Get unlimited inflight Internet with 28 airlines for $15/month

Get unlimited inflight Internet with 28 airlines for $15/month

Note: Despite the information supplied and publicised by CPHTravelWiFi and iPass, and successful inflight testing on selected airlines, a number of Australian Business Traveller readers have experienced issues with this service. If you experience any problems, contact CPHTravelWiFi for assistance or to request a refund.


Inflight Internet access can be horridly expensive, but you can escape those sky-high costs by taking out a global WiFi subscription which unlocks unlimited Internet aboard 28 airlines from just $15 per month.

That's right: your connection is unlimited when it comes to both how long you spend online and how much data you use.

This deal covers the following airlines which ply the Australian skies:

  • American Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific (Airbus A350 flights)
  • Delta
  • Etihad Airways
  • Japan Airlines
  • Malindo Air (Boeing 737-900ER flights only)
  • Singapore Airlines (Boeing 777-300ER, Airbus A350 and A380 flights only);
  • and United (‘selected flights’, eventually to be 'all flights').

Other international airlines covered include Qantas partners Aer Lingus, Airberlin, Alaska Airlines and WestJet, and Virgin Australia partners Air Canada (North American flights only), Alitalia, Hainan Airlines, Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic.

Rounding out the list: Aero Mexico, Air Austral, Air Serbia, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings, GOL Airlines, Kenya Airways, KLM, Level, Lufthansa and SWISS.

How does it work?

It's a simple two-step process.

1. Subscribe to the ‘CPHTravelWiFi’ service provided by Copenhagen Airports – which can be done online, without visiting Denmark;

2. Download a WiFi app for your smartphone or tablet, or a desktop program for Windows or Mac laptops, which gets you connected above the clouds.

While this provides Internet connectivity if you happen to visit Copenhagen Airport itself, the monthly subscription also unlocks access to over 60 million WiFi hotspots globally at no extra charge, including at over 780 other airports, on over 800 trains, at 90,000 hotels and at 50 million business and community locations.

In turn – and here's the real power of this package for the business traveller – the same subscription also gives unlimited access to inflight Internet aboard over 2,700 aircraft from the airlines listed above, via roaming partner iPass – although there's no 'roaming' fee added to your monthly subscription.

You can find out more on the CPHTravelWiFi website, although you may need to change the language to English (click in the top right corner).

CPHTravelWiFi subscription pricing

Four plans are available as follows, which Copenhagen Airports prices in Danish krone.

  • One month pass: DKK109.50 (A$22.05)
  • Two month pass: DKK199 (A$40.05, being A$20.03/month)
  • Three month pass: DKK265.50 (A$53.50, or A$17.84/month)
  • Six month pass: DKK465 (A$93.60, or A$15.60/month)

As you can see, the longer you subscribe, the lower the monthly cost – the best value being the six month pass which works out to be just A$15.60 per month.

That said, even the A$22.05 one-month pass still presents good value, being about the same cost as connecting to a full-priced service on just one flight, but giving you the chance to log-in across multiple flights and airlines, and of course, to test the service before committing to a longer plan.

Just head to the CPHTravelWiFi website, select your plan, create an account using your name, email address and a password, and then complete your credit card billing information. You can choose to be charged in euros rather than Danish krone, but the Australian dollar cost remains roughly the same:

Unfortunately, the service doesn’t accept American Express or Diners Club cards – only Visa and Mastercard – but the savings to be had on your inflight Internet costs should more than outweigh earning fewer points on this purchase.

Before submitting your payment, be aware that the ‘auto renew’ box is automatically checked: you might choose to leave this so if you’re purchasing a longer plan, but if you’re trying the service for one month only before considering a better-value plan, uncheck this box so you won’t be auto-billed again next month.

If you do decide to change or cancel your subscription, this can also be done through the Account section of the same website.

Getting connected in the air

Once you have an active subscription, you’ll need to download the CPHTravelWiFi app for your iPhone or iPad via the Apple App Store, or for your Android device through Google Play.

To get your Windows or Mac laptop connected, follow the instructions in the email you receive when activating your subscription, or visit the Account area of the CPHTravelWiFi website to get started.

Regardless of the device you’re using, you’ll need to do this before your flight while you still have Internet access somewhere else, such as at home, in the office or the airport lounge, so that you can login to the app using the account details you created earlier.

Once the app ‘knows it’s you’, you’re clear to switch your device to flight mode, and once WiFi connectivity becomes available on your flight (usually above 10,000 feet), enable WiFi on your gadget while leaving flight mode active, and then open the CPHTravelWiFi app.

The app will then recognise that you have a valid subscription and that a participating WiFi network is available: click on the prompt, and before you know it, you’ll be online – no credit card or further login required!

If you’re having any difficulty, you can also try connecting to the inflight WiFi network manually in the usual way, before returning to the app and following the prompts to get online.

To top it all off, all four subscription types allow you to connect up to three devices at a time to the Internet: so one subscription could find your smartphone, laptop and tablet all connected to inflight WiFi simultaneously: you don’t have to toggle between them as would when purchasing inflight WiFi the ‘traditional’ way!

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin (ChrisCh)

[email protected] / @ChamberlinChris

Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!
 

32 Comments

  • Kados

    Kados

    29 Sep, 2017 07:36 am

    Chris, is the subscription activated immediately or once you're first logged in?
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    29 Sep, 2017 09:43 am

    It starts from when you pay for it, so to make the most of your subscription days, it's something you'd do the day before or the morning of your first WiFi-enabled flight.
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  • romaau

    romaau

    29 Sep, 2017 09:39 am

    So I can just connect to the gogo hotspot on the airplane and as long as the app is all set up I should be good to browse away?
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    29 Sep, 2017 09:43 am

    You follow the prompts within the app to get connected after swtching on WiFi on your device: you don't 'log in' to the hotspot in the normal way because the app handles that, but sometimes you may need to click on the appropriate network from your gadget's WiFi list to initiate the connection, before switching back to your app to complete your authentication.

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  • Vas Srinivasan

    mspcooper

    29 Sep, 2017 01:09 pm

    This is hard to believe deal. There will be a crackdown happening soon, you reckon?
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  • Kin Ho

    KinHo

    29 Sep, 2017 03:07 pm

    "... also unlocks access to over 60 million WiFi hotspots globally at no extra charge, including at over 780 other airports, on over 800 trains, at 90,000 hotels and at 50 million business and community locations."
    This will be great for me, as I always have no success with the airports' free WiFi. Just end up giving up altogether.

    Thank you Chris for this article. Very clear simple instruction.
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  • UpUpAndAway

    UpUpAndAway

    29 Sep, 2017 03:14 pm

    How good is that travel hack
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  • sumayya

    sumayya

    29 Sep, 2017 04:34 pm

    This sounds really great! However I have a concern as I know Etihad uses T-mobile as their inflight wifi provider.
    So would it work with this app without me paying anything extra??
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  • Fqtv

    Zac

    29 Sep, 2017 05:35 pm

    Almost too good to be true - fantastic deal Chris - thank you
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  • Dec540

    Dec540

    30 Sep, 2017 12:01 pm

    Has anybody successfully downloaded the desktop program? I've tried on 3 browsers and the page hangs on 'Loading download page for PC and Mac..."
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  • Rob Williams

    rob747nz

    30 Sep, 2017 12:18 pm

    No doesn’t work from their page. I’ve sent them a message
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  • *maestro*

    *maestro*

    3 Oct, 2017 01:19 am

    I also have the same problem. I wrote to them on Saturday but haven't heard anything back yet.
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  • Rob Williams

    rob747nz

    30 Sep, 2017 12:23 pm

    Has anyone, who actually flies, tried this? Doesn’t work on SQ (773 or 388). ABT page specifically says SQ and these two aircraft types but it doesn’t appear to be true. Both times the app says Connected to OnAir, but is not actually connected to the internet. Neither time does it connect the way the above instructions insinuate, but tried every combo of Wifi/app connection anyway. Curious to hear input from people who actually fly...

    @ChrisCh...have you tried this on SQ or are you guessing that it works...?
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  • henrus

    henrus

    30 Sep, 2017 02:36 pm

    On SQ it would only work on aircraft that use the Panasonic system rather than OnAir. Some Singapore Airlines 777/A380's use On Air and others don't but all A350 have Panasonic.

    Furthering this there are suggestions that the iPass service (which is essentially what this service is) has a limited bandwidth on aircraft and that priority is given to those who have purchased directly onboard instead of with this subscription.

    In around 2 months time I'll fly 4 Singapore airlines flights on both the A350 and A380's so I intend to try it out then.
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  • Rob Williams

    rob747nz

    30 Sep, 2017 05:23 pm

    Thanks henrus. Would have been useful for AusBT to make that clear, instead of sweeping statements that it works on all three aircraft types!
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  • elchriss0

    elchriss0

    2 Oct, 2017 12:39 pm

    Hi Henrus, I've also got 4 flights with them coming up in 3 months on a mix of A350, 77W and A330. A330s dont have any connectivity but the others should be good. I know that 1 of the 77Ws is the new cabin with panasonic but unsure of my other 77W flight.
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  • *maestro*

    *maestro*

    3 Oct, 2017 01:20 am

    I tried it yesterday on Lufthansa and couldn't get it to work :(
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  • isdnman

    isdnman

    3 Oct, 2017 02:54 pm

    Also tried on CX A350 not working.
    Tried iOS / Android / PC client. None will pass the authentication page. So not sure how it was suppose to work.
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  • fatty

    fatty

    4 Oct, 2017 06:13 am

    Just done 4 flights in 4 days and couldn’t get it to work once. Not ideal.

    Fyi - flights were

    AA domestic (gogo)
    AA international (panasonic)
    2x cathay a350 flights (panasonic)

    Ended up paying.
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  • Vas Srinivasan

    mspcooper

    7 Oct, 2017 10:27 am

    So where does it actually work guys?
    May be admin could update this article/respond to some of the comments about it not working in AA (when the article mentions it works in AA (without exceptions?)
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  • sumayya

    sumayya

    7 Oct, 2017 11:37 pm

    Didnt work in Etihad either!!!
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  • romaau

    romaau

    15 Oct, 2017 12:14 pm

    Has anyone being successful with this one?
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  • cbourl

    cbourl

    2 Dec, 2017 12:05 am

    USELESS!!!! Contacted support for the software for laptop acknowledge they received email then never got back to me! Flights on ANA SIN-NRTZ,NRT-IAD last week - didn't work

    AA flight JFK-SFO didn't work on 29/11

    UA flights SFO-LAS,LAS-EWR on 29/11 didn't work! How do I get a refund?

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  • elchriss0

    elchriss0

    4 Dec, 2017 08:33 am

    this along with other comments makes me think i'm better off paying for the wifi onboard for the time i want it...even if it costs more at least i know it will work
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  • cbourl

    cbourl

    5 Dec, 2017 07:30 pm

    Emailed them and asked for a refund since it didn't work ANA SIN-NRT, NRT-IAD

    UA IAD-LGA

    AA JFK-SFO

    UA SFO-LAS,LAS-EWR

    Responded within an hour orso saying Id receive a refund to my account -I won't hold my breath Please don't get sucked into this scam!!!!!!

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  • elchriss0

    elchriss0

    7 Dec, 2017 07:38 am

    Stumbled across a thread on flyertalk with an endless list of people saying ir doesnt work inflight so it would appear that you are correct and its pretty much a scam
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  • cbourl

    cbourl

    8 Dec, 2017 01:45 pm

    Got my money back and also a credit for the foreign exchange fee No more scams!
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  • deva22

    deva22

    28 Jan, 2018 08:40 pm

    Complete rubbish. Bought a pass, didn't work on CX A350 flight, or on any Delta or Delta connection flights (5 of them)
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  • Rob Williams

    rob747nz

    28 Jan, 2018 09:57 pm

    Try to get your money back. I also wrote Chris at AusBT. No response. [redacted]

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    29 Jan, 2018 10:28 am

    Rob: Our staff generally don't offer 1:1 travel advice or technical support via email, nor do we respond to certain types of emails (such as those which are rude, argumentative, suggestive or inflamatory, which may or may not describe the content of your email: we receive hundreds of emails each day, and certainly don't remember them all). We'll also remind you of AusBT's long-standing Comment Policy (regarding how an article has been written or presented), under which your post has been edited.

    For the record, our article was based on information publicised and supplied by CPHTravelWiFi and iPass, and also on successful inflight testing conducted by colleagues in the course of their travels (including on Etihad Airways, which some readers above unfortunately experienced issued with). iPass was going to contact us with further information on this and/or to rectify the problems that readers have been experiencing, but they've gone quiet, so we've added a note to the top of the article.

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  • Rob Williams

    rob747nz

    29 Jan, 2018 10:44 am

    Chris, your article is written with such conviction that it appeared the service was tested successfully on each of these airlines. Everyone assumed this was a done deal. Regardless of what was tested by whom, you list many different airlines and aircraft types, to none of which CPHTravelWifi can connect.

    I don't see how it could have possibly worked for AusBT people, but magically not for anyone else. And yes, sure, caveat emptor...

    Anyway, no worries. CPHTravelWifi refund came through this morning.
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  • hdw000

    hdw000

    29 Mar, 2018 10:01 pm

    I've successfully used the CPH service on several airlines, one being Lufthansa from London to Berlin. But all my flights were either within the EU, or in and out of the EU, not Asia or North America. I think the problem is that it's hard to know what airlines or flights are included, it clearly doesn't cover all planes on all airlines, but the service does seem to market itself that way. It is certainly a good option if you can narrow in on which airlines / flights are included because the cost of in-flight from other providers is pretty pricey by comparison. Before buying the CPH service I'd check with your airline if the plane you are travelling on has on board WiFi, that would be the first step. Aside from that it works pretty well connecting to public WiFi when you land at the other end also.
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21 Jul, 2018 12:15 pm

Which Qantas lounges can Air New Zealand Airpoints frequent flyer use?

Which Qantas lounges can Air New Zealand Airpoints frequent flyer use?

Air New Zealand's Airpoints frequent flyers will enjoy have access to Qantas Clubs around Australia under the newly-forged alliance between the two airlines.

As of October 28, 2018, Airpoints Elite and Gold members booked on a codeshare flight with Qantas will find the doors swing open for them at the two dozen Qantas Club lounges in Australia's capital cities and regional centres. They'll also be permitted to bring in one guest.

But it won't be as easy as flashing your shiny Airpoints card, as the following conditions apply:

  1. you have to be travelling on a domestic Qantas flight
  2. it has to be booked under the Air New Zealand codeshare (those flight numbers will be in the NZ7xxx range)
  3. and this must be booked as part of a trans-Tasman booking

This arrangement replaces Airpoints access to Virgin Australia lounges following the dramatic bust-up between the two former allies.

However, there appears to be no Qantas Club lounge access for Koru Club members, nor can AirNZ frequent flyers cool their heels in the more upmarket Qantas Business lounges.

The Qantas / Air New Zealand alliance covers selected flights on the domestic network of each airline, however trans-Tasman and other international flights are excluded from the arrangement.

Read more: Qantas, Air New Zealand alliance will take on Virgin Australia

David Flynn

David Flynn (David)

[email protected] / @djsflynn

David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

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  • henrus

    henrus

    20 Jul, 2018 05:31 pm

    Doesn't it seem a bit odd that Koru club won't get access (something that the VA deal provided) . I guess there will be no access for QF Club cardholders in NZ either?
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  • aviation

    aviation

    21 Jul, 2018 09:27 am

    Correct, it's reciprocal in that QF Club card holders can't use NZ lounges. The VA deal was very unique as they were the only partner lounges Koru members could access without actually flying Air NZ.
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  • Uqsthom6

    Uqsthom6

    21 Jul, 2018 08:05 am

    Looks like air nz ff get the raw end of the deal
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  • aviation

    aviation

    21 Jul, 2018 08:31 am

    Thanks for the article, however, there are a few errors.
    1. It's not really an alliance, but a straight domestic codeshare agreement. Alliance to me suggests coordination on pricing, schedules, etc, of which is there is none of.
    2. Some codeshare flights on Qantas are in the NZ1xxx range too (namely the triangle routes)
    3. The codeshare flight can be used for any international journey originating in Australia, not just trans-Tasman (i.e. you could fly CBR-SYD-AKL-LAX or MEL-SYD-RAR)
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21 Jul, 2018 12:15 pm

What you can expect from Cathay's new business class dining concept

What you can expect from Cathay's new business class dining concept

Cathay Pacific will roll out its new 'business class dining concept' this month, with the meal service taking a step closer to a first class experience.

Meals will be individually plated and delivered to passengers by hand rather than by trolley, as the airline adopts more personalised and upmarket approach.

Cathay also expects this will result in a "quieter and calmer cabin environment", especially on late night flights.

Passengers will have a choice between three appetisers and "up to six main course choices" on flights over ten hours in the initial launch of the service to the likes of Chicago (on July 30), London/Gatwick (in August) followed by Frankfurt, Manchester and Washington DC (September); Amsterdam, Paris and Johannesburg (October), Madrid, Brussels and Barcelona (November) and London/Heathrow (December). 

And, being very much on trend, light and healthy 'wellbeing options' feature in every main course.

On flights from Hong Kong the menu will be changed every month, with a quarterly menu refresh for flights to Hong Kong.

Fights from Hong Kong (but not, for now, the return leg) will also see a new range of Hong Kong Favourites inspired by local dishes, such as

  • Hong Kong char siu pork with egg noodles, seasoned soy sauce, spring onion and ginger (shown below)
  • Wok fried seafood in lobster soup with ginger, spring onion, crispy and steamed rice
  • Beef brisket with flat rice noodle soup
  • Mango with pomelo and sago

But before all that eatings starts, business class passengers will notice the new-look menus.

Printed as eight pages on quality paper, they not only detail the meals and drinks available on that flight but include foodie-friendly articles such as 'Anatomy of a Laksa' and feature a local chef revealing their favourite eateries both in Hong Kong and around thr world.

There will also be a breakfast menu card which passengers will complete before hitting the hay, so that they can wake to what the airline described as a "hotel room-service" experience.

However, these are set menus rather than allowing travellers to pick-and-mix from a wide selection of items.

In addition to what's described as 'traditional' Chinese and Western breakfasts, there's also a lighter Continental breakfast plus a minimalist Express breakfast of a piece of pastry and a drink, which can be served 60 minutes before landing for passengers who wish to maximise their sleep.

Refreshments will be revamped as a selection of 'most loved dishes' available throughout the flight as a snack between meals on services to North America and Europe, including the airline's signature burger and popular soup noodles. These will also appear on the main meal menu.

Next year will see Cathay's 'new business class dining concept' extend to medium-distance routes, with plans to include Sydney and Auckland in February 2019 and Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide and Perth in May 2019.

David Flynn

David Flynn (David)

[email protected] / @djsflynn

David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

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  • Skipp

    Skipp

    20 Jul, 2018 12:48 pm

    Look forward to the new meal service in business class coming within the next 12 months - it will make a nice change.
    I just hope (for the future) that Cathay Pacific will stop serving the exact same economy class meals in "Premium" economy class.
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  • MissBasset

    MissBasset

    20 Jul, 2018 01:34 pm

    Why bother with the white linen tablecloth if they are serving it on a plastic cafeteria tray? The promo pictures show all set up to eat off the tray. Euww.. I will take it all off the tray and set it up like other airlines J class. FAIL for presentation, CX.
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  • mrj

    mrj

    20 Jul, 2018 02:42 pm

    I recently suggested to Cathay that their business classs food is amongst the worst of all airlines. Interestingly their response failed to mention this planned revamp.
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  • AADFW

    AADFW

    20 Jul, 2018 02:57 pm

    I'm really glad they're going back to classy, glossy paper stock for the menus versus the uncoated groundwood paper they switched to a few years back. Now if they would only bring back that trademark chocolate box at the end of the meal...
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  • David Flynn

    David

    20 Jul, 2018 03:25 pm

    I was on CX a few weeks back and the chocolates made an appearance on every flight...
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  • Manjit Sadhwani

    Manjit Sadhwani

    20 Jul, 2018 03:19 pm

    It's about time
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  • HKAus

    HKAus

    20 Jul, 2018 03:41 pm

    CX Catering is bar far the most outdated and leaves an overall cheap and poor guest experience of most International airliners. CX have unfortunately chosen over the last decade to reduce their overheads where guests can see and feel the difference. Personally after 5 years as a Diamond CX member I have moved to competitors; poor catering, moody crew members, consistently delayed flights (due to over use of planes with no margin for delays) and ridiculous pricing have enabled me to now enjoy such operators as KLM, Virgin Australia, Qantas & Lufthansa; all with an overall better "J"Class experience. Interestingly as a result of my change in travel I was dropped to Gold and this year even though I should have dropped another tier, they obviously are trying to get pax like myself back because they extended my gold status.
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  • Rkwm

    Rkwm

    20 Jul, 2018 04:39 pm

    It was taken CX far too long to make changes to the atrocious F&B that has annoyed their long term supporters . The plastic cafeteria tray certainly brings the enhancements down a few levels can’t, understsnd who approved this inclusion . Totally agree with HKAus, supported CX for over two decades but over the last two years the deterioration in service , punctuality and value has been palpable.


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  • Tony OBERON

    obi

    20 Jul, 2018 04:48 pm

    Looks marginally better - but CX are you seriously going to use a plastic tray? At least put a cloth on the tray - if for no other reasons than hygiene! I’m a germophobe and I cringe to see cutlery sitting on a plastic tray, which cannot be washed at the same high temps as crockery. Lysteria et al here we come.
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  • JOHN MEWETT

    mewettjohn

    21 Jul, 2018 11:33 am

    I think everyone who travels Cathay agrees that the dining experience had to be upgraded, this looks the goods.
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21 Jul, 2018 12:15 pm

 Cartier Santos: the original pilot's watch, reimagined

Cartier Santos: the original pilot's watch, reimagined

Very few watches can claim true originality, and the Cartier Santos is among those few.

The Santos made its debut way back in 1904 as a personal timepiece for aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, making it both the first pilot’s watch and one of the earliest known men’s wristwatches.

The story

As we've previously detailed, the Santos was borne from a request by Brazilian flyer Santos-Dumont, who told his friend Louis Cartier – then a Parisian watchmaker – of the challenge of timing flights using the then-conventional pocket watch, as pilots needed to keep both hands on the aircraft controls.

In response, Cartier designed a large square-faced watch and fitted it to a strap so it could be worn on the wrist – quite a revolutionary concept at the time.

The first commercial Cartier Santos watches went on sale to the public in 1911 with solid gold cases and ultra-thin mechanical movements designed by French clockmaker Edmond Jaeger.

(In order to produce this movement for Cartier, Jaeger worked with Swiss movement manufacturer Jacques-David LeCoultre, a partnership that would lead to the birth of storied brand Jaeger-LeCoultre.)

The enduring design of the Cartier Santos was reimagined in the late 1970s as a luxury steel sports watch, later adding two-tone steel and gold and the now-iconic screwed bezel with exposed gold screws along the bracelet for a modern, industrial aesthetic.

The style

For 2018, Cartier has once again re-invented the Santos.

The distinctive screw-set bezel now tapers at both ends towards the bracelet to create an organic, integrated look.

The satin-brushed case features a wide mirror-polished bevel along its length, extending all the way to the gracefully curved crown guards at 3 o’clock. A square watch the Santos may be, but there’s hardly a sharp edge or straight line to be found.

The case has been slimmed dramatically from previous incarnations of the Santos, allowing this watch to disappear easily under a shirt cuff when needed.

The bracelet is fitted with a new 'QuickSwitch' system allowing for easy swapping with the included tan calfskin strap or Cartier’s alternative crocodile straps, providing some style versatility.

Adding or removing bracelet links has also been made easier with a new 'SmartLink' design which allows the wearer to expand the bracelet during a hot summer’s day without requiring a tool.

While the bezel, case and bracelet have all been modernised, the dial remains classic Cartier. With Roman numerals, a railroad minute-track and heat-blued hands, it’s hard to imagine a more traditional look.

The 2018 Cartier Santos can serve dress-watch and sports-watch duties equally well, and boasts a history that few timepieces can match.

The details

• In-house mechanical movement with automatic winding
• Seven-sided crown set with a faceted synthetic spinel
• Silvered opaline dial, blued-steel sword-shaped hands, sapphire crystal
• Water-resistant to 10 bar (approximately 100 metres)
• Medium version case width: 35.1 mm, thickness: 8.83 mm
• Large version case width: 39.8 mm, thickness: 9.08 mm
• Pricing from A$8,750 for the Cartier Santos Medium in steel, to A$52,500 for the Cartier Santos Large in solid pink gold with matching pink gold bracelet. For stockists, visit www.au.cartier.com.

Jason Swire

Jason Swire (Jason Swire)

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Jason Swire is a Sydney-based writer, watch collector and author of 'Timely Advice', a beginner's guide to fine timepieces. His non-watch passions include hi-fi and whiskey, in that order.
 

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21 Jul, 2018 12:15 pm

Finnair flicks the switch on free WiFi for European flights

Finnair flicks the switch on free WiFi for European flights

Finnair will launch inflight Internet on its European flights this week, with travellers able to enjoy the high-speed satellite service free of charge during a two-month trial period running through to the end of September.

The Oneworld airline has already outfitted six of its single-aisle Airbus jets with technology provided through partner Viasat, which also provided the backbone for Qantas' Australia-wide WiFi system.

By the end of northern summer some 20 aircraft will be upgraded, with Finnair's entire single-aisle Airbus fleet slated for WiFi by mid-2019.

The system will be available on a gate-to-gate basis, so passengers won't even need to wait for their jet to reach level flight – which will maximise time online for many of Finnair's relatively short European hops.

However, parts of some European routes will present black spots to the satellite network, including above the Bay of Biscay and the North Sea, while some restrictions also apply over Latvia, Lithuania, parts of Belarus and Russia.

Over the two-month testing period Finnair intends to "gather information on system functionality and feedback on the overall customer experience."

"In entering the passenger testing phase, we’ll be gaining the critical insights needed to further optimise our service to ensure Finnair customers get a unique experience built around their needs, interests and usage behaviours," explains Viasat vice-president Don Buchman.

The airline has yet to reveal what pricing it will charge for its sky-high WiFi once the trial period ends, although frequent flyers will no doubt hope that some sort of monthly pass is available as an alternative to paying on a per-flight basis.

Finnair already offers WiFi on its long-range 'intercontinental' jets, with the first hour free for business class and Finnair Plus Gold members, then €3 (A$4.70) for three hours or €20 (A$31) for the entire flight. Finnair Plus Platinum frequent flyers are provided with free Internet access for the whole flight.

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David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

2 Comments

  • eight10man

    eight10man

    20 Jul, 2018 06:19 pm

    Not sure how you can have black spots when using satellite internet.. especially when those black spots happen to be above the sea. Could it be this system is actually and ground-to-ground system maybe?
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  • readosunnycoast

    readosunnycoast

    20 Jul, 2018 10:35 pm

    Just flew BKK>>>HEL, A350 with wifi. Couldnt get a connection of any sort. Just kept message, don’t close the browser. I do hope it gets better for the next lot of passengers
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21 Jul, 2018 12:15 pm

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