After all, the Scandinavian airline is all-but the reason British Airways felt the need to introduce hand luggage-only fares on its longer routes to compete with more fervour at the budget end of the market. IAG, which owns Aer Lingus, BA and other airlines, already entered the increasingly vicious low-cost, long-haul fray last year when it launched Level, a Barcelona-based carrier for the price-conscious millennial traveller. But bringing Norwegian under its wing by way of takeover would negate the need for a gruelling battle with a carrier that has gone from strength to strength in the last few years, expanding its cheap, transatlantic flights operation across the US, to South America, and even Singapore. Last year, the airline launched transatlantic services to/from Belfast, Cork, Dublin and Shannon airports. It has added further capacity for 2018. In February, Norwegian celebrated its first flight to Buenos Aires (sold, like the others, from eye-catching base rates, such as … [Read more...] about Why is British Airways so keen to buy up its low-cost Norwegian rival?
American 787 business class
By March 27, 2018, 3:00 PM EDT Qantas Airways Ltd. is evaluating direct flights from Australia to Chicago as the next step in its plan to add more ultra-long-haul destinations using an expanding fleet of Boeing Co. 787 jetliners.Fresh from launching the first-ever direct passenger service to Europe -- linking Perth with London’s Heathrow hub -- Qantas will turn its attention to the U.S. with the next batch of four 787s due for delivery this year, Chief Executive Office Alan Joyce said in an interview Tuesday.A new service from Melbourne to San Francisco starting in September has already been announced and 787s will also replace 747 jumbos on Qantas’s existing Brisbane-Los Angeles-New York route. But also in the carrier’s thinking is a direct Brisbane-Chicago service or flights from the Queensland city to Seattle or Dallas, Joyce revealed at the Aviation Club in London.The same analysis of a decade of wind and weather data that was applied to the Perth-Heathrow … [Read more...] about Qantas Eyes Chicago for New Ultra-Long-Haul Flight From Australia