• The best business class seats on United's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

    Flying daily from Melbourne to Los Angeles and also from Sydney to both LA and San Francisco come late March, United's Boeing 787 Dreamliners offer high flyers a considerably improved 'BusinessFirst' (business class) experience over the Boeing 777s of years passed. With seats arranged in a 2-2-2...

    POSTED 16 Mar, 2016 37 Comments

  • Virgin Australia: new business class seats for Airbus A330s, Boeing 777s

    Virgin Australia will install new business class seats across its Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 fleet from next year as the airline aims to trump Qantas on both domestic and international routes. The extra-wide and extra-long lie-flat beds will debut on Virgin’s Airbus 330 in March 2015, with...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2014 78 Comments

  • ANA firms up orders for 70 aircraft: A320neo, 777-9X, 787-9, 777-300ER

    ANA has firmed up two sizeable aircraft orders – one for 30 Airbus A320neo jets, and the other for 40 twin-aisle Boeing planes worth a staggering $13 billion at list prices. Comprised of 20 Boeing 777-9Xs, 14 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and six Boeing 777-300ERs, the airline plans to use the ...

    POSTED 31 Jul, 2014 8 Comments

  • China Southern tags Boeing 787s, 777-300s for Europe, USA expansion

    China Southern will earmark its new Boeing 787s and long-range Boeing 777-300ER jets for adding new routes into Europe and the USA as the airline moves to broaden the worldwide network reaching out from its hub in Guangzhou. The airline recently revealed it will launch a direct New York service ...

    POSTED 29 Oct, 2013 1 Comment

  • Garuda pushes back Sydney's Boeing 777 launch

    Garuda Indonesia has quietly axed plans to bring its new Boeing 777-300ER to Sydney next month, pushing the big bird's Australian debut back to mid-2014. It's the third setback for the airline's newest flagship, which reintroduces first class to the Garuda fleet along with a revamped business cl...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2013 1 Comment

  • Garuda postpones new London Boeing 777 service to May 2014

    Garuda Indonesia has postponed the launch of its Jakarta-London flights to May 2014, a delay of six months from the previously-planned date of November 2 this year. The route was intended to showcase Garuda's factory-fresh flagship Boeing 777-300ER and its new first class suites, and spearh...

    POSTED 1 Aug, 2013 9 Comments

  • Garuda: big plans for its Boeing 777-300ER

    Garuda will use its new Boeing 777-300ER fleet to drive a ‘quantum leap’ aimed to transform the Indonesian flag-carrier into one of world’s leading airlines. That’s a big call, even for Boeing’s big bird, but Garuda Indonesia CEO Emirsyah Satar is a man wi...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2013 17 Comments

  • Photos: Garuda's new Boeing 777 first class suites, business class seats

    Garuda is continuing its push into the premium travel market with the unveiling of its new first class suites, along with fully lie-flat business class seats, in the airline’s forthcoming Boeing 777 jets. It’s the only first class cabin in Garuda’s current fleet and will be exc...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2013 10 Comments

  • Garuda to start Australia-Jakarta-London Kangaroo Route in November

    Garuda Indonesia will launch its own take on the Kangaroo Route between Australia and London, with a stopover in Jakarta, in November this year. Flights will commence on November 2nd and are now open for bookings. Garuda's brand new Boeing 777-300ER jet – featuring First, Execut...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2013 11 Comments

  • The best seats in Business Class on Emirates' Boeing 777-300ER

    Australian Business Traveller reveals the best seats to pick on the aircraft you're most likely to encounter on your travels. This week: Business Class on Emirates' Boeing 777-300ER. The plane Emirates' stretched long-range Boeing 777-300ERs are the airline's most frequently used planes o...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2012 4 Comments

  • Air China upgrades Sydney-Beijing with new 777 business class

    Air China is upgrading the seats on its Sydney-Beijing flight, with new fully flat beds -- and thirty more of them -- on board a larger Boeing 777-300ER plane. That's a serious business travel boost from the Airbus A330 the airline will be using up until the switch on 11 December. As you can se...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2012 8 Comments

  • Emirates plans Perth Airbus A380 flights from mid-2013

    Emirates plans to upgrade its Perth flights to an Airbus A380 service next year. "Emirates Airline will fly the 489-seat A380s to Perth as soon as the WA airport completes a dedicated boarding bridge now being built," Emirates country manager Khalid Al Zarooni revealed t...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2012 4 Comments

  • Philippine Airlines to fly nonstop to Sydney, Melbourne

    Philippine Airlines is shaking up its flight schedule between Sydney, Melbourne and Manila from the end of next month. Starting 28 October, PAL will replace its five-weekly triangular service, where each flight stops in both Sydney and Melbourne, in favour of four weekly nonstop flights from Syd...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2012 1 Comment

  • Best seats: (old) business class, Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER

    If you're travelling in business class on Cathay Pacific's Boeing 777-300ER -- but you're not on one of the new planes with brand new business class -- we've narrowed down the best seats to pick on the plane in what frequent flyer wags call "coffin class". Cathay has just under twenty of the str...

    POSTED 13 Jun, 2012 2 Comments

  • Fourth Singapore Airlines London Heathrow flight from September

    Business travellers will have an extra Singapore Airlines connection to London's Heathrow Airport from September, as SQ adds a fourth daily flight from its Changi hub. The airline's newest fully flat business class seats with direct aisle access for all passengers will be found on the Boeing 777...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2012 3 Comments

  • Emirates goes thrice daily with Spain flights from July

    Emirates' connections to Spain will triple next month, as the airline adds a second daily flight to Madrid and adds a new route to Barcelona. As the capital of the economically vital Catalonia region spanning France and Spain, business travellers heading for meetings or site visits in the region...

    POSTED 8 Jun, 2012 0 Comments

  • Best seats: business class, Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER

    Cathay Pacific's Boeing 777-300ER aircraft are increasingly becoming the mainstay of the airline's fleet as its older jumbo 747s are retired. You'll find them on many connections from Hong Kong, especially to European destinations. Flights between Australia and Hong Kong use the Airbus A330, fo...

    POSTED 30 Mar, 2012 4 Comments

  • American Airlines picks Cathay's business class for new planes

    Qantas' oneworld partner American Airlines has released details of its much-awaited new business class seating, and it's the same fully flat business class bed as seen on Cathay Pacific. The seats are arranged in a four-across reverse herringbone layout, with window seats facing away from the ai...

    POSTED 27 Jan, 2012 2 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific brings back First Class on new Boeing 777-300ERs

    Latest: read our 'world first' review of Cathay Pacific premium economy Cathay Pacific will reinstate first class on selected long-range Boeing 777 services this year. The HK flag-carrier previously opted to remove the first class cabin from some Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in order to accommodat...

    POSTED 6 Jan, 2012 6 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines' Melbourne flights: no A380, many Jan changes

    Singapore Airlines is pulling the Airbus A380 from its Melbourne flights in January, leaving the route to be served by smaller and less advanced Boeing 747 and 777 planes, which have three different types of business class. Confusingly, the schedules are shifting for a couple of weeks in late Ja...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2011 3 Comments

  • Emirates to use only flat business class seats from Australia

    Emirates' business class passengers can stop double-checking timetables to see which business class is on their flight -- all but one of the airline's ten daily Australian flights are now on a Boeing 777 with lie-flat seats (and that lone flight is on an Airbus A380, so either way you win). You'...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2011 2 Comments

  • How to get long-haul seats and service on AU-NZ flights

    Flying across the Tasman to New Zealand from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland or Christchurch? Choose your flights carefully and you could fly in a more comfortable seat, snooze on a fully flat bed, get some work done with full inflight power points and space to unfold your laptop, or ...

    POSTED 14 Oct, 2011 8 Comments

  • The best seats in Premium Economy on Virgin Australia's Boeing 777

    Flying on Virgin Australia's Boeing 777-300ER across the Pacific to LAX or up to Abu Dhabi to connect with Virgin's Etihad codeshare to Europe, the Middle East and Africa? Here's how to pick the best seats in Premium Economy. The plane Virgin Australia flies its Boeing 777-300ER planes to Los A...

    POSTED 13 Oct, 2011 0 Comments

  • Air New Zealand to sell Skycouch to other airlines

    Five star hotels have long been selling their exclusive pillow-top beds at whopping profit margins to well-heeled customers. Now, Air New Zealand is taking the same tack, offering its award winning Skycouch seat to other airlines ... just as long as they don't compete for the same routes. Austr...

    POSTED 15 Sep, 2011 2 Comments

  • Best seats: Premium Economy Spaceseat, Air New Zealand 777-300ER

    Travelling in Air New Zealand's Premium Economy Spaceseats on the Kiwi airline's Boeing 777-300ER flagship flights to Los Angeles and London? We've got the very latest on the cabin, which finished a major refit this month to add six inches of extra legroom. We had a sneak peak of the Business Pr...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2011 3 Comments

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