• Qantas hits pause on planned non-stop flights to Paris

    Qantas’ plans to expand non-stop flights from Perth to Europe are on hold, with the airline’s ongoing disputes with Perth Airport causing the carrier to shelve plans to go beyond the current Perth-London service out of Australia’s west coast. The two companies are currently in ...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2019 64 Comments

  • Star Alliance opens refurbished business, first class lounges in Paris

    Business class and first class passengers travelling with Star Alliance airlines from Terminal 1 at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport – a roster that includes Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines and more – can now retreat to an updated Star Alliance lounge before t...

    POSTED 8 May, 2019 7 Comments

  • Air France's new Paris CDG business class lounge is travel très chic

    Air France’s all-new business class lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Terminal 2E is now open, and with everything from a cocktail bar to a Clarins spa we expect travellers won’t mind too much if their flight is delayed. Indeed, even assuming that everything will ru...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2018 7 Comments

  • Qantas, Air France back in codeshare liaison for flights to Paris

    Qantas and Air France are back in rapprochement for daily flights to Paris, in what many hope will be a prelude to Qantas launching non-stop Boeing 787 flights from Perth to the French capital. That direct Dreamliner service is considered a likely starter for the second tranche of Boeing 787-9 j...

    POSTED 23 May, 2018 28 Comments

  • London done, now Qantas eyes non-stop flights to Paris

    With its Boeing 787 service between Perth and London now flying high, Qantas is already looking ahead to bringing Paris back onto its route map as early as the end of 2019. Speaking with media on the inaugural QF9 flight from Perth to London, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said Paris was the next city he...

    POSTED 26 Mar, 2018 63 Comments

  • Qantas to fly Boeing 787-9 non-stop to Paris (but not until 2020)

    Qantas intends to launch non-stop daily Boeing 787 flights between Perth and Paris as the second part of its direct-to-Europe network But don't rush out to buy your tickets – the Paris-bound Dreamliner (or should be be Seineliner?) won't take off until around 2020 and hinges on the ai...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2017 40 Comments

  • Photos: Qatar Airways opens new Paris Charles de Gaulle lounge

    Oneworld alliance member Qatar Airways now boasts its own luxury business class and first class lounge at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, with seating for more than 200 guests. Located in Terminal 1 and spanning over 1,000 square metres, it’s a significant upgrade from the Air Fran...

    POSTED 20 Jan, 2017 11 Comments

  • Le M

    Guests returning to the Le Méridien Etoile Paris hotel might hardly recognise it following an extensive multi-million dollar renovation to what remains the Le Méridien chain’s first-ever hotel. Spanning the guestrooms, suites, public spaces and the established Jazz Club Etoil...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2016 1 Comment

  • IHG brings boutique Kimpton hotel to Paris, France

    InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will bring its Kimpton Hotels brand to Paris by 2020, opening a new 149-room hotel amidst the famous Paris Opéra district. It’s set to become just the second location in Europe for the boutique chain after the Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre ho...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2016 0 Comments

  • Paris, Bangkok get luxury line-up of La Clef, Metropole hotels

    Paris and Bangkok will soon be home to new luxury hotels under the La Clef and Metropole brands, respectively, while two further Parisian hotels have also been adopted under the Le Clef banner. Le Clef Tour Eiffel Paris (formerly Citadines Suites Arc de Triomphe Paris) features 112 rooms and apa...

    POSTED 14 Apr, 2016 0 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines axes flights to Amsterdam, Paris

    Oneworld member and Qantas partner Malaysia Airlines will stop flying to Amsterdam and Paris next year and instead leverage its existing partnerships with KLM and British Airways, as well as signing a new codeshare deal with Emirates. Malaysia Airlines' MH16/19 Amsterdam service will be scrapped...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2015 12 Comments

  • New hotels in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Istanbul, Europe

    Travellers bound for the likes of London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris can give their Hilton HHonors or IHG Rewards accounts a welcome boost at hotels both new and newly-renovated. So too can HHonors and Accor Le Club cardholders in either Venice, Madrid or Istanbul, with new Hilton and Novotel p...

    POSTED 27 May, 2015 0 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines partners with high-speed TGV trains in France

    Malaysia Airlines passengers heading to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on the carrier’s flagship Airbus A380 can now connect onwards on high-speed TGV trains to destinations such as Lyon, Marseille and Strasbourg on a single airline ticket. Jetsetters will be able to check-in at their fir...

    POSTED 13 Oct, 2014 4 Comments

  • When the train beats the plane

    We compare a British Airways flight against the high-speed Eurostar train on the London-Paris route. Think of travelling for business and for most people it's airports rather than train stations that spring to mind. That's especially so in Australia, where a "high-speed train" is one that skips...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2014 19 Comments

  • Paris to get high-speed Charles de Gaulle Airport Express train

    The good news: Paris' super-busy Charles de Gaulle international airport is getting an express train to run non-stop into the city centre in just 20 minutes. The not-so-good news: it's almost a decade away, with the 32km line not expected to open until 2023. ironically, the Charles de...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2014 4 Comments

  • Emirates opens new lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

    Emirates has opened the first of its new-look lounges at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport. With the same interior design as Emirates' Concourse A Lounges in Dubai, the refurbished lounge is the first in a rolling worldwide refresh of the Emirates lounge network. It's open to ...

    POSTED 27 May, 2013 2 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines brings Airbus A380 to Paris, Hong Kong

    Malaysia Airlines will begin daily Airbus A380 flights to Paris tomorrow, March 1, with the superjumbo also set to make the shorter hop to Hong Kong. The Kuala Lumpur-Paris route has been on the cards for some time, and follows the introduction of a double-daily A380 service to London as MAS wel...

    POSTED 28 Feb, 2013 12 Comments

  • PHOTO TOUR: Etihad's swish new Paris business/first class lounge

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad's new lounge at Paris is sure to impress business travellers passing through Charles de Gaulle airport's Terminal 2A. After rolling up in your Etihad business/first class limousine, you'll be able to relax in the 620 square metre lounge, which is a big improvement...

    POSTED 8 Feb, 2013 5 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines debuts Airbus A380 on KL-Paris flights

    Malaysia Airlines will launch its second Airbus A380 destination with the start of a daily superjumbo service between Kuala Lumpur and Paris from March 1. The Malaysian flag-carrier, which is set to join the oneworld airline alliance next week, already runs two daily A380 flights to London ...

    POSTED 22 Jan, 2013 2 Comments

  • MAS axes Airbus A380 for Sydney, Melbourne, boosts London & Paris

    Malaysia Airlines has cancelled its planned Airbus A380 services to Sydney and Melbourne in favour of boosting superjumbo flights to Europe. The A380 was set to begin daily Sydney-Kuala Lumpur flights from November 26 this year, with Melbourne tipped to follow from March 1. Both Austr...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2012 12 Comments

  • Qantas-Emirates alliance: how Germany, France flights will work

    If you're travelling to France or Germany after the Qantas-Emirates alliance comes into effect in April 2013, you'll have a raft of new one-stop flights opening up. Qantas is axing Frankfurt flights, cutting its ties with Air France and reducing its reliance on British Airways' Heathrow hub as i...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2012 12 Comments

  • Qantas partner Air France upgrades premium economy food

    Qantas partner Air France is offering new "buy-up" meals in premium economy on long flights like Paris-Singapore. It's the latest airline to pick up on the trend of charging extra to get decent food in the "middle class" between back-of-the-bus economy and business class. On Air France, you can...

    POSTED 29 Aug, 2012 0 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific: new first & business lounge opens in Paris

    Cathay Pacific's new lounge at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport is now open. Located on Level 2 of the new connecting building between Terminals 2A and 2C, the 120-seat facility is three times the size of Cathay's current CDG lounge at Terminal 2A, and opens four hours before...

    POSTED 28 Aug, 2012 1 Comment

  • Qantas partner Air France adds new business seat from Singapore

    Qantas passengers connecting in Singapore for the Red Roo's codeshare flights to Paris have an upgraded business class seat to look forward to on Air France's Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 planes. It's an incremental update of Air France's previous 2010 seat, with small increases to length, width a...

    POSTED 30 Jul, 2012 3 Comments

  • New French law: breathalysers required in all cars, even rentals

    If you're renting a car in France, be warned: you need to check that a third piece of ostensible safety equipment -- a breathalyser -- is present, or risk a fine. Breathalyser kits are required in every French car as of 1 July 2012, though the fine for not having one won't be imposed until 1 Nov...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2012 0 Comments

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