• 'No smoking' also applies to e-cigarettes on planes: US court

    Vaping is smoking, a US federal appeals court ruled, upholding regulation that adds e-cigarettes to an existing ban on the use of traditional tobacco-burning products on commercial flights in the U.S. The decision Friday by the Washington-based court leaves in place the Department of Transportat...

    POSTED 23 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • Qatar Airways will start Canberra-Doha flights in February 2018

    Qatar Airways will begin daily flights between Canberra and Doha via Sydney from mid-February 2018, in a move which will also see Gulf carrier's Sydney-Doha route increase to a double-daily service. The Oneworld airline and de facto Qantas partner has slated a Boeing 777-300ER for the Canberra-S...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • The fabulous bars, lounges and restaurants of the Boeing 747

    Step back in time to the early 1970s when the Boeing 747 first took to the skies, heralding a short-lived era of luxury air travel on board the Queen of the Skies. Pan American (Pan Am): the first Boeing 747 The world's first Boeing 747 set the trend for what was to come, with Pan Am turning th...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2017 34 Comments

  • Fly Qantas business class using American Airlines points

    Here's a tip that's going to make your business travel budget go a lot further – and ensure you continue to fly in style. It's a way to fly Qantas business class from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Singapore, Hong Kong or Tokyo for only $2,000 return. Also on the menu: a $2,000 business...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2017 20 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines' London Airbus A350 flights start January 2018

    EXCLUSIVE | Malaysia Airlines plans to bring forward the start of its Airbus A350 flights to London to January 2018, but is putting expansion to other European cities on hold. The Oneworld member now expects to take delivery of its first two Airbus A350s in November and December 2017, which will...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2017 8 Comments

  • Etihad abandons Etihad Regional, its upscale Swiss-based arm

    Etihad is pulling the plug on its upscale Swiss arm Etihad Regional, launched in early 2014 to attract Europe's well-heeled business travellers. Darwin Airline, which began flying under the Etihad Regional brand after the Gulf carrier purchased a one-third stake in the Lugano-based airline, has ...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2017 6 Comments

  • British Airways "on track" for new A350 Club World business class

    British Airways says it's on track for the launch of its new Club World business class seat in early 2019, but has denied reports of abandoning an evolution of the current seat for an all-new design. Earlier this year the airline's CEO Alex Cruz confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that th...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2017 22 Comments

  • United Airlines defers Airbus A350-1000 orders

    United Airlines projected a slowdown in a benchmark financial gauge as trans-Pacific fares weaken, and the carrier delayed delivery of four Airbus A350 long-haul jets earmarked for those routes. Passenger revenue for each seat flown a mile could rise as much as 1 percent or fall by the same magn...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2017 2 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific's first-half performance disappointing, CEO says

    Cathay Pacific's operating environment remained challenging in the first half of the year, Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said, dashing expectations of an early recovery for the carrier that’s cutting jobs following the first annual loss in eight years. “We said that we expected...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2017 7 Comments

  • What do you want in a transcontinental Boeing 737 business class?

    TALKING POINT | Domestic business class is back on the radar, and in a big way. Australia's transcontinental trek between east coast capitals and Perth has always deserved better than the same seats as a quick commuter-grade sprint from Sydney to Melbourne. But the dogfight between Qantas ...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2017 51 Comments

  • Upgrade auctions: Cathay Pacific lets you bid for a better seat

    Cathay Pacific will now let travellers bid cash for an upgrade to premium economy and business class – but not first class – under the airline's new Upgrade Bid program. The initiative is intended to help the airline fill its premium cabins on selected flights where seats remain empt...

    POSTED 17 Jul, 2017 7 Comments

  • Qantas: no plans for new transcon Boeing 737 business class

    Qantas plans to rely on the muscle of its Airbus A330 fleet rather than a new Boeing 737 business class in the continuing dogfight with Virgin Australia for transcontinental business travellers. Virgin Australia will gradually draw down the number of A330s on the east-west corridor as the b...

    POSTED 17 Jul, 2017 25 Comments

  • Star Alliance is giving away 21 million frequent flyer miles

    Want to be an instant mileage millionaire? Star Alliance is giving away 21 million frequent flyer miles to mark the group's 20th anniversary. The worldwide competition ends on July 31, 2017, with 21 winners each pocketing one million miles in each of Star Alliance members' 21 loyalty schemes &nd...

    POSTED 14 Jul, 2017 10 Comments

  • Should you dress up for business class?

    TALKING POINT | If you want to start an engaging discussion among frequent flyers, ask them about dress codes for airport lounges – especially first class lounges – as well as in business and first class sections on the plane. Some people feel that business travellers should be dress...

    POSTED 14 Jul, 2017 52 Comments

  • United plans a new way to handle overbooked flights

    If you’ve bought a seat on a flight that’s overbooked, carriers will soon have the means to resell your spot for a higher price. But don't freak out yet: there’s an upside for passengers, too. This week, United Airlines  is quietly unveiling a new technology platform that ...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2017 4 Comments

  • Air India set to be privatised, sold off

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet has signed off on a plan to sell all or part of Air India Ltd., a debt-ridden, state-run carrier with the most unusual baggage. The airline’s balance sheet includes commercial space near London Heathrow, land in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Nairo...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2017 7 Comments

  • Virgin Australia says international inflight WiFi 'coming soon'

    Virgin Australia aims to expand its inflight Internet service to cover the USA and Asia while also building up its domestic fleet of WiFi-equipped jets. The airline, which is nearing the end of a three-month trial, has just upgraded its second Boeing 737 with Gogo’s 2Ku technology. &ldquo...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2017 12 Comments

  • Virgin Australia cuts points, status credits earning on AirNZ

    Virgin Australia's partnership with Air New Zealand has hit another rocky patch, this time affecting the earn-and-burn points proposition on AirNZ flights. From 1 November 2017, Virgin travellers will only be able to earn Velocity frequent flyer points and status credits on Air New Zealand's tra...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2017 42 Comments

  • Qantas premium economy upgrade guide

    If you often find yourself stuck flying in economy, why not use your Qantas frequent flyer points to upgrade to more comfortable surroundings in premium economy? Just 10,000 Qantas Points is all you need to upgrade to premium economy on routes like Sydney-Hong Kong and Melbourne-Hong Kong from a...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2017 10 Comments

  • All Nippon Airways (ANA) business class upgrade guide

    Treating yourself to business class doesn't have to cost a fortune – and when flying with All Nippon Airways (ANA) from Sydney to Tokyo and beyond, there are plenty of ways to swap your economy or premium economy seat for a fully-flat business class bed. Among them: using frequent flyer po...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2017 4 Comments

  • Richard Branson serves a broadside at Qantas

    Five years ago and from half a world away, Sir Richard Branson watched as the battle between Qantas and Virgin Australia – then newly rebranded from Virgin Blue – reached epic and arguably out-sized proportions. Yet it held clear echoes of an older and more familiar home-ground fight...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2017 44 Comments

  • Emirates gives free inflight WiFi to Skywards Platinums, Golds

    Emirates will now offer free unlimited inflight Internet to its Platinum and Gold members of its Skywards frequent flyer program, along with discounts for Skywards Silver and Blue passengers. The new scheme, which kicks off from today, comes less than a month after the airline began ch...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2017 1 Comment

  • Qantas trims first class on Melbourne-Los Angeles flights

    EXCLUSIVE | Qantas will reduce the number of Airbus A380 Melbourne-Los Angeles flights in early 2018 to just three superjumbo services each week in a move which will also trim availability of first class suites on the trans-Pacific route. From February 12 to March 24 2018, Qantas will fly the A3...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2017 26 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to launch all-new domestic business class

    EXCLUSIVE | Virgin Australia will reveal a next generation of its domestic business class seats before the end of this year as the airline continues to battle Qantas for the hearts and wallets of corporate travellers. The seats will be dedicated to transcontinental flights running between Sydney...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2017 51 Comments

  • Richard Branson: Virgin Galactic will be back in space this year

    Richard Branson expects to see Virgin Galactic return to space before the year is out, while the first paying ‘space tourists’ could be enjoying a zero-gravity getaway in the second half of 2018. “Our spaceship will be back in space by the end of the year, and I plan to go into...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

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