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Spotlight on Airlines Flying to Europe

17th February 2016

When it comes to that long-haul flight to Europe, it pays to know exactly what to expect once you step onboard. From the cabins to the stopovers and the flight routes, every airline is different. So today we’re putting the spotlight on the major airlines flying to Europe, so you know exactly what to expect.


Discover the world with Qantas which offers one-stop connections to over 40 European destinations.

Fly direct to London twice a day from Sydney and Melbourne via Dubai, or explore North and South America with direct services to Los Angeles, Dallas Fort Worth, Santiago and seasonal services to Vancouver on the airline’s award-winning A380 and reconfigured B747 aircraft.
Travel comfortably in International Economy with a generous 31-inch seat pitch or stretch out in Qantas’ award-winning fully flat skybeds in Business Class.

Qantas Economy Class. Image: Qantas Qantas Economy Class. Image: Qantas

Everything’s included in your airfare, from a generous baggage allowance and larger meals in International Economy to chef Neil Perry’s Rockpool-inspired dining in our premium cabins.
People are at the heart of Qantas, from that friendly smile when you enter a lounge or board your flight, to their experienced pilots, as well as the staff in their Integrated Operations Centre who monitor every Qantas flight wherever it is in the world, 24 hours a day.


With Emirates, you can choose from over 140 destinations across six continents, including over 35 destinations in Europe.

Emirates is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, flying from Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney to the UK and Europe via Dubai, and offering seamless connections whenever you travel.

Emirates' First Class Suite. Emirates' First Class Suite. Image: Emirates

Emirates offers Economy Class, Business Class and First Class seating options. On board, relax in spacious seats, indulge in your choice of regionally inspired cuisine made with the freshest ingredients and enjoy up to 2000 channels of entertainment on their award-winning ICE system.
Plus, it’s now free to blog, post or tweet from your seat with 10MB of free Wi-Fi data on select Emirates A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft.

Explore new possibilities on the modern Emirates fleet including their flagship A380. From Private Suites and Shower Spas in First Class to flat-bed seats in Business Class and extra legroom and custom lighting in Economy Class, the Emirates A380 is as close as it comes to flying in your own private jet. For a travel experience to be remembered, the Onboard Lounge for First Class and Business Class customers is the perfect place to mingle and swap stories over cocktails and canapés.

Cathay Pacific

Flying from Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific is your gateway to Asia and beyond, operating services to 190 destinations worldwide.

With routes to the UK and Europe via Hong Kong, passengers can choose to fly from Australia in Economy Class, Premium Economy or Business Class with the award-winning Cathay Pacific airline.

Cathay Pacific Premium Economy Class. Cathay Pacific Premium Economy Class. Image: Cathay Pacific

All cabin classes offer a choice of Asian and Western cuisine onboard long-haul flights, with the addition of a welcome drink for Premium Economy passengers and cocktails and vintage wines in Business Class. Each seat has a seat pitch from 32 inches in Economy to lie-flat beds in Business Class, a personal seatback TV, and access to Cathay Pacific’s inflight Studio CX entertainment system.

Cathay Pacific’s award winning frequent flyer program, The Marco Polo Club, is designed to enhance your journey. Passengers can also earn miles with Asia’s leading travel reward program Asia Miles which offers you a world of exciting rewards to match your lifestyle. Benefits are enhanced with the Oneworld alliance of global airlines.

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Etihad Airways

Fly in comfort and luxury with Etihad Airways, voted the World’s Leading Airline for the sixth consecutive year at the World Travel Awards.

Etihad Airways flies from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to more than 100 destinations worldwide with the convenience of just one stop in Abu Dhabi. The airline offers passengers a cabin choice of Economy, Business Class and First Class across their network.

Etihad Airlines' First Apartment Suite. Etihad Airlines' First Apartment Suite. Image: Etihad

Experience an economy class that is simply smarter. Etihad Airways has challenged the norm to deliver choice and comfort, and bring a sense of spontaneity, surprise and fun back to travel. Economy Class guests can enjoy a choice of three main meals and hundreds of hours of inflight entertainment. Business Class with Etihad Airways is not business as usual. The airline has created onboard spaces where guests can work, rest and play. Dubbed ‘intelligent living in the sky’, Business Class guests will enjoy a fully flat bed with direct aisle access.

Guests in First Class are immediately immersed in a private world of indulgence. The Inflight Chef takes orders from an a la carte menu, including a signature grill, or prepares something special using fresh ingredients from the kitchen. With a living room, separate bedroom and ensuite bathroom, the Residence by Etihad on board their A380 aircraft is the only three-room suite in the sky.

Malaysia Airlines

ith over 40 years’ experience, the flagship carrier of Malaysia is part of the oneworld alliance and a global network of over 995 destinations across the globe.

Flying to London and Europe via Kuala Lumpur from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin, Malaysia Airlines offers Economy and Business Class seating and a generous baggage allowance.

Malaysia Airlines Economy Class. Image: Malaysia Airlines Malaysia Airlines Economy Class. Image: Malaysia Airlines

Economy Class passengers have the option to upgrade their inflight meal with MHgourmet service on flights from Kuala Lumpur for a small fee, while Business Class travellers can pre-order the Chef-on-Call fine dining onboard service, a selection of 25 dishes created by renowned chefs. The seat pitch in Economy is a roomy 32 inches up to a 74-inch seat pitch fully flat bed for Business Class travellers. Personal seatback screens vary from 10.6 inches in Economy to 17 inches in Business, with access to an array of handpicked inflight entertainment including movies, TV shows, multi-player games and music.

If you’re flying with Malaysia Airlines in Economy, you can take one piece of 7kg cabin baggage, while the Business Class hand luggage allowance is two pieces of 7kg baggage. Business Class passengers can check in two pieces of luggage weighing a total of 40kg, and those travelling in Economy have a free checked baggage allowance of two pieces weighing up to 30kg in total.

Singapore Airlines

With a network of over 62 destinations in more than 34 countries, Singapore Airlines is one of the world’s most recognisable travel brands.

From all major Australian cities, Singapore Airlines flies to 13 European destinations via Singapore. Passengers can fly in their award-winning Economy Class, or upgrade to experience the service in Premium Economy (from Sydney to select destinations), Business Class, First Class and Suites.

Singapore Airlines Suite. Singapore Airlines Suite. Image: Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines has one of the youngest, most modern and comfortable fleets in the world, and every cabin provides personal seat-back screens with access to over 1000 on-demand entertainment options. Internet connectivity is also available on select flights. Across all cabins, you can expect a culinary feast with a selection of gourmet meal options created by a panel of acclaimed chefs. Passengers travelling in Premium Economy, Business Class, First Class and Suites also have the option to pre-order from an additional menu with the Book the Cook service.

All passengers have free checked baggage, starting from a generous 30kg in Economy to 50kg for passengers flying in First and Suites to Europe. KrisFlyer frequent flyer members will also be able to earn miles every time they fly, which may be redeemed for flights and upgrades.

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