• Malaysia Airlines plans next-generation Boeing 737 MAX business class

    The clock is ticking on Malaysia Airlines’ plans for its next-generation Boeing 737 MAX seats, ahead of the arrival of its first MAX jet in early 2020. However, the Oneworld member is “rethinking” previous plans to install lie-fat seats onto the single-aisle jet, and could opt ...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2019 19 Comments

  • How To Choose the Best Qantas Business Class Seats

    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

  • Boeing 737 MAX goes VIP, now available as your own private jet

    Boeing's next-generation 737 MAX is now available in a private jet edition, and the aircraft manufacturer is going all-out to convince potential buyers that its MAX will trump any smaller VIP ride from the likes of Gulfstream or Bombardier. Part of the pitch appeals to the practical: that bein...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2018 4 Comments

  • Copa launches lie-flat business class on new Boeing 737 MAX jets

    Central American airline Copa has rolled out lie-flat seats on its new Boeing 737 MAX jets, making it the latest member in a small but growing clique to fit fully-flat seats into a single-aisle jet. Copa has signed up for 71 of the next-generation Boeing 737 MAX jets, the first of which takes wi...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2018 12 Comments

  • United Airlines Boeing 737 MAX to get all-new lie-flat first class

    United Airlines will install an all-new first class seat which converts into a lie-flat bed on its forthcoming Boeing 737 MAX jets as the airline goes flat out to woo premium travellers on key US domestic routes. The airline has already assessed one prototype of the still-under-wraps seat, which...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2018 4 Comments

  • Virgin Australia keeps new east-west business class up its sleeve

    Virgin Australia says it's not about to give any ground to Qantas in the ongoing Battle of Business Class, despite a third of its six-strong Airbus A330 fleet now being earmarked for Hong Kong rather than domestic routes. The mid-year launch of Virgin's Sydney-Hong Kong service means one less of...

    POSTED 2 Mar, 2018 23 Comments

  • Qantas steams towards half of its Boeing 737 fleet having WiFi

    Qantas is marching towards a mid-year milestone for installing WiFi across its domestic Boeing 737 fleet, with around half of the workhorse jets expected to boast the fast and free Internet service by the end of June. With some 22 of around 80 Boeing 737s already sporting that tell-tale satellit...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2018 19 Comments

  • Virgin Australia begins countdown to new Boeing 737 MAX jets

    Virgin Australia has started the countdown to delivery of the next-generation Boeing 737 MAX, which will mark the beginning of a refresh for the airline's domestic fleet. With the first of some 40 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets due from the end of 2019, Virgin will be the first Australian airline behind ...

    POSTED 8 Feb, 2018 21 Comments

  • You want lie-flat business class beds in a Boeing 737? Done.

    Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. Is this the ...

    POSTED 5 Jan, 2018 26 Comments

  • SilkAir brings Boeing 737 MAX 8 flights to Cairns, Darwin

    UPDATE | SilkAir will swap its regular Boeing 737-800 jets for its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes on flights from Singapore to Cairns and Darwin from early 2018, the airline has confirmed. For business class flyers, there's 10 extra inches of seat pitch compared to the outgoing aircraft, increasing...

    POSTED 8 Dec, 2017 15 Comments

  • Virgin Australia hits pause on new Boeing 737 business class

    Virgin Australia has pressed the pause button on the launch of its new Boeing 737 transcontinental business class, but says it will be ready to go as more Airbus A330s make their way to Asia. The airline’s top secret “Perth product” for its Boeing 737 jets – which would t...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2017 24 Comments

  • Qantas eyes Boeing 737 MAX, Boeing 797 for domestic fleet

    Qantas is set to embark on a dramatic revamp of its domestic fleet, with the advanced Boeing 737 MAX and the yet-to-be-built Boeing 797 both in the frame to replace its current Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A330 jets. However, the airline has scuppered previous plans to bring the Boeing 787 onto tra...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2017 31 Comments

  • SilkAir reveals new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class

    SilkAir has pulled back the curtains on a smart-looking set of  business class seats for its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet, which is expected to fly to Darwin and Cairns in 2018. Finished in a dusky chocolate, the 12 leather-clad seats offer more room for premium passengers compared to the a...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2017 10 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines orders Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    Malaysia Airlines has agreed to buy eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and eight Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets as the Oneworld airline looks to boost services on its busiest routes. Malaysia Airlines may double an order of 25 of the single-aisle 737 Max 10 over the next five years, Malaysian Prime Mini...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2017 45 Comments

  • The next generation in Airbus, Boeing single-aisle business class

    Is this seat the next generation in business class for single-aisle jets like the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 series? It's the Vantage Solo, from Thompson Aero Seating, and will bring lie-flat beds and direct aisle access – traits typically associated with the best business class of large l...

    POSTED 31 Jul, 2017 24 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines plans lie-flat Boeing 737 business class seats

    Malaysia Airlines will launch a radical upgrade to its Boeing 737 business class, adopting lie-flat suites with direct aisle access for all passengers. The airline will debut the seats on its new Boeing 737 MAX 10 fleet, due for delivery from 2021, with CEO Peter Bellew indicating to Australian ...

    POSTED 31 Jul, 2017 9 Comments

  • Qantas: no plans for new transcon Boeing 737 business class

    Qantas plans to rely on the muscle of its Airbus A330 fleet rather than a new Boeing 737 business class in the continuing dogfight with Virgin Australia for transcontinental business travellers. Virgin Australia will gradually draw down the number of A330s on the east-west corridor as the b...

    POSTED 17 Jul, 2017 25 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to launch all-new Boeing 737 business class

    EXCLUSIVE | Virgin Australia plans to reveal a next generation of its Boeing 737 business class seats before the end of this year as the airline continues to battle Qantas for the hearts and wallets of corporate travellers. The seats will be dedicated to transcontinental flights running between ...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2017 52 Comments

  • Boeing bets on a bigger 737 Max 10

    Boeing's new 737 Max 10 received the green light at the Paris Air Show today, with the company touting orders and commitments for 240 jets from at least 10 airlines, worth roughly US$30 billion at list prices. The aircraft marker's first new jet in almost four years is a stretched upgrade of the...

    POSTED 19 Jun, 2017 2 Comments

  • Boeing's biggest 737 Max jet takes flight

    Boeing's newest and largest 737 Max gunned down the runway and soared over the shore of Lake Washington, south of Seattle, on its way to an almost three-hour maiden flight Thursday. The latest model in Boeing’s best-selling jet family took wing five days ahead of schedule, during a week ma...

    POSTED 14 Apr, 2017 5 Comments

  • Virgin Australia pushes back on Boeing 737 MAX deliveries

    Virgin Australia will delay its delivery of new Boeing 737 MAX jets to late 2019 to help bring costs under control and steer the airline back into solid profit. Virgin previously intended to collect the keys to the first of 40 of the fuel-efficient 737 MAX-8 jets – a successor to its domes...

    POSTED 17 Feb, 2017 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia powers up with at-seat AC, USB for Boeing 737

    Virgin Australia will provide AC and USB sockets for economy class passengers in a trial of an innovative in-seat power system. The test kit will be fitted in the second quarter of 2017 to one of Virgin's workhorse Boeing 737-800s, which typically fly up and down Australia's east coast as w...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2016 15 Comments

  • Virgin Australia begins countdown to new Boeing 737 MAX jets

    Boeing revealed its new 737 MAX jet overnight, with Virgin Australia set to start flying the fuel-efficient jet in 2018. Designed as a replacement for the Boeing 737-800, which is the domestic workhorse of both Virgin Australia and Qantas, Boeing claims the 737 8 MAX will be sip 20% less fuel th...

    POSTED 9 Dec, 2015 9 Comments

  • Qantas Boeing 737s to get more economy seats, WiFi entertainment

    Qantas will upgrade its entire fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft to add more economy class seats, and in many cases beam movies, TV shows and music via WiFi to passenger's own iPads and other devices. The first of the refurbished Boeings, which are the backbone of Qantas' domestic operations, wil...

    POSTED 14 Aug, 2015 52 Comments

  • Qantas culls fleet: Boeing 767s, 747 jumbos to go, Airbus 380s & Boeing 787s deferred

    Qantas will take the axe to its domestic and international fleet, weeding out older aircraft and delaying orders for new aircraft as part of an aggressive $2 billion cost-saving campaign. The older planes are less fuel-efficient than more modern jets and also carry a higher maintenance bill, and...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2014 34 Comments

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