• Is it safer to fly in a backward-facing seat?

    Only a few airlines have rearwards-facing seats in business class – BA and United are the most notable – but more than a few travellers dislike the notion of “flying backwards”. However, putting personal preferences aside, is it any safer to fly facing the rear of the pla...

    POSTED 3 Sep, 2013 9 Comments

  • The real cost of a business class seat? Try $80,000...

    The next time you're sitting in business class, think on this: the seat itself could cost as much as $80,000. That's the upper end of the manufacturing cost for the latest super-competitive business class benches – and it doesn't include any upfront costs such as design and research before...

    POSTED 13 Aug, 2013 2 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines to reveal new first class suites, business & economy seats

    Singapore Airlines has launcheds its new first class suites and business class seats, and we've got all the details. Click the links below to read our reports. Photos: Singapore Airlines' new first class Photos: Singapore Airlines' new business class Video: Singapore Airlines' new first, busin...

    POSTED 8 Jul, 2013 3 Comments

  • 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

  • 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

  • Air NZ's new Seat Select extra-legroom system explained

    Air New Zealand frequent flyers and business travellers across the Tasman have been trying to sort through the many-layered implications of the airline's new Seat Select scheme announced last week. As we previously reported, Seat Select sees Air New Zealand now charging for the best seats o...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2012 23 Comments

  • TAM's slick new Boeing 777 first class is a living room in the sky

    With business class continually improving, how do airlines make first class even better and even more desirable? Brazilian carrier TAM and UK design firm Priestmangoode reckon one avenue is to transform first class from a seat to a "living room in the sky", with everything from a ...

    POSTED 13 Nov, 2012 8 Comments

  • Photo tour: up close with Japan Airlines' new business class seat

    Ahead of Japan Airlines launch of its new business class seat, which will debut on JAL's long-distance Boeing 777-300ER flights next year, Australian Business Traveller was invited to visit JAL's Tokyo workshop in an industrial district near Haneda Airport to take a closer&nbs...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2012 2 Comments

  • Photos: JAL's new first, business, premium & economy seats

    JAL has revealed photos of the new seat designs for all four classes of its flagship Boeing 777-300ER fleet, which will debut on the daily Tokyo-London service from January 2013 before being rolled out to New York and other US and European destinations. The seats will also make their way on...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2012 9 Comments

  • Europe's easyJet starts allocating seats: no more boarding scrum

    European airline easyJet is taking a step away from its low-cost carrier roots as it adds allocated seating in place of the first come, first served boarding scrum previously in place. Despite its bright orange low-cost airline feel, easyJet is a key part of the business travel network around Eu...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2012 0 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines: new business class seats arrive next year

    Singapore Airlines is raising the ante for business and first class seats, with cutting edge designers from BMW and James Park studying how to improve upon SQ's already industry-leading cabins. The new seats will debut on the Boeing 777-300ER planes SQ has on order starting in just over a year, ...

    POSTED 16 Aug, 2012 3 Comments

  • Photos: Scoot's new seats revealed... so how comfy will they be?

    UPDATE | Check out our review of Scoot's seats, from business to economy (including the 'super' and 'stretch' options) with all you need to know about pitch, legroom, seat layout and more! PREVIOUS | With start-up airline Scoot taking to the skies today, Australian Business Traveller has the fir...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2012 5 Comments

  • Air Pacific reveals new seats & screens for Airbus A330

    Upate | We've got first pics of the new Air Pacific 'Fiji Airways' Airbus A330, sporting new livery on the outside and new seats on the inside – click here for a full photo gallery! Previous | Air Pacific will enlist Panasonic Avionics and Weber Aircraft to reshape the ...

    POSTED 15 May, 2012 0 Comments

  • Review, photos: Virgin Atlantic's new Upper Class Dream Suite

    Virgin Atlantic's second-generation Upper Class Dream Suite is an exciting evolution of its existing fully flat bed business class with new seats, an updated cabin and a unique 'staggered herringbone' layout for the centre seats. The new seats and cabin configuration have had business travellers...

    POSTED 10 May, 2012 8 Comments

  • Scoot

    Update | Scoot will launch on June 6 – click here for all the details. And if you're looking for photos and details of Scoot's economy and business class seats, we've got 'em! Previous | Is there room for yet another airline in the Asian-Pacific skies? Scoot thinks so, and it hop...

    POSTED 8 Mar, 2012 7 Comments

  • Get 'seat savvy' and pick the best seats for your next trip

    In his High Flyer blog for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, AusBT editor David Flynn shares the tips and strategies of business travellers and frequent flyers. This week: how to  get the most legroom on any flight and avoid the sea...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2012 0 Comments

  • Beyond first, business & economy: the 11 classes of airline travel

    In the ever-evolving world of business travel, airlines are continually offering new styles of seating to try to woo your dollars and your loyalty. But this is not restricted to just the pointy end of the plane. Competition has spawned variations which ripple down the rest of the cabin...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2012 9 Comments

  • American Airlines picks Cathay's business class for new planes

    Qantas' oneworld partner American Airlines has released details of its much-awaited new business class seating, and it's the same fully flat business class bed as seen on Cathay Pacific. The seats are arranged in a four-across reverse herringbone layout, with window seats facing away from the ai...

    POSTED 27 Jan, 2012 2 Comments

  • AusBT Awards 2011: Best Business, First and Suites

    Best International Business Class for Australian Business Travellers This proved one of the toughest categories to judge, which in itself is good news for business travellers! There was plenty of to and fro in emails, on Skype chat sessions and over the odd bottle of red as the Australian Busin...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2011 6 Comments

  • How to get extra legroom in economy class

    While the world's economy seems to be getting back on track after the global financial crisis, many business travellers are still flying in economy class -- especially on shorter international trips. Numerous companies that previously allowed business class travel downgraded to premium economy a...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2011 1 Comment

  • Air New Zealand to sell Skycouch to other airlines

    Five star hotels have long been selling their exclusive pillow-top beds at whopping profit margins to well-heeled customers. Now, Air New Zealand is taking the same tack, offering its award winning Skycouch seat to other airlines ... just as long as they don't compete for the same routes. Austr...

    POSTED 15 Sep, 2011 2 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

  • In-depth: full details of Virgin Australia's new seats and service

    The Australian Business Traveller team went over Virgin Australia's new Airbus A330 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a fine toothcomb yesterday to bring you an in-depth look at the details of the seats and service you're likely to encounter on the new Virgin Australia. The seats  ...

    POSTED 5 May, 2011 4 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

  • 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

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