BLACK FRIDAY 2017: ex EU business class to Asia from £993, Oz £1451

Air China business class seats

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Air China Black Friday

Air China are rerunning the same 2 deals from 2 weeks ago for Black Friday. This may be of interest if you collect Star Alliance miles. The UK offer gives 20% off flights booked on between 24–27 November 2017. You can travel up to 31 May 2018. Excluded dates (outbound): 15–30 December 2017; Excluded dates (inbound): 1–10 January 2018; 24–29 January 2018. The discount is available on Air China flights from London.

The UK deal is not particularly exciting but the ex EU flights from Germany are pretty good.

Air China B787 business class

Flights from Germany

Business Class travel dates:
December 01, 2017 – March 02, 2018
March 16, 2018 – April 16, 2008
April 24, 2018 – June 16, 2018
July 20, 2018 – August 24, 2018

Departures from Frankfurt, Düsseldorf or Munich:

Beijing / Shanghai / mainland China from €1336 business

Bangkok / Hong Kong / Phuket / Tokyo / Osaka / Seoul / Singapore / Ho Chi Minh City /Kuala Lumpur –  from €1118 business

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland from €1632 business

The UK sale page is here and the German one is here.

Personally, I would not choose Air China if there were other airlines such as Qatar at a similar price to the same destination. Skytrax only awards them 3 out of 5 for their business class compared with Qatar’s score of 5. There is no denying that the German fares are excellent value though.

They do have some decent flat seats but they are in a 2-2-2 configuration on the B777 which you can see in this video.

The slight staggering of the B777 seats does make it slightly easier for aisle access as I found out when I flew in these seats on AA transcontinental business class this year. The B777 is used on the London and Germany to Beijing routes as well as to Sydney.



Air Passenger Duty rises in premium classes

There was bad news for premium travellers in the budget this week. Far from abolishing the unpopular Air Passenger Departure tax, as many businesses in the travel and tourism industry have lobbied for, the Chancellor decided to increase it. The rises mainly affect premium passengers as you can see below:


From 1st April 2018:

Short haul Economy: no change

Short haul Business: no change

Long haul Economy: +£3

Long haul Premium Economy, Business and First: +£6

From 1st April 2019:

Short haul Economy: no change

Short haul Business: no change

Long haul Economy: no change

Long haul Premium Economy, Business and First:  a further £16 extra



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