• ANA’s new Airbus A380 superjumbo reveals also-new first class suites

    Despite Airbus pulling the plug on the Airbus A380, Japan's ANA is ready to add three superjumbos to its fleet and unleash them on the competitive Japan-Hawaii route starting May 2019  – and there's a new first class to ferry well-heeled holiday-makers to Honolulu and back. Takin...

    POSTED 12 Mar, 2019 11 Comments

  • Qatar Airways swaps Perth's Airbus A380 for Boeing 777 with Qsuites

    Qatar Airways will swap out its Airbus A380 from the Perth-Doha route for a Boeing 777-300ER between September and December 2019 as the superjumbo heads into the hangar for routine maintenance. That's not the best news if you're booked into the superjumbo's first class cabin, as the Boeing 777 l...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2019 7 Comments

  • RIP superjumbo: Airbus axes the A380

    After almost a dozen years, Airbus is pulling the plug on its A380 superjumbo. The last of the double-deck behemoths will roll out of Airbus' hangar in 2021 and be handed over to Emirates, the stalwart airline which has essentially kept the A380 alive in recent years through repeated orders of t...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 43 Comments

  • Qantas: upgraded Airbus A380s will begin flying in August 2019

    Qantas has pushed back the long-awaited upgrade to its Airbus A380s, shifting the kick-off from March to July, with the first of the refurb'd birds now expected to take wing in August. Qantas International CEO Alison Webster confirmed the four-month setback to the program, although tha...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 119 Comments

  • Etihad's Sydney swap: Boeing 777 replaces Airbus A380 from July 2019

    Etihad Airways will extend the downgrading of one of its two daily Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights to a Boeing 777-300ER on an ongoing basis from July 2019. The Gulf airline and Virgin Australia partner had previously announced that flight EY451 – which departs Sydney at 3pm for a midnight arriva...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2019 20 Comments

  • The best business class seats on the Qantas Airbus A380

    Qantas' flagship Airbus A380 flies to Singapore, London, Los Angeles, Dallas and seasonally to Hong Kong, with fully-flat beds for business class passengers along the upper deck. But not every business seat is created equal – some are better for working, others for uninterrupted ...

    POSTED 29 Jan, 2019 34 Comments

  • How to choose the best Qantas business class seats for your flight

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Qantas flies a total of six different types of jets on international routes, with widely varying business class seats – so your experience at the pointy end can depend he...

    POSTED 27 Dec, 2018 27 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 17 Comments

  • 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 68 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 25 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 QF127/QF128 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

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