• Singapore Airlines: no 'Book The Cook' for New York-Singapore flights

    Singapore Airlines says it has no current plans to introduce its Book The Cook service for the New York-Singapore leg of The World's Longest Flight©. The popular advance meal order service boasts a dazzling choice between 50 dishes on business class flights out of Singapore, with over a doz...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • Qantas moves to Manila Airport Terminal 3 (and a much better lounge)

    Qantas is moving to Manila Airport's Terminal 3 from the end of October 2018 and will also boost its Sydney-Manila flights to a daily service – and on both counts this is good news for the business traveller. But first and definitely foremost, the shift from Manila's original and quite dat...

    POSTED 22 Oct, 2018 36 Comments

  • Making a better case for flying on a 20 hour non-stop flight

    We’re now drawing closer to an era of travel which some high flyers will look forward to, while more will dread: the age of ultra-long flights. Earlier this month Singapore Airlines snatched the crown for The World’s Longest Flight with its non-stop service between Singapore and New ...

    POSTED 22 Oct, 2018 58 Comments

  • Qatar Airways unlocks free superfast WiFi on selected flights

    Qatar Airways is offering free unlimited WiFi on selected flights to its Doha hub through to the middle of November. The Oneworld member's Super WiFi system is rated at decent broadband-grade speeds – we tested it at 5-8Mbps for downloads, which is decidedly faster than most international ...

    POSTED 21 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • Malaysia Airlines now sells first class on Sydney-Kuala Lumpur

    Malaysia Airlines will sell first class on its daily Airbus A350 between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur, with the airline stepping away from previous plans to make the suites available as a no-cost upgrade to business class passengers holding Platinum-grade frequent flyer status. The A350 currently fea...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2018 16 Comments

  • Qantas is now selling premium economy on Melbourne-Perth flights

    Qantas travellers jetting between Melbourne and Perth can now book themselves into the premium economy cabin of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on QF9 and QF10. Until now, it’s been possible only to book business or economy on the domestic leg of those flights, with premium economy held back for...

    POSTED 18 Oct, 2018 22 Comments

  • Etihad's Sydney and Melbourne lounges adopt new The House brand

    Etihad Airways' international business and first class lounges at Sydney and Melbourne airport will be taken over by independent operator No1 Lounges this month and rebranded as The House at the end of this month. The lounges will continue to host eligible Etihad passengers ahead of flights to A...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2018 10 Comments

  • Boeing 737 MAX goes VIP, now available as your own private jet

    Boeing's next-generation 737 MAX is now available in a private jet edition, and the aircraft manufacturer is going all-out to convince potential buyers that its MAX will trump any smaller VIP ride from the likes of Gulfstream or Bombardier. Part of the pitch appeals to the practical: that bein...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2018 4 Comments

  • New supersonic engine ready for faster-than-sound private jets

    General Electric has completed its initial design for the first commercial supersonic aircraft engine in decades, a major hurdle for developing private planes and, perhaps eventually, jetliners that fly faster than the speed of sound. The twin-shaft, twin-fan design will slash travel times by ho...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Here is why the world's longest flight doesn't have a lounge or a bar

    Singapore Airlines is now running the world’s longest flights – around 18 hours between Singapore and New York – but many people, including this writer, have questioned the lack of any lounge or social space where travellers can escape their seat during the marathon flight. How...

    POSTED 14 Oct, 2018 15 Comments

  • Which business class is best for flights between Australia and Brazil?

    South America is one of the furthest destinations from Australia, and although you can fly non-stop to Santiago de Chile, there are no direct flights between Australia and Brazil: so whether you’re headed to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, or anywhere else in the continent's largest ...

    POSTED 12 Oct, 2018 25 Comments

  • United Boeing 787-10 brings Polaris business class to domestic flights

    United Airlines is bringing its newest jets and its best business class seats to the competitive US transcontinental market, in a move which will benefit savvy United business class travellers flying from Australia through to New York. From January 2019, United's Boeing 787-10s will be seen spri...

    POSTED 12 Oct, 2018 10 Comments

  • Qantas and KLM partner for flights to Amsterdam

    Qantas and KLM are partnering on flights to Amsterdam, with Singapore acting as the common hub for a codeshare alliance beginning November 2018. Similar in scope to the Qantas/Air France liaison, the newly-minted agreement will see Qantas carry travellers through to Singapore where they'll trans...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2018 33 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines offers Qantas frequent flyers a first class upgrade

    Malaysia Airlines will continue flying its Airbus A350 between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur through to March 30 2019, with top-tier Qantas Platinum frequent flyers and their Oneworld Emerald equivalents booked in business class being offered a free upgrade to a first class suite on the nine-hour fligh...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2018 20 Comments

  • Here are the best economy seats on domestic Qantas Airbus A330 flights

    While the Boeing 737 forms the backbone of Qantas' domestic fleet, many of the east-west transcontinental routes – along with some shorter hops on the busy  'triangle' between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – are flown by the twin-aisle Airbus A330. Qantas has A330 jets i...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2018 11 Comments

  • New Singapore Airlines flight upgrades for KrisFlyer Gold members

    Gold-grade members of the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program now have new benefits to aim for in return for their continued loyalty, with new ‘Elite Gold Rewards’ available from October 9, including complimentary flight upgrades and additional bonus miles. While not available to al...

    POSTED 9 Oct, 2018 13 Comments

  • Airbus’ Emirates deal to save the A380 hits turbulence

    Airbus' latest order for the A380 superjumbo has reached an impasse amid drawn-out talks involving the engines, according to people familiar with the matter, possibly imperiling a crucial deal seen as a life-saver for the giant aircraft. The US$16 billion accord for as many as 36 additional doub...

    POSTED 9 Oct, 2018 4 Comments

  • Review: Emirates’ new Boeing 777-200LR business class seat

    Emirates is finally removing the dreaded middle seat in business class – on some of its aircraft, at least – with the airline’s Boeing 777-200LR fleet getting a revamp: doing away with the ‘old’ 2-3-2 layout to make way for an upgraded seat in a 2-2-2 configuration. ...

    POSTED 9 Oct, 2018 21 Comments

  • These five airlines are counting down to all-new business class seats

    Business travellers never stand still, nor do airlines courting them. As we move into the second half of 2018, here's a look at the next generation of business class seats arriving in the coming 18-24 months. British Airways' new Airbus A350 Club World business class BA has been beavering away ...

    POSTED 8 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Air France launches high-speed inflight WiFi

    Air France has flicked the switch on its new high-speed Internet service, joining the 'broadband above the clouds club' as travellers look for faster inflight WiFi. Two of the SkyTeam member's A330 and Boeing 777 jets are already running Gogo’s 2Ku satellite tech, which is capable of deliv...

    POSTED 8 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Qantas upgrades Sydney-Bali flights to Airbus A330

    IN BRIEF | Qantas is giving its popular Sydney-Bali route a big boost in business class, with the daily Boeing 737 being bumped up to an Airbus A330 over summer. The upgrade will run from 17 December 2018 to 29 January 2019, which is good news if you're travelling during those busy six weeks &nd...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2018 20 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific boosts Adelaide-Hong Kong flights

    Cathay Pacific is adding a sixth weekly flight between Adelaide and Hong Kong from October 28, 2018, while changing flight times to adopt a 'split schedule' of both afternoon and late evening departures. The additional flight is a new Friday service on the airline's stalwart Airbus A330. With s...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2018 4 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines revamps premium economy seat for 19 hour flights

    With no economy seats on its ultra-long range Airbus A350-900ULR jets, Singapore Airlines has tweaked the design of its premium economy seats with an eye towards added comfort during those non-stop 17-19 hour flights to Los Angeles and New York. Best of all, these long-legged A350-900s include a...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2018 22 Comments

  • EVA Air's Boeing 787 Dreamliner is coming to Brisbane

    Taiwan's EVA Air will upgrade its Brisbane-Taipei route to one of the airline's new Boeing 787 Dreamliners next year – and when we say upgrade, we mean upgrade. Here is EVA's Royal Laurel business class on the Airbus A330 which currently flies five times a week between Brisbane and the Tai...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2018 3 Comments

  • Emirates says "collaboration yes, merger no" on Etihad rumours

    Emirates is focused on organic growth and remains averse to expanding through acquisitions, an executive for the Dubai airline has said, repeating a denial that the Persian Gulf giant is in talks to take over the airline arm of unprofitable neighbour Etihad. “Sure we want to lift synergies...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2018 3 Comments

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