• Royal Brunei will fly to Brisbane from June

    Royal Brunei Airlines will begin flying to Brisbane from 11 June, opening up another one-stop connection to London as well as alternative routes across Asia via Royal Brunei's home hub at Bandar Seri Begawan. Passengers can plan their trip around four flights pr week, departing on 5.30pm on...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2019 47 Comments

  • China Eastern Airbus A350 to fly Sydney-Shanghai from March 31

    China Eastern's busy Sydney-Shanghai route is set for a stunning upgrade as the airline swings its Airbus A350 into Aussie skies. As of March 31, the SkyTeam member's daily flight MU561/MU562 service will shift from an older Airbus A330 to a factory-fresh A350. Business travellers will be the b...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2019 40 Comments

  • United's Boeing 787s to get a Polaris business class upgrade this year

    United Airlines will begin fitting Polaris business class seats to its Boeing 787 fleet later this year, with the aim of having all of the Dreamliners boasting the slick new seats by the end of 2020. The Boeing 787 upgrade program is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019, which means t...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2019 16 Comments

  • Qantas says it won't scrap chauffeur service for points-based bookings

    Qantas says it will continue to offer its chauffeur drive service for business class or first class travellers who book their trip with frequent flyer points, despite a decision by partner Emirates to restrict chauffeur rides to paying customers. A spokeswoman for Qantas tells Australian Bu...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2019 26 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific considers Airbus A350-1000 for Melbourne, Perth

    Cathay Pacific could begin flying its flagship Airbus A350-1000 to Melbourne or Perth in the middle of this year as the airline continues to update its Australian fleet. While most of Cathay's Australian services rely on Airbus A330 or Boeing 777 jets, the airline has been steadily bringing its ...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2019 17 Comments

  • Emirates cuts flights from Sydney, Perth

    Emirates is reducing flights from Sydney and Perth in a series of "adjustments through the year in response to dynamic market conditions." The Gulf airline and Qantas partner will cut its Perth flights back to a single daily service from March 31 with the axing of flight EK424/EK425. This will l...

    POSTED 13 Jan, 2019 57 Comments

  • Qantas, Virgin Australia stream ahead with domestic WiFi in 2019

    Qantas and Virgin Australia have both passed the halfway mark in their rollout of domestic WiFi, giving passengers a 50/50 chance that their next flight will allow them to stay connected above the clouds. Here’s where the two airlines stand in the sky-high WiFi stakes. A spokesman for Qan...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2019 31 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines plans next-generation Boeing 737 MAX business class

    The clock is ticking on Malaysia Airlines’ plans for its next-generation Boeing 737 MAX seats, ahead of the arrival of its first MAX jet in early 2020. However, the Oneworld member is “rethinking” previous plans to install lie-fat seats onto the single-aisle jet, and could opt ...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2019 19 Comments

  • AirCalin to reveal new business class for Airbus A330neo jets

    New Caledonia's Aircalin is expected to reveal all-new business class seats for its Airbus A330neo jets this month, ahead of the aircraft's delivery. The A330neo is an updated version of the popular A330 series, offering greater efficiency for airlines but also improved customer for passengers, ...

    POSTED 9 Jan, 2019 6 Comments

  • China Eastern Boeing 787 brings business class suites to Melbourne

    China Eastern is upgrading one of its two daily Melbourne-Shanghai flights to a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with business travellers set to enjoy private suites with sliding doors on the 10 hour trek. The Boeing 787-9 slides into the MU737/MU738 service beginning February 1, 2019 – although t...

    POSTED 8 Jan, 2019 11 Comments

  • Boom expects first supersonic test flight this year

    Supersonic startup Boom plans to begin test flights this year ahead of a commercial debut for its needle-like Overture jet in 2023. With an array of Silicon Valley investors tipping a fresh US$100m into Boom’s bank account, the company aims to send its XB-1 demonstrator into the skies be...

    POSTED 8 Jan, 2019 13 Comments

  • Emirates to axe chauffeur service on award tickets and some upgrades

    Emirates is withdrawing its chauffeur drive service on business class and first class tickets booked using Skywards frequent flyer miles. From 1 March 2019, the popular chauffeured ride to and from the airport will no longer be available for 'classic rewards' flights made with Skywards Miles. M...

    POSTED 7 Jan, 2019 34 Comments

  • This simple trick helps ensure your suitcase arrives on the belt

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. It’s no secret that airlines accidentally send bags to the wrong places – or very occasionally, lose them entirely – but there’s one very easy thing you...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2019 13 Comments

  • Here's how Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer changes will affect you

    Singapore Airlines is increasing the number of KrisFlyer miles required to book a points-based trip in business class, first class and even premium economy as of Thursday 24 January 2019. However, the rates for economy-class bookings remain unaffected, and the airline is also introducing a ...

    POSTED 3 Jan, 2019 25 Comments

  • Qantas will upgrade its Airbus A380s this year: here's what to expect

    A decade after the Qantas Airbus A380 took to the skies, the airline’s 12-strong superjumbo fleet will soon head into the hangar for a mid-life makeover. The first red-tailed A380 will get its revamp in March 2019, with the tip-to-tail upgrade being overseen by Airbus. It’s expected...

    POSTED 3 Jan, 2019 75 Comments

  • LATAM's stylish new business class seats are set to take wing

    LATAM Airways' new business class is set to take flight on the airline's latest Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets, alongside the older Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 fleet. The seat presents a familiar face to many business travellers, with LATAM opting for the Vantage XL platfor...

    POSTED 3 Jan, 2019 8 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific first class upgrade guide

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. If you’re trekking to London with Cathay Pacific in business class, why not use your Asia Miles for a first class upgrade? While Cathay Pacific’s Australian flight...

    POSTED 3 Jan, 2019 10 Comments

  • Supersonic Qantas jet would have flown to Singapore in three hours

    It’s the Concorde-beater which could have let you fly between Sydney and Singapore in under three hours on a supersonic Qantas jet – less time than it’d take to travel from Sydney to Perth. And given the time difference, you’d leave Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane after bre...

    POSTED 2 Jan, 2019 0 Comments

  • How to book a Star Alliance round-the-world trip

    To many travellers, jetting round-the-world could just be The Trip of a Lifetime – but for savvy high flyers, these itineraries can be both a time- and cost-efficient way to conduct business or attend to meetings around the globe. Well-planned trips can slash thousands of dollars off the p...

    POSTED 2 Jan, 2019 7 Comments

  • How to plan a Star Alliance round-the-world trip

    Flying around the world may seem like an extravagant sojourn, but smart business travellers can use these tickets to get more from their journeys – visiting clients in multiple cities one after the next, rather than taking a separate trip for every meeting, saving precious time. Round-the-...

    POSTED 2 Jan, 2019 2 Comments

  • The Qantas-Singapore Airlines merger that almost happened...

    As Qantas gears up to celebrate its 100th anniversary at the end of 2019, we look back to a time when the Australian flag-carrier almost merged with Singapore Airlines to create an Asia-Pacific colossus of aviation. After British Airways offloaded its 18.25% cornerstone stake in Qantas in late 2...

    POSTED 1 Jan, 2019 30 Comments

  • A supersonic blast from the past: revisiting British Airways' Concorde

    Step back in time to a supersonic blast from the past as Australian Business Traveller steps inside the Concorde for this 'access all areas' photo tour. For almost three decades from the mid-70s to 2003, the Concorde was the only way to fly – especially if you were shuttling...

    POSTED 31 Dec, 2018 28 Comments

  • What it’s like to travel on an all-business-class flight

    Business class is a great way to travel – but on a handful of flights every day, it’s the only way to fly: quite literally, because there are no first class suites onboard, or any seats further back in premium economy or economy. Welcome to the all-business-class flight, a rarity in ...

    POSTED 31 Dec, 2018 40 Comments

  • How to choose the best Qantas business class seats for your flight

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Qantas flies a total of six different types of jets on international routes, with widely varying business class seats – so your experience at the pointy end can depend he...

    POSTED 27 Dec, 2018 27 Comments

  • ANA launches direct flights between Perth and Tokyo from Sept 2019

    ANA will launch direct daily flights between Perth and Tokyo from 1 September 2019, unlocking another premium Asian destination for Western Australian travellers. The daily Boeing 787 service will also open up ANA's extensive domestic network throughout Japan as well as destinations further afie...

    POSTED 26 Dec, 2018 36 Comments

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