• 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 21 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 25 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

  • Five things you need to know about Singapore Airlines' new first class

    Singapore Airlines' newest luxury first class suites are now winging their way daily between Sydney and Singapore, with other cities – foremost among them London – to follow from early 2018. Keen to fly these sweet new suites? Here's what you need to know. 1A, 1F are the largest sui...

    POSTED 19 Dec, 2017 8 Comments

  • First impressions: Singapore Airlines' new A380 first class suite

    Singapore Airlines redefined the premium travel experience almost a decade ago with the debut of a  “class beyond First” – Suites Class – on the Airbus A380. Since then, the relentless pace of competition has seen new and impressive first class products launched by Mi...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2017 13 Comments

  • Qatar Airways' Airbus A380 to fly Perth-Doha from May 2018

    Qatar Airways will fly its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft to Perth from 1 May, 2018, in what the Gulf carrier and Qantas partner describes as a further sign of its commitment to the Australian market. The superjumbo will replace the Boeing 777-300ER currently flying on the Perth-Doha ro...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2017 35 Comments

  • Qantas Airbus A380 to fly Sydney-Singapore from March 4, 2018

    Qantas will swing its Airbus A380 onto Sydney-Singapore from March 4, 2018, ahead of the route becoming the first leg of the Sydney-London superjumbo service from March 25 when Qantas ditches its Dubai stopover. The daily QF81/QF82 Sydney-Singapore service will step up from Airbus A330 to the do...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2017 22 Comments

  • First review: Singapore Airlines' new A380 business class seat

    Singapore Airline is making plenty of noise about its all-new Airbus A380 business class seats, but how do they stack up in flight? Australian Business Traveller joined the delivery flight of the Singaporean flag-carrier's newest superjumbo – a non-stop 13 hour trek from the Airbus fac...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2017 15 Comments

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