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It’s Monday and that means after a “turbulent” week, the world settles back into work. While we all kicked our feet up over the weekend, there’s one industry that never kicks it’s feet up, travel. Here are the most important developments and stories from the weekend…

Singapore Airlines Flight Catches Fire, Everyone Safe….

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 flight 368 from Singapore to Milan experienced an oil leak on it’s right hand engine during flight, roughly 2 hour from Singapore. The captain expertly advised that the plane must return immediately to Singapore, stating that he could not turn in the direction of the leaking engine otherwise the plane would rattle. That was an important move, because shortly after making an emergency landing into Changi Airport, the wing and engine caught fire, eventually leading to a massive blaze. Here’s video from inside the plane

British Airways Further “Enhancing Meal Service”

Every frequent flyer is at least one part cynic and whether you’re a frequent flyer or not, everyone knows that in today’s marketing and PR (b.s.) world, “enhancements” mean we’re taking things away from you. Sure enough, British Airways is enhancing their meal service, immediately removing the amuse bouche from First Class as well as blankets on day flights (must request), reducing Club Kitchen items in Business Class, taking away the second meal on short and medium flights in Premium Economy and Economy and removing pretzels, cheese and biscuits entirely from Economy and Premium Economy service. They’re also removing a bottle of water for each passenger from Economy, replacing it with a small plastic cup… WTF.

Use Qantas Points For Lounge Visits!

Qantas is trialling an interesting new concept, where lower tier frequent flyers (sadly not the lowest entry level for now) can use points or cash to purchase lounge access to Qantas business class lounges on international and domestic itineraries. This is a neat trial which doesn’t represent necessarily the “best” value for your points, but a welcome way to burn a small stack of points earned for one flight or so. Passes would run $49 or 7,000 miles. More HERE.

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