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Emirates Unveils Latest A380 Onboard Lounge at ITB Berlin

Dubai-based Emirates has officially unveiled its latest iteration of the Airbus A380's signature onboard lounge. The new lounge, announced back in February 2017, was unveiled at the Emirates stand at ITB (Internationale Tourismus-Borse) in Berlin on Wednesday. The new lounge, part of a multi-million dollar cabin upgrade program which will see cabin enhancements for both Boeing 777 and A380 fleets, will be fitted onboard all new A380 aircraft, with the first due to be put into service in July 2017.…

From Coach to First: My Peculiar Journey Across the Pacific

Nowadays if you want to hop on a flight across the Pacific, you’re left to decide between countless numbers of varying options. Some of the world’s top airlines operate nonstop flights from the United States to destinations across Asia. The question becomes, “So how do you decide which airline to…

Ground Handlers Cause Hefty Delays at Berlin Airports (Again)

The ground handling agency responsible for passenger loading and aircraft turnarounds has once again called on a 25-hour strike over pay. The union, Ver.di, represents over 2,000 members working at Berlin's Schonefeld and Tegel airports. The announcement comes as no real surprise to the Berlin area. Last Friday the union…

Air Caraibes’ A350XWB Inaugural Flight: A Caribbean Journey

Air Caraibes took the delivery of their first Airbus A350XWB on Feb. 28, 2017 making them the first French carrier to operate the aircraft type. In addition to F-HHAV, Air Caraibes will be receiving six A350XWBs, one of which they will be receiving at the end of March and three…

Cathay Pacific Boosts Frequencies in Three Continents

Hong Kong-based carrier Cathay Pacific has announced an expansion of frequencies on existing routes across three different continents in their network. These flights will be operated by the carrier's new Airbus A350 aircraft that they just recently began receiving. Commenting on the route expansion was Cathay Pacific's Director of Corporate…

Transatlantic Narrow-Body Routes: A Rising Stock

Norwegian Air International, the Ireland-based subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle, announced on Feb. 23 that the airline would begin flights between Dublin, Edinburgh, and Belfast, Northern Ireland and Providence, R.I., Hartford, Conn., and Newburgh Stewart Airport in New York. The flights are due to begin anywhere from June 15 to…

Alaska Grows in San Francisco Bay Area With 13 New…

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines has announced 13 nonstop flights from the San Francisco Bay Area. These flights are expanding markets at San Francisco International Airport and Mineta San Jose International Airport. Alaska Airlines Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Harrison stated, “The 10 new San Francisco routes and three new San Jose routes…

An AvGeek’s Perspective: The Boeing 737 MAX 9 Rollout

it's a rainy, 33-degree day in early March, and I am up early. I never get up early. Only two things get me out from my warm, electric blanket covered bed at 4:50 in the morning: the sweet smell of cinnamon rolls and bacon, or airplanes. Seattleites can, and will…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Strategic Airlines/Air Australia

Strategic Airlines was founded in the early 1990s as an Australia based cargo operator. The airline started operations in 1991 and specialized in using old Soviet aircraft for charter flights and Boeing 747s for cargo flights. In some cases, the carrier worked alongside the Australian government, which prompted the addition…

Qatar Reveals New Long-Awaited Business Class Product

To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, Doha-based Qatar Airways has announced some sizable upgrades to their passenger experience. Qatar has released a new business class cabin which has raised the bar from previous standards. The new experience, entitled “QSuite," was revealed to the public by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His…