• Can F1 racing technology shape the future of business class?

    At first glance, the cramped and noisy cockpit of a Formula One racer and the cosy cocoon of a business class seat would appear to have little in common, except perhaps speed – where, ironically, that business class seat in flight can be travelling three times as fast as a record-breaking F...

    POSTED 2 Apr, 2019 1 Comment

  • This first class suite concept is more like 'a personal apartment'

    First class suites are becoming increasingly private spaces. Etihad has its Airbus A380 'Apartments', Emirates took its new Boeing 777 first class cues from old-world railway cabins and modern yachts, while Singapore Airlines re-imagined its superjumbo first class as a 'Skyroom' – almost a...

    POSTED 4 May, 2018 5 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

  • Designing Singapore Airlines' new A380 business class seats

    Singapore Airlines' new business class seat will take wing in December 2018 on a factory-fresh Airbus A380, ahead of a rolling refit across the rest of the superjumbo fleet through to 2020. JPA Design director John Tighe, who led the team behind the new seat, speaks with Australian Bus...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2017 14 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines' launch of new A380 first, business class

    LATEST | Do these spy snaps reveal Singapore Airlines' spacious new Airbus A380 first class suites? See them here! Read more: Spy snaps spoil Singapore Airlines' surprise with new A380 first class revealed PREVIOUS | The countdown clock is ticking towards the launch of Singapore Air...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2017 4 Comments

  • Airbus rethinks the aircraft cabin with 'Airspace'

    Regardless of how an plane's cabin irks you – no legroom, garbage Wi-Fi, scant overhead bin space – most of the experience is dictated by the carrier flying it. Aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus must satisfy their customers – and you are not their customer. This ...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2017 0 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines' new A380 first class designer teases concepts

    With Singapore Airlines counting down to the November 2 launch of its next generation of Airbus A380 first class suites and business class seats, one of the creators of the superjumbo's new first class suites has teased some luxurious concept images created for the airline. Jacques Pie...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2017 7 Comments

  • Airlines switch onto mood lighting to help passengers relax

    Interior designers for airlines across Europe, Asia, and the US have a new consideration when it comes to onboard products and service: How's the lighting? Designers are starting to experiment with new technologies that let them illuminate the cabin in all kinds of hues. Is a pinkish-purple glo...

    POSTED 24 Sep, 2017 7 Comments

  • The airports of the future are actually here already

    No matter how well-regarded a particular airport happens to be, the slog from curb to cabin is pretty much the same wherever you go. A decades-old paradigm of queues, security screens, snack vendors, and gate-waiting prevails—the only difference is the level of stress. Transiting a modern ...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • High-tech, high-touch and privacy: the future of business class

    While the vast majority of fliers are feeling the squeeze with tighter and tighter economy seats (we’re looking at you, American Airlines) and downright frightening customer-service disasters (United), we might well be witnessing the dawn of a new golden age of travel in the business-class ...

    POSTED 7 Jun, 2017 13 Comments

  • Delta's Italian-design upgrade in first, business class

    Delta flyers, prepare to say arrivederci to the plain Jane plates and glasses of the past as the carrier rolls out 86 new pieces from Alessi in its Delta One business class and first class cabins. Best known for such whimsical housewares as Michael Graves’s tea kettle with a bird on the ...

    POSTED 30 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • Airbus seatmaker Stelia's Ultimate 17 first class suite design

    Airbus' seatmaking arm Stelia Aerospace is now shopping a new first class cabin among airlines. The Ultimate 17 represents the company's first foray above business class, where its staggered Solstys seats have proven popular with airlines such as Thai Airways, Asiana and Etihad. The fu...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2017 8 Comments

  • British Airways: new Club World business class seat for 2019

    New Club World seat for Airbus A350, Boeing 787-10 All seats to have direct aisle access Not all A350s, 787-10s will have first class  British Airways will debut a new Club World business class seat on both its Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 787-10 jets in 2019, and may refit the seat to...

    POSTED 6 Apr, 2017 47 Comments

  • Five innovations that airlines hope will win your business

    Amid a dearth of new plane models, the aviation industry is intensifying the search for in-cabin innovations to lure passengers with wider seats, faster service and even fresh pancakes. Among developments this year, Qatar Airways revealed a business berth which can be swiveled to form a meeting ...

    POSTED 4 Apr, 2017 2 Comments

  • Qantas designer David Caon's concept business class seat

    Aussie designer David Caon has made his mark on Qantas with the Airbus A380 – working alongside Marc Newson on the superjumbo's interiors – as well as the airline's Singapore and Hong Kong lounges, and is now taking the lead on the airline's Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Caon's already sh...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2017 0 Comments

  • Photos: Apple, Qantas designer Marc Newson's private Boeing jet

    If you're going to plonk down the mega-dollars for a private jet, why settle for an off-the-rack interior when you can have one of the world's foremost designers create a bespoke cabin? Marc Newson – best known among the flying fraternity for his work on the Qantas Airbus A380, and now hel...

    POSTED 30 May, 2016 10 Comments

  • Airbus reveals new business class cabin designs

    Airbus has revealed all-new cabin designs for the interior of its aircraft with an emphasis on a greater sense of space and comfort for passengers. The designs – brought together under the ‘Airspace’ cabin brand, and launched overnight in London – will debut on the...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2016 10 Comments

  • High-tech 'Waterfront' business class seat has massive 4K screen

    This week's Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas has seen the launch of a suitably high-tech business class seat by Panasonic – a seat with everything from a massive 24 inch ultra-high definition 4K screen to wireless inductive charging, with the whole shebang controlled by an iPhone app ...

    POSTED 8 Jan, 2016 5 Comments

  • New aircraft design puts passengers into the cargo hold

    The quest to fit more passengers onto a plane has reached new heights – or perhaps lows – with this novel proposal to turn part of an aircraft's cargo hold into a windowless cabin for economy class travellers. Revealed in a patent application by aircraft design and fitout firm Zodiac...

    POSTED 9 Dec, 2015 23 Comments

  • Concept designs for new Singapore Airlines first, business class

    Singapore Airlines is planning a new generation of first class suites and business class seats for both the Airbus A380 and an ultra-long range Airbus A350, which will take to the skies in 2017-2018. The Singaporean flag-carrier invests heavily in creating superb cabins for its premium passenger...

    POSTED 25 Nov, 2015 23 Comments

  • British Airways patent reveals new slant on Club World business class

    A new business class seat design from British Airways could literally show a fresh slant on its Club World seats, with layouts for the Airbus A380, Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 cited in the documentation. Revealed in an application to the US Patent and Trademark Office, lodged in February 2015...

    POSTED 14 Aug, 2015 12 Comments

  • The Boeing 777 business class seat that's a sky-high office suite

    This radical new business class suite will make it even easier for high flyers to get down to work – and then, bed down to sleep. Dubbed the 'Breakout' and due to be launched next year, it's a concept created by aircraft seat designers B/E Aerospace for the Boeing 777 family – a...

    POSTED 16 Jun, 2015 17 Comments

  • Next-gen 'DoveTail' business class seat breaks cover

    The highly competitive world of business class just got a little edgier with the overnight launch of the DoveTail seat. Aimed at the upper end of the business class market, the DoveTail is elbowing for attention among other newcomers including Zodiac Aerospace's Fusio and Thompson Aero...

    POSTED 28 Apr, 2015 23 Comments

  • Radical 'passenger pod' concept: bunk beds for business class

    The 'Air Lair' certainly isn't the first 'upstairs/downstairs' concept for business class, but it's by far the coolest. Created by UK firm Factorydesign, which worked on the upmarket cabins of Etihad's Airbus A380, the business class bunks are described as "a personal cocoon" which would allow a...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2014 11 Comments

  • British Airways patents unique 'sofa class' seat concept

    If you can comfortably laze on your favourite couch at home for hours on end, why not bring that concept into the sky? That's the thinking behind a radical airplane seat created for British Airways, which casts an oversized seat as a one-person couch where passengers can sit, sleep or sprea...

    POSTED 26 Aug, 2014 15 Comments

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