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Qantas Outlines Start Date for Nonstop Flight Between London and Perth

Australian flag carrier, Qantas, has announced the first nonstop service between London Heathrow and Perth. The 14,498 km (9,009 mi) service will launch on March 25, 2018, with the first flight, QF10, due to depart London Heathrow at 13:30 before arriving into Perth at 13:15 the following day, approximately 16 hours later. The news comes six months after the famous kangeroo-tailed airline announced its plans to connect a European city to Austrailia.  The flight, operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft,…

The Crash of TK6491: What We Know

A Boeing 747-400F crashed just outside of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Monday, killing all four crew in addition to dozens of people on the ground. The aircraft had attempted to land at Manas Airport during a period of low visibility due to heavy fog. The aircraft, currently flying under the registration…

Lufthansa Employee Negotiations Concluded Without Resolution

After an intense, five days of negotiation, Lufthansa, and its sparring partner Cockpit, the pilots union, concluded their debate. During a 24-hour long period that lasted well into Saturday morning, no equal ground could be found, leaving both sides without a final resolution on a new contract. Both parties seem to…

British Airways to Launch Service to Chile

British Airways will begin the first ever nonstop flight between the United Kingdom and Chile next year. The airline previously served Santiago between 1993 and 2000 as a "tag on" to its Buenos Aires flight. Beginning January 3, 2017, British Airways will fly four times weekly between London’s Heathrow Airport…

Alitalia to Return to China With Service to Beijing

Italy's flag carrier, Alitalia, announced it will resume service to China in July 2016. Alitalia will begin a nonstop flight between Rome-Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) and Beijing-Capital International Airport (PEK) on July 18, 2016. This will be Alitalia's third new international route for 2016, following Santiago, Chile and Mexico City,…

JetBlue to Expand Mint Service

JetBlue announced today it will expand its Mint service to seven more transcontinental routes. The airline launched its premium Mint service in 2014 on its flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco from its main hub at New York’s JFK airport. Currently, JetBlue operates Mint service to Los Angeles and…

Virgin Atlantic to Launch New US Routes from Manchester, Unveils…

Virgin Atlantic has announced it will begin new nonstop service to Boston and San Francisco from Manchester. In addition, the airline announced a codeshare with FlyBe. The codeshare aims to bring passengers from small European cities to Virgin Atlantic flights to the Caribbean and America. The new deal will attract…

KLM is First Airline to Use Facebook Messenger

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be the first airline to use the Facebook Messenger app to communicate with its customers. David Marcus, Vice President of Messaging at Facebook announced the news in a post: The airline has always been a social media pioneer, asking travelers for their Twitter handle in…

Vietnam Airlines to Fly 787 to Australia

Vietnam Airlines, a member of the SkyTeam Alliance, announced that it will begin flying its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to Australia later this year. The airline currently operates a Boeing 777-200ER between Ho Chi Minh and Sydney, as well as an Airbus A330-200 between Ho Chi Minh and Melbourne. Both…

Will Emirates Say “Hello” to New Fifth Freedom Rights Flight?

Emirates has recently requested fifth freedom rights to fly between Zurich, Switzerland and Mexico City, Mexico. Fifth freedom rights allow the carriage of passengers between two countries by an airline of the third. Emirates already operates several fifth freedom rights flights, which include New York to Milan, Bangkok to Hong…