• Virgin Australia starts daily Melbourne-Sydney Airbus A330 service

    Virgin Australia will wheel one of its big guns onto one of Australia's shortest but most popular routes today. That route is Sydney-Melbourne, which is in fact fourth busiest in the world, behind domestic services in Japan and South Korea. And the big gun? It's the Airbus A330, which...

    POSTED 15 May, 2012 3 Comments

  • 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

  • The best seats in Cathay Pacific premium economy (Airbus A330)

    Cathay Pacific’s all-new premium economy seats strike a near-perfect balance between economy and business class. Read our review to find our why, and then use this guide to choosing the very best seats for your journey. The plane Cathay Pacific is rolling out premium economy on all new...

    POSTED 9 Mar, 2012 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia adds Airbus A330s to Melbourne-Perth

    Update: we've got first pics and full details on Virgin Australia's lie-flat business class seats on its new Airbus A330s. Virgin Australia will expand its Airbus A330-based 'Coast to Coast' service to flights between Melbourne and Perth from May 14, as well as adding a daily A330 'morning peak ...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2012 12 Comments

  • Melbourne, Adelaide to see Malaysia Airlines' new Airbus A330

    Malaysia Airlines passengers from Melbourne and Adelaide will be the latest to see the airline's newest seats and cabins when the latest Airbus A330-300 aircraft arrive on the routes in late September. Business class passengers will see a new cabin, with angled lie-flat seats, on-demand entertai...

    POSTED 29 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • The best seats in Economy Class on Cathay Pacific's Airbus A330

    Nobody likes to fly international economy at the best of times, but many companies mandate economy travel for 'regional' travel -- which can include trips between Sydney and most of Asia. And of course, many small businesses and the self-employed find it challenging to justify business class fare...

    POSTED 8 Aug, 2011 2 Comments

  • The best seats in Business Class on Qantas' Airbus A330

    Travelling on one of Qantas' Airbus A330s for your domestic or international flight? We've got the best seats to pick on all four of Qantas' A330 configurations. The plane Qantas has four different layouts for its two types of A330. The "international" seat map is on its slightly ...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2011 5 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines' new A330s headed to Australia

    Australians travelling to Singapore on Singapore Airlines or connecting through the Southeast Asian hub will see the airline's latest Airbus A330 aircraft when they arrive in 2013. Singapore Airlines -- the Asian airline partner for Virgin Australia -- is planning to replace the Boeing 777 aircr...

    POSTED 30 Jun, 2011 0 Comments

  • Air China's new fully flat business class to serve Beijing-Sydney flights from next week

    Update Travellers from Sydney to Beijing can look forward to a more comfortable ride next week: Air China will run its brand new Airbus A330 cabins, including market-leading fully-flat business class seats, on Beijing-Sydney flights starting Monday. Flights CA173 from Beijing to Sydney and retu...

    POSTED 30 Jun, 2011 0 Comments

  • The best seats in Economy Class on Qantas' Airbus A330

    Australian Business Traveller reveals the best seats to pick on on the aircraft you're most likely to encounter on your travels. This week: we review the best economy class seats on Qantas' Airbus A330. The plane Confusingly, Qantas has four separate layouts for the A330: two ...

    POSTED 28 Apr, 2011 2 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines to add second new Airbus A330 to Australia-Kuala Lumpur

    Malaysia Airlines will add a second all-new Airbus A330-300 from Australia to Kuala Lumpur later this year, following the April 20th debut of its first factory-fresh A330-300 on the Brisbane-Kuala Lumpur route. An MAS spokeswoman confirmed with Australian Business Traveller that the ai...

    POSTED 11 Apr, 2011 0 Comments

  • Sneak peak: Virgin Blue's new 'luxury leather' economy seat

    Virgin Blue is gearing up to reveal its new domestic economy class seat, to feature on the airline's new Airbus A330s when they begin daily service between Sydney and Perth on May 26. A teaser on the Virgin Blue website contains a close-up photo of the seats and tells us they'll be covered in 'l...

    POSTED 6 Apr, 2011 1 Comment

  • Malaysia Airlines introduces new Airbus A330 to Brisbane-Kuala Lumpur

    Malaysia Airlines will introduce its all-new Airbus A330-300 onto Brisbane-Kuala Lumpur flights from April 20th. MAS has fifteen factory-fresh A330s on order, all of which will sport the same stylish livery seen on this aircraft, with red and blue stripes soaring up the sides of the plane to tra...

    POSTED 6 Apr, 2011 1 Comment

  • Virgin Atlantic gets first new Airbus A330, promises in-flight Internet, brings back red shoes for hosties

    It's good to see an airline which clearly has its priorities right. Virgin Atlantic has not only started flying the first of ten Airbus A330s to beef up its long-distance fleet, equipped with a new touch-screen in-flight entertainment system which later this year will include in-flight Internet....

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2011 0 Comments

  • Qantas to remove middle seat from new business class fleet

    Update Qantas will remove the much-criticised middle seat from the business class cabins of its newest planes in response to complaints from its premium customers. The airline drew fire from frequent flyers when it squeezed an extra seat into the middle row of two new Airbus A330s on the trans-...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • Qantas to fly daily from Los Angeles to New York

    Qantas is bumping its LAX-NY connecting flight up to a daily service from 1 June 2011. The Red Roo-liveried Airbus A330-200, which carries the same QF107/108 flight numbers as the primary feeder flights between Sydney and Los Angeles, currently runs just six flights per week from Los Angeles t...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2011 1 Comment

  • Thai Airways to overhaul first, business and economy

    For years Thai Airways has lagged behind its full-service competitors in terms of features for premium cabins, especially considering that segment leaders such as Singapore Airlines and Emirates have introduced impressive features for their premium customers. From 2012, though, this will no long...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • China Airlines adds Brisbane-Auckland flight

    Taiwanese flag-carrier China Airlines will add a Brisbane-Auckland flight to its schedule as of January 1, 2011. The thrice-weekly service is an extension of CAL's current Taipei-Brisbane flights, using the same aircraft: an Airbus 330-300 aircraft equipped with 30 business class seats  277 ...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Jetstar starts direct Melbourne to Singapore service

    Jetstar is set to start flying a daily direct service between Melbourne and Singapore from December 16. The daily A330-200 service will leave Melbourne at noon and arrive into Singapore at 4:50pm, with the return redeye flight leaving Singapore at 8:50 pm to touchdown in Melbourne at 6:30am.&nbs...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Virgin Blue upgrades Brisbane terminal, doubles A330 fleet

    Virgin Blue continues to step up its efforts to steal market share from Qantas' "near-monopoly" on the Australian business travel market. The airline has commenced an intensive four-month multi-million dollar upgrade of its Brisbane domestic terminal, where it occupies space previously allocate...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • Air France's two-metre long business class bed

    Air France is about to begin rollout of its new just-over-two-metre-long bed next month as the French flag carrier refreshes its long-haul Airbus A380, Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 business class cabins. Other enhancements at the pointy end include a familiar shell structure around the seat for e...

    POSTED 26 Nov, 2010 5 Comments

  • 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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