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Airline Business: British Airways upgrades, Etihad guide, Breakfast battles

From before you take off to new in-flight initiatives, this airline update brings you the latest industry news for business travellers.

British Airways Club Suites are coming

British Airways is rolling out its new Club Suites business class on their sparkling new Airbus A350 and first Boeing 787-10, that joins the fleet in 2020.

Upgrades are also happening across most of the current aircraft, much to the delight of Oneworld flyers who will now get to enjoy gate-to-gate videos on an enlarged screen, additional work space, increased privacy, state-of-the-art compartment design, improved storage and more.

The new Boeing 787-10 will also boost BA’s premium trans-Atlantic fleet and take it to their competitors by offering first class aboard the Dreamliner.

Why Etihad Business Class is turning heads

On Etihad you can choose from economy (or ‘economy space’ with a little more legroom), business class, first class and on their Airbus A380s, The Residence. Making that jump from economy to business class is where you’ll be wowed by difference, so here’s a quick list of why it’s popular with business travellers.

  • Etihad’s Airbus A380 Lobby Lounge – shared by business & first class passengers on the superjumbo’s upper deck.
  • Fully-flat beds & direct isle access – available on all aircraft for every long-haul flight.
  • You can dine anytime – you’re not restricted to meal service times, so you can nap straight after take off or work late.
  • Earn Velocity Gold in one return trip – Etihad has its own frequent flyer program & flights can be credited to partner schemes.
  • Complimentary chauffeur service in the UAE – available in Abu Dhabi for stopovers or at the start & end of journeys.

Find more information on Etihad Business class perks and traveller tips on Executive Traveller.

Who wins the breakfast battle, Virgin or Qantas?

You’ve booked an early morning flight, on the proviso that you can get a few more minutes shut-eye by grabbing a quick brekky and decent cup of coffee in the lounge, but which lounge comes out on top?

We recently compared the Qantas Club, Qantas Business Lounge and Virgin Australia Lounge breakfast menus at Brisbane domestic airport.

Qantas Club: the basic cereals, toast, fruit and yoghurt are covered. If you’re hankering for something hot, you can choose from baked beans, boiled eggs, porridge or pancakes. Gluten-free items are flagged on the menu and there’s also gluten-free muesli available.
Tip – if you know you’ll be rushing to make your final boarding call, place your coffee order via the Skip mobile app and pick it up at the counter!

Qantas Business Lounge: this cranks it up a notch, with all the essentials you’ll find in the Club next door, but a broader selection of yoghurt in individual servings and the hot dishes include chipolatas, scrambled eggs and a delicious ‘Plate of the Day’. You can customise your drinks and fresh juices at the ‘Quench’ station and take a seat near the buffet area if you’d like table service for your coffee order.

Virgin Australia Lounge: with the airline having the one lounge, the service lies somewhere between the Qantas Club and Business Lounge. There’s a selection of breads, fruit, yoghurt, muesli and a good range of toppings for your toasted sandwich (which you can pop in a provided paper bag to take on board). There’s also the new ‘Cafe Breakfast’ that’s served from 5:10am to 9:30am and puts it a nose in front of Qantas Club offerings.

Overall, it’s no surprise that Qantas Business Lounge is doing well by its business class guests and Platinum passengers. Virgin and Qantas Club will no doubt continue to battle it out for their loyal frequent flyers and lounge members.