Qatar Airways Flies World’s Longest Commercial Flight

As the sun rose over Auckland on Waitangi Day, New Zealand welcomed the inaugural arrival of flight QR 920, the new record holder for the world’s longest commercial flight.   Award-winning aerial cinematography specialist Tony Monk captured the Boeing 777’s descent past the city skyline towards Auckland Airport, where a traditional water cannon salute greeted … Continue reading

Gulf Carriers Focus On North America

The big 3 Gulf carriers – Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways- have reaffirmed their focus on the North American market. Amid lobbying from rivals American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines against US expansion by the Middle Eastern airlines, all 3 are moving ahead with introducing new destinations and deploying their flagship products.   … Continue reading

Oman Air To Grow In Far East With Jakarta, Manila Flights

Oman Air is embarking on growth in the Far East with the announcement of plans to launch services to Jakarta and Manila from December 2014. The Muscat-based carrier is set to receive the first of 24 new aircraft on-order, boosting its flight operations and ambitions to become a significant player in the competitive Gulf region. … Continue reading

Air France To Offer Private Jet Connections

European carrier and Skyteam member Air France has announced a new private jet service for its best-heeled passengers. Exclusive to La Première travellers and their companions connecting at Paris (Charles de Gaulle), the airline will soon offer bespoke flights in partnership with business jet operator Wijet.   Flying the Cessna Citation Mustang jet, passengers can … Continue reading

Qantas To Place A380s On Sydney – Dallas Route, Retimes Melbourne – Dubai – London (Heathrow)

Australian carrier Qantas has announced changes to its Airbus A380 operations. The airline revealed it will fly its flagship Airbus A380s on its Sydney – Dallas/Fort Worth route in a bid to maximize aircraft utilization as part of its turnaround plan, while also retiming its Melbourne – Dubai – London (Heathrow) flight to free up … Continue reading