• Qatar Airways launches airport chauffeur service – for a price...

    Qatar Airways now offers an airport chauffeur service to whisk travellers between home or office and the airport. However, the Oneworld member won't be making it free – even to passengers booked in its first class suites. Instead, all passengers will pay a fee for booking a driver through...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2017 1 Comment

  • US airline business class showdown: American vs Delta vs United

    For business travelers flying in and out of the U.S., this may be the most exciting travel news all year. Gone are the outdated seats and subpar onboard amenities that have long tormented frequent fliers on all three major U.S. legacy airlines - American Airlines, Delta, and United. In their pl...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2017 13 Comments

  • Air China to fly Brisbane-Beijing direct from December 2017

    Air China will begin direct flights between Brisbane and Beijing from December 11, shortly after Qantas partner China Eastern shifts to daily Brisbane-Shanghai flights. The moves mark a dramatic uptick in business and corporate travel opportunities between Brisbane and China's two largest cities...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2017 9 Comments

  • Alaska Airlines' new 'first class' (okay, business class) seat

    Alaska Airlines has pulled back the curtains on the airlines' new domestic first class seat – in a cabin which the rest of the world knows better as 'business class' – which will be fitted to the airline's 32 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, due from 2018, and retrofitted to 11 Boeing 737...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2017 8 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines looks to 'right-size' Airbus A350 first class

    You don’t need a large first class cabin to make luxury travel a viable proposition, Malaysia Airlines believes, with its upcoming Airbus A350 jets to feature just four first class suites. But how will this play out when that's only half as many as found aboard the Oneworld member's A...

    POSTED 15 Sep, 2017 13 Comments

  • Is high-flying Emirates running out of sky?

    It flies the fanciest product on the biggest planes on the longest routes, but Emirates may not have much more room to soar. In their fifth week of training, women hired as flight attendants at Emirates Airline spend a day in Dubai with Pamela Mizzi. A makeup artist from Malta who spent 12 year...

    POSTED 15 Sep, 2017 29 Comments

  • Qantas to launch year-round Sydney-Osaka flights

    Qantas will launch year-round flights between Sydney and Osaka's Kansai Airport, extending the previously-announced three month seasonal service, as travel between Australia and Japan continues to boom. Starting December 14 2017 there'll be three flights per week in each direction using an Airbu...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2017 40 Comments

  • Oneworld CEO sees "new strategic direction" for alliance

    Oneworld CEO Rob Gurney is counting down to the alliance's 20 year anniversary in early 2019, and reflects that “everything has changed” over those two decades. “Markets have changed, industry structures have changed – every one of our member airlines has undergone a...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2017 4 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines orders Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    Malaysia Airlines has agreed to buy eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and eight Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets as the Oneworld airline looks to boost services on its busiest routes. Malaysia Airlines may double an order of 25 of the single-aisle 737 Max 10 over the next five years, Malaysian Prime Mini...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2017 45 Comments

  • Emirates adds fourth daily Sydney-Dubai Airbus A380 flight

    Emirates will fly a fourth daily service between Sydney and Dubai from 25 March 2018 – and like its three siblings, the service will run on the Qantas partner's flagship Airbus A380. The new addition to the schedule is EK416/417, and here's where the timings stand. From 25 March to 30 Mar...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2017 20 Comments

  • Etihad drops business class pyjamas

    Inflight PJs have joined the cutlist on Etihad Airways, with the Gulf airline no longer handing out free sleep suits to business class passengers. After hearing a series of anecdotal reports from readers Australian Business Traveller contacted Etihad Airways, with a spokesman for the airline con...

    POSTED 8 Sep, 2017 21 Comments

  • United Airlines to launch Sydney-Houston flights in January 2018

    United Airlines will begin direct flights between Sydney and Houston from January 20 2018, with the new route going head to head against Qantas' daily Sydney-Dallas flights. The UA flights will see United's long-range Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner darting between the two cities, with Houston – a...

    POSTED 8 Sep, 2017 46 Comments

  • Emirates unsure on A380 deal amid concern Airbus could scrap jet

    Emirates, the world’s biggest long-haul airline, is holding out for assurances about the future of Airbus' A380 program before committing to a US$8 billion order for more of the double-decker aircraft. While Airbus is pushing for a deal at November’s air show in Dubai, where the carr...

    POSTED 8 Sep, 2017 13 Comments

  • Qantas' first class facelift for the Airbus A380

    Qantas' Airbus A380 first class suites are part of a multi-million dollar makeover for the superjumbos which will also see the flagship fleet fitted with new business class and premium economy seats. Here's what you need to know about Qantas' A380 first class facelift. When you'll fly...

    POSTED 8 Sep, 2017 29 Comments

  • China Eastern goes daily on Brisbane-Shanghai flights

    IN BRIEF | Qantas partner China Eastern will upgrade its four-times-weekly Brisbane-Shanghai flights to a daily service from November 2017. Using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft offering business class and economy, flight MU716 leaves the Sunshine State at 11:45am to reach China’s financial ca...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2017 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia goes daily on Melbourne-Hong Kong

    Virgin Australia's flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong are ticking up to a daily frequency, giving business travellers more choice and flexibility in planning their trips to the Asian metropolis. Starting from 12 November 2017, the northbound flight VA87 will leave Melbourne each day –...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2017 27 Comments

  • What do you want in a business class amenity kit?

    TALKING POINT | Almost every airline hands out amenity kits to business class passengers, but the more you travel the more selective ('fussy' would be a less-kind description!) you become about their contents. As regular business class flyers, Australian Business Traveller readers have undoubted...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2017 46 Comments

  • United set for US$14bn Airbus A350 order

    Airbus is on the verge of securing an order for 45 of its A350-900 wide-body jetliners, a critical win after a run of deferrals by U.S. carriers, according to people familiar with the matter. The order will likely be placed by United Continental to convert an earlier $12.6 billion deal for 35 of...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2017 8 Comments

  • Airbus, Boeing bullish on new globe-spanning jets for Qantas

    Airbus and Boeing have thrown their hats into the ring to produce ultra-long range jets capable of non-stop flights from Australia's largest cities to New York and London. Under Qantas' ambitious 'Project Sunrise' program, the highly-competitive Kangaroo Route from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2017 33 Comments

  • Tight connection at Heathrow? BA will drive you to the plane...

    British Airways is now providing a chauffeur drive service between flights at London's Heathrow Airport, with premium passengers getting the VIP treatment if there's a risk of missing their connecting flight. The new Premium Transfer Drive service is available for connections from domestic ...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2017 16 Comments

  • How Malaysia Airlines makes those amazing satay sticks

    It's the highly praised signature dish of Malaysia Airlines – delicious satay sticks served in business and first class to passengers who more often than not request a second helping. It's also one of the best inflight meals we've ever had, perhaps due in equal parts to its authenticity an...

    POSTED 2 Sep, 2017 18 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines: new first class, business class launch Nov 2

    Singapore Airlines will reveal its all-new Airbus 380 first class suites and business class seats on Thursday November 2, ahead of the delivery of the first of five new superjumbos to join the fleet. The Star Alliance member will unveil the new products at an international media launch event hel...

    POSTED 1 Sep, 2017 34 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific expands to Brussels, Dublin, Copenhagen

    Cathay Pacific will add three new European destinations to its network in 2018, with the airline's latest Airbus A350 taking Brussels, Dublin and Copenhagen under its wing. The schedules put each city within a short connection from flights between Australia and Hong Kong – although that ca...

    POSTED 1 Sep, 2017 4 Comments

  • XiamenAir launches flights from Melbourne to Hangzhou, China

    SkyTeam alliance member XiamenAir will link Melbourne with Hangzhou, China from December as the airline plans twice-weekly Boeing 787 flights. Offering both first class and business class ahead of economy, first class passengers aboard the Dreamliner will find a cosy cabin of just four seats spr...

    POSTED 1 Sep, 2017 5 Comments

  • World's longest flight heralds the death of airline hubs

    To see where an airline is heading, look at its order book. The routes a carrier can fly and the markets it can serve are defined by the planes in its fleet. As a result, recent announcements from Cathay Pacific and Qantas are telling indicators of how the global aviation market is changing. Qa...

    POSTED 1 Sep, 2017 21 Comments

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