• Qantas refreshes Boeing 747 first class

    Qantas is retiring its oldest Boeing 747s as the new Boeing 787s arrive, but that hasn't stopped one of the jumbos from getting a surprise refresh of its first class cabin. Only two of Qantas' remaining Boeing 747s still sport first class in the nose of this Queen of the Skies... ... with 14 ...

    POSTED 29 Apr, 2017 2 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific's new CEO faces bloated costs, upstart rivals

    Friends and executives clinked their champagne flutes for Rupert Hogg late last week at a sky lounge offering a view of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, wishing him success as he assumes the CEO role on May 1 at Cathay Pacific Airways. A can of Red Bull might have been more appropriate. The ...

    POSTED 28 Apr, 2017 1 Comment

  • Qantas promises more Airbus A380s for Singapore, Hong Kong

    If every cloud has a silver lining, then the axing of Qantas' Airbus A380 flights from Melbourne to London brings a shiny dash of good news for some travellers to Asia. Qantas will swing the surplus superjumbo onto flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Singapore and Hong Kong "to meet periods of ...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 22 Comments

  • Qantas' non-stop Perth-London Boeing 787 flights start March 24

    Qantas non-stop Perth-London Boeing 787 flights start March 24 Daily QF9 service begins from Melbourne with domestic Dreamliner leg to Perth Qantas axes Melbourne-Dubai-London Airbus A380 flights Qantas will begin daily non-stop flights between Perth and London on its new Boeing 787 Dreaml...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 65 Comments

  • Emirates goes all-A380 on Melbourne-Dubai flights

    Melbourne travellers will find the same standards of seating aboard all Emirates flights from March 25 2018 as the Qantas partner upgrades its final Boeing 777 service to the Victorian capital to its flagship Airbus A380. The most noticeable improvement comes for business class passengers with t...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 18 Comments

  • Qantas to axe Melbourne-London Airbus 380 flights in March 2018

    Qantas will axe its daily Melbourne-Dubai-London Airbus A380 flights from late March 2018, with the long-running superjumbo route cancelled in favour of the new non-stop Boeing 787 service between Perth and London. The last flight of the current QF9 service to London via Dubai will be ...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 139 Comments

  • Qantas eyes non-stop Boeing 787 flights to Paris, Rome, Berlin

    Qantas has pegged Paris, Rome and Berlin as the next non-stop routes for the airline's Boeing 787 network. The flights would all fly via Perth, leveraging the WA capital's role as a new international hub for Qantas following the launch of non-stop flights between Perth and London. This would al...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 34 Comments

  • China Southern's US$6 billion bet on the Airbus A350

    China Southern plans to buy 20 A350 wide-body aircraft from Airbus in a deal worth about US$6 billion, providing a boost for the manufacturer amid production delays and order deferrals. The Guangzhou-based company, which ranks as Asia’s largest airline by passenger numbers, will take deliv...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

  • Etihad launches double-daily Airbus A380 flights to Sydney

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will upgrade all of its Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights to the flagship Airbus A380 from October 29 2017, providing a double-daily superjumbo service to Australia’s business capital. With a daily A380 already serving on Etihad’s overnight flights (EY4...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2017 31 Comments

  • How airlines can charge you different prices for the same seats

    FREQUENT FLYER 101 | Everybody understands that airfares change from day to day, but many travellers are surprised to learn that passengers on any given flight will pay a range of different prices for exactly the same experience. Those different fares include special sales versus last-minute pri...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2017 2 Comments

  • Etihad drops Airbus A380, first class 'Apartments' from Melbourne

    Etihad Airways is axing Airbus A380 flights from Melbourne, and with them the superjumbo's superbly spacious first class 'Apartment' suites. The Gulf carrier and Virgin Australia partner will pull the plug on the A380 from October 29, 2017 – just 16 months after commencing the daily supe...

    POSTED 25 Apr, 2017 16 Comments

  • Qantas' non-stop Perth-London flights to go on sale this week

    Qantas will begin selling tickets on its non-stop Perth-London Boeing 787 service today, with the inaugural flight on March 24, 2018. We've shared the schedule below, more details in our story here: As expected, the debut of the Dreamliner between Perth and London will see Qantas cancel its da...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2017 99 Comments

  • The best business class seats on Virgin Atlantic's Boeing 787-9

    While Virgin Atlantic no longer flies to Australia, Aussies can still hop aboard the airline's flights to London Heathrow from Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York and more – in many cases, served by the modern Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with the latest generation of 'Upper Class' business class suit...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2017 20 Comments

  • Qantas Perth-London: will you fly direct, or connect via Dubai?

    TALKING POINT | Qantas is expected to announce this week the exact 'late March 2018' launch date (and pricing, and schedule) for its non-stop flights between Perth and London. The much-trumpeted Boeing 787 service will rewrite the rules of the Kangaroo Route, which has over decades shrunk from a...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2017 76 Comments

  • Virgin Australia launches Canberra-Perth flights

    Virgin Australia will join Qantas in catering to the sharply-defined "WA-based Federal Politician" market with the launch of flights between Canberra and Perth. The pollies, their partners and staffers – a group which includes 28 of Australia's 226 Federal members and senators, among them ...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2017 3 Comments

  • How to get free WiFi on Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350

    One of the best features of Cathay Pacific's new Airbus A350 is that the advanced jet boasts inflight Internet so that travellers can – if they choose – stay connected above the clouds. The service is reasonably fast, and priced at US$10 for one hour or the more appealing rate of US$...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

  • 7 surprising ways that airlines are mining your personal data

    Airlines are becoming smarter at connecting the dots between you, your frequent flyer profile and your online activity – and turning that trail into another source of revenue. The boffins call it ‘big data’: finding links and correlations between many seperate pieces of informa...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2017 14 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific plans new regional business class for 2019

    Cathay Pacific has a new generation of regional business class seats on the way – but they won't arrive until the end of 2019, and they won’t be fully-flat. The seats will debut on the new fleet of regional sibling Cathay Dragon, nee Dragon Air, which the airline expects will be eith...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2017 6 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines teases Airbus A350 for Brisbane, Perth

    Singapore Airlines will bring another Australian city under the wing of its growing Airbus A350 network this year, with Brisbane and Perth both on the shortlist. The Star Alliance member already has one year-round A350 flight slated for Melbourne's SQ207/SQ208 from May 11, while a second A3...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2017 18 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific: narrow new Boeing 777 economy seat due 2018

    Cathay Pacific will fit an all-new economy seat across its Boeing 777-300 fleet as the airline moves to a tighter but more profitable 10-across layout instead of the current 3-3-3 seating. All 17 of the Oneworld airline's regional Boeing 777-300 jets along with 48 of its 53 long-range Boeing 777...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2017 13 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines' new six-suite A380 first class layout leaked?

    Does this leaked seatmap for Singapore Airlines' new Airbus A380 first class cabin confirm the superjumbo will have just six of the luxe suites ranked either side of an Etihad-style centre aisle? The seatmap – which appeared briefly on the Singapore Airline website, albeit with the name te...

    POSTED 14 Apr, 2017 21 Comments

  • Boeing's biggest 737 Max jet takes flight

    Boeing's newest and largest 737 Max gunned down the runway and soared over the shore of Lake Washington, south of Seattle, on its way to an almost three-hour maiden flight Thursday. The latest model in Boeing’s best-selling jet family took wing five days ahead of schedule, during a week ma...

    POSTED 14 Apr, 2017 5 Comments

  • For Cathay's new boss, fixing China tops lengthy to-do list

    After years of benefiting from China's growth, Cathay Pacific is being hurt by its strong ties to the mainland as travelers eschew the venerable Hong Kong-based airline and fly directly between Chinese cities and the U.S. or Europe. Finding a way out of that conundrum will be the top challenge f...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

  • Qantas hikes international flight change fees by up to 45%

    Cancelling or making changes to your next international Qantas flight will become more expensive from later this month as the airline increases the ‘change fees’ applied to passengers in first class, business class, premium economy and economy. These fees vary by destination, fare ty...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2017 17 Comments

  • American Airlines brings Boeing 787 onto Sydney-LA route

    American Airlines will shift its Sydney-Los Angeles flights to a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in November 2017. The advanced jet replaces the larger Boeing 777-300ER and will see first class dropped from the trans-Pacific route, although business travellers on a budget will appreciate the introductio...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2017 20 Comments

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