• eBay bans sales of free Qantas Club airport lounge passes (again)

    Online auction site eBay removed all sales of Qantas airport lounge passes this week, saying they breach the company's ban on selling travel-related items including 'guest passes to airline lounges.’ However, hundreds of the Qantas Club passes remain up for grabs at the eBay-owned cla...

    POSTED 20 Jan, 2017 43 Comments

  • Japan Airlines moves Sydney-Tokyo to Boeing 787-9

    Japan Airlines will switch out its Boeing 777-300ER for a sleek Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on daily flights between Sydney and Tokyo from March 26. But while the advanced Dreamliner promises a smoother and quieter ride which also takes the edge off jetlag, the change sees an end to first class on...

    POSTED 20 Jan, 2017 26 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific eyes more routes for Dragonair aka Cathay Dragon

    Cathay Pacific is considering handing over more of its regional Asian flights to regional sibling Cathay Dragon – formerly known as Dragonair – as part of a strategic review of the airline. Kuala Lumpur has already been 'Dragonised', with Cathay Dragon flights replacing those of its ...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2017 22 Comments

  • Qantas to offer free (and fast) inflight Internet from February

    Qantas will flick the switch on its free inflight Internet service next month as the airline begins 'technology trials' on a Boeing 737-800 jet. Passengers stepping aboard the Boeing 737 on its domestic flights will be able to connect their laptop, tablet or smartphone to a WiFi hotspot and jump...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2017 29 Comments

  • Etihad clamps down on baggage transfers for connecting flights

    Etihad Airways passengers who book connecting flights under separate reservations will no longer have their baggage checked through to their final destination. Instead, travellers who make separate flight bookings for the one journey will only find their bag tagged to their first destination &nd...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2017 14 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines: two all-new business class seats for 2017-18

    All-new Airbus A380 business class launches mid-2017 Most of SQ's older A380s to be upgraded Staggered 'regional business class' tipped for future Airbus A350s, Boeing 787-10 Singapore Airlines will launch not one but two new business class seats in the next 18 months across its Airbu...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2017 10 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific premium economy upgrade guide

    If you’re stuck in economy to Hong Kong and beyond with Cathay Pacific, you’ll have a much more comfortable journey by using your Asia Miles for an upgrade to premium economy. You'll also find the best value in 'round trip' upgrades (such as Sydney-Hong Kong-Sydney) than by upgrading...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2017 0 Comments

  • Vietnam Airlines to fly Sydney-Hanoi from March 2017

    Vietnam Airlines will begin direct flights between Sydney and the Vietnamese capital Hanoi from late March, adding the northern city to its current Sydney-Saigon and Melbourne-Saigon schedule. While Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh City) is Vietnam's largest city, business travellers needing to...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2017 17 Comments

  • BA to adopt 'dine on demand' in Club World business class?

    In the same week as British Airways began charging many economy class passengers for food, drinks and even a cup of hot water (BYO teabag), the airline seems set to dramatically upgrade its meal service at the pointy end of the plane. Anytime dining – also known as 'dine on demand' –...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2017 12 Comments

  • Photos: Boeing's groovy Tiger Lounge in the belly of the 747

    This might look like Austin Powers' shagadelic private jet but it's the real deal, baby – all the way from the circular staircase and animal-print furniture to the lurid orange carpet. You're looking at the aptly-named Tiger Lounge, which Boeing actually built back in the late 19...

    POSTED 13 Jan, 2017 8 Comments

  • Airbus A350-1000 signals rise of business class, demise of first

    Qatar Airways is on track to take delivery of the world's first Airbus A350-1000 jetliner in the second half of this year, but the big new bird is another pointer to the rise of business class at the expense of first class. Airbus president Fabrice Brégier reiterated the delivery schedule...

    POSTED 12 Jan, 2017 11 Comments

  • Seven easy ways to speed through your TRS airport GST refunds

    Aussie residents and tourists alike can save money on their shopping by claiming a GST rebate at Australian international airport TRS counters before jetting overseas – but the process can often prove quite slow, particularly when travellers aren't properly prepared. Here's how to spe...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2017 11 Comments

  • Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines to trial free inflight Internet

    Lufthansa will offer free inflight Internet access on selected flights within Europe as the airline begins to roll out the satellite-based FlyNet technology across its Airbus A320 fleet. The German flag-carrier, and its sibling Austrian Airlines, will each upgrade five A320s to the high-speed sa...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2017 1 Comment

  • The best Airbus A380 business class on Melbourne-Europe flights

    Melbourne travellers are spoiled for choice when it comes to flying on the Airbus A380 superjumbo with Qantas, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines and from June 30 2017 Qatar Airways all offering one-stop Airbus A380 flights through to London and Europe. Australian Business Traveller ra...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2017 44 Comments

  • How I earned Virgin Australia Velocity Gold in one return flight

    Virgin Australia Velocity Gold status unlocks useful perks such as airport lounge access, priority check-in and more with Virgin and its web of partner airlines. However, it usually takes a fair bit of flying to earn the necessary 500 status credits across at least four flights (which the airlin...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2017 2 Comments

  • Qatar Airways to launch 'Super Business Class' suite in March

    Qatar Airways will launch its new 'super business class' in March 2017, with the custom-designed suite slated for both the Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A350 fleets. Airline CEO Akbar Al Baker will pull back the curtain on the seat at the annual ITB Berlin travel trade show, which begins on March ...

    POSTED 9 Jan, 2017 15 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines to reveal new A380 first class suites mid-2017

    SQ's new Airbus A380s will have fewer (but much larger) first class suites No inflight shower, says Singapore Airlines exec Revised layout may see first class relocated to upper deck New A380 fleet to take wing in October 2017 EXCLUSIVE | Singapore Airlines will reveal its all-new Ai...

    POSTED 9 Jan, 2017 8 Comments

  • The Airbus A380 first class concept cabins you never saw

    So you reckon today's Airbus A380 first class suites are eye-catching? Take a look at some original concepts for the superjumbo, created before the A380's debut in 2007. These mock-up cabins explored the possibilities of the A380's spacious cabin. Tagged as "super first class", the l...

    POSTED 7 Jan, 2017 6 Comments

  • Photos: inside Air France's new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

    We're currently experiencing intermittent issues with the display of images in some articles, including this photo tour. If images aren't loading in your browser, please try again later. We apologise for any inconvenience.   Air France's new Boeing 787-9 takes flight this week, ahead of be...

    POSTED 6 Jan, 2017 13 Comments

  • From Sydney to Hong Kong in less than four supersonic hours?

    Want to zip from Sydney to Hong Kong in barely four hours? That's not only less than half of the nine hours usually needed for this trip, it's also quicker than it takes to fly between Sydney and Perth. The founder and CEO of supersonic startup Boom has cited routes like Sydney-Hong Kong as ide...

    POSTED 6 Jan, 2017 16 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines to fly Airbus A350 to Perth

    Singapore Airlines will bring its latest Airbus A350 to Perth in April as part of celebrations for the airline's 50th anniversary of flights to Australia. The daily flights SQ213 and SQ226 – which usually run on a Boeing 777-200 – will feature the advanced A350 on Wednesday April 5th...

    POSTED 3 Jan, 2017 11 Comments

  • Korean Air plans Airbus A380, Boeing 747-8 flights for Sydney

    SkyTeam alliance member Korean Air will bring its Boeing 747-8 aircraft onto Sydney-Seoul flights from later this year, before returning its Airbus A380 superjumbo to Australian skies. From September 1 2017 from Seoul (and September 2 from Sydney) through to the end of October, the Boeing 747-8 ...

    POSTED 3 Jan, 2017 7 Comments

  • Delta eyes Sydney for new Airbus A350 and its business class suites

    Delta will look to add Sydney to its nascent Airbus A350 network once the advanced jets begin flying in late 2017, bringing the airline's new Delta One private business class suites onto the highly competitive trans-Pacific route. The Virgin Australia partner will take delivery of the first of 2...

    POSTED 3 Jan, 2017 25 Comments

  • New Space X first class suites built for high-flying couples...

    First class has already evolved from plush seats to private suites and even a three-room Residence, so what's next..? How about a 'super suite' which goes from being your lounge room above the clouds to a meeting room, restaurant-style dining room and even a double bed so you can snooze wit...

    POSTED 3 Jan, 2017 4 Comments

  • The best economy class seats on the Qantas Boeing 787

    Looking for the best economy seats on the Qantas Boeing 787? We've scoped out the official Qantas seatmap to find the seats with the most legroom and least disturbances, as well as the seats that are best for couples. Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner economy class seatmap Roughly half of every Qant...

    POSTED 30 Dec, 2016 5 Comments

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