• Singapore Airlines' old Airbus A380s to become private VIP jets?

    Singapore Airlines' oldest Airbus A380s could be turned into the world's newest and arguably the ultimate private aircraft: a double-decker jet for the VIP set. The Singaporean flag-carrier will retire its first five A380s from October this year, to be replaced by five factory-fresh superjumbos ...

    POSTED 24 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • No economy seats on Singapore Airlines' long-range Airbus A350

    Singapore Airlines' new Airbus A350-900ULR – the ultra long-range jet which will restart non-stop flights to New York and Los Angeles – will sport a two-class configuration without any economy seats. As first reported by Australian Business Traveller, the super-efficient airliner &nd...

    POSTED 24 May, 2017 9 Comments

  • Qantas business class upgrade guide

    Nobody likes to fly in economy, so how do you go about getting an upgrade to business class? There are plenty of myths and also misinformation on how to get a free upgrade, including the classic clunker that you should dress up so you look like somebody who belongs at the pointy end of the plane...

    POSTED 24 May, 2017 55 Comments

  • Batik Air launches double-daily Perth-Denpasar (Bali) flights

    Batik Air will launch its first Australian route next month with double-daily flights from Perth to Denpasar in Indonesia’s popular province of Bali commencing from June 21. Using an Airbus A320 aircraft, all flights will offer business class service with three rows of seats in a 2-2 layou...

    POSTED 24 May, 2017 8 Comments

  • Star Alliance signs up Shanghai's Juneyao Airlines

    Shanghai's Juneyao Airlines has become the newest member of Star Alliance, with the Chinese airline now listed as the group's first 'Connecting Partner'. Rather than the full Star Alliance membership enjoyed by countrymates Air China and Shenzhen Airlines, alongside regional heavy-hitt...

    POSTED 23 May, 2017 5 Comments

  • Airbus rolls out new private jets with lush Pagani cabins

    What's the fun in springing for a VIP jet if it's got the same boring interiors as everybody else's private ride? This is more of what you want: a slick envy-inducing cabin crafted by the makers of Italian supercar Atelier Pagani Automobili. Dubbed the Infinito, this showstopper is available ...

    POSTED 23 May, 2017 2 Comments

  • Swiss to get fleet-wide inflight Internet in 2018

    Swiss will see its Swiss Connect inflight Internet service extended across the rest of its fleet in 2018, following this year's final fit-out of siblings Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines. The satellite-based WiFi system made its debut on Swiss' new Boeing 777-300ER jets, which we reviewed here, b...

    POSTED 22 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • China Eastern looks to launch direct Perth-Shanghai flights

    China Eastern Airlines could launch direct flights between Perth and Shanghai by year's end, providing the WA capital with only its second non-stop link to China alongside China Southern's Boeing 787 service to Guangzhou. The Shanghai-based airline – which is a Qantas partner as well ...

    POSTED 22 May, 2017 8 Comments

  • What Singapore Airlines can teach a loss-making Cathay Pacific

    What is Europe's most profitable airline? Air France-KLM, whose premium passengers sleep in private suites with memory-foam mattresses, dine on Joël Robuchon dishes and have private jets at their disposal? Or Ryanair, which offers flights starting at €10 ($15) and whose chief executiv...

    POSTED 22 May, 2017 8 Comments

  • 600 jobs go as Cathay Pacific wields the re-org axe

    Cathay Pacific, Asia'ss biggest international airline, will eliminate 600 jobs, including 190 managerial positions, as part of the biggest revamp in two decades to help revive earnings. The majority of affected employees will be informed of the changes on Monday and over the next month, with mos...

    POSTED 22 May, 2017 1 Comment

  • Virgin Australia rolls out Economy X 'extra legroom' seats

    Virgin Australia's new Economy X 'extra legroom' seats are now flying across the airline's entire fleet – from its domestic workhorse Boeing 737s and long-range Boeing 777-300ER jets to the Airbus A330s, Embraer E190s and even the nimble Fokkers and ATR turboprops used on regional routes. ...

    POSTED 22 May, 2017 27 Comments

  • Why Air New Zealand dropped business class from its A321neo jets

    Despite early speculation that Air New Zealand might add business class to its forthcoming Airbus A321neo jets, the Kiwi carrier opted to fit economy seats from tip to tail. The Kiwi carrier had previously flirted with fitting a small business class cabin to the pointy end of the new single-aisl...

    POSTED 22 May, 2017 4 Comments

  • Richard Branson hints at all-new US airline after Alaska spat

    Billionaire Richard Branson signaled he may jump back into the U.S. airline business after tussling with Alaska Airlines over how long the carrier must pay royalties on his Virgin America brand. Alaska has to keep paying “unless we decide to start another airline. So, we’ll see what ...

    POSTED 20 May, 2017 10 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines sees flyers swap champagne for cheap seats

    Singapore Airlines – first in the world to put a double bed, mattress and duvet on a commercial plane – posted a surprise loss at its marquee brand for the first time in three years. Its two budget carriers reported a profit. Intense competition from Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etiha...

    POSTED 18 May, 2017 31 Comments

  • AirNZ touts 'innovative' inflight WiFi pricing in launch lead-up

    Air New Zealand is moving steadily towards the launch of inflight internet on domestic and international flights, with the airline now running the numbers on how it will price its sky-high WiFi connectivity, “We’ve got several scenarios that I think will be quite innovative and quite...

    POSTED 18 May, 2017 9 Comments

  • Qantas moves to digital boarding passes for international flights

    Qantas plans to do away with paper boarding passes for international flights, with switched-on travellers being given the option to use a digital boarding pass in the Qantas app. Near-paperless boarding is already a standard on domestic Qantas flights thanks to mobile check-in, tap-and-go smartc...

    POSTED 18 May, 2017 19 Comments

  • USA abandons 'electronics ban' idea for Europe-USA flights

    UPDATE | The United States has stopped short of extending an all-out 'electronics ban' to US-bound flights from Europe: a move that would have caused chaos for both passengers and airlines alike. Instead, both regions continue to consider "other measures" to improve inflight safety and security,...

    POSTED 18 May, 2017 9 Comments

  • Star Alliance says it won't chase Virgin Australia to join up

    Star Alliance says it has little interest in signing up Virgin Australia as a member, despite its description of Australia as a "white spot" lacking a domestic Star airline. Speaking at a Star Alliance press conference in Frankfurt, Germany to mark the group's 20th anniversary, Star Alliance CEO...

    POSTED 18 May, 2017 27 Comments

  • AirNZ CEO: Emirates' trans-Tasman A380 flights 'not a big threat'

    Air New Zealand is confident of holding onto its half of the trans-Tasman travel pie, despite the presence of Emirates' Airbus A380 superjumbos – replete with business class seats and first class suites – darting daily from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland and back. "The Ta...

    POSTED 18 May, 2017 15 Comments

  • Best seats in British Airways' A320 Club Europe business class

    British Airways' Airbus A320 Club Europe business class provides all of the typical business class perks – priority check-in, airport lounge access and priority boarding to name a few – except for an actual business class seat! Yes, fly in Club Europe and the seat you'll find on boar...

    POSTED 18 May, 2017 22 Comments

  • US considers expanding airline laptop ban beyond Europe

    The U.S. is considering expansion of a ban on laptops in airliner cabins on flights not only from Europe but from other regions as well, as objections against any broader restrictions mounted. U.S. anti-terror officials are looking at other areas “not solely Europe,” David Lapan, a s...

    POSTED 17 May, 2017 2 Comments

  • Using Qantas frequent flyer points to upgrade to first class

    If you normally travel overseas in Qantas business class, why not indulge yourself by using your frequent flyer points on an upgrade to first class? Just 45,000 Qantas Points is enough for a first class sojourn from Sydney or Melbourne to Dubai or Los Angeles from a fiexlbie business class ticke...

    POSTED 17 May, 2017 24 Comments

  • Virgin Australia trials instant 'Buy Now' business class upgrades

    EXCLUSIVE | Passengers flying with Virgin Australia between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane can now purchase on-the-spot business class upgrades via a new UpgradeMe Buy Now trial, which sees their economy seat swapped for a business class ticket at a reduced price. Complementing the existing Upgr...

    POSTED 16 May, 2017 14 Comments

  • Australia considers inflight laptop, tablet ban for airlines

    Australian travellers may soon be banned from bringing large electronic devices such as laptops and tablets into the cabin aboard certain international flights, mirroring similar bans already in place by the United States and the United Kingdom on selected routes. "We are looking at it very clos...

    POSTED 16 May, 2017 43 Comments

  • Lufthansa: next-gen business class to have direct aisle access

    Lufthansa Boeing 777-9 business class gets direct aisle access Upgraded premium economy seat Fate of first class undecided EXCLUSIVE | Lufthansa's next generation of business class seats will adopt a new design which offers direct aisle access to every passenger, in what the Star Alli...

    POSTED 16 May, 2017 13 Comments

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