• Qantas' non-stop Perth-London Boeing 787 flights start March 24

    Qantas will begin daily non-stop flights between Perth and London on its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner from March 24, 2018, with tickets going on sale at 11.30am today – although travellers can expect to pay a premium over one-stop flights such as London via Dubai. The Dreamliner will depart P...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 8 Comments

  • Qantas eyes non-stop Boeing 787 flights to Paris, Rome, Berlin

    Qantas has pegged Paris, Rome and Berlin as the next non-stop routes for the airline's Boeing 787 network. The flights would all fly via Perth, leveraging the WA capital's role as a new international hub for Qantas following the launch of non-stop flights between Perth and London. This would al...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 5 Comments

  • Etihad launches double-daily Airbus A380 flights to Sydney

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will upgrade all of its Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights to the flagship Airbus A380 from October 29 2017, providing a double-daily superjumbo service to Australia’s business capital. With a daily A380 already serving on Etihad’s overnight flights (EY4...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2017 20 Comments

  • How airlines can charge you different prices for the same seats

    FREQUENT FLYER 101 | Everybody understands that airfares change from day to day, but many travellers are surprised to learn that passengers on any given flight will pay a range of different prices for exactly the same experience. Those different fares include special sales versus last-minute pri...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2017 2 Comments

  • Etihad drops Airbus A380, first class 'Apartments' from Melbourne

    Etihad Airways is axing Airbus A380 flights from Melbourne, and with them the superjumbo's superbly spacious first class 'Apartment' suites. The Gulf carrier and Virgin Australia partner will pull the plug on the A380 from October 29, 2017 – just 16 months after commencing the daily supe...

    POSTED 25 Apr, 2017 16 Comments

  • Qantas' non-stop Perth-London flights to go on sale this week

    Qantas will begin selling tickets on its non-stop Perth-London Boeing 787 service today, with the inaugural flight on March 24, 2018. We've shared the schedule below, more details in our story here: Many of the questions we've raised in the article below remain to be answered, but we expect to...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2017 95 Comments

  • The best credit cards for earning Malaysia Airlines Enrich miles

    Malaysia Airlines' Enrich frequent flyer program unlocks some great-value business class flights with Oneworld airlines including Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines and more – and earning Enrich miles from your credit card spend couldn't be easier! American Express, Bank of Melbourn...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2017 1 Comment

  • The best business class seats on Virgin Atlantic's Boeing 787-9

    While Virgin Atlantic no longer flies to Australia, Aussies can still hop aboard the airline's flights to London Heathrow from Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York and more – in many cases, served by the modern Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with the latest generation of 'Upper Class' business class suit...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2017 20 Comments

  • How I booked my entire honeymoon using frequent flyer points

    Australian Business Traveller journalist Chris Chamberlin got married earlier this year – and booked his entire two-week European honeymoon, including business class flights and five star hotel accommodation, using airline and hotel points. Here's how he did it, so you can do it too... A l...

    POSTED 22 Apr, 2017 40 Comments

  • Qantas Perth-London: will you fly direct, or connect via Dubai?

    TALKING POINT | Qantas is expected to announce this week the exact 'late March 2018' launch date (and pricing, and schedule) for its non-stop flights between Perth and London. The much-trumpeted Boeing 787 service will rewrite the rules of the Kangaroo Route, which has over decades shrunk from a...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2017 75 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin Australia: how their inflight Internet compares

    Inflight Internet has become the latest battleground in the dogfight between Qantas and Virgin Australia. Both airlines now offer free sky-high WiFi – admittedly onboard a single aircraft – as part of a three-month trial of their respective technologies, ahead of a rollout to the res...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2017 5 Comments

  • Review: Sol Republic Amps Air wireless earbuds

    Wireless headphones have become increasingly in vogue, thanks (or not) to Apple’s iPhone 7, which famously ditched the industry-standard headphone jack. However, there’s also something to be said for them as a favoured piece of tech for the fitness set, which is exactly where Sol Rep...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2017 3 Comments

  • Want a flying car? Electric planes are a better bet...

    The concept is familiar: Replace car journeys with high-speed, electric-powered travel for the masses. China does it with a famous (and famously expensive) high-speed train network. Last week, Boeing and JetBlue invested in another idea: electric planes. If their bet pans out, travelers...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia launches Canberra-Perth flights

    Virgin Australia will join Qantas in catering to the sharply-defined "WA-based Federal Politician" market with the launch of flights between Canberra and Perth. The pollies, their partners and staffers – a group which includes 28 of Australia's 226 Federal members and senators, among them ...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2017 3 Comments

  • Review: Virgin Australia WiFi inflight Internet

    Virgin Australia's new inflight Internet service is now available on selected domestic flights, with typical download speeds of 15-20Mbps on tap - and during the trial period, it's completely free for all passengers. Those speeds are on-par (if not even a little faster) than your average ADSL2+ ...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2017 11 Comments

  • How to get free WiFi on Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350

    One of the best features of Cathay Pacific's new Airbus A350 is that the advanced jet boasts inflight Internet so that travellers can – if they choose – stay connected above the clouds. The service is reasonably fast, and priced at US$10 for one hour or the more appealing rate of US$...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

  • Apple readies iPhone 8 overhaul for smartphone's 10th anniversary

    Ten years after Steve Jobs held up the original iPhone to a gushing San Francisco crowd, Apple is planning its most extensive iPhone lineup to date. Apple is preparing three iPhones for launch as soon as this fall, including upgraded versions of the current two iPhone models and a new top-of-the...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2017 5 Comments

  • New Cathay Pacific lounges for Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Seoul

    It's been a busy few years for the team behind Cathay Pacific’s impressive new-look airport lounges. Flagship first class and business class lounges sporting a contemporary upmarket Ilse Crawford design have opened their doors at Hong Kong and London’s Heathrow airport, with smaller ...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2017 3 Comments

  • 7 surprising ways that airlines are mining your personal data

    Airlines are becoming smarter at connecting the dots between you, your frequent flyer profile and your online activity – and turning that trail into another source of revenue. The boffins call it ‘big data’: finding links and correlations between many seperate pieces of informa...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2017 14 Comments

  • London's amazing new business hotel is more like a private club

    Don’t even think about calling the Ned a business hotel. Yes, behind its grand 1920s Midland Bank facade it's the size of a convention center property, with 320,000 total square feet of space. And yes, it's located smack in the middle of the City, London’s finance and ...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

  • Will autonomous driving kill the sports car?

    The robot drivers are coming. Virtually every brand in the auto industry is bragging about its autonomous driving capabilities. In four years, some Fords will even skip the steering wheel entirely. But at least two big names aren’t jumping on the bandwagon just yet. When it comes to ...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2017 4 Comments

  • Review: Robbie Laptop Tote Bag by Freedom Filosofie

    Women that travel frequently may find it cumbersome juggling their handbags, laptop cases and luggage all at once – so the idea of a ‘laptop handbag’ that can carry all your essential personal and work items in one place is what inspired Australian brand Freedom Filosofie’...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2017 1 Comment

  • Cathay Pacific plans new regional business class for 2019

    Cathay Pacific has a new generation of regional business class seats on the way – but they won't arrive until the end of 2019, and they won’t be fully-flat. The seats will debut on the new fleet of regional sibling Cathay Dragon, nee Dragon Air, which the airline expects will be eith...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2017 6 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines teases Airbus A350 for Brisbane, Perth

    Singapore Airlines will bring another Australian city under the wing of its growing Airbus A350 network this year, with Brisbane and Perth both on the shortlist. The Star Alliance member already has one year-round A350 flight slated for Melbourne's SQ207/SQ208 from May 11, while a second A3...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2017 18 Comments

  • 70 years of Ferrari design, dreams, and technology

    Today's worldwide luxury-and-racing brand began with one humble car. Here’s a stylish recap of what has happened since. This year marks the 70th since Enzo Ferrari drove the car that first bore his name – a 125 S. The date was March 12, 1947. Decades later, Ferrari is a wo...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

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