• How to 'Book the Cook' on Singapore Airlines flights

    Fancy dining on a roast rack of lamb, a multi-course Japanese kyo kaiseki or the perennial favourite of lobster thermidor on your next flight? Seasoned Singapore Airlines travellers  can do just that, thanks to the popular ‘Book the Cook’ menu which sees over 50 dishes available...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2019 4 Comments

  • Qatar Airways swaps Perth's Airbus A380 for Boeing 777 with Qsuites

    Qatar Airways will swap out its Airbus A380 from the Perth-Doha route for a Boeing 777-300ER between September and December 2019 as the superjumbo heads into the hangar for routine maintenance. That's not the best news if you're booked into the superjumbo's first class cabin, as the Boeing 777 l...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2019 7 Comments

  • Can F1 racing technology shape the future of business class?

    At first glance, the cramped and noisy cockpit of a Formula One racer and the cosy cocoon of a business class seat would appear to have little in common, except perhaps speed – where, ironically, that business class seat in flight can be travelling three times as fast as a record-breaking F...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2019 0 Comments

  • What do you want from Qantas' Project Sunrise first, business class?

    TALKING POINT | Last week, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce told Australian Business Traveller that the airline's globe-striding Project Sunrise jets would feature the Roo's 'best ever' first class and business class. Come 2022 – a mere three years from now – those jets will take wing on n...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2019 125 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines: Perth flights to get Airbus A330 with lie-flat beds

    Business travellers from Perth to Kuala Lumpur can now rest easier, with Malaysia Airlines finally swapping the cozy Boeing 737 for the twin-aisle Airbus A330 from Monday 1 April 2019 on daily flights MH126/MH127. The bigger bird features 19 fully-flat business class berths which will be mo...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2019 6 Comments

  • JAL's new business class meals include Michelin-starred soba noodles

    Japan Airlines will tempt travellers with a new spread of dishes in first class and business class, some designed by a Michelin 2-star chef, as the Oneworld member and Qantas partner rolls out its Spring menu for 2019. Debuting on flights from March 1, international flights from Tokyo's Narita a...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2019 5 Comments

  • Alan Joyce aims to 'redefine’ business, first class on 20 hour flights

    Qantas CEO Alan Joyce wants to match his ambitious Project Sunrise program for non-stop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York, with equally bullish plans for the seats and suites which will cradle passengers on those marathon 18-20 hour treks. “It will be the best produc...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2019 79 Comments

  • How to claim compensation for a delayed or cancelled European flight

    Delayed and cancelled flights are among the worst fates that can befall a busy business traveller. Missing important meetings, missing connecting flights to your next round of important meetings – it's all designed to send your carefully-designed schedule in a tailspin. While there's littl...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2019 14 Comments

  • New meals and much more are coming to ANA first class, business class

    From a wider range of meal choices to new amenity kits and pyjamas, ANA is upgrading the inflight experience for its business class and first class passengers. As of March 1, all ANA business class travellers will enjoy a wider selection of meals and have the option of pre-ordering up to 24 hour...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2019 11 Comments

  • Five things I learned flying round-the-world with Star Alliance

    Taking a round-the-world trip is quite different to a typical return flight: you’re always jetting onward to the next place rather than backward along the same path, and the nature of the ticket allows you to visit many cities (or clients) on a single trip abroad. I had the chance to fly r...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2019 22 Comments

  • La Compagnie's all-business A321neo New York-Paris flights start June

    French boutique airline La Compagnie ('The Company') is set to sharpen its appeal to corporate travellers and high flyers jetting between New York and Paris on new Airbus A321neo all-business class jets from June 2019. This first of two A321neo single-aisle sprinters will arrive in May and tak...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2019 16 Comments

  • RIP superjumbo: Airbus axes the A380

    After almost a dozen years, Airbus is pulling the plug on its A380 superjumbo. The last of the double-deck behemoths will roll out of Airbus' hangar in 2021 and be handed over to Emirates, the stalwart airline which has essentially kept the A380 alive in recent years through repeated orders of t...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 43 Comments

  • Qantas: upgraded Airbus A380s will begin flying in August 2019

    Qantas has pushed back the long-awaited upgrade to its Airbus A380s, shifting the kick-off from March to July, with the first of the refurb'd birds now expected to take wing in August. Qantas International CEO Alison Webster confirmed the four-month setback to the program, although tha...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 114 Comments

  • Qatar Airways tips 'mini-Qsuite' business class for Airbus A321neo

    Qatar Airways will launch a new business class seat on its forthcoming Airbus A321neo jets, slated for delivery in the second half of this year, with what's tipped as a high-privacy design which might best described as a single-aisle version of the highly-regarded Qsuite. The same seat will also...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 4 Comments

  • United adds first class to new Bombardier CRJ 550 regional jets

    United Airlines wants its regional flyers to get that first class feeling, so the carrier’s new Bombardier CRJ 550 jets will feature an oversized first class cabin with United’s fanciest domestic seats. When it takes wing from the middle of this year, the front ten of the CRJ 550&rsq...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 3 Comments

  • Etihad's Sydney swap: Boeing 777 replaces Airbus A380 from July 2019

    Etihad Airways will extend the downgrading of one of its two daily Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights to a Boeing 777-300ER on an ongoing basis from July 2019. The Gulf airline and Virgin Australia partner had previously announced that flight EY451 – which departs Sydney at 3pm for a midnight arriva...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2019 20 Comments

  • Qantas Titanium card: first class lounge access, extra status credits

    20% bonus Status Credits 150,000 Qantas Points sign-up bonus Base earning rate of 1.25 Qantas Points per dollar on domestic spend Qantas is taking aim at high-spending high flyers with its new Premier Titanium credit card, which trumps its Premier Platinum sibling with more than just super...

    POSTED 12 Feb, 2019 52 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific 'Hong Kong Flavours' dishes for business, first class

    Globetrotting business travellers tend to love trying local dishes, but why wait until your flight touches down? Cathay Pacific is tapping into its roots with a series of authentic Cantonese inflight meals under the airline’s new ‘Hong Kong Flavours’ dining concept. Available o...

    POSTED 12 Feb, 2019 6 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines' SilkAir gets lie-flat business class

    Singapore Airlines' regional arm SilkAir will upgrade its Boeing 737 business class to lie-flat seats next year using Thompson Aero's popular Vantage design. The new business class seats will debut on SilkAir's growing Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet from May 2020 – the airline has five MAX 8s alre...

    POSTED 11 Feb, 2019 8 Comments

  • Air France unveils new Airbus A330 business class

    Air France is rolling out a new business class cabin for its Airbus A330s, and some travellers will be in for quite a treat with one jet already sporting the fresh new look. Up to 30 March 2019, you’ll find the new birds on some flights from Paris to Ghana, Burkina Faso and Houston. From 3...

    POSTED 8 Feb, 2019 11 Comments

  • Thai AirAsia X to launch Brisbane-Bangkok flights

    Brisbane travellers will have a new way to reach Thailand from June 25 2019 when Thai AirAsia X kicks off non-stop flights between Bangkok and the Queensland capital. Using an Airbus 330 aircraft, the airline's business class experience is sold as 'Premium Flatbed', offering angled-flat seats in...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2019 11 Comments

  • Boeing partners with Aerion to accelerate AS2 supersonic business jet

    Boeing is putting its weight behind efforts to develop a next-generation supersonic jet and start shuttling business travellers from A to B, fast. The move marks Boeing’s return to supersonics since the ill-fated Boeing 2707, for which several airlines – including Qantas &ndas...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2019 2 Comments

  • Qantas trims chauffeur drive service on London flights

    Qantas is reducing the free mileage allowance for business class and first class chauffeur drive service on its London flights, although many passengers won't even notice. The current 70 mile (112km) complimentary distance from London Heathrow Airport will be reduced to 50 miles (80km) as o...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2019 18 Comments

  • John Borghetti leaves Virgin Australia in March as new CEO takes over

    John Borghetti will leave Virgin Australia next month – nine months earlier than previously announced – as newly-appointed CEO Paul Scurrah steps into the corner office. Experienced tourism and transport and logistics exec Scurrah has previously racked up years at both Qantas an...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2019 31 Comments

  • Emirates axes chauffeur drive for tickets booked with Qantas Points

    Emirates business class and first class bookings made using Qantas frequent flyer points will no longer include the airline's free chauffeur drive service. Earlier this year the Gulf airline declared that tickets booked using Skywards Miles, along with miles-based upgrades from economy to busine...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2019 38 Comments

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