• Exclusive Qantas Boeing 747 farewell flights for frequent flyers?

    The clock is ticking down towards retirement of Qantas' Boeing 747 fleet in 2020, but the airline is planning to treat frequent flyers with a series of exclusive 'Points Plane' flights on the iconic jumbo. Inspired by the success of the Airbus A380 Points Plane initiative, Australian Business Tr...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2019 20 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

  • The iconic Boeing 747 jumbo jet turns 50: a history in pictures

    The world got its first glimpse of the Boeing 747 half a century ago, on September 30, 1968, as the first hulking jetliner rolled out of a factory in Everett, Washington, which had been built to produce the aircraft. Ever since, people have not stopped gawking at the iconic humpbacked aircraft, ...

    POSTED 30 Sep, 2018 4 Comments

  • Qantas to fly Boeing 747 Sydney-Perth, Airbus A330 Perth-Singapore

    Qantas will fly its iconic Boeing 747 between Sydney and Perth from late July, while its double-daily Perth-Singapore Boeing 737 service will be replaced by an Airbus A330. A Qantas spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the Perth-Singapore A330 schedule will start from Jul...

    POSTED 2 Jul, 2018 51 Comments

  • Qantas orders six more Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

    Qantas will today announce an order for six more Boeing 787-9 jets, bringing the total red-tailed Dreamliner fleet to 14 in number. The first of these additional 787-9s is due to arrive in late 2019, with a rapid delivery of all six by mid-to-late 2020 – just in time for the airline's...

    POSTED 2 May, 2018 134 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

  • The fabulous bars, lounges and restaurants of the Boeing 747

    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. Step back in...

    POSTED 6 Jan, 2018 34 Comments

  • Photos: Boeing's groovy Tiger Lounge in the belly of the 747

    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. This might l...

    POSTED 28 Dec, 2017 10 Comments

  • Here is the best business class seat on a Qantas Boeing 747

    Business travellers and frequent flyers know the value of choosing their seat well in advance, especially when setting out on a long international flight. Along with their passport number they can reel off a list of their preferred seats, plus a few to avoid at all costs. If you’re flying...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2017 47 Comments

  • Retrospective: Qantas' first Boeing 747 jumbo jet

    As Qantas takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, we look back to the debut of another all-new and game-changing member of the fleet: the airline’s first Boeing 747, in September 1971. With thanks to Qantas, here’s the story of that delivery flight – ...

    POSTED 15 Oct, 2017 19 Comments

  • Qantas refreshes Boeing 747 first class

    Qantas is retiring its oldest Boeing 747s as the new Boeing 787s arrive, but that hasn't stopped one of the jumbos from getting a surprise refresh of its first class cabin. Only two of Qantas' remaining Boeing 747s still sport first class in the nose of this Queen of the Skies... ... with 14 ...

    POSTED 1 May, 2017 27 Comments

  • Qantas to retire its five oldest Boeing 747 jumbo jets

    As Qantas counts down to the delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in October 2017, the clock is also ticking away on the airline's dwindling fleet of Boeing 747 jumbo jets – once the iconic mainstay of the Qantas international network. By the middle of 2018, when Qantas expects to...

    POSTED 28 Mar, 2017 42 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

  • The best business class seats on Qantas' Boeing 747s

    Despite its age, the venerable Boeing 747-400 is a mainstay of Qantas' international fleet – plying routes from Australia to Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Santiago and Johannesburg. Most of Qantas' Boeing 747s have been upgraded to the fully-flat Skybed II busines...

    POSTED 12 May, 2016 21 Comments

  • Qantas to refresh two Boeing 747s

    High demand and lower fuel prices will see Qantas retain and refresh two of its Boeing 747s instead of retiring them by mid-2017 to make way for the Boeing 787. The two jumbos will be given a bit of a spruce including "full reconfigured cushions" on the business class Skybed seats "for additiona...

    POSTED 23 Feb, 2016 26 Comments

  • Qantas axes daily Boeing 747 Sydney-Los Angeles flights

    Qantas will dial back flights between Sydney and Los Angeles next year, axing its Boeing 747 service on the route after joint venture partner American Airlines launches daily Sydney-LAX flights in December. Currently running daily but dropping to three-times-weekly in January 2016, QF1...

    POSTED 17 Nov, 2015 30 Comments

  • Qantas reduces Sydney, Melbourne to Los Angeles Boeing 747 flights

    Qantas will drop five flights from its Sydney and Melbourne to Los Angeles schedule from December this year, as part of a package which sees American Airlines begin a daily LAX-Sydney service while Qantas restarts flights to San Francisco. Qantas currently runs two daily flights between Sydney a...

    POSTED 10 Jun, 2015 7 Comments

  • Qantas swaps Airbus A380s for Boeing 747s on some Los Angeles flights

    EXCLUSIVE | Qantas will replace its flagship Airbus A380s with Boeing 747s on several flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Los Angeles over the next six weeks, with one of the airline’s twelve superjumbos currently out of action. A Boeing 747 will take the A380's place through to mid-June....

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2015 43 Comments

  • Video: Qantas hands over first Boeing 747-400 to aircraft museum

    After over 25 years in service, carrying almost 4.1 million passengers on 13,833 flights over a distance of 85 million kilometres – equivalent to 110 return trips to the moon – Qantas' first-ever Boeing 747-400 today made one last flight to its new home at Australia's Historical ...

    POSTED 9 Mar, 2015 33 Comments

  • See the final flight of Qantas' very first Boeing 747-400

    Congratulations to AusBT readers Jeshurun Kulasingham and Angela Stronach, who as winners of our contest will enjoy a ringside seat for VH-OJA's touchdown at Illawarra Regional Airport this coming Sunday, March 8. READER CONTEST | The first Qantas Boeing 747-400 is making its...

    POSTED 25 Feb, 2015 18 Comments

  • Microsoft co-founder turns two Boeing 747s into 'FrankenJumbo'

    Take two used Boeing 747s, pull off all the engines, strap six of them to a pair of custom-built composite hulls and you've got – well, the world's biggest and most eye-catching airplane. It looks like something out of Thunderbirds, goes by the name Stratolaunch and is being built by Pau...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2015 8 Comments

  • Boeing 747-8 to become the new Air Force One

    Boeing's 747-8 will become the next generation Air Force One, with two of the highly modified jets due to fly around 2021.  The Pentagon confirmed the decision overnight, according to The Wall Street Journal, and will see the retirement of the US President's current Boeing 747-200 plan...

    POSTED 29 Jan, 2015 21 Comments

  • Qantas retires its very first Boeing 747-400

    Qantas will retire its first-ever Boeing 747-400 next month, representing a milestone in the airline's modernisation drive. Although Qantas has put several of its jumbo jets out to pasture in recent years, the aircraft making its last passenger flight on December 7th as QF107 from Sydney to...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2014 25 Comments

  • British Airways upgrades Boeing 747 seats, inflight entertainment

    British Airways is set to update its Boeing 747s, but it's the 'cheap seats' in economy and premium economy will enjoy the greatest dose of TLC rather than the pointy end of the plane. BA's make-over will see 18 out of 48 of the venerable jumbo jets refreshed to bring them into line with th...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2014 10 Comments

  • Qantas boosts flights to Los Angeles, Santiago, changes New York

    Qantas is set to boost flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles and between Sydney and Santiago from early next year, with the onward Los Angeles-New York flights also getting a shake-up. The airline says the new schedule is geared to provide US-bound travellers with a choice between morning, ...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2014 33 Comments

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