• British Airways trials new fast-track services for first class flyers

    British Airways wants to put its first class flyers in the fast lane – in fact, an even faster fast lane than what they should already enjoy as the airline's highest-paying passengers. Flying at the pointy end of the plane sees first class travellers as the first to leave the aircraft, but...

    POSTED 25 May, 2018 12 Comments

  • Qantas says it has no plans to charge for meals, drinks and baggage

    Qantas says it won't introduce a no-frills 'Economy Basic' fare which would see passengers pay extra for meals and drinks, checked luggage and even inflight movies. The airline floated the scheme in a survey sent earlier this week to members of its invitation-only Qantas Advisory Panel, calling ...

    POSTED 25 May, 2018 24 Comments

  • Qantas is looking at 'buy on board' for meals, inflight movies

    EXCLUSIVE | Qantas could begin charging passengers for meals, movies and even a single piece of checked luggage under a new pricing model being considered by the airline. The scheme would be partnered to a 'basic economy' fare similar to those recently introduced by British Airways, Virgin Atlan...

    POSTED 24 May, 2018 66 Comments

  • Qantas, Air France back in codeshare liaison for flights to Paris

    Qantas and Air France are back in rapprochement for daily flights to Paris, in what many hope will be a prelude to Qantas launching non-stop Boeing 787 flights from Perth to the French capital. That direct Dreamliner service is considered a likely starter for the second tranche of Boeing 787-9 j...

    POSTED 23 May, 2018 25 Comments

  • Royal Brunei drops Dubai detour on Melbourne-London flights

    Royal Brunei passengers travelling from Melbourne to London will shave five hours and 15 minutes from their trip when the airline's current two-stop route via Brunei and Dubai becomes a one-stop journey via Brunei only, from October 28 2018. The Brunei flag-carrier says its Boeing 787s "are pres...

    POSTED 23 May, 2018 25 Comments

  • Qatar rolls out Qsuite business class to its Boeing 777-200LR jets

    Qatar Airways is now adding its superb Qsuite business class suites to the airline's long-range Boeing 777-200LR jets, which will bring the best-in-class seats closer to the 17+ hour Auckland-Doha route. The first of Qatar's nine Boeing 777-200LRs to be fitted with the Qsuites will make its de...

    POSTED 23 May, 2018 10 Comments

  • Save 40% on Qantas Club airport lounge membership

    Planning to join the Qantas Club? Then now's the time to act with savings of up to $900 on the total up-front costs for new members. This deal brings a straight discount of 40% across the board, knocking a one-year pass down from $939 to $563.40, including both the membership cost and Qantas Clu...

    POSTED 23 May, 2018 14 Comments

  • Reader review: Air New Zealand inflight WiFi (Auckland-LAX)

    With 2Mbps top speeds and an NZ$30 pricetag, Air New Zealand's Boeing 777 WiFi service asks too much for too little. For an airline which likes to consider itself as being technology-forward, Air New Zealand is a late-comer to inflight Internet and you could be forgiven for wondering if the dela...

    POSTED 23 May, 2018 5 Comments

  • Etihad axes first class on Melbourne-Abu Dhabi flights

    Etihad Airways is pulling the plug on first class flights from Melbourne as the Virgin Australia partner moves both of its daily flights to a two-class Boeing 787-9. The Gulf airline's latest schedule reveals that the Boeing 777-300ER which currently flies as EY460/EY461 and includes eight ...

    POSTED 22 May, 2018 34 Comments

  • Sydney-Hong Kong business class: Cathay Pacific vs Qantas vs Virgin

    If you’re among the many business travellers who regularly jet between Sydney and Hong Kong, Virgin Australia is about to bring competition and choice to the Oriental route which has long been a two-horse race between Oneworld frenemies Qantas and Cathay Pacific. Virgin wants to carve out ...

    POSTED 22 May, 2018 37 Comments

  • Fare Offer: business class return to Europe via Malaysia from $5,399

    The hop to Europe can be an arduous journey - so why not arrive relaxed and refreshed with this fare offer that will see you jetting off on the Kangaroo Route with Malaysia Airlines' recently renewed business class product. Key offer highlights Fly from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Ade...

    POSTED 21 May, 2018 0 Comments

  • BA brings new business class bedding to Sydney

    British Airways plans to extend its new Club World business class 'sleep experience' to Singapore and Sydney in the next few months. with an upgraded menu to follow around the middle of the year. The two-pronged push is part of an A$700m overhaul to the airline's business class service...

    POSTED 18 May, 2018 55 Comments

  • SilkAir to adopt Singapore Airlines brand, get lie-flat business class

    Singapore Airlines' regional arm SilkAir will be folded back into its parent airline, losing its 26-year old brand in favour of the iconic colours and Kris logo of Singapore Airlines. SilkAir will also install all-new lie-flat business class seats across its single-aisle Boeing 737-800 and newer...

    POSTED 18 May, 2018 28 Comments

  • SAS adds free high-speed WiFi for business class, frequent flyers

    SAS is now rolling out inflight Internet on European flights, with connections available free of charge to SAS Plus regional business class passengers and its top-tier Gold and Diamond EuroBonus frequent flyers and priced at €4.90 (A$7.80) for other travellers. The broadband-grade 'Ka ...

    POSTED 16 May, 2018 0 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific's first Airbus A350-1000 will arrive June 20

    EXCLUSIVE | Cathay Pacific will take delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000 on June 19, ahead of flights to Washington DC and potentially Sydney in the later half of 2018. The A350-1000 is a stretched version of the A350-900 which is already well-established in the Cathay Pacific fleet and curre...

    POSTED 16 May, 2018 13 Comments

  • This Airbus Day & Night first class suite concept offers a 'real' bed

    As ever-improving business class seats narrow the gap against first class, Airbus is joining the push to elevate first class to a whole new level with its Day & Night suite. This two-room concept divides each first class suite into seperate day-time and night-time areas, each designed around...

    POSTED 15 May, 2018 5 Comments

  • Air New Zealand is developing an all-new business class seat

    Behind closed doors and with tightly-sealed lips, Air New Zealand is working on an all-new business class seat to replace its decade-old sleeper. The seat is expected to crown the pointy end of AirNZ's forthcoming non-stop flights to New York and other far-afield destinations on the Boeing ...

    POSTED 14 May, 2018 19 Comments

  • Delta One business class suites set for Sydney-Los Angeles

    Delta Air Lines plans to bring its private business class suites onto the Sydney-Los Angeles route next year, raising the bar for premium travel on the popular and competitive trans-Pacific route. The Virgin Australia partner has updated its schedule to show a reconfigured Boeing 777-200LR jet l...

    POSTED 14 May, 2018 21 Comments

  • Emirates rules out merger with Etihad

    Dubai’s Emirates Group reported a 67% jump in full-year profit and said there are no plans to merge with Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi airline that’s shrinking operations following a record loss. “Many people have reported there will be a merger,” chairman Sheikh Ahmed bi...

    POSTED 10 May, 2018 8 Comments

  • Self-cleaning business class seats will destroy germs 'within seconds'

    The microbes lurking in airplane seats, hotbeds of infectious diseases, could soon be history. Recaro Aircraft Seating says it’s developing a seat infused with a disinfectant that destroys almost every germ on contact within seconds. These business class seats won’t just cleanse the...

    POSTED 10 May, 2018 10 Comments

  • Using Qantas frequent flyer points to book Finnair reward flights

    Despite not flying to Australia, Qantas' Oneworld alliance partner Finnair offers a comprehensive network of flights between Asia and its Helsinki hub, with a host of onward connections across Europe – not only to the bigger destinations, but many less-popular places too which are tradition...

    POSTED 10 May, 2018 13 Comments

  • Virgin Australia launches WiFi on Los Angeles flights

    Virgin Australia has flicked the WiFi switch on flights between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Los Angeles, with passengers now able to stay connected above the clouds – for a price. That price is $9 for one hour of inflight Internet access, although the $20 'flight pass' which covers the...

    POSTED 8 May, 2018 9 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines debuts new regional business class on Perth flights

    Singapore Airlines has launched its new regional business class seats on a daily Boeing 787-10 flight from Perth, and expects other Australian flights to follow suit as the airline upgrades its medium-range fleet. This includes not only the Boeing 787-10 but a tranche of Airbus A350 jets due fro...

    POSTED 8 May, 2018 30 Comments

  • BA tests new business class seats, all-new first class will follow

    British Airways is conducting closed-door tests of its next generation Club World business class seat ahead of its early 2019 debut on the airline's new Airbus A350-1000 fleet. Speaking at a UK business leaders event in London recently, BA chief executive office Alex Cruz said the mock-up cabin ...

    POSTED 6 May, 2018 11 Comments

  • World's busiest international route? A one-hour flight from Singapore

    A one-hour flight linking one of the smallest countries on the planet with its next-door neighbour has become the world’s busiest international route. Planes made 30,537 trips between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in the 12 months to February, according to a report by OAG Aviation. That&...

    POSTED 4 May, 2018 11 Comments

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