Jan 17, 2018 Last Updated 10:19 AM, Jan 16, 2018

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Uber hikes chauffeur prices

ABN – Uber has hiked the fare prices of its Black chauffeur drive service by up to 25% in Melbourne.

A return journey between Melbourne Tullamarine Airport and the centre of the city will now cost up to A$282.

The services base fare has also increased by 25% to $10 and the per kilometre charge is up 20% to $2.40.

Uber said that the prices were increased to offer users a “higher vehicle standards and more cars on the road when you need them most.”

However, Uber’s low-cost option UberX has seen a 15% fare reduction.

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Air New Zealand opens Sydney business class lounge

AusBN – Air New Zealand’s new business class lounge in Sydney Airport is set to open to passengers on 23 May.

The new lounge was partly modelled on the Los Angeles Star Alliance Lounge, which the airline designed and still manages.

Business class passengers, top-tier Airpoints Elite, Gold frequent flyers and Koru club members will be allowed to use the new lounge.

Gold-grade frequent flyers and business class members of other Star Alliance airlines will also gain access to the lounge.

These airlines include Singapore Airlines, Thai, United, Air Canada, Air China, Asiana and Air India.

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Virgin upgrades domestic flights

AusBN – Virgin Australia has introduced complimentary food on all of its domestic flights across Australia.

Free checked baggage and in-flight entertainment will now also be offered on domestic flights.

The airline hopes to transform itself into a premium, full service airline.

Virgin Australia chief customer officer Mark Hassell said: “We’re delighted to announce that the Virgin Australia product offering now includes complimentary food and drink, checked baggage on all flights as well as entertainment across our domestic network.

“The roll out of free food and checked baggage, to complement our wireless in-flight entertainment, is an important part of our ability to deliver a consistent, premium service across our network.”

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