• Malaysia Airlines rebrands first class as Business Suites

    EXCLUSIVE | Malaysia Airlines is exiting the first class market and will rebrand its Airbus A380 and A350 first class cabins as an upgraded version of business class dubbed Business Suites. This change is in name only, however – Business Suites passengers will enjoy the same meals and drin...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2018 15 Comments

  • Which lounges can Malaysia Airlines' Business Suites passengers use?

    Malaysia Airlines will this week convert its first class lounges to Business Suites lounges and add a Platinum room to its flagship Kuala Lumpur first class lounge, as part of the airline's radical rebranding of its Airbus A350 and A380 First Class as Business Suites. While the inflight Business...

    POSTED 11 Dec, 2018 12 Comments

  • Bordeaux's Château Montrose joins Cathay Pacific first class wine list

    Cathay Pacific’s first class wine list now counts a new vintage red among its ranks with the addition of Château Montrose 2005. Starting this December, the ’05 will be served on a rotational basis on flights between Hong Kong and London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and San Fra...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2018 0 Comments

  • Sampling the Qantas first class lounge’s Summer 2018 menu

    A standout feature of the Qantas international first class lounges in Sydney and Melbourne is the dining experience: a full à la carte service with seasonal menus changing every three months. Overseen by the Rockpool Group and star chef Neil Perry, who now holds the title of Qantas Creati...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 2018 17 Comments

  • Lufthansa plans new first class suites for Boeing 777X?

    Lufthansa is expected to roll out a new first class suite on its long-range Boeing 777X fleet, although the initial deliveries of the 777-9 series will top out at business class. This will of course be the Star Alliance member's all-new business class, which will begin flying from 2020 and offer...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2018 4 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 16 Comments

  • Here is where you'll find the new Qantas Singapore first class lounge

    This time next year, Qantas' first class travellers and top-tier frequent flyers will be enjoying an all-new lounge in Singapore. But just where in Changi's Terminal 1 will the new Qantas Singapore First lounge be located? As Australian Business Traveller has previously revealed, the lounge...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2018 10 Comments

  • British Airways confirms first class suites axed from Airbus A350s

    British Airways has confirmed that its forthcoming Airbus A350-1000 jets won't feature a first class cabin. The first of BA's 18 Airbus A350-1000s will arrive in July 2019 and mark the debut of an all-new business class seat – an long-awaited successor to the current 13 year old Club World...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2018 15 Comments

  • What to expect from Qantas’ newly-upgraded Airbus A380s

    A decade after the Qantas Airbus A380 took to the skies, the airline’s 12-strong superjumbo fleet will soon head into the hanger for a mid-life makeover. The first red-tailed A380 will get its revamp in March 2019, with the tip-to-tail upgrade being overseen by Airbus. It’s expected...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2018 49 Comments

  • What's next for Qantas' business class, first class in-lounge dining?

    Qantas has some big plans for its domestic and international lounge network, including an all-new first class lounge in Singapore, a refurbished business class lounge in Sydney and plenty of other revamps in a pipeline which will end with 85% of the airline’s existing lounges either newly-b...

    POSTED 5 Nov, 2018 30 Comments

  • Delta's new Airbus A220 first class revealed

    Delta Air Lines will begin flying its new Airbus A220 jets from January 2019, and has now revealed the first class – or in most familiar terms, business class – seats which it promises will deliver "a modern, elevated experience for domestic travelers." The nimble jet, formerl...

    POSTED 30 Oct, 2018 14 Comments

  • What do you want from Qantas' new Singapore first class lounge?

    TALKING POINT | This time next year, or probably a little closer towards Christmas, Qantas will open an all-new first class lounge at Singapore's Changi Airport. Such a lounge has been in demand ever since the Red Roo resumed flying its Airbus A380s from Sydney and Melbourne to Singapore an...

    POSTED 30 Oct, 2018 37 Comments

  • First class travel is back, and it's more luxurious than ever...

    First-class airline service has long been the playground of the fabulously famous and fantastically wealthy, with luxuries ranging from free-flowing Champagne and mountains of caviar in the early years to private cabins with a bed and shower on some carriers today. But after British Airways in 2...

    POSTED 29 Oct, 2018 21 Comments

  • Qantas to open new Singapore first class lounge in 2019

    Qantas will open a new first class lounge at Singapore's Changi Airport and also increase the capacity of the current Qantas Singapore lounge, which will be rebadged as a business class lounge. The new Qantas Singapore First lounge Due to open by the end of 2019, the new Qantas Singapore First ...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2018 53 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific first class upgrade guide

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. If you’re trekking to London with Cathay Pacific in business class, why not use your Asia Miles for a first class upgrade? While Cathay Pacific’s Australian flight...

    POSTED 22 Oct, 2018 10 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines now sells first class on Sydney-Kuala Lumpur

    Malaysia Airlines will sell first class on its daily Airbus A350 between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur, with the airline stepping away from previous plans to make the suites available as a no-cost upgrade to business class passengers holding Platinum-grade frequent flyer status. The A350 currently fea...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2018 16 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

  • Photos: British Airways' new first class lounge at New York JFK

    British Airways' first class lounge at New York's JFK Airport is the poor cousin no longer, after an extensive make-over to the same 'new lounge look' as its siblings in Rome and Aberdeen. At some 60 per cent larger than its former self, the 510m² (5,480ft²) footprint is designed aro...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2018 11 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines offers Qantas frequent flyers a first class upgrade

    Malaysia Airlines will continue flying its Airbus A350 between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur through to March 30 2019, with top-tier Qantas Platinum frequent flyers and their Oneworld Emerald equivalents booked in business class being offered a free upgrade to a first class suite on the nine-hour fligh...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2018 20 Comments

  • Here's how the Airbus A380 changed the premium travel experience

    It's now been a decade since Qantas picked up the keys to its first Airbus A380, and eleven years since Singapore Airlines made its inaugural superjumbo flight from Singapore to Sydney. The sheer size of this airborne behemoth offered plenty of room for airlines to get creative, especially when ...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2018 25 Comments

  • Sampling the Qantas first class lounge’s Spring 2018 menu

    Spring is finally here, and that means another seasonal refresh for the Rockpool dining room menu at the Qantas First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne. Australian Business Traveller had the opportunity to sample several of the new dishes ahead of our flight from Melbourne to San Francisco, and he...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2018 9 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

  • Which airlines offer a first class, business class chauffeur service?

    When you’re jetting off on an overseas business trip the last thing you need is the headache of organising airport transfers – especially once you arrive at the end of your flight. Thankfully, a handful of airlines offer a chauffeured car before and after your business class or first...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2018 16 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

  • BA pops cork on new Champagne list for first & business class, lounges

    British Airways is extending its selection of Champagnes – and local English 'sparkling wines' – in first class and Club World business class, as well as on the ground at BA's first class lounges. In BA First Lounges – which are open not only to first class travellers but passe...

    POSTED 2 Aug, 2018 3 Comments

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