to Sydney via San Francisco and Honolulu.

On 30 June 2020 - that's tomorrow - the final Qantas Boeing 747 in commercial service will depart Australia to be retired. VH-OEJ, named "Wunala" after her original Wunala Dreaming livery, will unceremoniously depart Sydney tomorrow morning.

Bain Capital to Buy Virgin Australia
The search for a new owner of Virgin Australia is finally over with Bain Capital announced as the successful bidder.
Podcast #39: Noise Cancelling Headphones
Noise-cancelling headphones may seem like magic, but there's some very sophisticated science that goes into creating the perfect listening experience.
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A Christmas Surprise (Air China Business Class)
Trip report by Mattg | Last year, as some of you may know, I was living in Austria. But my family are in Australia and New Zealand, so for Christmas in 2019 I decided to return home. I found a great deal on Air China Business Class flights from Germany to Australia & New Zealand which happened to include dates in the weeks before and after Christmas! read more...
AFF Member Profile
This week, we interviewed AFF member Buzzard from Adelaide. Buzzard joined Australian Frequent Flyer in 2013 and has so far made 5,733 posts.
Q: Where did you go on your last trip?
A: My last trip was to Turkey and Mainz in Germany. There were a few things on my to-do list: Fly First Class in a 747, try Thai Airways' legendary First Class service, experience Turkish Airlines (who don’t fly to Australia) & visit their brand new lounge in Istanbul (which is simply amazing), and fly in the longest commercial aircraft in the world, a 747-8.

In order to do all of this I flew Thai 747 F [First] from Sydney to Bangkok where I connected after a lengthy transit with Thai A380 F to Paris. From Paris to Istanbul was with Turkish J [Business].

After a couple of weeks in Turkey I again flew TK J to Frankfurt but on a recommendation from boomy stayed in Mainz. My plan was to wait here for up to a week hoping to snag a LifeMiles redemption in F on the Lufthansa 747-8 to Tokyo. Unfortunately time was running out and said redemption wasn’t showing up, so I grabbed an Emirates F reward back to Australia instead.

Q: Where will you go when the current travel bans are lifted?
A: Locally, +1 and I have a trip booked to the NSW South Coast. We want to take our granddaughters whale watching. Like us, they have never seen a whale. November sees us booked on a cruise to New Zealand. Once the skies are open again we will probably go back to Europe with Amsterdam on the list as we want to travel on the Thalys.
Q: Favourite airline?
A: That's a hard one. If Turkish Airlines flew to Australia they would win hands down. Emirates wins for me but that could change once I try a few others. In J on the A380 I like the hard product and in F I really do like a shower to freshen up prior to breakfast and landing.
Q: What's one piece of advice you would give to a new AFF member?
A: Ask as many questions as you need to. Don't think it's a dumb question, we all had to begin somewhere. AFF and its members are a great resource for many things, not just travel. Don't be lazy though, do some research too.
Q: Favourite thread on AFF?
A: Not a thread actually, a forum - Trip Reports and Trip Photos. I really enjoy reading about other peoples' trips. It provides me with ideas of where to go or simply dream about where I would like to go. Trip reports are also such a fabulous resource on everything from how to get from A to B, where to stay, what to avoid, where to eat. A well written trip report contains a mountain of information and may even contain some amusing anecdotes.
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