Qatar Airways has delayed taking Airbus' new A350-1000 jet – for which it is the much-vaunted global launch customer – because of problems with the airline's unique Qsuite business class seats. “The installation of the Qsuite is taking longer than what we expected,” sai...
POSTED 23 Jan, 2018 5 Comments
2018 will see Airbus and Boeing launch their latest passenger-packing jets, which extend the framework of current Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 designs to carry even more travellers from tip to tail. First up is the Airbus A350-1000, which global launch customer Qatar Airways will begin flying this...
POSTED 9 Jan, 2018 13 Comments
Qantas looks set to renew its push to lift a government-imposed limit on foreign ownership and drawing the dots between new long-range jets from Airbus or Boeing with the need for deep-pocketed overseas investors. Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford says the Qantas Sale Act, which caps...
POSTED 5 Jan, 2018 15 Comments
SkyTeam alliance member China Airlines will fly its Airbus A350 jets on Taipei-Melbourne and Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland flights from March 2018. Joining its double-daily Airbus A350 services to Sydney, flight CI57 from Taipei to Melbourne picks up the next-gen jet from March 25, with CI58 moving t...
POSTED 21 Dec, 2017 15 Comments
Singapore Airlines won't install premium economy seats onto the regional version of its Airbus A350 jets, leaving travellers with a simple choice between business class and economy. Unlike its standard long-range A350 fleet which sports a three-class configuration, the regional A350 va...
POSTED 13 Dec, 2017 17 Comments
Malaysia Airlines has suspended plans to restart direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam in partnership with KLM. The Oneworld member previously hoped the Dutch city would become a second European destination for its new Airbus A350s, alongside London. In July 2017, then-CEO Peter Bel...
POSTED 13 Dec, 2017 3 Comments
Malaysia Airlines will fly its new Airbus A350 jets to Tokyo from May 2018, but says that a timetable listing showing that Auckland would also get the A350s is incorrect. "We will not be operating the A350 to Auckland" a spokesman for Malaysia Airlines tells Australian Business Traveller. "...
POSTED 11 Dec, 2017 11 Comments
Malaysia Airlines' first Airbus A350 has taken wing, with five more of the advanced jets to follow by July 2018 – and each is fitted with four first class suites of a unique design. These are highly-customised versions of the Thompson Aero Seating's Vantage XL business class seat, which ...
POSTED 30 Nov, 2017 15 Comments
Not sure you want to spend 20 hours on a non-stop Qantas flight from Sydney to London or Melbourne to New York? You'll have no argument from Airbus, with the company behind the globe-striding ultra-long range A350 agreeing this is a very much a "niche market". “Ultra-long haul is a compli...
POSTED 30 Nov, 2017 24 Comments
Flying solo on Malaysia Airlines' new Airbus A350? Here are perhaps the best business class seats to book – because they're not just single seats, they boast a wide shelf on both sides. Dubbed 'throne' seats, they're ideal for a business traveller with plenty of work to get though during...
POSTED 28 Nov, 2017 5 Comments
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