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| BNE January/February 2017

ESCAPE EXTRA

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Virtual

tour

Qantas has launched a new virtual reality app – Qantas VR – which

travellers can use to discover and explore destinations before

actually going there. The app showcases some of Australia’s most

distinctive landscapes such as Uluru, Hamilton Island and Sydney

Harbour and experiences from hot air ballooning over Alice Springs

to swimming and sailing on the Great Barrier Reef. Users can also

book Qantas flights to the featured destinations directly from the

app, available for iPhone, Android, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift

and HTC Vive devices, free from App store and Google Play.

AirNewZealand

wins again

Air New Zealand has been judged World’s Best Airline for the fourth

year in a row by review website

Airlineratings.com

. Six more airlines

that fly domestic and international routes from Brisbane were listed

in the Top 10 Airlines for 2017 – Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Cathay

Pacific Airways, Virgin Australia, Etihad Airways and Eva Air all

made the Top 10. To make the list, airlines have to achieve a seven-

star safety rating, which has been endorsed by the International Civil

Aviation Organisation, and show an innovative and consistent level of

service in the passenger experience. Audited feedback from travellers

is also considered in the evaluation. Both Qantas and Virgin Australia

jumped up in the rankings this year – Qantas to second (from fourth)

and Virgin Australia to fifth (from seventh).