For the Northern Hemisphere Winter Season, Virgin Atlantic has scheduled one of its new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft to operate its route between London and Barbados. This means that customers flying in the airlines Upper Class cabin will be treated to Virgin Atlantic's best Business Class seats.
American Airlines Vacations has long been a good way to book some of the airline's better long-haul Business Class fares if you don't mind adding a hotel and/or car to you booking and, for a limited time, travelers can now earn 10,000 bonus miles, a "secret saving" and/or a $200 saving on vacations taken through 31 July 2021.
The British Airways Business Class sale has a number of great long-haul First & Business Class deals but if you're looking for a combination of great price and a great Business Class cabin to the West Coast, you'll be hard pushed to beat this one. United's Polaris Business Class is considerably better than BA's standard Club World and at £1,250 roundtrip from London, this West Coast deal is fantastic.
Qantas says it doesn't plan on restarting services to the United States before July 2021 and Australia is still a country that's off-limits to most of the world, but that's not enough to discourage American Airlines. Starting later this year American Airlines plans to resume service between Los Angeles and Sydney and it plans to offer four flights per week.
Virgin Atlantic has today announced that it plans to offer three new services between the United Kingdom and Pakistan from December 2020. To some, this may seem like an odd path for Virgin Atlantic to choose, but the fact is that what we're witnessing is an airline coming to terms with a very key weakness and looking for ways to mitigate the risks that weakness brings.
United Airlines has just announced its planned schedules for September and October and the airline has confirmed that when its routes are taken as a whole (i.e. international + domestic routes together), it is expecting to operate 34% of its full schedule in September and 40% of its full schedule in October. These figures are in comparison to the routes operated in the same months last year.
Just as I was arriving home last night, I heard the iPhone in my pocket "ping" in the way it always does when a new email drops into my inbox and, upon closer inspection, it turned out to be an email from Delta letting me know that my December trip home to Los Angeles had been cancelled. Considering the state of flux that the airline schedules are currently in, the cancellation of my flight wasn't a huge surprise so I wasn't overly disappointed, but the wording Delta used in its email really, really annoyed me.
Last week, British Airways launched its latest sale in which it's offering some fantastic First Class and Business Class long-haul deals out of the UK, and in which it's offering some incredibly cheap short-haul Business Class fares that will earn flyers 160 Tier Points in just one roundtrip. Also in this sale (this is an aspect I haven't touched on so far) are a number of deals available from British Airways Holidays which shouldn't go unnoticed.
One of life's rules has always been that when an airline pushes through a change that's negative for customers all of its competitors rush to follow suit. Rarely have airlines rushed to copy a change that's positive for customers, and yet here we have the fifth US airline in a week announcing that it is eliminating most change fees for is customers. This has been a good week for flyers.
British Airways' Business Class offering was given an enormous boost when the airline announced the introduction of its new Club Suite but with the new suite limited to the airline's new Airbus A350 aircraft and a number of refitted 777s, it's a product that's not available on the majority of BA's routes. From later this year, however, British Airways is scheduled to offer its new Business Class cabin to/from the Maldives.