Airline Industry News


American Airlines was a pioneer in implementing inclusive policies for in implementing inclusive policies  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) passengers and employees. Photo Credit: American Airlines.

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From new menus to new travel destinations to improved seating to special promotions – not to mention the latest technological innovations! Check out what’s happening in the airline industry in this new Accidental Travel Writer feature, Airline Industry News.

Emirates Launches Group Discounts on Thai Routes!

Better together! Passengers enjoy in-flight meals aboard Emirates. Photo Credit: Emirates Airline.

Emirates has launched special discounts for passengers buying two to nine tickets on a single booking.

Discounts will apply to flights departing from Bangkok or Phuket to such destinations as Boston, Dubai, London, New York, Paris, and Zurich.

Tickets must be purchased by 21 July 2019 for travel completed by 31 March 2020.

Qatar Airways to Launch Qsuite on Bangkok Route

Qatar Airways will launch Qsuite in business class cabins on the Bangkok-Doha route on 15 July.

Qsuite offers double beds  and private cabins for up to four people with privacy panels that can be stowed away.

Adjustable panels and movable TV monitors on the centre four seats allow passengers traveling together to turn their space into a private suite.

Emirates Unbundles Business Class Fares

Business Class Lounge at Bangkok International Airport in Thailand. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Emirates is unbundling Business Class fares, offering special discounts with the following restrictions:

  • Business class passengers buying Special Fare tickets won’t have complimentary chauffeur service
  • They won’t have complimentary access lounges unless they already have access because of their status
  • They cannot upgrade to First Class using miles
  • Their seat selection is restricted unless they have Platinum member status
  • They must pay steep change and refund fees
  • Their miles will be equivalent to Flex Economy fares passengers.

So how much is access to a business class lounge worth? Check out my reviews of the Emirates business class lounge in Hong Kong and the business class lounge in Bangkok.

Air France to Operate LGBT Friendly Flights

Air France will operate two special LGBT friendly flights in celebration of Gay Pride in San Francisco and Paris.

Flight AF084 will depart on 28 June 2019 from Paris-Charles de Gaulle for San Francisco. Flight AF083 will depart on 30 June from San Francisco for Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Crew committed to inclusiveness will staff both of the Air France flights.

The Gay Parade in Paris will take place on Saturday 29 June. It will start at Place de la Concorde, in front of the National Assembly, and wind its way through Châtelet, Le Marais, Pont Sully, and Bastille. There will be a  massive party at Place de la République.

The LGBT Parade and Celebration in San Francisco will be held on 29 and 30 June. The theme of this year’s celebration will be  “Generations of Pride”

A highlight of the weekend in San Francisco is the Gay Parade, which starts at the Embarcadero and makes its way up Market Street to Civic Center.

Qatar Honoured for Business Class Cabins

Qatar Airways has been awarded the PAX International Readership award for ‘Best Cabin Interior Passenger Experience’ for its innovative Qsuite.

Qsuite features the first-ever double seat that reclines into a lie-flat bed in Business Class.

The suite also has sliding panels that stow away, which allows passengers to create their own private suite.

Lufthansa Adds Seven Cities to Its Route Map

Seven European cities are being added to the Lufthansa route map this spring.

All of the new travel destinations are located in Europe. Included are cities in Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Montenegro, and Spain.

Flights operate from Lufthansa’s hub at Munich Airport in Southern Germany.

Check out where Lufthansa will fly you this summer …

Strasbourg, France

Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg, France. Photo Credit: Jonathan Martz.

Flights to Strasbourg begin on 9 April 2019. They operate five times a week. Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft are used on the route.

Alicante, Spain

Condos overlooking the ocean in Alicante, Spain. Photo Credit: Diego Delso.

Flights to Alicante  begin on 12 April 2019. They operate three times a week. Airbus A320 aircraft are used on the route.

Tivat, Montenegro

Marina in Tivat, Montenegro. Photo Credit: Alex Alishevskikh.

Flights to Tivat begin on 13 April 2019. They operate every Saturday. Airbus A319 is used on the route.

Rijeka, Croatia

Church of Our Lady’s, Rijeka, Croatia. Photo Credit: László Szalai.

Flights to Rijeka begin on 25 May 2019. They operate every Saturday. Bombardier CRJ900 are used on the route.

Rostock/Laage, Germany

Giebelhäuser am Neuen Market in Rostock, Germany. Photo Credit: Darkone.

Flights to Rostock begin on 1 May 2019. They operate twice daily once on Sunday afternoon. Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft are used on the route.

Biarritz, France

Bernain Beach in Biarritz, France. Photo Credit: Joxemai.

Flights to Biarritz begin on 25 May 2019. They operate every Saturday. Bombardier CRJ900 are used on the route.

Rimini, Italy


A lane in Borgo San Giuliano, Rimini, Italy. Photo Credit: Roby Ferrari.

Flights to Rimini begin on 26 May 2019. They operate every Sunday. Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft are used on the route.

Airline Industry News is updated frequently!

Flight Attendant Creates Dish for First Class Passengers

Tofu Royale. Photo Credit: Emirates Airline.

Emirates is serving Tofu Royale to first class passengers on flights between its Dubai-hub and Seoul, Korea, for three months, beginning in  April.

The dish was created by Jeeye Kang, a flight attendant at the airline. Jeeye was winner of an employee competition to create a mouth-watering dish to be served to the airline’s First Class passengers.

The dish is based on a recipe dating back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392 to 1897), when it was served to Korean royalty. Jeeye’s grandmother often served the dish at family reunions.

Airline Industry News brings you the latest on in-flight meal service!

Air Malta Launches Summer Schedule

Boats and yachts at Msida Marina, the most popular marina in Malta. It has 720 berths and can accommodate pleasure craft of up to 22 metres in length. Photo Credit: Thyes.

Air Malta has launched service to Warsaw, Poland, and will resume service to Cairo, Egypt, as part of its 2019 summer schedule.

The airline will offer 188 scheduled flights per week to 42 travel destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Included will be additional flights between its hub at Malta International Airport and Paris Charles De Gaulle, France; Hamburg, Germany; Kiev, Ukraine; London Heathrow, UK; Lyon, France; Munich, Germany; and Tunis, Tunisia.

In addition to the scheduled service, the airline will offer charter flights to destinations such as to Ljubljana, Slovenia; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Krakow, Poland.

The Republic of Malta is a small island nation situated in the Mediterranean Sea. It is roughly 103 miles (166 kilometres) south of Sicily, Italy. Tourism is one of the country’s main industries. It is especially popular with medical tourists, who fly to the country for medical treatments.

Airline Industry News brings you information on new routes!

Air France Serves New Cocktail in Business Class

New cocktail developed by bartender at Hotel Lancaster. Photo Credit: Air France.

Air France has started serving business class passengers a new cocktail developed by the head bartender at the Hotel Lancaster in Paris.

The cocktail has dark Saint-James rum, cherry and lime notes, Marie Brizard rosemary liqueur, and white peach juice. It is topped with Champagne.

Served as an aperitif, the new cocktail is offered on all long-haul flights. It will be updated twice a year.

Airline Industry News keeps you informed on in-flight beverages!

Etihad Launches Jet Lag Advisor

Jet Lag Adviser. Photo Credit: Panasonic.

Is jet lag about to become a thing of the past? Etihad Airways plans to integrate the Jet Lag Adviser into its passenger app.

Passengers start by imputing key personal data such as chronotype, circadian rhythms, height, weight, the nature of their travel, and travel information such as flight times, routes, and time zones into the app.

The app then uses artificial intelligence to produce personalized advice to help them reduce jet lag. Reminders are sent at each stage of their trip with recommended actions.

Etihad is the first airline to test the app. It was developed by Panasonic Avionics.

Airline Industry News brings you news on travel-related technological improvements!

Swiss International Upgrades Airbus A340 Cabins

First Class Seat in Airbus 340 cabins. Photo Credit: Swiss International Air Lines.
Business Class Seat in Airbus 340 cabins. Photo Credit: Swiss International Air Lines.
Economy Class Seat in Airbus 340 cabins. Photo Credit: Swiss International Air Lines.

Swiss International Air Lines is in the process of upgrading the cabins of all of its Airbus A340s.

The First Class, Business Class, and Economy Class cabins are all being completely upgraded. Improvements include better lighting and more comfortable seats. Other enhancements include a new in-flight entertainment system that also offers internet connectivity and new galleys.

The first aircraft to undergo the makeover was deployed on the Zurich, Switzerland, to Tokyo, Japan, route. Next in line are Boston, Massachusetts; Johannesburg, South Africa; Shanghai, China; and Tel Aviv, Israel.

The airline has five Airbus AQ340s in its fleet. The programme is expected to be complete by summer 2019.

Airline Industry News reports on cabin upgrades!

Emirates Named World’s Best First Class Airline

Flight attendants in an Emirates First Class cabin. Photo Credit: Emirates Airline.

TripAdvisor has named Emirates the world’s best First Class airline for 2019. It was recognized for such product innovations as private suites, in-flight shower spa, on-board lounges, and other industry firsts.

Michelin Chefs Create Monthly Menus

First class cabin. Photo Credit: Air France

New First Class Menus

Air France will put dishes by Joel Robuchon on its La Première class menu on long-haul flights departing from Paris Charles de Gaulle from April through June 2019. The featured dishes will change monthly,

The menus will change each month. Here’s what’s planned …

In April 2019

  • Salmon tartare and caviar appetizer
  • Piece of beef braised with miso and its sauce, pipe rigate pasta and tender vegetables
  • Supreme of roasted guinea fowl and green peas with orange honey

In May 2019

  • Salmon tartare and caviar appetizer
  • ​Gently-cooked St. Peter’s fillet in olive oil sauce and eggplant and tomato compote
  • Farm poultry and vin jaune juice, sautéed shiitakes and green asparagus

In June 2019

  • Salmon tartare and caviar appetizer
  • ​Duck parmentier with truffle and potato purée gratin
  • Piece of beef braised with miso and its sauce, pipe rigate pasta and tender vegetables

New Business Class Menus

Passengers flying Business Class will be special menus created by Michelin-starred French chef Arnaud Lallemen. Here’s what’s planned …

In April 2019

In April, Business Class passengers will be served Guinea fowl with turnips (left) and cod and artichokes.

In May 2019

In May, Business Class passengers will be served lamb Parmentier with green curry (left) and prawns and quinoa, cauliflower medley, and gingerbread crumble

In June 2019 

In June, Business Class passengers will be served beef chuck in red wine, stuffed conchiglioni pasta shells, and carrot purée (left) and crab and prawn ravioli, lobster,and vegetable sauce.

Craft Brewery Creates Air-born Beer

Toasting Speedbird 100 craft beer. Photo Credit: British Airways.

A Scottish craft brewery teamed up with British Airways to create the world’s first beer brewed at 40,000 feet.

Called Speedbird 100 after the airline’s logo, the beer was brewed to adapt to the reduction in taste and smell that takes place at high altitudes.

Flights Added on Bahrain – Durban Route

Boeing 777-300ER. Photo Credit: Emirates Arline.

Emirates will add four additional flights per week between its Bahrain hub and Durban, South Africa, during the busy summer peak season.

The additional flights will operate on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between 14 June and 4 August 2019.

A Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will be operated on the additional flights. It will have a three-class configuration, with eight seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class, and 310 seats in Economy Class.

The airlines flies between the two cities daily on a year-round basis.

Airline Industry News is a new feature in the Accidental Travel Writer. It is updated with the latest airline industry news on an on-going basis.


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