Member since 17 Sep 2015
Total posts 73
David and his colleagues are not magicians (although they pull a few rabbits out of hats.)
Emirates Airlines - Skywards
Member since 30 Nov 2015
Total posts 419
Don't forget Royal Brunei, they are advertising a lot on TV - Business and Economy class, a review of this Airline would be fantastic.
I am assuming the vast majority of business travellers enjoy easily obtainable alcohol on board, without having to take it on board as BI makes one. From memory when I've been on it, it also declines to serve pork. Plus it's two stops to London, not one, and has a tiny number of long range aircraft so the chances of flights not operating tend to be higher. And it only flies from Melbourne.
Member since 21 May 2014
Total posts 169
Is this Melburnian1 in disguise?
I had family members utilise BI when they used to fly to PER. On the day they were returning, the Sultan wanted to borrow the plane, so they had a free ~18 hour stop over in Brunei all expenses paid.
Member since 24 Oct 2010
Total posts 990
Hi Traveller14, and thanks for sharing those thoughts. The review of Philippine Airlines business class is coming, it's just that these reviews take a solid slab of time to pull together (I allow between a half-day and a day) and I rarely have that 'spare time' given the other news and pieces we need to do. As for ANA, Asiana, Korean Air etc, you're 100% right that these would be good candidates, but we need to have the airline host us as media (as we definitely don't have the budget to pay our own way), which needs to fit into schedules (theirs and ours) but also depends on the airline approving such. This is one reason AusBT is looking to hire a new journalist, so Chris and I can have a bit more flex in our ability to do reviews of flights and lounges etc.
Great David. I'm sure many of us realise you cannot be in 10 places at once, and uploading all the photos plus just the logistics of getting from A to B and back again, plus concentrating on the first class writing you consistently deliver on takes time. And then you have to search for previous relevant site articles and link them.
One other advantage of these airlines, particularly if travellers have a bit of time up their sleeve is that depending on connections they may offer STPC free overnight hotel stays. Japan Air Lines and Korean Air have done this in the past. Often one has to arrange this directly with the airline office in Australia.
Member since 06 Dec 2017
Total posts 23
JAL is very much overlooked as in ANA for going to Europe.I have yet to experience them but the latter can provide one straight through connections to London with a flight time very competitive against the carriers via singapore,kuala lumpur,hong kong,bangkok and if lucky priced below them.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 20 Nov 2017
Total posts 35
China Airlines (Taiwan) is also worth a look - new A350s servicing Sydney and a fantastic J experience from most accounts.
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,091
They're flying the A350s to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and also London now, so I'm putting their business class to the test very soon between Brisbane and London (A350 on both flights). :)
The difficulty with JAL that many Europe-bound travellers face is that JAL's flights from Australia arrive at Narita Airport, but many of JAL's European flights depart from Haneda Airport: not a big deal if you're planning a Japanese stopover, but tricky if you're looking to transit. (JAL does have some European flights from Narita, though.)
I can now say (from personal experience) that the China Airlines (Taiwan) J class on their new A350s is fantastic.
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