• How to choose the best Qantas business class seats for your flight

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Qantas flies a total of six different types of jets on international routes, with widely varying business class seats – so your experience at the pointy end can depend he...

    POSTED 27 Dec, 2018 27 Comments

  • ANA launches direct flights between Perth and Tokyo from Sept 2019

    ANA will launch direct daily flights between Perth and Tokyo from 1 September 2019, unlocking another premium Asian destination for Western Australian travellers. The daily Boeing 787 service will also open up ANA's extensive domestic network throughout Japan as well as destinations further afie...

    POSTED 26 Dec, 2018 36 Comments

  • Now you'll never miss out on your first choice of an inflight meal

    Singapore Airlines' Book The Cook service is a long-time favourite of the airline's frequent flyers – with hundreds of quality dishes spanning cuisines from Western to Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Thai, Indian and of course home-grown Singaporean treats, how could it be anything but a reliable...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2018 13 Comments

  • Emirates new Airbus A380s to have premium economy ‘sleeperette’ seats

    Emirates says its forthcoming premium economy seat will adopt an all-new design exclusive to the airline as what CEO Tim Clark describes as a ‘sleeperette’ which will debut on Emirates' new Airbus A380 fleet from 2020. Speaking to Australian Business Traveller on the sidelines of the...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2018 28 Comments

  • Bombardier's Global 7500 business jet ready for take-off

    Bombardier’s Global 7500 will soars into the arms of its first customer this week as the Canadian company launches its largest and longest-range business jet. Only a handful of jets is expected to be delivered in early 2019, although that number will steadily increase to 35-40 a year ...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2018 0 Comments

  • How to move to an earlier Qantas, Virgin Australia flight

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. When your business day winds up sooner than planned or your last meeting of the day is cancelled, moving onto an earlier Qantas or Virgin Australia domestic flight is a much-ap...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 27 Comments

  • Best seats guide: Qatar Airways Qsuites (Boeing 777 and Airbus A350)

    Qatar Airways’ ‘super business class’ Qsuites have been flying high since June 2017, and currently grace the skies between Canberra, Sydney and Doha on the Boeing 777-300ER. You’ll also find Qsuites on all Airbus A350-1000s, plus some Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 777-200LR ...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 8 Comments

  • How to visit China for up to six days without a visa

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Australian citizens normally need a pre-arranged visa to enter China, but the country’s Transit Without Visa (TWOV) program allows foreigners to enter the country for up ...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 40 Comments

  • Aer Lingus: lie-flat business class on Airbus A321 European flights

    Aer Lingus will buck the Euro-business trend by installing fully-flat business class seats on its forthcoming Airbus A321 jets, which will bring many popular European destinations under their wing. The Irish flag-carrier expects to take delivery of the first of 14 long-range Airbus A321LR aircra...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2018 9 Comments

  • Sydney-Singapore business class: here's how the airlines compare

    Flyers on the busy Sydney-Singapore corridor are spoilt for choice, with four carriers – Singapore Airlines, Qantas, British Airways and Scoot – offering a wide range of departure times, business class seating, service, lounges and more. Here's how they stack up for the business trave...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2018 17 Comments

  • SilkAir goes daily on Cairns-Singapore flights

    Singapore Airlines’ regional subsidiary SilkAir will bump its Cairns-Singapore flights to a daily service from 2019, up from five weekly flights at present. From June 2 2019, that means the addition of return flights on Tuesdays and Sundays, and as with the airline’s current Far Nort...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2018 4 Comments

  • Qantas boosts Cairns, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, PNG flights

    Qantas is ramping up its flights to Queensland with more domestic services to Cairns, the Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Mount Isa, along with new business class options for travellers jetting from Sydney and Melbourne to Far North Queensland. Joining that, QantasLink will also resume its Cairns...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2018 23 Comments

  • United Airlines to launch Melbourne-San Francisco flights

    United Airlines will begin direct flights between Melbourne and San Francisco in October 2019, mirroring the Star Alliance's popular Sydney-San Francisco service. The move will pit United's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner against that of Qantas on the same route, with the United Dreamliners expected to ...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2018 25 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines rebrands first class as Business Suites

    EXCLUSIVE | Malaysia Airlines is exiting the first class market and will rebrand its Airbus A380 and A350 first class cabins as an upgraded version of business class dubbed Business Suites. This change is in name only, however – Business Suites passengers will enjoy the same meals and drin...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2018 16 Comments

  • The Boeing 777X is now a globe-striding ultra-long range private jet

    The Boeing 777x has yet to make its first flight but already this next-generation jet is being spec'd out for a limited edition VIP ride. Billed as the ultimate private jet, the Boeing Business Jet BBJ 777X will be capable of flying half-way around the world, between virtually any two cities &nd...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2018 12 Comments

  • Qantas launches direct Sydney-Bendigo flights

    IN BRIEF | Qantas will begin direct flights between Sydney and Bendigo through its regional arm QantasLink, resulting in hours of time saved for business travellers. Starting March 31 2019, QantasLink will run six flights per week on the Sydney-Bendigo route, switching up to a daily service over...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2018 16 Comments

  • Sampling the Qantas first class lounge’s Summer 2018 menu

    A standout feature of the Qantas international first class lounges in Sydney and Melbourne is the dining experience: a full à la carte service with seasonal menus changing every three months. Overseen by the Rockpool Group and star chef Neil Perry, who now holds the title of Qantas Creati...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 2018 17 Comments

  • What Royal Air Maroc joining Oneworld means for Qantas frequent flyers

    With North Africa-based Royal Air Maroc joining Oneworld, Qantas gains a new partner – and frequent flyers gain new ways to use their Qantas Points plus new reciprocal perks with the airline's  Safar Flyer loyalty scheme. The Moroccan flag-carrier won't be fully integrated into O...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2018 3 Comments

  • Royal Air Maroc joins Oneworld, opening up new links to Africa

    North Africa-based Royal Air Maroc is joining Oneworld, giving the alliance a much greater reach throughout Africa, the Middle East, Europe and beyond. Members of other Oneworld airlines' frequent flyer schemes, including Qantas Frequent Flyers, will be able to earn and redeem points on num...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2018 12 Comments

  • Is Delta planning business class suites for its Airbus A330neo fleet?

    It seems that Delta Air Lines is aiming to raise the business class bar with Delta One-style 'mini-suites' on its forthcoming A330neo jets. Airbus has filed with the US FAA for authorisation to fit 29 business class 'mini-suites' with a sliding door onto the Airbus A330-900, the largest member o...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2018 3 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific business class upgrade guide

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. If you’re travelling with Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong and beyond in premium economy, a great use for your Asia Miles is a business class upgrade. What's more, you can al...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2018 11 Comments

  • Lufthansa plans new first class suites for Boeing 777X?

    Lufthansa is expected to roll out a new first class suite on its long-range Boeing 777X fleet, although the initial deliveries of the 777-9 series will top out at business class. This will of course be the Star Alliance member's all-new business class, which will begin flying from 2020 and offer...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2018 5 Comments

  • Turkish Airlines has a new business class seat on the way

    January 22, 2019 | Turkish Airlines has pulled back the covers on its new business class seat, revealing a modern and spacious design with direct aisle access. The seat will be fitted to Turkish Airlines' forthcoming Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 jets, with the first Dreamliners due mid-2019...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2018 12 Comments

  • Review: Fiji Airways' new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class seat

    Fiji Airways’ new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft brings with it an all-new business class seat, combining even more legroom with fixed-screen inflight entertainment, sky-high Internet access, and much needed AC and USB charging outlets. Set to replace the airline’s existing Boeing 737-800...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2018 4 Comments

  • Inflight announcements: how many are too many?

    TALKING POINT | Whether it’s the safety demonstration, the “prepare for landing” call or the pleasant “welcome to X where the local time is…”, inflight announcements are commonplace when jetting about, and many of them share useful information with passengers ...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2018 37 Comments

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