• 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 7 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

  • 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 19 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

  • Best business class seats on Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350-900ULR

    Singapore Airlines' ultra-long range Airbus A350-900 jet takes wing in October with non-stop flights to New York starting October 11, followed by direct flights to Los Angeles on November 2. Those globe-striding flights – which in the case of Singapore-New York will also be the world's lon...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2018 13 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines plans regional Airbus A350s for Brisbane

    Singapore Airlines will bring a new batch of Airbus A350s to Brisbane from next year, introducing its latest regional business class seat to the Queensland capital. But with four daily flights between Brisbane and Singapore – three already served by A350s with the airline’s longer-ra...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2018 6 Comments

  • Turkish Airlines' all-new business class for Boeing 787, Airbus 350

    EXCLUSIVE | Turkish Airlines will launch an all-new business class seat on its forthcoming Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 jets. A 'new fleet, new seat' strategy will see the airline shift to a 1-2-1 business class layout with the arrival of the first Dreamliner in 2019. The new seats will be both m...

    POSTED 11 Sep, 2018 7 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines brings Airbus A350s onto Adelaide-Singapore flights

    Singapore Airlines will upgrade its Adelaide flights to the Airbus A350-900 from December, bringing with it an all-new 'regional' business class seat for the South Australian capital. From December 18 2018, the airline's daily SQ278/SQ279 service will switch from the current Airbus A330 – ...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2018 30 Comments

  • Photos: Hong Kong Airlines' new Airbus A350 business class

    Hong Kong Airlines' latest Airbus A350 jet will feature an all-new business class for the Asian carrier and Cathay Pacific competitor. Look familiar? It should: Hong Kong Airlines has opted for the same Super Diamond international business class design (from Rockwell Collins) as Virgin Au...

    POSTED 4 Sep, 2018 5 Comments

  • The 20-hour flight is coming (and it may have a gym and bunk beds)

    The goal of a nonstop flight from Sydney to London – half the way around the planet – took a leap forward as the world’s top planemakers convinced Qantas they can make the 20-hour route a reality. A year after Qantas CEO Alan Joyce publicly challenged Airbus and Boeing to desig...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2018 55 Comments

  • LATAM reveals new business class seats

    LATAM Airways will roll out a vastly improved business class seat across most of its international fleet beginning later this year. Those jets will be the Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 fleet, along with factory-fresh Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and the Airbus A350-1000 being delivered over the coming y...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2018 13 Comments

  • Qantas nixes Airbus A350-900ULR for non-stop flights to UK, New York

    Qantas has decided against the Airbus A350-900ULR for non-stop flights from Australia to London and New York, and is instead eyeing the larger A350-1000ULR which could carry more passengers on those 18-20 hour treks. Airbus confirmed plans for an ultra-long range version of its A350-1000 jet in ...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2018 35 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines: healthy 'wellness' meals for non-stop NY flights

    Singapore Airlines will join Qantas in putting 'wellness' on the menu for ultra long-range flights, beginning with the launch of its 19 hour non-stop flights to New York on October 11, 2018. The Star Alliance member will partner with US wellness firm Canyon Ranch for an extensive program coverin...

    POSTED 16 Aug, 2018 14 Comments

  • Air China's new Airbus A350 business class raises the bar

    Air China has revealed its all-new business class for its Airbus A350 fleet as the first of the advanced jets took wing from Toulouse to Beijing overnight. The date was not by accident: a delivery flight on the eighth day of the eighth month reflects the importance of the number eight in Chinese...

    POSTED 9 Aug, 2018 14 Comments

  • Five things we love about Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350

    Cathay Pacific already has one of the youngest long-range fleets in the sky, with an average age of five years, and the raft of new Airbus A350 jets bearing the iconic ‘brushwing’ tail means the fleet is only getting younger. The Airbus A350-900 and the larger A350-1000 will form the...

    POSTED 16 Jul, 2018 0 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines launches non-stop flights to Los Angeles from Nov 2

    Singapore Airlines will begin non-stop flights to Los Angeles on November 2, 2018, following the October 11 debut of direct flights to New York. The move follows the decision by fellow Star Alliance member United Airlines to axe its own Singapore-Los Angeles flights as of October 27, 2018. Sing...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2018 18 Comments

  • Vietnam Airlines' Airbus A350 is headed to Melbourne

    Vietnam Airlines is upgrading its daily flight between Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) from a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to an Airbus A350. The advanced A350 swoops onto the route from 29 July and is currently rostered through to the end of October 2018, although a spokesman for...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2018 5 Comments

  • Why isn’t there first class on Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350-1000?

    The Airbus A350-1000 is the largest single-deck jet from the European aircraft manufacturer and joins the Cathay Pacific fleet this week as a stretched sibling of the A350-900. However, despite the advanced jet’s size, Cathay Pacific opted to skip first class and lead with business class &...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2018 11 Comments

  • The best business class seats on Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350-1000

    There are 46 business class seats on Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350-1000 jets, but which of those are the best business class seats – and more importantly, which ones should you avoid? The seats themselves are identical to those on Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350-900 fleet (the smal...

    POSTED 19 Jun, 2018 16 Comments

  • Qantas wants four classes, 300+ passengers in ultra-long range jets

    Qantas is aiming to have its ultra-long range Project Sunrise jets carry over 300 passengers across four classes, with new seating on the radar from first class to economy and possibly a lounge or bar. The airline is now working through the configuration of the globe-striding jets which will mak...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2018 38 Comments

  • Qantas looks to order ultra-long range Airbus or Boeing jets in 2019

    The countdown clock is ticking on Qantas' ambitious plans to launch non-stop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York, with the airline ready to place an order for ultra-long range Airbus or Boeing jets next year for flights from 2022. "We're having good dialog with both Boeing a...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2018 34 Comments

  • Airbus mulls ultra-long range A350-1000ULR for non-stop Qantas flights

    Airbus is considering an ultra-long range version of its A350-1000 jet as an alternative to the A350-900ULR for Qantas’ non-stop flights to New York and London. Speaking to journalists in Sydney ahead of this week's IATA summit, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Eric Schulz confirmed that an...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2018 18 Comments

  • The secret to Airbus' ultra-long range A350 jets? There isn't one...

    Airbus has seen widespread popularity for its newest A350 long-haul aircraft. But only one carrier so far – Singapore Airlines – has found the need for an ultra long-range version of the A350 that can fly almost 10,000 non-stop miles from Singapore to New York, and that airline has or...

    POSTED 2 Jun, 2018 5 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines will restart non-stop New York flights in October

    Singapore Airlines will restart non-stop flights to New York on October 11 2018, following delivery of the first ultra-long range Airbus A350-900ULR in September. What will be the world's longest flight, at almost 19 hours, will run between Singapore and the NY-adjacent Newark airport three time...

    POSTED 30 May, 2018 25 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific's first Airbus A350-1000 will arrive June 20

    EXCLUSIVE | Cathay Pacific will take delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000 on June 19, ahead of flights to Washington DC and potentially Sydney in the later half of 2018. The A350-1000 is a stretched version of the A350-900 which is already well-established in the Cathay Pacific fleet and curre...

    POSTED 16 May, 2018 13 Comments

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