Travel News: January 31, 2018

Brisbane Queensland Australia

Qatar Airways launches flights to Pattaya, new Thai destination
Gulf Times

Qatar Airways’ first direct non-stop flight to the holiday destination of Pattaya touched down at U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport on Monday, marking the inauguration of the airline’s newest Thai destination.

Pattaya is Qatar Airways’ fifth route to the Southeast Asian country and the first new route launch for the carrier in 2018.

In a statement, the Doha-based airline said the new four-times-a-week service to Pattaya increases its total weekly frequency to 64 flights a week to Thailand.


In a first, same-sex couple legally marries at sea on a cruise ship
USA Today

A new era of weddings at sea kicked off on Monday as a same-sex couple was legally married on a cruise ship sailing in international waters for the first time.

Celebrity Cruises says South Florida residents Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray tied the knot aboard the line’s 2,850-passenger Celebrity Equinox in a ceremony officiated by the vessel’s captain, Dimitrios Manetas.

With family looking on, the couple exchanged vows against the signature rose wall in Equinox’s iconic Blu Restaurant.


Qantas Boeing 787 Brisbane-Los Angeles, New York flights start Sept
Australian Business Traveller

Qantas will begin daily Boeing 787-9 flights between Brisbane and Los Angeles, and then from LAX to New York, from September 1, with tickets on sale today.

After a two hour layover at Los Angeles the Dreamliner will continue to New York as the cross-country QF11/QF12 shuttle, having also picked up passengers from Qantas’ Sydney-LA and Melbourne-LA services.


Artist and her peacock denied boarding on United plane
Travel Weekly

A United Airlines passenger who tried to take her emotional-support peacock with her on a cross-country flight had the bird turned away by the airline because of health and safety concerns.

New York City-based photographer and performance artist Ventiko says she bought a ticket for her peacock, Dexter, so he would have his own seat on Sunday’s flight from Newark to Los Angeles.

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