• Five things we love about Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350

    Cathay Pacific already has one of the youngest long-range fleets in the sky, with an average age of five years, and the raft of new Airbus A350 jets bearing the iconic ‘brushwing’ tail means the fleet is only getting younger. The Airbus A350-900 and the larger A350-1000 will form the...

    POSTED 16 Jul, 2018 0 Comments

  • Boeing eyes launch of mid-sized Boeing 797 for 2019, flying by 2025

    The Boeing 797 – a mid-range jet that's expected to change both domestic and international business travel in Australia – is now likely to launch in 2019, although it won't actually take wing until 2025. In Boeing's parlance a "launch" means offering the jet to airlines, although it'...

    POSTED 15 Jul, 2018 1 Comment

  • What to do when an airline cancels your flight

    Nobody likes it when their flight is cancelled, but whether you’re a real road warrior or you fly less often, it’s something you’re bound to encounter sooner or later: and when it happens to you, there are steps you can take to minimise your delays and costs. Depending on your ...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2018 18 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines launches non-stop flights to Los Angeles from Nov 2

    Singapore Airlines will begin non-stop flights to Los Angeles on November 2, 2018, following the October 11 debut of direct flights to New York. The move follows the decision by fellow Star Alliance member United Airlines to axe its own Singapore-Los Angeles flights as of October 27, 2018. Sing...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2018 18 Comments

  • Emirates temporarily winds back flights to Australia, New Zealand

    Emirates will reduce flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland over April and May 2019 due to runway updates at its sprawling Dubai hub, with travellers needing to plan around the temporary cut-backs. For Sydneysiders, the daily Airbus A380 EK417 flight to Dubai will be paused be...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2018 31 Comments

  • Qantas, Virgin Australia swing WiFi focus onto A330s

    While Qantas and Virgin Australia continue to expand their WiFi-equipped Boeing 737 fleet, both airlines are also stepping up the rollout of inflight Internet onto their larger twin-aisle Airbus A330 jets. By the middle of 2019, all domestic Qantas A330s plus domestic and international A330 flig...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2018 10 Comments

  • For Qantas, Sydney-Melbourne is a billion dollar route

    The corridor between Sydney and Melbourne is not only one of the world’s busiest airline routes, it’s a billion dollar goldmine for Qantas. According to flight schedule analysis from OAG, Sydney-Melbourne is the world’s second highest revenue-earning route in the world with an ...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2018 13 Comments

  • How to buy a 3 SIM card for roaming in London, UK and Europe

    Mobile telco Three (also known as 3) offers great value for prepaid roaming SIM plans which can be used throughout the UK as well as in Europe, with free data roaming on your smartphone or tablet. I regularly travel to London, the UK and Europe and Three's pay-as-you-go SIM is a must-have item o...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2018 18 Comments

  • Qantas brings the Airbus A380 back onto Sydney-Hong Kong

    Qantas has swung its flagship Airbus A380 back onto the Sydney-Hong Kong route, with the superjumbo replacing the Boeing 747 on most days through to August 16 on the QF127/QF128 service. There's a hidden upside for savvy business travellers in this, and that's the availability of the A380...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2018 25 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines' new business class menu for flights to China

    Singapore Airlines is serving up a new business class menu on selected flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. It's based on the Chinese dining concept known as Shi Quan Wei Mei, which relies on traditional cooking methods and fresh seasonal produce to present what the airline pro...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2018 0 Comments

  • Etihad mulls premium economy, fewer new planes, revamped network

    Etihad Airways is looking at introducing a premium economy cabin to offer a wider variety of fares, according to airline group CEO Tony Douglas, at the same time as it scales back its global ambitions following almost US$3.5 billion in losses. This will likely include cancelling scores orders fo...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2018 4 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to launch direct Perth-Hobart flights

    Virgin Australia will launch non-stop flights between Perth and Hobart from September, becoming the only airline to offer a direct service between the two cities. Running three times per week and with a flight time of around 4.5 hours each way, travellers will no longer need to connect via Sydne...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2018 16 Comments

  • Vietnam Airlines' Airbus A350 is headed to Melbourne

    Vietnam Airlines is upgrading its daily flight between Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) from a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to an Airbus A350. The advanced A350 swoops onto the route from 29 July and is currently rostered through to the end of October 2018, although a spokesman for...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2018 5 Comments

  • Philippine Airlines brings new business class, A321neo to Brisbane

    Passengers jetting between Brisbane and Manila with Philippine Airlines will now find fully-flat beds in business class, with the route now served by the airline's new Airbus A321neo aircraft. The single-aisle cabin sports a 2-2 layout at the pointy end, housing just 12 business class passengers...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2018 18 Comments

  • Qantas to fly Boeing 747 Sydney-Perth, Airbus A330 Perth-Singapore

    Qantas will fly its iconic Boeing 747 between Sydney and Perth from late July, while its double-daily Perth-Singapore Boeing 737 service will be replaced by an Airbus A330. A Qantas spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the Perth-Singapore A330 schedule will start from Jul...

    POSTED 2 Jul, 2018 49 Comments

  • Virgin Australia resumes daily Melbourne-Hong Kong flights from Oct 28

    Virgin Australia will bring back daily flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong from October 28 2018, with the added appeal of an 11am departure from Melbourne replacing the current 12.30am (yes, that's half-after-midnight) wheels-up. The new roster sees flight VA69 outbound from Melbourne a...

    POSTED 2 Jul, 2018 14 Comments

  • Boeing wants to blast past the Concorde with ‘hypersonic' jet

    London to New York in two hours? Sydney to Europe in five hours? That could be the schedule for business travellers from the late 2030s if Boeing’s plans for ‘hypersonic’ commercial travel take wing. Bigger than a conventional private jet but smaller than a Boeing 737, the slee...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2018 7 Comments

  • Qantas on the hunt for 'next-generation' premium economy seat

    Qantas' latest premium economy seat has been flying for barely eight months but the airline is already scoping out its replacement. And while Qantas CEO Alan Joyce hyped the current David Caon-designed premium economy seat (below) as "revolutionary" for the comfort it would offer on 17 hour...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2018 38 Comments

  • Photos: QantasLink upgrades Q200, Q300, Q400 aircraft seating

    UPDATE | Qantas' first refitted Dash 8 aircraft – a Bombardier Q300 – takes to the skies today with an upgraded cabin interior for regional flyers, with the Roo's other Q200, Q300 and Q400 turboprops to follow. The most noticeable change is new leather upholstery on every seat throug...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2018 24 Comments

  • Photos: how Airbus plans to put passengers in the cargo hold

    EXCLUSIVE | Join Australian Business Traveller as we go below decks on a tour of Airbus’ innovative design concept for putting passenger lounges and bunk beds into an aircraft's cargo hold. I’m at the sprawling Airbus headquarters at Toulouse, France, but visiting a part of it which ...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2018 22 Comments

  • Packing protein powder? Stow it in your checked luggage, says US TSA

    The US Transportation Security Administration plans to add another item to the gels, liquids and laptops requiring additional scrutiny for U.S.-bound airline passengers – powders. Passengers carrying more than twelve ounces (340 grams) of powder  – the size of a regular soft dri...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2018 2 Comments

  • Why isn’t there first class on Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350-1000?

    The Airbus A350-1000 is the largest single-deck jet from the European aircraft manufacturer and joins the Cathay Pacific fleet this week as a stretched sibling of the A350-900. However, despite the advanced jet’s size, Cathay Pacific opted to skip first class and lead with business class &...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2018 11 Comments

  • Sydney Airport axes its iPhone, Android flight apps

    Sydney Airport has dropped its iPhone and Android apps which let passengers track their domestic and international flights, including keeping an eye on changes to departure gates and delays to boarding. The apps are no longer available from the respective platform's app stores, and a spokesperso...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2018 8 Comments

  • How to visit China for up to six days without a visa

    Australian citizens normally need a pre-arranged visa to enter China, but the country’s Transit Without Visa (TWOV) program allows foreigners to enter the country for up to six days visa-free, provided their travel plans meet certain requirements. Available in major destinations like Shang...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2018 31 Comments

  • The best business class seats on Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350-1000

    There are 46 business class seats on Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350-1000 jets, but which of those are the best business class seats – and more importantly, which ones should you avoid? The seats themselves are identical to those on Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350-900 fleet (the smal...

    POSTED 19 Jun, 2018 16 Comments

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