Qantas to Operate 19-Hour Test Flights From New York and London to Sydney

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Australian flag carrier Qantas is moving one step closer to its goal of operating the world’s first commercial nonstop flights from both London (LHR) and New York (JFK) to Sydney (SYD). The carrier announced on Thursday that it was set to commence three test flights on these routes — albeit, without paying passengers. Qantas is …

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How Much Did Elton John Pay to Offset the British Royals’ Private Flights?

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

The British royal family is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week, following news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took four private jet flights in 11 days while at the same time publicly campaigning against climate change. View this post on Instagram As a continuation of our monthly social awareness approach …

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Can You Take Pets on Board a Flight Within Europe?

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

While many European airlines look favorably on pets flying in cabins with their owners, the UK is unique in that it does not. Major British airlines, including British Airways, Flybe and Virgin Atlantic, will only allow approved assistance dogs in the cabin with passengers. All other pets/animals have to travel in the cargo hold. Whether …

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British Airways New 777 Club Suite Coming to New York From October

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Following the news that British Airways would commence refurbishment of its Boeing 777 aircraft to install its highly anticipated new Club Suite comes details of its first dedicated route. Despite the aircraft previously operating to a range of destinations including Boston (BOS), Dubai (DXB) and Dallas (DFW), British Airways is reportedly dedicating the refurbished product …

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First Look Inside Turkish Airlines’ Brand-New 787 Dreamliner

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Turkish Airlines has begun commercial flights with the first of 25 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners it ordered, featuring an all-new business class, this week. TPG was on board for one of the first flights. The airline is currently using the aircraft on domestic familiarization flights between the enormous new Istanbul airport and the popular seaside town …

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France Wants an ‘Ecotax’ of up to $20 on Flights Beginning Next Year

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

The French government announced on Tuesday that it plans to introduce a new environment tax on flights departing from France, beginning next year. The “ecotax” will range in amount between €1.50 and €18 ($1.70 and $20) as part of the government’s bid to help the environment. Air France followed Tuesday’s announcement by releasing a statement, …

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British Airways Faces £183 Million Fine for 2018 Data Breach

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Following its massive 2018 data breach, British Airways faces a fine of £183 million ($229 million) from the Information Commissioner Office (ICO). The figure is the largest fine ever issued by the ICO, following the introduction of strict new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) last year. Under GDPR regulations, the ICO had the ability to …

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Family Accidentally Books Virgin’s Special New York Pride Party Flight, Has Time of Their Lives

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

June 28 saw WorldPride head to New York City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. TPG had their own special float in the parade which was, of course aviation themed. The TPG Boeing 747 “Equality Airlines” featured TPG staff and readers from around the world raising money for the Rainbow Road charity. …

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How Will the Iran Airspace Ban Affect Commercial Aviation?

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

On Friday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a Notice to Airmen, an official instruction to pilots of US-registered aircraft, banning them from flying over Iranian-administered airspace in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. The notice read: “Flights are not permitted in the overwater area of the Tehran Flight Information Region until further notice, …

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Frontier Airlines Becomes the First US Customer for New Airbus A321XLR

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

The star of this week’s Paris Air Show, the newly announced Airbus A321XLR, has landed another big order. This time, it’s with Indigo Partners — the private equity firm that owns part of Frontier, Wizz Air, JetSMART, Volaris, among others — which signed up for 50 of the narrow-body, long-range aircraft. The Indigo Partners order …

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Norwegian Suspends US Flights to Shannon and Cork Because of 737 MAX Grounding

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Norwegian is no longer selling nonstop flights from the US to Shannon (SNN) and Cork (ORK) in Ireland because of a lack of suitable aircraft available to operate these unique routes, as a result of the worldwide Boeing 737 MAX grounding. The airline previously operated these transatlantic flights using relatively small 737 MAX 8 aircraft …

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