• 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

  • Qantas brings back Airbus A380 first class to Hong Kong

    Qantas will offer first class between Sydney and Hong Kong this summer, making the 14 suites on its seasonal Airbus A380 available to well-heeled high flyers who want to luxe it up on the 9½ hour journey. The superjumbo will replace a Boeing 747 on the daily QF117/QF118 service from ...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2018 18 Comments

  • Why isn’t there first class on Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350-1000?

    The Airbus A350-1000 is the largest single-deck jet from the European aircraft manufacturer and joins the Cathay Pacific fleet this week as a stretched sibling of the A350-900. However, despite the advanced jet’s size, Cathay Pacific opted to skip first class and lead with business class &...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2018 11 Comments

  • Sampling the Qantas First Lounge’s Winter menu for 2018

    The latest seasonal menu for the Qantas first class lounge at Sydney and Melbourne boasts plenty of ‘winter warmers’ alongside perennial favourite dishes, although some of those have also been tweaked to take advantage of cool weather produce. Join Australian Business Traveller for t...

    POSTED 18 Jun, 2018 7 Comments

  • What's next for Cathay Pacific first class, business class?

    With 79 new aircraft headed for Cathay Pacific’s hangars by the end of 2024, the fresh fleet will see an overhaul of first class and business class for the Hong Kong flag carrier. Australian Business Traveller sat down with Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg for an update on what’s to co...

    POSTED 8 Jun, 2018 12 Comments

  • British Airways trials new fast-track services for first class flyers

    British Airways wants to put its first class flyers in the fast lane – in fact, an even faster fast lane than what they should already enjoy as the airline's highest-paying passengers. Flying at the pointy end of the plane sees first class travellers as the first to leave the aircraft, but...

    POSTED 25 May, 2018 18 Comments

  • Etihad axes first class on Melbourne-Abu Dhabi flights

    Etihad Airways is pulling the plug on first class flights from Melbourne as the Virgin Australia partner moves both of its daily flights to a two-class Boeing 787-9. The Gulf airline's latest schedule reveals that the Boeing 777-300ER which currently flies as EY460/EY461 and includes eight ...

    POSTED 22 May, 2018 35 Comments

  • This Airbus Day & Night first class suite concept offers a 'real' bed

    As ever-improving business class seats narrow the gap against first class, Airbus is joining the push to elevate first class to a whole new level with its Day & Night suite. This two-room concept divides each first class suite into seperate day-time and night-time areas, each designed around...

    POSTED 15 May, 2018 5 Comments

  • BA tests new business class seats, all-new first class will follow

    British Airways is conducting closed-door tests of its next generation Club World business class seat ahead of its early 2019 debut on the airline's new Airbus A350-1000 fleet. Speaking at a UK business leaders event in London recently, BA chief executive office Alex Cruz said the mock-up cabin ...

    POSTED 6 May, 2018 11 Comments

  • 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

  • United details Polaris lounges for Newark, Houston, LAX, Washington DC

    United Airlines will follow this week’s opening of its new Polaris lounge at San Francisco with three more upscale lounges at Newark, Houston and Los Angeles across 2018. However, the next wave of premium Polaris lounges – including Washington, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo – are...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2018 0 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines launches fifth daily Sydney-Singapore flight

    Singapore Airlines will add a fifth daily flight from Sydney this week with the launch of its Sydney-Canberra-Singapore Boeing 777-300ER service. Flight SQ288's 9.20pm departure from Sydney and 5.15am arrival into Singapore will also be the airline's first overnight service from Sydney – a...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2018 9 Comments

  • Deal: British Airways Sydney-London in business and first for $7,238

    Exclusive offer: Save over $500 on your British Airways business class fare when booking a return flight from Sydney to London Heathrow via Singapore, plus get a free upgrade to First Class for either your inbound or outbound journey.   If you’re planning a trip on the Kangaroo route ...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2018 0 Comments

  • Oman Air's new Boeing 787 first class suites are cosy Dreamliner dens

    Oman Air will fit 'First Class Mini Suites' to a new tranche of Boeing 787-9 jets, joining the handful of airlines with the confidence to bring a first class travel experience to the Dreamliner. Many airlines – including Qantas – have chosen to cap their Boeing 787-9s with business...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2018 11 Comments

  • Emirates upgrades spirits menu for first class, business class

    Emirates is adding a selection of new spirits and liqueurs to its inflight drinks menu for first class and business class travellers, along with shaking up the cocktail menu by adding the Negroni, Old Fashioned and Aperol Spritz. Headlining the tipples will be Hennessy Paradis Imp&eacu...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2018 6 Comments

  • Emirates' new Airbus A380 first class suites due 2021

    Emirates plans luxurious new first class suites for its Airbus A380s, along with bathrooms and shower spa suites, in what airline CEO Sir Tim Clark describes as a "transformation of the cabin." Clark has previously confirmed the suites will be the same as the Mercedes-Benz inspired cribs of its ...

    POSTED 12 Apr, 2018 19 Comments

  • Why the Qantas first class lounge needs to be much more 'exclusive'

    TALKING POINT | Do you remember when the Qantas First Lounge first opened its doors in May 2007? I do, and it is no understatement to say that it was by far the world's best airport lounge. Many would say that is still the case, but I disagree. The Qantas First Lounge seems to have lost a...

    POSTED 6 Apr, 2018 111 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific reaches for top shelf with new first class Champagne

    Is this the start of a new Champagne War between Asia's premium airlines? Cathay Pacific's first class flyers are now being treated to Krug 2004 vintage Champagne on selected routes from Hong Kong. The iconic fruit-forward drop – which sells locally for around $450 a bottle – re...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2018 16 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines: new first class, business class for Boeing 777-9

    Singapore Airlines will launch all-new first class suites and business class seats for its Boeing 777-9 jets, with airline CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong predicting a "quantum leap" from today's Boeing 777 premium cabins. Speaking to Australian Business Traveller ahead of the delivery fli...

    POSTED 27 Mar, 2018 6 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific plans new first class, business class for 2020-2021

    Cathay Pacific will launch all-new first class suites and regional business class seats over the next three years as the airline’s newest jets from Airbus and Boeing take wing. However, the Oneworld member isn’t saying exactly what passengers will see at the pointy end of the Airbus ...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2018 6 Comments

  • Swiss adds first class flourish with caviar, Mercedes-Benz chauffeurs

    Not content with its elegant first class lounges at Zurich Airport's Terminal A and Terminal E, Swiss is set to bookend the luxury travel experience with a caviar menu and Mercedes-Benz chauffeur service The caviar menu is part of the airline's Connoisseur Experience program, with other special ...

    POSTED 8 Mar, 2018 3 Comments

  • Qantas brings Airbus A380 – and first class – back to Sydney-Singapore

    Qantas is once again flying first class between Sydney and Singapore in the lead-up to Singapore replacing Dubai as the stopover point for its flagship QF1 Airbus 380 flight to London (and of course QF2 on the rebound). The Ditching of Dubai happens on March 25 – one day after the launch o...

    POSTED 5 Mar, 2018 46 Comments

  • New Swiss Zurich Terminal A first class lounge has the look of luxe

    Get ready to be very impressed by Swiss' newest first class lounge at Zurich Airport. Located at Terminal A, it's the stylish sibling of the Star Alliance member's Zurich Terminal E flagship. And it's a first class experience from start to finish. Accessible via an escalator from th...

    POSTED 4 Mar, 2018 3 Comments

  • Etihad axes chauffeur drive service on reward bookings

    Etihad Airways is further winding back its complimentary chauffeur drive service to exclude tickets booked using frequent flyer points, such as from the airline’s own Etihad Guest program or partner frequent flyer schemes like Virgin Australia Velocity. Currently, these travellers – ...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2018 20 Comments

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