• Bangkok gains its first luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel, opening in 2023

    Thailand will gain its first Ritz-Carlton hotel in 2023 with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Bangkok: a 259-room property currently under construction as part of a broader ‘One Bangkok’ lifestyle development in the city’s CBD. Residing within a 50-storey commercial tower (pi...

    POSTED 29 Apr, 2019 0 Comments

  • Turkish Airlines opens new Star Alliance lounge at Bangkok Airport

    Star Alliance passengers seeking an alternative to the ageing Thai Airways lounges in Bangkok Airport have a new option to explore on their next journey through Thailand, with Turkish Airlines opening an all-new lounge at Suvarnabhumi Airport for international travellers. Located in Concourse ...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2019 15 Comments

  • Thai AirAsia X to launch Brisbane-Bangkok flights

    Brisbane travellers will have a new way to reach Thailand from June 25 2019 when Thai AirAsia X kicks off non-stop flights between Bangkok and the Queensland capital. Using an Airbus 330 aircraft, the airline's business class experience is sold as 'Premium Flatbed', offering angled-flat seats in...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2019 11 Comments

  • Accor's new Orient Express hotel brand is all about unabashed luxury

    The Orient Express: three words which conjure up visions of refined travel gilded in sumptuous luxury. And, yes, Agatha Christie's classic multi-handed murder mystery. Putting that last one aside, Accor plans to tap into this era of when travel was romantic rather than frantic with its new Orien...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2018 7 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 69 Comments

  • Thailand plans to add $1.8 billion terminal at Bangkok's main airport

    Bangkok’s main airport is planning to add a stunning A$1.8 billion terminal with extensive wooden cladding and an indoor forested landscape. Tropical forests inspired the blueprint for the building and the aim is to give travelers a feeling of Thailand’s uniqueness, 52-year-old arc...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2018 10 Comments

  • Waldorf Astoria opens first hotel in Bangkok

    The Waldorf Astoria brand is making its first foray into South East Asia with the official opening of the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, nestled within the 60-storey Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard in the heart of the Thai capital. Guest rooms and facilities Architect André Fu and his design...

    POSTED 3 Sep, 2018 2 Comments

  • Your guide to Star Alliance business class lounges at Bangkok Airport

    Flying internationally from Bangkok with Thai Airways, or on another Star Alliance airline like Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines or Turkish Airlines? You’re spoiled for lounges at Bangkok Airport, with up to nine to choose from depending on your itinerary and Star Alliance status. Better yet,...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2018 4 Comments

  • Qantas passengers now have four Bangkok lounges to choose from

    Qantas closed its dedicated lounge at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport in late 2015 but with new lounges from Oneworld partners Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines, along with Qantas' own global alliance partner Emirates, travellers have a surprising amount of choice before waving bye-bye to BKK...

    POSTED 3 Mar, 2017 29 Comments

  • The best business class on Sydney-Bangkok flights

    There's more than one way to fly between Sydney and Bangkok in business class, with Qantas, Thai Airways and even Emirates jetting between the two cities. Depending on which airline and flight you book, you could end up in a fully-flat bed with an inflight cocktail bar at your disposal, or in an...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2016 7 Comments

  • Fly in Thai Airways' first class seats at business class prices

    Passengers flying between Melbourne and Bangkok with Thai Airways in October have a short window in which they can buy a business class ticket but enjoy the luxury of a first class suite. That’s because Thai is switching out its usual Boeing 777s – fitted with business class and econ...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2016 7 Comments

  • Paris, Bangkok get luxury line-up of La Clef, Metropole hotels

    Paris and Bangkok will soon be home to new luxury hotels under the La Clef and Metropole brands, respectively, while two further Parisian hotels have also been adopted under the Le Clef banner. Le Clef Tour Eiffel Paris (formerly Citadines Suites Arc de Triomphe Paris) features 112 rooms and apa...

    POSTED 14 Apr, 2016 0 Comments

  • Swiss flies Boeing 777 to Hong Kong from mid-April, Bangkok in July

    Swiss will upgrade its daily Hong Kong flights to the airline's newest Boeing 777-300ER from mid-April, with Bangkok to follow in July The move will showcase Swiss' latest first class and business class to Asian and Asia-bound travellers, with both premium cabins updated from the route's older A...

    POSTED 10 Feb, 2016 12 Comments

  • AVANI Riverside Bangkok hotel coming in 2016

    Bangkok’s central Chao Phraya River will be adorned with a new accommodation choice for travellers come April 2016 with the opening of the AVANI Riverside Bangkok hotel. At 26 storeys, the property overlooks the winding river and boasts uninterrupted views across the city from each of the ...

    POSTED 17 Dec, 2015 0 Comments

  • Qantas closes Bangkok business class lounge

    Qantas will permanently close the doors to its longstanding international business class lounge in Bangkok this weekend with passengers relocated to the Louis’ Tavern CIP Lounge in Concourse G from Sunday November 15. In an email sent to frequent flyers, Qantas spruiks that the new lounge ...

    POSTED 12 Nov, 2015 54 Comments

  • Thai Airways brings Boeing 787 onto Brisbane-Bangkok route

    Brisbane will become Thai Airways’ next Boeing 787 destination with the city’s daily Bangkok flights upgraded to the Dreamliner from October 25 2015. Replacing Boeing 777s which mostly saw angled-flat beds in business class, Thai’s Boeing 787-8s offer travellers 24 fully-flat s...

    POSTED 21 Aug, 2015 18 Comments

  • Thai Airways boosts London flights, shortens Aussie transit times

    Thai Airways will reinstate its previously-axed second-daily flight between Bangkok and London from later this year, cutting transit times on the Kangaroo Route by up to 19 hours in each direction. That takes place from October 25 when TG916 returns to the skies – departing Bangkok each da...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2015 5 Comments

  • This week's wrap for Qantas, Oneworld, Star Alliance frequent flyers

    Want to fly from Australia to Bangkok in Thai Airways' first class cabin for $1,400? How about business class to Singapore with Singapore Airlines for around $1,000, or Sydney to New York in business class for less than $2,500? Those are some of the amazing deals you can line up courtesy of ...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2015 0 Comments

  • Thai Airways upgrades London to A380, halves Heathrow flights

    Star Alliance member Thai Airways will upsize its Bangkok-London flights to the Airbus A380 from July 1, but will drop from double-daily to daily service on the route come the same date. Currently served by two of Thai’s refurbished Boeing 747s, the sole A380 flight will offer travellers 1...

    POSTED 29 May, 2015 12 Comments

  • Emirates axes Chauffeur Drive on Qantas codeshare flights to Asia

    Emirates is no longer offering its complimentary Chauffeur Drive service to business and first class passengers flying with Emirates but booked under a Qantas QF flight number to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Chauffeur Drive remains available on these routes when travelling on an Emirates...

    POSTED 11 Mar, 2015 16 Comments

  • Thai Airways upgrades London flights to Boeing 747, new first class

    Thai Airways passengers travelling to London Heathrow will soon enjoy an upgraded first class service at the pointy end with the airline switching the route to its newer Boeing 747-400 aircraft. A spokesperson for the airline confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that from October 26, passe...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2014 6 Comments

  • Great new business seat makes Austrian a decent choice for Europe

    Star Alliance member Austrian Airlines is revamping its entire fleet with a new fully flat business class seat, which will provide yet another top-notch option for Australians heading to Europe. Austrian's new seat is similar to the one used on Swiss, Brussels Airlines and Finnair. It's a fully ...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2012 5 Comments

  • Qantas to codeshare on Emirates flights via Asia

    Qantas says it will codeshare on Emirates' Australian flights which route through Asia, along with those which head straight to Dubai. Emirates currently runs four services which stop over in Asia before continuing to Dubai: these are Sydney-Bangkok-Dubai (EK419), Melbourne-Singapore-D...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2012 0 Comments

  • Thai's Airbus A380 routes: HK, Singapore, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Osaka, Paris, Sydney & London

    Wondering when you can fly Thai Airways' new Airbus A380? With six superjumbos on the shopping list there'll be just a handful of select destinations: Hong Kong, Singapore, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Paris, Osaka and Sydney. According to Thai's final A380 schedule – released today at the airl...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2012 0 Comments

  • London slated for Thai Airways' sixth Airbus A380 route

    London Heathrow-bound passengers disappointed at Thai's plans to send its fifth Airbus A380 on the Sydney route – following Frankfurt, Tokyo, Paris and Osaka – shouldn't give up hope of seeing the superjumbo heading for Britain. The UK capital is top of the list for Thai's sixth A380...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2012 0 Comments

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