• Photos: QantasLink upgrades Q200, Q300, Q400 aircraft seating

    UPDATE | Qantas' first refitted Dash 8 aircraft – a Bombardier Q300 – takes to the skies today with an upgraded cabin interior for regional flyers, with the Roo's other Q200, Q300 and Q400 turboprops to follow. The most noticeable change is new leather upholstery on every seat throug...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2018 24 Comments

  • Zodiac Aerospace teases innovative aircraft cabin designs

    Inflight lounges with seats for take-off and landing, split-class cabins with a central divider and seats with built-in directional speakers: all new concepts that could one day appear on your next domestic or international flight, according to Zodiac Aerospace. The manufacturer, perhaps best-kn...

    POSTED 3 Aug, 2015 3 Comments

  • New aircraft seat makes room for 'plus-sized passengers'

    In an era where aircraft seats seem to be getting smaller while passengers get larger, a German company has turned the problem into an opportunity. Meet the seat which welcomes overweight travellers, providing them with half as much extra space as a conventional economy seat. The designers at...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2015 15 Comments

  • Cool photos: inside the Boeing 787's funky crew rest 'loft'

    An increasing number of airlines are now flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, including Jetstar, but here's one part of the next-generation jetliner that no passenger will ever see. It's the funky 'loft' space used by pilots and flight attendants during their scheduled breaks from duty. On most ...

    POSTED 24 Dec, 2013 5 Comments

  • Everything you need to know about business class seats

    For business class travellers, the seat is the most important part of the overall package when booking international fares. But business class — more so than any other class of travel — is remarkably diverse, with airlines offering a confusing number of options, and often c...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2013 1 Comment

  • 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

  • United's Boeing 787 seat plan: the shape of Dreamliners to come?

    United Airlines has revealed the seating layout for its Boeing 787, providing a glimpse into how other airlines – including Qantas – will divvy up their Dreamliners when they take to the skies later this year. Accessible through United's booking system, based on a booking for the 787...

    POSTED 31 May, 2012 0 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

  • How to find international flights with the best economy seating

    While we'd all like to jet about in business class, many companies insist that business travellers fly in economy -- even on international flights from, say, Australia to Asia or the US. With a flying time of 8-12 hours on each leg -- and more if you've got a connecting flight -- it pays to try ...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2011 4 Comments

  • Qantas drops luxe First Class cabin from new Airbus A380s

    Reflecting the decline in high-end luxury travel and a shift towards the middle market of business and premium economy, Qantas will no longer offer First Class cabins in its newest flagship Airbus A380s. While the Red Roo's current A380 fleet will retain the spacious seats and five-star ser...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2011 3 Comments

  • Qantas to squeeze more seats into Airbus A380s and Boeing 747s

    Qantas is sending 21 of its flagship Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-400 aircraft back into the hangars for a refit which will put more seats onto each plane. The overhaul of nine Boeing 747-400s has been on the cards for over a year, and will see all 14 first class seats removed from the pointy end ...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2011 5 Comments

  • Amenity kits? Just give us comfortable seats and inflight Wi-Fi

    Passengers flying for business are looking for maximum seat comfort and Wi-Fi but they couldn’t care less about in-flight comfort kits. A new online poll released by Australian business travel specialist Corporate Traveller reveals that seat comfort and access to Wi-Fi are the two most imp...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2011 1 Comment

  • Jetstar to install iPad seats with extra legroom

    Jetstar will retrofit around 25 aircraft this year with new seats that include iPad holders, which will also be installed on all its new A320s. Australian Business Traveller revealed insider details of the Qantas subsidiary's plans to rent passengers iPads last month. Jetstar has now decid...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2011 0 Comments

  • Qantas introduces $20 fee for choosing your seat

    Flying international economy with Qantas and want to choose your seat in advance? That'll be an extra $20 please. The Aussie flag-carrier has added a $20 'advance seat selection' fee to its roster of costs. The charge applies to all international economy bookings as of today, Australian Bus...

    POSTED 30 Mar, 2011 2 Comments

  • The five best features in Cathay Pacific

    Australian Business Traveller has already spent some time with Cathay Pacific’s all-new business class cabin, which is now being rolled out across the CX fleet to replace the ‘cubicle’ seats on Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A330-300s (Cathay’s 747-400s will retain the curre...

    POSTED 3 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • 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

  • How to survive international economy torture flights

    International economy to Europe or the US -- we've all had to do it, and, it's somewhere between unpleasant and downright tortuous, depending on how your cards fall. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make economy flying better. None of them are rocket science, but it's evident on every...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2011 4 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific: "no upgrade to new business seats in Boeing 747 or Airbus A340"

    UPDATE | Cathay Pacific has now revealed the first details of its new Premium Economy class as well as a replacement for the airline's much-criticised international economy seat, both of which will debut in March 2012 on flights between Hong Kong and Sydney – see our full report f...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2011 0 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

  • 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

  • Lufthansa reveals new European seating with more capacity and legroom

    Lufthansa has finally revealed the cabin revamp for its short and medium-haul fleet. The European cabin upgrade involves some 32,000 new seats installed on over 180 aircraft, and provides passengers with more legroom while increasing the capacity of Lufthansa’s fleet and reducing weight.&nb...

    POSTED 24 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Skinny seats boost legroom for tall passengers

    These new economy-class seats won’t win any awards for plush finish but their space-saving design means a substantial increase in usable legroom, even for the tallest of passengers. Designed by UK firm Acro Aircraft Seating, the minimalist Superlight series is intended for short-haul aircr...

    POSTED 13 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

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