A Suite Ride to China: Delta One on the Brand-New A330-900neo

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

We’re big fans of the Delta One Suite at TPG. To date, the suite experience was limited to the Airbus A350 and retrofitted Boeing 777s. Delta’s recent launch of Airbus A330-900neo offers flyers a new opportunity to fly in one of Delta’s private business-class cabins.  The 900neo is the latest model of the successful Airbus …

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Venezuelan Airline Takes On an Airbus A380 Despite Country’s Reduced Air Operations

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

Amid food shortages, widespread blackouts and politically motivated violence in the country, a Venezuelan airline made the decision to expand its fleet. According to a post on the airline’s Facebook page, Estelar Latinoamerica received a leased Airbus A380 on Sunday to replace its A340, which is currently undergoing maintenance. Though Venezuela’s economy is in shambles, …

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Lufthansa Expands Airbus A380 Offerings in US

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

Airbus A380 fans, rejoice! Next year, you’ll have more ways to fly the superjumbo from US gateways. Lufthansa announced Wednesday that it would start flying A380s from Munich to Boston in summer 2020 and keep the plane on its Munich-San Francisco route year-round, starting in summer 2020 as well. The airline will assess demand in …

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EASA Recommends Inspection Of Early Airbus A380 Models For Wing Cracks, Six Qantas Planes Affected

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

An EASA proposal related to air worthiness directive of Airbus A380 aircraft requires the operators of early A380 models to inspect the planes for wing cracks after similar occurrences have been reported to the manufacturer. The inspections will affect 25 older A380s operated by Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines and are to be conducted during […]

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Airbus on Pace to Overtake Boeing as World’s Top Jet Maker

Written by Ben Mutzabaugh @ The Points Guy

Airbus appears to be on track to overtake Boeing as the world’s top jet maker for the first time in seven years, based on delivery numbers released by the manufacturers on Tuesday. Boeing’s deliveries slowed as the company continues to grapple with the grounding of its troubled 737 MAX. Regulators around the world barred the …

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European Regulator Recommends A380 Wing Inspections

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

Airlines flying some of the oldest Airbus A380s would have to inspect those aircraft’s wings for cracks, according to a proposed airworthiness directive released last week by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Some such cracks have already been reported by airlines, and they could cause structural issues if not addressed, according to EASA. …

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First Look: EgyptAir’s New Airbus A220 Rolls Out of Quebec Paint Shop

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

Airbus announced Tuesday that the first A220 destined for EgyptAir was finally wearing the carrier’s colors. In a tweet, the manufacturer said its paint shop in Mirabel, Quebec, had finished working on the plane, which is now being prepared for its first flight.   In December 2017, Egypt’s flag carrier ordered 12 A220-300s — then …

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First Airline Officially Cancels Boeing 737 MAX Order

Written by J. Scott Clark @ The Points Guy

As the saga surrounding the safety issues of the Boeing 737 MAX continue, the latest setback for the company is the first order cancellation by an airline for the grounded plane. According to a report from Bloomberg, Flyadeal has canceled its order for 50 of the Boeing planes. Flyadeal’s parent company, Saudi Arabian Airlines, inked …

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Hawaiian Airlines Should Consider the A321XLR

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

Airbus recently replaced a potential replacement for the Boeing 757. And with Hawaiian’s current competitive environment, I think Hawaiian Airlines should consider the A321XLR. A321XLR versus Boeing 757 The Airbus A321XLR is a fantastic aircraft. It takes the already high-performance A321neo and extends its range with the addition of a permanent rear center fuel tank, […]

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How to Handle a Delayed Inaugural Flight

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

Encountering travel delays is never a fun thing, but when an inaugural flight — on a new aircraft or to a new destination — is unexpectedly pushed back, the complications can mount for those who booked the originally-scheduled departure. Today, we’re sharing a story from TPG reader Rob, who found himself on the hook for thousands …

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Vietnam to the US on an Airbus A380? Bamboo Airways Might Make That a Reality

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

Travelers may soon be able to travel to Vietnam from the United States nonstop aboard an Airbus A380, the iconic superjumbo. Vietnamese startup Bamboo Airways hopes to launch service between the two countries as early as next year. According to the airline’s chief executive, the only hurdle is government approval. Bamboo Airways confirms that the …

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Air France Might Not Update Airbus A380 Cabins, Hints at Early Retirement

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

Air France/KLM CEO Ben Smith cast doubt on whether its fleet of Airbus A380s will ever receive the airline’s new onboard product, according to an interview with Air Transport World. With Air France not entirely committed to upgrading its A380s, there is now speculation that Air France’s Airbus A380s might be retired sooner than originally thought. …

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An Airbus A350 for Domestic Flights? Yes, And Here’s What It’s like Inside

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

Japan Airlines has unveiled the cabin of its new Airbus A350-900 which will operate high-volume domestic routes. That’s right: JAL is using the airplane flying the longest nonstop in the world to cover domestic sectors in Japan. Both JAL and competitor ANA have long used big twin-aisle jets for domestic routes, since Japan’s dense population …

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JetBlue Just Bought a Plane That Can Reach Deep Into Europe

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

Airbus and JetBlue announced Thursday that the New York-based low-cost carrier is continuing to expand its sizable Airbus fleet. JetBlue converted 13 existing orders for A321neos to the XLR variant, and exercised an option for 10 additional A220-300s. The XLR is the longest-range single-aisle airplane available today. It’s the same Airbus that American Airlines also …

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