• Qantas rejigs reward bookings for Emirates, Cathay Pacific and more

    Forthcoming changes to the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme will not only require more points to book premium seats with Qantas – there's a similar uplift ahead for partner airlines including Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, American Airlines, JAL and many more. The revised rates kick ...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2019 40 Comments

  • Your guide to Emirates' business, first class lounges in Dubai

    At its massive home hub of Dubai Airport, Emirates has not two, not four, but seven lounges peppered around Terminal 3 for business class and first class passengers and eligible frequent flyers: but with so much choice, which lounge should you visit before your next flight from Dubai? First clas...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2019 16 Comments

  • Emirates’ new cut-price business class axes chauffeur, lounge access

    Would you be willing to forego comforts such as free chauffeur drive, lounge access and a full serve of frequent flyer points for a cheaper business class airfare? Emirates is betting that’s an appealing trade-off for many corporate travellers as it rolls out a new ‘business class sp...

    POSTED 13 Jun, 2019 27 Comments

  • Melbourne-Singapore business class: how the airlines compare

    Melbourne to Singapore is a busy international corridor for business travellers, with no less than five airlines currently doing the eight-hour dash between the two cities. Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Emirates, Jetstar and Scoot all have business class cabins on this route ranging from luxurious...

    POSTED 27 May, 2019 23 Comments

  • Emirates Boeing 777X will have "next-generation" first, business class

    Emirates will launch what it describes as "next-generation bespoke cabins" on its future flagship Boeing 777X aircraft next year as the first of a massive order for 150 Boeing 777X jets rolls into the hangars at Dubai. A spokeswoman for Emirates has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller tha...

    POSTED 14 May, 2019 5 Comments

  • Emirates offers gratis hotel in Sydney, longer chauffeur rides

    Emirates is broadening the driving distance of its complimentary chauffeur service for business class and first class passengers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, with journeys of up to 80 driven kilometres now covered for eligible passengers. High flyers departing on Emirates’ ...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2019 9 Comments

  • Visiting Emirates' Moët & Chandon Champagne bar in Dubai

    Nestled in Emirates’ business class lounge at Dubai Airport’s Concourse B is the Moët & Chandon Champagne bar, where passengers can sample a range of fizz from the well-known winery before their Emirates or Qantas flight. That’s where you’ll find not just the &ls...

    POSTED 28 Mar, 2019 7 Comments

  • The best business class seats on Emirates' Boeing 777-200LR

    Emirates’ newest business class seat is currently soaring between Adelaide and Dubai, alongside flights to Fort Lauderdale, Santiago and São Paulo. While it's fair to say that the new 2-2-2 arrangement isn't on-par with many other airlines, it's still an improvement on the Emirates ...

    POSTED 28 Feb, 2019 13 Comments

  • Emirates axes chauffeur drive for tickets booked with Qantas Points

    Emirates business class and first class bookings made using Qantas frequent flyer points will no longer include the airline's free chauffeur drive service. Earlier this year the Gulf airline declared that tickets booked using Skywards Miles, along with miles-based upgrades from economy to busine...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2019 39 Comments

  • Emirates cuts flights from Sydney, Perth

    Emirates is reducing flights from Sydney and Perth in a series of "adjustments through the year in response to dynamic market conditions." The Gulf airline and Qantas partner will cut its Perth flights back to a single daily service from March 31 with the axing of flight EK424/EK425. This will l...

    POSTED 13 Jan, 2019 61 Comments

  • Ciao, Roma: Emirates opens new business, first class lounge at Rome

    Rome seems to be the epicentre of airport lounge openings this year, with Emirates now carving out its own space to join recent ribbon-cuttings by British Airways and Star Alliance. The new lounge caters for Emirates business class and first class travellers, along with passengers holding Skywar...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2018 1 Comment

  • Emirates new Airbus A380s to have premium economy ‘sleeperette’ seats

    Emirates says its forthcoming premium economy seat will adopt an all-new design exclusive to the airline as what CEO Tim Clark describes as a ‘sleeperette’ which will debut on Emirates' new Airbus A380 fleet from 2020. Speaking to Australian Business Traveller on the sidelines of the...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2018 32 Comments

  • Fast-track to Emirates Skywards Gold in a single return trip

    Fancy access to Emirates’ business class lounges the world over, along with Qantas’ international business class lounges and Australian domestic Qantas Clubs for an entire year, just by taking one return flight to Dubai, London or anywhere else in Europe? That’s exactly what Em...

    POSTED 26 Nov, 2018 2 Comments

  • Behind the Emirates business class, first class wine lists

    For most travellers, choosing a wine to enjoy with their meal in business class or first class can be as simple as opening the wine list and selecting a drop, perhaps even in 15 seconds – but the process before that, where that day’s wine list is put together, can be 15 years in the m...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2018 3 Comments

  • Airbus’ Emirates deal to save the A380 hits turbulence

    Airbus' latest order for the A380 superjumbo has reached an impasse amid drawn-out talks involving the engines, according to people familiar with the matter, possibly imperiling a crucial deal seen as a life-saver for the giant aircraft. The US$16 billion accord for as many as 36 additional doub...

    POSTED 9 Oct, 2018 4 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

  • Speed through Dubai passport control with Smart Gate registration

    Australian passport holders can zip through Dubai Airport like a local, by registering their passport with Dubai’s Smart Gate system for automated processing at the border on arrival and departure. Once enrolled, you won’t need to line up in the regular passport lanes: you’ll i...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2018 10 Comments

  • Emirates says "collaboration yes, merger no" on Etihad rumours

    Emirates is focused on organic growth and remains averse to expanding through acquisitions, an executive for the Dubai airline has said, repeating a denial that the Persian Gulf giant is in talks to take over the airline arm of unprofitable neighbour Etihad. “Sure we want to lift synergies...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2018 3 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 10 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 69 Comments

  • Why an Emirates-Etihad merger would be the airline deal of the decade

    A combination of Dubai-based Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad would be the airline industry’s deal of the decade, if it can be pulled off. Executives at the two companies have been quietly laying plans to create what would be the world’s biggest airline by passenger traffic, acc...

    POSTED 24 Sep, 2018 8 Comments

  • Emirates seeks Etihad takeover to create world's largest airline

    Dubai’s flagship airline Emirates is looking at taking over unprofitable neighbor Etihad, according to four people familiar with the matter, in a move that would create the world’s biggest carrier by passenger traffic. The talks, which are at a preliminary stage, would see Emirates a...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 15 Comments

  • Emirates upgrades first class audio experience with Bowers & Wilkins

    Already boasting a superb first class experience from lounges at the airport to suites in the sky, Emirates is buffing up the rest of its inflight offering through partnerships with premium brands Bowers & Wilkins, Bulgari and BYREDO skincare. Passengers settling into their first class suite...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2018 18 Comments

  • Now you can earn Emirates Skywards miles and tier status on Flydubai

    IN BRIEF | Emirates is extending its Skywards frequent flyer program to regional partner Flydubai, which will in turn ditch its own Open loyalty scheme for Skywards. The move will let Skywards members earn reward miles and tier miles when travelling on Flydubai, along with spending those miles t...

    POSTED 1 Aug, 2018 0 Comments

  • How to use Qantas Points to book Emirates flights

    Want to make your Qantas frequent flyer points fly even further? Here's how you can use them to book a flight with Emirates and travel to scores of destinations via its Dubai hub. If you're looking to travel with a dash of luxury you'll certainly appreciate the popular business class bar and the...

    POSTED 26 Jul, 2018 22 Comments

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