Air New Zealand plans to join Qantas in launching non-stop flights from Auckland to New York and Chicago on the back of a new generation of ultra-long range jets. The Star Alliance member airline is looking at both the Airbus A350-900ULR and the Boeing 777X jets. Qantas is weighing up a similar...
POSTED 21 Sep, 2017 8 Comments
Airbus is on the verge of securing an order for 45 of its A350-900 wide-body jetliners, a critical win after a run of deferrals by U.S. carriers, according to people familiar with the matter. The order will likely be placed by United Continental to convert an earlier $12.6 billion deal for 35 of...
POSTED 6 Sep, 2017 8 Comments
Singapore Airlines is swinging its new Airbus A350s onto three of its four daily Brisbane-Singapore flights over the coming months, complete with its latest-generation fully-flat beds in business class offering direct aisle access from every seat. The A350 upgrade will also see the debut of Sing...
POSTED 15 Aug, 2017 25 Comments
EXCLUSIVE | Malaysia Airlines could begin flying its new Airbus A350s to Asia by the middle of 2018 as the airline grows lukewarm on a second European route for the next-gen jetliners. Speaking at a media briefing in Sydney, airline CEO Peter Bellew confirmed to Australian Business Travelle...
POSTED 31 Jul, 2017 12 Comments
EXCLUSIVE | Malaysia Airlines plans to bring forward the start of its Airbus A350 flights to London to January 2018, but is putting expansion to other European cities on hold. The Oneworld member now expects to take delivery of its first two Airbus A350s in November and December 2017, which will...
POSTED 21 Jul, 2017 9 Comments
British Airways says it's on track for the launch of its new Club World business class seat in early 2019, but has denied reports of abandoning an evolution of the current seat for an all-new design. Earlier this year the airline's CEO Alex Cruz confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that th...
POSTED 20 Jul, 2017 22 Comments
United Airlines projected a slowdown in a benchmark financial gauge as trans-Pacific fares weaken, and the carrier delayed delivery of four Airbus A350 long-haul jets earmarked for those routes. Passenger revenue for each seat flown a mile could rise as much as 1 percent or fall by the same magn...
POSTED 19 Jul, 2017 3 Comments
Malaysia Airlines will use its new Airbus A350 jets to open a second destination in Europe following next year's launch of A350 flights between Kuala Lumpur and London. However, the Oneworld member has axed plans to send the A350 to Auckland and has ruled out other destinations such as Australia...
POSTED 21 Jun, 2017 5 Comments
Lufthansa will restart direct flights between Singapore and Munich from March 27 2018, providing German-bound travellers with an alternative to the established Singapore-Frankfurt route. The flights will run five days a week – on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday – on...
POSTED 14 Jun, 2017 3 Comments
EXCLUSIVE | Qatar Airways will load the front of its new Airbus A350-1000 with 46 of its Qsuite business class suites when the airline takes delivery of the stretched jet by the end of this year, but trim the premium cabin to just two dozen suites in its 'high-density' Boeing 777-300ER. The inno...
POSTED 13 Jun, 2017 5 Comments
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