• Qantas to launch Melbourne-San Francisco flights with Boeing 787

    Qantas will begin flying between Melbourne and San Francisco in late 2018 with the airline's Boeing 787-9 taking the new route under its wing. Qantas and United Airlines already fly from Sydney to San Francisco, but the Red Roo's new Dreamliner service will be the only direct flight from Melbour...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2017 39 Comments

  • Qatar Airways' Airbus A380 to fly Perth-Doha from May 2018

    Qatar Airways will fly its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft to Perth from 1 May, 2018, in what the Gulf carrier and Qantas partner describes as a further sign of its commitment to the Australian market. The superjumbo will replace the Boeing 777-300ER currently flying on the Perth-Doha ro...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2017 31 Comments

  • Qantas tightens Partner Gold rules for Platinum frequent flyers

    Qantas is about to make it a lot harder for its Platinum frequent flyers to earn free Gold status to give to a partner or friend. Platinum high-flyers who earn 2,400 status credits in a single membership year – twice as many as needed to retain Platinum status, and two-thirds of the way to...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2017 18 Comments

  • Here’s where Qantas pilots sleep on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    With Qantas' Boeing 787 now flying on international routes – first to Los Angeles, and then from March 2018 to London – there'll be plenty of business travellers snoozing away in their lie-flat beds. Little known to them, directly overhead there's another set of beds – inside...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2017 13 Comments

  • Virgin Australia, AirNZ boost Brisbane-Auckland flights

    Virgin Australia and its trans-Tasman alliance partner Air New Zealand will ramp up flights between Brisbane and Auckland next year, with up to five additional return flights each week. Running between April and October 2018, the new flights boost the duo’s offering to up to 34 weekly retu...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2017 2 Comments

  • Qantas Airbus A380 to fly Sydney-Singapore from March 4, 2018

    Qantas will swing its Airbus A380 onto Sydney-Singapore from March 4, 2018, ahead of the route becoming the first leg of the Sydney-London superjumbo service from March 25 when Qantas ditches its Dubai stopover. The daily QF81/QF82 Sydney-Singapore service will step up from Airbus A330 to the do...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2017 14 Comments

  • Which US airlines have the best WiFi for business travellers?

    Virgin America, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue are best bets for the corporate traveller thanks to a combination of high speed and high availability – with American Airlines and Alaska Airlines trailing the pack. A new study by HighSpeedInternet.com set out to rank domestic inflight WiFi on m...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2017 0 Comments

  • First review: Singapore Airlines' new A380 business class seat

    Singapore Airline is making plenty of noise about its all-new Airbus A380 business class seats, but how do they stack up in flight? Australian Business Traveller joined the delivery flight of the Singaporean flag-carrier's newest superjumbo – a non-stop 13 hour trek from the Airbus fac...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2017 14 Comments

  • Virgin Australia launches free WiFi on flights to Los Angeles

    Virgin Australia is now offering free inflight Internet on selected flights to Los Angeles as the airline begins equipping its Boeing 777-300ER jets with satellite WiFi. Passengers on today's Melbourne-LAX flight VA23 will be the first to test the service, with a promo code sent to eac...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2017 0 Comments

  • No premium economy on Singapore Airlines' regional Airbus A350s

    Singapore Airlines won't install premium economy seats onto the regional version of its Airbus A350 jets, leaving travellers with a simple choice between business class and economy. Unlike its standard long-range A350 fleet which sports a three-class configuration, the regional A350 va...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2017 17 Comments

  • First pics: 2017 Singapore Airlines A380 First Class

    Join Australian Business Traveller as we explore Singapore Airlines' brand new First Class product on the A380, with both a seat and bed provided for first class passengers.  The new First Class product allows two suites to combine in order to create a double bed. The Captain-style cha...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2017 12 Comments

  • First pics: 2017 Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class

    Join Australian Business Traveller as we explore the new Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class product and see how it stacks up in real life compared to the publicity shots.  An 18-inch screen connects you to KrisWorld entertainment... ...with plenty of nooks and crannies for storage....

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2017 18 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines puts Amsterdam A350 plans on ice

    Malaysia Airlines has suspended plans to restart direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam in partnership with KLM. The Oneworld member previously hoped the Dutch city would become a second European destination for its new Airbus A350s, alongside London. In July 2017, then-CEO Peter Bel...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2017 3 Comments

  • Creating Singapore Airlines’ new A380 first class suites

    This empty shell might not look like much, but it’s on the way to becoming a five-star suite on Singapore Airlines’ new Airbus A380. The transformation takes place at Airbus’ sprawling facility at Hamburg, where Australian Business Traveller paid a call on the second of the S...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2017 1 Comment

  • Malaysia Airlines is bringing its Airbus A380s back to London

    EXCLUSIVE | Malaysia Airlines will once again fly its Airbus A380s to London as the airline reconsiders its ambitious plan to hand over the superjumbos to a new subsidiary dedicated to Islamic pilgrimages, with the double-decker jets being used to boost capacity during periods of high demand...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2017 26 Comments

  • Eurowings to get Lufthansa business class seats from 2018

    Lufthansa's low-cost Eurowings airline will make a first of chasing premium travellers with the rollout of business class on its Airbus A330 jets from 2018. Just don't expect anything too fancy: Eurowings will adopt the same business class seats as its parent, shown below. (Lufthansa, me...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2017 7 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines to fly Airbus A350 to Tokyo, but not Auckland

    Malaysia Airlines will fly its new Airbus A350 jets to Tokyo from May 2018, but says that a timetable listing showing that Auckland would also get the A350s is incorrect. "We will not be operating the A350 to Auckland" a spokesman for Malaysia Airlines tells Australian Business Traveller. "...

    POSTED 11 Dec, 2017 11 Comments

  • SilkAir brings Boeing 737 MAX 8 flights to Cairns, Darwin

    UPDATE | SilkAir will swap its regular Boeing 737-800 jets for its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes on flights from Singapore to Cairns and Darwin from early 2018, the airline has confirmed. For business class flyers, there's 10 extra inches of seat pitch compared to the outgoing aircraft, increasing...

    POSTED 8 Dec, 2017 15 Comments

  • Sydney Airport introduces flight updates via Facebook Messenger

    Departing on a flight from Sydney Airport, or on pick-up duty? You can now request flight updates via Facebook Messenger while on the move. It’s done by visiting the ‘flySYD’ Facebook page and sending through a private message containing your own flight number, or the flight nu...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 2017 4 Comments

  • Review: British Airways inflight Internet (Boeing 747-400)

    British Airways is finally rolling out inflight WiFi on its long-range jets, building on trials launched as far back as February 2014 as it plays catch-up to many competitors that have been offering WiFi for several years. We recently had a chance to test BA's WiFi service on board a B...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 2017 4 Comments

  • Finnair's Nordic-themed Airbus A350 business class refresh

    Finnair's Airbus A350 business class is getting a cool new Nordic look from February 2018, with a refresh touching everything from 'cabin textiles' – seat covers, pillows and blankets – to its iconic Marimekko chinaware, along with 'dine on demand' inflight meals. David Kondo, F...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2017 15 Comments

  • Virgin Australia trials 'grab and go' airport lounge breakfasts

    EXCLUSIVE | Virgin Australia will offer 'Grab & Go' meals at its Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane lounges, allowing passengers to quickly bundle up a light breakfast or brunch to bring on board their flight. The concept will be introduced today, Wednesday December 6, and run through to March 2...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2017 35 Comments

  • Japan Airlines shows supersonic ambition by backing Boom jet

    JAL has become the second airline to back the Boom supersonic jet startup, with a US$10 million investment and the option to buy as many as 20 of the 'next-gen Concorde'  aircraft. Boom plans to build a commercial supersonic jet with 45 to 55 all-business class seats that cru...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2017 3 Comments

  • Qantas axes inflight duty-free shopping

    Qantas is shutting down its inflight duty-free shopping service, with that last watch, universal AC adaptor or bottle of perfume sold above the clouds on New Year's Eve. The airline this morning confirmed the move, following comments to trade publication TRBusiness by  A...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2017 34 Comments

  • Virgin Australia hits pause on new Boeing 737 business class

    Virgin Australia has pressed the pause button on the launch of its new Boeing 737 transcontinental business class, but says it will be ready to go as more Airbus A330s make their way to Asia. The airline’s top secret “Perth product” for its Boeing 737 jets – which would t...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2017 23 Comments

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