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Reviewed: five language-learning apps for your smartphone

If you’re not careful about your pronunciation, it’s pretty easy to tell someone in France that you’re pregnant instead of saying you’re full. In Israel, you might ask someone to buy their daughter instead of buying a slice of bread. Saying you’re 'cold' in German? It sounds a lot like saying you’re dead. Even ...

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Best credit cards for earning Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles

Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer frequent flyer scheme is a favourite among savvy spenders, particularly for using miles to fly in business class or even first class to Singapore and beyond. Earning those miles in Australia couldn’t be easier, thanks to a range of KrisFlyer-earning credit cards from banks including American Express ...

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'No smoking' also applies to e-cigarettes on planes: US court

Vaping is smoking, a US federal appeals court ruled, upholding regulation that adds e-cigarettes to an existing ban on the use of traditional ...

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British Airways re-opens exclusive Heathrow T5 Concorde Room door

British Airways has re-opened the first class-only door into its exclusive Concorde Room lounge at London Heathrow terminal 5, after the new First ...

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Qatar Airways will start Canberra-Doha flights in February 2018

Qatar Airways will begin daily flights between Canberra and Doha via Sydney from mid-February 2018, in a move which will also see Gulf carrier's ...

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The fabulous bars, lounges and restaurants of the Boeing 747

Step back in time to the early 1970s when the Boeing 747 first took to the skies, heralding a short-lived era of luxury air travel on board the Queen ...

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Fly Qantas business class using American Airlines points

Here's a tip that's going to make your business travel budget go a lot further – and ensure you continue to fly in style. It's a way to fly Qantas business class from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Singapore, Hong Kong or Tokyo for only $2,000 return. Also on the menu: a $2,000 business class round-trip from Sydney to Shanghai, Beijing or ...

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Malaysia Airlines' London Airbus A350 flights start January 2018

EXCLUSIVE | Malaysia Airlines plans to bring forward the start of its Airbus A350 flights to London to January 2018, but is putting expansion to other European cities on hold. The Oneworld member now expects to take delivery of its first two Airbus ...

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Geek chic: dress like Steve Jobs (assuming you'd want to...)

Of the many technological and ­artistic triumphs of the fashion designer Issey Miyake – from his patented pleating to his soulful sculptural forms – his most famous piece of work will end up being the black mock turtleneck indelibly associated with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The model was retired from production in 2011, after ...

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Etihad abandons Etihad Regional, its upscale Swiss-based arm

Etihad is pulling the plug on its upscale Swiss arm Etihad Regional, launched in early 2014 to attract Europe's well-heeled business travellers. Darwin Airline, which began flying under the Etihad Regional brand after the Gulf carrier purchased a one-third stake in the Lugano-based airline, has announced its sale to Slovenia's Adria Airways and ...

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Hertz offers free car upgrades to new Gold Plus Rewards members

From now until September 2017, travellers can nab a complimentary vehicle upgrade when hiring cars from Hertz within Australia, simply by joining the ...

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Low-cost Qantas business, first class buying US frequent flyer miles

UPDATE | A new AAdvantage 'buy miles' promotion is underway, this time offering a bonus of up to 100,000 miles on American Airlines mileage purchases ...

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British Airways "on track" for new A350 Club World business class

British Airways says it's on track for the launch of its new Club World business class seat in early 2019, but has denied reports of abandoning an evolution of the current seat for an all-new design. Earlier this year the airline's CEO Alex Cruz ...

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Why electric cars are everywhere except right here, right now

It might seem like there’s more news about electric cars lately than actual electric cars on the road. Tesla took a step toward becoming a mass-producer this month when the US$35,000 Model 3 sedan started rolling off a California assembly line. Volvo said it will begin phasing out cars that run just on fossil fuels in two years. France plans ...

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United Airlines defers Airbus A350-1000 orders

United Airlines projected a slowdown in a benchmark financial gauge as trans-Pacific fares weaken, and the carrier delayed delivery of four Airbus A350 long-haul jets earmarked for those routes. Passenger revenue for each seat flown a mile could rise as much as 1 percent or fall by the same magnitude this quarter, United said in a statement ...

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Cathay Pacific's first-half performance disappointing, CEO says

Cathay Pacific's operating environment remained challenging in the first half of the year, Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said, dashing expectations of an early recovery for the carrier that’s cutting jobs following the first annual loss ...

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What do you want in a transcontinental Boeing 737 business class?

TALKING POINT | Domestic business class is back on the radar, and in a big way. Australia's transcontinental trek between east coast capitals ...

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Hong Kong Airport to debut world's slowest 'fast-track' channel?

Hong Kong International Airport plans to launch a fast-track security lane in September 2017, with Cathay Pacific among the airlines lined up to ...

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