• Photos: new Qantas first class pyjamas, amenity kit

    Qantas' first class pyjamas are going 'fashion forward' with a new design from Melbourne-born, Paris-based couturier Martin Grant. These prêt-à-porter PJs borrow subtle cues from the Qantas uniforms such as a dusky French navy, while the matching slippers incorporate a flash of ...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2016 13 Comments

  • Emirates resumes Brisbane-Singapore-Dubai flights

    Emirates will again fly between Brisbane and Singapore from October 1 2016, giving Queenslanders a third choice to Qantas and Singapore Airlines on journeys to the Lion City. Using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, business class passengers will find angled-flat beds in a 2-3-2 layout, while those in...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia offers fast-track to Velocity Gold status

    Flying with Virgin Australia or Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi and beyond? You could be in line for instant Gold status with the Velocity Frequent Flyer program thanks to a new fast-track promotion via Virgin Australia’s Accelerate business rewards scheme. Make a return first class booking fr...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Seven expert tips for getting into the inflight work zone

    Business travel can mean working rather than wining and dining at 30,000 feet. Here are some strategies to stay productive and still enjoy your flight. For many travellers, the moment the plane takes off is when their holiday really begins. It’s an increasingly rare slab of time to relax,...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2016 2 Comments

  • Black credit cards are the plastic that's packed with perks

    Platinum credit cards? They're old school – and black is the new cool. Earn more frequent flyer points on every dollar spent, and in many cases without an artificial limit on how many points you can earn each month. Enjoy free entry into airport lounges around the world, and free room upg...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2016 6 Comments

  • British Airways cuts London City – New York flights

    British Airways will cancel one of its two all-business class flights between London City and New York from October 31, 2016. The BA3/BA4 Club World London City service, which British Airways promotes the flight as "like having your own private jet", is being axed due to reduced demand on the pr...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2016 5 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines' non-stop US flights more about sleep than speed

    Singapore Airlines will restart non-stop flights to the USA next month, with its new Airbus A350 zipping straight to San Francisco and back – but the gains of going direct will be less about saving time than enjoying a sound sleep en route. That's a pattern which the Singaporean flag-carri...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2016 2 Comments

  • Qantas eyes direct Sydney-Paris, Melbourne-Rome flights

    Non-stop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Europe's major cities could become the secret weapon in Qantas' international network. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has pencilled Sydney-Paris and Melbourne-Rome onto the “here’s where we could fly” route map, in a move which would see the...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2016 6 Comments

  • Photos: Inside Crystal Cruises' luxury Boeing 777 private jet

    When a luxury cruise line decides to launch its own airline, you know it won't be business as usual – or even businessclass as usual, for that matter. Instead, Crystal Cruises aims to replicate the luxury cruise ship experience at 30,000 feet on board two private Boeing jets designed ...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to restart Melbourne-Los Angeles flights

    Virgin Australia will restart direct flights between Melbourne to Los Angeles in April 2017, bringing new competition onto a route currently exclusive to Qantas and United Airlines. The flights will run five days a week from April 4 on Virgin's Boeing 777-300ER jets, which now sport all-new bu...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2016 37 Comments

  • United trials new Polaris business class on New York-Paris flight

    With barely 12 weeks to go until United Airlines launches its all-new Polaris business class in December, the Star Alliance member has rolled out the refreshed meals and drinks service on an exclusive test flight between New York (well, the adjacent Newark NJ airport) and Paris. The special char...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • British Airways' new First Wing for London Heathrow T5

    Here's your first look at the new British Airways First Wing at London Heathrow T5, which opens in April 2017 as a long-awaited fast track for top-tier BA and Oneworld flyers. The First Wing is being constructed behind the current first class check-in zone to provide a dedicated path from an e...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Etihad Airways goes double-daily on Sydney-Abu Dhabi route

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will boost its Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights to double-daily from next year, up from 11 flights per week at present. As of February 6 2017, flight EY451 from Sydney takes wing on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, complementing existing flights on Mondays, Wedn...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2016 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to begin Perth-Abu Dhabi flights

    Virgin Australia will begin direct flights between Perth and Abu Dhabi from June 9 2017, axing the current Sydney-Abu Dhabi route from February 4 next year. The flights will be served by Virgin Australia's Airbus A330-200 aircraft, recently fitted with the airline's new 'The Business' seats in b...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2016 38 Comments

  • Qantas will begin direct Melbourne-Tokyo flights in December

    Qantas will launch daily direct flights between Melbourne and Tokyo in December, resurrecting a route axed in 2008 due to rising fuel costs. The flights will run on an Airbus A330 fitted out with Qantas' latest Business Suite business class (below) to and from Tokyo's Narita Airport. Narita A...

    POSTED 16 Sep, 2016 25 Comments

  • Top tips for in-flight etiquette

    Take 300 people, most of them strangers to one another. Jam them into limited space for 10-12 hours, during which they have to sit side-by-side. Thin out the air to make everyone a bit more tired and tetchy. Add some stress and fatigue. It could be the recipe for a new reality TV program, but th...

    POSTED 16 Sep, 2016 26 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines gears up for Canberra-Wellington 'Capital Express'

    Singapore Airlines is confident that its new Capital Express service between Singapore, Canberra and Wellington is here to stay. With solid bookings reported for the first few months beyond the September 21 launch date, the airline is looking beyond first blush to an established base of governme...

    POSTED 15 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Convert Diners Club Rewards points into American Airlines AAdvantage miles

    Diners Club Rewards members can convert their credit card points into American Airlines AAdvantage miles, unlocking some great business class and first class travel opportunities across the Oneworld alliance including with airlines such as Qantas, British Airways and Cathay Pacific. Points are c...

    POSTED 15 Sep, 2016 2 Comments

  • Flying business class in Qatar Airways' Airbus A380 from Sydney

    Qatar Airways begins Airbus A380 flights from Sydney this Friday September 16, adding a compelling new option for business travellers bound for Europe or the UK. The Qatari flag-carrier joins Gulf neighbours Emirates and Etihad in flying the world's largest commercial airliner to Sydney – ...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Converting ANZ Rewards points into Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

    It’s easy to convert your ANZ Rewards credit card points into Cathay Pacific Asia Miles – the CX version of frequent flyer points which you can use to book flights or upgrades to premium economy, business class and even first class with Cathay Pacific. Points are converted on a 3000:...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2016 1 Comment

  • Thai Airways business class upgrade guide

    Just because you’re booked in economy with Thai Airways doesn’t mean you can’t fly in business class instead! That’s because Thailand’s national carrier lets you upgrade using Thai Royal Orchid Plus (ROP) miles, along with points or miles from other Star Alliance fr...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2016 4 Comments

  • Concorde auction: score some supersonic swag for your office or home

    You may never have flown in the revolutionary Concorde, but here's a chance to bring a bit of the supersonic bird into your life as a piece of bragworthy bric-a-brac for your office or home. "What's this?" asks a visitor. "Oh, that's just the machmeter from a Concorde, a little something I pi...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2016 2 Comments

  • The best business class seats flying between Sydney and Auckland

    Travellers are spoiled for choice when flying from Sydney to Auckland and back again with no fewer than six airlines offering business class seats and service at the pointy end. That list includes Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand, along with more far-flung carriers in Emirates, LATAM...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia: one million points to fly Sydney-Los Angeles..?

    Why does the Virgin Australia website ask me to pay one million Velocity Frequent Flyer points to book a business class flight from Sydney to Los Angeles, one-way? This is a questions we’re frequently asked by readers hoping to use their Velocity points on a flight to the United States, on...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2016 12 Comments

  • Thai delays Airbus A350 on Melbourne-Bangkok to "late October"

    Thai Airways has delayed the debut of its Airbus A350 aircraft on the Bangkok-Melbourne route until late October. The Star Alliance member had hoped to begin A350 flights to Melbourne on September 16, but a spokesperson tells Australian Business Traveller that “additional inspections and r...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2016 29 Comments

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