• Qantas: 747 back on Sydney-Perth, more A330 for Melbourne-Perth

    The Qantas vs Virgin Australia fight for business travellers is hotting up. The Red Roo is putting on bigger Boeing 747 and Airbus A330 planes from Sydney and Melbourne to Perth, more 'resources' flights from Brisbane and extra Jetstar services -- plus there's a promise of more to come for ...

    POSTED 4 May, 2012 2 Comments

  • PHOTOS & VIDEO: inside Qantas' newly refurbished Boeing 747-400ER

    Qantas has just completed updating its Boeing 747-400ER planes with brand new Airbus A380-style seats and cabins. It's a big change from the Red Roo jumbos you're used to -- no matter whether you travel in business, premium economy or economy -- so here's a first look at what's inside. Since ti...

    POSTED 17 Nov, 2011 5 Comments

  • The best seats in Club World (Business Class) on British Airways' Boeing 747

    Flying on one of British Airways' Boeing 747 aircraft on the Sydney-Bangkok-London route or further afield? The venerable jumbo jet and its upper deck -- plus BA's forward-and-back Club World business class seat layout -- mean that there are some great seats to pick, and also some to avoid. T...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2011 2 Comments

  • The best Business Class seats on United's Boeing 747

    Since Qantas ditched Sydney-San Francisco flights, United Airlines offfers the only direct service between the two cities, as well as being another option from Sydney and Melbourne to Los Angeles. We've reviewed United's business class to San Francisco, so now here's our expert gui...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2011 2 Comments

  • Qantas: no lie-flat beds on 747 from Sydney to DFW Texas

    Business travellers on Qantas' fifteen-and-a-half hour flight from Sydney to Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) in Texas will have to make the journey without the benefit of a fully lie-flat bed. While Qantas plans to upgrade its entire 747 fleet to the same lie-flat Skybed seating as its Airbus A380s a Qa...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2011 5 Comments

  • Qantas' tenth Airbus A380 joins the fleet on Sydney-London flights

    Qantas has added the tenth Airbus A380 to its fleet, with the new aircraft taking on the Sydney-Singapore-London service of QF31/QF32. That's a particularly appropriate route, given that the A380 is named after Australian aviation pioneer Bert Hinkler – who made the first solo fl...

    POSTED 12 Apr, 2011 0 Comments

  • Canberra Airport gears up for international flights to New Zealand, Singapore and China

    While the Federal Government promises to yet again look into a second airport for Sydney, Canberra Airport is already gearing up to offer international flights from the end of next year. Flights to New Zealand are expected once the current $350 million redevelopment process is completed in ...

    POSTED 12 Apr, 2011 2 Comments

  • United considers

    United Airlines may encourage long-haul economy passengers to rent a personal media player – similar to a Microsoft Zune, iPod Touch or even a compact tablet – as an alternative to installing personal in-seat screens in the economy cabin of its Boeing 747s. Following a trial late las...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Qantas looking to revamp international check-in, lounges and menus, plus major 747 upgrade

    Qantas may have more than twice the market share of its closest international rival but the Australian flag-carrier is determined to hang onto every one of its passengers – especially those in the ‘premium’ space of business travel.As part of its Q Futures programme the airline ...

    POSTED 20 Jan, 2011 3 Comments

  • Boeing readies next-gen 747

    Boeing is set to debut the new 747-8 on February 13, ahead of its first commercial flights in late 2011 or early 2012. Officially dubbed the 747-8 Intercontinental, the next-gen Jumbo is a seriously stretched version of the familiar 747-400. At 250 foot (76 metre) from tip to tail it's the longe...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • BREAKING: Qantas Flight 107 from Sydney to LA diverts to Fiji with engine trouble

    Another Qantas flight has experienced engine difficulties, with this evening's QF 107 – a Boeing 747-400 from Sydney to Los Angeles – making a mid-journey landing at Nadi airport in Fiji. Nadi Airport representatives confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the plane had ...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2011 1 Comment

  • Cathay Pacific: "no upgrade to new business seats in Boeing 747 or Airbus A340"

    UPDATE | Cathay Pacific has now revealed the first details of its new Premium Economy class as well as a replacement for the airline's much-criticised international economy seat, both of which will debut in March 2012 on flights between Hong Kong and Sydney – see our full report f...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Qantas 747 engine turbine disintegrates on takeoff

    UPDATE: A Qantas spokesperson has confirmed that the cause of the engine flames was an "engine turbine failure" in the Rolls Royce engine attached to the plane. Qantas has had yet another engine mishap, this time on flight QF11 -- a Qantas 747 taking off for Los Angeles from Sydney Airport. E...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2011 1 Comment

  • Qantas to resume Airbus A380 flights to Los Angeles on January 16

    Update Qantas will resume limited Airbus A380 flights to Los Angeles from Sunday January 16th. The return of the trans-Pacific superjumbo will begin with the Melbourne-Los Angles QF93 service and will be followed by the Sydney-Los Angeles QF11/QF12 flights. However, not every flight to and fro...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Qantas introduces Premium Economy on Frankfurt flights from February

    Qantas will offer premium economy seating on daily flights between Australia and Frankfurt starting February 3rd. The carrier has refitted several two-class Boeing 747s to include 40 premium economy seats between the business and economy cabins. These will run on the Sydney-Singapore-Frankfurt Q...

    POSTED 31 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines brings Airbus A380 back to Sydney-Singapore route

    Singapore Airlines is putting its Airbus A380 back into the skies between Sydney and Singapore from Friday December 10, albeit on a limited basis. One of the two daily flights between Singapore and Sydney will take place on the superjumbo. This will be the SQ231 and SQ222 services, which depart ...

    POSTED 9 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific: "We haven

    Cathay Pacific is still open to adding the Airbus A380 superjumbo to its fleet for long-haul and ultra long-haul routes to Australia, the US and Europe. Speaking at the overnight launch of the Hong Kong flag-carrier’s new business class seating and cabin, current Chief Operating Officer an...

    POSTED 8 Dec, 2010 1 Comment

  • Qantas A380s: Grounded all summer?

    Reports are emerging that Qantas' fleet of A380s could remain grounded throughout summer, although the beleagured airline dismisses the claims as mere speculation. The latest schedule from Qantas shows it won't be flying the A380 for at least the next few weeks. This lead The Sydney Morning H...

    POSTED 12 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

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