American Airlines operate the second largest Airbus A319 fleet in the world following its merger with US Airways. For this short flight to Belize, our aircraft sported its latest A319 interior – scheduled to be installed across American’s ex-US Airways fleet by the end of 2016.
Bangkok Airways (Asia’s Boutique Airline) seems to be almost universally lauded by tourists. We flew Bangkok Airways to and from Koh Samui.
In 2013 Virgin Australia’s acquired of Skywest which now operates as Virgin Australia Regional Airlines with a fleet of ATR72-600 aircraft, which they use to ply the short Sydney – Canberra route. Virgin Australia and Qantas now both seem to predominantly run turboprop aircraft on the route.
We flew Thai Airways’ flagship product, Royal First Class, from Thailand’s capital to Australia’s financial hub.
Virgin Australia shook up the domestic aviation market with the introduction of their A330 ‘coast-to-coast’ services back in mid-2012, delivering Australian market-leading business class seating and in-flight entertainment to all classes of travel. Unfortunately over weekends, the majority of coast-to-coast services are operated by the much smaller 737-800 aircraft.
When needing to fly in the evening from Sydney to Auckland, choices are severely limited. Qantas fly a Boeing 737 with 37″ pitch in business class and Air New Zealand offer a dated Boeing 767 with 50″ pitch in business class. For the extra space of a widebody aircraft, we thought we would take Air New Zealand.
Flying different airlines in each direction between Perth and Darwin has provided a handy point of comparison between Australia’s two main airlines’ narrowbody domestic business class offerings. We’ve previously reviewed Virgin Australia business class on the same route and now it is Qantas’ turn. Which did we find better?
Qatar Airways operated their inaugural 787-800 service in December 2012, eventually introducing the revolutionary new aircraft on their Doha to Singapore route in March 2014. With 21 787s in their fleet and another 9 on order, this aircraft is fast becoming a mainstay of Qatar Airways’ fleet. Featuring their latest business class product (also found on its A380 and A350 fleet), the aircraft has 22 business class seats installed in a 1-2-1, ‘reverse herringbone’ configuration. This allows every passenger in the cabin direct aisle access without disturbing passengers next to you. Upon boarding, we were greeted by a cabin crew…
American Airlines introduced their Airbus A321T into the crowded U.S transcontinental market in January of 2014 on services between Los Angeles and New York. This was followed on March 6th, 2014 with services between San Francisco and New York. Now, over a year later every American service between those two west coast cities and New York are operated by these new A321T aircraft, configured with first, business and economy cabins.
There is no shortage of capacity flying from the United Arab Emirates to Dallas/Forth Worth. For a start, Emirates fly non-stop daily from Dubai (DXB) with an Airbus A380 aircraft. More importantly for present purposes, Etihad fly three times a week non-stop from Abu Dhabi (AUH) with a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft. At 8,072 miles in distance and scheduled for a whopping 16 hours 20 minutes, Etihad’s flight is the tenth-equal longest commercial flight in the world.