Airline News Roundup: US Airlines Face Lawsuits, New A350 First Class, Qantas Gets HBO & More

Virgin Atlantic B787-9

A round up of some of the latest news from the airline industry that I’ve noticed over the past few days – some may be of interest:

Two New Lawsuits Against US Airlines Echo Collusion Complaint – via Skift

It looks like the DOJ and a US Senator aren’t the only ones questioning the workings of the US airlines. According to Skift, United, American, Delta and Southwest were sued, on 2 July in Chicago federal court, by passengers claiming the carriers are colluding to keep prices high despite falling fuel prices.

In contrast to the claims in the story above…..

Airline Tickets Will Reportedly Drop To Their Cheapest Price In Years – via Road Warrior Voices

Hopper, the app that predicts movements in airfare, is projecting that the average price of a US domestic airfare will fall to $248 this year (3.6% decrease on 2014). Road Warrior Voices notes that “Although predictions are always fickle, Hopper has been consistently on point about the following month’s domestic airfare since releasing the first Index in April, with a margin of error of less than $5

Air Frnace New Business Class Cabin

Air France’s New Business Class Cabin

Air France’s New Cabins Take Off To Los Angeles & Washington – via Air France

Air France has announced that, since yesterday (6 July), their flights to Los Angeles and Washington DC are being served with their new cabins. Business class cabins which Air France describe as “cocoon in the sky” together with their new Premium Economy and Economy class seats.

Innovative Airbus A350 First Class Cabin Concept Revealed – via Australian Business Traveller

Australian Business Traveller appears to have snagged an exclusive – According to an Airbus spokesperson, the next generation Airbus A350 aircraft is potentially being upgraded with a first class cabin with a single aisle instead of the double aisle we’re used to. The idea behind this is to incorporate a small first class section (4 suites) into the nose of the mid-sized A350-900 as well as the bigger A350-1000.

Virgin Atlantic B787-9

Virgin Atlantic To Fly B787-9 To Dubai – via Business Traveller

Business Traveller is reporting that Virgin Atlantic will put some of its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to use on the London-Dubai route starting July 2016. Currently Virgin use A330-300s on this route. With 31 business class seats the new plane will match the A330 currently flying to Dubai but 35 premium economy seats will be a reduction from the 50 currently on offer.

Qantas To Bring HBO Favourites To The Sky – via Qantas

Qantas has announced that it has entered into a partnership with HBO to show their shows onboard. Older sierras like the Sopranos and Sex in the City will be joined by current mega-hits like Game of Thrones. Passengers should be seeing the new shows appear on routes from this month onwards with 120 hours of HBO dramas, comedy and documentaries on offer – flights will be updated with 20 hours of new content every month.

American Airlines business Class Seat

American Airlines Business Class 777-300ER

The Best Business Class Seats On Australia-US Flights – via Australian Business Traveller

With American Airlines commencing flights to Sydney in December using it’s 777-300ER aircraft featuring their best business class seats, Australian Business Traveller has taken a look at all the business class options available to travellers flying between the US and Australia. Who offers the better product? The two Aussie carriers (Qantas/Virgin Australia), one of the American carriers (American, Delta) or is it Air New Zealand?