• Qantas' Airbus A380, and first class, returns to Sydney-Hong Kong

    Qantas is once again scheduling its flagship Airbus A380 between Sydney and Hong Kong over the 2019-2020 summer season, with first class suites also up for sale – making Qantas the only airline offering first class on this busy route. The 'summer superjumbo' has become something of a tradi...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2019 12 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 4 Comments

  • A Qantas flyer's guide to Sydney international airport lounge access

    With up to five airport lounges at Sydney Airport serving passengers jetting abroad with Qantas and its partner airlines – and some travellers having access to as many as four lounges before a single flight – choosing which lounge to visit isn’t always an easy decision. While t...

    POSTED 16 Apr, 2019 12 Comments

  • Top five benefits of Qantas Platinum One for first class flyers

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. A Qantas first class ticket already covers your access to the best airport lounges on the ground – or failing that, the same can be had via a Qantas Platinum membership – but...

    POSTED 11 Apr, 2019 9 Comments

  • Japan Airlines plans new Airbus A350 first class, business class

    Japan Airlines will roll out new domestic first class and business class seats when its Airbus A350 jets takes wing from September. The Oneworld member expects to pick up the keys to the first of eighteen A350s in June, and is keeping details of the new seats under wraps until then. JAL has con...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2019 1 Comment

  • Japan Airlines unveils refreshed Tokyo Narita first class lounge

    Following a six-month transformation and a renewed focus on food to tempt the tastebuds of travellers, one half of Japan Airlines’ main first class lounge at Tokyo's Narita Airport is once again welcoming travellers. The refresh sees an introduction of JAL’s Table, building on the pr...

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2019 1 Comment

  • Air France transforms haute cuisine into height cuisine

    Given the French reputation for fine dining, you’d almost expect to be dazzled when stepping onto an Air France flight. But the airline is going above and beyond with its latest menu for La Premiere first class and business class between Singapore and Paris. Julien Royer, co-founder and ch...

    POSTED 4 Apr, 2019 11 Comments

  • Your guide to Emirates' seven 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 1 Apr, 2019 7 Comments

  • Inside eight of the world's most exclusive airport lounges

    Some airport VIP lounges are so exclusive that there are no signs pointing you in their direction: if you're invited, you'll know where to find the secret entrance, which is sometimes away from the 'regular' lounges used by other travellers. Whether stopping by for a quick à la carte meal...

    POSTED 27 Mar, 2019 16 Comments

  • British Airways plans first class upgrade: new suites, but sans doors?

    British Airways will to pair the rollout of its new Club Suites business class with the introduction of a revamped first class suite. Passengers at the pointy end enjoy an upgraded version of BA's Boeing 787-9 first class, which will take pride of place in the forthcoming Boeing 787-10 Dreamline...

    POSTED 20 Mar, 2019 6 Comments

  • Swiss upgrades Airbus A340s with new first, business class

    It's out with the old and in with the new for Swiss' Airbus A340s as the first of the big four-engine jets takes wing proudly brandishing new first class suites and business class seats. All five of the Star Alliance member's long-range A340s are being upgraded to largely bring them up to the sa...

    POSTED 7 Mar, 2019 10 Comments

  • Air France shines a spotlight on beauty treatments

    In airport lounges and above the clouds, Air France is putting the spotlight on beauty treatments for business and first class flyers. An exclusive partnership with luxury beauty and skincare specialist La Prairie has seen the opening of a chic new spa at Air France’s New York-JFK Terminal...

    POSTED 7 Mar, 2019 1 Comment

  • British Airways first class goes ultra-luxe in 'soft product reboot'

    British Airways is giving its first class experience a total refresh as the airline continues its multi-billion pound march of improvement for premium passengers. This will of course be capped by the looming debut of new Club World business class seats, but BA is far from forgetting about passen...

    POSTED 7 Mar, 2019 0 Comments

  • Here is Alaska Airlines' new first class (okay, business class) seat

    Alaska Airlines will begin flying its new domestic first class seat – which the rest of the world knows better as ‘business class’ – from this month, along with high-speed WiFi suitable for streaming video above the clouds. The new first class seats, supplied by Recaro bu...

    POSTED 4 Mar, 2019 13 Comments

  • "Kanpai!" to ANA's latest sake menu for business, first class

    One of the delights with travelling with a Japanese airline is sampling the island nation's food and drink (not to mention meticulous hospitality) while you soar above the clouds. For us, that includes taking a cup or two of sake and exploring different brands, blends and flavours of rice wine &...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2019 1 Comment

  • What do you want from Qantas' Project Sunrise first, business class?

    TALKING POINT | Last week, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce told Australian Business Traveller that the airline's globe-striding Project Sunrise jets would feature the Roo's 'best ever' first class and business class. Come 2022 – a mere three years from now – those jets will take wing on n...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2019 125 Comments

  • The five best benefits of Qantas Platinum for first class flyers

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. When you’re flying first class, you already have the best seat on the plane with pre-flight access to the best airport lounges: but for frequent flyers who regularly travel up the ...

    POSTED 25 Feb, 2019 8 Comments

  • JAL's new business class meals include Michelin-starred soba noodles

    Japan Airlines will tempt travellers with a new spread of dishes in first class and business class, some designed by a Michelin 2-star chef, as the Oneworld member and Qantas partner rolls out its Spring menu for 2019. Debuting on flights from March 1, international flights from Tokyo's Narita a...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2019 5 Comments

  • Alan Joyce aims to 'redefine’ business, first class on 20 hour flights

    Qantas CEO Alan Joyce wants to match his ambitious Project Sunrise program for non-stop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York, with equally bullish plans for the seats and suites which will cradle passengers on those marathon 18-20 hour treks. “It will be the best produc...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2019 79 Comments

  • New meals and much more are coming to ANA first class, business class

    From a wider range of meal choices to new amenity kits and pyjamas, ANA is upgrading the inflight experience for its business class and first class passengers. As of March 1, all ANA business class travellers will enjoy a wider selection of meals and have the option of pre-ordering up to 24 hour...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2019 11 Comments

  • Guided tour: inside the new Qantas Singapore first class lounge

    An all-new Qantas first class lounge is taking shape at Singapore’s Changi Airport, and we’ve been for a virtual walkthrough of the deluxe digs thanks to some pretty impressive VR technology. Here’s what you can expect to see when the lounge opens by the end of November 2019. T...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2019 27 Comments

  • Qantas: upgraded Airbus A380s will begin flying in August 2019

    Qantas has pushed back the long-awaited upgrade to its Airbus A380s, shifting the kick-off from March to July, with the first of the refurb'd birds now expected to take wing in August. Qantas International CEO Alison Webster confirmed the four-month setback to the program, although tha...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 119 Comments

  • Qantas' new Singapore first class lounge to open November 2019

    Qantas' new first class lounge in Singapore is getting closer to welcoming its first travellers, with the ribbon cut and the welcome mat being laid out at the end of November. Catering for 240 guests, here's what Qantas first class flyers – along with Platinum, Platinum One and Chairman's ...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 17 Comments

  • United adds first class to new Bombardier CRJ 550 regional jets

    United Airlines wants its regional flyers to get that first class feeling, so the carrier’s new Bombardier CRJ 550 jets will feature an oversized first class cabin with United’s fanciest domestic seats. When it takes wing from the middle of this year, the front ten of the CRJ 550&rsq...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 3 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific 'Hong Kong Flavours' dishes for business, first class

    Globetrotting business travellers tend to love trying local dishes, but why wait until your flight touches down? Cathay Pacific is tapping into its roots with a series of authentic Cantonese inflight meals under the airline’s new ‘Hong Kong Flavours’ dining concept. Available o...

    POSTED 12 Feb, 2019 6 Comments

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