• Qantas cancels launch of free inflight Internet

    Qantas has cancelled plans to debut its Qantas WiFi inflight Internet service this week, including a media launch and test flight of the service from 11am Monday 27 March. The airline has cited 'stability issues' with the satellite-based service, in what is the second delay to a launch originall...

    POSTED 25 Mar, 2017 41 Comments

  • Five tips for your stay in a 'silent' airport lounge

    While most airport lounges buzz with boarding announcements – something which I find quite enjoyable, with each flight whisking fellow travellers on their way – every now and again you stumble into a 'silent lounge'. That's a lounge where no flight announcements are made. ...

    POSTED 25 Mar, 2017 9 Comments

  • How to buy and use a Qantas flight gift voucher

    Qantas gift vouchers – also sometimes called Qantas flight vouchers or Qantas travel vouchers – are a small but smart way to trim your travel costs and earn extra frequent flyer points. They'll reduce the cost of your flight because Qantas bookings made using a travel voucher even as...

    POSTED 25 Mar, 2017 9 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines eyes Airbus A330neo, Boeing 787 order

    Malaysia Airlines is looking to order as many as 30 new Airbus A330neo or Boeing 787 jets as the troubled flag-carrier sees a welcome upturn in its bookings and revenue. "Things have gone a bit better a bit quicker than I expected," says CEO Peter Bellew. "We're ahead of where we hoped we would ...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2017 0 Comments

  • Auckland gets airport-city rail link – to open in the year 2047!

    Ready for a bit of time travel? Good, because you'll need to set the dials for a jump ahead to the year 2047 if you want to ride the new train line between Auckland Airport and downtown Auckland. We kid you not. As much as that rail link is needed now – and has been needed for the past man...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2017 19 Comments

  • Emirates offers free first class helicopter airport transfers

    Emirates’ first class flyers arriving in Nice, France can now swap their free limousine airport transfer for a helicopter ride to Monaco City at no extra charge, in what must be the best way to arrive in style for the Monaco Grand Prix! With a journey time of just seven minutes from lift-o...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2017 9 Comments

  • Why you'll queue for the business class loo on Qantas' Boeing 787

    TALKING POINT | There are plenty of good things to be said about flying business class on Qantas' new Boeing 787, but standing in line for the lav isn't one of them. And as much as many Australian Business Traveller readers tell us they're looking forward to travelling on the red-tailed Dreamlin...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2017 48 Comments

  • The best business class seats on Melbourne-Hong Kong flights

    Virgin Australia's launch of Melbourne-Hong Kong flights from July 5 adds a new contender to the business class stakes, squaring off against Qantas and Cathay Pacific – so which airline has the best seats for the business traveller? Here's how we rate them.   1. Virgin ...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2017 13 Comments

  • Air New Zealand's new Melbourne Airport lounge to open by May

    Air New Zealand plans to open its all-new Melbourne Airport lounge by May 2017, completing the airline's trans-Tasman lounge network which has seen swish business class lounges open in Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland. The Melbourne lounge will share the same modern design as its siblings, and...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2017 10 Comments

  • British Airways' new London Heathrow T5 First Wing opens April 5

    Here's your first look at the new British Airways First Wing at London Heathrow T5, which opens on Wednesday April 5, 2017 to provide a long-awaited fast track for top-tier BA and Oneworld flyers. Located behind the current T5 first class check-in zone, the First Wing will offer a dedicated pa...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2017 6 Comments

  • Alaska Airlines drops Virgin America brand, business class seats

    Alaska Airlines will axe the Virgin American brand and with it, Virgin's white leather business class seats – which are referred to as 'first class' in US parlance. In their place will go Alaska's new and decidedly conventional business class seats, with subdued light blue mood lighting ...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2017 9 Comments

  • How Australian travellers are affected by the USA, UK laptop bans

    With the United States and the United Kingdom now banning laptops and tablets aboard flights from a host of countries and airports, some travellers will be forced to transport these – and other large electronic devices – inside their checked luggage, rather than in a carry-on bag. Bu...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2017 20 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines debuts new Australia-themed inflight meals

    Passengers jetting from Sydney to Singapore with Singapore Airlines over the coming months can tuck into a selection of new inflight dishes inspired by Australia’s native flavours and local produce, as the airline celebrates 50 years of flying Down Under. Up the very front in first class (...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2017 17 Comments

  • Delta moves to LAX T2, T3 but Virgin Australia will stay at TBIT

    Delta Air Lines will make its move into LAX Terminals 2 and 3 in the middle of May, across what's sure to be a frantic five-day period from May 12 to May 17 – but Virgin Australia has decided to stay put at the adjacent Tom Bradley International Terminal. Delta's relocation from Termi...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2017 11 Comments

  • UK joins US with flight ban on electronic devices

    The British government will ban laptops, tablets and other large devices from cabin baggage on direct flights to the UK from six countries in the Middle East and Africa, less than 24 hours after the US implemented a similar ban citing security risks. However, the UK action does not include fligh...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2017 17 Comments

  • The best credit cards for earning Emirates Skywards miles

    Emirates Skywards is a powerful yet often-overlooked frequent flyer program for Australian travellers, unlocking business class and first class flights and upgrades with Emirates, and other travel opportunities with its web of partners including Qantas, Japan Airlines and Korean Air. Australian ...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2017 1 Comment

  • USA bans laptops, tablets, Kindles on selected US-bound flights

    The US Government has banned passengers from carrying devices such as laptops, tablets and ebook readers on direct flights bound for the United States from a host of Middle Eastern and African countries. Impacting flights to the US departing from 10 specific airports, Australian travellers jetti...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2017 47 Comments

  • Virgin Australia brings back Velocity Gold lounge access at LAX

    Virgin Australia’s Velocity Gold frequent flyers will once again enjoy airport lounge access in Los Angeles prior to their flights back to Sydney, Brisbane and soon Melbourne. Since one of Virgin's many recent 'lounge shuffles', Velocity Gold members have been stuck out in the airport...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2017 27 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to fly Melbourne-Hong Kong from July

    Virgin Australia will begin direct flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong on July 5, going up against incumbents Qantas and Cathay Pacific as the challenger spreads its international wings. The flights will run five days a week – on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday &ndash...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2017 46 Comments

  • Qantas, Virgin, Cathay Pacific ready to battle for Hong Kong

    Qantas and Cathay Pacific are gearing up for a pitched battle for the skies between Melbourne and Hong Kong as Virgin Australia moves onto the popular route. Virgin will launch its direct flights on Wednesday July 5, 2017, in a move which will see the challenger go toe to toe with the Onewo...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2017 32 Comments

  • Etihad Airways now lets you pay your way into its airport lounges

    Etihad Airways now lets economy passengers pay to access its airport lounges, following similar moves by Gulf neighbour and rival Emirates. Lounges covered by the scheme include Etihad's business class lounges at Abu Dhabi terminals 1 and 3, as well as the premium 'first and business class' loun...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2017 11 Comments

  • How to earn Qantas status credits with your credit card

    Qantas status credits are the key to prized perks such as lounge access, priority checkin and boarding, higher checked luggage allowance, bonus frequent flyer points and a better chance of scoring an upgrade when seats are in short supply. But until now, the only way to earn Qantas status credit...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2017 0 Comments

  • How 'dine on demand' inflight meals can help you beat jet lag

    Being able to eat what you like, when you like on long international flights is more than just about convenience. Business class ‘dine on demand’ can also be a great way to minimise the effects of jet lag when crossing time zones. That’s because you can begin acclimatising to y...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2017 5 Comments

  • Emirates now allows paid guest entry at worldwide airport lounges

    Emirates already lets economy class passengers pay their way into the airline's flagship business class and first class lounges at Dubai. Now the Gulf powerhouse and Qantas partner is extending the scheme across its global lounge network, although at this stage not everybody can walk up and wave...

    POSTED 20 Mar, 2017 15 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific brings Airbus A350 to Perth, Melbourne

    Cathay Pacific is adding more Airbus A350 flights into Australia, with Perth to enjoy a daily service of the advanced jet while Melbourne will boast its second CX A350. Both services kick off on 29 October 2017, with the Perth A350 debuting on CX170/171 while Melbourne's second A350 slots into C...

    POSTED 20 Mar, 2017 21 Comments

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