• Qatar Airways launches Beyond Business loyalty program

    Australian small- and medium-sized businesses can soon take advantage of the new Beyond Business rewards program from Qatar Airways, providing a range of benefits for both the company and its travelling employees and expected to launch in Australia later this year. On the business side, entities...

    POSTED 4 Feb, 2019 1 Comment

  • Oneworld’s new brand, app platform puts focus on business travellers

    With snappy new branding and app-based smarts, the Oneworld alliance is sharpening its appeal to globe-trotting business travellers hopping between its 13 member airlines. Those seamless connections which travellers always wish for – along with alliance-based creature comforts such as loun...

    POSTED 4 Feb, 2019 9 Comments

  • Aer Lingus looks increasingly likely to rejoin Oneworld

    Aer Lingus stands ready to rejoin the Oneworld alliance under the new Oneworld Connect partner model, says Willie Walsh, CEO of parent company IAG. "Aer Lingus would certainly like to look at the Oneworld alliance again, and given the way that Oneworld has evolved I think that's a fairly realist...

    POSTED 1 Feb, 2019 7 Comments

  • Air Vanuatu to launch Melbourne-Port Vila flights

    Vanuatu will become an easier destination for Melbourne residents to reach from June 18 2019, with Air Vanuatu kicking off a new non-stop service between Port Vila and the Victorian capital. The route will be served by Air Vanuatu's Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which feature eight reclining seats in...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2019 9 Comments

  • Here is Aer Lingus’ new Airbus A321LR business class

    Aer Lingus will offer fully-flat business class seats on its forthcoming Airbus A321 jets, with the popular Vantage seats from Thompson Aero taking pride of place at the pointy end of the long-range fleet slated for both trans-Atlantic and key European routes. An internal Aer Lingus presentation...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2019 13 Comments

  • The best business class seats on the Qantas Airbus A380

    Qantas' flagship Airbus A380 flies to Singapore, London, Los Angeles, Dallas and seasonally to Hong Kong, with fully-flat beds for business class passengers along the upper deck. But not every business seat is created equal – some are better for working, others for uninterrupted ...

    POSTED 29 Jan, 2019 34 Comments

  • Qantas: cafes, gyms and 'chill zones' for non-stop 20 hour flights

    Passengers on Qantas' non-stop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York could while away the 18-20 hour journey at a sky-high cafe, exercising in a mini-gym or tuning out in "virtual reality relaxation zones". Those are some of the ideas on a shortlist drawn up for the airline's ...

    POSTED 27 Jan, 2019 102 Comments

  • Boeing 777X business class concept brings back the middle seat

    Boeing's first concept images of its 777X business class cabin suggests the next-generation jet could adopt what’s generally considered as a last-generation design. Taking advantage of the 777x's slightly wider floorplan compared to the rest of the 777 family, Boeing has squeezed an extr...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2019 25 Comments

  • Qantas boosts Sydney-Bali to an Airbus A330 with lie-flat seats

    Qantas is set to make flights on the popular Sydney-Bali corridor a little more cosy by moving from a Boeing 737 to the better-appointed Airbus A330 from 31 March 2019. For passengers in the pointy end, that means upgrading from this... ... to this. The Qantas Business Suite seats bring fa...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2019 24 Comments

  • Virgin Australia increases business class cabin baggage allowance

    EXCLUSIVE | Business class passengers travelling on Virgin Australia domestic and short-distance international flights can now take advantage of a more generous cabin baggage allowance, as can Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers booked in premium economy or economy. From January 24 2019, ...

    POSTED 24 Jan, 2019 15 Comments

  • Boeing's flying car takes to the skies

    Boeing flying car – designed to whisk passengers over congested city streets and dodge skyscrapers - has completed its first test flight on Tuesday, offering a peek into the future of urban transportation the aerospace giant and others are seeking to reshape. A prototype of the autonomous ...

    POSTED 24 Jan, 2019 3 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines Airbus A350 business class vs. Business Suites

    Malaysia Airlines offers both 'business class' and 'Business Suites' on board its Airbus A350 and A380 aircraft, and for most travellers that's a confusing choice. What's the different between business class and Business Suites, and how do they compare? Malaysia Airlines business class...

    POSTED 24 Jan, 2019 10 Comments

  • Confirmed: here is Turkish Airlines' new business class seat

    Turkish Airlines has pulled back the covers on its new business class seat, and here it is. The airline has confirmed its choice of the Aurora seat from Stelia Aerospace – based on Singapore Airlines' new regional business class – for its forthcoming Boeing 787 and  ...

    POSTED 22 Jan, 2019 7 Comments

  • Qantas to begin Sydney-Fiji flights

    If you're contemplating an island getaway – especially when it comes tor turning hard-earned frequent flyer points into a well-earned holiday – Qantas' decision to begin direct flights from Sydney to Fiji will be welcome news. Starting 31 March 2019, Qantas' nimble Boeing 737 will da...

    POSTED 21 Jan, 2019 19 Comments

  • Royal Brunei will fly to Brisbane from June

    Royal Brunei Airlines will begin flying to Brisbane from 11 June, opening up another one-stop connection to London as well as alternative routes across Asia via Royal Brunei's home hub at Bandar Seri Begawan. Passengers can plan their trip around four flights pr week, departing on 5.30pm on...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2019 48 Comments

  • China Eastern Airbus A350 to fly Sydney-Shanghai from March 31

    China Eastern's busy Sydney-Shanghai route is set for a stunning upgrade as the airline swings its Airbus A350 into Aussie skies. As of March 31, the SkyTeam member's daily flight MU561/MU562 service will shift from an older Airbus A330 to a factory-fresh A350. Business travellers will be the b...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2019 43 Comments

  • United's Boeing 787s to get a Polaris business class upgrade this year

    United Airlines will begin fitting Polaris business class seats to its Boeing 787 fleet later this year, with the aim of having all of the Dreamliners boasting the slick new seats by the end of 2020. The Boeing 787 upgrade program is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019, which means t...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2019 16 Comments

  • Qantas says it won't scrap chauffeur service for points-based bookings

    Qantas says it will continue to offer its chauffeur drive service for business class or first class travellers who book their trip with frequent flyer points, despite a decision by partner Emirates to restrict chauffeur rides to paying customers. A spokeswoman for Qantas tells Australian Bu...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2019 26 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific considers Airbus A350-1000 for Melbourne, Perth

    Cathay Pacific could begin flying its flagship Airbus A350-1000 to Melbourne or Perth in the middle of this year as the airline continues to update its Australian fleet. While most of Cathay's Australian services rely on Airbus A330 or Boeing 777 jets, the airline has been steadily bringing its ...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2019 18 Comments

  • Emirates cuts flights from Sydney, Perth

    Emirates is reducing flights from Sydney and Perth in a series of "adjustments through the year in response to dynamic market conditions." The Gulf airline and Qantas partner will cut its Perth flights back to a single daily service from March 31 with the axing of flight EK424/EK425. This will l...

    POSTED 13 Jan, 2019 61 Comments

  • Qantas, Virgin Australia stream ahead with domestic WiFi in 2019

    Qantas and Virgin Australia have both passed the halfway mark in their rollout of domestic WiFi, giving passengers a 50/50 chance that their next flight will allow them to stay connected above the clouds. Here’s where the two airlines stand in the sky-high WiFi stakes. A spokesman for Qan...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2019 31 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines plans next-generation Boeing 737 MAX business class

    The clock is ticking on Malaysia Airlines’ plans for its next-generation Boeing 737 MAX seats, ahead of the arrival of its first MAX jet in early 2020. However, the Oneworld member is “rethinking” previous plans to install lie-fat seats onto the single-aisle jet, and could opt ...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2019 19 Comments

  • AirCalin to reveal new business class for Airbus A330neo jets

    New Caledonia's Aircalin is expected to reveal all-new business class seats for its Airbus A330neo jets this month, ahead of the aircraft's delivery towards the end of this year. The new 'Hibiscus Class' A330neo seats will offer direct aisle access through a 1-2-1 layout, replacing the current 2...

    POSTED 9 Jan, 2019 6 Comments

  • China Eastern Boeing 787 brings business class suites to Melbourne

    China Eastern is upgrading one of its two daily Melbourne-Shanghai flights to a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with business travellers set to enjoy private suites with sliding doors on the 10 hour trek. The Boeing 787-9 slides into the MU737/MU738 service beginning February 1, 2019 – although t...

    POSTED 8 Jan, 2019 11 Comments

  • Boom expects first supersonic test flight this year

    Supersonic startup Boom plans to begin test flights this year ahead of a commercial debut for its needle-like Overture jet in 2023. With an array of Silicon Valley investors tipping a fresh US$100m into Boom’s bank account, the company aims to send its XB-1 demonstrator into the skies be...

    POSTED 8 Jan, 2019 13 Comments

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