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Aer Lingus looks increasingly likely to rejoin Oneworld

Aer Lingus stands ready to rejoin the Oneworld alliance under the new Oneworld Connect partner model, says Willie Walsh, CEO of parent company IAG. "Aer Lingus would certainly like to look at the Oneworld alliance again, and given the way that Oneworld has evolved I think that's a fairly realistic prospect," Walsh told Australian Business ...

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Oneworld to open its own network of airport lounges from 2019

The Oneworld alliance will open its own network of Oneworld-branded airline lounges at key airports around the world, with an inaugural ribbon-cutting in the second half of 2019 and two more lounges likely to follow in 2020. Oneworld hasn't revealed which airport will host that debutante lounge, but alliance CEO Rob Gurney tells Australian ...

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Here's how to tailor your jet lag strategy to suit each trip

When it comes to jet lag, a proactive approach to managing it is better than a reactive one: there's nothing worse than yawning in the middle of an ...

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Test drive: Genesis G70 leaps into the crowded luxury lane

What we’re driving: Genesis G70 What it costs: from around $55,000 Why we’re driving it: the time is right, and right now, for the ...

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Soar higher with Virgin Australia’s 2019 double status credits offer

Got your sights set on Velocity Gold or Velocity Platinum status? Virgin Australia's latest double status credits offer will bring that shiny card ...

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The business traveller's guide to sake

Almost every business traveller who visits Japan will end up sampling sake. It's part of the experience of Japan, and especially of socialising with ...

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Brisbane Airport security trial keeps laptops, liquids in your bag

One of the biggest hassles of international travel has to be the airport security checkpoint, where passengers have to fish laptops, tablets with keyboards, powders, liquids, aerosols and gels out of their bag and present them separately for screening: but a new trial at Brisbane Airport aims to change that. Thanks to a new computed tomography ...

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Air Vanuatu to launch Melbourne-Port Vila flights

Vanuatu will become an easier destination for Melbourne residents to reach from June 18 2019, with Air Vanuatu kicking off a new non-stop service between Port Vila and the Victorian capital. The route will be served by Air Vanuatu's Boeing 737-800 ...

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Here is Aer Lingus’ new Airbus A321LR business class

Aer Lingus will offer fully-flat business class seats on its forthcoming Airbus A321 jets, with the popular Vantage seats from Thompson Aero taking pride of place at the pointy end of the long-range fleet slated for both trans-Atlantic and key European routes. An internal Are Lingus presentation sighted by Australian Business Traveller reveals the ...

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Why the Scottsdale National is golf nirvana

In 2013, GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons purchased a down-on-its-luck country club in Scottsdale, Arizona and set about giving it a US$300 million make-over which has transformed the tired grounds into a golf paradise with two courses, a second clubhouse and luxurious overnight accommodations. Then in 2015, Parsons launched PXG (for Parsons Xtreme ...

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American Express tightens Centurion Lounge access rules

Flashing your metal AMEX Platinum Charge Card or the invitation-only Centurion Card will carry less weight at American Express Centurion Lounges from ...

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Cathay Pacific opens yoga and meditation space in Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific’s The Pier business class lounge in Hong Kong is now home to a dedicated yoga and meditation space, where passengers can relax ...

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The best business class seats on the Qantas Airbus A380

Qantas' flagship Airbus A380 flies to Singapore, London, Los Angeles, Dallas and seasonally to Hong Kong, with fully-flat beds for business class passengers along the upper deck. But not every business seat is created equal – some ...

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Up next: a riot of electric sports cars, convertibles and roadsters

The decline of petrol power is set to put a high-performance spark into convertibles and sports cars. While the current and near-future crop of electric vehicles and hybrids seems to revolve around small city cars or family-friendly SUVs, drivers with a hankering for something racier won't have long to wait. Tesla proved a battery-electric sports ...

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Is AccorPlus membership worth buying in 2019?

AccorPlus is a paid membership scheme offering travellers a slew of special benefits and discounts on accommodation and dining at hotels in the Accor group – including the Sofitel, So Sofitel, Fairmont, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure and Swissôtel brands. It works in conjunction with the Le Club AccorHotels scheme, which is a more ...

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Qantas: cafes, gyms and 'chill zones' for non-stop 20 hour flights

Passengers on Qantas' non-stop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York could while away the 18-20 hour journey at a sky-high cafe, exercising in a mini-gym or tuning out in "virtual reality relaxation zones". Those are some of the ...

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Test drive: Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe is a hybrid in a hurry

Executive summary: While a full-on AMG Benz is way too hardcore for most drivers, the new hybrid Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe is much more liveable ...

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Boeing 777X business class concept brings back the middle seat

Boeing's first concept images of its 777X business class cabin suggests the next-generation jet could adopt what’s generally considered as a ...

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Qantas boosts Sydney-Bali to an Airbus A330 with lie-flat seats

Qantas is set to make flights on the popular Sydney-Bali corridor a little more cosy by moving from a Boeing 737 to the better-appointed Airbus A330 from 31 March 2019. For passengers in the pointy end, that means upgrading from this... ... to this. The Qantas Business Suite seats bring far more comfort and privacy, along with greatly increased ...

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Virgin Australia increases business class cabin baggage allowance

EXCLUSIVE | Business class passengers travelling on Virgin Australia domestic and short-distance international flights can now take advantage of a more generous cabin baggage allowance, as can Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers booked in premium economy or economy. From January 24 2019, these guests can bring two 7kg, 105cm bags into the ...

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How to quickly earn Qantas Points and keep your points balance alive

There are plenty of stories about travellers who have lost their hard-earned stash of Qantas Frequent Flyer points  due to their expiry after 18 months of no earning or spending activity. And while no Australian Business Traveller reader would no issues keeping their Qantas Points balance alive, the same can't be said for many ...

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Boeing's flying car takes to the skies

Boeing flying car – designed to whisk passengers over congested city streets and dodge skyscrapers - has completed its first test flight on ...

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Qantas Club passes are no longer accepted at Qantas' Singapore Lounge

If you're travelling with Qantas from Singapore and pocketing a Qantas Club lounge pass to use before your flight, you'd better keep that card in ...

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Malaysia Airlines Airbus A350 business class vs. Business Suites

Malaysia Airlines offers both 'business class' and 'Business Suites' on board its Airbus A350 and A380 aircraft, and for most travellers ...

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Germany looks to set a speed limit on autobahns

Germany's autobahns have long been a favourite of drivers from around the world, but red-lining the speedo could be a thing of the past under ...

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Grey watches swap bright colours for conservative elegance

Watchmakers have picked up on the urge to find affordable watches that will go with anything – and, above all, make the wearer feel soothed. Every so often we see the watch industry adjust its color palette. A couple of years ago, as global buyers felt more flush, rich blue dials were all the rage. Later, as people became willing to take a ...

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Confirmed: here is Turkish Airlines' new business class seat

Turkish Airlines has pulled back the covers on its new business class seat, and here it is. The airline has confirmed its choice of the Aurora seat from Stelia Aerospace – based on Singapore Airlines' new regional business class – for its forthcoming Boeing 787 and  Airbus A350 jets, with the first Dreamliners due ...

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Porsche, Lexus soak up the sun with new convertibles for 2019

Tops have popped as Porsche and Lexus celebrate the start of 2019 with gorgeous new convertibles. Porsche has unveiled the newest 911 as part of the usual roll-out of derivates from the latest 992 series coupe, with the all-new 911 Cabriolet hitting ...

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