• First photos: China Southern's Airbus A350 business class

    China Southern will pick up the keys to its first Airbus A350 in June, with a new business class seat (but no first class) taking price of place at the pointy end. The former SkyTeam member has released onto Chinese social media network Weibo these two 'sneak preview' photos of its Airbus A...

    POSTED 13 May, 2019 8 Comments

  • Delta trials free WiFi on domestic US flights

    Delta Air Lines will provide free WiFi on some US flights starting May 13, as part of assessing plans to eventually make free WiFi a standard feature across its domestic network. The pilot program will include about 55 daily flights of varying length and across economy and premium cabins, the ai...

    POSTED 10 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • Which airline has the best business class for Perth-Singapore flights?

    Singapore is one of Perth’s busiest international destinations, being an easy 5½ hour dash away and opening up the WA city to many others worldwide through the hub that is Changi Airport. There are three competitors on this route, including the stalwart Singapore Airlines, its budge...

    POSTED 10 May, 2019 27 Comments

  • At $195, Blade's NY to JFK helicopter service takes on Uber Black

    Helicopters have been whisking the wealthy from Manhattan to New York’s airports for decades. Now the ride can be booked via a smartphone for as little as US$195. And when traffic is heavy on those roads far below, that price – and the fact you're spending around five minutes darting...

    POSTED 9 May, 2019 12 Comments

  • Asiana axes Airbus A380 first class, rebrands as Business Suites

    Asiana Airlines is officially axing first class from its Airbus A380s, although the upmarket private suites themselves will be retained and sold under the new brand of Business Suites. From 1 September 2019 the South Korean carrier and Star Alliance member will treat the twelve private suites ...

    POSTED 8 May, 2019 7 Comments

  • Qantas upgrades Sydney-San Francisco to Boeing 787

    Qantas will move its daily Sydney-San Francisco route to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from 4 December 2019 as the airline steadily puts its Boeing 747 jumbo jets out to pasture. The Sydney-San Francisco Dreamliner service will complement Qantas’ existing Boeing 787 between Melbourne and San F...

    POSTED 7 May, 2019 62 Comments

  • Virgin Australia halts plan for new Boeing 737 business class

    EXCLUSIVE | Virgin Australia has put on ice its plans for a new domestic business class for east-west Boeing 737 flights as it embarks on a review of the airline's domestic offering. The move follows freshly-minted CEO Paul Scurrah's decision earlier this week to delay delivery of the troubled B...

    POSTED 3 May, 2019 63 Comments

  • Aer Lingus launches 'AerSpace' business class on European flights

    Aer Lingus is adding business class to its regional flights within the UK and Europe, but predictably taking a leaf from the playbook of sibling British Airways. Available from  September 1 2019, the Irish carrier's AerSpace falls into the same Euro-business category as BA's Club Europe: th...

    POSTED 3 May, 2019 2 Comments

  • Korean Air withdraws first class from Brisbane, dials back Sydney

    SkyTeam alliance member Korean Air will axe first class on its Brisbane-Seoul flights from June 2019 in favour of more seating for business class, with the airline’s Sydney-Seoul flights also set to lose first class throughout much of the year. For Brisbane flyers, first class disappears p...

    POSTED 2 May, 2019 1 Comment

  • Cathay Pacific to fly Airbus A350-1000 to Melbourne, Perth

    Cathay Pacific will begin flying its flagship Airbus A350-1000 to Melbourne and Perth from October 2019 as the airline continues a rolling update to its Australian fleet. The advanced A350-1000 will appear daily as flight CX104 from Melbourne to Hong Kong from 27 October 2019, and...

    POSTED 2 May, 2019 25 Comments

  • How to 'replace' a full passport, instead of just renewing it

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. With Australia no longer issuing 64-page ‘frequent traveller’ passports to new applicants, its much easier for globetrotters to fill a modern passport with stamps a...

    POSTED 2 May, 2019 3 Comments

  • Here is Air France's new Airbus A350 business class seat

    With its all-new Airbus A350 business class seat, Air France hopes to please every passenger. Want to sit right up against the window and enjoy the view through as many as three large windows? Done. Prefer to be closer to the aisle? Also done. If you're set for the middle seat, how about bein...

    POSTED 1 May, 2019 14 Comments

  • Inside Four Seasons' new Airbus A321LR luxury jet

    Luxury hotel chain Four Seasons is upgrading its private jet experience with the promise of round-the-world tours which will 'evoke the bygone glamour of air travel'. A highly-customised Airbus A321LR will let wealthy travellers take wing from early 2021 and once in the air, enjoy everything fro...

    POSTED 29 Apr, 2019 0 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific is axing Cairns-Hong Kong flights from October

    Cathay Pacific will end its non-stop Cairns-Hong Kong flights from October 2019, leaving Brisbane as the airline's sole Queensland port. A spokesman for Cathay Pacific confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the route, which has been in operation since 1993, is being “sus...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2019 19 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines upgrades business class on Perth-Singapore flights

    EXCLUSIVE | Business class flyers jetting from Perth to Singapore are in for an upgrade with one of Singapore Airlines’ four daily return flights stepping up from an ageing Boeing 777-200 to a factory-fresh Airbus A350, fitted with the airline’s newest ‘regional’ business ...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2019 12 Comments

  • Qantas' Airbus A380, and first class, returns to Sydney-Hong Kong

    Qantas is once again scheduling its flagship Airbus A380 between Sydney and Hong Kong over the 2019-2020 summer season, with Qantas first class suites also up for sale – making Qantas the only airline offering first class on this busy route. The 'summer superjumbo' has become something of ...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2019 33 Comments

  • UK opens e-gates, ditches landing cards for Australian passports

    The UK is adding Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, the USA and Canada to the list of passports which can use its automated e-gates on arrival Those are the same fast-track channels currently enjoyed by holders of UK and EU passports (and the broader European Economic Area), ...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2019 41 Comments

  • Emirates offers gratis hotel in Sydney, longer chauffeur rides

    Emirates is broadening the driving distance of its complimentary chauffeur service for business class and first class passengers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, with journeys of up to 80 driven kilometres now covered for eligible passengers. High flyers departing on Emirates’ ...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2019 9 Comments

  • How to change to an earlier British Airways flight at no cost

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. With many airlines, changing to an earlier flight for free is a privilege reserved for top-tier frequent flyers or those travelling on the most expensive flexible airfares: but with Brit...

    POSTED 16 Apr, 2019 1 Comment

  • Virgin Atlantic's Boeing 787 business class seat will be a new design

    Virgin Atlantic is planning a a new business class seat for its Boeing 787s, but it won't be the same as the Upper Class suites which the airline will launch mid-year on its Airbus A350 jets. Instead, travellers on the Dreamliner – and the older Airbus A330s – will see a different se...

    POSTED 14 Apr, 2019 1 Comment

  • Should Qantas' Project Sunrise business class seats have doors?

    TALKING POINT | All of a sudden, doors are the thing for business class. Four airlines already have them – most recently, British Airways with its new Club Suites – and little doubt that other airlines will tap this trend in the years to come. Which brings us to Qantas’ ne...

    POSTED 12 Apr, 2019 50 Comments

  • JetBlue to launch London flights from New York, Boston in 2021

    JetBlue will launch flights from New York and Boston to London in 2021 using long-range Airbus A321 jets, expected to sport private business class suites. Although the airline hasn't yet confirmed which London airport it will serve, its UK playbook will rely not only on the fuel-efficient Airbus...

    POSTED 10 Apr, 2019 20 Comments

  • British Airways vs Virgin Atlantic: new business class seats compared

    The battle for British business travellers is well and truly on, with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both launching all-new business class seats. Ironically, each will take to the skies in the UK summer on factory-fresh Airbus A350-1000 jets. So how do they compare? Here's our executive su...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2019 1 Comment

  • Why BA's new business class has a door, but Virgin Atlantic's doesn't

    Now that Britain's two international airlines have revealed their next-generation business class, the most obvious different is how British Airways and Virgin Atlantic each approached the issue of privacy at the pointy end. British Airways' Club Suite sports a sliding door which fully enclo...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2019 6 Comments

  • Elegance aloft in the Hermes-designed Airbus private jet

    Ask Hermes to design the cabin of your next private jet and the result might not be quite what you expected. Put aside the glossiest notions of the French high-fashion house. Instead, for this Airbus private jet belonging to Taiwan's EVA Airways, Hermes drew on its storied roots in the carriage ...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2019 0 Comments

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