• The best business class on Brisbane-Singapore flights

    Jetting from Brisbane to Singapore in business class provides a choice between four distinct types of seats aboard three different airlines including Qantas, Singapore Airlines and also Emirates. Depending on which flight you choose, you could find yourself in a fully-flat bed with all the expec...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2017 10 Comments

  • The best business class seats on the Qantas Airbus A380

    Qantas' flagship Airbus A380 flies to Los Angeles, Dallas, Dubai, London and seasonally to Hong Kong, with fully-flat beds for business class passengers along the upper deck. But not every business seat is created equal – some are better for working, others for uninterrupted slee...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2017 12 Comments

  • February's hottest Virgin Australia Velocity credit card deals

    Summer continues to bring sizzling Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up deals to the plate, with up to 100,000 Velocity points to be had from a single card application and an impressive 280,000 Velocity points on the table among these top offers. What's more, American Express Australia ...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2017 0 Comments

  • Qantas' inflight WiFi trials peg the needle at 12Mbps per device

    Qantas has completed its first real-world 'tech trial' of the airline's inflight Internet system, with a planeload of passengers hammering away at the satellite connection during a three hour flight along the east coast between Sydney and Brisbane. The special charter flight came ahead of the Bo...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2017 14 Comments

  • Qantas to reveal Boeing 787 premium economy seat this week

    Qantas will pull back the curtain on its Boeing 787-9 premium economy seat on Thursday February 23, during the airline's media briefing on its financial results for July-December 2016. It's the final piece of the seating puzzle for the red-tailed Dreamliners, which will begin flying in Australia...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2017 17 Comments

  • BA flags April launch of Club Europe business class on UK flights

    British Airways is likely to launch its Club Europe business class on domesic UK flights in April, upgrading the current single-class flying experience to something that's a little sharper at the pointy end. Not a lot sharper, mind you: Club Europe seats are almost exactly the same as you'd fi...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2017 0 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 for Melbourne in May, June

    Singapore Airlines is bringing its Airbus A350 back to Melbourne across May and June – so if you haven't yet experienced the Star Alliance's newest jet, here's your chance. The flight you'll want to book is the SQ218 redeye from Melbourne to Singapore... ... and on the way back, the mor...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2017 3 Comments

  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner: what you need to know

    The first Boeing 787-10 rolled out of the hangar this weekend, and is expected to make its inaugural test flight by early March. Here's what you need to know about this latest member of the Dreamliner family. What's so different about the 787-10? Although sharing the same design and technolog...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2017 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia hints at new Boeing 737 domestic business class

    Is Virgin Australia planning a new business class for its domestic Boeing 737 jets? That’s one take-away from today’s news that the airline would launch flights to Hong Kong using one of its six Airbus A330s – an aircraft which has previously been dedicated to Australia’s...

    POSTED 17 Feb, 2017 25 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to launch Australia-Hong Kong flights mid-year

    Virgin Australia has confirmed a mid-year launch of flights between Australia and Hong Kong. Melbourne is tipped to be the Aussie anchor for the flights, in a move which will see Virgin going up against incumbents Qantas and Cathay Pacific as the challenger spreads its international wings. "Cat...

    POSTED 17 Feb, 2017 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia pushes back on Boeing 737 MAX deliveries

    Virgin Australia will delay its delivery of new Boeing 737 MAX jets to late 2019 to help bring costs under control and steer the airline back into solid profit. Virgin previously intended to collect the keys to the first of 40 of the fuel-efficient 737 MAX-8 jets – a successor to its domes...

    POSTED 17 Feb, 2017 0 Comments

  • Qatar Airways eyes Canberra-Sydney-Doha flights from early 2018

    Qatar Airways could begin flights to Canberra via Sydney as early as February 2018, with the Gulf airline tipped to roll out its latest Airbus A350 on the route. The service would run each day, with an early evening flight out of Canberra linking the national capital to Qatar's network of flight...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2017 0 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific upgrades another Sydney flight to the Boeing 777

    Cathay Pacific will add a third Boeing 777 onto the Sydney-Hong Kong route from October 29 to cater for increased demand, especially for onwards flights to Europe and North America. The Boeing 777-300ER will slot into Cathay's daily CX161/162 service, replacing the current Airbus A330 and adding...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2017 18 Comments

  • Inflight streaming: Qantas hooks up with Netflix, Spotify, Foxtel

    Qantas will offer free live streams from Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel on its new inflight Internet service which is expected to launch later this month. Passengers on the single Boeing 737-800 that's been kitted out to trial sky-high WiFi will use their own tablets or smartphones to tap into cont...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2017 21 Comments

  • Oneworld alliance open to low-cost carriers

    The Oneworld alliance is reconsidering the role of low-cost airlines as potential members, especially when it comes to filling the gap in 'emerging markets' outside of its established global footprint. Newly-minted Oneworld CEO Rob Gurney admitted he is rethinking how low-cost operators – ...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2017 15 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific: Australia-wide upgrade to Airbus A350s by 2019

    Cathay Pacific expects most of its Australian flights to be running on the airline's new Airbus A350 jets by 2019. The move will see the current Airbus A330s replaced by A350s with improved business class, premium economy and economy seats, along with inflight Internet and an overall more comfor...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2017 9 Comments

  • Qatar Airways' new Super Business Class: here's what we know

    Qatar Airways has officially confirmed the debut of its new 'super business class' seat on March 8th 2017, the opening day of the annual ITB Berlin travel trade show. Alongside Singapore Airlines' new Airbus A380 business class seats, due to be revealed mid-year (next to SQ's new A380 first clas...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2017 13 Comments

  • Will Melbourne ever see Thai Airways' Airbus A350?

    The appearance of Thai Airways' new Airbus A350 on the Melbourne-Bangkok route has been an on-again off-again affair stretching back to September 2016, when the Star Alliance member originally planned to bring the sleek jet down under. However, a cascading series of delays in everything from sea...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2017 0 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines orders Boeing 777-9 plus more 787-10s

    Singapore Airlines is turning to Boeing to shape its long-range fleet for the next decade, with a US$13.8 billion (A$18bn) order for both the Boeing 777-9 and 787-10 Dreamliner jets. The Singaporean flag-carrier has inked a deal for 20 of the next-gen Boeing 777-9, due for delivery from the 2021...

    POSTED 9 Feb, 2017 11 Comments

  • Getting down to business when you're flying in economy

    Not all business travel takes place in business class. A large number of professionals shuttle back and forth through the skies wedged into economy where they rub shoulders with holidaymakers, students, backpackers, young families and grandparents. In fact, many corporate travel budgets that we...

    POSTED 9 Feb, 2017 23 Comments

  • How Qantas' non-stop Perth-London Boeing 787 flights will work

    Qantas will begin selling tickets for direct flights between Perth and London by April, ahead of a March 2018 kickoff for the non-stop service. And there's no exaggeration in saying this marks a new era for Qantas, not just for the new Boeing 787 aircraft involved – an aircraft which will ...

    POSTED 8 Feb, 2017 88 Comments

  • The best ways to spend 100,000 Emirates Skywards miles

    Emirates Skywards miles can take you from Sydney to London or even just Sydney to Melbourne: but how could you best-spend 100,000 of those miles, such as you'd pocket by signing up for a new American Express Platinum Charge Card? Australian Business Traveller reveals your top options for spendin...

    POSTED 8 Feb, 2017 6 Comments

  • Government axes lifetime free flights for former politicians

    Retired politicians will no longer be able to enjoy free taxpayer-funded business class flights, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull moving to axe a perk which has been prized by the pollies but despised by the public. A tightening of entitlements for federal politicians will see the 'Gold Pass...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2017 39 Comments

  • Qatar Airways first class upgrade guide

    Flying business class on your next journey with Qatar Airways? Then take the opportunity to upgrade to the luxury of first class! You could use frequent flyer points to secure your upgraded seat, or even cold hard cash during special discounted offers. Selected frequent flyers can also be upgrad...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2017 4 Comments

  • Top 5 credit cards for earning Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles

    Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer frequent flyer scheme is a favourite among savvy spenders, particularly for using miles to fly in business class or even first class to Singapore and beyond. Earning those miles in Australia couldn’t be easier, thanks to a range of KrisFlyer-earning cred...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2017 1 Comment

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