Aer Lingus will be taking delivery of 14 Airbus A321LR aircraft in total and 4 of these aircraft are supposed to be delivered this year. The Irish flag carrier was expected to be the first airline to offer transatlantic A321LR service with the new aircraft operating between Dublin - and Hartford from 1 July but a series of aircraft delays have seen Aer Lingus have to push back A321LR service on at least two occasions.
Delta has now taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900neo aircraft (with a further 34 deliveries expected to follow) so, with the aircraft scheduled to fly its first Delta long-haul international route in July, I thought I'd take a closer look at the latest addition to the Delta fleet.
Delta took delivery of its first Airbus A330-900neo at the end of last month and was scheduled to become the first US airline too operate the new aircraft on a long-haul route in a little under a month's time. Well, based on what the Delta reservation system is currently showing, Delta will still be the first airline to operate the A330-900neo but the aircraft will no longer be entering service on 1 July as had been expected.
At the beginning of December 2018 TAP Air Portugal became the first airline to take delivery of the Airbus A330-900neo and this was big news for transatlantic flyers - the introduction of the A330-900neo to the TAP fleet meant that we now had another airline offering a new (and much improved) Business Class cabin across the pond.
Towards the end of January, Ethiopian Airlines announced that it would be changing up its services between Addis Ababa and North America with the airline ceasing operations to/from Los Angeles, offering new services to Houston and Toronto, and adding more service to Washington DC....but now things appear to be changing again
There's a very good Business Class fare available right now for travel between Brussels and Shanghai and if you're a fan of collecting status credits on oneworld airlines (or earning redeemable miles on oneworld airlines) this is a deal which may interest you.
One of the more heinous ways in which British Airways gouges passengers for yet more money is by charging for seat selection in the Business Class cabin. Where most airlines allow all Business Class passengers to select their seats for free, British Airways only offers an exemption to select elite flyers.
Back in April United Airlines suspended its service between Newark and Delhi for an initial period of two weeks as the airline struggled to balance the closure of Pakistani airspace and strong headwinds (both of which significantly increased flying time) with the number of hours a cabin crew is allowed to work without rest.
Yesterday I wrote about a number of very good Business Class fares that Etihad is currently offering out of Toronto (roundtrip fares start at under $1,800) and now it seems that the good deals have extended into Europe.
Etihad has just launched an aggressive Business Class sale for departures from Toronto in which it's offering roundtrip fares from just CA$2,353 or ~US$1,745. There isn't exactly a broad set of destinations to which Etihad is offering these great deals but if you're looking to visit The UAE, India or Pakistan this is a sale you should probably be checking out.