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Nearly Alone in Business Class on a Qatar Airways 777

Where: Doha, Qatar
July 31, 2014 at 2:55 PM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve shown you that business class on a Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner is not a bad place to spend a few hours, but how does one of the airline’s latest additions compare to the workhorse of the fleet, the Boeing 777? With 34 in total, split between 777-200 and 777-300 versions, Qatar has more of the triple-seven than any other aircraft type at the moment. Connecting from a 787 onto a 777 recently gave us a good opportunity to compare.

We flew the 777 between Doha and Bangkok, a flight that connects further to Hanoi (Vietnam) after a brief stop in Thailand. Consistent on both legs? A virtually empty business class cabin, with less than ten passengers across the 42 seats, which guaranteed not just a seat pair to ourselves, but multiple rows.

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Inside the Amenity Kit: Qatar Airways Business Class (Men)

Where: Doha, Qatar
July 30, 2014 at 7:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside.

Curled up comfortably in a Qatar Airways business class seat (like on the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner), you’ll get an amenity kit that comes in no less than four parts. Here’s what you’ll find:

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First Impressions of Doha's Sparkling New Hamad International Airport

Where: Doha, Qatar
July 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM | by | Comments (4)

If you want to get a sense of how much the Middle East has become a key gateway for international air travel (and feel incredibly small in the process), a visit to Doha’s vast Hamad International Airport (DOH) will do the trick.

We transferred here during some recent travels, only weeks after the much-delayed airport opened its doors, and were suitably impressed by the soaring roofs and seemingly endless gates surrounded by an abundance of space, though not everything was quite as it should be.

If you ever had the pleasure of visiting the old Doha Airport, you'd have experienced the delight of being bussed from terminal to plane in desert heat. Yeah, not fun. The new Hamad and its 50-million-passenger per year capacity should have eliminated that; alas, imagine our disappointment on our first visit to Hamad when, after taking the escalator down to our gate, we descended into absolute chaos with hundreds of passengers camped out on every inch of floor space in front of several bus gates.

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Around Business Class of a Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner in 5 Steps

Where: Qatar
July 16, 2014 at 3:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Air New Zealand may have just taken delivery of the latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, but the original 787-8 still has us excited when we find ourselves on one.

Qatar Airways has 9 Dreamliners operating a number of routes out of its brand-spanking new (and humongous) Hamad International Airport in Doha, and an additional 51 on order from Boeing. We recently did a business class return between Stockholm and Doha, which gave us enough time to explore its swanky interiors.

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New Options and New Routes From American, United, and Lufthansa

June 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· American Airlines:
China is just a little bit closer this week thanks to the planes and people over at American Airlines. The carrier launched nonstop options to Hong Kong and Shanghai from their hub and home over at to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The flights leaving for Shanghai depart from Texas at just before 11am, and those headed to Hong Kong will depart at around 12:45pm. Best of all the flights to Hong Kong will use some of those snazzy new Boeing 777-300ERs to make the trip—the first time American will use these planes over to Asia.

· 'Ohana by Hawaiian:
Those new interisland flights from the offshoot of Hawaiian Airlines must be doing well, as ‘Ohana by Hawaiian is getting ready to offer up a few more options. It sounds like the carrier is planning to start turboprop service to spots over in Maui and the Big Island. The new options will link Kahului, Maui with Molokai, as well as between Kona and Hilo over on the Big Island. Things in and out of Molokai will start up on July 8, and those Kona and Hilo flights should start doing their thing a couple days later—on July 10.

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New Route News from Qatar, United, and ANA Means New Destination Ideas

April 11, 2014 at 8:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Qatar Airways:
Just last week Qatar Airways made another debut on US soil, as the carrier officially started up service to and from Philadelphia. Things started flying during the middle of last week, as Boeing 777s brought a new international option to the Philadelphia area for the first time in a long time. Nonstop flights will do their thing all the way over to the carrier’s hub in Doha, and after that there are connections available to pretty much anywhere else in the region. Qatar Airways isn’t stopping here, as they will also be heading to Miami in June. After that they will also be visiting Dallas-Ft. Worth beginning in July.

· Emirates:
A new plane is headed to Dallas-Ft. Worth later this year, as Emirates shows off what it can do flying to and from the area. As of now it’s October 1 for the very first flight, as an Airbus A380 will carry plenty of passengers between Dallas-Ft. Worth and Dubai. For those keeping count of the big bird’s capacity it will be exactly 489 passengers heading between the two countries. Emirates currently offers nonstop flights aboard some Boeing 777s, but it sounds like they need a few more seats to keep up with the demand on this route.

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Qatar Goes Super Luxury with All-Business-Class to London

Where: Qatar
February 21, 2014 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Getting to the Middle East might seem like a fuss with only a few handfuls of non-stop flights from the U.S. and plenty of hours in a plane, so a welcome addition is Qatar Airways' launch of all-business-class flights from Doha, Qatar to London-Heathrow. This marks the first time for such a service between the two regions.

In all, flights from Qatar to the UK take just about 7 hours. So, for that amount of time, passengers will be able to eat, sleep, and catch up on work with the in-flight SMS and GPRS technology. The Airbus A319 will seat a mere 40 passengers in a 2-2 configuration of lie-flat seats, so the sense of a small domestic flight will be as pervasive as the free-flowing bubbles.

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There's New Routes This Week from EVA Air, United, and Frontier

January 10, 2014 at 7:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· United:
It’s cold—we get it—and that means it’s time to book a little bit of a winter escape, and one of the easier options just has to be a trip to Florida. United is ready to take you there, as they just started up new nonstop flights between Denver and Fort Myers. Initially things were limited to just a few flights per week, but as of the other day these flights are now a daily option until around the beginning of April. There’s room for about 150 of your closest friends and family aboard the Boeing 737s that are set to serve these new routes. So grab a ticket, a seat, and enjoy your time in the Sunshine State.

· Qatar Airways:
Those carriers from the Middle East are always busy heading to new and exciting destinations across the globe, and this week is no exception as Qatar Airways is once again headed into the skies. We’ve heard that this is destination number 121 for the carrier, as its planes are now connecting Doha with Hangzhou over in China. Airbus A330s are doing all of the flying between the two countries, and as of now these flights are an option four times each and every week. With connections out of Doha to pretty much anywhere across the globe this just might be a great option for that around-the-world itinerary you keep dreaming about.

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Etihad, Volaris, and Alaska Airlines Set Up Some New Routes

December 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Etihad Airways:
There’s some moving and shaking this week over at Etihad Airways, as the carrier is getting ready to send some more planes and people back and forth between the United States and Abu Dhabi. The only problem is that you’ll have almost an entire year to wait, as the new service will hit the skies on December 3, 2014. Boeing 777-200LRs will do the flying between Dallas/Fort Worth and Abu Dhabi. For those looking to hop aboard to join in on the journey there will be eight first-class suites, 40 business class seats—flat bed ones—and 189 spots in the back of the plane.

· Alaska Airlines:
A few new flights went up for sale this week, as Alaska Airlines is getting ready to add a few new options to their route network. Nonstop flights are being added in June of next year, as the carrier will start flying between Salt Lake City and Portland—the one in Oregon. They’re not done there either, as Salt Lake City is also getting nonstop options to spots like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose. These new options kind of coincide with some existing options offered up by Delta, so hopefully a little friendly competition leads to more affordable fares between these cities and states.

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Delta, WestJet, and Qatar Airways Lead This Week's New Routes News

November 22, 2013 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Qatar Airways:
More planes and people will be taking to the skies in 2014, as Qatar Airways is getting ready to start some new nonstop service. The plan is to connect their base in Doha all the way over to Edinburgh Airport in Scotland. Things will operate five times each and every week, and best of all it will be some Boeing 787s doing all of the back and forth flying. Flights are scheduled to start up on May 28, and there will be continuing service to spots in Australia like Perth and Melbourne. IF you’re looking to hop aboard one of these new options, they take to the skies on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

· United:
If you need to get out of town for the weekend and hit the slots and the tables then look to see what United is now offering, as the carrier is getting ready to start up some new nonstop service to Atlantic City, New Jersey. As of now it sounds like April 1 will be the big day for the new flights, as the nonstop options will depart from both Houston Bush Intercontinental and Chicago O'Hare en route all the way over to Atlantic City. Stretch your legs before hopping aboard, as the always comfortable Embraer ERJ145 regional jets will be the planes heading into the skies.

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How You Can Benefit from Qatar Airways Joining Oneworld Alliance

November 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM | by | Comment (1)

Just over a year ago, we reported on the news that Qatar Airways was about to do something no other Middle Eastern airline had done before: join an alliance. More specifically, it accepted the invitation to cozy up to the likes of American Airlines and British Airways to become part of Oneworld. Such an integration process doesn’t happen overnight, but on October 30 - last week - the process was finally complete.

So what benefit is there for you? For starters, if you plan your travel right, you may find yourself in the luxurious environment of the business class cabin on Qatar’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner (flying between home base Doha and London for instance). More importantly, Oneworld alliance membership means more opportunity to both earn and burn miles for frequent travelers.

Now that the details have been published, we’ll have a quick look at what that means for those with American’s Advantage and British Airways Executive Club programs:

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EasyJet, Volaris, and Qatar Airways Lead This Week's New Routes News

October 25, 2013 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· EasyJet:
More cheap flights for you and your crew over in Europe, as budget carrier EasyJet is adding around ten new options. Just like other carriers we’ve mentioned these guys have their minds on the summer, as that’s when many of these new flights will take to the skies. Those flying out of London-Gatwick will have options to arrive in spots like Newcastle, Brittany, Paris, and Jersey. Out of Glasgow there’s some new options as well, as EasyJet will be heading to Split over in Croatia, as well as the island of Kos in Greece.

· Hawaiian Airlines:
Keep your credit card digits in your pocket for the moment, but it does sound like Hawaiian Airlines has their sites on a new spot over in Japan. With some carriers backing out of certain routes to and from Japan, there’s room for new carriers to arrive—like Hawaiian Airlines. They have applied to fly between Kona—on the Big Island—and Tokyo-Haneda. The carrier has already submitted the necessary paperwork to get permission to do so, but for now it’s all in the hands of the US Department of Transportation. Stay tuned for further developments in new routes news, but we vote for Hawaiian Airlines to get this new option—why not?

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