Research from the University of Sydney helped influence a number of decisions Qantas took with regards its longest flight (from what food to serve onboard to the facilities offered especially for its ultra long-haul flyers in its new Perth Transit lounge) and now the airline is considering more innovative ideas ahead of its plan to launch even longer flights from the Australian East Coast.
Qantas has announced two changes to its Hong Kong routes that offer positives and negatives to its premium cabin flyers. One of the changes will undoubtedly go down very well while the other, I suspect, will be both loved and hated depending on the nature of the traveler it affects.
Qantas has confirmed that it will be pulling its ageing Boeing 747 aircraft from its Sydney - Los Angeles route in time for the busy period at the end of the year. In a press release put out earlier today the Australian carrier said that its last Boeing 747 service to Los Angeles will take place on 27 November 2018 as the aircraft flys one last time between Sydney and LAX.
Qantas Explorer is a way of saving on airfare if you plan to visit Australia and, while you're there, take a number of domestic flights on Qantas, QantasLink and Jetstar. In addition, because there's no penalty for date changes to the Qantas Explorer part of an itinerary, this can be a flexible way to book domestic Australian flights if your plans are fluid.
Qantas will be launching one of the longest routes in the world when it starts up service between Perth and London on 24 March 2018. The airline is on record as saying that it would like build on this route and go on to use its newly acquired Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to establish Perth as its gateway to Europe.
Qantas will be starting up one of the world's longest routes when it starts flying its 787-9 Dreamliner between Perth and London on 24 March 2018 and now we have our first look at some of the food that passengers can expect on board.
Two years after withdrawing their last request American Airlines and Qantas have gone back to the US Department of Transport (DOT) asking for permission to form a joint venture and to revenue share across the Pacific. Essentially the airlines are asking permission to create a similar agreement to the one American Airlines has with British Airways, Iberia & Finnair for flights across the Atlantic.
Qantas is expected to open its new international lounge at Perth Terminal 3 on 24 March just in time for the start of the new non-stop Perth - London route which will be operated by the airline's Dreamliners. While the plans for the lounge look very nice indeed it looks as if there will be a lot of disappointed Qantas flyers come opening day.
A roundup of some of the latest news doing the rounds. Includes news of Qantas' changes to some of its US routes, the latest information we have on the delivery date of Qatar Airways' new A350-1000 (complete with QSuites), news of a new Hyatt property to be opened in the heart of Hollywood and details of Ethiopian's latest route to the US.
I don't get to fly with Qantas all that often as, let's face it, international premium cabin awards on Qantas aren't exactly easy to find and the airline never seems to discount its premium cabins down to what I'm prepared to pay. Having said that, I have fond memories of the Qantas flights I took back in 2011 (in Premium Economy) and I'm a big fan of the Qantas First Class lounges in LA and Sydney.