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  • October 23, 2014
    New Airbus A320 overhead bins offer 60% more storage
    Airbus will offer pivoting overhead bins on their A320 family of aircraft as an optional extra from 2016. The bins add 60% more storage space to overhead storage compared with existing fold-up lockers. Airbus says the new bins now offer the most overhead storage of any existing single-aisle locker system – even ahead of Boeing’s new ‘space ...
  • October 23, 2014
    Virgin Australia to install new business seats
    Virgin Australia plans to install new business seats across their Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 fleet from 2015 in a bid to trump Qantas. The beds will first appear on Virgin’s Airbus 330 in March next year. Boeing 777s will follow, with all of the fleet complete by January 2016. The beds are extra-long and extra-wide, and ...
  • October 23, 2014
    Fuel surcharges adding up
    Airline fuel surcharges have been a frustration for travel managers since the first day carriers assessed them. They were intended to offset rising fuel costs, but analysis by business travel consulting firm Advito indicates that these surcharges have become standard practice for airlines – no matter what’s happening with fuel prices. Indeed, fuel costs have stabilised ...
  • July 4, 2014
    Air New Zealand okays ‘gate to gate’ electronic gadgets
    This post is an abridged version of an article on Australian Business Traveller published on the 4th July 2014. From before take-off to after landing, Air New Zealand is the latest airline to allow passengers to use tablets, smartphones, ebook readers and MP3 players for the entire duration of their trip.   From July 16 on selected flights, ...
  • June 25, 2014
    “Gate-to-gate” gadgets could be used on Qantas & Virgin flights
    This post is an abridged version of an article on Australian Business Traveller published on the 25th June 2014. From the moment they reach their seat until leaving the aircraft, passengers on Qantas and Virgin Australia are a step closer to using their smartphones, tablets and e-book readers on Australian flights.   Issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority ...
  • June 19, 2014
    Boeing 787 Dreamliner cleared to fly further
    The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has proved its reliability on long flights and has been cleared for lengthy over-water trips by the US Federal Aviation Administration. The clearance allows airlines to place the 787 on more direct routes as far as 5.5 hours from an airport, the furthest distance for any plane currently. This lets airlines cut ...
  • June 19, 2014
    What’s on the horizon for Australia’s air fares?
    Despite May figures showing domestic air fares are the lowest they have been for three years, the average price of a ticket in coming months will increase, says Sydney Morning Herald travel journalist Clive Dorman. Qantas’ decision to slow growth on seat capacity could trigger a rise in demand for existing seats, though this may be ...
  • June 19, 2014
    Qantas ends A380 service to Hong Kong
    In September Qantas will end year-round A380 service between Sydney and Hong Kong. Currently operating five weekly superjumbo flights, these planes will be replaced with a B747-400 service so Qantas can upgrade their Dallas flight to the A380. The A380 will still be operated on route during peak seasons. A loss of capacity will be felt across ...
  • June 19, 2014
    Qantas and Emirates top Australian international airlines
    Emirates has beaten out Singapore Airlines to take second place on the list of Australia’s most popular international airlines. The standings, based on the number of international passengers each airline carries throughout the year, now leaves Qantas in the number one spot ahead of partner Emirates. Qantas holds a 17 per cent market share of international ...
  • June 19, 2014
    Air demand recovers, but fares remain steady
    Advito, BCD Travel’s consulting arm, has released its quarterly Industry Forecast Update—a graphical guide to how economic growth, inflation, oil prices and other factors affect the pace and price of business travel. Among Advito’s latest findings: Global economic recovery is supporting air travel in 2014, but there remains regional variation in the strength of demand and in ...

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