Caltex Socceroos Fan Day in Melbourne

Come and meet your Caltex Socceroos heroes and watch them train at the official Fan Day in Melbourne on Fathers Day.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 

Staff writer
Looking for something special to do on Fathers Day? What about the chance to meet and watch the Caltex Socceroos train at the team’s official Fan Day in Melbourne.

In a huge treat for fans ahead of the crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier on September 5, Ange Postecoglou will throw open the gates to supporters at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

And to make it extra special for the dads out there, the first 100 fathers to arrive through the Socceroos archway will receive a special gift.

How good is that!

Socceroos mascot Maloo poses with fans and the AFC Asian Cup.

As well as being able to watch the Caltex Socceroos train, there’ll be a chance to meet the players afterwards for an autograph.

And there’s also a wide range of activities for the whole family to get involved in.

Just some of the fun activities include:

►Testing your accuracy in the ALDI Miniroos shooting target;

►Show off your skills in Soccer Darts;

►Get your face painted in green and gold;

►Take a photo with the AFC Asian Cup Trophy; and

►Complete the activity passport and collect your FREE Caltex Socceroos showbag which includes a bag, flag, pen and stress ball.

Caltex Socceroos striker Tim Cahill poses for a photo with fans at the team's Fan Day in Adelaide.There is also the chance to win a signed Caltex Socceroos jersey, while some lucky fans could win one of four family passes to the big game.

So be sure to get down to Melbourne Rectangular Stadium and show your support for the Caltex Socceroos on the Road to Russia 2018.

Australia play Thailand in a vital World Cup Qualifier in Melbourne on September 5.

Click here for tickets.

Fan Day Details

When: Sunday, 3 September

Where: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (entry via Entrance F)

Start Time: 2.30pm

Gates Open: 3.30pm

Caltex Socceroos v Thailand banner

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Lionel Messi surprises young CanTeen heroes in Melbourne

Messi Group shot

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Two young people from adolescent cancer charity CanTeen received the shock of a lifetime on Wednesday, as they were greeted by a surprise visit from Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi at the City Football Academy in Melbourne.

Teenagers Georgia-Mae and Denis enjoyed an unforgettable day, receiving a special tour of the City Football Academy from Melbourne City FC CEO Scott Munn, before their afternoon took an unexpected twist.

Wearing their brand-new Argentina jerseys, the teenagers were gearing themselves up for a routine kickabout on City’s elite training pitch, where they were greeted by none other than five-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Messi.

Messi 2

The surprises didn’t stop there, with Messi presenting both teens with a brand-new pair of football boots, and signing their new jerseys.

For Georgia-Mae and Denis, spending time with the world’s best footballer was a deserved time-out. Georgia-Mae’s sister was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when Georgia was 11 and she has been supported by CanTeen ever since, becoming part of the leadership group and a mentor for other young people.

Denis’ mum was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was 11. A huge football fan, he has grown up with CanTeen and is now part of their leadership group.

CanTeen is the Australian national support organisation for young people aged 12-24 living with cancer.

About CanTeen

We help young people cope with cancer in their family. Through CanTeen, they learn to explore and deal with their feelings about cancer, connect with other young people in the same boat and if they’ve been diagnosed themselves, we also provide specialist, youth-specific treatment teams.

To find out more, click here to visit CanTeen’s website.


Source : Football Federation Australia

SriLankan launches Colombo-Melbourne nonstop beginning in October

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Travellers will have a nonstop option between Australia and Sri Lanka from October when SriLankan Airlines commences Melbourne-Colombo flights with Airbus A330-200s.

SriLankan said the inaugural service would take off on October 29 2017, with Melbourne chosen for its first Australian destination as about half of all Sri Lankans who live in Australia reside in Victoria.

“Given the number of Sri Lankans residing in and around Victoria, we fulfil a long felt need for a direct service,” SriLankan chief executive Captain Suren Ratwatte said in a statement on Monday.

The daily flight has been scheduled an overnight service from Colombo, arriving in Melbourne in the afternoon the next day. The return flight is scheduled to takeoff from Tullamarine in early evening, for a late night arrival in the Sri Lankan capital.

The are no airlines flying nonstop between Australia and Sri Lanka.

Currently, SriLankan serves Australia one-stop through Kuala Lumpur or Singapore thanks to codeshares with fellow oneworld alliance members Malaysia Airlines and Qantas, respectively.

SriLankan chief commercial officer Siva Ramachandran said there had been a “steady increase” in passengers travelling between Australia and Sri Lanka on one-stop itineraries.

“Our direct services will give us a definite advantage as SriLankan is the only carrier that is able to offer connectivity of this nature at this time,” Ramachandran said.

“We also offer seamless onward connections beyond Colombo to a range of destinations in the Indian sub-continent and Middle East.”

Australia’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bryce Hutchesson congratulated SriLankan for launching the new route.

“Direct air connections between countries stimulate two-way tourism, business, trade and people-to-people exchange which are the core ingredients for a vibrant bilateral relationship,” Hutchesson said.

Flight Number/Routing
Days of operation
Time of departure
Time of arrival

UL605 Melbourne-Colombo 




UL604 Colombo-Melbourne





Source : Australian Aviation

Air New Zealand unveils new Melbourne lounge

Air New Zealand's refurbished Melbourne Tullamarine lounge. (Air New Zealand)

Air New Zealand's refurbished Melbourne Tullamarine lounge. (Air New Zealand)

Air New Zealand's refurbished Melbourne Tullamarine lounge. (Air New Zealand)

Air New Zealand has unveiled a new premium passenger lounge at Melbourne Airport, in the latest example of the airline’s investment in Australia as it seeks to attract more travellers from this side of the Tasman onto its long-haul services.

The upgraded facility at Tullamarine is the third of Air New Zealand’s lounges in Australia to have been improved in recent times, with new Sydney and Brisbane lounges having opened in May 2015 and March 2016, respectively.

Further, the Star Alliance member said in January it planned to open a new lounge at Perth Airport by the end of 2017.

Air New Zealand’s Melbourne lounge, on the ground floor of the international terminal, features similar elements as those in Sydney and Melbourne, given architectural firm Gensler has worked on all three facilities.

It has capacity to seat 250 people and offers a self-service food buffet, barista coffee and various seating options from lounge chairs to long benches and quiet nooks for users to work, rest or play prior to their flight.

Air New Zealand general manager for customer experience Anita Hawthorne said the size of the lounge has been expanded by 50 per cent.

“The airline has been investing heavily in the Australian market and promoting its services through its ‘Better Way to Fly’ campaign starring Dave the goose which encourages Australians to travel Air New Zealand to North and South America,” Hawthorne said.

“It’s also clear Australians love the Air New Zealand products and services after recently taking out the number one spot in AMR’s 2017 Australia Corporate Reputation Index so we look forward to welcoming customers to our new lounge.”

The lounge will be officially opened for passengers on Tuesday, Air New Zealand said in a statement on Monday.

Air New Zealand serves Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington from Melbourne, while its trans-Tasman alliance partner Virgin Australia has its own nonstop services to Auckland and Christchurch.

In October 2016, Air New Zealand launched an advertising campaign featuring the voice of Australian actor Bryan Brown in a new marketing push to grow passenger numbers from Australia travelling to the Americas – where it serves six destinations – Buenos Aires, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver – via its Auckland hub.

There have also been product improvements with the withdrawal of the Boeing 767 fleet paving the way for Air New Zealand to offer more 787-9 services on trans-Tasman routes, such as the announced Dreamliner operation to Adelaide starting in October 2017.

Some travellers may be attracted to an international-to-international connection at Auckland, where they remain in the same terminal and have the option of flying on widebody aircraft on both legs, rather than a domestic-to-international transit in Australia.

The new Tullamarine lounge was part of Air New Zealand’s $100 million lounge development program.

Source : Australian Aviation

Caltex Socceroos hit top 50 in latest FIFA rankings April 2017

Caltex Socceroos players get around Mat Leckie after his late goal iced the 2-0 win over UAE in Sydney.

On the back of a win and a draw in their latest World Cup qualifiers, the Caltex Socceroos have moved up six places from 56 to 50 in the latest FIFA world rankings, released overnight.

And Brazil, who are on their way to play Australia in Melbourne this June in a friendly, are now ranked number one in the world.

Before that game with the Brazilians, Australia has a crucial World Cup qualifier in Adelaide against Saudi Arabia, who are up five spots to 52 in the world rankings.


Socceroos v Saudi Arabia.

Source : Football Federation Australia


Página 365 de 366- Veja a distância entre Melbourne e Dubai #MiercolesDeGanarSeguidores

Distância de Melbourne para Dubai
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Longitude: 144 ° 58 ‘do leste
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Singapore Airlines adding more flights to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in 2017

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is adding extra flights to its already-hefty Australian schedule in 2017, with Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney set to receive more services.

Melbourne will increase to 31 flights a week from July 17 2017, from 28 currently, with a fifth daily service to operate on Monday, Friday and Saturday with Airbus A330-300s as a red-eye from Singapore and lunchtime departure from the Victorian capital.

Meanwhile, SIA is switching one of its four daily Melbourne-Singapore flights to a four-class Boeing 777-300ER featuring first, business, premium economy and economy from January.

On the Brisbane-Singapore route, SIA said it grow its schedule to 28 flights a week, from 24 currently, from August 22 2017.

And the Star Alliance member will have 35 flights a week (or five flights a day) on the Sydney-Singapore route during the peak travel period between June and September 2017. Outside of this peak period, SIA operates 33 times a week between Sydney and Singapore. Separately, SIA said it would have double-daily A380 flights to the NSW capital during the peak winter period.

The planned capacity increases comes after SIA launched its new Capital Express service linking Singapore, Canberra and Wellington in September.

The Virgin Australia shareholder and alliance partner had planned a new Sydney-Jakarta-Singapore flight that was due to launch in November. However, the launch was postponed due to what SIA said was runway maintenance works at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

And the airline has also boosted its premium passenger offering with a new SilverKris lounge at Brisbane Airport.

SIA regional vice president for South West Pacific Tan Tiow Kor noted 2017 marked the airline’s 50th year of operations to Australia.

“We are looking forward to the year ahead and are excited by the prospect of celebrating our 50th anniversary flying to Australia,” Tan said in a statement.

“The increase in services and capacity announced today reinforce our longstanding commitment and investment to Australia and the South West Pacific region.”

Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics showed SIA was Australia’s second largest foreign carrier in the 12 months to June 30 2016 with an 8.4 per cent share of the market in terms of passengers carried.

At its peak, SIA and its regional wing Silkair have 145 flights a week between Singapore and Australia, serving Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.


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Página 258 de 366 – Qual é a distância de Cidade do México e Melbourne?

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Airports post international passenger growth in 2015/2016

Melbourne and Sydney airports have posted strong growth in overseas travellers in 2015/16 as they benefitted from the lower Australian dollar and new overseas airline services, new figures show.

In the 12 months to June 30 2016, Melbourne Tullamarine handled 9.2 million international passengers, up 9.5 per cent from the prior year.

Melbourne Airport chief executive Lyell Strambi said the standout for 2015/16 was the China market, which grew 21.9 per cent during the year helped by additional capacity from the likes of Air China, China Eastern and China Southern, as well as new low-cost carriers such as Scoot facilitating one-stop connections via Asia.

And with new services from Chinese carriers such as Beijing Capital Airlines flights from Qingdao and Shenyang launching in September and Air China’s Shenzhen service starting in November, as well as the recent arrival of Xiamen Airlines, the China market was expected to grow further in the period ahead.

“Our number one market for FY16 was China, which is testament to the strong relationship we have built with all of our Chinese airlines,” Strambi said in a statement.

“We will continue to grow this important market by welcoming more Chinese airlines.

“Ongoing airline investment in new and expanded services combined with Victoria’s compelling forward program of major sporting, business and major events gives us confidence that we can expect to see these growth trends continue into the coming financial year.”

Meanwhile, Sydney Airport had 14.3 million international travellers in 2015/16, up 7.5 per cent on the prior corresponding period. The airport posted a 19.6 per cent increase in Chinese visitors during the year.

Sydney is preparing to welcome more Chinese non-stop flights from Hainan Airlines – part of the stable of airlines at Virgin Australia shareholder and commercial partner HNA Group – to Changsha and Xi’an from September. Also, Xiamen Airlines was planning to boost its twice weekly service to Sydney to four times a week from the end of October.

Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather said it was an “exceptional result” for 2015/16.

International passenger growth was more sedate and Brisbane and Perth airports, where overseas travellers increased 3.9 per cent and 1.4 per cent, respectively.

Brisbane Airport chief executive Julieanne Alroe said the airport achieved steady and sustainable growth in 2015/16.

“We are pleased to have achieved the growth we have in FY16, in particular the growth seen in international travellers to Brisbane,” Alroe said in a statement.

The airport was set to benefit from the recent arrival of Air Canada on the nonstop Brisbane-Vancouver route in June, while Qantas alliance partner China Eastern would begin year-round service to Shanghai from December.


In terms of domestic travellers, Sydney said it carried 4.1 per cent more passengers in 2015/16, while Melbourne posted a 3.7 per cent improvement in local travellers.

Melbourne Airport said its growth was “an excellent result, particularly when measured against softer growth rates across the national domestic market”.

Brisbane Airport, which grew domestic passengers by 1.5 per cent, welcomed new service from the likes of Fly Corporate (Coffs Harbour) and Jetgo (Dubbo and Albury) in 2015/16, which helped lift the number of domestic destinations served to 44, from 41 previously.

However, the domestic market out of Brisbane was impacted with reduced capacity to some Queensland ports as airlines responded to the downturn in the mining industry and weaker demand for fly-in/fly-out workers.

Perth Airport posted a 2.9 per cent decline in domestic passenger numbers.


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Xiamen Airlines arrives in Melbourne

Xiamen Airlines flight MF803 lands at Tullamarine. (Melbourne Airport/Instagram)

Xiamen Airlines staff at Tullamarine. (Melbourne Airport/Twitter)

Celebrations in the terminal for Xiamen Airlines' inaugural flight to Melbourne. (Melbourne Airport/Facebook)


Xiamen Airlines has added a second Australian port to its growing route network, with the carrier’s inaugural service to Melbourne touching down on Friday morning.

Flight MF803 landed at Tullamarine at about 0945 local time, after a nine and a half hour journey from Xiamen.

The aircraft, Boeing 787-8 registration B-2761, received an Airservices Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) monitor cross as it taxied to the international terminal.

After being on the ground for a little under three hours, the Dreamliner took off for Xiamen as the reciprocal MF804 just before 1230.

The Skyteam alliance member planned to serve Melbourne twice a week. The airline started on the Fuzhou-Sydney route on November 30 2015, while its Xiamen-Sydney service started on December 6. Both its Sydney flights were also operated with Boeing 787-8s, which had 237 seats in a three-class configuration comprising four in first, 18 in business and 215 in economy.

Xiamen, which is 51 per cent owned by China Southern Airlines, is the 30th international airline offering service at Melbourne Tullamarine. It is also the fifth Chinese carrier serving the Victorian capital alongside Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Sichuan Airlines. Separately, Taiwan’s China Airlines and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific also fly to Melbourne.

Further, Beijing Capital Airlines has announced plans to serve Melbourne via a Shenyang–Qingdao–Melbourne three times a week from September with Airbus A330-200 equipment.

Victoria’s acting minister for tourism and major events Philip Dalidakis said the new flights from Xiamen represented a boost for the local economy.

“Ultimately, more international visitors here means more opportunities for our local businesses and jobs,” Dalidakis said in a statement.

The Minister’s statement noted about 532,000 Chinese nationals visited Victoria in the 12 months to March 2016. Further, the statement said Chinese tourists represented a third of all visitor spending in the state, larger than Victoria’s next six markets combined.


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