• ANA upgrades domestic business class, economy seats

    ANA will launch a rolling upgrade of its domestic business class seats towards the end of 2019, with eight Boeing 777-200s and eleven Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners in line for the improved 'premium class' cabin. The revamped jets will also see a larger premium cabin of 28 seats – up from 21 on ...

    POSTED 29 May, 2019 1 Comment

  • The best economy class seats on the Qantas Boeing 787

    Looking for the best economy seats on the Qantas Boeing 787? We've scoped out the official Qantas seatmap to find the seats with the most legroom and least disturbances, as well as the seats that are best for couples. Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner economy class seatmap Roughly half of every Qant...

    POSTED 30 Dec, 2016 6 Comments

  • Radical new economy airline seat design could end knee-crush

    Could this be the economy seat we've all been waiting for? Award-winning designer James Lee reckons his Meerkat concept seat could save your knees and your sanity, even on the longest flight. Preserving limited but critical knee space, Lee’s revolutionary seat comes with a recli...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2014 26 Comments

  • The real cost of a business class seat? Try $80,000...

    The next time you're sitting in business class, think on this: the seat itself could cost as much as $80,000. That's the upper end of the manufacturing cost for the latest super-competitive business class benches – and it doesn't include any upfront costs such as design and research before...

    POSTED 13 Aug, 2013 2 Comments

  • Five tips for picking the best seats for your flight

    It doesn't matter if your flight is a short one hour hop between cities or a long 20+ hour trek from one corner of the globe to another – a good seat is always welcome. That's why Australian Business Traveller has built up our series of Best Seats guides with the notes you n...

    POSTED 29 Apr, 2013 7 Comments

  • Economy's real squeeze? It's elbow room, not leg room

    When travellers talk seats, especially in economy class, the conversation inevitably turns to legroom and gripes about how we're seeing less and less of it these days. But as frequent flyers can attest, the real squeeze these days isn't at your knees, it's at your elbows. The 'legroom is d...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2012 20 Comments

  • PHOTO TOUR: all three classes inside China Southern's Airbus A380

    Wondering what you'll find inside China Southern's Airbus A380 superjumbo? As one of China's Big Four airlines, CZ's chief executive confirmed last month that "China Southern does have a plan to use the A380 on the Canton Route" on the long hop from Guangzhou to London. It's ...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2012 9 Comments

  • Europe's easyJet starts allocating seats: no more boarding scrum

    European airline easyJet is taking a step away from its low-cost carrier roots as it adds allocated seating in place of the first come, first served boarding scrum previously in place. Despite its bright orange low-cost airline feel, easyJet is a key part of the business travel network around Eu...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2012 0 Comments

  • Emirates: economy class compared with Qantas

    Last week we looked at how Emirates and Qantas compare for business class and first class, but of course not all business travellers get a seat at the front of the plane. So today our focus shifts to the back of the bus and how the Emirates experience shapes up in the cheap seats. Warning:...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2012 11 Comments

  • The best seats to pick on your flights in and from Australia

    We're often asked what the best seat is to pick on a reader's flights -- on Qantas, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates and many other airlines from Australia. We've pooled our collective decades of business travel experience, pored over seat maps and cabin plans, and ...

    POSTED 27 Aug, 2012 6 Comments

  • Qantas partner American Airlines to offer new seats on US flights

    Qantas' main US partner airline American Airlines is to install spacious new business class seating in the domestic flights that Australians use to connect across the United States. AA is picking up a raft of new planes, including a new coast-to-coast flagship, the Airbus A321 -- the stretched v...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2012 3 Comments

  • Five top 2012 airline trends that are reshaping business travel

    2012 is already an exciting year for business travellers, with new business class seats, new direct flights, new connecting hubs and new planes on the routes you fly. But what's on the horizon? After interviewing key senior executives from airlines and the two main planemakers, Airbus and Boeing...

    POSTED 18 Jun, 2012 8 Comments

  • Five expert tips to get the best of airline buy-on-board food

    More and more airlines are offering buy-on-board food instead of -- or in addition to -- their regular meal services, meaning rushed travellers often end up going hungry or having to settle for something deeply unpalatable. While Australians travelling domestically on business are relatively wel...

    POSTED 5 Jun, 2012 1 Comment

  • Airbus reveals extra-wide economy seat

    Airbus is planning a new economy seat that's several inches wider than even most premium economy and domestic business class seats. The 'Extra Wide Seat', as Airbus has so cleverly christened it, is an aisle seats which measures a generous 20 inches instead of the usual 18 inches. But you ...

    POSTED 25 May, 2012 2 Comments

  • "Luxurious business class" trumps first class on Airbus A350

    Passengers on Airbus' new A350 jet will see a continuation of the push away from first class towards of business class. But the premium cabin will be  "very luxurious" promises Airbus exec John Leahy. "The trend tends to be more to the two-class right now, with a very luxurious busines...

    POSTED 25 May, 2012 2 Comments

  • PHOTO TOUR: What's new on board Lufthansa's first Boeing 747-8I

    Boeing has packed its newest plane -- the latest evolution of the venerable jumbo jet, the 747-8I -- off to its launch customer Lufthansa. As with any new plane (and especially with one of the airliners of the future) business travellers are keen to find out what improvements are on board. Whil...

    POSTED 3 May, 2012 1 Comment

  • Beyond first, business & economy: the 11 classes of airline travel

    In the ever-evolving world of business travel, airlines are continually offering new styles of seating to try to woo your dollars and your loyalty. But this is not restricted to just the pointy end of the plane. Competition has spawned variations which ripple down the rest of the cabin...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2012 9 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic shakes up economy meals

    As much as business class -- and, increasingly, premium economy -- are on the business traveller's radar, sometimes you just can't avoid flying at the back of the bus. But Virgin Atlantic has brought some of its trademark glam to economy, glitzing up the long haul from Sydney to Hong Kong and He...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2012 5 Comments

  • Five amazing ideas for the future of airline seats and beds

    It's that time of year again -- the shortlist for the annual Crystal Cabin awards is out, showcasing the very latest ideas you might find on board your flights, with a particular focus this year on fantastic new concepts in business class seating. But it's not all pie-in-the-sky, you'll-nev...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2012 4 Comments

  • PHOTOS & VIDEO: inside Qantas' newly refurbished Boeing 747-400ER

    Qantas has just completed updating its Boeing 747-400ER planes with brand new Airbus A380-style seats and cabins. It's a big change from the Red Roo jumbos you're used to -- no matter whether you travel in business, premium economy or economy -- so here's a first look at what's inside. Since ti...

    POSTED 17 Nov, 2011 5 Comments

  • More Economy Comfort seats on Delta, but not for Virgin passengers

    US airline Delta is expanding its extra legroom Economy Comfort section to its US domestic fleet, in a move business travellers will welcome. The Economy Comfort seats, similar to competitor United's Economy Plus, aren't premium economy as we know it. They're regular economy seats clo...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2011 1 Comment

  • How to find international flights with the best economy seating

    While we'd all like to jet about in business class, many companies insist that business travellers fly in economy -- even on international flights from, say, Australia to Asia or the US. With a flying time of 8-12 hours on each leg -- and more if you've got a connecting flight -- it pays to try ...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2011 4 Comments

  • What's new on board Qantas' refurbished Boeing 747 planes?

    Following Qantas' decision to delay the delivery of its next batch of Airbus A380 superjumbos, the Red Roo has finished refurbishing the first of the Boeing 747-400ER planes that it will keep. The first of the refitted planes headed on the Brisbane-Los Angeles route last week. Here's what you'll...

    POSTED 28 Oct, 2011 6 Comments

  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner nixes first class for business, premium economy

    Don’t go looking for the first-class cabin in Boeing’s newly-minted 787 Dreamliner – the company says that business class now takes pride of place at the pointy end of the plane. Even the three-class ‘stretch limo’ 787-9 model, which is a longer version of the 787-8...

    POSTED 26 Oct, 2011 3 Comments

  • How to get extra legroom in economy class

    While the world's economy seems to be getting back on track after the global financial crisis, many business travellers are still flying in economy class -- especially on shorter international trips. Numerous companies that previously allowed business class travel downgraded to premium economy a...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2011 1 Comment

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