• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Virgin Australia's new Airbus A330 lie-flat business class seats

    Virgin Australia is upping the ante in the battle for domestic business travellers with a lie-flat business class seat on new Airbus A330s to be used on selected Sydney-Melbourne flights as well as the trans-continental trek to Perth. The Virgin Australia seats are the same lie-flat se...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2012 13 Comments

  • Virgin Australia readies new Airbus A330s with lie-flat seats

    Update: we've got first pics and full details on Virgin Australia's lie-flat business class seats on its new Airbus A330s. Virgin Australia is set to raise the stakes in its battle for business travellers with the addition of two new Airbus A330s to its domestic fleet. Both of the A33...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2012 6 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

  • Premium economy vs split business/economy ticket?

    One of our readers posed an interesting question last week. His employer is soon sending him on a business trip from Melbourne to London, and was offering a choice between not just airlines but which class he’d travel in. Option 1 is to fly with Qantas in A380 premium economy all the way. ...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2011 5 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

  • Qantas' new Asian airline to have "better than A380" seats

    Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has revealed more details of its planned Asian premium airline, which intends to surpass the Red Roo's own Airbus A380 flagship service as well as Singapore Airlines' upmarket A380s. The Asian subsidiary plans to emulate British Airways' all-business trans-Atlantic service ...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2011 0 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

  • United aims for first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights by mid-2012

    Update | United will now launch its Boeing 787 in March 31st 2013, on a route between Denver and Tokyo, having cancelled plans for the originally-promised Houston-Auckland route. Previous | With Boeing’s first 787 Dreamliner now out of the factory and almost ready for flights with launch c...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2011 3 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

  • Qantas: no lie-flat beds on 747 from Sydney to DFW Texas

    Business travellers on Qantas' fifteen-and-a-half hour flight from Sydney to Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) in Texas will have to make the journey without the benefit of a fully lie-flat bed. While Qantas plans to upgrade its entire 747 fleet to the same lie-flat Skybed seating as its Airbus A380s a Qa...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2011 5 Comments

  • LEAKED: Jetstar's Project Sirius seats and cabin layout for the Boeing 787

    In leaked documents seen exclusively by Australian Business Traveller, Jetstar's cabin layout for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been revealed. According to the plans, marked "Project Sirius", the airline has decided on a high-density seating configuration. That won't surprise travellers familiar...

    POSTED 1 Apr, 2011 16 Comments

  • UPDATE: More pics - Lufthansa takes the lie-flat out of its seats; installs real beds!

    If there's one thing better than a lie-flat seat in the air, it's an actual bed. That's exactly what Lufthansa is offering, with a refit of its 747 fleet to give a real bed and a seat to each passenger in First Class. Lufthansa is convering its existing cabins, which currently fit 16 passengers,...

    POSTED 19 Mar, 2011 2 Comments

  • Qantas looking to revamp international check-in, lounges and menus, plus major 747 upgrade

    Qantas may have more than twice the market share of its closest international rival but the Australian flag-carrier is determined to hang onto every one of its passengers – especially those in the ‘premium’ space of business travel.As part of its Q Futures programme the airline ...

    POSTED 20 Jan, 2011 3 Comments

  • Asiana Airlines to get Airbus A380

    Asiana Airlines is gearing up to add six Airbus A380s to its fleet, although the Korean flag-carrier has no plans to schedule the superjumbo on services between Sydney and Seoul.The airline’s first A380, due for delivery in 2014, will make regular runs from Seoul to Europe and the US &ndash...

    POSTED 7 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Korean Air reveals world

    Korean Air will dedicate the entire upper deck of its new Airbus A380s to business class, beating a refit by Singapore Airlines to become the first A380 with a single deck for premium passengers.The upper level will be set aside for 94 of Korean Air’s lie-flat Prestige Class business seatin...

    POSTED 29 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Thai Airways to overhaul first, business and economy

    For years Thai Airways has lagged behind its full-service competitors in terms of features for premium cabins, especially considering that segment leaders such as Singapore Airlines and Emirates have introduced impressive features for their premium customers. From 2012, though, this will no long...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Asiana's business class 'Quadra Smartium' seat for Sydney-Seoul next year

    Asiana Airlines' oddly-named but highly-regarded 'OZ Quadra Smartium' seat will be introduced on the daily Sydney-Seoul service towards the end of next year. The rolling refit of Asiana's Boeing 777-200ER fleet throughout 2011 will extend the availability of the unique seat from its current rout...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 2010 3 Comments

  • Air France's two-metre long business class bed

    Air France is about to begin rollout of its new just-over-two-metre-long bed next month as the French flag carrier refreshes its long-haul Airbus A380, Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 business class cabins. Other enhancements at the pointy end include a familiar shell structure around the seat for e...

    POSTED 26 Nov, 2010 5 Comments

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