• Airbus’ Emirates deal to save the A380 hits turbulence

    Airbus' latest order for the A380 superjumbo has reached an impasse amid drawn-out talks involving the engines, according to people familiar with the matter, possibly imperiling a crucial deal seen as a life-saver for the giant aircraft. The US$16 billion accord for as many as 36 additional doub...

    POSTED 9 Oct, 2018 4 Comments

  • Emirates cuts two Airbus A380 flights to Sydney, Melbourne

    Emirates is shaking up its Australian schedule, with two Airbus A380 flights to Sydney and Melbourne being swapped for the less-salubrious Boeing 777-300ER. The Qantas partner is also making changes to its sole daily Adelaide-Dubai service and temporarily trimming the number of flights between P...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2018 56 Comments

  • Here's how the Airbus A380 changed the premium travel experience

    It's now been a decade since Qantas picked up the keys to its first Airbus A380, and eleven years since Singapore Airlines made its inaugural superjumbo flight from Singapore to Sydney. The sheer size of this airborne behemoth offered plenty of room for airlines to get creative, especially when ...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2018 25 Comments

  • Six reasons I'll use the new Qantas A380 inflight business lounges

    TALKING POINT | Qantas has revealed that the upgrade of its Airbus A380s will include two 'business class lounges' compared to the single space of the original superjumbo configuration. While it's easy to moan that Qantas should have installed a serviced bar like that of the Emirates A380 this i...

    POSTED 27 Aug, 2018 28 Comments

  • Qantas Airbus A380s to get two inflight business class lounges

    EXCLUSIVE | Qantas' revamp of its Airbus A380 will see the superjumbos fitted with two new business class lounges on the upper deck, located either side of the 'grand staircase' which leads down to first class. The current A380 lounge will go from this always-questionable design... ... to a m...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2018 34 Comments

  • Etihad's Sydney swap: Airbus A380 replaced by Boeing 777 to mid-2019

    Etihad Airways will downgrade one of its two daily Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights to a Boeing 777-300ER from October 2018 to late May 2019, except for an eight-week window over the peak summer season. Flight EY451 – which departs Sydney at 3pm for a midnight arrival into Abu Dhabi – and th...

    POSTED 2 Aug, 2018 23 Comments

  • Qantas brings back Airbus A380 first class to Hong Kong

    Qantas will offer first class between Sydney and Hong Kong this summer, making the 14 suites on its seasonal Airbus A380 available to well-heeled high flyers who want to luxe it up on the 9½ hour journey. The superjumbo will replace a Boeing 747 on the daily QF117/QF118 service from ...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2018 18 Comments

  • Qantas brings the Airbus A380 back onto Sydney-Hong Kong

    Qantas has swung its flagship Airbus A380 back onto the Sydney-Hong Kong route, with the superjumbo replacing the Boeing 747 on most days through to August 16 on the QF127/QF128 service. There's a hidden upside for savvy business travellers in this, and that's the availability of the A380...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2018 26 Comments

  • Emirates confirms premium economy launch for 2020 on new Airbus A380s

    Emirates will add premium economy seats to its new Airbus A380 fleet from 2020, airline CEO Tim Clark has confirmed. Update: Emirates CEO Tim Clark has revealed the first premium economy details to AusBT, with what he described as ‘sleeperette’ seats with an exclusive-to-Emirates des...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2018 27 Comments

  • This Airbus Day & Night first class suite concept offers a 'real' bed

    As ever-improving business class seats narrow the gap against first class, Airbus is joining the push to elevate first class to a whole new level with its Day & Night suite. This two-room concept divides each first class suite into seperate day-time and night-time areas, each designed around...

    POSTED 15 May, 2018 5 Comments

  • Qantas drops Boeing 747s from LAX, trims Dallas A380 flights

    All Qantas Los Angeles services shift to Airbus A380 or Boeing 787-9 Sydney-Dallas superjumbo drops to six days a week Sydney-San Francisco goes daily A redraw of Qantas' international network sees the ageing Boeing 747  move closer to retirement with all jumbo jets pulled from flight...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2018 45 Comments

  • Emirates' new Airbus A380 first class suites due 2021

    Emirates plans luxurious new first class suites for its Airbus A380s, along with bathrooms and shower spa suites, in what airline CEO Sir Tim Clark describes as a "transformation of the cabin." Clark has previously confirmed the suites will be the same as the Mercedes-Benz inspired cribs of its ...

    POSTED 12 Apr, 2018 19 Comments

  • Qantas to fit more seats on its Airbus A380 by blocking two exit doors

    Qantas plans to squeeze more passengers onto its Airbus A380 superjumbos – by blocking off a pair of emergency exit doors. Airbus, which will oversee an upgrade of Qantas' twelve-strong superjumbo fleet from mid-2019, is promoting plans to "deactivate" the rear-most doors on the upper...

    POSTED 10 Apr, 2018 27 Comments

  • British Airways wants more Airbus A380s but without the high price tag

    British Airways parent IAG could consider buying more A380s from Airbus if the superjumbo was cheaper, CEO Willie Walsh said. IAG operates the British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus airlines, as well as Level, a low cost unit launched last year which flies between Europe and the United ...

    POSTED 7 Mar, 2018 7 Comments

  • Qantas brings Airbus A380 – and first class – back to Sydney-Singapore

    Qantas is once again flying first class between Sydney and Singapore in the lead-up to Singapore replacing Dubai as the stopover point for its flagship QF1 Airbus 380 flight to London (and of course QF2 on the rebound). The Ditching of Dubai happens on March 25 – one day after the launch o...

    POSTED 5 Mar, 2018 46 Comments

  • Qatar Airways: next-gen Qsuites for Airbus A380, Boeing 787, 777X

    With Qatar Airways now rolling out its business class Qsuites across its Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 fleet, the airline is turning its attention to a new version of the Qsuite for its Airbus A380 superjumbos and Boeing 787 Dreamliner, along with the world's first Boeing 777X due in 2020. Speaking...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2018 6 Comments

  • Emirates CEO plans Airbus A380s for Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide

    Emirates hopes to upgrade all its flights to Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide to Airbus A380 jets on the back of the airline's recent US$16 billion order for an additional 36 superjumbos on top of its current 101-strong fleet. Boeing 777s currently darting between each of those three cities and...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2018 37 Comments

  • Upgrade to a Qantas first class suite for 17,100 frequent flyer points

    Here's what has to be the best value for your Qantas frequent flyer points: upgrading from premium economy seat to a first class suite for a little over 17,000 points. Yes, it comes with a few caveats – and this works best if you're a Platinum or Platinum One frequent flyer – but i...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2018 33 Comments

  • Qantas cuts Airbus A380, first class between Melbourne and Los Angeles

    Qantas will slash the number of Airbus A380 flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles next month, leaving many high flyers without the option of making the trans-Pacific journey in the superjumbo's cosy first class suites. For six weeks from 10 February to 24 March, the now-daily A380 flight o...

    POSTED 29 Jan, 2018 46 Comments

  • British Airways eyes more Airbus A380s

    Airbus is in talks to sell new A380 superjumbo planes to British Airways this year after securing a program-saving deal from Emirates, according to people familiar with the matter.  The U.K. carrier, which currently has a dozen A380s in its fleet, had said in the past that it was looki...

    POSTED 21 Jan, 2018 31 Comments

  • Emirates to buy another 36 Airbus A380s in US$16bn deal

    Emirates has thrown a lifeline to the Airbus A380 with a massive order for 36 superjumbos. Worth US$16 billion at list price – although the Gulf colossus would have struck quite a discount on the sticker price, likely well below the estimated 40% discount which applies to most aircraft fro...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2018 45 Comments

  • Airbus floats shutdown of A380 superjumbo production as orders stall

    Airbus publicly questioned the future of the A380, saying its flagship aircraft program risks being shut down if the manufacturer fails to win a crucial order from the plane’s main backer, Emirates. Emirates is the only airline with enough capacity to take enough planes to keep the program...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2018 0 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines' new Airbus A380 for London, Hong Kong

    London and Hong Kong are next on the list for Singapore Airlines' newest Airbus A380s featuring the Star Alliance members' latest first class suites and business class seats. From 16 February  a new A380 will take on SQ322 (Singapore-London) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and fly the S...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2018 11 Comments

  • Emirates suspends Brisbane Airbus A380 flights

    Qantas partner Emirates will suspend its Airbus A380 flights between Brisbane and Dubai this year. In place of the superjumbos, the airline’s daily EK434/435 flights will be served by smaller Boeing 777-300ER jets between June 1 and August 31 2018 (June 2 to September1 departing Brisbane),...

    POSTED 12 Jan, 2018 46 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines to fly Airbus A380 to Sydney from March to July

    Malaysia Airlines will fly its flagship Airbus A380 superjumbo to Sydney on selected dates from March through to July 2018, and savvy business class passengers will be able to grab a free upgrade to first class for the nine hour journey to and from Kuala Lumpur. The daily MH122/MH123 services be...

    POSTED 9 Jan, 2018 12 Comments

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