• Cathay Pacific unlocks 'early bird' business class fares for 2019

    Start planning your 2019 travel schedule this month and you can land some great business class fares through Cathay Pacific's 'early bird' deals. On sale from now through to October 31, these competitively-priced fares apply across selected dates between March 1 and November 30, 2019. Business ...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2018 3 Comments

  • Best business class seats on Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350-900ULR

    Singapore Airlines' ultra-long range Airbus A350-900 jet takes wing in October with non-stop flights to New York starting October 11, followed by direct flights to Los Angeles on November 2. Those globe-striding flights – which in the case of Singapore-New York will also be the world's lon...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2018 6 Comments

  • Why an Emirates-Etihad merger would be the airline deal of the decade

    A combination of Dubai-based Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad would be the airline industry’s deal of the decade, if it can be pulled off. Executives at the two companies have been quietly laying plans to create what would be the world’s biggest airline by passenger traffic, acc...

    POSTED 24 Sep, 2018 4 Comments

  • Paris match? Qantas plots next non-stop Boeing 787 flights for 2019

    Qantas could decide on the next European destination for non-stop Boeing 787 flights from Perth as early as March 2019, with Paris a front-runner for the direct Dreamliner flights from Perth. Those flights may not begin until late 2019 or early 2020, after Qantas picks up the keys to six additio...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 59 Comments

  • Qantas, Cathay Pacific launch new codeshare partnership

    Qantas will begin codesharing on selected Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights from October, allowing Qantas Frequent Flyer members to earn a full serve of Qantas Points and status credits on those journeys. While Cathay Pacific is already a Oneworld alliance partner to Qantas, Qantas Freque...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 31 Comments

  • EVA reveals new Boeing 787 business class styled by BMW Designworks

    Taiwan's EVA Air is about to start flying its first Boeing 787-9, and the Dreamliner marks the debut of a new Royal Laurel business class seat for the Star Alliance member. The updated Royal Laurel Class business class seats have been styled by BMW's Designworks company, which made a deli...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 15 Comments

  • Emirates seeks Etihad takeover to create world's largest airline

    Dubai’s flagship airline Emirates is looking at taking over unprofitable neighbor Etihad, according to four people familiar with the matter, in a move that would create the world’s biggest carrier by passenger traffic. The talks, which are at a preliminary stage, would see Emirates a...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 15 Comments

  • Here's how Qantas can make priority boarding actually work

    TALKING POINT | Any traveller on a domestic Qantas flight can attest that the airline's approach to priority boarding simply does not work. And it's hard to understand why, especially when so many other airlines including its competitor Virgin Australia get priority boarding right. I've flown as...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2018 71 Comments

  • The top perks of Virgin Velocity Gold for domestic economy flyers

    Virgin Australia Velocity Gold status is the target of many frequent flyers as it's easier to obtain than Platinum, while still providing many premium perks like airport lounge access and other priority benefits. This shiny Gold card is yours after earning 500 status credits and notching up four...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2018 4 Comments

  • Copa launches lie-flat business class on new Boeing 737 MAX jets

    Central American airline Copa has rolled out lie-flat seats on its new Boeing 737 MAX jets, making it the latest member in a small but growing clique to fit fully-flat seats into a single-aisle jet. Copa has signed up for 71 of the next-generation Boeing 737 MAX jets, the first of which takes wi...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2018 12 Comments

  • Here's how the Airbus A380 changed the premium travel experience

    It's now been a decade since Qantas picked up the keys to its first Airbus A380, and eleven years since Singapore Airlines made its inaugural superjumbo flight from Singapore to Sydney. The sheer size of this airborne behemoth offered plenty of room for airlines to get creative, especially when ...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2018 25 Comments

  • British Airways streamlines connections with chauffeur drive transfers

    British Airways is ramping up efforts at its London Heathrow T5 hub to help passengers make their connecting flights. This includes expanding a trial of the 'premium transfer service' which sees premium passengers at risk of missing their onward connection being whisked across the tarmac be...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 6 Comments

  • Turkish Airlines wants Istanbul-Sydney flights by June 2019

    Turkish Airlines is putting Australia back on its route map, with the airline's CEO confirming plans to launch flights to Sydney next year. Speaking today at the annual Corporate Club business travel conference in Istanbul, as reported by Airways Magazine, Turkish Airlines Chairman İlker Aycı sa...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 27 Comments

  • High speed rail from Hong Kong to China to tempt business travellers

    China's sprawling bullet train network will extend to Hong Kong on September 23, providing a direct connection to 44 mainland destinations. With the addition of services from Guangzhou and Shenzhen – the major cities closest to Hong Kong – what’s now a daylong train trip to Bei...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 26 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's direct flights between the Gold Coast and Perth

    Virgin Australia will launch direct flights between Perth and the Gold Coast from mid-December, albeit with a few caveats. The flights will run just twice a week, and across a seasonal roster from 13 December 2018 to 26 January 2019 rather than being a year-around service. Those flights will ...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 12 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin Australia: flexibility of points and cash upgrades

    Business class upgrades are perhaps the Holy Grail of frequent flyer programs, especially for business travellers stuck flying economy: there’s nothing quite as satisfying as using your points to switch your seat for one at the front of the plane. But if your plans change, what happens to ...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2018 7 Comments

  • SriLankan Airlines brings new business class to Melbourne

    Passengers jetting between Melbourne and Colombo with SriLankan Airlines will find the carrier’s newest business class seats at the pointy end from late October, with fully-flat beds and direct aisle access for every traveller. From October 28, SriLankan’s daily Airbus A330-200 fligh...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2018 15 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines plans regional Airbus A350s for Brisbane

    Singapore Airlines will bring a new batch of Airbus A350s to Brisbane from next year, introducing its latest regional business class seat to the Queensland capital. But with four daily flights between Brisbane and Singapore – three already served by A350s with the airline’s longer-ra...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2018 6 Comments

  • The best economy seats on the Qantas Boeing 737, and how to get them

    Business travellers darting around Australia will often find themselves on the workhorse of Qantas' domestic fleet, the Boeing 737 – and while these jets feature 12 business class seats up the front, everybody else on board flies economy, as many company travel policies mandate. Of course,...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2018 17 Comments

  • Turkish Airlines' all-new business class for Boeing 787, Airbus 350

    EXCLUSIVE | Turkish Airlines will launch an all-new business class seat on its forthcoming Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 jets. A 'new fleet, new seat' strategy will see the airline shift to a 1-2-1 business class layout with the arrival of the first Dreamliner in 2019. The new seats will be both m...

    POSTED 11 Sep, 2018 7 Comments

  • JetBlue eyes Boston-London for international Mint business class

    US airline JetBlue could radically lower the price of business-class travel across the Atlantic, says airline CEO Robin Hayes, giving the strongest signal yet that the discounter may jump into the world’s busiest aviation market. “We look at the obscene fares that carriers are chargi...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2018 5 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines brings Airbus A350s onto Adelaide-Singapore flights

    Singapore Airlines will upgrade its Adelaide flights to the Airbus A350-900 from December, bringing with it an all-new 'regional' business class seat for the South Australian capital. From December 18 2018, the airline's daily SQ278/SQ279 service will switch from the current Airbus A330 – ...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2018 30 Comments

  • TSA to streamline US airport security checks with more 3D scanners

    The Transportation Security Administration will increase the number of 3D X-ray scanners installed at US airports and roll out new technology to automatically scan travelers’ identities as they enter a screening lane. The TSA is currently testing computed tomography or 3D X-rays, which sho...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2018 8 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific brings first class suites to Sydney-Hong Kong flights

    Cathay Pacific is now flying its first class suites between Sydney and Hong Kong, with selected business class passengers enjoying a free upgrade to the elegant cribs. However, the Hong Kong-based airline isn’t selling first class fares on the popular route and has no plans to do so, with ...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2018 12 Comments

  • British Airways is upgrading its Club Europe business class meals

    British Airways is rolling out new meals for its Club Europe business class service as the flag-carrier continues to sharpen its appeal to premium passengers. September 12 2018 will see the introduction of dishes built around cornerstone 'best of British' ingredients. At launch, the menu will...

    POSTED 4 Sep, 2018 6 Comments

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