• China Eastern Airbus A350 to fly Sydney-Shanghai from March 31

    China Eastern's busy Sydney-Shanghai route is set for a stunning upgrade as the airline swings its Airbus A350 into Aussie skies. As of March 31, the SkyTeam member's daily flight MU561/MU562 service will shift from an older Airbus A330 to a factory-fresh A350. Business travellers will be the b...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2019 27 Comments

  • Best seats guide: Qatar Airways Qsuites (Boeing 777 and Airbus A350)

    Qatar Airways’ ‘super business class’ Qsuites have been flying high since June 2017, and currently grace the skies between Canberra, Sydney and Doha on the Boeing 777-300ER. You’ll also find Qsuites on all Airbus A350-1000s, plus some Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 777-200LR ...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 8 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines rebrands first class as Business Suites

    EXCLUSIVE | Malaysia Airlines is exiting the first class market and will rebrand its Airbus A380 and A350 first class cabins as an upgraded version of business class dubbed Business Suites. This change is in name only, however – Business Suites passengers will enjoy the same meals and drin...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2018 16 Comments

  • Is this Turkish Airlines' new Boeing 787, Airbus A350 business class?

    UPDATE | Is this Turkish Airlines' new business class seat for its Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 jets? It certainly looks that way, with photos of the product featured in Turkish newspaper Hürriyet Daily News over the weekend. And as Turkish Airlines' Chief Marketing Officer Ahmet Olmuştu...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2018 12 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

  • 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

  • Virgin Atlantic plans all-new business class for Airbus A350s

    Virgin Atlantic will launch an all-new Upper Class business class seat in mid-2019, going head to head with the next-gen Club World seat of British Airways. Both airlines will debut their latest business class seats on Airbus A350-1000 jets, although Virgin Atlantic is more actively talking up i...

    POSTED 3 Nov, 2018 18 Comments

  • Non-stop to New York: the business traveller's guide to SQ22

    Getting from Singapore to New York in one hop is better than a layover in Frankfurt – even if it involves taking the world’s longest flight. That’s my jetlagged verdict after disembarking from Singapore Airlines' flight SQ22, the return of the carrier’s Changi-to-New York...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2018 1 Comment

  • Singapore Airlines will fly non-stop to Seattle from September 2019

    Singapore Airlines will begin direct flights to Seattle in September 2019, marking the fourth non-stop US destination for the airline's fuel-efficient Airbus A350 jets. The Star Alliance member, which recently resumed direct flights between Singapore and New York, will add Seattle to its network...

    POSTED 1 Nov, 2018 9 Comments

  • 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

  • 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 20 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 15 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

  • 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

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