• Uber Air's $100 'flying taxi' rides between Melbourne CBD and airport

    Uber plans to launch an advanced 'flying taxi' service between Melbourne CDB and Melbourne Airport in 2020, whisking business travellers and other time-pressed souls between city rooftop and airport landing pad in 10 minutes for less than $100. The trial of the Uber Air service will involve a ra...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2019 11 Comments

  • Hilton Melbourne Square Southbank to open 2023

    Hilton will return to Melbourne with an all-new flagship Hilton Melbourne Square development at Southbank, due to open in 2023. That location – flanked by Southbank's entertainment and arts precincts – isn't too far from the hotel group's former South Wharf site, which in July 2017...

    POSTED 7 Jun, 2019 18 Comments

  • Take a sneak peek inside Melbourne's Hyatt Centric, opening 2021

    It seems like all the hotel action is happening in Melbourne, with Australia's second Hyatt Centric property slated to open in 2021. Located at the corner of Downie St and Flinders Lane, the Hyatt Centric Melbourne will be strategically close to Southern Cross Station as well as the Docklands an...

    POSTED 14 May, 2019 2 Comments

  • A Qantas flyer's guide to Melbourne international lounge access

    Jetting abroad from Melbourne Airport with Qantas or one of its partner airlines? You could have access to as many as four lounges before a single flight – or up to six lounges for any one journey, when carrying the right credit card and lounge membership – but choosing which lounge t...

    POSTED 7 May, 2019 7 Comments

  • Melbourne will welcome six more luxury hotels by 2020

    There's no shortage of high-end accommodation in Melbourne’s CBD, and that trend shows no sign of slowing down with many more five-star properties set to open overt the next 18 months. Here's what to look out for. Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street Location: Corner of Bourke Street...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2019 10 Comments

  • Hilton returns to Melbourne with Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street

    The Hilton Hotels brand will be revived in Melbourne later this year with the opening of the Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street hotel in the city’s CBD. The 244-room property will sit on the corner of Little Queen Street and Bourke Street, being within walking distance of Melbourne&rsquo...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2019 17 Comments

  • Top tips for Qantas flyers visiting Melbourne's domestic lounges

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Whether you're hunting down a quiet place to work at what's otherwise a bustling airport or finding the fastest way to grab your coffee before zipping to the boarding gate, the...

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2019 29 Comments

  • The House airport lounges at Sydney, Melbourne now offer paid entry

    The House lounges at Sydney and Melbourne are opening their doors to paying passengers on any airline, providing a welcome option for international travellers without business class lounge access due to travel class or lack of frequent flyer status. Entry starts at $80 per person when booked onl...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2019 4 Comments

  • Air Vanuatu to launch Melbourne-Port Vila flights

    Vanuatu will become an easier destination for Melbourne residents to reach from June 18 2019, with Air Vanuatu kicking off a new non-stop service between Port Vila and the Victorian capital. The route will be served by Air Vanuatu's Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which feature eight reclining seats in...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2019 9 Comments

  • United Airlines to launch Melbourne-San Francisco flights

    United Airlines will begin direct flights between Melbourne and San Francisco in October 2019, mirroring the Star Alliance's popular Sydney-San Francisco service. The move will pit United's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner against that of Qantas on the same route, with the United Dreamliners expected to ...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2018 25 Comments

  • House renovations: Sydney's Etihad, Virgin lounge seeks room to grow

    There's a not-quite-new lounge gracing the international terminals of Sydney and Melbourne, with the combined business and first lounges of Etihad Airways now rebranded as The House and also playing host to Virgin Australia's overseas flights. Apart from a change in signage, Sydney's The House...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2018 9 Comments

  • Novotel Melbourne Central quietly opens its door for guests

    Melbourne’s newest dual-branded hotel is now welcoming guests, after the soft opening of the Novotel Melbourne Central and the ibis Melbourne Central on 12 November. Located within a 35-story tower on 399 Little Lonsdale St, travellers will be at the doorstep of Melbourne Central station, ...

    POSTED 13 Nov, 2018 2 Comments

  • Qantas is now selling premium economy on Melbourne-Perth flights

    Qantas travellers jetting between Melbourne and Perth can now book themselves into the premium economy cabin of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on QF9 and QF10. Until now, it’s been possible only to book business or economy on the domestic leg of those flights, with premium economy held back for...

    POSTED 18 Oct, 2018 22 Comments

  • Photos: Inside Melbourne's new private jet base

    With discrete arrival for chauffeur-driven limousines, private customs and immigration screening, à la carte dining, a luxurious day spa and boutique hotel-style suites, the Melbourne Jet Base is undoubtedly Australia’s most impressive airport terminal. Oh, and did we mention the ...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2018 7 Comments

  • Emirates cuts two Airbus A380 flights to Sydney, Melbourne

    Emirates is shaking up its Australian schedule, with two Airbus A380 flights to Sydney and Melbourne being swapped for the less-salubrious Boeing 777-300ER. The Qantas partner is also making changes to its sole daily Adelaide-Dubai service and temporarily trimming the number of flights between P...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2018 69 Comments

  • SriLankan Airlines brings new business class to Melbourne

    Passengers jetting between Melbourne and Colombo with SriLankan Airlines will find the carrier’s newest business class seats at the pointy end from late October, with fully-flat beds and direct aisle access for every traveller. From October 28, SriLankan’s daily Airbus A330-200 fligh...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2018 16 Comments

  • St. Regis' first Australian hotel is coming to Melbourne in 2022

    More luxury is set to fall into the lap of Melbourne with the announcement of the St. Regis Melbourne hotel, to open in 2022 at the CBD's triple-tower Flinders Bank development . This will be the prestigious brand’s first foray into the Australia market, with the St. Regis Melbourne joinin...

    POSTED 29 Aug, 2018 9 Comments

  • Qantas opens all-new Melbourne domestic business class lounge

    Qantas has opened its all-new Melbourne Domestic Business Lounge, with business class passengers and Platinum-grade frequent flyers set to enjoy a smart and spacious upgrade to the previously tired and cramped quarters. The lounge is styled as a 'supper club' with Qantas citing dark tones and so...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2018 20 Comments

  • Melbourne-Hong Kong business class: Cathay Pacific vs Qantas vs Virgin

    With five daily flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong, this Asian corridor is one of Australia's busiest regional routes – and among the most competitive, with Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Virgin Australia in a three-cornered race. Here's how the Melbourne-Hong Kong offerings of each airli...

    POSTED 31 Jul, 2018 38 Comments

  • Review: Qantas Boeing 787 business class, Brisbane-Melbourne

    Qantas is now flying its latest Boeing 787-9 between Melbourne and Brisbane, giving business travellers a domestic Dreamliner treat along this popular east coast route. The Boeing 787 is seen on around four flights each day – the best flight numbers to watch are QF609, QF611, QF614, QF625,...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2018 33 Comments

  • For Qantas, Sydney-Melbourne is a billion dollar route

    The corridor between Sydney and Melbourne is not only one of the world’s busiest airline routes, it’s a billion dollar goldmine for Qantas. According to flight schedule analysis from OAG, Sydney-Melbourne is the world’s second highest revenue-earning route in the world with an ...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2018 25 Comments

  • Vietnam Airlines' Airbus A350 is headed to Melbourne

    Vietnam Airlines is upgrading its daily flight between Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) from a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to an Airbus A350. The advanced A350 swoops onto the route from 29 July and is currently rostered through to the end of October 2018, although a spokesman for...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2018 5 Comments

  • Virgin Australia resumes daily Melbourne-Hong Kong flights from Oct 28

    Virgin Australia will bring back daily flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong from October 28 2018, with the added appeal of an 11am departure from Melbourne replacing the current 12.30am (yes, that's half-after-midnight) wheels-up. The new roster sees flight VA69 outbound from Melbourne a...

    POSTED 2 Jul, 2018 15 Comments

  • First photos: Qantas opens new-look Melbourne Qantas Club lounge

    The mod make-over of Qantas’ domestic Melbourne Airport lounges has reached its first milestone with the opening of the new Qantas Club, and travellers are in for a treat. The new space roughly mirrors the footprint of the current Qantas Club but swaps the cluttered and rather drab sea of ...

    POSTED 29 May, 2018 51 Comments

  • Royal Brunei drops Dubai detour on Melbourne-London flights

    Royal Brunei passengers travelling from Melbourne to London will shave five hours and 15 minutes from their trip when the airline's current two-stop route via Brunei and Dubai becomes a one-stop journey via Brunei only, from October 28 2018. The Brunei flag-carrier says its Boeing 787s "are pres...

    POSTED 23 May, 2018 29 Comments

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