• Qantas cancels this week's launch of free inflight Internet

    Qantas has cancelled plans to debut its Qantas WiFi inflight Internet service this week, including a media launch and test flight of the service from 11am Monday 27 March. The airline has cited 'stability issues' with the satellite-based service, in what is the second delay to a launch originall...

    POSTED 25 Mar, 2017 38 Comments

  • How to buy and use a Qantas flight gift voucher

    Qantas gift vouchers – also sometimes called Qantas flight vouchers or Qantas travel vouchers – are a small but smart way to trim your travel costs and earn extra frequent flyer points. They'll reduce the cost of your flight because Qantas bookings made using a travel voucher even as...

    POSTED 25 Mar, 2017 8 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines eyes Airbus A330neo, Boeing 787 order

    Malaysia Airlines is looking to order as many as 30 new Airbus A330neo or Boeing 787 jets as the troubled flag-carrier sees a welcome upturn in its bookings and revenue. "Things have gone a bit better a bit quicker than I expected," says CEO Peter Bellew. "We're ahead of where we hoped we would ...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2017 0 Comments

  • Emirates offers free first class helicopter airport transfers

    Emirates’ first class flyers arriving in Nice, France can now swap their free limousine airport transfer for a helicopter ride to Monaco City at no extra charge, in what must be the best way to arrive in style for the Monaco Grand Prix! With a journey time of just seven minutes from lift-o...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2017 9 Comments

  • Why you'll queue for the business class loo on Qantas' Boeing 787

    TALKING POINT | There are plenty of good things to be said about flying business class on Qantas' new Boeing 787, but standing in line for the lav isn't one of them. And as much as many Australian Business Traveller readers tell us they're looking forward to travelling on the red-tailed Dreamlin...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2017 48 Comments

  • The best business class seats on Melbourne-Hong Kong flights

    Virgin Australia's launch of Melbourne-Hong Kong flights from July 5 adds a new contender to the business class stakes, squaring off against Qantas and Cathay Pacific – so which airline has the best seats for the business traveller? Here's how we rate them.   1. Virgin ...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2017 13 Comments

  • Alaska Airlines drops Virgin America brand, business class seats

    Alaska Airlines will axe the Virgin American brand and with it, Virgin's white leather business class seats – which are referred to as 'first class' in US parlance. In their place will go Alaska's new and decidedly conventional business class seats, with subdued light blue mood lighting ...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2017 9 Comments

  • How Australian travellers are affected by the USA, UK laptop bans

    With the United States and the United Kingdom now banning laptops and tablets aboard flights from a host of countries and airports, some travellers will be forced to transport these – and other large electronic devices – inside their checked luggage, rather than in a carry-on bag. Bu...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2017 20 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines debuts new Australia-themed inflight meals

    Passengers jetting from Sydney to Singapore with Singapore Airlines over the coming months can tuck into a selection of new inflight dishes inspired by Australia’s native flavours and local produce, as the airline celebrates 50 years of flying Down Under. Up the very front in first class (...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2017 17 Comments

  • Delta moves to LAX T2, T3 but Virgin Australia will stay at TBIT

    Delta Air Lines will make its move into LAX Terminals 2 and 3 in the middle of May, across what's sure to be a frantic five-day period from May 12 to May 17 – but Virgin Australia has decided to stay put at the adjacent Tom Bradley International Terminal. Delta's relocation from Termi...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2017 11 Comments

  • UK joins US with flight ban on electronic devices

    The British government will ban laptops, tablets and other large devices from cabin baggage on direct flights to the UK from six countries in the Middle East and Africa, less than 24 hours after the US implemented a similar ban citing security risks. However, the UK action does not include fligh...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2017 17 Comments

  • USA bans laptops, tablets, Kindles on selected US-bound flights

    The US Government has banned passengers from carrying devices such as laptops, tablets and ebook readers on direct flights bound for the United States from a host of Middle Eastern and African countries. Impacting flights to the US departing from 10 specific airports, Australian travellers jetti...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2017 47 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to fly Melbourne-Hong Kong from July

    Virgin Australia will begin direct flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong on July 5, going up against incumbents Qantas and Cathay Pacific as the challenger spreads its international wings. The flights will run five days a week – on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday &ndash...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2017 46 Comments

  • Qantas, Virgin, Cathay Pacific ready to battle for Hong Kong

    Qantas and Cathay Pacific are gearing up for a pitched battle for the skies between Melbourne and Hong Kong as Virgin Australia moves onto the popular route. Virgin will launch its direct flights on Wednesday July 5, 2017, in a move which will see the challenger go toe to toe with the Onewo...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2017 32 Comments

  • How 'dine on demand' inflight meals can help you beat jet lag

    Being able to eat what you like, when you like on long international flights is more than just about convenience. Business class ‘dine on demand’ can also be a great way to minimise the effects of jet lag when crossing time zones. That’s because you can begin acclimatising to y...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2017 5 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific brings Airbus A350 to Perth, Melbourne

    Cathay Pacific is adding more Airbus A350 flights into Australia, with Perth to enjoy a daily service of the advanced jet while Melbourne will boast its second CX A350. Both services kick off on 29 October 2017, with the Perth A350 debuting on CX170/171 while Melbourne's second A350 slots into C...

    POSTED 20 Mar, 2017 21 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to launch Melbourne-Hong Kong flights on July 5

    Virgin Australia has confirmed a July 5 launch of direct flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong. Click here for full details. PREVIOUS | Virgin Australia is expected to announce the start of flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong this week after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commissi...

    POSTED 20 Mar, 2017 11 Comments

  • Supersonic Qantas jet would have flown to Singapore in 3 hours

    It’s the Concorde-beater which could have let you fly between Sydney and Singapore in under three hours on a supersonic Qantas jet – less time than it’d take to travel from Sydney to Perth. And given the time difference, you’d leave Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane after bru...

    POSTED 20 Mar, 2017 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's Hong Kong flights: what do you want to see?

    Update: Virgin Australia has confirmed a July 5 launch of direct flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong. Click here for full details. TALKING POINT | Virgin Australia is counting down to the start of flights to Hong Kong, with a flurry of test schedules entered into online booking sys...

    POSTED 17 Mar, 2017 51 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific upgrades Boeing 777 premium economy

    Cathay Pacific is upgrading the premium economy cabin across its Boeing 777-300ER fleet. This doesn't involve a new seat, no doubt to the disappointment of those who have flown in Cathay's Airbus A350 premium economy seat (shown below, and which we rate as among the very best in the skies). I...

    POSTED 17 Mar, 2017 27 Comments

  • Emirates rolls out smartphone-based meal ordering

    Emirates is turning to smartphones to streamline the inflight dining experience for business class travellers. The system is currently being trialled on three routes – Dubai-Melbourne-Auckland, Dubai-Paris and Dubai–Mauritius – and will be rolled out across Emirates' Airbus A38...

    POSTED 16 Mar, 2017 10 Comments

  • Alitalia goes low-cost in Europe, premium on international routes

    Alitalia will become a low-cost airline on flights within Europe but remain a 'full-service carrier' on international routes, under a five -year business plan released by the beleaguered Italian flag-carrier overnight. Short and medium-range flights in Italy and around Europe will be fitted...

    POSTED 16 Mar, 2017 11 Comments

  • Air New Zealand's Boeing 787-9 to fly Adelaide-Auckland

    Air New Zealand will begin flying its Boeing 787-9 between Adelaide and Auckland from 26 October 2017. The Dreamliner will fly three days a week – on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – as NZ191/192. NZ192 departs Adelaide at 11.55am to reach Auckland at 6.25pm, with NZ191 wheels-up fr...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2017 22 Comments

  • Qantas wants travel to NZ to be just like travel within Australia

    Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has renewed the push for 'seamless' travel between Australia and New Zealand which would make crossing the Tasman no different to crossing into another Aussie state. No passports, no immigration or customs checks – just zip across the ditch for a day or two of busines...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2017 26 Comments

  • Qantas designer David Caon's concept business class seat

    Aussie designer David Caon has made his mark on Qantas with the Airbus A380 – working alongside Marc Newson on the superjumbo's interiors – as well as the airline's Singapore and Hong Kong lounges, and is now taking the lead on the airline's Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Caon's already sh...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2017 0 Comments

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