Delta and Virgin Atlantic have been growing closer and closer since the US carrier bought a controlling stake in Virgin back in 2012 so, with both airlines often saying that they're looking to offer passengers a similar experience regardless which carrier they fly with, it was only a matter of time before Virgin Atlantic followed Delta's lead and chose the Airbus A330-900neo to replace part of its aging fleet.
Qantas has said that it plans to grow its North America network by starting up two new routes between Australia and the US. Once the DoT gives the formal go-ahead for the American Airlines/Qantas JV (a rubber stamping exercise now that tentative agreement has been given), Qantas will launch non-stop service from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco.
At the beginning of the week I wrote about an excellent $1,700 roundtrip Business Class fare that Hainan is offering for travel between LA and Shanghai but I.ve just spotted an even better deal on the same airline - you can fly in Business Class between LA and Beijing for just $1,609.
Since I wrote a brief post about the opening of the new American Airlines Flagship Lounge at Dallas Fort Worth last month I've had a number of readers get in touch with me asking for clarification about the rules of entry to the Flagship Lounges and the Flagship Dining facilities so here's a roundup of what you need to know.
TAP Air Portugal has posted a fantastic Business Class fare for travel to Rio de Janeiro out of London (Heathrow or Gatwick) or Manchester airports. Just as with the great fare between the UK and New York that I wrote about at the beginning of the week these fares route through Lisbon or Porto and travelers have a choice of a stunning fare (which requires an overnight layover in Portugal) or an excellent fare (which gets you to/from Rio a lot quicker).
Aer Lingus has been having a few issues with the delivery of its new Airbus A321LR aircraft which has seen the airline push back the start of its transatlantic services with the aircraft on at least two occasions. Just recently, however, Aer Lingus has brought forward the launch of A321LR transatlantic service to 2 August and now the airline has finally scheduled its first short-haul route with the new aircraft.
Emirates has quietly dropped a bombshell on the travel world by introducing a Business Class fare that has a lot of the usual Business Class benefits stripped out. At the time of writing, there's no mention of this move on the Emirates media page and I haven't seen it mentioned by any of Emirates' official outlets but the fare is very real indeed.
Qatar Airways has launched a big flash sale in which it's offering discounts on Business and Economy Class fares out of all the European countries to which it flys. The flash sale ends tomorrow (13 June 2019) and offers roundtrip Business Class fares to Asia from $1,421 and to Oceania from $2,697.
Recently, reader Jan got in touch to let me know that Qatar Airways has started to offer Qsuites Business Class on one specific pair of flights between Doha and Copenhagen and, upon close inspection, it would appear that it's also offering Qsuites Business Class on a very limited number of other flights too.
Business Class fares across the Pacific can be astronomically high (we don't tend to see as many Business Class fare sales across the Pacific as we do across the Atlantic) but right now there's a fantastic $1,700 roundtrip Business Class fare on offer for travel between Los Angeles and Shanghai courtesy of Hainan Airlines.