• How to make an angled lie-flat sleeper seat more comfortable

    How do you make one of those sloped, angled lie-flat seats more comfortable on a long overnight flight? It's not always easy to find a decent position that lets you get enough sleep, even if it's officially a "flat" sat. We at Australian Business Traveller call that the business class "lie...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2013 12 Comments

  • Air China upgrades Sydney-Beijing with new 777 business class

    Air China is upgrading the seats on its Sydney-Beijing flight, with new fully flat beds -- and thirty more of them -- on board a larger Boeing 777-300ER plane. That's a serious business travel boost from the Airbus A330 the airline will be using up until the switch on 11 December. As you can se...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2012 8 Comments

  • Leg room, seat pitch & your 'personal space' on an aircraft explained

    How much legroom will you find when you reach your airline seat? What's this aircraft "seat pitch" business all about? And how is it measured on board the plane? If you're a newly minted frequent flyer, or just need a refresher on what pitch is and how it works, we've got you covered. What is s...

    POSTED 26 Nov, 2012 11 Comments

  • Photo tour: up close with Japan Airlines' new business class seat

    Ahead of Japan Airlines launch of its new business class seat, which will debut on JAL's long-distance Boeing 777-300ER flights next year, Australian Business Traveller was invited to visit JAL's Tokyo workshop in an industrial district near Haneda Airport to take a closer&nbs...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2012 2 Comments

  • Expert guide to business class seats & cabin layouts

    It can be tricky to tell how one airline's angled lie-flat business class seat is different from a reverse herringbone fully flat bed -- and figuring out just what the angled herringbone is takes a bit of illustration. So we at Australian Business Traveller put together a handy gu...

    POSTED 26 Oct, 2012 8 Comments

  • Great new business seat makes Austrian a decent choice for Europe

    Star Alliance member Austrian Airlines is revamping its entire fleet with a new fully flat business class seat, which will provide yet another top-notch option for Australians heading to Europe. Austrian's new seat is similar to the one used on Swiss, Brussels Airlines and Finnair. It's a fully ...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2012 5 Comments

  • Boeing's best bedroom: the luxury loft of a private jumbo 747-8

    Want to really pimp out your private jet? Forget about leather seats, gold fittings and pool tables. If you're splashing out the cash for Boeing's latest 747-8 jetliner (and we're talking $350 million for the base model), why not add a loft space with room for eight private sleeping berths plus ...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2012 3 Comments

  • Why direct aisle access is so important for a business class seat

    Every so often when we review business class seats or put together one of our best seats guides for the pointy end of the plane, we get questions asking why we place such a premium on having direct aisle access. The answer revolves around an undisturbed flight: privacy, the ability to get out of...

    POSTED 3 Aug, 2012 1 Comment

  • 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

  • Photos: Airbus A350 business class designs showcase long-haul luxe

    Airbus is planning ultra-comfortable seats for long distance flights on its new A350 XWB when the plane makes its debut in 2014. Zuzana Hrnkova, Airbus' cabin interiors exec, confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that both fully flat beds and angled lie-flat seats are on the cards for the X...

    POSTED 25 May, 2012 0 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic's Australia plans: new business seat, Boeing 787s

    The good news: Virgin Atlantic's new Dream Suite business class is coming to Sydney. The not-so-good news: it's likely to be at least two years away, and quite possibly more, before you can stretch out in the new lie-flat bed after sipping a cocktail at the bar. That timetable is tied to the de...

    POSTED 22 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

  • Airberlin to install Etihad business class on long-haul flights

    Airberlin is planning to install Etihad's popular fully flat business class beds in all its long-distance planes, which means a more comfortable sleep, direct aisle access and better privacy.  The airline, which is partner to both Qantas and Etihad, hopes that superior seats will woo busine...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2012 1 Comment

  • Seven things you didn't know about Cathay Pacific's business class

    It's no secret that we at Australian Business Traveller -- and many of our readers -- are impressed by Cathay Pacific's new business class seat. If you're new to the seat, check out the in-depth photo gallery and up-close pictures, plus our full on-the-plane review, for the execut...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2012 5 Comments

  • PHOTO TOUR: Lufthansa's new 747-8 fully flat business class seats

    Update | Looking for the latest on Lufthansa's new Boeing 747-8? Check out our photos and first impressions of the new 'Queen of the Skies'. Previous | Lufthansa has revealed the seats that its business class passengers will see on all long-haul flights, including connecting flights to Europe fr...

    POSTED 9 Mar, 2012 7 Comments

  • Delta puts Cathay's business seats in BusinessElite on Boeing 747

    US airline (and Virgin Australia partner) Delta is refurbishing its Boeing 747 business class with fully flat beds similar to Cathay Pacific's seats. That's a big upgrade for the jumbos, which previously had an uncompetitive recliner-style seat on board as its top first-business offering, Busine...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2012 9 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

  • Singapore Airlines' Melbourne flights: no A380, many Jan changes

    Singapore Airlines is pulling the Airbus A380 from its Melbourne flights in January, leaving the route to be served by smaller and less advanced Boeing 747 and 777 planes, which have three different types of business class. Confusingly, the schedules are shifting for a couple of weeks in late Ja...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2011 3 Comments

  • Emirates to use only flat business class seats from Australia

    Emirates' business class passengers can stop double-checking timetables to see which business class is on their flight -- all but one of the airline's ten daily Australian flights are now on a Boeing 777 with lie-flat seats (and that lone flight is on an Airbus A380, so either way you win). You'...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2011 2 Comments

  • Real-world photo tour: British Airways Club World business class

    With Qantas cutting connections to London via Hong Kong and Bangkok, Australian business class passengers are going experience more of British Airways' Club World seats, even though BA is reducing its London-Sydney flights from two to one from March next year. That's because, if you want to conn...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2011 3 Comments

  • Photo tour: new award-winning Swiss business class lie-flat beds

    Swiss International Air Lines' new fully flat business class seats have just been voted "Europe's Leading Airline Business Class", and it's easy to see why the Star Alliance airline won the gong with this uniquely clever staggered layout. Swiss' business class has direct aisle access for just ab...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2011 2 Comments

  • Qantas confirms all Boeing 747s to be upgraded to A380 interior, Skybeds

    Qantas has confirmed its plans upgrade the older lie-flat-but-at-an-angle seat version of the Qantas Skybed (which is on 747s and smaller Airbus A330 planes) to the newer, fully flat bed that you'll find on the Airbus A380.  For long-haul business travellers heading to Africa, Asia, or...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2011 4 Comments

  • Five ways to make business class travel better

    Frequent flyers know that most of the business class experience is absolutely worth the extra money. Airlines have generally raised the bar when it comes to seats, meals and service. But there's still some pain at the pointy end, and often you end up scratching your head and wondering why a...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2011 7 Comments

  • Air China's new fully flat business class to serve Beijing-Sydney flights from next week

    Update Travellers from Sydney to Beijing can look forward to a more comfortable ride next week: Air China will run its brand new Airbus A330 cabins, including market-leading fully-flat business class seats, on Beijing-Sydney flights starting Monday. Flights CA173 from Beijing to Sydney and retu...

    POSTED 30 Jun, 2011 0 Comments

  • Lie-flat or fully flat beds? We put the truth to the lie-flat lie

    If you're confused by the difference between a "lie flat" seat and a "fully flat" bed, you've good reason: many airlines boast about their lie-flat business class, but don't mention that it's actually on an angle.  You hear "lie-flat bed" and have the logical expectation of a seat whic...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2011 13 Comments

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