• Singapore Airlines' first Boeing 787-10 to fly early 2018

    Singapore Airlines is counting down to the arrival of the new Boeing 787-10, the largest member of the Dreamliner family. The keys to the first 787-10 are expected to be handed over in the first few months of 2018, with a second to follow shortly after. The jet has already been fitted with Sing...

    POSTED 18 Oct, 2017 24 Comments

  • Airlines are finally serving better coffee above the clouds

    For many travellers, airplane coffee is one of the least enjoyable aspects of a flight: you expect it to be rather terrible, and it frequently meets that expectation. But savvy airlines are now seeing coffee as another way of lifting the passenger experience – whether through an improved p...

    POSTED 18 Oct, 2017 12 Comments

  • Qantas to fly Boeing 787-9 non-stop to Paris (but not until 2020)

    Qantas intends to launch non-stop daily Boeing 787 flights between Perth and Paris as the second part of its direct-to-Europe network But don't rush out to buy your tickets – the Paris-bound Dreamliner (or should be be Seineliner?) won't take off until around 2020 and hinges on the ai...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2017 38 Comments

  • Boeing pitches 777X to Qantas for non-stop London, NY flights

    Qantas wants to fly non-stop from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York, and Boeing wants those passengers to be flying on its next-generation Boeing 777-8 jetliner. The airline manufacturer says that the 777-8 – the long-range member of the 777X family, compared to the larger 777-9 ...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2017 24 Comments

  • Qantas eyes Boeing 737 MAX, Boeing 797 for domestic fleet

    Qantas is set to embark on a dramatic revamp of its domestic fleet, with the advanced Boeing 737 MAX and the yet-to-be-built Boeing 797 both in the frame to replace its current Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A330 jets. However, the airline has scuppered previous plans to bring the Boeing 787 onto tra...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2017 27 Comments

  • Qantas plots daily year-round Perth-Auckland flights

    Qantas could move to year-round daily Auckland-Perth flights as both a feeder for its new non-stop Perth-London Boeing 787 service and a challenge to competitor Air New Zealand. The airline currently flies a seasonal Airbus A330 service on the route, while Air New Zealand runs its own Dreamliner...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2017 9 Comments

  • Qantas to fly Boeing 787 from Brisbane to Los Angeles, New York

    Qantas will fly its Boeing 787-9 between Brisbane and Los Angeles by the end of 2018, with the jet continuing on to New York, and follow this with a new US route from Brisbane. Speaking in Seattle ahead of the delivery of the airline's first Boeing 787-9, which will arrive into Sydney on Friday ...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2017 47 Comments

  • Retrospective: Qantas' first Boeing 747 jumbo jet

    As Qantas prepares to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, we look back to the debut of another all-new and game-changing member of the fleet: the airline’s first Boeing 747, in September 1971. With thanks to Qantas, here’s the story of that delivery flig...

    POSTED 15 Oct, 2017 14 Comments

  • Gratis status: get companion Gold or Platinum with Qantas, Virgin

    Frequent business travellers often manage to notch up Gold or even Platinum frequent flyer status, but if you fly more than most, your travels could also land your partner or spouse their own shiny frequent flyer card. Both Qantas and Virgin Australia provide this perk to their high flying elite...

    POSTED 13 Oct, 2017 20 Comments

  • Here is Qantas' new trans-Tasman flight schedule to Auckland

    Qantas is rejigging its trans-Tasman timetable for flights between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland, following the decision by partner Emirates to pull the plug on all Airbus A380 flights between Australia and Auckland from March 25, 2018. Read: Emirates axes more trans-Tasman flights as...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2017 19 Comments

  • Emirates axes more trans-Tasman flights as Qantas takes over

    Emirates will axe its Melbourne-Auckland and Brisbane-Auckland fights as of 25 March 2018, handing the bulk of its trans-Tasman flying over to partner Qantas. The Gulf carrier currently flies its flagship Airbus A380 superjumbos daily from Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland and back, and th...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2017 71 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss kick off joint venture

    Australian business travellers bound for Europe could find their path lies a little smoother with the launch of a joint venture between Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Group. The agreement covers Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines end embraces flights between Singapore, Australia and German...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2017 14 Comments

  • What do Qantas first class flyers want from the Singapore lounge?

    TALKING POINT | Qantas' decision to return to Singapore as the stopover for Airbus A380 flights from Sydney to London from March 2018 has left first class flyers feeling decidedly second class. It's nothing against Singapore – a city which most Australian Business Traveller readers consist...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2017 35 Comments

  • Which Australian banks support Apple Pay credit card payments?

    Fifty-two Australian banks and credit unions now support digital credit and debit card payments via Apple Pay, but is your card issuer among them? At the forefront: American Express Australia and ANZ, both early adopters of Apple Pay and which allow customers to link their credit or charge card ...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2017 21 Comments

  • Air Berlin to shut down all flights by October 28

    Air Berlin will end flights on October 28 at the latest, according to a letter sent Monday to workers from the carrier's CEO Thomas Winkelmann and general representative Frank Kebekus. This week marks a crucial phase for the future of Air Berlin’s staff, planes and airport slots, as w...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2017 1 Comment

  • Air New Zealand boosts Boeing 787 business class

    Air New Zealand has more doubled the number of business class and premium economy seats on its newest Boeing 787-9 jets, with the economy cabin shrinking from 263 seats to just 215. Business class on the newest Dreamliners – the first of which joined the Kiwi carrier's fleet over the weeke...

    POSTED 9 Oct, 2017 3 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines aims for the suite spot with A350 first class

    Malaysia Airlines will outfit its Airbus A350 first class cabin with privacy doors with the aim of turning the seats into suites. CEO Peter Bellew confirmed the design to Australian Business Traveller, detailing that the seats "will have sliding doors for privacy," adding to the seclusion of the...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2017 5 Comments

  • SilkAir reveals new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class

    SilkAir has pulled back the curtains on a smart-looking set of  business class seats for its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet, which is expected to fly to Darwin and Cairns in 2018. Finished in a dusky chocolate, the 12 leather-clad seats offer more room for premium passengers compared to the a...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2017 10 Comments

  • Virgin Australia CEO Borghetti bullish on supersonic Boom flights

    Virgin Australia chief John Borghetti feels the need: the need for speed. Supersonic speed, as it turns out – and he reckons we'll have it ready for commercial flights inside of ten years. While Qantas, Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines, alongside Airbus and Boeing, push the envelope ...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2017 0 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines will fly ex-Airberlin A330s to Auckland

    Malaysia Airlines plans to fly the first of its six Airbus A330-200 jets – formerly leased to Airberlin – between Auckland and Kuala Lumpur in early 2018. The Oneworld member airline, which has been eager to boost the size of its twin-aisle A330 fleet for some time, swooped on the&nb...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2017 4 Comments

  • Thai Airways begins Airbus A350 flights from Melbourne to Bangkok

    After delays stretching back more than a year, Thai Airways has finally swung its Airbus A350 jetliner onto the Melbourne-Bangkok route. The Star Alliance member has locked the A350 into the daily TG465/TG466 schedule, replacing an older Boeing 777-200, with the Bangkok-bound TG466 from Melbourn...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2017 17 Comments

  • Airbus rethinks the aircraft cabin with 'Airspace'

    Regardless of how an plane's cabin irks you – no legroom, garbage Wi-Fi, scant overhead bin space – most of the experience is dictated by the carrier flying it. Aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus must satisfy their customers – and you are not their customer. This ...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2017 0 Comments

  • Elon Musk wants to get you anywhere on Earth in under one hour

    Entrepreneur Elon Musk, who has long dreamed of creating a human colony on Mars, is planning to build a new rocket ship code named “BFR” capable of traveling anywhere on Earth in under an hour. If the concept becomes reality, Musk said a journey from New York to Shanghai can be done ...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2017 7 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines' new A380 first class designer teases concepts

    With Singapore Airlines counting down to the November 2 launch of its next generation of Airbus A380 first class suites and business class seats, one of the creators of the superjumbo's new first class suites has teased some luxurious concept images created for the airline. Jacques Pie...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2017 7 Comments

  • Priority boarding with Qantas, Virgin: what's your experience?

    TALKING POINT | Being able to 'jump the queue' – or at least elegantly sidestep it – is why Gold and Platinum frequent flyers like priority boarding. "But I'd like it more if it worked!", one Australian Business Traveller reader and Qantas Platinum card-holder observed to me in an em...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2017 58 Comments

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