• British Airways' Elemis airport spas get new look, new treatments

    There are few better ways to set out for a long international flight than with a relaxing and refreshing spa treatment, and British Airways is one of the few airlines boasting day spas at its flagship airport lounges. Those Elemis-branded travel spas are now getting their own refresh, spanning...

    POSTED 21 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • Qantas upgrades business class breakfast on flights from Asia

    Qantas is upgrading its business class breakfast on overnight flights from Asia, although the changes are less about adding a raft of new dishes and more about how breakfast is served, in order to maximise rest for red-eye travellers. Here's a rundown of the Qantas' revised and revamped business...

    POSTED 20 May, 2019 26 Comments

  • Making the most of Virgin Australia's 2019 double status credit offer

    If you've not quite hit Velocity Gold and Platinum status, those shiny cards are about to get much closer thanks to Virgin Australia's latest double status credits offer. The promotion is open to all Velocity members, rather than being an invitation-only affair limited to some frequent...

    POSTED 20 May, 2019 13 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific's new business class dining service lands in Australia

    Cathay Pacific is now rolling out its revamped business class dining service on flights between Australia and Hong Kong. A staged launch from mid-2018 introduced the new concept to passengers on long-range flights to the UK, Europe and North America. This includes three starter choices instea...

    POSTED 17 May, 2019 15 Comments

  • How to book a seat on Qantas' exclusive Airbus A380 frequent flyer jet

    UPDATE 15/5/19 | Qantas has now opened bookings for all seats on its special Airbus A380 frequent flyer charter from Melbourne to Tokyo. It's a one-off service with every seat on the superjumbo – from the entire first class cabin of 14 suites, through to 371 economy seats down the back of ...

    POSTED 16 May, 2019 50 Comments

  • Which airline has the best Brisbane-Singapore business class?

    The traffic between Brisbane to Singapore isn’t as frenetic compared to Sydney or Melbourne, but competition is still surprisingly fierce with three full-service airlines putting on some of their best products on this route. Qantas and Singapore Airlines are the obvious contenders, but the...

    POSTED 16 May, 2019 13 Comments

  • Emirates Boeing 777X will have "next-generation" first, business class

    Emirates will launch what it describes as "next-generation bespoke cabins" on its future flagship Boeing 777X aircraft next year as the first of a massive order for 150 Boeing 777X jets rolls into the hangars at Dubai. A spokeswoman for Emirates has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller tha...

    POSTED 14 May, 2019 5 Comments

  • First photos: China Southern's Airbus A350 business class

    China Southern will pick up the keys to its first Airbus A350 in June, with a new business class seat (but no first class) taking price of place at the pointy end. The former SkyTeam member has released onto Chinese social media network Weibo these two 'sneak preview' photos of its Airbus A...

    POSTED 13 May, 2019 8 Comments

  • Delta trials free WiFi on domestic US flights

    Delta Air Lines will provide free WiFi on some US flights starting May 13, as part of assessing plans to eventually make free WiFi a standard feature across its domestic network. The pilot program will include about 55 daily flights of varying length and across economy and premium cabins, the ai...

    POSTED 10 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • Which airline has the best business class for Perth-Singapore flights?

    Singapore is one of Perth’s busiest international destinations, being an easy 5½ hour dash away and opening up the WA city to many others worldwide through the hub that is Changi Airport. There are three competitors on this route, including the stalwart Singapore Airlines, its budge...

    POSTED 10 May, 2019 27 Comments

  • At $195, Blade's NY to JFK helicopter service takes on Uber Black

    Helicopters have been whisking the wealthy from Manhattan to New York’s airports for decades. Now the ride can be booked via a smartphone for as little as US$195. And when traffic is heavy on those roads far below, that price – and the fact you're spending around five minutes darting...

    POSTED 9 May, 2019 12 Comments

  • Asiana axes Airbus A380 first class, rebrands as Business Suites

    Asiana Airlines is officially axing first class from its Airbus A380s, although the upmarket private suites themselves will be retained and sold under the new brand of Business Suites. From 1 September 2019 the South Korean carrier and Star Alliance member will treat the twelve private suites ...

    POSTED 8 May, 2019 7 Comments

  • Qantas upgrades Sydney-San Francisco to Boeing 787

    Qantas will move its daily Sydney-San Francisco route to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from 4 December 2019 as the airline steadily puts its Boeing 747 jumbo jets out to pasture. The Sydney-San Francisco Dreamliner service will complement Qantas’ existing Boeing 787 between Melbourne and San F...

    POSTED 7 May, 2019 62 Comments

  • Virgin Australia halts plan for new Boeing 737 business class

    EXCLUSIVE | Virgin Australia has put on ice its plans for a new domestic business class for east-west Boeing 737 flights as it embarks on a review of the airline's domestic offering. The move follows freshly-minted CEO Paul Scurrah's decision earlier this week to delay delivery of the troubled B...

    POSTED 3 May, 2019 63 Comments

  • Aer Lingus launches 'AerSpace' business class on European flights

    Aer Lingus is adding business class to its regional flights within the UK and Europe, but predictably taking a leaf from the playbook of sibling British Airways. Available from  September 1 2019, the Irish carrier's AerSpace falls into the same Euro-business category as BA's Club Europe: th...

    POSTED 3 May, 2019 2 Comments

  • Korean Air withdraws first class from Brisbane, dials back Sydney

    SkyTeam alliance member Korean Air will axe first class on its Brisbane-Seoul flights from June 2019 in favour of more seating for business class, with the airline’s Sydney-Seoul flights also set to lose first class throughout much of the year. For Brisbane flyers, first class disappears p...

    POSTED 2 May, 2019 1 Comment

  • Fiji Airways signs up for Airbus A350s with all-new business class

    Fiji Airways has earmarked its new Airbus A350s for Australia, New Zealand and the USA, with first flights expected by late November or early December 2019. Each of the two A350s to join the Fiji Airways fleet will be fitted with 33 fully-flat business class seats using the popular Collins Aer...

    POSTED 2 May, 2019 14 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific to fly Airbus A350-1000 to Melbourne, Perth

    Cathay Pacific will begin flying its flagship Airbus A350-1000 to Melbourne and Perth from October 2019 as the airline continues a rolling update to its Australian fleet. The advanced A350-1000 will appear daily as flight CX104 from Melbourne to Hong Kong from 27 October 2019, and...

    POSTED 2 May, 2019 25 Comments

  • How to 'replace' a full passport, instead of just renewing it

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. With Australia no longer issuing 64-page ‘frequent traveller’ passports to new applicants, its much easier for globetrotters to fill a modern passport with stamps a...

    POSTED 2 May, 2019 3 Comments

  • LATAM's Sydney-Santiago flights are going non-stop

    LATAM is moving to non-stop flights between Sydney and Santiago by the end of of 2019. The Oneworld member and Qantas partner's daily Sydney-Santiago flights currently see a two hour stop-over in Auckland, which will remain in place four days a week, but three days will see the Boeing 787 dart d...

    POSTED 1 May, 2019 19 Comments

  • Here is Air France's new Airbus A350 business class seat

    With its all-new Airbus A350 business class seat, Air France hopes to please every passenger. Want to sit right up against the window and enjoy the view through as many as three large windows? Done. Prefer to be closer to the aisle? Also done. If you're set for the middle seat, how about bein...

    POSTED 1 May, 2019 14 Comments

  • Inside Four Seasons' new Airbus A321LR luxury jet

    Luxury hotel chain Four Seasons is upgrading its private jet experience with the promise of round-the-world tours which will 'evoke the bygone glamour of air travel'. A highly-customised Airbus A321LR will let wealthy travellers take wing from early 2021 and once in the air, enjoy everything fro...

    POSTED 29 Apr, 2019 0 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific is axing Cairns-Hong Kong flights from October

    Cathay Pacific will end its non-stop Cairns-Hong Kong flights from October 2019, leaving Brisbane as the airline's sole Queensland port. A spokesman for Cathay Pacific confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the route, which has been in operation since 1993, is being “sus...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2019 19 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines upgrades business class on Perth-Singapore flights

    EXCLUSIVE | Business class flyers jetting from Perth to Singapore are in for an upgrade with one of Singapore Airlines’ four daily return flights stepping up from an ageing Boeing 777-200 to a factory-fresh Airbus A350, fitted with the airline’s newest ‘regional’ business ...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2019 12 Comments

  • Qantas' Airbus A380, and first class, returns to Sydney-Hong Kong

    Qantas is once again scheduling its flagship Airbus A380 between Sydney and Hong Kong over the 2019-2020 summer season, with first class suites also up for sale – making Qantas the only airline offering first class on this busy route. The 'summer superjumbo' has become something of a tradi...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2019 33 Comments

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