• Qantas rules out below-deck sleeping bunks on Project Sunrise jets

    Visions of turning an aircraft’s cargo bay into railway-like sleeping bunks on Qantas’ non-stop Project Sunrise flights from Australia’s east coast to London and New York won’t come to pass, with the airline now ruling out the below-deck sleeping space on these globe-...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2019 42 Comments

  • Korean Air tips new business class seats, fleetwide inflight WiFi

    SkyTeam alliance member Korean Air plans to roll out a new business class seat over the coming years, joined by the addition of inflight Internet access on board every Korean Air plane. Eyeing a more modern experience for business travellers, Korean Air is one of the few major global airlines th...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2019 1 Comment

  • Qantas hits pause on planned non-stop flights to Paris

    Qantas’ plans to expand non-stop flights from Perth to Europe are on hold, with the airline’s ongoing disputes with Perth Airport causing the carrier to shelve plans to go beyond the current Perth-London service out of Australia’s west coast. The two companies are currently in ...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2019 65 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines transitions to all-flatbed business class from 2020

    Singapore Airlines is going big on business class, with the Star Alliance member planning to roll out lie-flat beds across its entire aircraft fleet: not only for business travellers taking longer and perhaps overnight journeys, but even those venturing on short hops like Singapore-Kuala Lumpur. ...

    POSTED 2 Jun, 2019 15 Comments

  • Turkish Airlines eyes new Boeing 777 business class seat

    EXCLUSIVE | Turkish Airlines plans to upgrade its Boeing 777-300ER jets with a new business class seat over the next four years, in a move that will introduce direct aisle access for every business class passenger. Replacing today’s seats – which come in a 2-3-2 layout, and place alm...

    POSTED 2 Jun, 2019 9 Comments

  • ANA upgrades domestic business class, economy seats

    ANA will launch a rolling upgrade of its domestic business class seats towards the end of 2019, with eight Boeing 777-200s and eleven Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners in line for the improved 'premium class' cabin. The revamped jets will also see a larger premium cabin of 28 seats – up from 21 on ...

    POSTED 29 May, 2019 1 Comment

  • Virgin Australia cuts baggage allowance for Velocity frequent flyers

    Virgin Australia is slashing the baggage allowance for its Velocity frequent flyers on flights to Los Angeles. From June 11 2019, Velocity members holding Silver, Gold or Platinum status and booked into premium economy on Virgin's Boeing 777 Los Angeles flights will see their checked luggage all...

    POSTED 29 May, 2019 23 Comments

  • ANA’s direct Perth to Tokyo flights starting in September

    As the only airline to offer direct flights from Perth to Tokyo, ANA is the ideal choice when travelling to Japan and beyond from Australia’s west coast. This article is sponsored by ANA ANA will launch the direct daily flights from September 1, 2019, with the overnight service departing ...

    POSTED 29 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • How to change to an earlier American Airlines flight at no cost

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Whether you’re travelling within the United States or even between New York and London, you may be able to change your American Airlines flight at no cost – even if the ticke...

    POSTED 29 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • Air New Zealand to buy up to 20 long-range Boeing 787-10 jets

    UPDATE [MAY 27, 2019] | Air New Zealand will buy as many as twenty extended-range Boeing 787 Dreamliners as the Kiwi carrier maps out its next-generation fleet and eyes non-stop flights from Auckland to New York. The first of the initial eight Boeing 787-10s will join the Air New Zealand fleet i...

    POSTED 27 May, 2019 26 Comments

  • Melbourne-Singapore business class: how the airlines compare

    Melbourne to Singapore is a busy international corridor for business travellers, with no less than five airlines currently doing the eight-hour dash between the two cities. Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Emirates, Jetstar and Scoot all have business class cabins on this route ranging from luxurious...

    POSTED 27 May, 2019 23 Comments

  • Why you should be flying ANA to Japan and beyond

    ANA’s direct flights from Sydney to Haneda (and upcoming direct flights from Perth to Narita beginning September 1st, 2019) make it a great choice for flying to the land of the rising sun and beyond. With highly-rated premium cabins, world-leading service and a convenient flight sched...

    POSTED 24 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • Airbus sees high interest in below-deck sleeping bunks

    Airbus is edging closer to putting railway-like sleeping berths in the belly of its long-range aircraft, including the globe-striding Airbus A350-1000ULR which Qantas is considering for non-stop ‘Project Sunrise’ flights to London and New York. Although the concept also espouses usin...

    POSTED 23 May, 2019 26 Comments

  • Airbus CEO tamps down talk of A350-2000

    Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury has scotched talk of a super-sized Airbus A350-2000 replacing the Airbus A380 as the company's largest commercial jetliner. With the last A380 rolling out of the hangar in 2021, speculation has swirled that Airbus would seek to stretch the A350-1000 into an even longer...

    POSTED 22 May, 2019 2 Comments

  • Lufthansa's SkyRetreat cabin re-imagines the Airbus A220 as a VIP ride

    Business jets don't need to be filled to the gills with the latest technology or even a riot of I-ticked-all-the-boxes options. Proof of concept? Here's a zen-like approach to customising the Airbus A220 for a unique private jet experience. It's the SkyRetreat cabin from Lufthansa Technik, an...

    POSTED 22 May, 2019 1 Comment

  • Airbus CEO hints on launch of ultra-long range Airbus A321XLR

    Airbus is expected to give its A321neo jet ever longer legs with a mid-2019 launch of an extended-range model dubbed the A321XLR. The single-aisle jet would build on the ocean-hopping and continent-striding scope of the A321LR, with a range up to 8,300km (4,500nm). JetBlue and Aer Lin...

    POSTED 22 May, 2019 25 Comments

  • These recycled parts of an Airbus plane bring the sky into your home

    Seeking a unique piece of decor for your office or home? Airbus is now working with feted designers to transform parts of decommissioned aircraft into objets d’art – and each is a guaranteed conversation-starter with its own story to tell. Dubbed A Piece of Sky, the ‘upcyclin...

    POSTED 21 May, 2019 7 Comments

  • Bombardier’s Nuage chaise adds a luxury note to the business jet

    Despite their name, business jets don’t need to be all about business: their inherent flexibility also allows for some downtime above the clouds. Bombardier clearly shares that philosophy though the latest addition to its Global 5500 and Global 6500 private aircraft: the Nuage chaise loung...

    POSTED 21 May, 2019 2 Comments

  • British Airways' Elemis airport spas get new look, new treatments

    There are few better ways to set out for a long international flight than with a relaxing and refreshing spa treatment, and British Airways is one of the few airlines boasting day spas at its flagship airport lounges. Those Elemis-branded travel spas are now getting their own refresh, spanning...

    POSTED 21 May, 2019 1 Comment

  • Qantas upgrades business class breakfast on flights from Asia

    Qantas is upgrading its business class breakfast on overnight flights from Asia, although the changes are less about adding a raft of new dishes and more about how breakfast is served, in order to maximise rest for red-eye travellers. Here's a rundown of the Qantas' revised and revamped business...

    POSTED 20 May, 2019 48 Comments

  • Making the most of Virgin Australia's 2019 double status credit offer

    If you've not quite hit Velocity Gold and Platinum status, those shiny cards are about to get much closer thanks to Virgin Australia's latest double status credits offer. The promotion is open to all Velocity members, rather than being an invitation-only affair limited to some frequent...

    POSTED 20 May, 2019 15 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific's new business class dining service lands in Australia

    Cathay Pacific is now rolling out its revamped business class dining service on flights between Australia and Hong Kong. A staged launch from mid-2018 introduced the new concept to passengers on long-range flights to the UK, Europe and North America. This includes three starter choices instea...

    POSTED 17 May, 2019 15 Comments

  • How to book a seat on Qantas' exclusive Airbus A380 frequent flyer jet

    UPDATE 15/5/19 | Qantas has now opened bookings for all seats on its special Airbus A380 frequent flyer charter from Melbourne to Tokyo. It's a one-off service with every seat on the superjumbo – from the entire first class cabin of 14 suites, through to 371 economy seats down the back of ...

    POSTED 16 May, 2019 50 Comments

  • Which airline has the best Brisbane-Singapore business class?

    The traffic between Brisbane to Singapore isn’t as frenetic compared to Sydney or Melbourne, but competition is still surprisingly fierce with three full-service airlines putting on some of their best products on this route. Qantas and Singapore Airlines are the obvious contenders, but the...

    POSTED 16 May, 2019 14 Comments

  • Emirates Boeing 777X will have "next-generation" first, business class

    Emirates will launch what it describes as "next-generation bespoke cabins" on its future flagship Boeing 777X aircraft next year as the first of a massive order for 150 Boeing 777X jets rolls into the hangars at Dubai. A spokeswoman for Emirates has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller tha...

    POSTED 14 May, 2019 5 Comments

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