• Oneworld launches $10,500 'Around The World' business class trip

    Flying around the world in business class always sounds like a good idea, and a new round-the-world (RTW) fare from the Oneworld airline alliance delivers this country-hopping trip for just $10,500. The catch? It's restricted to the southern hemisphere – which isn't such a bad thing it you...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2016 6 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific to fly Airbus A350 to Brisbane from March 2017

    Cathay Pacific will begin flying its new Airbus A350 between Brisbane and Hong Kong from March 2017. The advanced jet will slot into the daily CX156/157 service and feature the airline's latest generation of business class seats, which are a measured evolution of the current popular busin...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2016 9 Comments

  • LATAM to fly Melbourne-Santiago from October 2017

    South American airline LATAM has confirmed the launch of non-stop flights between Melbourne and Santiago from October 5, 2017. The route will will offer the only direct connection between Melbourne and Latin America and see three flights per week on a Boeing 787-9. LATAM's flight LA804 will dep...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2016 43 Comments

  • Boom in Australia-China flights to follow 'open skies' agreement

    A surge in flights between Australia and China – including the opening up of new routes – is expected to follow an agreement by the two countries to remove all capacity restrictions, which have previously capped the number of flights to major cities. The 'open skies' pact, signed by ...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2016 11 Comments

  • What's the difference between 'non-stop' and 'direct' flights?

    Here's one of the oddities of the airline industry, when seen from a mainstream common-sense viewpoint: the fact that 'direct flights' and 'non-stop flights' don't mean the same thing. Yes, they should... and the use of two terms which are nearly identical in everyday language to mean two quite ...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2016 0 Comments

  • Regional airline FlyPelican to launch Canberra-Dubbo flights

    Australian regional airline FlyPelican will launch Canberra-Dubbo flights in 2017, being the only airline flying non-stop on the route. From January 30, FlyPelican’s British Aerospace Jetstream 32 aircraft will carry up to 19 passengers between the two cities, with flights every weekday pl...

    POSTED 2 Dec, 2016 5 Comments

  • Buying Qantas flight vouchers now earns five points per dollar

    Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn five frequent flyer points per dollar spent on Qantas flight vouchers this December, whether given as a Christmas gift to others or purchased by savvy travellers for their own flight plans. Similar to any other types of gift cards, Qantas flight vouchers ar...

    POSTED 2 Dec, 2016 5 Comments

  • Changing to an earlier Qantas flight: how it's done

    Whether your meetings wound up sooner than expected or you’ve arrived at the airport far earlier than planned, you may be able to swap your ticket for an earlier Qantas flight to get home faster. Unlike Virgin Australia, Qantas doesn’t have an official Fly Ahead benefit for all Gold-...

    POSTED 30 Nov, 2016 7 Comments

  • Qantas, AA shelve partnership expansion: what happens now?

    Qantas and American Airlines will no longer seek to expand their joint venture partnership following a tentative denial of antitrust immunity by the US Department of Transportation. The airlines had hoped to allay the DoT’s concerns over competition on trans-Pacific routes but were also de...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2016 23 Comments

  • The best business class seats on Sydney-Singapore flights

    Travellers on the popular Sydney-Singapore route can select between four different airlines and six distinct business class seats, but which of those options is best for your next trip to The Lion City? Among your choices, business class on Qantas' Airbus A330s, British Airways' Boeing 777s, Sco...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2016 5 Comments

  • How to check if flight upgrades are available on Virgin Australia

    Using frequent flyer points to upgrade from economy to Virgin Australia business class is one of the best ways to spend your hard-earned Velocity points – but how can you tell if a points-based upgrade is available on a specific flight before booking your ticket? The airline’s reserv...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2016 4 Comments

  • Qatar Airways plans Canberra flights

    Qantas partner Qatar Airways will add Canberra to its list of Australian destinations in 2017/18, bringing Australia's national capital its second international service. The airline is yet to lock down a launch date for the new Canberra-Doha route, but Canberra Airport Managing Director Stephen ...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2016 48 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines: year-round Airbus A380 flights for Melbourne

    Singapore Airlines is bringing its flagship Airbus A380 back to Melbourne on a year-round basis, extending the airline’s temporary superjumbo service to the Victorian capital: previously due to end in March 2017 before reverting to a Boeing 777. Instead, SQ’s A380s will continue grac...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2016 8 Comments

  • Government stalls on axing lifetime free flights for former MPs

    Australia’s federal MPs have been granted a short-term respite for their cherished VIP 'gold travel pass’ which entitles them to a lifetime of free business class flights funded by the taxpayer. The contentious Life Gold Pass provides retired members of the Federal Parliament an...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2016 13 Comments

  • China Eastern brings first class, Boeing 777 to Sydney, Melbourne

    Qantas partner China Eastern is bringing its flagship Boeing 777-300ER aircraft onto flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Shanghai this year, complete with its latest-generation business class seats and also a first class cabin, not normally seen on the airline’s Australian flights. Aboard...

    POSTED 25 Nov, 2016 6 Comments

  • When is it acceptable to recline your airplane seat?

    TALKING POINT | To recline, or not to recline… that’s a question faced by many modern-day business travellers and holidaymakers, whether on the shortest of hops between Sydney and Melbourne or a far longer trek to London or New York. It’s not only a concern of economy flyers, ...

    POSTED 25 Nov, 2016 47 Comments

  • The best business class seats aboard QantasLink's Boeing 717-200s

    QantasLink's Boeing 717-200 aircraft typically appear on shorter flights such as to Canberra, Hobart and Adelaide, but when you're paying top-dollar for business class, choosing the best seat always has its advantages regardless of the flight length. Whether travelling for work or pleasure, here...

    POSTED 25 Nov, 2016 5 Comments

  • American Airlines business class upgrade guide

    Even if your company will only pay for an economy ticket on American Airlines – and the least-expensive economy fare at that – upgrading yourself to business class is actually easier than you might think. For instance, you can upgrade from economy to business class for only 15,000 AA...

    POSTED 25 Nov, 2016 2 Comments

  • Up close: Qantas' Boeing 787 economy seat

    Following the official launch of Qantas' Boeing 787, Australian Business Traveller had the opportunity to nestle into the new economy seat as a taster of the what many travellers will experience once the red-tailed Dreamliner takes to the skies from late 2017. The economy cabin's 166 seats wil...

    POSTED 24 Nov, 2016 65 Comments

  • The best business class seats on trans-Tasman flights

    Flying between Australia and New Zealand presents no shortage of business class options with nine airlines offering better-than-economy seats and service to high flying travellers. Among them: local choices in Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand, alongside Asian carriers Singapore Airli...

    POSTED 24 Nov, 2016 1 Comment

  • Virgin Australia 'Fly Ahead': moving to an earlier flight, free

    While relaxing in airport lounges is certainly pleasant, arriving home or at your destination earlier than expected can prove far sweeter – and that’s exactly what Virgin Australia offers to its high-flying Velocity Gold and Platinum members travelling on Australian domestic flights. ...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2016 14 Comments

  • Top deal: Lufthansa / SWISS combined Business-First fares

    Fly business class to Asia on a premium partner carrier, and then continue your journey to Europe or elsewhere in first class with Lufthansa or SWISS. Lufthansa and SWISS have created a special fare deal that allows you to combine business class and first class fares, described as a mixed Busine...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2016 0 Comments

  • The best seats in business class: Singapore Airlines Airbus A350

    Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350s play host to the airline's latest business class seats, offering the 'business traveller basics' of direct aisle access for every passenger and a fully-flat bed when it's time to turn in. They're even a step above what you'd find on SQ's larger Airbus A380s &ndas...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2016 3 Comments

  • Aer Lingus could join Oneworld in 2017, but 2018 more likely

    Ireland's Aer Lingus could rejoin the Oneworld alliance by end of 2017, providing Qantas frequent flyers with new options for earning and burning their points plus useful perks such as lounge access and priority checkin. However, a more likely timeframe could be 2018 due to the work required to ...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2016 9 Comments

  • Is Emirates getting ready to launch premium economy?

    Emirates is reportedly moving closer to launching a new premium economy class, following the streamlining of its global fleet to just two aircraft types – the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777. The Gulf colossus and Qantas partner has been gradually leaning towards the middle ground between econo...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2016 16 Comments

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