• China Eastern plans first class, Boeing 777 for Sydney, Melbourne

    Qantas partner China Eastern will once again bring its flagship Boeing 777-300ER aircraft onto flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Shanghai this summer, complete with the airline's latest-generation business class seats and a first class cabin as well, not normally seen on the airline’s Au...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2017 9 Comments

  • Maximising the Qantas Premier Mastercard's companion fare benefit

    Spenders with the new Qantas Premier Mastercard can save up to 20% on Qantas domestic flights by taking advantage of the card’s ‘companion fare benefit’ when travelling with up to eight other passengers. However, those discounts aren’t available on all Qantas fare types, ...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2017 0 Comments

  • The travel habits of highly-successful CEOs

    In the era of the humble brag, it’s harder than ever to know how your boss travels. Assuming he or she is the type that likes to share, you might see a suggestion of a private jet or a swanky beach resort on Instagram - or hear one unassuming story about the sea turtles that swam under the ...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2017 2 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific to buy Airbus A321neo jets in US$4.1 billion order

    Cathay Pacific will upgrade and expand the fleet of its affiliate Cathay Dragon with an order for 32 Airbus A321neo jets. The jets, scheduled to be delivered between 2020 and 2023, will also mark the debut of an all-new regional business class seat – although this is expected to be a more ...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2017 5 Comments

  • Qantas unlocks business, first class reward flights on El Al

    Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now use their Qantas Points to book business class and first class reward flights with El Al Israel Airlines. Previously, Qantas Points could only be used to book El Al economy flights, and while the airline doesn’t fly to Australia, it does run non-stop f...

    POSTED 21 Aug, 2017 10 Comments

  • Should airlines charge you more for a better business class seat?

    Not all business class seats are created equal – so why should an airline charge you the same fare for vastly different seats and experiences? That's one school of thought which bubbled up this week following our story on Delta Air Lines' surcharge of up to US$1,000 for travellers booking ...

    POSTED 18 Aug, 2017 67 Comments

  • Lufthansa set to swoop on Air Berlin

    Air Berlin's insolvency could open the way for Lufthansa to add new inter-continental flights to the USA, with the German flag-carrier in talks about buying parts of its rival. The deal could lead it to take about 75 planes, including 38 already flying on its behalf plus A330 wide-bodies and jet...

    POSTED 18 Aug, 2017 5 Comments

  • Qantas brings Airbus A380 back onto Sydney-Hong Kong

    Qantas will unleash an Airbus A380 onto the Sydney-Hong Kong route between December 2017 and March 2018, with the flagship superjumbo offering first class suites to selected business class passengers. The annual upgrade for Hong Kong – which delivers a wave of extra seats to cater for a ma...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2017 20 Comments

  • Is Dyson planning to build an electric car?

    Home appliances maker Dyson has recruited its second Aston Martin Lagonda executive in a year, making it the latest hire to fuel speculation that the company is building an electric vehicle. After 22 years at the firm, the luxury carmaker’s director of purchasing, David Wyer, will become t...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2017 1 Comment

  • Cathay Pacific CEO bets big on service

    Cathay isn’t going to embrace the discount-fare revolution. Undaunted by the worst half-year loss in at least two decades, declining passenger numbers and cheaper fares, Cathay Pacific's new Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg emphatically rejected suggestions for a budget carrier. Instea...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2017 5 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific struggles to attract top-end of market

    Cathay Pacific is slipping in its efforts to get passengers to pay more for its premium services in a test for new Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg as the company reported back-to-back losses. The marquee airline on Wednesday reported a net loss of HK$2.05 billion (US$262 million) for th...

    POSTED 16 Aug, 2017 13 Comments

  • Air Berlin's magnificent flying cash burn machine

    If you want to know why Air Berlin has filed for insolvency protection, look at this chart of the airline's free cash flow. Those numbers are allnegative and they add up to minus-€2 billion (minus-US$2.3 billion). That wasn't insurmountable when anchor shareholder Etihad Airways was propp...

    POSTED 16 Aug, 2017 10 Comments

  • New first class suites for Qantas, Emirates, Singapore Airlines

    With new first class suites on the runway for Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Emirates, here's your executive summary of what's changing at the pointy end for Australia's three largest international airlines. New Qantas Airbus A380 first class When we'll see it: Qantas' new first class...

    POSTED 16 Aug, 2017 31 Comments

  • Air Berlin files for insolvency after Etihad withdraws support

    Air Berlin has filed for insolvency proceedings after main shareholder Etihad Airways withdrew its financial support. The Oneworld member submitted the filing in a local Berlin court, though it won’t seek bankruptcy protection for its Niki and Leisure Cargo units, Air Berlin said in a stat...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2017 4 Comments

  • Delta's US$1,000 surcharge for A350 Delta One business class

    UPDATED | Delta Air Lines will slug passengers booked into its new Airbus A350 Delta One business class suites with a surcharge as high as US$1,000 on a return ticket. The 'Delta One levy' was highlighted in a memo sent this week from Delta to travel agents in Korea, which will host the A350 fli...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2017 7 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines brings A350s, premium economy to Brisbane

    Singapore Airlines is swinging its new Airbus A350s onto three of its four daily Brisbane-Singapore flights over the coming months, complete with its latest-generation fully-flat beds in business class offering direct aisle access from every seat. The A350 upgrade will also see the debut of Sing...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2017 25 Comments

  • Delta eyes New York, LA bases for new Bombardier C Series jets

    Delta Air Lines is eyeing New York and Los Angeles as the main bases for Bombardier's new C Series jetliner next year, offering a glimpse of how carriers can add service economically with the midsize plane. Dallas is also likely to get a lot of C Series flights, Delta said in an internal memo to...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2017 3 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines CEO re-engages with Oneworld, reboots Enrich

    Malaysia Airlines plans to be a more active member of the Oneworld alliance, says CEO Peter Bellew while also launching "a complete reboot" of its Enrich frequent flyer scheme. The Malaysian flag-carrier joined Oneworld in early 2013 under the sponsorship of Qantas. “But I think we did ve...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2017 14 Comments

  • The best business class on Perth-Singapore flights

    Perth enjoys several daily non-stop flights to Singapore across Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Scoot, but which is best for the business traveller? Depending on which airline and aircraft type you choose, you be jetting off in a fully-flat business class bed with direct aisle access: but at the ...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2017 10 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines' new Airbus A380 may not fly until early 2018

    Singapore Airlines' newest Airbus A380s – with all-new first class suites and business class seats – might not begin flying until as late as March 2018, the airline has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller. The superjumbo was previously hoped to take wing in October 2017, in ti...

    POSTED 11 Aug, 2017 12 Comments

  • Airbus, Boeing court a resurgent Malaysia Airlines

    Malaysia Airlines is looking to order as many as 30 new Airbus A330neo or Boeing 787 jets, with representatives of both aircraft manufacturers courting the Malaysian flag-carrier over a sale worth as high as US$7 billion based on list prices. The order could be preceded by lease agreements for&n...

    POSTED 11 Aug, 2017 11 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to match Qantas with free WiFi on Aussie flights

    Virgin Australia will match Qantas in offering free Internet on all Australian flights from later this year. Virgin today fired the starter's gun on its own WiFi rollout, announcing plans to outfit most of its 77-strong Boeing 737 fleet with the satellite technology by the end of 2018. Inflight...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2017 15 Comments

  • Virgin Australia ramps up WiFi to USA, then Asia

    Virgin Australia plans to extend its inflight Internet service onto Boeing 777 flights to the USA and Airbus A330 services to Hong Kong and China, following a roll-out of the WiFi service across its domestic fleet. The airline has started work fitting the ncessary satellite tech to its Boeing 73...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2017 7 Comments

  • Qantas brings Boeing 717s onto more Brisbane flights

    Qantas will fly its regional QantasLink Boeing 717 jets between Brisbane and both Adelaide and Cairns from November, in place of larger Boeing 737-800s. The plan adds to new weekend Boeing 717 flights from the Queensland capital to Sydney and Melbourne which began this month, following the use o...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2017 35 Comments

  • Talking point: have you given up on airport WiFi?

    TALKING POINT | With many airport WiFi hotspots delivering snail-like speeds, requiring passwords or personal information to get online or even booting you off after just a moment of inactivity, have you given up on free WiFi at the airport, or do you still connect and try to squeeze some bandwid...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2017 10 Comments

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