• Qantas to begin non-stop Chicago flights on April 20, 2020

    Qantas will launch direct flights between Australia and Chicago on April 20, 2020, with the near-17 hour, 14,326km journey becoming the world’s fourth longest passenger flight. Tickets are expected to go on sale around 10am today, with the inaugural service taking off from Brisbane at...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2019 54 Comments

  • Qantas' Brisbane-San Francisco flights to launch February 9, 2020

    Qantas will begin non-stop Boeing 787 flights between Brisbane San Francisco on February 9, 2020, complementing the airline's current Sydney and Melbourne services to the City by the Bay. Tickets for the new route are expected to go on sale around 10am today, with plenty of forward ava...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2019 9 Comments

  • Fiji Airways business class drops inflight dining for preflight dining

    Airlines with overnight flights – especially relatively short ones – have been steadily steering business class travellers away from a full meal above the clouds. The go-to has been to improve meals offered at the lounge, with passengers encouraged to take their dinner on the ground ...

    POSTED 23 Jul, 2019 33 Comments

  • What happened to Turkish Airlines' premium economy Comfort Class?

    Turkish Airlines is one of the many airlines in recent years to have launched premium economy class, which it sold as Comfort Class, but also one of the very few to have subsequently axed this 'better than economy' offering. In fact, whereas most airlines treat premium economy as an ‘econo...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2019 1 Comment

  • EVA Air's Boeing 787 Dreamliner begins Brisbane flights on October 8

    Taiwan's EVA Air will upgrade its Brisbane-Taipei route to one of the airline's new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners from October 2019  – and when we say upgrade, we mean upgrade. As of October 8, according to the Star Alliance member's schedule, those BR315/BR316 flights will shift from an ...

    POSTED 16 Jul, 2019 10 Comments

  • Qatar Executive powers up its VIP business jet fleet

    Qatar Airways is expanding the size and reach of its private aircraft charter arm, Qatar Executive, through a series of new orders for Gulfstream business jets. This includes four more of the extra-wide cabin Gulfstream G500s, for which Qatar is the Middle East launch customer,  ...

    POSTED 16 Jul, 2019 0 Comments

  • Emirates premium economy: here's everything we know so far

    Emirates will add premium economy class to its airline from 2020, with all-new premium economy seats and service designed to tempt travellers wanting to upgrade from economy. Emirates premium economy will debut on its newest Airbus A380 aircraft being delivered in 2020, but will also be added to...

    POSTED 15 Jul, 2019 0 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific's new regional business class to launch early 2020

    Cathay Pacific plans to launch its new regional business class seat in early 2020, alongside the debut of new Airbus A321neo jets for regional arm Cathay Dragon. 32 single-aisle Airbus A321neo aircraft will replace 23 smaller A320s in the Cathay Dragon fleet between 2020 and 2023, delivering inc...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2019 7 Comments

  • Vistara: daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai to Singapore start August 6

    Indian airline Vistara will begin flying to Singapore from August 6, with daily services from Delhi and Mumbai. Vistara – a joint venture between Singapore Airlines and Tata – will run the flights on Boeing 737 jets, and plans to grow its fledgling international network with the addi...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2019 6 Comments

  • ANA reveals elegant new Boeing 777 first class, business class suites

    ANA has pulled back the curtains on stunning new first class suites and business class seats destined for its flagship Boeing 777 fleet. Christened The Suite and The Room, the products will make their debut on August 2 on the Star Alliance member’s Tokyo/Haneda-London/Heathrow flights NH21...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2019 28 Comments

  • Qantas trials preferred seating for passengers wanting a speedy exit

    Qantas will roll out preferred seating on domestic and international flights, setting aside a row of economy class seats near the front of the cabin for passengers who want to be among the first to step off their flight and be on their way. This will, of course, come at a cost: charges will begi...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2019 51 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic: new business class debuts London-New York on Sept 10

    Virgin Atlantic will begin flying its new Airbus A350 – with its new suite-like Upper Class business class seats – between London and New York from early September. This weekend saw the airline update its schedule to set the afternoon London/Heathrow to New York/JFK flight VS153 on S...

    POSTED 8 Jul, 2019 0 Comments

  • New business class seats put the emphasis on privacy

    2019 has proven a busy year for business class as airlines continue to hone their focus on corporate high-flyers and well-heeled holidaymakers. Most of the latest seat designs are warming up on the launchpad, while one remains parked out of sight, awaiting its own 'big bang' reveal – but a...

    POSTED 8 Jul, 2019 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic eye seamless Australia-London travel

    Virgin Australia and its British counterpart Virgin Atlantic plan to offer a 'unique Virgin experience' for travellers on the popular Australia-London route. From a local perspective, the tie-up would see Virgin Australia passengers encouraged to join Virgin Atlantic's London-bound flights at ei...

    POSTED 5 Jul, 2019 28 Comments

  • LATAM begins non-stop Sydney-Santiago flights

    LATAM is moving to non-stop flights between Sydney and Santiago from 27 October, 2019. The Oneworld member and Qantas partner's daily Sydney-Santiago flights currently see a two hour stop-over in Auckland. That Auckland stop-over will remain in place four days a week on LATAM's LA800 flights de...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2019 28 Comments

  • Turkish Airlines' new Boeing 787, and new business class, takes wing

    Turkish Airlines' first Boeing 787-9 has taken wing, and it's also packing an impressive new business class seat which is promised to deliver a trio of traveller-friendly traits – "full flat, full access, full privacy" – for premium passengers. And that padding around the curved in...

    POSTED 2 Jul, 2019 10 Comments

  • Fiji Airways Airbus A350: January 2020 debut for Sydney, Los Angeles

    Fiji Airways plans to fly its new Airbus A350s to Sydney and Los Angeles as of January 1, 2020. It'll be quite a way to ring in the new year, especially for passengers at the pointy end of the two advanced jets, which will sport 33 fully-flat business class seats using the popular Collins Aerosp...

    POSTED 2 Jul, 2019 18 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific now flies daily to Seattle

    Cathay Pacific is boosting its non-stop Seattle Airbus A350 service to run every day, making it even easier for Australians – and anybody else for that matter – to head to the colourful Washington state city. The Oneworld member opened the Hong Kong-Seattle route on March 31, and now...

    POSTED 2 Jul, 2019 2 Comments

  • New challenges confront the new era of supersonic travel

    Many business travellers are eagerly awaiting a supersonic renaissance, but delays to the new wave of faster-than-Corncorde jets – led by Boom's swept-wing Overture – might see the second era of supersonic travel end before it even begins. The dream of flying passengers faster than t...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2019 6 Comments

  • How important is priority boarding on domestic, international flights?

    TALKING POINT | Priority boarding is one of the many perks offered to business class passengers and top-tier frequent flyers. But it's not always well-executed by the airlines, and tends to be of varying use depending on if you're making a domestic or international flight. Indeed, we often hear ...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2019 58 Comments

  • Emirates trials 'passport-free travel' on Australia-London flights

    Rustling up a passport and boarding pass to step onto an international flight could soon become a thing of the past, with Dubai Airport and its home airline Emirates planning to replace paper travel documents with biometrics as part of an upcoming trial. The trial is set to take place on selecte...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2019 19 Comments

  • Lufthansa wants to change the way you buy, and fly, business class

    Buying and flying Lufthansa business class could be a very different proposition from next year as the German carrier moves towards what it terms "tailored needs-based airfare bundles". Today, you just buy a business class ticket – and of the scores of seats in the business class cabin, ev...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2019 29 Comments

  • No Qsuites business class upgrade for Qatar Airways Airbus A380s

    Qatar Airways has decided not to upgrade its Airbus A380s with Qsuite business class suites owing to plans to retire the superjumbos in as little as five years' time. The airline's CEO, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, tipped the fate of its A380 fleet at last week's Paris Air Show, admitting "we ...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2019 6 Comments

  • Lufthansa reveals second-gen Boeing 777X premium economy seat

    Lufthansa has pulled back the curtain on its second-generation premium economy seat, which will debut on the German airline's Boeing 777-9 jets from late 2020. A first look at the streamlined seat was shared during Lufthansa's annual Capital Markets Day as the airline talked up the success of th...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2019 16 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific to upgrade business class, first class sleep service

    Cathay Pacific is set to roll out an upgraded 'sleep service' on long-range flights, with mattresses and slippers – but not pyjamas – for business class passengers. First class flyers will reportedly be treated to an even thicker mattress topper, while amenity kits for both first cla...

    POSTED 24 Jun, 2019 7 Comments

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