• 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

  • Best seats guide: Qatar Airways Qsuites (Boeing 777 and Airbus A350)

    Qatar Airways’ ‘super business class’ Qsuites have been flying high since June 2017, and currently grace the skies between Canberra, Sydney and Doha on the Boeing 777-300ER. You’ll also find Qsuites on all Airbus A350-1000s, plus some Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 777-200LR ...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 8 Comments

  • The Boeing 777X is now a globe-striding ultra-long range private jet

    The Boeing 777x has yet to make its first flight but already this next-generation jet is being spec'd out for a limited edition VIP ride. Billed as the ultimate private jet, the Boeing Business Jet BBJ 777X will be capable of flying half-way around the world, between virtually any two cities &nd...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2018 12 Comments

  • British Airways to launch new first class suites in late 2019?

    British Airways looks set to follow its mid-2019 launch of new Club World business class seats with the reveal of new first class suites. The first class suites are expected to debut on the airline's Boeing 777-300ER fleet by year's end and will be based on the first class of the Boeing 787-9 Dr...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2018 19 Comments

  • Air China boosts Sydney-Beijing to a Boeing 777

    Air China will upgrade its Sydney-Beijing flights to a Boeing 777-300ER in early 2019 as the Star Alliance member plans for high demand across the southern summer holidays and Chinese New Year. The flagship jet levels up the travel experience from the Airbus A330 which usually plies this route, ...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2018 2 Comments

  • Qantas CEO dials back Project Sunrise expectations

    Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says the airline will choose between the Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777X within the next 12 months as partners in its non-stop Project Sunrise flights to London and New York. However, regardless of the jet chosen to make those marathon 18-20 hour treks, there’s no lo...

    POSTED 14 Nov, 2018 28 Comments

  • Review: Emirates’ new Boeing 777-200LR business class seat

    Emirates is finally removing the dreaded middle seat in business class – on some of its aircraft, at least – with the airline’s Boeing 777-200LR fleet getting a revamp: doing away with the ‘old’ 2-3-2 layout to make way for an upgraded seat in a 2-2-2 configuration. ...

    POSTED 9 Oct, 2018 22 Comments

  • Adelaide to get Emirates' new Boeing 777 business class seats

    Business class travellers between Adelaide and Dubai will experience Emirates' latest and less-squeezy business class seat from October 28. One of Emirates' revamped Boeing 777-200LR jets with 2-2-2 seating in business class will replace the Gulf airlines' Boeing 777-300ER – with the ...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2018 9 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

  • Cathay Pacific brings first class suites to Sydney-Hong Kong flights

    Cathay Pacific is now flying its first class suites between Sydney and Hong Kong, with selected business class passengers enjoying a free upgrade to the elegant cribs. However, the Hong Kong-based airline isn’t selling first class fares on the popular route and has no plans to do so, with ...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2018 12 Comments

  • The 20-hour flight is coming (and it may have a gym and bunk beds)

    The goal of a nonstop flight from Sydney to London – half the way around the planet – took a leap forward as the world’s top planemakers convinced Qantas they can make the 20-hour route a reality. A year after Qantas CEO Alan Joyce publicly challenged Airbus and Boeing to desig...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2018 55 Comments

  • LATAM reveals new business class seats

    LATAM Airways will roll out a vastly improved business class seat across most of its international fleet beginning later this year. Those jets will be the Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 fleet, along with factory-fresh Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and the Airbus A350-1000 being delivered over the coming y...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2018 13 Comments

  • Qantas nixes Airbus A350-900ULR for non-stop flights to UK, New York

    Qantas has decided against the Airbus A350-900ULR for non-stop flights from Australia to London and New York, and is instead eyeing the larger A350-1000ULR which could carry more passengers on those 18-20 hour treks. Airbus confirmed plans for an ultra-long range version of its A350-1000 jet in ...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2018 35 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

  • Qatar Airways brings its Qsuites to Sydney, Canberra from July 2018

    Qatar Airways will begin flying its highly-regarded Qsuite business class to Sydney and Canberra from next month. The airline has confirmed that its flights QR906/QR907 will be upgraded to the business class suites "up to four times a week" as of July 1, with Qsuites every day from August 1...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2018 26 Comments

  • Qantas wants four classes, 300+ passengers in ultra-long range jets

    Qantas is aiming to have its ultra-long range Project Sunrise jets carry over 300 passengers across four classes, with new seating on the radar from first class to economy and possibly a lounge or bar. The airline is now working through the configuration of the globe-striding jets which will mak...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2018 38 Comments

  • Qantas looks to order ultra-long range Airbus or Boeing jets in 2019

    The countdown clock is ticking on Qantas' ambitious plans to launch non-stop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York, with the airline ready to place an order for ultra-long range Airbus or Boeing jets next year for flights from 2022. "We're having good dialog with both Boeing a...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2018 34 Comments

  • Qatar rolls out Qsuite business class to its Boeing 777-200LR jets

    Qatar Airways is now adding its superb Qsuite business class suites to the airline's long-range Boeing 777-200LR jets, which will bring the best-in-class seats closer to the 17+ hour Auckland-Doha route. The first of Qatar's nine Boeing 777-200LRs to be fitted with the Qsuites will make its de...

    POSTED 23 May, 2018 10 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines: new first class, business class for Boeing 777-9

    Singapore Airlines will launch all-new first class suites and business class seats for its Boeing 777-9 jets, with airline CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong predicting a "quantum leap" from today's Boeing 777 premium cabins. Speaking to Australian Business Traveller ahead of the delivery fli...

    POSTED 27 Mar, 2018 6 Comments

  • First photos: British Airways' Club World business class refresh

    British Airways has rolled out a subtle refresh to its Club World business class ahead of a broader overhaul due to arrive in 2019 in the airline's Airbus A350 fleet. And 'subtle' is the operative word. Only the most observant of frequent flyers would spot the differences at first glance, w...

    POSTED 12 Mar, 2018 0 Comments

  • Emirates ditches middle seat with new wider Boeing 777 business class

    Emirates has finally dropped that hated middle seat from its Boeing 777 business class cabin – but only on the long-range Boeing 777-200LR jets, which this week debut with a wider business class seat. All ten of Emirates' Boeing 777-200LR jets will shift to a 2-2-2 layout in business class...

    POSTED 5 Mar, 2018 33 Comments

  • Is Qatar's Qsuite business class about to get a little less private?

    Qatar will lop a few inches off the height of its Qsuite business class doors in an evolution of the design for its forthcoming Boeing 777X fleet. Speaking on the sidelines of the airline's launch of daily flights to Canberra, Qatar Airways CEO His Excellency Akbar Al Baker said the revisio...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2018 6 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

  • Qantas seeks foreign money to buy Boeing 777X or Airbus A350 jets

    Qantas looks set to renew its push to lift a government-imposed limit on foreign ownership and drawing the dots between new long-range jets from Airbus or Boeing with the need for deep-pocketed overseas investors. Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford says the Qantas Sale Act, which caps...

    POSTED 5 Jan, 2018 15 Comments

  • No first class for Lufthansa Boeing 777-9 jets

    Lufthansa is thinking big with business class for its new Boeing 777-9s, but something the new jets won't have will be first class seats. While the final layout of Lufthansa’s 34 ordered 777-9s hasn’t been decided, the carrier says they’ll accommodate 45 to 60 business passenge...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2017 2 Comments

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