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A Qantas crew approaches the departure gate at JFK Airport. (Photo: Vincenzo Pace)

Qantas Puts Pressure on Pilots To Close ‘Project Sunrise’ Deal

Qantas has reportedly advised its pilots that it will create a "new employment entity" to crew its planned ultra-long-haul flights from the east coast of Australia to London if it fails to reach an agreement with the pilots union in the next few weeks. The airline and the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) are currently deadlocked in talks to negotiate remuneration for pilots undertaking the ‘Project Sunrise’ flights from Sydney or Melbourne non-stop to the U.K. from 2023. The…

Qatar Airways Celebrates 10 Years of Houston Service

This past March marked the 10th anniversary of Qatar Airways' Doha-Houston route. The Middle Eastern carrier first commenced service to the Energy Capital of the World in March 2009, only its third route to the U.S. at the time. Qatar Airways launched the route to Houston during a time of…

Virgin Atlantic Unveils Airbus A350 Cabin Interior

Virgin Atlantic has unveiled a new cabin that will be onboard incoming Airbus A350-1000s, with the first due to arrive this summer. Business class, or Upper Class, will have a lie-flat bed facing towards the window in a 1-2-1 configuration. The seats will be 20 inches wide and stretch to a length…

British Airways Debuts Much-Awaited Redesigned Business Class Product

British Airways has launched its new business class seat, known as the ‘Club Suite.' The airline also announced that the new seat will be first seen on their Airbus A350, which is due to be delivered in July. The ‘Club Suite’ offers direct aisle access, a suite door, lie-flat bed…

Qatar to Build A350XWB Stronghold at New York-JFK

Qatar Airways announced on Wednesday that the first scheduled route for its new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft to the United States will be to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. New York’s primary international airport currently receives two daily flights from Doha, one departing in the early morning operated by…

Trip Report: Flying Onboard the Delivery Flight of Qatar’s First…

After a fantastic A350-1000 delivery gala dinner Tuesday night at the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse, AirlineGeeks was also invited to join Qatar Airways on the ferry flight to Doha for the very first Airbus A350-1000 delivery. Arriving at Delivery Center early Wednesday morning for the flight, a lot had…

Qatar Airways Receives First Airbus A350-1000 in Toulouse

Qatar Airways was once again the launch customer for the newest variant of the Airbus A350 on Tuesday. After being the first customer to receive the Airbus A350-900 in January 2015, the CEO was determined to be the first airline flying the A350-1000 as well. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways…

Airbus A350-1000 Embarks on Demonstration Tour in the Middle East…

The Airbus A350-1000, the newest addition to Airbus’ widebody family, has begun its three-week demonstration tour to the Middle East and Asia-Pacific Region. This tour comes in the wake of the aircraft’s successful flight test campaign, ending with joint EASA and FAA type certifications, and is right ahead of the…