• What's next for Qantas' business class, first class in-lounge dining?

    Qantas has some big plans for its domestic and international lounge network, including an all-new first class lounge in Singapore, a refurbished business class lounge in Sydney and plenty of other revamps in a pipeline which will end with 85% of the airline’s existing lounges either newly-b...

    POSTED 5 Nov, 2018 30 Comments

  • Earn Qantas Points when dining at Rockpool restaurants

    From tomorrow onwards, you’ll be able to earn up to 4 Qantas Points per $1 spent at Rockpool Dining Group restaurants around Australia. The newly announced partnership is a natural extension of the Qantas / Rockpool relationship, with culinary director Neil Perry curating Qantas’ lou...

    POSTED 30 Nov, 2017 10 Comments

  • Qantas' Alan Joyce, Neil Perry in charity cook-off

    Travellers at Sydney Airport’s Qantas Business Lounge this week enjoyed a lunchtime treat of gourmet ‘sliders’ (mini-burgers) prepared by super chefs Neil Perry, Simmone Logue and Justin North. Scores of wagyu beef, tandoori chicken and fish mini-burgers were plated up and wo...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2014 6 Comments

  • Neil Perry pops up at Qantas Club for 'pop-up dining experience'

    Qantas is continuing its series of ‘pop-up dining experiences’ at domestic airport lounges with Neil Perry's handmade arancini next on the menu. Visitors to the Qantas Club at Melbourne Airport between 3pm and 6pm on Thursday December 5 will be treated to delicious handmade aran...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2013 1 Comment

  • Qantas adds 'international dining' to Perth flights

    Qantas says it will deliver ‘international dining’ on all transcontinental flights to Perth this month. As first revealed last month on Australian Business Traveller, the new east-west business class menu will be based on Qantas' latest international menu designed by Aussie supe...

    POSTED 7 May, 2013 24 Comments

  • Sampling Qantas

    On a recent Qantas flight Australian Business Traveller had the opportunity to sample the airline’s refreshed international business class menu – specifically, the ‘small plates’ option. Why small plates? Because not every traveller wants to dive into a three-course meal ...

    POSTED 2 May, 2013 22 Comments

  • Sampling the Spring menu at the Qantas First Lounge

    Spring is here, and for many Qantas frequent flyers that means the chance to sample some delightful new dishes at the award-winning Qantas First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne international airports as the lounge's seasonal menu ticks over from winter to spring. If...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2012 0 Comments

  • The Qantas First Lounge: how seasonal menus are crafted

    One of the delights of dining at the Qantas First Lounge is that there’s almost always something new to try. That’s not just because the extensive menus (see what's being served for breakfast and all-day) boast so much variety, on top on daily specials. The menus...

    POSTED 8 Jul, 2012 0 Comments

  • Behind the scenes: fine dining at the Qantas First Lounge

    We’re unabashed fans of the world-class Qantas First Lounge. One of its stand-out features is the superb dining – surely the best way to begin any overseas flight (or even some domestic ones, as savvy frequent flyers have discovered). Built around menus designed by Aussie superchef N...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2012 6 Comments

  • Qantas' business class snapper with coconut milk & garam masala

    Qantas' Rockpool consultant Terry Higgins has kindly provided this recipe for the popular snapper dish from the airline's international business class menu for AusBT readers to try at home. For more, read our in-depth interview with Terry Higgins on how a dish goes from Rockpool's chef's minds t...

    POSTED 3 Feb, 2012 0 Comments

  • From a chef's mind to your table: creating a business class meal

    How does an airline meal go from the mind of a consultant chef like Qantas' Neil Perry of Rockpool to your business class tray table on an Airbus A380 or Boeing 747? Australian Business Traveller sat down with Qantas' very enthusiastic Rockpool consultant Terry Higgins to delve into exactly how ...

    POSTED 3 Feb, 2012 0 Comments

  • In profile: Qantas masterchef Neil Perry

    The seemingly unstoppable Neil Perry takes time out from running six restaurants in his Rockpool empire, writing recipe books, presenting TV cooking shows and working as consulting chef for Qantas to talk about his favourite travels and, yes, food! What city do you most often visit for business?...

    POSTED 1 Feb, 2012 0 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin Australia: who has the best business lounge breakfast?

    With over two million Australians each year criss-crossing the country on business flights it's little wonder that Qantas and Virgin Australia are busy spruiking their business lounges and superchef-designed menus by the likes of Neil Perry and Luke Mangan. So when you’re off on another mo...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2011 3 Comments

  • Gallery: Virgin Blue's new inflight meals by Luke Mangan

    Last week the flying foodies of Australian Business Traveller broke the news that Virgin Blue had hired Australian chef Luke Mangan to overhaul its inflight menu. Now we're pleased to bring you the first look at Mangan's Virgin Blue economy class menu and some of the dishes themselves,...

    POSTED 9 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Blue signs Luke Mangan for inflight meals "that travellers actually want to buy

    Update As tipped by Australian Business Traveller last week, Virgin Blue has hired Australian chef Luke Mangan to overhaul its inflight menu. Mangan’s meals will initially be offered in economy class – and yes, you’ll still have to pay for them – but the menu will now in...

    POSTED 9 Mar, 2011 2 Comments

  • Emirates wins best airline food award

    The best food in the sky is to be found on Emirates, with Australian airlines nowhere to be seen in the top ten.  However, the list does contain airlines familiar in our skies: Emirates, Singapore, Qatar, Malaysia, Thai and Etihad are all in the top ten. The absence of Qantas and Virgin Bl...

    POSTED 4 Mar, 2011 1 Comment

  • Qantas to remove middle seat from new business class fleet

    Update Qantas will remove the much-criticised middle seat from the business class cabins of its newest planes in response to complaints from its premium customers. The airline drew fire from frequent flyers when it squeezed an extra seat into the middle row of two new Airbus A330s on the trans-...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • Frequent Flyer: Ruslan Kogan

    He's the man behind the Kogan brand which has shaken up Australia's consumer technology market with its low-cost online-only sales model and given established players like Harvey Norman a run for their money. Australian Business Traveller caught up with Ruslan Kogan between trips to the very diff...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2011 1 Comment

  • 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

  • Virgin Blue to upgrade airport lounges at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

    Virgin Blue will begin an extensive three-month upgrade of its lounges at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports next month as the airline gears up for its attack on the business travel market. In addition to what the airline describes as "a substantial refurbishment programme ... to enhance co...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2011 1 Comment

  • Qantas introduces Premium Economy on Frankfurt flights from February

    Qantas will offer premium economy seating on daily flights between Australia and Frankfurt starting February 3rd. The carrier has refitted several two-class Boeing 747s to include 40 premium economy seats between the business and economy cabins. These will run on the Sydney-Singapore-Frankfurt Q...

    POSTED 31 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Qantas, Cathay Pacific enlist masterchefs to improve inflight meals

    Airline food has long been the butt of jokes and the bane of frequent flyers. But that’s starting to change as expert chefs seek to transform in-flight meals from merely edible to enjoyable. Leading the local push is of course Neil Perry. As consultant chef for Qantas, the ponytailed Perry...

    POSTED 1 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

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