• Qantas launches direct Sydney-Bendigo flights

    IN BRIEF | Qantas will begin direct flights between Sydney and Bendigo through its regional arm QantasLink, resulting in hours of time saved for business travellers. Starting March 31 2019, QantasLink will run six flights per week on the Sydney-Bendigo route, switching up to a daily service over...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2018 16 Comments

  • Sampling the Qantas first class lounge’s Summer 2018 menu

    A standout feature of the Qantas international first class lounges in Sydney and Melbourne is the dining experience: a full à la carte service with seasonal menus changing every three months. Overseen by the Rockpool Group and star chef Neil Perry, who now holds the title of Qantas Creati...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 2018 20 Comments

  • What Royal Air Maroc joining Oneworld means for Qantas frequent flyers

    With North Africa-based Royal Air Maroc joining Oneworld, Qantas gains a new partner – and frequent flyers gain new ways to use their Qantas Points plus new reciprocal perks with the airline's  Safar Flyer loyalty scheme. The Moroccan flag-carrier won't be fully integrated into O...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2018 3 Comments

  • Royal Air Maroc joins Oneworld, opening up new links to Africa

    North Africa-based Royal Air Maroc is joining Oneworld, giving the alliance a much greater reach throughout Africa, the Middle East, Europe and beyond. Members of other Oneworld airlines' frequent flyer schemes, including Qantas Frequent Flyers, will be able to earn and redeem points on num...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2018 12 Comments

  • Is Delta planning business class suites for its Airbus A330neo fleet?

    It seems that Delta Air Lines is aiming to raise the business class bar with Delta One-style 'mini-suites' on its forthcoming A330neo jets. Airbus has filed with the US FAA for authorisation to fit 29 business class 'mini-suites' with a sliding door onto the Airbus A330-900, the largest member o...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2018 3 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific business class upgrade guide

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel, and was last updated January 2019. If you’re travelling with Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong and beyond in premium economy, a great use for your Asia Miles is a business clas...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2018 11 Comments

  • Lufthansa plans new first class suites for Boeing 777X?

    Lufthansa is expected to roll out a new first class suite on its long-range Boeing 777X fleet, although the initial deliveries of the 777-9 series will top out at business class. This will of course be the Star Alliance member's all-new business class, which will begin flying from 2020 and offer...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2018 5 Comments

  • Turkish Airlines has a new business class seat on the way

    January 22, 2019 | Turkish Airlines has pulled back the covers on its new business class seat, revealing a modern and spacious design with direct aisle access. The seat will be fitted to Turkish Airlines' forthcoming Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 jets, with the first Dreamliners due mid-2019...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2018 12 Comments

  • Review: Fiji Airways' new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class seat

    Fiji Airways’ new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft brings with it an all-new business class seat, combining even more legroom with fixed-screen inflight entertainment, sky-high Internet access, and much needed AC and USB charging outlets. Set to replace the airline’s existing Boeing 737-800...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2018 4 Comments

  • Inflight announcements: how many are too many?

    TALKING POINT | Whether it’s the safety demonstration, the “prepare for landing” call or the pleasant “welcome to X where the local time is…”, inflight announcements are commonplace when jetting about, and many of them share useful information with passengers ...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2018 37 Comments

  • Qantas, Virgin Australia domestic Airbus A330 business class compared

    When it comes to transcontinental flights, Australian travellers enjoy one of the world's best domestic business class experiences. Competition between Qantas and Virgin Australia in the lucrative coast-to-coast corridor sees both airlines offering international-grade business class seats an...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2018 47 Comments

  • British Airways to launch new first class suites in late 2019?

    British Airways looks set to follow its mid-2019 launch of new Club World business class seats with the reveal of new first class suites. The first class suites are expected to debut on the airline's Boeing 777-300ER fleet by year's end and will be based on the first class of the Boeing 787-9 Dr...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2018 19 Comments

  • Qantas shakes up Sydney-Hong Kong with overnight flights

    Qantas will begin offering overnight flights from Sydney to Hong Kong in 2019, going up against Cathay Pacific's popular CX138 red-eye service on the increasingly competitive route. The move will allow travellers to put in a full day's work at the office and even have dinner with the family befo...

    POSTED 27 Nov, 2018 23 Comments

  • Qantas cracks down on domestic carry-on baggage

    Passengers travelling on Qantas domestic flights can expect to have their carry-on baggage weighed before departure as the airline moves to enforce its existing cabin baggage rules. Items exceeding the published allowance of 7kg per bag are now routinely being checked-in at the boarding gate for...

    POSTED 27 Nov, 2018 124 Comments

  • Fast-track to Emirates Skywards Gold in a single return trip

    Fancy access to Emirates’ business class lounges the world over, along with Qantas’ international business class lounges and Australian domestic Qantas Clubs for an entire year, just by taking one return flight to Dubai, London or anywhere else in Europe? That’s exactly what Em...

    POSTED 26 Nov, 2018 2 Comments

  • What it's like to fly on Air New Zealand's new Airbus A321neo

    Air New Zealand’s first and factory-fresh Airbus A321neo is now flying, making its debut as NZ739 from Auckland to Brisbane on Friday November 23, and soon to appear on flights to Sydney and Melbourne as well. It’s the first of 13 new Airbus ‘neo’ (New Engine Option) airc...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2018 20 Comments

  • Here are the best Singapore Airlines business class seats

    Singapore Airlines now has five different business class seats in the air, and all of them featuring on flights to various Australian cities. With the newer-generation seats being leagues ahead of their older siblings in terms of comfort and features, choosing the right aircraft and seat could m...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2018 19 Comments

  • Air China boosts Sydney-Beijing to a Boeing 777

    Air China will upgrade its Sydney-Beijing flights to a Boeing 777-300ER in early 2019 as the Star Alliance member plans for high demand across the southern summer holidays and Chinese New Year. The flagship jet levels up the travel experience from the Airbus A330 which usually plies this route, ...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2018 2 Comments

  • China Southern to leave SkyTeam in January 2019

    China Southern is quitting the SkyTeam, in a move which robs the alliance of its largest Chinese partner and is sure to encourage rumours that the Guangzhou-based airline could join Oneworld. A media statement issued by SkyTeam said "China Southern’s decision reflects its strategic de...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2018 21 Comments

  • Qantas CEO dials back Project Sunrise expectations

    Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says the airline will choose between the Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777X within the next 12 months as partners in its non-stop Project Sunrise flights to London and New York. However, regardless of the jet chosen to make those marathon 18-20 hour treks, there’s no lo...

    POSTED 14 Nov, 2018 28 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific brings Airbus A350 onto Sydney-Hong Kong route

    Cathay Pacific will fly its flagship Airbus A350 to Sydney from October 2019 as the airline slowly shifts the older Airbus A330s out of Australia. From Oct 27 2019, the overnight CX111 flight from Hong Kong to Sydney and the CX110 Sydney-Hong Kong return leg will step up to an A350-900. The A...

    POSTED 12 Nov, 2018 14 Comments

  • How to book Qatar Airways Qsuites with Qantas Points

    With Qatar Airways now flying the updated Qsuites daily between Canberra, Sydney and Doha, the Gulf airline and Oneworld member provides a second way for Sydney-based Qantas Frequent Flyer members to use their points for travel to Doha and beyond, alongside Qatar's existing A380 service. It cost...

    POSTED 12 Nov, 2018 14 Comments

  • British Airways confirms first class suites axed from Airbus A350s

    British Airways has confirmed that its forthcoming Airbus A350-1000 jets won't feature a first class cabin. The first of BA's 18 Airbus A350-1000s will arrive in July 2019 and mark the debut of an all-new business class seat – an long-awaited successor to the current 13 year old Club World...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2018 15 Comments

  • Finnair to launch premium economy in 2020

    Finnair will join the growing list of airlines adding premium economy to their mix, with a new premium economy seat joining the Oneworld member's Airbus A350 and A330 fleet from 2020. That's still a ways off, and so are details of the seat. For now, all Finnair will admit to is that the seat wil...

    POSTED 6 Nov, 2018 7 Comments

  • Etihad to launch Premium Economy Space seats on A380s in December 2018

    Etihad premium 'economy space seats' on all Airbus A380s by December 2018 Pitch up to 36 inches, compared to 31 inches in regular economy Boeing 777s and Boeing 787s retrofitted with new Economy Space cabin in 2019 Etihad Airways will add 60 'Economy Space' seats to its flagship Airbus A38...

    POSTED 6 Nov, 2018 4 Comments

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