As the world starts to believe that we can finally see a glimpse of hope that the coronavirus will be brought under control, we're beginning to see more and more airlines planning to restart some of the routes that they cut almost a year ago. Recently, Emirates said that would be returning to a number of US cities and now Austrian Airlines has committed to do the same.
Lufthansa Group (which includes Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, and Brussels Airlines) has today announced that while passengers are currently expected to wear masks that cover their mouth and nose during boarding, during the flight, and during disembarkation, as of next month most face covering will no longer be in compliance with the Group's policies.
A number of the Lufthansa Group airlines are currently offering a very attractive sub $1,700 roundtrip fare for travel between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Bangkok. The primary airlines involved are SWISS and Lufthansa but flights are also available on Austrian Airlines at select times of the year.
Senator lounges are the lounges that sit one tier below Lufthansa Group's exclusive First Class lounges and the newest Senator lounge has just opened its doors in Vienna revealing a new design.
Star Alliance carrier Austrian Airlines has announced that it will add two new international destinations to its network in 2018 - Cape Town, South Africa and Japan's capital, Tokyo. Technically the airline is "returning" to Tokyo as it served the city from Vienna up until September 2016 but, apparently, the market conditions that led to the cancellation of that route 9 months ago are no longer an issue.
Austrian Airlines has announced that it plans to start up service to Los Angeles from April 2017. This will be Austrian's 5th non-stop service between Vienna and the US after Chicago, New York (EWR), Miami and Washington and represents the airlines first foray to the West Coast.
A roundup of some of the recent airline news that's interesting and possibly even useful but that didn't really merit a whole post of its own - Qatar Airways adds a new route, ANA has a new inflight health initiative, Air France decides a new "sleep suit" is what their La Première customers want and Austrian Airlines partners with a low cost carrier in Asia.
A roundup of some of the latest news in the airline world including new alliances being formed, old alliances being reconfirmed, a new route to Cuba for European flyers and an increase in Asia - Chicago services.
Airlines news seems to be coming in instalments nowadays. First we're given a heads up that "something" may be changing, then we're told what...